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Happy birthday, LEGOLAND® Hotel! You’re a Family Vacation Critic Favorite!

Congratulations, LEGOLAND® Hotel! It’s your birthday today and you don’t look a day over 1!


LEGOLAND Hotel opened to guests May 15, 2015.

Can you believe our awesome, kid-tastic hotel opened one year ago? Thousands and thousands of happy guests later, our Model Citizens will be celebrating the major milestone with a lobby party today.


Each of the hotel’s 152 rooms features one of four elaborate LEGO® themes.

And guess what? We’re a winner!

In its first year of operation, LEGOLAND Hotel at LEGOLAND Florida Resort was named one of the country’s top family hotels by Family Vacation Critic — a distinction given to only the top 11 percent of the thousands of hotels profiled on the website during its third annual awards cycle. Plus, it received a whopping 100 percent “families recommend” rating from its sister site, TripAdvisor!

In Florida, ours was named a Top 5 family hotel, with FVC editors citing the kid-friendly distance to the theme park entrance, “elaborate play spaces” and the exclusive opportunity to attend free workshops led by our LEGO® Master Model Builders.


LEGOLAND Hotel guests can sign up for free, hands-on workshops led by LEGO Master Model Builders that take place in a special space right off the lobby.

In order to be named a FVC Favorite, each hotel “must have been personally vetted and visited by a member of Family Vacation Critic’s team of hotel experts, and receive either a four- or five-star editorial rating.” Plus, the hotel “must have been recommended by 75 percent or more families who have reviewed the property, with a four- or five-star review rating.”

So thank you, Family Vacation Critic, and thank you, each and every one of the thousands of guests who’ve stayed with us in the past year and rated us so highly.

Meanwhile, just a short distance away, construction crews are working under the direction of our parent company’s creative division, Merlin Magic Making, to build LEGOLAND Beach Retreat, an all-new, village-style resort great for larger families and groups who want to vacation together.

LEGOLANDBeachRetreat_postcardLEGOLAND Beach RetreatThe surf-and-sand themed site will open in mid-2017, but here’s an exclusive peek at the prep work taking place adjacent to beautiful Lake Dexter:

LEGOLAND Beach Retreat

Construction is under way on LEGOLAND Beach Retreat, which will more than double the amount of on-site accommodations when it opens in mid-2017.

When complete, LEGOLAND Beach Retreat will feature 83 individual duplex units offering 166 separate accommodations in horseshoe-shaped groupings. Guests will discover awesome LEGO theming, a cool pool, a sandy beach area and a LEGO lighthouse-topped clubhouse featuring a buffet restaurant. And there’s much more to be revealed in the months ahead, so check back on our blog for more details.

LEGOLAND Beach Retreat

LEGOLAND Beach Retreat will feature a colorful pool area and a sandy beach.

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‘Our whole family had a blast!’


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.

LEGO prizes

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!

Project X

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!!!


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

Kingdom Room

The Allen family stayed in a Kingdom room, one of four LEGO themes offered at LEGOLAND Hotel.

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LEGOLAND Florida Resort invades LEGO KidsFest

Kids let their imaginations run wild while playing with LEGO bricks.

Kids let their imaginations run wild while playing with LEGO bricks.

Calling all LEGO® fans! LEGO KidsFest is an awesome way to connect with fellow brick enthusiasts through immersive LEGO activities like experiencing the LEGO Master Builder Lab, build and rebuild race cars at the Race Ramps, walk among LEGO models of all sizes featuring characters of all kinds at the LEGO Model Museum, and so much more.

LEGO KidsFest is a travelling expo scheduled to visit seven cities across the country in 2016. Today through Sunday, the event will take place in Charlotte, N.C. Representatives from LEGOLAND® Florida Resort will be there for all the fun and happy to meet you.

Make sure you swing by to meet Emmet and Wyldstyle. We’ll have raffles to win tickets to LEGOLAND Florida Resort and you can even win a free stay in our amazing LEGOLAND Hotel, located just 130 kid steps from the theme park turnstiles.

There's no limit to where your imagination will take you at LEGO KidsFest.

There’s no limit to where your imagination will take you at LEGO KidsFest.

At our booth, we’ll be sponsoring a scavenger hunt that will take you all around the expo. If you finish and return the completed card, you’ll receive an exclusive poster with characters from “The LEGO® Movie™ 4D A New Adventure.” The fun new attraction reunites favorite characters from “The LEGO Movie” in a brand-new adventure and can only be seen at LEGOLAND theme parks and LEGOLAND Discovery Centers in 2016.

Tickets are sold out for LEGO KidsFest in Charlotte, but check online to see when it’s headed your way. Let us know in the comments which activities you’re looking forward to most!

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Everything was, well, awesome!

