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We’re hiring! LEGOLAND® Water Park is seeking lifeguards for Spring 2017

Winter is almost here but the sun is never far when you visit LEGOLAND® Florida Resort! LEGOLAND Water Park is just a few short months away from opening and we’re looking for new Model Citizens to become LEGOLAND lifeguards.

2011.10.14_LEGOLANDWATERPARK_001.jpgOur lifeguards at LEGOLAND work at all the pools that our guests enjoy, from attractions in the water park to the LEGOLAND Hotel pool, and even the cool new pool opening soon at LEGOLAND Beach Retreat.

3-build-a-raft_920What’s awesome about this opportunity is that you don’t need an existing certification to apply. Can you swim? Are you good with kids? Do you enjoy being part of a team? Then you might have what it takes to work here! Plus, if you’re not already a certified lifeguard, our instructors will give you the training and certifications you need to become a professional rescuer at the place #BuiltForKids.

After completing a skilled swim test, all lifeguards at LEGOLAND Florida Resort are certified in CPR, first aid, lifeguard skills and water park skills through the American Red Cross training program. In addition, LEGOLAND lifeguards receive hours of specialized training to operate all of our water park attractions.

2011.10.14_LEGOLANDWATERPARK_001.jpgBeing a lifeguard at LEGOLAND Water Park means having fun in the sun and enjoying the many benefits and perks all LEGOLAND Model Citizens receive — this includes complimentary admission tickets to many popular Central Florida attractions, including The Coca-Cola Orlando Eye, Madame Tussauds Orlando, SEA LIFE Aquarium and many more.

Interested? Apply online. Join our team and play a vital part in keeping our guests safe!

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Celebrate #GivingTuesday with Merlin’s Magic Wand

Join the five-year-old #GivingTuesday movement today with the #unSELFIE toolkit. Download the toolkit and share why you’re giving back this year!

It’s simple:

Step 1: Hold up an #unSELFIE sign and snap a selfless selfie!

Step 2: Share it on social media and encourage others to give.

LEGOLAND® Florida Resort and other Merlin Entertainments attractions have made it their mission to deliver memorable experiences to children all over the world, including kids unable to travel due to circumstances or illness.

Merlin’s Magic Wand is a global children’s charity whose mission is putting magic back into the lives of seriously ill, disabled and disadvantaged children. To date, the organization has helped more than 260,000 kids and their families enjoy a magical day out at the more than 100 Merlin attractions worldwide. For those unable to visit a Merlin attraction, Merlin’s Magic Spaces projects bring the magic directly to kids.

Here’s a challenge for today and every day: Instead of clouding your social media with things about you, help make a difference in the life of a child!

Apply for a day out here: www.merlinsmagicwand.org/USA.

Happy #GivingTuesday!

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Happy birthday… to us!

Five years ago today, LEGOLAND® Florida Resort welcomed guests to explore a 150-acre playground #BuiltForKids, a colorful wonderland of rides, shows and attractions inspired by the unlimited creative potential of LEGO® bricks.

Since then, millions of guests from around the world have enjoyed its many charms, from iconic attractions like The Dragon and Ford Driving School to dazzling shows like “Battle for Brickbeard’s Bounty” and “Friends to the Rescue” to popular events like Christmas Bricktacular and Brick or Treat Presented by Shutterfly, which continues this weekend.

It’s been a whirlwind five years, a busy period of growth and expansion that has included the debut of LEGOLAND Water Park (May 2012), LEGO Star Wars™ Miniland Model Display (November 2012), LEGO World of Chima™ (July 2013), DUPLO® Valley (May 2014), LEGOLAND Hotel (May 2015), Heartlake City (June 2015), and phased restorations of the historic Cypress Gardens, which celebrated its 80th anniversary earlier this year.

And even more fun is on the way!

Last March, we kicked off the largest period of expansion in the history of LEGOLAND Florida Resort, which includes LEGO NINJAGO® World, a whole new theme park land and an awesome attraction opening Jan. 12, 2017, and LEGOLAND Beach Retreat, which will more than double our on-site accommodations when its whimsically themed bungalows open in mid-2017.

Thanks to you, our fans, we’ve enjoyed five years of awesomeness — and we’re just getting started!

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Help us ‘fill the bus’ Aug. 19-21 with school supplies for Polk County students

It’s back-to-school time for local students, but not every child begins the year with the items they need to succeed. This month, we’re asking brick fans to help us support our community by donating school supplies.

