I’m staring out the window at a full on blizzard and reminiscing about our trip to Orlando a mere two weeks ago! If you checked out my Chef Mickey review, you know that baby girl and I were in Orlando to visit family. A full-on Disney day wasn’t in the cards for us (plus I would have felt bad going to Disney without little man). But we did do a day to trip to Legoland Florida– and it was awesome!
Legoland Florida Review
Legoland Florida is located in Winter Haven, about a half hour south of Disney. Legoland opened in 2011 and we visited in 2012. On this recent visit, the rides and facilities still looked shiny and new!
We drove to Legoland on a Monday morning. We arrived right after it opened at 10am. My cousin and her kids have annual passes, which included free parking in the lot. As we expected, a random Monday in January was a great time to visit Legoland – it was not crowded and we hardly waited on line for rides.
On this trip, baby girl and I visited one theme park and we chose Legoland partly because cousin is a member, but also because there are some great deals on tickets for the general public. I got a 2-for-1 special and paid less than $100 for baby girl and I to visit (this offer expires 2/28/2017). This was a promotion offered directly through the Legoland site, but I found it on Mouse Savers Legoland page.
PRO-TIP: Use MouseSavers for all things Orlando, not just Disney.
Legoland is an amusement park with a Lego theme. The biggest draw is the rides, most of which are suited for ages 3 and up. Baby girl, age 5 (and 42” tall) was able to go on almost all of the rides. There are plenty of dry rides, but there is also a water park in the back. The water rides are only open from the beginning of March until the beginning of October and although the water park was a highlight of our August 2012 trip, we didn’t even feel like we were missing out this go around! Plus the temperature was only in the high 60s/low 70s so clearly not a great day to get wet!
My kids are not huge Lego fans, but we have seen The Lego Movie (<– affiliate link) and you can meet and greet with those characters, along with Ninjago in the new Ninjago World! The girls loved this new ride, and honestly my daughter doesn’t even know what Ninjago is!
Even though we don’t often play with Lego’s at home, throughout the park there are so many statues and characters made entirely out of legos. There is also Miniland where entire cities are replicated in Lego’s. We loved looking at all of these, and I am still blown away how these are made entirely of legos!
In addition to rides, you can play carnival type games at Legoland. There is a live stage show and a 4D theatre showing mini-movies throughout the day. We saw Lego Nexo Knights, a 10-minute 4D experience that was really fun! Don’t worry, the fourth dimension is just confetti and stuff that comes down on you during the movie.
PRO-TIP: You can meet and greet with the characters right after the movie, as you exit the theatre.
My daughter really loves rides, and those were the highlight of our day at Legoland. Again, the park was not crowded I don’t even think we waited more than 10 minutes for any ride. We started the day on one of the bigger coasters, The Dragon. I actually went on this and felt a little vile after… baby girl loved it! Then we made our way to the back of the park, hitting up Coastersaurus, the Safari Trek, and Ninjago.
Before lunch, we hit up all the “schools” located in Lego City. This was my personal favorite! First we did boating school, where you get to actually drive a boat in a little river. Then the kids went to driving school – they received their driver’s license and a mini-driving lesson. They were off on the road to drive their little cars (sadly grown-ups are too big). The last school, flying school, baby girl was too small for (one of the few rides where you have to be 48 inches tall) but we loved watching my cousin’s son fly through the air!
After the schools we had a late lunch at Burger Kitchen. The grown-ups had burgers (meat and veggie) and fries and the kids had kid’s meals. The food at Legoland was good, and pretty reasonably priced (annual pass holders do get a 10% discount here). You are allowed to bring in a small backpack, so we had some waters and snacks, but we did shell out for a meal in the quick service restaurant. As a vegetarian, I did appreciate the notes on the park map indicated which restaurants were good options for different dietary restrictions.
After lunch we went on Project X, one the bigger roller coaster rides, and then walked through Miniland and along the lake. We finished with a carousel ride and the 4D movie.
On the way back to the car, we took a peep inside the new Legoland Resort and Hotel, adjacent to the entrance of the park. The lobby of this hotel was so fun, with a large bin of Legos just to play in, a full play structure, and lots of decorations made completely out of legos. The pool looked awesome, and I bet the rooms are fun and whimsical. I would definitely recommend staying here if you have more time, or don’t want to drive back up to Orlando after a long day at the park.
I highly recommend you consider Legoland on your next Orlando trip. Especially in the summer when the water area is open. This will give you a great theme park experience without the crowds and intense-ness of Disney. And if you are a Florida resident, or visit more than once a year, an annual pass seems like a great deal! My cousin bought hers when Legoland was having a 2-for-1 special on these as well!
I am heading back to Orlando this month and baby girl is already asking to go back! Have you been to Legoland, Florida? Any tips for our return visit?
Here is an awesome video of our trip to Legoland. Check out our ride on The Dragon & cousin’s ride at Flying School (Video taken with these awesome video sunglasses! <– affiliate link)
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