Category Archives: Explore the Park

Discover the Educational Programs at LEGOLAND® Florida Resort!

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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!

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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!

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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 www.LEGOLANDHotel.com!

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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.

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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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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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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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LEGOLAND Florida Foodie Blog: February Edition

For this month’s Foodie Blog we decided to switch things up a bit! We asked Buddy’s Brick Bunch to share with everyone their favorite snacks and restaurants at LEGOLAND Florida. As young advisors and kid reporters on a variety of items related to LEGOLAND Florida, they are quite the experts when it comes to the park! Check out what they recommend to other park guests.

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A favorite place to dine among the park guests is Pizza & Pasta Buffet; it is also a favorite among Buddy’s Brick Bunch! This all-you-can-eat buffet is Alexander’s favorite restaurant because “the pizza is delicious and cheesy”. Angela says she always eats pepperoni pizza when she visits the park. Buddy’s Brick Bunch also suggests trying the cinnamon bread sticks for dessert.  Another favorite choice is a restaurant located in LEGO City. “I love the Fried Chicken Co. restaurant. The chicken and fries are tasty!” says Aiden.

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Out of the many snacking options found at LEGOLAND Florida, Alek’s favorite quick snack item is popcorn, which can be found in LEGO Technic and LEGO Kingdoms. On a hot summer day, Alexander loves to indulge in a slushy from Fun Town Slushy. Sounds like a tasty way to cool off in the Florida sun! Aiden chose Ice Cream from Sunny’s Ice Cream Shop in Fun Town. Creating your own sundae makes the ice cream treat even better! For a healthy snacking option, Angela recommends the apple and grape fruit packs found around the park.

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At LEGOLAND Florida, we offer special dietary options. Alek recommends checking the LEGOLAND Florida website or the signage around the park to see which dining options have allergy-free meals. LEGOLAND offers gluten-free meals as well, and Alexander’s favorite is Granny’s Apple Fries because he can share them with his whole family!

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Rainy Day Survival Guide

If you get caught in the rain while visiting LEGOLAND Florida, have no fear! We offer many different activities that you can enjoy in wet weather. Inspired by Maria Long’s review of her recent experience at LEGOLAND Florida, we put together a little list of tips for enjoying LEGOLAND Florida in rain!

  1. Dine Inside – Rain or cold, dining inside will keep you dry and warm. LEGOLAND has many restaurants that have indoor seating, such as The Market Restaurant, Fried Chicken Co, and Lakeside Dining Co. Covered dining is also available at I-Zone Panini. When waiting out the bad weather, go ahead and refuel at one of our many dining options!milkshake2
  2. The Lost Kingdom Adventure – This indoor ride is great entertainment for the whole family. The dark ride gives you the opportunity to fire laser blasters at targets in the Egyptian landscape in all-terrain roadsters. Compete with each other to hit the most targets as you unearth the treasures of the forgotten empire.
  3. Well Fargo 4D Theatre – Sit back and enjoy as you enter the world of LEGO in one of our three 4D cinematic adventures! Arrive early to catch some LEGOLAND trivia before the interactive show.wells fargo 4d
  4. Fresh From Florida Greenhouse – Step inside to learn about farm plants and agriculture. The interactive attraction teaches guests about how food goes from farm to table. Here you can identify LEGO and fresh farm plants, explore miniature farm scenes, and “milk” a cow!Fresh from FL
  5. Imagination Zone
  • LEGO MINDSTORMS – These hands-on classes allow you to build and program cutting-edge, computerized LEGO MINDSTORMS robots!
  • Built & Test – Located inside Imagination Zone, this area let’s you build and test LEGO cars. Create your own LEGO car and race it against competitors on a digitally timed track!

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  • Warner Bros Games Zone – Step inside the WB Games Zone to experience the new LEGO video games! This indoor interactive area let’s kids play different kinds of LEGO inspired video games on the latest personal technology devices and video kiosks! 2012.05.24_LEGOLANDWATERPARK_001.jpg

6. Shopping – Bad weather? No problem! Check out our retail stores located throughout the park and add to your LEGO collections. You never know what you might find!

  • Shop at Big Shop or Studio Store for the latest and greatest LEGO sets and even some hard-to-find ones!
  • Ever lost one piece or missing a particular LEGO brick? Swing by the Pick-a-Brick in LEGO Factory! Choose from hundreds of LEGO elements, accessories and more to customize your own LEGO creations.
  • Find retiring sets and clearance items Extreme Brick Bargains Shop located by Pirate’s Cove.
  • Are you a LEGO Friends fanatic? The LEGO Friends Store is dedicated to girls. Browse through LEGO Friends plush, apparel, and building sets!

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