Discover the Educational Programs at LEGOLAND® Florida Resort!

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2012.02.07_LEGOLAND_ADSHOOT_135Independent exploration, discovery, and experimentation are the core values of the Educational Programs at LEGOLAND® Florida Resort. By actively experiencing different programs themselves, guests and students alike are motivated to take a long-term interest in topics from a wide range of different school subjects, including Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).

By working together in teams, those participating also learn to collaborate and improve social and teamwork skills. Overall, LEGOLAND Florida Resort offers nine different classes, available to both school groups and park guests. The classes run from kids in grades K-6, running the gamut on STEM and creative learning!

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  • Tall Towers Program: Learn about how structures are made and what makes them strong.
  • Robotics for Young Beginners: Grasp introductory concepts of robotics using motors and sensors.
  • Funtastic Gears Program: Build a theme park ride and use gears to alter the speed and direction. While building a car, see the forces at work, and predict which car will win the race and why.
  • Get Moving: Discover everything about friction, inertia and wind resistance.
  • Book and Brick: Create a unique story at LEGOLAND Florida Resort and present to classmates in a fun and interactive way. This class enhances reading, writing, listening and speaking skills.
  • Energy Lab Program: Build a solar-powered car and compare solar energy to mechanical energy. Then collect, store and transfer solar energy to power LEGO vehicles.
  • Amazing Machines: Construct machines with working gears, levers, and pulleys!
  • Astro Bot and Rover Rescue: Program and test solutions using real-life robotics technology that includes sensors, motors and intelligent technology.2012.02.07_LEGOLAND_ADSHOOT_134

For more information on the Educational Programs at LEGOLAND Florida Resort, click here.

 

 

 

 

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Behind the Scenes – Miniland USA!

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2011.10.13_MINILANDUSA_008.jpgThis week, we are deviating from our normal blog format to give you answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about Miniland USA and behind the scenes fun facts!

If you’ve been to LEGOLAND Florida, you know that one of the highlights of any visit to the park includes spending time in Miniland USA. If you haven’t had a chance to visit us yet, then it may be time to add this one to your bucket list!

How many bricks did it take to build Miniland? Miniland USA was constructed using over 20 million bricks and is considered the heart of LEGOLAND Florida. It’s home to seven specially themed areas in addition to multiple displays of cities and attractions in Florida.

TMIn California, behind the sea lions at Pier 39 there is a tombstone with the initials “TM” with a skeleton. What does the “TM” stand for? The “TM” refers to the initials of the Project Manager that said the LEGOLAND Florida project would be the death of him. (He is alive and well)

How do you cut the grass in Miniland? Great question! In areas with small models or Minilanders, they have to remove them and use a weed whacker. In places where models cannot be moved, the grass is cut by hand.DaytonaSpeedway

How many Minilanders are in the grandstands at Daytona International Speedway? There are over 750 Minilanders in the grandstands. The groups of Minilanders are all wearing the colors for their favorite drivers.

Is there anything hidden in the Kennedy Space Center section of Miniland? An Alien is hidden in group watching the shuttle launch.

KennedySpectators2How long did it take to make all the Minilanders in Miniland? It took the model shop 3 weeks with 3 builders to populate all of Miniland.

In the St Augustine section, the treasure hunter ship has the numbers 0937 on it. Do the numbers have any significance? Yes! The numbers 0937 when upside down spell LEGO.TreasureHunter1

What happens to the coins collected from the pools? Our Facilities team cleans the pools with tiny fishing nets. Any coins that are collected from the pool are donated to our Merlin’s Magic Wand charity!

What is the most recent addition to Miniland? In the Las Vegas area, our Model Builders added a motorcross track!

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How to create your very own LEGOLAND-themed bedroom!

Does your brick fan want to take their LEGOLAND adventures home with them? We have compiled some great ideas and tips for creating a land of LEGO bedroom!

LEGOLAND’s favorite colors:

  • Blue
  • Green
  • Yellow
  • Red

LEGOLAND has 11 different retail shops where brick fans can buy countless products. We sell many LEGO products at LEGOLAND such as clocks, night lights, toy storage bins and more!

See what our LEGOLAND experts did for the wish granting organization, the Sunshine Foundation.

