We are already fans of LEGOLAND Windsor, so had an idea of what to expect of Orlando’s newest theme park LEGOLAND Florida. However, I have to say that it blew away all of our expectations and was a fantastic day out. It is pitched at children aged 2 to twelve and have over 50 rides and attractions. This meant that Maxi who is nearly 8 could go on every ride accompanied by me and most rides on his own.
We experienced a VIP tour at LEGOLAND, which meant that we bypassed all the queue and had an out of this world experience. Regular tickets start at $64 for an adult and $54 for a child (3 – 12). As part of the VIP Package we got to jump all the queues and to visit the master model builders workshop. Oh to have a LEGO collection like this at home!
However, the park was not too crowded on the day we visited. At certain times during the year the park is closed on a Tuesday and Wednesday and had only just reopened on the Tuesday we visited, so was quieter than usual.
The park is set out in lands very much like the UK Park. I would advise that you start at Lego City which has the Driving School, Junior Driving School, Boating School and Flying School rides, which are the most popular in the park (just as Driving School is in the UK). You just need to remember to drive on the right side of the road!
Maxi’s favorite ride in the park was the LEGO Technic coaster which is located in the Technic area of the park. This is the perfect area for mini thrill seekers and has the three most high thrill rides on the park (although Flying school ranks with them too).
Hints and tips for getting the most out of LEGOLAND Florida
- Make sure you arrive early for the park opening at 9 am. Rides open at 9.30 am
- The park is 45 minutes from Downtown Tampa and the other Orlando Parks
- You can exchange your own LEGO Mini Figure with any of the Model Citizen’s (LEGO Employees). They have theirs on their name badge. Also keep an eye out for the Mini Figure Ambassador as they have a shirt covered in Mini Figures.
- Go to the back of the park either LEGO City or Technic first
- If it your birthday, then collect a badge from a Model Citizen (A LEGO Employee) at Guest services at The Beginning
- If you want to visit a show, try and turn up 30 minutes before the start time
- Make sure you take plenty of sun cream and hats as it is much hotter and sunnier in Orlando that the UK. We actually purchased Maxi a pair of sunglasses and shorts strap in LEGOLAND
- The park also has many attractions for children and adults that prefer gentle pace including Safari Trek and Duploland
- Download a Park Map before visiting, it shows you all the height restrictions, so you can set expectations before visiting
- There is a large selection of places to eat all catering for children, but you need to try the parks signature dish of Granny Smiths Apple Fries
- It gets very hot in the middle of the day, so eat inside if possible as the restaurants are air conditioned
- The LEGOLAND Florida water park reopens in March and you can upgrade your tickets for $12 each and this would be the perfect place to cool down
- The park closes earlier than other parks around 5.30 each day
- The Big Shop is the largest LEGO shop in the world
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Thank you to LEGOLAND Florida for making our visit so memorable on our trip to Orlando hosted by Visit Orlando.