Category Archives: Explore the Park

Pokémon spotted at LEGOLAND Florida Resort

The tremendously popular new app Pokémon GO has kids seeking to “catch ‘em all” all across our resort!  Guests are welcome to play during their visit, but we’ve issued a few ground rules to ensure a safe search.

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Pokémon caught posing with Emmet and Wyldstyle.

Rules for a safe Pokémon GO quest at LEGOLAND Florida Resort:

  • Even a Pokémon Master must stay within guest areas. Please don’t climb any fences or follow any Pokémon into employee-only areas.
  • No catch is worth sacrificing your safety. All play must pause throughout the duration of your ride until you exit the ride.
  • Be sure not to bump into one of our more than 28,000 LEGO® models – that could hurt!
  • With more than 100 Pokémon to catch, be sure to stay hydrated.
  • If you find a Pokémon at the Fun Town Pizza Pasta Buffet, let the nearest Model Citizen know, we prefer pepperoni over Poké Balls.
  • If hours of play have unleashed the power of your phone, recharge in the Imagination Zone.
  • If your wild encounter leads you to Wyldstyle, keep in mind she may need to stop for a selfie with another guest before you can make your catch.
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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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Bumps, bruises or bellyaches, experts are here to help

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Dr. Craig Glaser, who is now serving as medical director of LEGOLAND Florida Resort, visits one of the resort’s first aid stations with fellow Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center team members, left to right, Nicole Hendricks, chief operating officer, Yvette Banos, urgent care practice manager, and Tracey Guerrero, marketing director.

We don’t want our brick fans to face any “boo boos” while on vacation, but if the need arises, Heart of Florida has the know-how to help!

Our new partnership with Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center will support health care services for both guests and Model Citizens here at LEGOLAND® Florida Resort.  They’re also the new presenting partner of our First Aid Centers and Baby Care Center.

Guests needing medical attention beyond basic first aid can use one of the medical center’s nearby facilities, such as Urgent Care Cypress, and if something serious arises, Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center is ready to help.

Since our resort is #BuiltForKids, we’re excited to partner with pediatricians from Nemours Children’s Hospital of Orlando, located right at Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center a short distance away from the resort.

Located inside the DUPLO® Farm, the LEGOLAND Baby Care Center provides a nursing and changing area, bottle warming and more.

Heart of Florida also will provide continuing medical education for our EMTs as well as health education programs.  As we continue to grow, Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center will be there to meet the needs of our guests when the unexpected happens and get them back to building memories with their families.

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Built for all kids, LEGOLAND® Florida Resort partners with Autism Speaks

We’re excited to announce that we’re expanding efforts to accommodate guests with special needs by partnering with Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, to make our kid-centric theme park a more welcoming place for guests with autism.

Light It Up Blue

LEGOLAND® Florida Resort lit its whimsical entrance arch with blue spotlights in honor of World Autism Awareness Day, part of the Autism Speaks “Light It Up Blue” campaign.

Working closely with Autism Speaks, we recently installed large panels of hands-on, sensory-stimulating activities in a quiet space inside the theme park, the first of several planned projects designed to make LEGOLAND® Florida Resort a more autism-friendly destination for children and families.

In consultation with Autism Speaks, LEGOLAND Florida Resort recently installed large panels of hands-on, sensory-stimulating activities in a quiet space inside the theme park, the first of several planned projects designed to make the multi-day vacation resort a more autism-friendly destination for children and families.

In consultation with Autism Speaks, LEGOLAND Florida Resort recently installed several hands-on, sensory-stimulating activities in a quiet space inside the theme park.

IMG_0675Under the partnership, Autism Speaks staff members and volunteers will consult on the development and installation of “quiet rooms” and other resort facilities designed to meet the needs of guests with autism. The organization also will help LEGOLAND Florida Resort create online “social stories” that will provide illustrated walkthroughs of our attractions, shows and other guest amenities, and will consult on other autism-friendly initiatives such as a park map designed for guests with special needs and possible revisions to our existing Guests with Disabilities Guide.

