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‘Cool’ new solar energy project is the latest way we’re staying green

We’re teaming up with Tampa Electric on a 2-megawatt solar energy project that will produce electricity — and shade — for our guests, a project announced today as part of an Earth Day celebration at the resort #BuiltForKids.

CoveredParking2Beginning this spring, Tampa Electric will install a canopy of solar panels over our preferred parking lot, next to the theme park entrance.  When operational later this year, the project will produce enough electricity to power up to 250 homes annually, while keeping more than 600 cars cool.

Tampa Electric will own and maintain the solar array, with all power entering TECO’s electrical grid for the benefit of its more than 725,000 customers, including us!

150414_AR_DrivingSchool__A2O8078The solar energy project is just one of several ongoing environmental initiatives here.  In fact, we conserved enough energy though paper, cardboard and steel recycling in 2015 to power our newest theme park land, Heartlake City, for a year!  Here are some more fun facts on how we stay “green”:

 

  • Nearly 1 ton of LEGO® brick has been collected for recycling. It’s then redistributed to manufacture new products.
  • All 12 electric vehicles at the Ford Junior Driving School attraction are charged entirely with solar power.
  • A 30-kilowatt solar panel array is mounted atop Imagination Zone, supporting Tampa Electric’s Renewable Energy program.
  • Under the Citrus Connection Universal Access program, all Model Citizens who work here enjoy access to free bus rides, resulting in 22,581 fewer vehicle trips on area roads in 2015.
  • LEGOLAND Hotel works with Clean the World to supply recycled hygiene products to those in need.

brickrecyclingToday, in honor of Earth Day, we’re offering several fun activities designed especially for kids. Brick by brick, kids can help Master Model Builders create an Earth Day-themed LEGO mural as well as a large LEGO tree. Plus, several vendors will offer conservation tips and kids can take some of the fun home by picking up a free TECO activity book and colored pencils.

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‘Our whole family had a blast!’

LEGO NINJAGO World

Mike, Cameron, Faith and Melissa Allen pose with a giant, brick-built model of LEGO NINJAGO® star Kai outside the site of the new LEGO NINJAGO World theme park land opening in early 2017.

Last week, the Allen family from Michigan enjoyed their Grand Prize from the #BrickOrTreatContest we sponsored with HLN’s “Morning Express with Robin Meade” cable news show several months ago. Making their second visit to LEGOLAND® Florida Resort, dad Mike, mom Melissa, 12-year-old Cameron and 11-year-old Faith got to enjoy all the new fun added since their last trip, including the all-new LEGOLAND Hotel.

Here’s what Cameron had to say about it:

Our whole family had a blast at LEGOLAND Florida Resort! From the moment we stepped off the plane and saw a chauffeur with our name on an iPad, we had a lot of fun. The hotel was awesome!!  The rooms were so detailed and cool! We were in a Kingdoms room, and there was a bag of LEGO® items just waiting on the bed for us! We also got to open a treasure chest in the room with more LEGO surprises!

We were able to meet with the Master Model Builders and WOW, that was so cool to see how things are put together for the park and how they store all of the LEGO pieces.

LEGO prizes

Faith and Cameron were delighted to find a bag filled with LEGO items waiting for them in their hotel room, part of the #BrickOrTreatContest Grand Prize.

There was a LEGO building contest the first night there (which I actually ended up winning) and we met some new friends from Flushing, Mich., and hung out with them all night and then went to the water park with them the next day. The first slides Fischer, Holden, Faith and I went on were the Splash Out and they were a blast!

Project X

Cameron, left, called Project X in the LEGO Technic area his favorite among the park’s themed roller coasters.

“The LEGO Movie™ 4D A New Adventure” was also really cool — there was a lot of water being sprayed at us! All of the coasters were awesome!  My favorite ride in the park was Project X — it was so much fun!  I really enjoyed going into the LEGO stores and trading minifigs with all of the Model Citizens.  We had an amazing time and cannot wait until we go back again.

Thanks again!!!

LEGOLAND Hotel

Cameron and Faith pose inside the lobby of LEGOLAND Hotel, which opened in May 2015.