IMG_8049Items will be distributed to elementary and middle-school students in the Polk County School Board’s homeless education program.  The HEARTH Project and Polk County Public Schools work to ensure that homeless children throughout the county have equal opportunities for educational success.

On Aug. 19-21 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., LEGOLAND® Model Citizens will accept donations at one of our colorfully decorated shuttle buses near the archway as you enter the park. Help us “fill the bus” with items for needy students!

 

All supplies are welcome, but these are the items needed most:

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  • Full-size spiral notebooks
  • Composition notebooks
  • Calculators
  • Pocket folders (with brads)
  • Pencils (minimum 12-pack)
  • Pens (blue, black and red packs)
  • Markers (minimum 12-pack)
  • Crayons (minimum 12-pack)
  • Colored pencils (minimum 12-pack)
  • Highlighters (assorted packs)
  • Rulers
  • Blunt-tip school scissors
  • Pencil sharpeners
  • Large pink erasers
  • Glue sticks (minimum 2-pack)

Everyone who donates 10 items or more from the most-needed list will receive a LEGO® NINJAGO® Sky Pirate building toy with exclusive Minifigure (subject to change while supplies last). NINJAGOGiveaway

The drive is part of a global campaign called Being a Force for Good by Merlin Entertainments, the parent company of LEGOLAND Florida Resort, and represents the latest in a long line of LEGOLAND efforts to support the community and its children. Our goal is to collect at least 7,000 school supplies during the donation period.

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Merlin’s Magic Wand unveils latest ‘Magic Spaces’ project at Orlando facility for kids and families

Merlin's Magic WandMerlin’s Magic Wand, the global charity run by the parent company of LEGOLAND® Florida Resort, recently helped put some magic into the lives of kids who need it most.

Three therapy rooms at The Howard Phillips Center for Children & Families near downtown Orlando, Fla., were given magical makeovers as part of the Merlin’s Magic Spaces initiative, turning the formerly ordinary spaces into extraordinary examples of Merlin Entertainments’ creativity and compassion.

 

LEGOLAND1The whimsical new décor was inspired by Merlin’s Central Florida attractions — LEGOLAND® Florida Resort, The Orlando Eye, Madame Tussauds and SEA LIFE Aquarium — and created in collaboration with Merlin Magic Making, Edd Musgrove Creative and Attraction & Entertainment Solutions.

The rooms are used for therapy and other services offered at the center, which helps kids and families who face overwhelming challenges like child abuse, developmental disabilities and lack of access to medical care.

Merlin's Magic Spaces“These rooms have been dramatically transformed into magical, inviting spaces to the delight of the children and families we serve,” said Marie Martinez, operations manager at The Howard Phillips Center for Children & Families. “Our therapists have been using these rooms for about three weeks now and everyone just loves them.”

Madame TussaudsFor more information about Merlin’s Magic Wand efforts in the United States, visit www.merlinsmagicwand.org/usa, or follow its social media channels at facebook.com/MMWUSAtwitter.com/MMWUSA (hashtag #MMWUSA) and instagram.com/mmwusa.

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Make-A-Wish kid claims victory against NASCAR great Casey Mears in MINILAND 400

Earlier today, 10-year-old Layla Popoff of Orlando, Fla., zoomed to victory in the MINILAND 400 against veteran NASCAR driver Casey Mears, during a special event #BuiltForKids to celebrate the giant new Daytona International Speedway model at LEGOLAND® Florida Resort.

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NASCAR driver Casey Mears, left, races 10-year-old Layla Popoff of Orlando, Fla., in the MINILAND 400.

Driving the No. 00 car in honor of the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola, which returns to the “World Center of Racing” on July 2, Layla was a tough competitor for Casey, who drove a kid-sized version of his No. 13 GEICO car for Germain Racing.

MINILAND 400After taking off from between LEGO® models of the Statue of Liberty and the U.S. Capitol in MINILAND USA, Layla and Casey quickly reached a top speed of nearly four miles per hour in the electric vehicles borrowed from our popular Driving School attraction.

MINILAND 400

Casey’s dreams of a MINILAND 400 victory came to abrupt end when he crashed into a wall of giant LEGO bricks near the finish line.

