Monthly Archives: April 2017

Model Citizens celebrate Earth Day with third annual street cleanup

Recently, a group of enthusiastic Model Citizens came together to clean roads leading to our favorite place, LEGOLAND® Florida Resort! To do our part in the Great American Cleanup, we organized our annual, voluntary cleanup, which collected more than 30 bags of loose trash scattered along Cypress Gardens Boulevard and Helena Road outside the resort in Winter Haven, Fla.

The Great American Cleanup is a nationwide initiative led by Keep America Beautiful that has taken place annually for more than three decades. For the past three years, LEGOLAND Florida Resort has joined the effort as part of Keep Polk County Beautiful. For us, it’s all about upholding one of our parent company’s core values — being a force for good.

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FRIDAY, SATURDAY & SUNDAY ONLY: See The KIDZ BOP Kids LIVE in concert and meet them at LEGOLAND® Florida Resort!

This Friday, Saturday and Sunday only, The KIDZ BOP Kids will take the stage at LEGOLAND® Florida Resort! KIDZ BOP, the No. 1 music brand for kids, is hitting the road again for the all-new “Best Time Ever” tour. The concert series is kicking off at KIDZ BOP Weekend, an inaugural event exclusive to the place #BuiltForKids.

The KIDZ BOP Kids will perform at the newly renamed KIDZ BOP Stadium inside the theme park on the shore of Lake Eloise. The family-friendly shows will include hit songs from their latest album, “KIDZ BOP 34,” and other pop hits that will get kids and parents dancing along!

A meet-and-greet with The KIDZ BOP Kids — Ahnya, Cooper, Freddy, Isaiah, Julianna and Sierra — will follow each concert.

  • On Friday, April 28, The KIDZ BOP Kids will perform at 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., with a meet-and-greet following at 12:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
  • On Saturday, April 29 and Sunday, April 30, The KIDZ BOP Kids will perform at noon and 4 p.m., with a meet-and-greet following at 1 and 5 p.m.

The KIDZ BOP KidsThe concerts and meet-and-greets will be available to all guests on a first-come/first-served basis. Here’s the event guide, which lists all the fun!

Everything is included with all forms of park admission, so get ready to have the BEST TIME EVER! No extra ticket required! The theme park will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

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Don’t let Mother Nature spoil the fun!

Raindrops? Too hot? LEGOLAND® Florida Resort offers lots of things to enjoy whatever the weather.

Where to stay cool and dry: Indoor, air-conditioned experiences include LEGO® NINJAGO® The Ride, Lost Kingdom Adventure, Imagination Zone, DUPLO® Farm, the “4D” movies that play in the Wells Fargo Fun Town Theater and the “Friends to the Rescue” stage show in Heartlake City.

Guests also can cool off at many dining locations with large, indoor seating areas, such as Market Restaurant, LEGO City Burger Kitchen, Firehouse Ice Cream, Fried Chicken Co., Panini Grill and the Fun Town Pizza & Pasta Buffet, or with one of the icy treats at Fun Town Slushies.

Indoor shopping locations include The Big Shop, Minifigure Market, Heartlake Mall, Wu’s Warehouse, LEGO Studio Store and LEGO Factory Experience and Store. Rain ponchos and umbrellas are available at most retail outlets.

Where to get wet: Besides all the attractions at LEGOLAND Water Park, kids can get wet at DUPLO Splash & Play and Cragger’s Swamp, and The Quest for CHI boat ride offers guests lots of watery fun. Proper attire is required at all times.

Stay hydrated: Whatever the weather, remember to stay hydrated! Drinking fountains, Coca-Cola® beverages and bottled water are available throughout the resort.

Wear sunscreen: Florida is known as the Sunshine State for a good reason — we have lots of it all year long! (We’ve even got solar panels in our parking lot!) A variety of sun protection products by Banana Boat are sold at locations throughout the resort.

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Looking ahead to more ways we’ll make LEGOLAND® Florida Resort an even more inclusive destination for all guests

For the past few weeks we’ve been spotlighting the many ways we’re making LEGOLAND® Florida Resort more inclusive for guests with autism spectrum disorders. As Autism Awareness Month continues, let’s turn our attention to the future for a moment.

We believe we’ll always be in a state of continuous improvement, building on existing efforts and learning new and better ways to deliver outstanding service.

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Guest Experience Manager Autum Bassham said the resort will remain open to new insights and feedback from guests about ways to improve the services we have in place today.

“Our resort should be constantly changing,” she said. “With any cognitive disability, there are always new findings. Understanding these will help us develop better training for our Model Citizens and upgrade our offerings for guests.”

For Katy Formella, a senior manager in Autism Speaks’ southeastern regional office, the opportunity to work with LEGOLAND Florida Resort was a welcome one.