Kingdom Room

The Allen family stayed in a Kingdom room, one of four LEGO themes offered at LEGOLAND Hotel.

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Welcome, Cameron and Faith!

Cameron and Faith Allen

Cameron and Faith Allen created this mummy and coffin out of LEGO bricks for last fall’s #BrickOrTreatContest.

Last fall, LEGOLAND® Florida Resort partnered with the HLN cable network’s “Morning Express with Robin Meade” to award an awesome family vacation based on the creative kid who built the most monstrous LEGO® model. The #BrickOrTreatContest drew hundreds of entries and because we’re #BuiltForKids we decided to give the Grand Prize to all three finalists.

In January, the Stuchell family visited us from northern Michigan. This month, the Allen family arrives from central Michigan, where daytime temperatures are hovering in the 30s and 40s. (Meanwhile, it’s sunny and warm here in Florida, with temps in the high 70s and low 80s.)

We’re delighted to welcome 12-year-old Cameron and his 11-year-old sister, Faith, for their second trip here. Both are big LEGO fans and much has changed since their last visit. Here’s what Cameron had to say before leaving home:

My sister and I are hyped about our upcoming LEGOLAND vacation! Since we were there in 2013, I heard a lot of attractions were added. We are both huge LEGO fans!  We have a whole room in our house that we call our LEGO Room.

I can’t wait to experience “The LEGO Movie™ 4D A New Adventure” — the attraction sounds really cool! My sister is very excited to see Heartlake City and the “Friends to the Rescue” show.

I will ask the Master Model Builder(s) about different techniques to make my LEGO city unique and how to make it look better. We can’t wait to go!

Cameron and Faith Allen

“We have a whole room in our house that we call our LEGO Room,” says Cameron, 12.

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Don’t wait! Register for the 2016 LEGOLAND® Brick Dash 5K on Saturday, April 16

In less than two weeks, LEGOLAND® Florida Resort will once again host the Brick Dash 5K, a great event for families that benefits the Winter Haven Hospital Foundation Fund for Women and Children.

Brick Dash 5K

The 2016 LEGOLAND Brick Dash 5K will take place Saturday, April 16.

The Polk County tradition formerly known as the Citrus Classic kicks off Saturday, April 16, at 7 a.m. with a 5K run/walk through the springtime splendor of LEGOLAND Florida Resort, a site whose roots literally stretch back many decades to the heyday of Cypress Gardens.

This year, kids 5 and under can participate in a 100-year dash, a new addition to the long-running event. Afterward, the Half-Mile Fun Run invites kids 6-12 to take a sprint through the theme park as the sun rises.

brick-dash-logo-2016-revision6 (2)Don’t delay – register today!

Registration is available at active.com or by calling the Winter Haven Hospital Foundation at (863) 292-4138. The 5K fee for participants 13 and older is $35; the children’s events are priced separately. A family of up to five participants is $99. Special corporate rates are offered; call the Foundation for more information. Complete pricing, registration and event details are available at the link above.

The day’s schedule is as follows:

  • On-site registration begins: 5:30 a.m.
  • 5K: 7-9 a.m.
  • Kids 100-yard dash: 7:55-8 a.m.
  • Kids half-mile: 8:05-8:30 a.m.
  • Awards ceremony: 8:20 a.m.

Admission to the theme park is offered to every Brick Dash participant on April 16 at a special, one-day-only rate of $30 plus tax. Admission to LEGOLAND Water Park also is available for an additional $15 per person. Brick Dash participants must present their race day bibs at the theme park ticket windows to receive the special rate.