Neck-and-neck they zoomed past the New York City skyline, remaining close as they barreled down the Las Vegas Strip.  With the finish line in sight at the new Daytona display, Casey suddenly plowed into a pile of giant LEGO bricks near Kennedy Space Center while Layla raced ahead to claim victory.  Her prize? A giant LEGO trophy accepted with a triumphant smile. Take a look:

Layla was selected for the one-of-a-kind race with the assistance of Merlin’s Magic Wand, a global charity that has helped nearly 300,000 children and their families enjoy a magical day out at more than 100 attractions operated around the world by Merlin Entertainments, parent company of LEGOLAND. Earlier this year, Layla’s dream of a huge backyard playhouse was fulfilled by Make-A-Wish Central and Northern Florida.

MINILAND 400Afterward, the friendly competitors headed to the theme park’s new Imagination Zone.  Let me tell you, this place is what your LEGO dreams are made of.  It’s filled with hands-on LEGO building activities where kids can put their imaginations into overdrive.

Imagination Zone

After the MINILAND 400 race, Casey and Layla headed to the new Wheels Zone inside Imagination Zone, where they built and tested LEGO race cars.

Since Casey is a racing expert (even if he did get beat by a 10-year-old) he gave several young fans great tips for building creative LEGO vehicles to race down timed ramps in the new Wheels Zone. I wonder who had more fun, Casey or the kids?

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Layla helped Casey and Chip Wile, president of Daytona International Speedway, place Minilander likenesses of the two men into the giant new LEGO model of the “World Center of Racing.”

2016.06.20_LEGOLANDFLORIDA_DIS_0064Casey’s fans can watch him in the Coke Zero 400 at the real Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, July 2. Good luck, Casey!

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NEW DATE: ‘Drivers, start your engines!’ NASCAR veteran Casey Mears to challenge Make-A-Wish child in June 20 race #BuiltForKids

UPDATE: Due to inclement weather, this event has been rescheduled for Monday, June 20.

Our Daytona International Speedway model in MINILAND USA has a sleek new look.

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The 1/20-scale model of the “World Center of Racing” was updated following the DAYTONA Rising project — a $400 million frontstretch renovation that made DIS the first motorsports stadium in the world.

On Tuesday, June 7, Monday, June 20, we’ll celebrate to the sound of roaring engines and cheering fans during the “MINILAND 400,” a special, one-day-only race #BuiltForKids. Veteran NASCAR driver Casey Mears will visit LEGOLAND® Florida Resort to preview the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series’ return to DIS for the Coke Zero 400 Powered by Coca-Cola on July 2.

MINILAND 400And you’re invited to witness history in the making!

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Casey Mears is driver of the No. 13 GEICO ChevroletSS for Germain Racing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

Picture this:  Mears will be snugly seated in a kid-size vehicle customized to match his No. 13 GEICO Germain Racing stock car, up against a 10-year-old girl representing Make-A-Wish® Central and Northern Florida in a race through MINILAND USA, home to dozens of LEGO landmarks from cities across the U.S.

LEGOLAND guests are welcome to witness the fun, which will start at around 11:30 a.m.

With a wave of the green flag, the drivers will take off from between the Statue of Liberty and U.S. Capitol, zoom past the New York City skyline and barrel down the Las Vegas Strip before reaching the finish line at the giant new Daytona International Speedway model.

Wheels Zone

Kids can build and test LEGO vehicles in the racing-themed Wheels Zone, part of the newly re-imagined Imagination Zone.

Afterward, Mears will greet fans in the newly re-imagined Imagination Zone.  Using his years of competitive driving expertise, he’ll help kids build and test creative LEGO vehicles before sending them zooming down timed ramps in the racing-themed Wheels Zone.

If you can’t join us in person, follow the fun with hashtag #MINILAND400 on our Facebook, Twitter and YouTube channels!

Fun facts

  • Designed by Merlin Magic Making, the new Daytona International Speedway display took a team of more than a dozen Master Model Builders to create out of 282,384 LEGO bricks.
  • The new stadium model stretches 31 feet and weighs more than 1,400 lbs.
  • The project required approximately 250 design hours and 2,100 build hours to complete.
  • Look for the word “Daytona” spelled out on fans’ shirts, a group of spectators holding letters that spell TURN LEFT and a contingent of misdirected soccer fans using their G-O-A-L signs to cheer on racers with G-O!
  • Sharp-eyed guests might also spot a cheeky nod to Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s recent heart-stopping moment when his steering wheel came off during a race.
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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!

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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.

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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.