“We are so excited to see all the great things LEGOLAND is doing to help spread awareness, acceptance and understanding,” she said. “It’s so incredible when organizations like yours take on the big task and commitment to be autism friendly. You are leading the way for others and it’s a wonderful example to the world of inclusion. Thanks for making a difference for our families.”

Quiet roomAccording to LEGOLAND Health Services supervisor Ken Flanders, we’re just getting started. He said he envisions an expanded slate of services in the future, including more Model Citizens trained to recognize and respond to the needs of guests on the autism spectrum, and greater awareness about how we can make the resort more enjoyable for an even greater number of guests.

Got an idea about how we can make our resort even more awesome? Leave a reply and tell us!

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LEGO® Star Wars™ Days takes kids to a galaxy far, far away May 6-7 & 13-14

The creativity of the LEGO® building system meets the thrilling adventures and beloved characters from “a galaxy far, far away” when LEGO® Star Wars™ Days returns to LEGOLAND® Florida Resort May 6-7 and 13-14.

Authorized by Lucasfilm, this year’s event will double the fun on two weekends — from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 6 and Sunday, May 7, and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 13 and Sunday, May 14. Here’s the event guide, which lists all the fun.

In MINILAND USA, kids can explore some of the most famous scenes from the Star Wars™ saga made out of 1.5 million LEGO bricks, including detailed displays from the desert wastes of Tatooine to the snowy slopes of Hoth, plus giant LEGO models of Darth Vader, Darth Maul and R2-D2.

Kids also can:

  • Create a giant LEGO® Star Wars™ mural, brick by brick
  • Build their own LEGO® Star Wars™ model
  • Search for LEGO droids throughout MINILAND USA
  • Learn tips and tricks from our LEGO Master Model Builders
  • Build the world’s largest LEGO Yoda model
  • Meet LEGO Darth Vader
  • Dress up as their favorite LEGO® Star Wars™ character and participate in our intergalactic costume parade (ages 12 and under)

…and much, much more, including giveaways, fun photo ops, and opportunities to win LEGO® Star Wars™ prizes!

New this year: Are you more rookie or Wookiee? Test your family’s Star Wars™ knowledge and LEGO building skills against other families during a just-for-fun competition!

Guests who purchase at least $30 of LEGO® Star Wars™ products at The Big Shop or LEGO Studio Store will receive a free R3-M2 droid Minifigure with collectible stand, a $5.99 retail value, while supplies last. LEGOLAND annual passholders who purchase $9.99 or more of LEGO® Star Wars™ products will receive a free R2-D2 LEGO set, a $4.99 retail value, while supplies last. Restrictions apply. See a store associate for complete details.

All activities will take place both weekends and are included with all forms of park admission. No extra ticket or Jedi mind tricks required! It’s the only LEGO® Star Wars™ theme park event in Central Florida.

Join us. It is your destiny!

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Meet the team working to improve LEGOLAND® Florida Resort for guests on the autism spectrum

Making LEGOLAND® Florida Resort more welcoming to guests with autism spectrum disorders has required the teamwork of multiple departments over the past year, which is why our “Hero Action Team” is comprised of Model Citizens from many different areas.

Over the past year, a team made up of representatives from many different LEGOLAND Florida Resort departments has been working together to make the resort more enjoyable for guests on the autism spectrum.

During Autism Awareness Month in April, we’ll offer a glimpse at the personal commitments made by many of our leaders to create a more inclusive environment for everyone.

“No child or person should feel as if they cannot do something due to any disability they may have,” said Nick Parham, a member of the resort’s Education team. “I’m extremely passionate about creating an environment that reaches out to all people, no matter the circumstances.”

Amanda Becerra, a manager within Food & Beverage Operations, agrees.

“I really love the opportunity for families to be able to enjoy their vacation knowing that their child is going to feel safe, and most importantly, have fun,” she said.

Creating an environment that’s both safe and fun starts with the orientation program every new Model Citizen attends, explained Adriana Eraso, who leads the resort’s Admissions team.

“We have department-specific training that provides information about how to interact with guests on the autism spectrum,” she said, adding that the resort’s HR department also devotes a portion of training for all new hires that helps them better recognize and understand the unique needs of those guests and their families.

Within the Public Safety department, Security supervisor Benjamin Peacock has implemented bi-weekly meetings and monthly updates so that his team will better understand guests on the autism spectrum and the challenges theme parks often present for their enjoyment.

Addressing those challenges led to the creation of “social stories,” illustrated, step-by-guides to attractions and shows that prepare LEGOLAND guests for what to expect, whether it be periods of darkness, loud noises or other elements that can be frightening or overwhelming.

“As a department, my team has worked very hard to meticulously create every social story for the park,” said Haley Travis, a coordinator within Training and Development, “as well as a quick reference guide that explains what each ride and show has to offer.” The goal, she explained, was to help families more efficiently plan their day.

