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Make-A-Wish kid claims victory against NASCAR great Casey Mears in MINILAND 400

Earlier today, 10-year-old Layla Popoff of Orlando, Fla., zoomed to victory in the MINILAND 400 against veteran NASCAR driver Casey Mears, during a special event #BuiltForKids to celebrate the giant new Daytona International Speedway model at LEGOLAND® Florida Resort.

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NASCAR driver Casey Mears, left, races 10-year-old Layla Popoff of Orlando, Fla., in the MINILAND 400.

Driving the No. 00 car in honor of the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola, which returns to the “World Center of Racing” on July 2, Layla was a tough competitor for Casey, who drove a kid-sized version of his No. 13 GEICO car for Germain Racing.

MINILAND 400After taking off from between LEGO® models of the Statue of Liberty and the U.S. Capitol in MINILAND USA, Layla and Casey quickly reached a top speed of nearly four miles per hour in the electric vehicles borrowed from our popular Driving School attraction.

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Casey’s dreams of a MINILAND 400 victory came to abrupt end when he crashed into a wall of giant LEGO bricks near the finish line.

Neck-and-neck they zoomed past the New York City skyline, remaining close as they barreled down the Las Vegas Strip.  With the finish line in sight at the new Daytona display, Casey suddenly plowed into a pile of giant LEGO bricks near Kennedy Space Center while Layla raced ahead to claim victory.  Her prize? A giant LEGO trophy accepted with a triumphant smile. Take a look:

Layla was selected for the one-of-a-kind race with the assistance of Merlin’s Magic Wand, a global charity that has helped nearly 300,000 children and their families enjoy a magical day out at more than 100 attractions operated around the world by Merlin Entertainments, parent company of LEGOLAND. Earlier this year, Layla’s dream of a huge backyard playhouse was fulfilled by Make-A-Wish Central and Northern Florida.

MINILAND 400Afterward, the friendly competitors headed to the theme park’s new Imagination Zone.  Let me tell you, this place is what your LEGO dreams are made of.  It’s filled with hands-on LEGO building activities where kids can put their imaginations into overdrive.

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After the MINILAND 400 race, Casey and Layla headed to the new Wheels Zone inside Imagination Zone, where they built and tested LEGO race cars.

Since Casey is a racing expert (even if he did get beat by a 10-year-old) he gave several young fans great tips for building creative LEGO vehicles to race down timed ramps in the new Wheels Zone. I wonder who had more fun, Casey or the kids?

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Layla helped Casey and Chip Wile, president of Daytona International Speedway, place Minilander likenesses of the two men into the giant new LEGO model of the “World Center of Racing.”

2016.06.20_LEGOLANDFLORIDA_DIS_0064Casey’s fans can watch him in the Coke Zero 400 at the real Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, July 2. Good luck, Casey!

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LEGOLAND Night Lights

LEGOLAND® Night Lights kicks off Saturday, June 18 with spectacular themed fireworks and much more!

Starting this Saturday, join us as we light up the night every Saturday and Sunday through July with a summertime party filled with fun and fireworks.

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Guests can meet Kai and Nya from LEGO® NINJAGO™, plus Lance from LEGO NEXO KNIGHTS™.

LEGOLAND® Night Lights is a brand-new event taking place exclusively at LEGOLAND Florida Resort, and all the awesome excitement is included with the price of admission.

Like what?

OK, how about longer park hours? Plus, meet-and-greets with some of your favorite LEGO® characters, including Kai and Nya from LEGO NINJAGO™ and the dashingly handsome Lance Richmond from LEGO NEXO KNIGHTS™, who stars in the new 4D NEXO KNIGHTS attraction, “The Book of Creativity.”

Wait, wait. There’s more!

2015.12.19_LEGOLANDFLORIDA_FIREWORKS_0013Dance to the summer’s hottest hits at a “glow” party in LEGO Technic starting at 6:30 p.m., featuring a live DJ! Complete a giant LEGO mural alongside our Master Model Builders beginning at 4 p.m. next to Lakeside Sandwich Co. Go on a park-wide scavenger hunt searching for LEGO stars that fell from the sky for a daily chance to win a LEGO prize pack!