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LEGOLAND-themed bedroom at the Sunshine Foundation’s Dream Village Cottage

LEGOLAND-themed bedroom at the Sunshine Foundation’s Dream Village Cottage

What makes these rooms unique are the LEGO bricks on the wall. We asked our LEGOLAND experts how they made the knob configurations for the Sunshine Foundation and the secret is, that it was easy! First they cut same-sized round circles out of plywood. Then they painted them the same color as the wall. Lastly, they attached the knobs evenly spaced on the wall with glue– that’s all there is to it!

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Want your child to contribute to the brick-tastic room? Create a wall mural with a building plate and have your child create a mural out of LEGO bricks to put on the wall once finished. Build your favorite LEGOLAND ride or character; the best part is, you can always change the brick art!

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LEGOLAND Florida Wall Murals

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For more information about the Sunshine Foundation, please visit http://www.sunshinefoundation.org/about.html.

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Booking for the LEGOLAND Hotel at the LEGOLAND Florida Resort is now open!

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It’s less than one year before LEGOLAND® Florida Resort opens the doors to its new LEGOLAND® Hotel, and the window is now officially open for guests to book their rooms! Opening Summer 2015, the five story LEGO® themed hotel will feature 152 brightly colored and highly themed rooms and suites, thousands of LEGO models and interactive play areas! The addition of the Hotel gives guests the opportunity to extend their stay and explore LEGOLAND Florida Resort for more than one day giving them the ultimate family experience.PoolSite

Construction is going strong since the November groundbreaking and LEGOLAND Hotel recently reached its “topping off” milestone as the concrete was poured onto the roof. Emmet, from “The LEGO Movie,” dusted off his construction hat to help with the placing of the Merlin flag. Merlin Entertainments, the parent company of LEGOLAND Parks, is the number one attraction operator in Europe and the second largest in the world with more than 100 attractions in 22 countries and across four continents.

PirateSiteLocated at the main entrance of LEGOLAND Florida, the Hotel includes a pool, restaurants including a kid-size buffet, interactive play areas and is truly designed to inspire imaginations and create memories for all visitors. Hotel guests will have early access to the Park and be treated to nightly entertainment.

Families can choose from one of three popular LEGO toy lines as their room theme: Pirate, Kingdom or Adventure. All rooms include two separate sleeping areas, with a king-size bed for grown-ups, and a separate sleeping area for up to three little ones, complete with a bunk bed, pull-out trundle bed and their very own TV! An exciting new room theme will be announced at a later date. To book your room and be part of this brick-tacular moment in history, visit www.LEGOLANDHotel.com!

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Disability Friendly at LEGOLAND Florida Resort

LEGOLAND Florida Resort is known for its colorful LEGO models found throughout the park, an AWESOME Water Park that includes fan-favorites Joker Soker and Build-a-Raft River and for the 50 rides, shows and attractions that make families come back time and time again.

But what a lot of people don’t know is that LEGOLAND is extremely compliant with children who are disabled, reinforcing the point that there is something at the park for all families who visit.

“We want to make sure that all of our guests, including families who have disabled children, have a great time here at the park,” said LEGOLAND Florida Resort Public Relations Rep. Chris Jones. “This includes making sure that our various aspects, including food, rides and shows, are friendly to all who visit, regardless of their disability.”

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So how does LEGOLAND live up to this important topic?

1) Our shops, restaurants, show venues and a majority of the attractions here at LEGOLAND Florida Resort are accessible to guests who use wheelchairs or are in need of special services. Before going into the park, families can stop into Guest Services for a full run down on everything they would want to know about specific requests they may have before beginning their day.

2) A family member has dietary restrictions? Not a problem. All of our restaurants have different options, including gluten free, egg free, soy free and veggie choices that make life a lot easier while trying to find what to eat.

3) The park offers a ‘Hero Pass’ for those who may have difficulty waiting in line. This allows the guest assigned the  pass immediate boarding through the exit with one helper! Families can also reserve a time later on in the day to come back as a group and cut through the lines.

For more information prior on your visit to LEGOLAND Florida, check out the ‘Know Before You Go’ section of Florida. LEGOLAND.com, which includes even more helpful advice on how to successfully navigate around the park.

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Learn more about what it takes to be a certified lifeguard at LEGOLAND Florida Water Park and hear more about their special tips!

We interviewed our Water Park Operations Manager to get the inside scoop on what it takes to be a LEGOLAND® lifeguard.

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What does it take to be a lifeguard at LEGOLAND Water Park?

