LEGOLAND FLORIDA is the newest Orlando area theme park, which opened in October 2011. But if you've been to Cypress Gardens, you will see some familiar territory, it's just the Southern Belles that you remember are now made of LEGO. You see, sadly, Cypress Gardens didn't seem to continue to draw visitors because of all the action-packed parks nearby. Prepare for a 45 minute drive from Orlando or Tampa and it is well worth the trip. LEGOLAND, in my opinion, did a wonderful job of preserving the past, while building the future. This park is 150 acres and has fun for all ages!
Some of the rides include a 2-story carousel, some really fun roller coasters & interactive rides where you shoot with lasers in competition with your ride partner There is even an "Island in the Sky" which allows you to sit inside and slowly brings you up 150 feet for a slow rotating view of the park from above. This reminds me of a favorite local theme park ride as I grew up, so it had some special smiles from me!
Daily Character Meet and Greets take place with some of their famous characters that you'll love from their 4D Theater productions. The sound effects, lasers, smoke & strobe lighting are very cool!
My personal favorite part was MINILAND! This area is HUGE and unbelievable! Pictures can't even do it justice, but hopefully, you'll realize that this is something for all ages to enjoy in amazement!
The Florida Highlights include Kennedy Space Center & Daytona International Speedway in very large special areas, but you see other cities & landmarks represented on a smaller scale.
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Brand new in November 2012, Star Wars Miniland has just been included with all the lands, characters & transportation from the current 6 Star Wars movies.
If you're a roller coaster fan, you'll find an old WOODEN roller coaster, which is hard to find these days. It's leftover from Cypress Gardens, kept up well and a fun ride!
You can go on a Safari with Lego Animals
Kids can go to Driving School & it's so much fun to watch them on an unguided track. There are people out to help when kids get stuck, but what a great time to have by all! They can also go to Boating School, Flying School & put out fires for the future firefighters of the world. But, no worries, your children won't be flying & dealing with real fires on their own...what a great learning experience hidden in the form of fun!
There is a Water Park also, which can be added on to your ticket at this point for $12. The Water Park includes a kiddie pool, Wave Pool, water slides, & a Lazy River. There is a fun Imagination Station where I know some kids could spend hours building a masterpiece Lego creation. The Lazy River is the most interesting I've ever seen! You can float down the river while picking Lego Pieces from the water & building on the sides of your raft!
Kids ages 2-12 will have a blast here because they can ride so many fun things, enjoy fun shows & build as far as their imagination or parent's time will allow. I'd love to hear if you've been or looking forward to going. Miniland was absolutely MY personal favorite, but the LEGO creations throughout the entire park are amazing!