Winter Haven, FL – Much to the delight of children everywhere, LEGOLAND Florida is now open. LEGOLAND is unlike any other Orlando area attractions; this unique venue offers more than 50 rides, shows and attractions within ten lands. Activities abound in each of the ten lands where kids can get their own driver’s license or become the captain of a ship, take charge on a LEGO-themed dragon coaster or even become part of the action in a pirate live-action water stunt show.
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They’ve been used to create everything from sea serpents and soaring cathedrals to likenesses of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. But with more than 50 million LEGO bricks are fully assembled in Central Florida, they’ll produce the most stunning creation yet – LEGOLAND Florida.
Inspired by the ubiquitous LEGO brick, dubbed “Toy of the Century” by Fortune Magazine, the new 150-acre theme park will cater to kids ages 2 to 12 with more than 50 family-focused rides, shows and attractions, and a breathtaking botanical garden.
Just 45 minutes west of the Orlando attractions and a 45-minute drive east from Tampa, LEGOLAND Florida rests along the shores of Lake Eloise in the city of Winter Haven.
The Ten LEGOLAND Lands
Guests will experience 10 easy-to-navigate and highly-themed zones:
The Beginning hosts the park entry, ticket and pass sales, the Garden Restaurant and The Big Shop.
The Big Shop – One of the largest retail stores in the world where guests can take advantage of a huge selection of LEGO and LEGOLAND merchandise
Island in the Sky – 150-foot rotating platform ride that provides a 360 degree view of the LEGOLAND Florida Theme Park
The Market – Authentic imported Danishes and freshly baked pastries, espresso, milk, juice, fruit, a selection of yogurts and soft serve ice cream
When guests enter Fun Town, they truly get a sense they’ve entered a LEGO village.
Factory Tour – A firsthand look at how LEGO bricks are made from factory to finish
Studio Store – Visit this store to pick up all your favorite LEGO licensed products, such as Clutch Powers, SpongeBob., Indiana Jones., Star Wars. and Batman.
Granny’s Apple Fries – The park’s signature dessert item made with crisp Granny Smith apples, powdered with cinnamon and sugar and served with a deliciously sweet vanilla cream sauce
Fun Town Theater – Three different 4-D movies will show throughout the day at LEGOLAND’s largest 4-D theater with seats for 700
The heart of every LEGOLAND Park, Miniland USA will be home to seven specially themed areas:
Florida encompasses the entire state from Mallory Square in Key West to Bok Tower in Central Florida and antebellum mansions in the Panhandle. Miniland Florida also includes an expanded area for Kennedy Space Center and an interactive Daytona International Speedway racing experience where guests can race LEGO brick cars
Las Vegas features the world-famous Strip including the Luxor Las Vegas, New York, New York Hotel and Casino, Excalibur, Mirage, Treasure Island, Tropicana, MGM Grand, Venetian, Stratosphere tower and two iconic structures of Paris Las Vegas: the balloon sign and Eiffel Tower. ‘The Strip’ at LEGOLAND also features a miniature wedding chapel, monorails and real-life sounds recorded in Las Vegas
Washington, D.C. sports faithful re-creations of the White House (including the first family and ‘first dog’), the U.S. Capitol building, Smithsonian, Washington and Jefferson monuments and parts of Georgetown. An animated marching band parades in front of the Capitol and tiny cherry trees blossom every spring
New York City features tiny jets of water shooting up from the fountain in Rockefeller Plaza, while an army of animated yellow taxicabs prowls the streets of Times Square. The Statue of Liberty, a cutaway view of Grand Central Station, The Empire State Building, the Guggenheim Museum and the Bronx Zoo are just a few of the iconic landmarks
A Pirate-themed section hosts a full-on swashbuckling pirate adventure as two opposing pirate ships and their ‘mates’ battle it out upon the high seas
LEGO Kingdoms takes kids back to medieval times with the LEGOLAND Castle where spells are cast and many knights, damsels and dragons are found.
