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Christmas Bricktacular officially begins with LEGO® Tree Lighting

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year! LEGOLAND® Florida Resort kicked off the holiday season on Saturday, December 6th with a 30-foot LEGO® Christmas tree lighting! This marked the beginning of Christmas Bricktacular presented by Shutterfly®, continuing weekends in December. Don’t worry if you were unable to attend the event! We’ve got you covered with a full recap of the experience:

The night began with the joyous sound of Christmas carolers singing all your favorite holiday songs including: Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer, Santa Claus is Coming to Town, Jingle Bells, and Feliz Navidad.

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To officially begin the awesome ceremony, LEGOLAND had a little help from some familiar characters. Emmet and Wyldstyle joined the celebration and pumped up the crowd to welcome LEGO® Santa and help with the highly anticipated countdown!

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Our Guests of Honor were over 200 Make-A-Wish visitors. Thanks to Merlin’s Magic Wand, the families were provided tickets to enjoy LEGOLAND Florida Resort for the day. Four children were selected to help light the LEGO® tree which is made up of 270,000 LEGO® and DUPLO® bricks! The Tree Lighting marked the beginning of Christmas Bricktacular and other holiday events taking place during December at LEGOLAND Florida Resort. This holiday event is included in your park admission so be sure to take advantage by visiting weekends in December!

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Christmas Bricktacular presented by Shutterfly® takes place on December 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, and 21. Guests can enjoy Nightly Fireworks December 26-30 leading up to our Kids’ New Year’s Eve celebration on December 31st! See our website for more details.

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Top 5 Things About Christmas Bricktacular

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1. It is free with purchase of general admission!

There are no additional costs to your family for attending Christmas Bricktacular, as it is included with the price of admission! To makes things even better, we have a special gift for you!  Guests who pay for admission between now and December 17th, 2014 will receive a complimentary ticket to return January 1- February 28, 2015. You can visit our website for more details.

2. Brick the Halls Retail Shop

New to the event this year is a special retail store full of your favorite LEGO® Christmas sets. Conveniently located in Fun Town, the shop is the perfect place to check off those LEGO® Christmas gifts for the holidays.

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3. Holiday Decorations

Around the park, guests will find many festive decorations. However, the best is our LEGO® Christmas Tree located in the Market Plaza. Perfect for any family photo, this massive tree is made up of about 270,000 LEGO® & DUPLO® elements! There is even a tree lighting ceremony on December 6th!

4. LEGO® Santa’s Christmas Workshop VIP experience

LEGO® Santa’s Christmas workshop is the perfect festive upgrade to any LEGO® fan’s Christmas build up. Enjoy a fun interaction with LEGO® Santa and Toy Soldier characters before meeting with a Master Model Builder to create an exclusive Christmas decoration to take home with you. This experience also includes holiday treats. The cost is $40 regular admission and $32 for Annual Pass holders. For more details visit our website.

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5. Built for kids and by kids!

LEGOLAND Florida Resort is built for kids, and during Christmas Bricktacular it is built by kids. On December 20-21, guests can help build a 19-foot LEGO Christmas tree and ornaments! On December 6-7, 13-14, 27-28, guests can help build a massive mural made up of 27,684 1×1 LEGO® bricks! No matter what weekend you come, your kids always have a chance to interact, play, and build!

For more information on Christmas Bricktacular and other holiday events throughout December visit our website. Stay up to date with all the latest from LEGOLAND Florida Resort by following us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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Top 9 Tips for an Awesome Visit to LEGOLAND® Florida Resort

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Build memories and have a stress-free visit to LEGOLAND® Florida Resort by following these helpful tips to make the most of your trip:

1. Arrive Early

Please view the operating calendar before your visit so you are informed of the most current Park operating hours as our times change. We recommend arriving about 15 minutes prior to opening so you can experience the awesome opening ceremony orchestrated by Buddy!

