Category Archives: Explore the Park

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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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?

Arrrrrrrrtichokes!

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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 florida.LEGOLAND.com.

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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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