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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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Miniland USA Scavenger Hunt, part 1.

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Miniland USA is certainly the heart of LEGOLAND Florida, and many guests spend hours just taking in the details. If you are one such LEGO enthusiast with a keen eye for detail, we’ve got some fun trivia for you. Each month we will highlight a few scenes found in Miniland USA that are hidden in plain sight as part of a new “Miniland Scavenger Hunt” blog series, so get ready to learn about the secret lives of our Minilanders!

For the first Miniland Scavenger Hunt, we’ll give you five scenes to look for;

  1. Where in Florida can you find a man trying to herd cats?
  2. A couple is tying the knot in Washington DC, can you find them?
  3. Which college football team gets a shout out in Las Vegas?
  4. Can you find the dog on the run with a hot dog in New York?
  5. Where in California can you find a reference to the first LEGOLAND Park?

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Stay tuned for more fun facts and hidden scenes from Miniland USA, and be sure to share your favorite scenes in the comments below!

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LEGOLAND Hotel Coming to LEGOLAND Florida in 2015

Legoland HotelOn Thursday, November 21, 2013, LEGOLAND Florida General Manager Adrian Jones once again put on his hard hat to unveil an expansion at LEGOLAND Florida; officially announcing that the much anticipated LEGOLAND Hotel will open in 2015. Jones made the announcement alongside community leaders with a ceremonial groundbreaking moment at the site where the hotel will be built, directly to the left of LEGOLAND Florida’s entrance, near beautiful Lake Eloise.

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“The opening of a LEGOLAND Hotel will transition LEGOLAND Florida from a single-day visit theme park to a multi-day resort destination,” said Jones. “This will serve as a catalyst for future economic development in Polk County.”

Welcoming guests with a multicolored exterior and entrance, the four-story LEGOLAND Hotel will immerse families with young children in the world of LEGO®, as an extension of the vibrant and interactive theme park experience. Created to bring children’s imaginations to life, the LEGO-themed hotel will feature 152 brightly colored and highly themed rooms and suites, LEGO décor; interactive play areas; a pool and a restaurant.

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LEGOLAND Florida Hotel will add 250 construction-related jobs during the construction, and another 250 jobs to its employee base to staff the new hotel upon completion.

This will be the fifth LEGOLAND Hotel in the world joining LEGOLAND California, LEGOLAND Windsor and LEGOLAND Billund hotels. LEGOLAND Malaysia Hotel will soon open its doors.

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Holiday VIP Experiences Make the Perfect Gift!

There is always that one person on your Christmas list that has it all, the person who is just impossible to shop for, right? If you have a LEGO fan that fits that description on your list, we have the perfect gift idea for you; a LEGOLAND Florida VIP Experience!2013.07.16_LEGOLANDFLORIDAVIP_045

With expanded VIP Experience offerings during the holidays, you can give the perfect gift to that special someone, from reserved fireworks seating during Countdown to Kids’ New Year’s Eve to our Christmas Bricktacular VIP Experience that includes a tour of the secret Model Shop, priority ride access all day and a special meet & greet session with LEGO Santa and Toy Soldier!2012.02.07_LEGOLAND_ADSHOOT_246

The VIP Experiences Reserved Fireworks seating is offered nightly December 26-31, 2013 and includes reserved seating, hot chocolate, warm cookies and a blanket to keep you cozy during the fireworks display. This experience can be added to park admission for just $23 per child and $25 per adult. Park admission is required.

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If you book the LEGOLAND Florida VIP Experience during Christmas Bricktacular, private meet & greet sessions with LEGO Santa and Toy Soldier are included. Pricing starts at $445 per child and $495 per adult.  LEGOLAND Florida Annual Pass Members receive a special discount of more than $100 off!