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Building the future, brick by brick

Building the future, brick by brickEarlier this week, LEGOLAND® Florida Resort unveiled plans for the largest expansion period in its history, an exciting lineup of projects that will offer great new reasons to visit over the next several years. Here’s a look at what’s new — and what’s next:

Want to see how the news was announced? Watch the creative ceremony held at the theme park’s entrance arch for media and VIPs, which streamed live to thousands of fans on our Facebook page:

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JUST ANNOUNCED: Multiple projects launch largest expansion in LEGOLAND® Florida Resort history

Earlier today, LEGOLAND® Florida Resort revealed exclusive details about an unprecedented slate of projects that will deliver additional on-site accommodations, an immersive new theme park land with a cutting-edge, interactive attraction, the first-ever expansion of our water park, a new, action-packed “4D” theatrical attraction and an all-new summertime event filled with fireworks and special entertainment, giving guests even more reasons to play — and stay — at the place #BuiltForKids:

LEGOLAND Beach Retreat – opening mid-2017

LEGOLANDBeachRetreat_postcardThis whimsically themed vacation resort combines the fun of surf, sand and sun with the creativity of LEGO® on a picturesque site next to Lake Dexter, adjacent to the theme park. Distinguished by a colorful LEGO lighthouse, the village-style, lakefront resort will feature 83 single-story duplex units, offering 166 separate accommodations that sleep up to five.

Designed with the same combination of imagination and kid-centric detail that made the 10-month-old LEGOLAND Hotel an immediate hit, the all-new LEGOLAND Beach Retreat offers a great way for larger families and friends to vacation together. Amenities will include a themed pool, a sandy play area, a buffet-style restaurant and complimentary transportation to and from the theme park.

LEGO NINJAGO® World – opening early 2017

NINJAGOTheRide_postcardInspired by the popular series of LEGO building sets and the long-running TV show “LEGO NINJAGO: Masters of Spinjitzu,” this all-new, fully immersive theme park land invites guests to step into a magical, martial arts kingdom where they’ll experience a first-of-its-kind attraction that blends eye-popping, 3D computer animation, “4D” atmospheric effects and groundbreaking technology by Montreal-based Triotech.

On LEGO NINJAGO The Ride, up to four guests per vehicle blast animated fireballs, lightning, shockwaves and ice using nothing more than their hands as they travel through dojos mastering their skills before teaming up to defeat a powerful villain. Riders collect points and scores are displayed when each quest is complete. The thrilling attraction is the epicenter of a new area featuring multiple hands-on, interactive experiences that will hone kids’ physical skills like NINJAGO heroes Kai, Jay, Cole, Zane and Nya, before their ultimate test on LEGO NINJAGO The Ride.

Creative Cove featuring Build-A-Boat – now open

A fun expansion area at LEGOLAND Water Park adds a brand-new attraction, Build-A-Boat, where kids can create and race LEGO watercraft through fast-flowing rivers alongside cheering crowds in a setting inspired by the popular LEGO City Coast Guard sets.  Nearby, the existing Imagination Station lets little ones build and play with colorful DUPLO® bricks in a water-filled activity center. Additional dining offerings, increased seating capacity and complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the entire water park round out the all-new offerings for 2016.

“LEGO NEXO KNIGHTS™ 4D: The Book of Creativity” – opening May 26, 2016

NEXO_KNIGHTS_logoSet in the futuristic Kingdom of Knighton, this all-new theatrical attraction pits five young knights against the evil Jestro and his sidekick, the Book of Monsters, in a battle for control of a rare book of magic that gives its owner tremendous power. Based on the new LEGO series of building sets and the just-launched TV show, the 12½-minute, immersive experience combines 3D computer animation with “4D,” real-world effects that bring the high-tech action bursting off the screen and into the audience.

Elsewhere in the theme park, kids will discover six exclusive shields that unlock unique NEXO Powers within the LEGO NEXO KNIGHTS: Merlok 2.0 mobile app for iOS and Android devices.

LEGOLAND Night Lights – Summer 2016

The resort will debut its latest all-new event in June, a celebration of summertime fun featuring extended park hours, meet-and-greet opportunities with favorite LEGO characters, exclusive opportunities to build alongside LEGO Master Model Builders and a spectacular, brick-tacular NINJAGO fireworks display that will light the night above Lake Eloise with brilliant colors and triumphant music. Held exclusively at LEGOLAND Florida Resort, the party is included with park admission and will take place every Saturday and Sunday from June 18 to July 31.