In honor of World Autism Awareness Day, observed on April 2, we’re participating in the Autism Speaks “Light It Up Blue” campaign by shining blue spotlights on our whimsical LEGOLAND Florida entrance arch. Each year, iconic landmarks, skyscrapers, schools, businesses and homes across the globe unite by shining bright blue lights in honor of the millions of individuals and families affected by autism.

On Saturday, April 23, LEGOLAND Florida Resort will sponsor the Kids Zone area during the Autism Speaks Walk at Tropicana Field in Tampa, Fla., and on Saturday, Nov. 12, during the Autism Speaks Walk at Cranes Roost Park in Altamonte Springs, Fla.

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New Daytona International Speedway stadium races toward Miniland

This week, Florida’s Daytona® International Speedway unveiled a dramatic new look for the world’s first motorsports stadium, one that takes the race experience to a whole new level for fans. The $400 million project took two years to complete and has resulted in a complete re-imagination of an American icon.

While guests marvel at the sleek, new stadium during this year’s Speedweeks, here at LEGOLAND® Florida Resort we’re speeding toward our own brick-tastic replica for Miniland. As we continue to upgrade the heart of LEGOLAND, our Master Model Builder team is redesigning the ginormous model from the ground up. Once the digital design is complete, the team will begin construction on one of the largest models in Miniland.

Here’s a peek of what you’ll see when the new Daytona International Speedway model is revealed later this spring:

Later this Spring, the Daytona International Speedway model in Miniland will receive a major renovation.

Later this spring, the Daytona International Speedway model in Miniland will receive a major renovation.

Can you picture it?

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Eye spy a new addition to Miniland U.S.A.

The Orlando Eye replica has landed at LEGOLAND© Florida Resort,  in the heart of the Florida section of Miniland U.S.A. We’re excited to welcome the crown jewel of the new Orlando I-Drive 360 entertainment and dining complex.

The LEGO© replica of the Orlando I-Drive 360 attractions is the newest model in Miniland U.S.A.

The LEGO© replica of the Orlando I-Drive 360 attractions is the newest model in Miniland U.S.A.

At the center of this awesome model is a 9-foot-tall LEGO© replica of The Orlando Eye, surrounded by Madame Tussauds Orlando and SEA LIFE Aquarium Orlando. All three are part of the ever-growing portfolio of attractions created by Merlin Entertainments, parent company of LEGOLAND Florida Resort.

The display is part of a remodel taking place throughout the entire Florida section of Miniland U.S.A., which recently included making improvements to all the underwater models and pools of water.

The new model was designed and assembled by our Master Model Builders here at the resort. It spans more than 10 feet wide, contains over 60,000 LEGO bricks and took more than 160 hours to build. And like the actual observation wheel, ours spins too!

See how close the model comes to the real thing, which rises 400 feet above Orlando’s world-famous International Drive:

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Now the only thing left to do is to see them both in person!

You can visit all three Orlando attractions and LEGOLAND Florida Resort for one low price, or you can enjoy them all year long with the Awesomer Annual Pass. Not only does the Awesomer Pass get you into all of those great attractions, plus Atlanta’s LEGOLAND Discovery Center and LEGOLAND Water Park, it also includes free parking at LEGOLAND Florida Resort and lots of great discounts.

To learn more about our exciting attractions and for the best deals on tickets, visit http://florida.legoland.com/. And don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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A delicious fan favorite gets a cool new companion

Granny's Apple Fries a la mode

Granny’s Apple Fries, the delicious Fun Town treat, now comes in an a la mode version with creamy vanilla soft-serve yogurt.

We have BIG NEWS for Granny’s Apple Fries fans!  One of our guests’ favorite sweet treats is now available with a cool new twist.  Fans craving the classic cinnamon-and-sugar snack can now order it a la mode.

This new Fun Town menu offering pairs our signature dish, apple fries, with creamy vanilla soft-serve yogurt and a drizzle of caramel.  Don’t miss this delicious new delight.

Granny’s Apple Fries a la mode are available for $8, plus tax.  Annual Passholders enjoy a 10 percent discount.

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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!

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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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