The LEGOLAND Florida VIP Experience includes:

  • Your personal VIP Host for the entire day
  • Exclusive tour of the secret Model Shop with our Model Builder
  • Priority access to rides & attractions
  • Single day admission & parking
  • Lunch & refreshments
  • Interesting park and LEGO Model facts
  • VIP lanyard
  • LEGOLAND Florida Gift bag
  • Printed souvenir photograph
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Not visiting during the holidays, but want to gift the VIP Experience? We offer Brick Gift Vouchers to make gift giving a snap. This gift is a customized LEGO Brick wall with a photo and message of your choice!

To learn more or book your VIP Experience, click here or call 1-855-753-7777. All VIP Experiences require an advance booking to guarantee availability.

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Two Years and So Much to Celebrate

LEGOLAND Florida Grand Opening October 15 2011 Can you believe it’s been two years since we first opened? Time sure does fly when you are having fun! And we’ve certainly grown a lot in those two short years, so here is a recap of some of the additions, expansions and just plain fun things to do if you haven’t visited us lately.LEGOLAND Water Park Wave Pool

LEGOLAND® Water Park - Opened just 8 short months after the park opening, this “park within a park” expansion provides gallons of fun for the whole family, from DUPLO® Splash Safari to Splash Out to the Build-a-Raft River!

FFF Greenhouse Fresh from Florida Greenhouse and Learn & Grow Experience – Visitors can explore a Florida farm from seed to harvest through a variety of hands-on and visual displays. They can see a model orange grove, with LEGO oranges and orange pickers; work a solar-powered irrigation system by turning solar power panels toward a LEGO sun; enjoy native plants, flowers and wildlife, including a LEGO bald eagle; and learn about the history of Florida since Ponce de Leon landed in Florida 500 years ago in 1513.

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Warner Bros. Games ™ Zone – This air-conditioned expansion in the Imagination Zone is every gamer’s dream and a great way to take a break from the Florida heat. This interactive game zone is where kids can test and play the latest LEGO video games and interact with technology on a variety of popular gaming systems!

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The Fried Chicken Company­ – Rides aren’t the only new additions to the park, and this new sit-down restaurant features indoor and outdoor dining areas, a delicious menu of fried chicken, chicken sandwiches and wraps, and colorful, retro-inspired LEGO décor!

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I-Zone Panini- This tasty pressed sandwich shop was added after grand opening. It gives guests in Imagination Zone some delicious lunch options, from roast beef with horseradish to vegetarian panzanella or children’s options of ham & cheese and peanut butter & jelly.

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The LEGO World of Chima presented by Cartoon Network - This newest expansion is a can’t miss adventure for the entire family, with no minimum height requirement on the signature ride; The Quest for CHI. Families can board their own watercraft and fire water cannons to help protect the precious CHI, splash and play in Cragger’s Swamp or test their Speedorz™ skills in the Speedorz Arena!

We hope you have explored all of the new areas, and stay tuned for more information about our newest area, DUPLO Valley opening spring 2014!

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New DUPLO Valley Toddler Area Opening in 2014

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When DUPLO® Valley opens in spring 2014, new attractions and significant renovations will make this toddler-dedicated space a favorite for our smallest guests! The area will include new farm-themed attractions, an air-conditioned indoor play area and a water play area, all geared to toddlers ages 2-5. DUPLO Valley will be the ideal place for parents to play and relax with young children.

One of the key attractions in the new area will be a DUPLO train, where toddlers can board on their own or with parents to explore countryside-themed scenery including farms, fishing holes and campgrounds. Just across the way, toddlers can jump on a mini-tractor and help the DUPLO farmers plow cornfields and find missing farm animals. To cool off after a busy day on the farm, toddlers can also splash and play in the new water play area, filled with water spouts and larger than life DUPLO farm animals on a soft play deck.

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In addition to the new attractions, the existing DUPLO Barn will also be significantly renovated to include air-conditioning and additional play areas, as well as an updated toddler room where parents can relax while children build with DUPLO bricks. The Baby Care Center, presented by Winter Haven Hospital, will continue to provide all the amentieis to take care of young children. The area offers private nursing areas, rocking chairs, microwaves, bottle warmers, high chairs, changing stations and more. The Baby Care Center will remain open during construction to accommodate families.