How’s that?

Don’t answer, because there’s even more!

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A themed fireworks show inspired by LEGO NINJAGO will light up the sky above LEGOLAND Florida Resort starting at 9 p.m.

The “Lightiest Nightiest Nights of All” wouldn’t be complete without two spectacular new entertainment productions:

  • In Heartlake City, enjoy an original signing-and-dancing stage show featuring the LEGO Friends called “Olivia’s Night Lights Celebration,” presented each date of LEGOLAND Night Lights at 4:30, 6 and 7 p.m.
  • End your day at 9 p.m. in Pirates’ Cove with a dazzling new fireworks show themed to LEGO NINJAGO, which will light up the sky above Lake Eloise with brilliant colors and triumphant music. Plus, starting at 8 p.m. near the twin waterskiing stadiums, our Model Citizens will hand out free viewing glasses that add a brick-tacular twist to the exploding action overhead.

Finally, LEGOLAND Night Lights guests will receive one free LEGO NINJAGO Sky Pirates Battle Toy Pack (which includes two exclusive Minifigures), with any $35 NINJAGO purchase at The Big Shop, including LEGO toy sets, LEGO Extended Line and LEGO Licensed products. Guests also can sign up for a free subscription to LEGO Club Magazine and receive a giveaway and free issue.

For a complete guide to all the festivities, pick up a free event guide at the theme park turnstiles or at Guest Services near Market Restaurant. While the theme park will be open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on LEGOLAND Night Lights dates, most of the special activities will begin starting at 3 p.m.

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A special patriotic fireworks show is set for Monday, July 4.

Don’t think we’ve forgotten the Fourth of July! All the LEGOLAND Night Lights fun listed above will take place Monday, July 4 too, with a special one-night-only fireworks spectacular celebrating the patriotic holiday.

Wanna kick it up a notch?

For just $30 per person plus tax, upgrade to a premium VIP experience featuring reserved seating for the fireworks show, several yummy snacks and an exclusive LEGO collector’s button. Space is limited, so reserve your space now! If you’re an Annual Passholder, call (877) 753-7777 to book and receive 10 percent off the cost of each person. Spaces currently are available beginning the weekend of June 25-26.

Over at the awesome LEGOLAND Hotel, sign up for the free Tours and S’mores Adventure and depart from Bricks Family Restaurant on an exclusive, 45-minute tour of the historic Lake Eloise boardwalk led by our intrepid Adventurers and featuring lots of LEGO animals. Each tour ends with delicious s’mores around the hotel’s rustic campfire near the lakefront. A family s’mores pack is available for $10 plus tax, and feeds up to nine people.

This experience will take place weather permitting, and hotel reservations are not required. Sign up is first-come, first-served at the front desk.

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NEW DATE: ‘Drivers, start your engines!’ NASCAR veteran Casey Mears to challenge Make-A-Wish child in June 20 race #BuiltForKids

UPDATE: Due to inclement weather, this event has been rescheduled for Monday, June 20.

Our Daytona International Speedway model in MINILAND USA has a sleek new look.

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The 1/20-scale model of the “World Center of Racing” was updated following the DAYTONA Rising project — a $400 million frontstretch renovation that made DIS the first motorsports stadium in the world.

On Tuesday, June 7, Monday, June 20, we’ll celebrate to the sound of roaring engines and cheering fans during the “MINILAND 400,” a special, one-day-only race #BuiltForKids. Veteran NASCAR driver Casey Mears will visit LEGOLAND® Florida Resort to preview the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series’ return to DIS for the Coke Zero 400 Powered by Coca-Cola on July 2.

MINILAND 400And you’re invited to witness history in the making!

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Casey Mears is driver of the No. 13 GEICO ChevroletSS for Germain Racing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

Picture this:  Mears will be snugly seated in a kid-size vehicle customized to match his No. 13 GEICO Germain Racing stock car, up against a 10-year-old girl representing Make-A-Wish® Central and Northern Florida in a race through MINILAND USA, home to dozens of LEGO landmarks from cities across the U.S.

LEGOLAND guests are welcome to witness the fun, which will start at around 11:30 a.m.