The Dragon – an indoor/outdoor steel roller coaster that features a hilarious, behind-the-scenes view of life within the enchanted LEGOLAND Castle
Royal Joust – kids ride LEGO-themed horses through a number of medieval scenes where they encounter other riders in a simulated joust
Merlin’s Challenge – climb aboard a mysterious wooden train ride powered by the wizard’s magic
The Forestmen’s Hideout – a multi-level tree and rope climb adventure
Princess Makeover – a little girl’s dream-come-true transformation including a special photo to mark the day
Land of Adventure
In Land of Adventure, visitors of all ages explore hidden tombs and hunt for treasure.
Coastersaurus – This junior coaster reaches curves and dips in and around a prehistoric jungle of animated and life-sized LEGO brick dinosaurs
Lost Kingdom Adventure – LEGOLAND Florida’s spectacular dark ride invites guests to fire laser blasters at targets and brave the rugged Egyptian landscape in all-terrain roadsters, while attempting to unearth the vast treasures of a forgotten empire
Pharaoh’s Revenge – This outdoor attraction lets children and parents fire soft foam balls at enemies and explore the complex maze of the Pharaoh’s kingdom
Beetle Bounce – Launch 15-feet up toward intricate, brightly jeweled LEGO scarab beetles perched atop two monumental obelisks
Safari Trek – explores the wilds of Africa and features gorgeous, life-like LEGO animals
LEGO TECHNIC Test Track – Brave guests feel the power of acceleration, braking and maneuverability as they race a life-size LEGO TECHNIC vehicle along a wild roller coaster track.
AQUAZONE Wave Racers – Riders zip in and out of waves as they dodge water blasters on this dual water carousel ride
Technicycle – a zany pedal-powered spinning machine that shoot riders into the air
LEGO City is the perfect place for youngsters to live out their dreams in a scaled-down town created just for them.
LEGO City Rescue Academy – where families compete with one another in fire and police vehicles to be the first to put out a simulated ‘blaze’ and save the day
Driving School – a ‘real-life’ driving experience for children ages 6 through 13, where kids receive their official LEGOLAND driver’s license
Junior Driving School – a pint-size version driving school course for children ages 3 through 5
Boating School – all aboard this fun-filled ride that allows kids to captain their own mini-vessels
Flying School – a suspended steel coaster that lets kids experience the thrill of flight
The Big Test – this interactive show uses acrobatics, music and playful fun to teach fire safety as the zany crew of Fun Town Fire Department attempts to conquer the ‘Big Test’ to become official firefighters
Imagination Zone emphasizes exploring and creation, while showcasing seven of the most visually exciting LEGO models in the world, including a replica of Albert Einstein’s head.
Hero Factory – immersive interactive play area based on LEGO’s popular Hero Factory line
Build & Test – Build a LEGO car and test it against the competition on the digitally timed track
LEGO MINDSTORMS – Build and program cutting-edge, computerized LEGO MINDSTORMS. robots
Kid Power Towers – Kids and parents alike hoist themselves up to the top of a tower to get a great view of the entire park and lovely Lake Eloise, and then enjoy a fun ‘free-fall’ to the bottom
Pirates’ Cove has been taken over by swashbuckling pirates along the shores of Lake Eloise at LEGOLAND Florida’s very own live-action, water-stunt show.
Duplo Village is ideal for toddlers and their imaginations. Youngsters can fly a plane, drive a car or explore a whole town – designed with their height in mind
Big Rig Rally – buckle up in a semi truck and drive through the desert to deliver your cargo
Junior Fire Academy – tots become voluntary firemen and work together to extinguish ‘flames’
Granny’s Jalopies – a beeping horn and a bumpy ride are sure to induce giggles from riders of all ages
DUPLO Farm – slide, climb and crawl through and around a whole host of friendly farm animals
DUPLO Playtown – pretend play at its best as little ones take over a mini town built especially for them
The LEGOLAND Florida Theme Park has taken great care to preserve the soul of the park – the historic gardens established on the grounds of its Cypress Gardens predecessor more than 75 years ago. The setting has been restored to its pristine condition, and the collection of native plants, including azaleas and camellias, have been reclaimed and combined with a range of exotic species to create a horticultural masterpiece. And still standing sentinel in the garden is the vast Banyan tree that was planted as a seedling in 1939.
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Originally Published on October 14th, 2011