During construction in the former DUPLO Village area, park guests with toddlers are encouraged to explore the other attractions for the entire family found throughout the park. A full list of these toddler-friendly attractions can be found at www.legoland.com/toddlers.

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Rollercoasters & Robots Make Education Fun!

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What do you get when you combine more than 50 rides, shows and attractions with LEGO Education sets and STEM-focused learning programs for grades K-6? The coolest educational field trip options around!

LEGOLAND Florida makes learning fun with eight different STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) programs that feature robotics, gears, pulleys, levers and even earthquake tables to test the strength of structures. Teachers and parents can choose from a number of programs and associated in-classroom curriculum that tie in to interactive park activities.  Each program consists of a 45 minute hands-on educational session, which can be reserved in advance by school groups. For those looking for a less structured program, educational guides found online deliver options for a self-guided experience within the park.

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Field trip pricing starts at just $8 per student, including the 45-minute program and all-day admission to LEGOLAND Florida! Reservations are limited and can be booked by school officials by calling 877-350-5346. Park guests can also sign up for these programs on a first come, first served basis at the Imagination Zone during their visit (subject to availability).

Florida teachers for grades K- 12 can also get a firsthand look at LEGOLAND Florida’s education offerings with a free Florida Teacher Pass that includes admission to both LEGOLAND Florida and LEGOLAND Water Park. Qualifying teachers just need to provide FDOE teaching certification and current paystub to receive the pass.

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Field trip programs include:
Tall Towers (Grades K-3): Students learn about how structures are made and what makes them strong and then test their creation on an earthquake table.
Funtastic Gears (Grades K-2): Students build a theme park ride using gears to alter the speed and direction.
Robotics for Young Beginners (Grades 1-2): Students will build a Florida alligator and make it move to learn introductory concepts of robotics using motors and sensors. Program uses WeDo Robotics LEGO Education Set.
Get Moving (Grades 2-5): Students build a car and predict which car will win the race and why – all while learning about friction, inertia and wind resistance.
Energy Lab (Grades 2-6): Students build a solar-powered car where they collect, store and transfer the solar energy to power their vehicle.
Amazing Machines (Grades 3-6): Students build their own amazing machine equipped with gears, levers, pulleys and motors.
Dr. Heartbeat (Grades 3-6): With students at the helm, “Dr. Heartbeat” and other NXT-bots complete a variety of life-saving operations and medical procedures using a computer, light & sound sensors and motors.
Adventure Bot (Grades 3-6): Students can go on a mission using Adventure-bots to retrieve golden marble treasures and hide them from the treasure hunters using a computer, light and sound sensors and motors.

Start building your educational trip today!

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Brick-or-Treat Tips to Make Your Visit a Treat!

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Get ready for spooky family fun as Brick-or-Treat, presented by Wells Fargo, returns to LEGOLAND Florida for the second year on weekends this October! Even the smallest ghosts and goblins can enjoy safe, child-friendly Halloween festivities every Saturday and Sunday.

Best of all, Brick-or-Treat is included with park admission, so no need to worry about buying a separate ticket. The fun festivities include a ghostly scavenger hunt throughout Miniland USA, LEGO Ghost build, costume contest, character meet & greets and of course trick-or-treating on the Brick or Treat trail! (Full Event Details Here)

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Here are some tips to make the most of your Brick-or-Treat visit;

1) Have your smart phone or pen and paper handy to jot down the locations of LEGO Minifigures hidden throughout Miniland USA. Each Minifigure will be accompanied by a LEGO Ghost featuring a letter. Write down all 5 letters, unscramble the secret word and enter online for a chance to win a LEGOLAND prize pack!

2) Children should wear or bring a costume that is comfortable to walk in for both the costume contest and Brick-or-Treat trail! Some costumes may not be worn on rides for safety reasons, so a change of clothes is a good idea!

3) This year’s Brick-or-Treat trail features 6 trick-or-treat stations, with entry at the Special Event Venue (#37 on your park map) at 1 pm on event days. Pass Members! You get early access to the Brick-or-Treat trail at Noon, so be ready to show your Pass ID to enter!