With a wave of the green flag, the drivers will take off from between the Statue of Liberty and U.S. Capitol, zoom past the New York City skyline and barrel down the Las Vegas Strip before reaching the finish line at the giant new Daytona International Speedway model.

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Kids can build and test LEGO vehicles in the racing-themed Wheels Zone, part of the newly re-imagined Imagination Zone.

Afterward, Mears will greet fans in the newly re-imagined Imagination Zone.  Using his years of competitive driving expertise, he’ll help kids build and test creative LEGO vehicles before sending them zooming down timed ramps in the racing-themed Wheels Zone.

If you can’t join us in person, follow the fun with hashtag #MINILAND400 on our Facebook, Twitter and YouTube channels!

Fun facts

  • Designed by Merlin Magic Making, the new Daytona International Speedway display took a team of more than a dozen Master Model Builders to create out of 282,384 LEGO bricks.
  • The new stadium model stretches 31 feet and weighs more than 1,400 lbs.
  • The project required approximately 250 design hours and 2,100 build hours to complete.
  • Look for the word “Daytona” spelled out on fans’ shirts, a group of spectators holding letters that spell TURN LEFT and a contingent of misdirected soccer fans using their G-O-A-L signs to cheer on racers with G-O!
  • Sharp-eyed guests might also spot a cheeky nod to Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s recent heart-stopping moment when his steering wheel came off during a race.
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LEGOLAND® Night Lights, Imagination Zone, LEGO® NEXO KNIGHTS™ and more promise summer full of fun

Kids will discover a summer packed full of fun at LEGOLAND® Florida Resort this year as the place #BuiltForKids offers new attractions, fun new LEGO® building activities and a brand-new summertime event that will light the night with a dazzling fireworks display:

LEGOLAND Night Lights — new event for 2016!
logos-legoland-event branding_v10The “Lightiest Nightiest Nights of All” invite guests to enjoy a brand-new event included with theme park admission and held exclusively at LEGOLAND Florida Resort. Here’s what’s in store every Saturday and Sunday from June 18 through July 31, plus Monday, July 4:

  • Extended park hours
  • All-new fireworks spectacular featuring LEGO® NINJAGO™  at 9 p.m.
  • New character meet-and-greets
  • New LEGO® Friends stage show
  • Minifigure mural build
  • LEGO® scavenger hunt
  • DJ glow dance party

LEGOLANDNightLights_01For an additional cost, a special VIP experience is available with preferred fireworks seating, special snacks and more! Space is limited, so book now!

Imagination Zone — newly re-imagined!
The theme park’s Imagination Zone venue, a popular indoor space filled with hands-on LEGO building activities in a variety of themes, has debuted several all-new areas where kids can unleash the power of their imagination in fun new ways. Following a months-long refurbishment, the awesomely re-imagined space gives LEGOLAND Florida Resort guests many great new reasons to come and play.

20160527_162139While a few favorites remain, several new activities promise endless possibilities to dream it, build it, race it, fly it, swim it and more in a cool indoor play area that’s been totally transformed with colorful furnishings and floor-to-ceiling graphics. Highlights include Creation Zone, Water Zone, Wheels Zone, Building Zone and Flight Zone.

“LEGO NEXO KNIGHTS™: The Book of Creativity” — action-packed 4D film starring the new LEGO heroes!
Playing daily in the Wells Fargo® Fun Town Theater alongside “The LEGO Movie™ 4D A New Adventure,” this all-new 4D attraction is an immersive, animated adventure created especially for LEGOLAND Parks and LEGOLAND Discovery Centers around the world. Take a look:

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Lance Richmond, one of the LEGO NEXO KNIGHTS, is available to greet theme park guests.

Set in the futuristic kingdom of Knighton, the 12½-minute film follows five young knights in their quest to defeat Jestro, the Book of Monsters and their Lava Monster Army. Led by heroic Clay Moorington, the band of knights join forces with the great digital wizard, Merlok 2.0, to vanquish the enemy and stop him from getting his devious hands on a powerful book of magic.

Afterward, kids can go on a quest to discover six shields scattered across the theme park that will unlock exclusive NEXO Powers in the free LEGO NEXO KNIGHTS Merlok 2.0 mobile app, available for iOS and Android devices.

