Category Archives: Explore the Park

Through the eyes of a 3-year-old: A visit to Firehouse Ice Cream

Firehouse Ice Cream is an all-new dining location in LEGO® City.

Firehouse Ice Cream is an all-new dining location in LEGO® City.

The coolest new place to grab a sweet treat can be found in LEGO® City.  Step inside the all-new Firehouse Ice Cream, where the crew serves up hand-dipped ice cream, floats, sundaes, specialty coffees and plenty of cool drinks.

To find out the best approach for a first-time visitor, we went in search of an ice cream expert.  Meet Allie Guest, a 3-year-old brick fan who just happened to be our very special guest recently.  All it took was the promise of some extra sprinkles and Allie showed us how to pick like a pro.

Allie Guest, 3, checks out the flavors at Firehouse Ice Cream.

Allie Guest, 3, checks out the many flavors at Firehouse Ice Cream.

Allie enjoys her First Responder at Firehouse Ice Cream.

Allie enjoys her First Responder sundae.

She began by peeking into the cooler to check out the options. First, Allie was drawn to the bright green mint chocolate chip.  After a taste test, she decided it was good but that chocolate really hit the spot instead.

When it was time for toppings, Allie’s response was simple and direct. “I’ll take all of them,” she said.  (There are 15, actually.)

Mom helpfully translated for the Model Citizen taking Allie’s order and explained, “That means sprinkles and M&M’s.”  Allie’s order was expertly assembled in a bowl with a cone on top.  We call it the First Responder.

Between bites, Allie explained that a “roller coaster smile” like the one she gave on Project X is different than one you show while eating ice cream, but she gave us a sweet grin to signal a successful order.

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Building spooky fun during Brick or Treat

Be a Master Model Builder in-training when you help piece together a 10-foot-tall LEGO® model of Vladimir the Vampyre!


What will it look like? Come to Brick or Treat and see for yourself. Here’s a hint: The mini Vlad shown here was built as a reference for the giant model to be built in the theme park.

During each Brick or Treat date, we encourage kids of all ages to help our Master Model Builders construct ginormous LEGO® models of Vladimir the Vampyre in LEGO® Kingdoms, a humongous ghost in Fun Town and a mystery mosaic guests have been building all month in The Beginning.

There’s still plenty of time to enjoy our spook-tacular event. Brick or Treat continues Oct. 23, 24, 25, 30 and 31 and is included with park admission. Special VIP packages are available by booking online or calling (855) 753-7777.

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Adding character to Brick or Treat meet-and-greets

Part of the spooky fun of Brick or Treat is meeting exclusive LEGO® characters who only come out in October. This year, the Halloween event built for kids has expanded with all-new fun, including two never-before-seen LEGO characters: Mad Scientist and Frankenstein.

Exclusive LEGO Characters you can only meet at Brick or Treat.

Exclusive LEGO characters you can only meet during Brick or Treat.

Returning favorites Wanda the Witch, Mortimor the Mummy and Vladimir the Vampyre also will greet LEGOLAND Florida Resort guests each date of Brick or Treat.  Here’s where you can find them all:

Brick or Treat LEGO Characters in front of the World's Largest LEGO Pumpkin.

Brick or Treat LEGO characters pose with the world’s largest LEGO pumpkin.

Be sure to pick up a Brick or Treat event guide, which lists locations and times for all Halloween activities happening throughout the park, including LEGO character appearances.

Brick or Treat continues Oct. 17, 18, 23, 24, 25, 30 and 31 and is included with park admission. Special VIP packages are available by booking online or calling (855) 753-7777.

Which of the LEGO characters are you most excited to meet? Leave us a comment and tell us!

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Ready fer some pirate fun?

Before we begin, a joke be in order.

What’s a pirate’s favorite food? Give up?



Ahoy, me hardies! Seein’ as September 19 be International Talk Like a Pirate Day, ye be invited to partake in all the swashbucklin’ fun at LEGOLAND® Florida Resort—if’n ye can talk like a pirate!

Where ye be spendin’ the night?

Pirate Room
Give a go’ the Pirate rooms at LEGOLAND Hotel! With a real treasure hunt in ev’ry room, pirate-themed bedding, wallpaper, carpet and décor make this the perfect vessel for li’l pirates to lay thar heads.

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Th’ ruckus don’t stop thar!

Stop by Pirates’ Cove in LEGOLAND Florida theme park to spy with ye own eyes what Captain Brickbeard has up he sleeve. His famous ship, Brickbeard’s Bounty, is now safely moored in the cove. ‘Tis yer duty to keep ‘er safe! Help defeat Brickbeard and his band o’ pirates in th’ daily water ski show at Pirates Cove Stadium.

Speakin’ o’ Brickbeard and his scurvy crew o’ scalawags, they be showin’ YOU how to talk like a pirate below:

Fer more information ‘bout all the fun that awaits ye at LEGOLAND Florida Resort, visit

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Bricktastic 2015 New Year’s Resolutions

With a new year underway, many of us aim to keep our resolutions! Whether you’re looking for inspiration or need a little motivation, LEGOLAND® Florida Resort has 3 Bricktastic Resolutions worth considering:

  1. Spend More Time With Family

LEGOLAND® Florida Resort is the perfect place to build memories with your kids that will last a lifetime. There’s no better time to take advantage of our Annual Pass Deal that allows you to enjoy over 50 rides, shows and attractions all year long! We also recently announced our 2015 line-up of events that are included with park admission*. With so many opportunities to spend time with your family we foresee 2015 being the year of building memories!

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  1. Live a Healthy Lifestyle

Health and fitness resolutions tend to be quite popular and LEGOLAND Florida Resort will help you keep these promises. Making a conscious effort to walk more and get active can be so easy when you explore this 150-acre interactive theme park – with so much to do and see! The beautiful Cypress Gardens is one of LEGOLAND Florida Resort’s exclusive gems and sets the perfect backdrop for any energetic walk. Another fun event for the entire family – Brick Dash 5k Run and Fun Walk benefitting Winter Haven Hospital Foundation’s Fund for Women and Children. This unique 5K is perfect for all ages, no matter your running level and gives you a different perspective of the Park as you race through LEGOLAND. The race takes place on Saturday, April 11. For more information, be sure to check our website.

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  1. Keep Learning

LEGO® sets make education fun when incorporated in the classroom and at home. From making fractions entertaining to inspiring kids to build models and bring them to life, LEGO® Education offers a wide range of curriculum activities. Looking to take the class on an unforgettable field trip? For the last 3 years, LEGOLAND Florida Resort has been offering bricktastic learning experiences unlike any other! LEGOLAND Florida Resort offers fun programs for students K-6 with a focus on science, technology, engineering and math. These programs have expanded with the introduction of the new StoryStarter and 2 Robotics Programs featuring the cutting edge MINDSTORMS EV3. For more information on all our school group programs, click here.

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COMMENT with your 2015 New Year’s Resolution.


(*except Brick Dash)

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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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Booking for the LEGOLAND Hotel at the LEGOLAND Florida Resort is now open!

Construction August 2014

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!

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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.


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!

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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

Purchase tickets to LEGOLAND Florida at to participate on August 9 and August 10!

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