4) Children are welcome to bring their own trick-or-treat bags, especially if they are the perfect accessory for their costume!

5) Costume contest categories are by age group this year. Register early to avoid missing your group in this popular event! Contest groups start at 3 pm for 0-3 year olds, followed by 4-8 year olds at 4 pm and 9-12 year olds at 5 pm.

6) Be sure to stop for a photo with the World’s Largest LEGO ® Jack-o-Lantern while your tiny ghosts and goblins are all dressed up!

7) If you are joining us on Saturdays, be sure to stay for the spooky, kooky dance party in Miniland USA!

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And of course, be sure to post your photos from Brick-or-Treat on our Facebook page, Pinterest, Twitter and Instagram with #LEGOLANDFlorida! We will highlight some of our favorites from the event!

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Learn and Grow with NEW Fresh From Florida Experience

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The new Fresh from Florida Learn and Grow Experience is now open for guests to explore! This new area is a perfect compliment to the Fresh from Florida Greenhouse, which was opened last year as a result of a partnership between the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and LEGOLAND Florida. The partnership aims to educate visitors about where their food comes from and promote healthy eating.

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At LEGOLAND Florida’s Fresh From Florida Greenhouse, visitors can explore a Florida farm from seed to harvest through a variety of hands-on and visual displays that demonstrate the six stages of production – seeding, sowing, watering, tending, harvesting and serving. Since the Fresh From Florida Greenhouse was built, visitors from Florida and around the world have learned why natural resources – like water and nutrients – are essential to crops and what animals – like cows and bees – play a role in providing foods served at tables across the nation.

Fresh from Florida Learn and Grow Experience

This latest expansion welcomes guests to enjoy a beautiful lakeside setting and provides a fun, interactive and educational experience about Florida agriculture. Visitors can see a model orange grove, with LEGO oranges and orange pickers; work a solar-powered irrigation system by turning solar powers toward a LEGO sun; enjoy native plants, flowers and wildlife, including a LEGO bald eagle; and learn about the history of Florida since Ponce de Leon landed in Florida 500 years ago in 1513.

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Explore The LEGO® World of Chima, presented by Cartoon Network

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Looking for a place for the entire family to play together? Look no further than The LEGO® World of Chima, presented by Cartoon Network. This new area, exclusive to LEGOLAND® Florida, offers fun for the entire family with three key attractions; The Quest for CHI, Cragger’s Swamp and The Speedorz™ Arena!

This immersive, interactive area will delight guests of all ages, whether they love the LEGO Legends of Chima series, or they are just being introduced to this exciting story for the first time. When guests catch a glimpse of Mount Cavora, complete with cascading waterfalls and towering 55 feet above the majestic Lion Temple, they know the adventure is about to begin.

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As families enter The World of Chima, they can embark on The Quest for CHI; an interactive family water ride, where the entire family can board their watercraft and fire water cannons along the way. Families will help Laval the Lion Prince rescue the precious CHI from Cragger the Crocodile King by firing their water cannons at targets throughout the ride, but watch out, some of Chima’s tribes shoot back! And, of course, fellow guests can fire their water cannons from the shore or other boats, so prepare to get wet! Even some of the smallest guests can join the fun, with no minimum height requirement. Guests under 48 inches just need a responsible rider over that height to accompany them and join the fun! (Learn more in this article from USA Today)

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In addition to The Quest for CHI, families can also test their skills using special rip-cord powered vehicles in the Speedorz Arena just outside the Lion temple. In this interactive arena, race your Speedorz through a series of LEGO obstacles in a friendly competition.

Families can also cool off in Cragger’s Swamp water play area, where even the smallest guests can splash and play amongst water jets and fun LEGO characters. And, don’t forget to stop by Razar’s Bazaar on your way out of The World of Chima for fun merchandise and a chance to meet Laval and Cragger during special meet and greet sessions.

Where will you go first to start your Chima adventure?

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