The exciting new projects represent the largest period of growth in the nearly 4½-year history of LEGOLAND Florida Resort, a rapid trajectory of expansions that has included LEGOLAND Water Park (May 2012), LEGO STAR WARS™ Miniland Model Display (November 2012), LEGO World of Chima™ (July 2013), DUPLO Valley (May 2014), LEGOLAND Hotel (May 2015), Heartlake City (June 2015), and phased restorations of the historic Cypress Gardens botanical wonderland, which recently celebrated its 80th anniversary.

To keep up with all the brick-tastic news happening here, sign up for our free email newsletter and check our blog for regular updates!

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Follow the tide to LEGOLAND® Water Park’s opening day

Ready to dive into some fun?

Kids will test their creative brain power when they experience Build-A-Boat, the newest attraction in LEGOLAND Water Park.

Kids will test their creativity when they experience Build-A-Boat, the newest attraction in LEGOLAND Water Park.

We’re proud to open the first expansion at LEGOLAND® Water Park since it debuted in 2012. Join us Saturday, March 12, at 10:30 a.m. for a special ceremony to dedicate Creative Cove and our new attraction, Build-A-Boat, where kids can design, create and race LEGO® boats through rushing rivers.

After the grand opening ceremony, special activities and games will offer a splash of extra excitement all weekend long. Challenge friends to a jump rope competition or see how many times you can swing a hula hoop. Play with a giant parachute or find out how low you can go during limbo. It’s all happening Saturday and Sunday only and is included with water park admission.

Take lots of photos of your splash-tacular fun and share them on social media with the complimentary Wi-Fi now available throughout the entire water park — another great perk introduced this year.

While supplies last, pick up your commemorative LEGO brick for LEGOLAND Water Park opening. We have two designs to choose from.

While supplies last, pick up your exclusive LEGO brick commemorating LEGOLAND Water Park in 2016. We have two designs to choose from.

Make sure to grab a limited-edition LEGO brick commemorating the 2016 water park season this weekend! Two different designs are available and only will be available while supplies last on Saturday and Sunday near the entrance of LEGOLAND Water Park.

The best way to let your imagination soar all season long at Creative Cove is with an Annual Pass. Enjoy endless opportunities to splash in the water park and play in the theme park for a full year with an Awesome Pass.

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Win tickets with our #BuiltToSwim Instagram contest!

BuiltToSwimWho’s ready to dive into some fun?

The 2016 LEGOLAND® Water Park season opens Saturday, March 12, with a splash-tastic event featuring LEGO® character meet-and-greets, a dance party and special opportunities to build with LEGO. New to the park this year is a fun expansion area, Creative Cove, featuring the all-new LEGO Build-A-Boat attraction.

How do you get ready for Spring Break? Show us your favorite kid-friendly activity on Instagram and you could win four one-day tickets to LEGOLAND Florida Theme Park and LEGOLAND Water Park!

Post your content on Instagram by Thursday, March 3, in order to enter.  The winner will be announced Friday, March 4, via Instagram Direct Message. Entries will be judged based on creativity and how well you represent the theme.

Rules:

  1. Follow @LEGOLANDFlorida on Instagram
  2. Snap a photo or video of your favorite kid-centric Spring Break activity
  3. Post on Instagram with hashtag #BuiltToSwim

Full details are available on our website at http://florida.legoland.com/water-park-contest/.

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LAST CHANCE: ‘The LEGO® Movie™ 4D’ Weekends event ends Sunday, Feb. 28

Guests have enjoyed an awesome lineup of extra entertainment and kid-centric activities during “The LEGO® Movie™ 4D” Weekends, an event offered exclusively at LEGOLAND® Florida Resort every Saturday and Sunday in February.

"The LEGO® Movie™ 4D" Weekends

“The LEGO® Movie™ 4D” Weekends event will end at closing time Sunday, Feb. 28. Don’t miss it!

Emmet and friends will continue to delight guests daily during presentations of “The LEGO Movie 4D A New Adventure,” the new theatrical attraction that combines 3D computer animation with “4D” effects like wind, water and fog, but the extra fun taking place throughout the rest of the theme park will end at closing time Sunday, Feb. 28.

