My family was provided complimentary tickets to LEGOLAND Florida to facilitate this post. Opinions expressed are that of my own.
Happy to be at the park!
Thanks to LEGOLAND Florida, my family was given complimentary tickets to check out the theme park. In addition, we also took advantage of a Buy One Get One Free offer for LEGOLAND that is good through December 21, 2013.
This wasn’t our first trip there, but I have to say that this 2nd time was an entirely different experience for us.
She got to meet LEGO Friends Mia!
I say that it was different because we saw things that we missed before. I was able to participate in more as well since our youngest has grown up a bit, and we all went on a lot more rides.
In the meantime, the WORLD OF CHIMA opened, so this just goes to show how much there is to do at this park.
My son even got to meet a LEGO Guy!
Both of my older kids got to meet characters, which was exciting for them (the baby flirted with Mia from a distance) and we even got to catch part of the PIRATES COVE Live Water Ski Show from the sidelines.
PIRATES COVE Live Water Ski Show.
When we were finished checking out the water acrobatics we ventured over to the Fresh from Florida area in FUN TOWN. There we learned about Florida agriculture in the Greenhouse and Learn & Grow Experience and there was a section outside with science as well.
The kids even human powered a fan by riding a bicycle.
Fresh from Florida oranges.
Of course a trip to LEGOLAND wouldn’t be complete without building with bricks. Throughout the day we would stop and let the kids build and play. They had these stations at many of the rides as well, so it made the time pass for the kids while we all waited in line.
Building in the Fresh from Florida Greenhouse.
We then took in a show at the Wells Fargo Fun Town 4D Theater and headed over to MINILAND. The kids raced cars and checked out scenes from across the country like Las Vegas and New York. We also saw places in Florida like St. Augustine, and Cape Canaveral.
Racing at the Daytona International Speedway.
After sight-seeing across the USA, we then walked over to the Star Wars Area. This is a favorite of my son and husband, and we saw many of the movie scenes, and life-size LEGO statues of Darth Vader, R2D2, and Darth Mal.
Posing with Darth Vader
One of the rides we missed on our previous visit was the Kid Power Towers, which both my husband and I took a turn riding with my son. It was fun and really high! My husband and kids even took a ride at the Boating School, and we went through a course at the Ford Driving School.
Taking a ride on the Kid Power Towers.
Cruising at Boating School. They really do navigate.
Getting some driving skills at the Ford Driving School.
Check out this full size replica of a Ford Explorer. It took 2500 hours to build.
After all this activity I had sleepy baby in tow. I can totally understand though, there are so many exciting things and people to see at LEGOLAND, and that can be pretty tiring for a little guy.
LEGOLAND made him sleepy.
As the afternoon went on, I made sure to grab a Waffle Spear. I had heard about this park dessert earlier, and the Gentleman in the booth recommend the chocolate and sprinkles on top. It was good!
Enjoying my dessert. I did share a little.
As our day came to a close the kids took a horse ride on the Royal Joust in LEGO KINGDOMS and we then checked out the WORLD OF CHIMA.
Riding on a LEGO horse.
Since this was the first time we visited WORLD OF CHIMA, I didn’t realize that it primarily consisted of water activities. Note to self, bring a bathing suit for the kids next time.
Hanging out with a CHIMA guy.
However, we still found something fun to do in this area in a center set up for CHIMA Speedorz. My son had discovered these earlier in the day and now is a big fan. He actually bought a set before we left the park.
Playing with CHIMA Speedorz.
At the end of the day, we had a few moments to spare. It was getting dark out and the park was about the close. My son and I made a last-minute decision to ride a roller coaster. We rode The Dragon in LEGO KINGDOMS twice and the smiles, laughter, and screams from my son were totally worth all the running around!
Just like our first trip, this was such a fun relaxing family vacation for us.
LEGOLAND Florida is located at One LEGOLAND Way, Winter Haven, FL 33884. To learn more about the theme park, visit their website at legoland.com. You can also check them out on Facebook at facebook.com/LEGOLANDFlorida and Twitter at @LEGOLANDFlorida.
(PHOTO / LEGOLAND Hotel, California)
I also wanted to share that LEGOLAND Florida has released some exciting NEWS!
The much anticipated LEGOLAND Hotel will be opening in 2015. This four-story LEGOLAND Hotel will immerse families with young children in the world of LEGO® and will feature 152 brightly colored and highly themed rooms and suites, LEGO décor, interactive play areas. and a pool and a restaurant. This will be the fifth LEGOLAND Hotel in the world.
Have you been to a LEGOLAND location in the past? Are you excited about a Hotel being put at the Florida Location, and how would this benefit your family?
I am so excited for the Hotel to be opening. This will truly make the theme park a total destination, with opportunities to extend our stay and see all the attractions in one trip. We might even check out the LEGOLAND Water Park next time.