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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!

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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!

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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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LEGOLAND Florida’s Shuttle Pick-up location is changing!

We will be relocating the LEGOLAND Florida Shuttle pickup in Orlando to the new I-Drive 360 complex beginning on June 19th.

NEW Pick-up Location: I-Drive 360
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LEGOLAND Florida Shuttle general information:

  • Round-trip transportation to LEGOLAND Florida.
  • Shuttle departure time is 9am. Please arrive 30 minutes before departure time to ensure you don’t miss the bus!
  • Catch the shuttle back at scheduled park close.
  • Must book by 11am to reserve a seat for the following day
  • I-Drive 360 parking garage is FREE!
  • $5 per person (plus tax)

Benefits of using the shuttle:

  • Less cars on the road- Go Green!
  • Hassle-free
  • Do not have to pay for parking
  • It’s easy!
  • Saves money

If you are interested in booking a shuttle on a future visit, please visit here or call 1-877-350-5346 and press * to make a reservation!

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The Best Ways to Beat the Summer Heat at LEGOLAND Florida!

The Florida summer heat is just around the corner and the best way to enjoy time outdoors is to be prepared! We want to help you make the most out of your visit to LEGOLAND Florida with some tips on how to beat the summer heat here in the park.

  1. Stand under one of our Cool Zones!

Various Cool Zones are located throughout the park for your cooling pleasure with overhead misting fans to give you the refresh you need on a hot day.

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  1. Head over to World of Chima

Unleash the power and battle with water cannons to defend the mystical energy source, CHI. Meet Laval and Cragger, splash and play in Cragger’s Swamp!BTHBlog1

  1. Spend some time in DUPLO Valley

DUPLO Valley, our newest addition, has a few different ways to help you beat the heat. The Splash and Play area is a perfect place for kids to run through the water and have fun while cooling down. DUPLO Barn is an indoor playground, complete with air conditioning.

  1. Enjoy an indoor show or ride

The Imagination Zone, our 4D Theater, Pharaohs’ Revenge, Lost Kingdom Adventure, Fresh From Florida Greenhouse…just to name a few!

  1. Take a break and go shopping or enjoy a snack indoors

Most of our dining spaces have shaded or indoor seating. Refuel with some tasty snacks, cold beverages and enjoy the indoors or shop for some of your favorite LEGO products.

  1. Walk through Cypress Gardens

LEGOLAND Florida is proud to be part of history and preserving Cypress Gardens. Not only can you enjoy some awesome shade but you can also stroll through the beautiful gardens the area has been home to since 1936.

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7.  Explore the LEGOLAND Water Park

Our Water Park is fun for all ages with tons of cool down options to enjoy! From racing down our water slides to floating in our Build-a-Raft River, you will have plenty to keep you busy OR relax on a lazy summer day.

Now that you are prepared with all our “cool” tips…BRING ON THE SUMMER!

 

 

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Join LEGOLAND Florida and LEGOLAND Discovery Center Atlanta for the award-winning LEGO® KidsFest, June 27-29 at Atlanta’s Cobb Galleria Centre!

 

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LEGO® KidsFest brings its one-of-a-kind, interactive experience for five identical sessions during the weekend of June 27 – 29 at Atlanta’s Cobb Galleria Centre. The award-winning LEGO KidsFest is a traveling extravaganza featuring three acres and dozens of hands-on building, creative experiences and one-of-a-kind activities. Children of all ages and builders of all skills and levels are welcome. The show only makes seven North American appearances each year.

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Show-goers can enjoy the LEGO Model Museum, the LEGO Master Builder Academy, LEGO Chima, Art Gallery, LEGO Friends, LEGO Star Wars™ Race Ramps, Creation Nation, Construction Zone, LEGO DUPLO®, LEGO Retail store and LEGO KidsFest Marketplace, the Big Brick Pile, LEGO Ninjago, LEGO Mindstorms, LEGO Disney Princess, Super Heroes and more. And, new this year, both LEGOLAND Florida and LEGOLAND Discovery Center Atlanta will also be at LEGO Kids Fest with activities, giveaways and more!

LEGO KidsFest tickets are $22 for adults and $20 for children and can be purchased online at http://www.legokidsfest.com.

“Any family who likes to be inspired, get hands-on and have fun together won’t want to miss LEGO KidsFest,” said Vince Rubino, LEGO events manager. “We’re bringing so many activities for Atlanta-area families to showcase their creativity and building skills in what is sure to be a family event to remember.” LKF2

LEGO Systems, Inc. is the North American division of The LEGO Group, a privately held, family-owned company based in Billund, Denmark, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of creatively educational play materials for children.  The company is committed to the development of children’s creative and imaginative abilities, and its employees are guided by the motto adopted in the 1930s by founder Ole Kirk Christiansen: “Only the best is good enough.”  Visit the virtual LEGO world at www.LEGO.com

LEGO, the LEGO logo, and DUPLO, are trademarks of the LEGO Group.  © 2014 The LEGO Group.

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LEGOLAND Florida opens DUPLO Valley!

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It’s a very exciting time for us here at LEGOLAND Florida! We have expanded the park with a new addition, DUPLO Valley.  Now our 2-5 year old guests will have even more to do on their visit with us.

New attractions at DUPLO Valley include a train, a mini tractor ride, and a water play area. The central feature is the DUPLO Train where toddlers can board a train on their own or with their parents to explore countryside-themed scenery passing through farms, fishing holes and campgrounds. Just across the way, toddlers can jump on a tractor just their size and help the farmers plow the cornfields and hunt for missing farm animals.photo

For those looking to cool off, the new splash and play area will be refreshingly fun with intermittent water spouts and interactive water elements set among larger than life farm animals with a soft deck for safety.  The DUPLO Snack Bar will have caramel popcorn, regular popcorn, water and soda available for purchase.

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The Baby Care Center, presented by Winter Haven Hospital, provides a nursing and changing area, a cell phone charging station, bottle warming and more! Located inside the Duplo Farm.

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Guests can also purchase the new ‘Preschool Pass’, including weekday (Monday-Friday) admission to LEGOLAND Florida and standard parking for both one child under five and one adult for a full year at $90, plus tax. Assigned to the child, the pass allows an adult parent or guardian to attend the park with the toddler. The pass is transferrable to multiple adults in the family, allowing, for example, a mother to visit one day, and a grandparent the next, making it ideal for families to bring their little ones to LEGOLAND Florida during the week.

Below are the height restrictions for each ride in DUPLO Valley:

  • DUPLO Splash & Play: No height requirement
  • DUPLO Farm: No height requirement
  • DUPLO Train: Guests under 34” must ride with a responsible person 48” or taller, guests 34” and above may ride the DUPLO Train unaccompanied
  • DUPLO Tractor: Guests 36”-48” can ride with a responsible person 48” or taller, guests 48” and above can ride the DUPLO Tractor unaccompanied

 

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Miniland Santa Scavenger Hunt

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For the second installment of our Miniland USA Scavenger Hunt, we have a seasonal favorite for you! Our Master Model Builders have created and placed 30 versions of jolly St. Nick and his reindeer throughout Miniland USA! Can you find all 30 Miniland Santa models?

Here are some hints to help you along (and photos too)!

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1) Someone forgot to tell the Secret Service about Santa’s arrival.

2) While in Florida, Santa may have stopped to check out a NASCAR race.

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3) You might get wet looking for Santa in New York City.

4) Santa and his reindeer have no trouble navigating the most winding street in San Francisco.

5) Santa may have wanted a little poolside time in Las Vegas.

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Good luck! And let us know which Miniland Santa models are your favorites!

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