“We continuously teach our team to, above all, be patient with each guest and treat everyone with the respect they deserve,” she said.

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Come see The KIDZ BOP Kids LIVE in concert April 28-30 during KIDZ BOP Weekend at LEGOLAND® Florida Resort

KIDZ BOP, the No. 1 music brand for kids, will deliver three days of high-energy fun during KIDZ BOP Weekend April 28-30, an inaugural event exclusive to LEGOLAND® Florida Resort.

The KIDZ BOP Kids will kick off their 2017 “Best Time Ever” tour with two live concerts daily at the newly renamed KIDZ BOP Stadium inside the theme park on the shore of Lake Eloise. The family-friendly shows will include the biggest pop songs of the year, awesome dance moves and lots of fun surprises.  Meet-and-greet opportunities* with The KIDZ BOP Kids — Ahnya, Cooper, Freddy, Isaiah, Julianna and Sierra — will follow each concert.

The KIDZ BOP concerts and meet-and-greets* are included with all forms of park admission and will be available to all guests on a first-come/first-served basis. No extra ticket required! Here’s the event guide, which lists all the fun.

  • On Friday, April 28, The KIDZ BOP Kids will perform at 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., with a meet-and-greet* following at 12:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
  • On Saturday, April 29 and Sunday, April 30, The KIDZ BOP Kids will perform at noon and 4 p.m., with a meet-and-greet* following at 1 and 5 p.m.
  • The theme park will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

* Space is limited. First come, first served.

Meanwhile, check out the official KIDZ BOP YouTube channel! The kid-friendly channel includes awesome challenges, behind the scenes clips, and music videos for hits off their latest album, “KIDZ BOP 34.”

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LEGOLAND® Beach Retreat NOW OPEN at LEGOLAND Florida Resort!

Under a beautiful blue sky on a morning filled with the state’s abundant sunshine, LEGOLAND® Florida Resort officially opened LEGOLAND Beach Retreat today, giving guests great new reasons to play — and stay — at the place #BuiltForKids. Here’s the beachy grand opening ceremony as it streamed live on Facebook, direct from #BrickBeach:

Filled with creative LEGO® theming inside and out, the village-style vacation resort features brightly colored bungalows grouped into 13 horseshoe-shaped “coves” named after popular LEGO Minifigures. The fun begins almost immediately, thanks to a drive-through check-in process that takes you from your car to your cove in minutes.

Designed to look like larger-than-life LEGO sets, 83 bungalows offer 166 separate rooms that sleep up to five, including a cozy area just for kids with a bunk bed, trundle bed and privacy curtain.

LEGOLAND Beach Retreat

They’re an ideal solution for families and groups traveling together, or for those seeking a fun new way to vacation at LEGOLAND Florida Resort. Each cove has its own outdoor play area within view of the bungalows’ shaded patios, where mom and dad can relax while kids romp and run.

Along with picturesque lake views and a giant LEGO lighthouse that really lights up, highlights include:

  • A giant swimming pool next to The Lighthouse, with an adjacent sandy area perfect for building sandcastles and the resort’s biggest outdoor play structure for kids.

  • Sandy’s Castle Restaurant, featuring a bountiful menu of entrees, sides and desserts designed to please the palates of kids and grownups alike. A delicious breakfast buffet is included with each night’s stay.

  • Bricks Beach Bar, offering an eclectic menu of made-to-order food, drinks and creative cocktails served both poolside and indoors.
  • Palm Tree Traders, a large retail shop stocked with LEGO building sets and Minifigures, apparel, toys, swimwear, snacks and sundries.

  • A hands-on LEGO building station where kids can contribute their original creations to a giant sandcastle made out of thousands of LEGO bricks.

  • Free Wi-Fi throughout the site.
  • Complimentary transportation to the theme park entrance, as well as complimentary parking in LEGOLAND Florida Resort’s main parking lot for guests who choose to drive.
  • Early access to the LEGOLAND Florida theme park, with exclusive use of some of the most popular attractions, including the all-new LEGO NINJAGO® World and LEGO NINJAGO The Ride.

Located three-quarters of a mile from the theme park entrance on the tranquil shores of Lake Dexter, LEGOLAND Beach Retreat represents the latest milestone in the largest period of growth and expansion in the five-year history of LEGOLAND Florida Resort, with theming and architecture unique among the eight LEGOLAND resorts worldwide. The Florida site is the first LEGOLAND resort in North America to offer a second accommodation type for overnight and multi-day stays, and more than doubles accommodations at the resort.

Nightly room rates start at $135 (plus tax and resort fee) and vary by season, date and availability. Packages including theme park tickets also are available, and Awesomer and Awesomest Annual Pass Members receive a 10 percent discount year-round. To book a stay, visit www.LEGOLAND.com/florida or call (877) 350-5346 daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern.

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