Here’s what’s happening during the last two dates of “The LEGO Movie 4D” Weekends:

  • Help our Master Model Builders create a LEGO mosaic masterpiece or use your imagination to build a unique LEGO model to stop new villain Risky Business and his Evil Secret Plot, both in Miniland.
  • "The LEGO® Movie™ 4D" Weekends

    Meet the cast of “The LEGO Movie 4D A New Adventure,” collect passport stamps and answer trivia questions for an opportunity to receive an exclusive, limited-edition poster and a chance to win a LEGO prize pack, while supplies last.

    Travel the park to meet the stars of “The LEGO Movie 4D A New Adventure,” including Emmet, Wyldstyle, Benny, MetalBeard and Risky Business. During your journey, collect passport stamps and answer trivia questions for an opportunity to earn an exclusive, limited-edition poster and a chance to win a LEGO prize pack, while supplies last. Pick up a free passport in front of the Wells Fargo Fun Town Theater and drop it off there when you’re done. Official rules will be available at the submission box.

  • Risky Business’s henchmen will patrol the park throughout the day in search of kids dressed as characters from “The LEGO Movie.” Select guests will receive an exclusive prize and a chance to win a LEGO prize pack, while supplies last.
  • At the Imagination Pavilion in Pirates’ Cove, kids can take control of Emmet or Wyldstyle in “The LEGO Movie Video Game” to defeat President Business with help from Unikitty, Benny and MetalBeard.
  • "The LEGO® Movie™ 4D" Weekends

    Meet Emmet and his Master Builder friends during “The LEGO® Movie™ 4D” Weekends.

    In the same location, make your own one-of-a-kind LEGO pirate to join MetalBeard’s crew and be entered for a chance to win a LEGO prize pack, while supplies last.

Finish your night with an amazing fireworks spectacular in Pirates’ Cove. Grab a pair of free viewing glasses starting at 6 p.m. so you’ll catch a special LEGO surprise in the sky during each explosion. Plenty of seats with great views are available in both stadiums and on the grass lawn in between.

And everything is included with park admission!

This summer, we’re debuting another all-new event that promises still more fun — LEGOLAND® Night Lights! Taking place every Saturday and Sunday, June 18–July 31, it’s a celebration built for kids that will take place exclusively at LEGOLAND Florida Resort.

Celebrate summer as we light the night with extended park hours, character meet-and-greets, amazing fireworks, special entertainment, LEGO building activities and much more. All included with park admission! Plus, enjoy a spectacular, brick-tacular fireworks show on July 4th.

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LEGOLAND Florida Resort invades LEGO KidsFest

Kids let their imaginations run wild while playing with LEGO bricks.

Kids let their imaginations run wild while playing with LEGO bricks.

Calling all LEGO® fans! LEGO KidsFest is an awesome way to connect with fellow brick enthusiasts through immersive LEGO activities like experiencing the LEGO Master Builder Lab, build and rebuild race cars at the Race Ramps, walk among LEGO models of all sizes featuring characters of all kinds at the LEGO Model Museum, and so much more.

LEGO KidsFest is a travelling expo scheduled to visit seven cities across the country in 2016. Today through Sunday, the event will take place in Charlotte, N.C. Representatives from LEGOLAND® Florida Resort will be there for all the fun and happy to meet you.

Make sure you swing by to meet Emmet and Wyldstyle. We’ll have raffles to win tickets to LEGOLAND Florida Resort and you can even win a free stay in our amazing LEGOLAND Hotel, located just 130 kid steps from the theme park turnstiles.

There's no limit to where your imagination will take you at LEGO KidsFest.

There’s no limit to where your imagination will take you at LEGO KidsFest.

At our booth, we’ll be sponsoring a scavenger hunt that will take you all around the expo. If you finish and return the completed card, you’ll receive an exclusive poster with characters from “The LEGO® Movie™ 4D A New Adventure.” The fun new attraction reunites favorite characters from “The LEGO Movie” in a brand-new adventure and can only be seen at LEGOLAND theme parks and LEGOLAND Discovery Centers in 2016.

Tickets are sold out for LEGO KidsFest in Charlotte, but check online to see when it’s headed your way. Let us know in the comments which activities you’re looking forward to most!

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