As for Lifeguard Training, we utilize the American Red Cross Lifeguard Training program for all of our lifeguards.  The training is about a 25-30 hour course and is renewed every 2 years.

What skills to you need to become a lifeguard?

Our lifeguards are certified in Lifeguard skills, Water Park skills, CPR for the Professional Rescuer, and First Aid.  All lifeguards are required to swim 300 yards, a timed brick retrieval, and tread water for 2 minutes prior to attending the lifeguard training.

What do you have to do to maintain your lifeguard certification? 

To maintain the Lifeguard certification throughout the year, our lifeguards are required to attend 4 hours of in-service training per month during our operating season.  Before our guards can be put in position they also have to complete the LEGOLAND Florida Attractions training for all 6 Water Park attractions, Risk Assessment training, and General Operating procedures training.  This is an additional 8 hours of training on top of the Lifeguard Training course.

What is so special about LEGOLAND Water Park?

LEGOLAND Water Park features more than four million LEGO® bricks, while offering interactive water play fun for the entire family. It is specifically designed for families with children ages two to twelve. Among other attractions you can build your own LEGO creation as you float along the Build-a-Raft River, cool off in the LEGO Wave Pool or race with your friends and family down several water slides!

What is your favorite part of the Water Park?

That’s a tough question. There is something for every age: Kids love the Joker Soaker Area, they can splash in a fun, interactive playground with various lengths, heights and types of slides that offer something different for everyone. Toddlers will rule at the DUPLO® Splash Safari – it is a water play area with shorter slides and interactive, larger-than-life DUPLO creatures. This area is for children age 5 and under. Thrill seekers of the family should not miss Splash Out. You can ascend the tallest point of the Water Park and choose from one of three unique slides and speed down a 60-foot drop and “splash out” into the water below. That’s a lot of fun and even the parents can have a perfect time, sliding down the Twin Chasers with their kiddos.

Do you have any special tips for the LEGOLAND Water Park?

On a hot day in Florida, you can’t go wrong with a LEGO themed Water Park! Reapply sunscreen often, even when it is cloudy! And make sure that you don’t forget to book your private cabana! Cool off and relax in comfy beach recliners, with a stocked mini fridge, your own cabana host, and much more!

For more information, visit: Florida.LEGOLAND.com

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Cartoon Network is coming to LEGOLAND Florida this summer for the fifth annual Move It Movement Tour!

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Cartoon Network’s Move It Movement Tour is a summertime traveling event targeting youth 6-14 and their parents, presented in partnership with the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition and in support of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative. Traveling from coast to coast, the tour will ultimately make its way to the gulf coast for its concluding presentation at LEGOLAND Florida on August 9th and August 10th.

The Move It Movement Tour is part of Cartoon Network’s long-established, award-winning pro-social efforts to provide support and encouragement in the ongoing battle against childhood obesity through such varied activities as daily recess, health & wellness education and active after-school involvement.

Presented in a themed, exciting and fun outdoor environment, the Move It Movement Tour features multiple activity and learning stations for kids, incorporating such core partner organizations as the Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA), NBA/WNBA FIT & NBA Hoop Troop, NFL PLAY 60 and The PGA of America. Parents also will find a variety of educational materials and tip sheets presented by CATCH and Upwave, organizations which serve to empower kids and adults alike with resources that enable them to take more control of their own healthy lifestyle choices.

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Move It Movement Activities

Families planning to visit LEGOLAND Florida and participate in the Move It Movement Tour can enjoy a host of activities, including an all-new Cartoon Network show-branded obstacle course. Additional activities at the Move It Movement Tour include the following:

  • NBA/WNBA FIT & NBA Hoop Troop — kids can demonstrate their fitness level by testing their basketball skills and shoot against the clock for prizes;
  • The PGA of America Driving Range — updated to reflect the new PGA Sports Academy and its goal of developing young social and competitive golfers, kids are invited to drive the ball for accuracy and distance with The PGA driving range. Top scores are posted on the PGA Sports Academy leaderboard;
  • NFL PLAY 60 — kids can practice a variety of football-themed activities, including running patterns and passing skills;
  • Subway® Fresh Fit for Kids™ Football Sled Challenge – At the challenge, kids can learn the importance of piling the veggies on their favorite Subway sandwich, as they push a custom Subway football sled across the finish line.
  • Let’s Move!/PALA+ booth — a station set aside specifically for registration materials, nutrition tips and further information promoting participation with Let’s Move! and the Presidential Active Lifestyle Award.IMG_2995

Further information about the MOVE IT MOVEMENT TOUR, including specific market locations, dates and times, can be found at www.MoveItMovement.com.

