It’s been months in the planning and even longer in the building, but the due date is finally here. Legoland Florida will open to the public on Saturday, October 15, 2011.
Located about 45 minutes south of Disney, on the former grounds of Cypress Gardens in Winter Haven, Legoland Florida is the newest of the company’s five theme parks worldwide. It’s also the largest, with 150-acres to explore and play in.
Aimed at families with children age 2-12, the park has more than 50 rides, shows and attractions. For the older kids, there are interactive Lego models to play with, and four rollercoasters to ride, most of them rather mild compared to most of what’s offered at Orlando’s big three theme parks (Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando and SeaWorld).
Though most areas of the park are geared towards all kids, DUPLO Village is designed for the toddlers and pre-teens, and the younger ones will also enjoy LEGO City. Most all rides have a minimum height of 36″, and some require an adult or other rider 48″ or taller to accompany the smaller riders.
Of course, this being Legoland, there are areas to build things with the bricks and adults will get a kick out of Miniland USA, an area with scaled down replicas of cities like Las Vegas and New York City. There is also a Florida area, with recreations of popular state areas like Key West, Daytona International Speedway and the Kennedy Space Center. I was hoping for a Star Wars Lego Miniland area, like their San Diego park has, but alas, no.
Single day tickets online are $65 for adults and $55 for ages 3-12 and seniors 60 and older. Annual passes are available starting at $129 for adults and $99 for kids/seniors. You can also buy a lifetime pass good for all Legoland parks for $2500 per person, regardless of age. Buy admission online to save time and money at the entrance. Otherwise at the gate, single day tickets will be $10 more.
Park hours are a 10am daily opening, with park closing most days 5pm. Holidays the park may stay open to 6 or 7pm. Check the schedule online to be sure.
Don’t want to drive all the way to Winter Haven? No problem. Legoland offers a special shuttle bus that offers roundtrip service from the Orlando Premium Outlets – Vineland Ave to Legoland Florida, for only $5 per person. It leaves once a day at 9am and returns in the evening after the park closes.
For more information on Legoland Florida, or the company’s four other theme parks (Carlsbad/San Diego, California; Billund, Denmark; Gunzburg, Germany; and Windsor/London, England), visit Legoland.com.
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