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2. Plan Ahead

Pick up a show guide upon entering the Park to stay informed on show times, character meet & greet locations and more! Use the show guide to plan out your day so you don’t miss the perfect character photo opportunity or one of our original must see shows. You can also view the Park map and show times online before your visit and access the mobile website at any time from your phone, keeping the latest information right at your fingertips.

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3. Designate A Meeting Spot

Prior to exploring LEGOLAND Florida Resort, make sure you and your family agree on a meeting spot in case anyone gets lost or separated from the group. Grab a Park map and circle the meeting spot so everyone is clear on the location.

4. Strategize

Start at the back of the Park near LEGO® City and work your way forward to avoid the crowds. If you are visiting with older kids, stay to the left side of the park towards Coastersaurus, as the rides on this side are geared towards those who enjoy our pink-knuckle attractions. If you have toddlers, DUPLO® Valley can’t be missed, with rides and attractions designed especially for our younger friends.

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5. Know Height Requirements

Be sure to reference the map and become familiar with the height and age requirements for each attraction prior to waiting in line. For your convenience, you can measure your children at the entrance of each attraction before you get in line or near the entrance of the park at guest services. At guest services, we will measure the child and give them a colored wrist band that will correlate with the top of the ride brick to show which rides the child can safely ride.

6. Bring Dry Clothes

If your family plans on embarking on The Quest for CHI, you’ll be glad you brought dry clothes to change into after experiencing this epic adventure! Lockers are located near the Park entrance and can help keep belongings safe and dry while you enjoy this interactive water ride!

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7. Trade Minifigures

Trading Minifigures with Model Citizens (LEGOLAND employees) is a fun and popular activity for all ages! Be sure to bring any Minifigures from home in a plastic zipped bag. If you forget your Minifigures or don’t want to part with any from your current collection, you can always buy them when you arrive at the Park. Model citizens display their Minifigure on their nametag, so be sure to keep your eyes open throughout the park.

8. Enjoy A Sweet Treat

No trip to LEGOLAND Florida Resort would be complete without trying Granny’s Apple Fries. This LEGOLAND original will leave you all smiles as you indulge in this cinnamon and sugar treat. Choose to dip them with sweet whipped cream or caramel sauce!

9. Attend Special Events

Visiting LEGOLAND Florida Resort during the holidays? Be sure to check the website for special events that could align with your visit – Brick or Treat, Christmas Bricktacular, Nightly Fireworks and other events make a visit even more memorable and add a little extra to a trip since they are already included in your park admission.

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Celebrate Veterans Day at LEGOLAND® Florida Resort

LEGOLAND® Florida Resort salutes the military veterans of the United States Armed Forces with appreciation days Nov. 1-23, 2014. In gratitude for their service, all US military veterans are entitled to free admission to LEGOLAND Florida every day during the promotion time. Veterans are also entitled to discounted tickets for up to six accompanying guests at 50% off the gate price.

To redeem the free admission ticket, US military veterans should present their military ID or form of proof of Veteran status to LEGOLAND Florida Resort’s ticket window the day they plan to visit; military veterans may also purchase tickets for up to six accompanying guests at a discounted rate of 50% off each ticket.VeteransDay

On Nov. 10th we will recognize Veterans Day since we are closed on Nov. 11th.  On this day we will hand out buttons to each Veteran at the ticket window which is good for the following discounts*:

  • 20% discount on food & beverage
  • 20% discount on retail
  • Buy One, Get One Free on 6×8 Photos
  • Buy One, Get One Free on Games; excluding prize every time games

 

*Discount is exclusive and cannot be combined with any other offers; including annual pass discount.  Discount does not include artists.  LEGOLAND Florida reserves the right to limit or exclude certain items without prior notice.   Complete details of limits or exclusions will be available in the select locations.  Discount is valid for Veteran and their immediate family only.  Discount is good for November 10, 2014 only.
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Discover the Educational Programs at LEGOLAND® Florida Resort!

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!

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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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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