Purchase tickets to LEGOLAND Florida at www.LEGOLAND.com to participate on August 9 and August 10!

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Why buy an Annual Pass?

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There are many reasons buying an Annual Pass to LEGOLAND Florida is an AWESOME idea, aside from just allowing you to come visit us all year long! So what DO we give our Annual Pass Members?! Here’s just a small list of benefits:

  • Special deals on retail purchases and food and beverage in the park
  • Exclusive previews on new LEGO products
  • *Discounts on tickets for guests
  • Access to screening and preview events
  • Monthly Annual Pass Member newsletters with exclusive content
  • FREE Parking!!
  • No Blackout Dates on park entrance
  • *10% off Dining purchases in the park
  • *10% off Retail purchases in the park
  • Subscription to the LEGO Club Magazine
  • So much more!

There will also be special benefits to come with the opening of our LEGOLAND Florida Hotel, set to open in 2015!  Did we mention Annual Passes are Buy 3, Get 1 FREE through the end of July?!

Buy your Annual Pass today: http://florida.legoland.com/en/buy_tickets/AnnualPasses/

*Available only on certain pass types.

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July 4 – 6, 2014 – Come and join us for Red, Brick & Boom at LEGOLAND® Florida!

LEGOLAND® Florida will celebrate the 4th of July with a big bang for the Independence Day event – Red, Brick & Boom from July 4-6. 2012.02.07_LEGOLAND_ADSHOOT_246_small

To get in the mood you should definitely join the “Super Brick” American Flag Build, built out of hundreds of LEGO® bricks on July 4, while listening to some patriotic anthems! You don’t want to miss the Scavenger Hunt and see what’s hidden in MINILAND to win a LEGO Prize pack and much more! You can pick-up and return your entry form at the LEGO Studio Store in FUN TOWN. Be certain to watch out for a Competition Build in the IMAGINATION ZONE from 10:00am – 6:00pm, where guests can build the best patriotic-themed LEGO model on July 4. On July 5 and 6 the Building Competition will continue with a special LEGO Movie theme!

To top it off LEGOLAND Florida will have extended hours during these three nights! Don’t miss the “AWESOME” Fireworks Show inspired by The LEGO Movie in Pirates Cove at 9:00pm, including such hits as “Everything is Awesome!” Grab your special 3D glasses in Pirates Cove starting at 8:00pm and just enjoy the moment. With those special glasses you can see ordinary fireworks turning into millions of exploding LEGO bricks. This is definitely sure to dazzle and delight! Red, Brick and Boom is included with park admission.

Are you looking for something even more special? Then join the VIP Experience on the Pirates Cove Lawn, which includes an exclusive Meet&Greet with Emmet. VIP Experience also includes front row seating for the fireworks!

Check out LEGOLAND.com for more information.

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LEGOLAND Florida and Tampa Electric unveiled a new 6-foot LEGO ® Globe!

 

LEGOLAND Florida and Tampa Electric unveiled a new 6-foot LEGO ® Globe next to the Imagination Zone attraction venue as part of initiatives to further education on renewable energy inside the park. Built out of more than 250,000 LEGO brick, guests will be able to enjoy the installation along with a new interactive area that features LEGO mini-model communities. The additions to the park emphasize the use of renewable energy, reinforcing LEGOLAND Florida's efforts on green energy education.

 

LEGOLAND Florida and Tampa Electric unveiled a new 6-foot LEGO ® Globe next to the Imagination Zone attraction venue as part of initiatives to further education on renewable energy inside the park. Built out of more than 250,000 LEGO brick, guests will be able to enjoy the installation along with a new interactive area that features LEGO mini-model communities. The additions to the park emphasize the use of renewable energy, reinforcing LEGOLAND Florida’s efforts on green energy education.

The TECO LEGO Globe took 600 hours to build over 6 weeks. There were over 250,000 LEGO Bricks used in the construction of the globe.

Check out this AWESOME behind the scenes timelapse video of the TECO LEGO Globe being constructed brick by brick!! Click here: LEGOLAND Florida TECO LEGO Globe Timelapse

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