Sage Stuchell

LEGO fan Sage Stuchell, 10, was one of three Grand Prize winners of last fall’s #BrickOrTreatContest.

One of the many VIPs who joined us for the recent red carpet, world premiere of “The LEGO® Movie 4D A New Adventure” was 10-year-old Sage Stuchell of Petoskey, Mich., making his very first visit to a LEGOLAND® theme park. Sage was one of three lucky Grand Prize winners of the #BrickOrTreatContest we sponsored with HLN’s “Morning Express with Robin Meade” cable news show last fall.

During a whirlwind visit to LEGOLAND Florida Resort, Sage and his family — dad Stephen, mom Emily and 7-year-old sister Sienna — enjoyed the theme park, a private session with our Master Model Builders, accommodations in our brand-new LEGOLAND Hotel and an invitation to be our special guests for the world premiere of the new attraction.

The Stuchell Family

Sage and his family: dad Stephen, mom Emily and 7-year-old sister Sienna.

The Stuchell Family

Sage and his family attended the world premiere of “The LEGO Movie 4D A New Adventure” alongside several kid celebrities and social media stars.

How was it? Here’s what Sage had to say after returning home:

I liked LEGOLAND® very, very much.

I could tell the first night we stepped out of the car at the hotel it was the best hotel I’ve ever been to. There was a huge LEGO® clock and a dragon all made out of LEGO. Behind the front desk was a whole wall full of minifigures and a big pit of LEGO to build in the middle of the lobby.

Sage Stuchell

Sage and his sister enjoy the “LEGO loot” from the treasure chest in their LEGOLAND Hotel room.

Then we went into the elevator. What? A disco party! We got one of Brickbeard’s pirate rooms and I thought the LEGO builds on the walls were very cool. There was a LEGO lizard, spider, cannonball, parrot, mouse and pirate artifacts. We decoded a lock and opened a treasure chest full of LEGO loot.

When I saw the LEGOLAND theme park I thought it was the most amazing place I’ve ever seen!  All the rides were awesome! My favorites were The Dragon and Coastersaurus, because they are very high and I like to be up high. There is even an Island in the Sky.

I thought Miniland was going to be smaller but it was huge! So much to see. The Star Wars battle of Geonosis was super realistic. The Darth Vader, Darth Maul and R2-D2 were life-size and very accurately built. I was very impressed!

Sage Stuchell

Nickelodeon star Isabela Moner, center, poses with Sage and his sister.

We watched Brickbeard’s water ski show and ate Granny’s Apple Fries in the Florida sunshine. My sister loved Heartlake City and Mia’s Riding Adventure. We even got our LEGO driver’s license.

The “LEGO Movie™ 4D” premiere was my FAVORITE! There were so many awesome treats like cookies and cupcakes! I saw many of the Nickelodeon and Disney stars I see on TV every day. It made me feel very special to be part of the red carpet event.

During the movie, I loved the all “4D” effects, especially when the lemonade stand squirted us! It felt like I could touch everything, and LEGO were right in my face. I loved meeting all the LEGO characters, even Lord Risky.

I couldn’t believe all the bricks in the LEGO Master Model Builders’ workshop. It was cool to see where and how Master Model Builders work. All the hard work the designers do makes it fun to put together these amazing LEGO sets.

IMG_4019LEGOLAND is the best! I can’t wait to come back!

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It’s gonna be awesome!

A while back, LEGOLAND® Florida Resort partnered with the HLN cable network’s popular talk show, “Morning Express with Robin Meade,” to sponsor a Grand Prize vacation for the family of a child who created the most impressive LEGO monster model. The #BrickOrTreatContest drew entries from all over the country, and in the end, we decided to give the Grand Prize to all three kid finalists.

Sage Stuchell

Image courtesy of Stuchell Family

One, 10-year-old Sage Stuchell of Petoskey, Mich., arrives with his family this week. Here’s what he had to say before leaving home, where today’s high temperature is a frosty 30 degrees:

I feel very excited to be going to LEGOLAND® Florida Resort.  I’ve always loved building with LEGO® and wanted to go to LEGOLAND ever since I heard about it in the LEGO Club Magazine. I look forward to meeting Emmet and all the other characters that can be found in LEGOLAND. I can’t wait to meet a LEGO Master Model Builder in the hotel workshop. One question I will have to ask is, What is the best way to create a LEGO model from an idea?

The Dragon is one of the first rides I would like to ride — it sounds super fun. I think “The LEGO® Movie™ 4D A New Adventure” is going to be awesome. LEGO is the coolest toy.

Check back on our blog for a recap of Sage’s whirlwind visit, including his trip down the red carpet for tomorrow’s invitation-only world premiere of “The LEGO® Movie™ 4D A New Adventure” and a private tour of the model shop located inside our brand-new LEGOLAND Hotel.