Plus, Lance Richmond, the handsome hero of LEGO NEXO KNIGHTS, will be available to greet guests outside the theater. Check the theme park’s free Show Guide for character appearance times.

Build-A-Boat — nautical new attraction at LEGOLAND Water Park!
Creative Cove is a new expansion area at LEGOLAND Water Park that adds a fun, hands-on 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.

2016.03.11_LEGOLANDFLORIDA_BUILDABOAT_076Additional dining offerings, increased seating capacity and complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the entire water park round out the all-new offerings for 2016.

It’s all here at the place where #AwesomeAwaits!

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Fans enjoy first look at LEGO® NEXO KNIGHTS™ 4D film and re-imagined Imagination Zone during exclusive sneak preview event

Last night, we invited several hundred LEGOLAND® Florida Resort fans to enjoy an evening of fun and surprises after the theme park closed, the first of what we hope are many exclusive events promoted here on our blog.

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An excited crowd waits for the sneak peek event to get started!

Those who signed up for the free, sneak preview event were the first to experience the all-new LEGO® NEXO KNIGHTS™ 4D film, which opened today, and the newly re-imagined Imagination Zone venue, which re-opens Friday, May 27, with lots of fun, hands-on LEGO building activities #BuiltForKids.

After entering the Wells Fargo® Fun Town Theater, everyone had a chance to show off their NEXO KNIGHTS knowledge during a casual game of “Know Your Knight,” and several lucky guests took home brand-new NEXO KNIGHTS building sets, each one cooler than the last.

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While one half of the group was busy creating at Imagination Zone, the other posed for a quick picture before the start of the 4D film.

Then the lights dimmed and it was showtime for “LEGO NEXO KNIGHTS: The Book of Creativity,” an immersive, 12½-minute 4D film that follows five young knights in their quest to defeat Jestro, the Book of Monsters and their army of Lava Monsters. During the action-packed adventure, wind and fog filled the air at key moments while occasional spritzes of water helped bring the action off the screen and into the seats, to the audience’s delight and surprise. Here’s a preview:

Across the park, creativity ran wild as kids explored the whimsical Imagination Zone building, which has been totally transformed with colorful new furnishings and floor-to-ceiling graphics. Highlights include Creation Zone, Water Zone, Wheels Zone, Building Zone and Flight Zone, with each area offering endless possibilities for kids to dream it, build it, race it, fly it, swim it and more!

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Kids tested their engineering skills at Building Zone.

Both previews were a big hit with guests.

“My son and I had a BLAST!!!!” one remarked through the blog. “The movie was, according to my 6-year-old, ‘The rockin-est, awesomest NEXO KNIGHTS ever!’ You guys are AWESOME!!!”

Another had this to say: “The event tonight was great! The 4D movie was awesome and Imagination Zone is better than I ever could have asked. Worth the wait.”

Joining us for the evening as our guests of honor were students from Oasis Christian Academy in Winter Haven, Fla., an incredible group of kids from the Step Up For Students program.  Supported in part by LEGOLAND Florida Resort and other businesses throughout the state, the nonprofit organization helps manage the income-based Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program, which provides parents tuition assistance for private schools or transportation resources for out-of-district public schools. We’re delighted to support its efforts to provide the best learning environment for children.

“The Step Up For Students Scholarship Program is helping to positively shape the future of our state’s children, but we couldn’t do this important work without donors like LEGOLAND Florida Resort,” said Doug Tuthill, the organization’s president. “We are grateful for their support and for the impact that LEGOLAND is making in our community.”

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Oasis Christian Academy students were the night’s special guests.

Earlier today, “LEGO NEXO KNIGHTS: The Book of Creativity” officially opened to park guests, making its worldwide premiere here in Florida. A young brick fan by the name of Romeo was dubbed an honorary knight and given special knightly authority to lead a moment of celebration.  With sword and shield in hand, he helped cut a ceremonial ribbon and welcomed guests to enjoy the brand-new film.

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Lance Richmond, center, makes his first appearance at LEGOLAND Florida Resort to celebrate the premiere of the film.

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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!’

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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.

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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!

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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!!!

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

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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!

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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!

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“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.

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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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