The Stuchell Family of Petoskey, Mich.

Here’s the Stuchell family as built out of LEGO by Sage (at right), with his ceramicist dad, Stephen, making a mug on a potter’s wheel. Great job, Sage!

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Chefs and students win People’s Choice Award during culinary competition

The LEGOLAND® Florida Resort team tasted victory Oct. 16 by capturing the coveted People’s Choice Award during the first-ever Culinary Cook-Off as part of the 15th annual Lake Mirror Classic Auto Festival.

Students from Lake Region High School in Eagle Lake, Fla., joined with chefs from LEGOLAND Florida Resort to win the People’s Choice Award at the first-ever Culinary Cook-Off during the 15th annual Lake Mirror Classic Auto Festival.

Lake Region High School students Rebecca Radney, Taylor Waltz and Allison Klimaszewski joined chefs from LEGOLAND Florida Resort to win the People’s Choice Award at the first-ever Culinary Cook-Off during the 15th annual Lake Mirror Classic Auto Festival.

Held at the historic Magnolia Building in downtown Lakeland, Fla., the cooking competition partnered several LEGOLAND Florida Resort chefs with three students from Lake Region High School in Eagle Lake, Fla., all to raise money for Junior Achievement of Tampa Bay, Polk District.

According to James Boheim, executive chef at LEGOLAND Hotel and a JA board member, the community event was a great success.

“It was wonderful to watch these students take so much pride in their dishes,” he said. “I look forward to supporting the growth of these talented young leaders at more events in the future.”

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LEGOLAND Hotel chef cooks up creativity with local students

Three Lake Region High School students from Eagle Lake, Fla., are teaming up with three LEGOLAND® Florida Resort chefs this week to prepare an appetizer, entrée and dessert that will compete in a fundraiser for Junior Achievement of Tampa Bay, Polk District.

On Friday, Oct. 16, their creative cuisine will be featured at the 15th annual Lake Mirror Classic Auto Festival in Lakeland, Fla., during the first Culinary Cook-Off, a competition between local chefs that JA plans to make an annual event.

The nonprofit organization relies on volunteers to share their personal experiences and bring classroom curriculum to life. James Boheim, executive chef at LEGOLAND Hotel, recently was named a JA board member and says he looks forward to sharing his knowledge with students.

“At LEGOLAND Florida Resort, we’ve created a world where imagination and creativity thrive,” he said.   “Opportunities like this help us to bring those values into the community where we live.”

The Culinary Cook-Off will take place Oct. 16 from 6-9 p.m. at the historic Magnolia Building in downtown Lakeland. Advance tickets are $30 each and include tastings of all three competition categories (appetizer, entrée and dessert), plus two drink vouchers.

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LEGOLAND Hotel restaurant menus go from garden to table

When guests visit our brand-new LEGOLAND Hotel, not only do they immerse themselves in the colorful world of LEGO®, they also enjoy creative food and beverages made with many fresh, organic ingredients sourced locally.

LEGOLAND Hotel Executive Chef James Boheim

LEGOLAND Hotel Executive Chef James Boheim

Some are really local. As in right out of the hotel’s backyard.

As Executive Chef James Boheim explains, items grown in the hotel’s garden are incorporated into many dishes offered at Bricks Family Restaurant and Skyline Lounge.

“You’ve heard of farm to table?” he said. “This is yard to table.”

At LEGOLAND Hotel, Chef James and his culinary team have partnered with local farmers, horticulturalists and landscapers to design a garden that not only looks good, but tastes good too.

“It’s beautiful for landscaping but you can also eat it and prepare items with it,” he said.

On Saturday, Sept. 26, Chef James will represent LEGOLAND Florida Resort during an exclusive presentation at The Landscape Show, a private event recognized as one of the country’s top nursery and landscape trade shows.

Items grown in the LEGOLAND Hotel garden find delicious uses in the kitchens of its restaurants.

Items grown in the LEGOLAND Hotel garden find delicious uses in the kitchens of its restaurants.

Ruby Red grapefruit at LEGOLAND Hotel

Ruby Red grapefruit grows at LEGOLAND Hotel along with a thriving garden of herbs, spices and fruit.

Drawing on the creativity of his team, he’ll demonstrate how “edible landscaping” grown in the hotel garden can beautify the property while diversifying its menus.

“We’re trying to say, ‘OK, you have this product in your yard — what do you do with it?’ ” he explained. “You can make vinegars, you can make sauces, you can do all kinds of things. Jams, jellies. More than just a salad.”

Just as LEGOLAND Florida theme park allows kids to unleash their creativity, Chef James makes it his mission to represent their imaginations in his kitchen.

“For us, it’s all about the kids,” he said. “That’s what we’re here for. If they like it, they’ll eat it.”

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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.

Brickbeard Show
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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