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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:

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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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JUST ANNOUNCED: Multiple projects launch largest expansion in LEGOLAND® Florida Resort history

Earlier today, LEGOLAND® Florida Resort revealed exclusive details about an unprecedented slate of projects that will deliver additional on-site accommodations, an immersive new theme park land with a cutting-edge, interactive attraction, the first-ever expansion of our water park, a new, action-packed “4D” theatrical attraction and an all-new summertime event filled with fireworks and special entertainment, giving guests even more reasons to play — and stay — at the place #BuiltForKids:

LEGOLAND Beach Retreat – opening mid-2017

LEGOLANDBeachRetreat_postcardThis whimsically themed vacation resort combines the fun of surf, sand and sun with the creativity of LEGO® on a picturesque site next to Lake Dexter, adjacent to the theme park. Distinguished by a colorful LEGO lighthouse, the village-style, lakefront resort will feature 83 single-story duplex units, offering 166 separate accommodations that sleep up to five.

Designed with the same combination of imagination and kid-centric detail that made the 10-month-old LEGOLAND Hotel an immediate hit, the all-new LEGOLAND Beach Retreat offers a great way for larger families and friends to vacation together. Amenities will include a themed pool, a sandy play area, a buffet-style restaurant and more.

LEGO NINJAGO® World – opening early 2017

NINJAGOTheRide_postcardInspired by the popular series of LEGO building sets and the long-running TV show “LEGO NINJAGO: Masters of Spinjitzu,” this all-new, fully immersive theme park land invites guests to step into a magical, martial arts kingdom where they’ll experience a first-of-its-kind attraction that blends eye-popping, 3D computer animation, “4D” atmospheric effects and groundbreaking technology by Montreal-based Triotech.

On LEGO NINJAGO The Ride, up to four guests per vehicle blast animated fireballs, lightning, shockwaves and ice using nothing more than their hands as they travel through dojos mastering their skills before teaming up to defeat a powerful villain. Riders collect points and scores are displayed when each quest is complete. The thrilling attraction is the epicenter of a new area featuring multiple hands-on, interactive experiences that will hone kids’ physical skills like NINJAGO heroes Kai, Jay, Cole, Zane and Nya, before their ultimate test on LEGO NINJAGO The Ride.

Creative Cove featuring Build-A-Boat – now open

A fun expansion area at LEGOLAND Water Park adds a brand-new 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.  Nearby, the existing Imagination Station lets little ones build and play with colorful DUPLO® bricks in a water-filled activity center. Additional dining offerings, increased seating capacity and complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the entire water park round out the all-new offerings for 2016.

“LEGO NEXO KNIGHTS™ 4D: The Book of Creativity” – opening May 26, 2016

NEXO_KNIGHTS_logoSet in the futuristic Kingdom of Knighton, this all-new theatrical attraction pits five young knights against the evil Jestro and his sidekick, the Book of Monsters, in a battle for control of a rare book of magic that gives its owner tremendous power. Based on the new LEGO series of building sets and the just-launched TV show, the 12½-minute, immersive experience combines 3D computer animation with “4D,” real-world effects that bring the high-tech action bursting off the screen and into the audience.

Elsewhere in the theme park, kids will discover six exclusive shields that unlock unique NEXO Powers within the LEGO NEXO KNIGHTS: Merlok 2.0 mobile app for iOS and Android devices.

LEGOLAND Night Lights – Summer 2016

The resort will debut its latest all-new event in June, a celebration of summertime fun featuring extended park hours, meet-and-greet opportunities with favorite LEGO characters, exclusive opportunities to build alongside LEGO Master Model Builders and a spectacular, brick-tacular NINJAGO fireworks display that will light the night above Lake Eloise with brilliant colors and triumphant music. Held exclusively at LEGOLAND Florida Resort, the party is included with park admission and will take place every Saturday and Sunday from June 18 to July 31.

The exciting new projects represent the largest period of growth in the nearly 4½-year history of LEGOLAND Florida Resort, a rapid trajectory of expansions that has included LEGOLAND Water Park (May 2012), LEGO STAR WARS™ Miniland Model Display (November 2012), LEGO World of Chima™ (July 2013), DUPLO Valley (May 2014), LEGOLAND Hotel (May 2015), Heartlake City (June 2015), and phased restorations of the historic Cypress Gardens botanical wonderland, which recently celebrated its 80th anniversary.

To keep up with all the brick-tastic news happening here, sign up for our free email newsletter and check our blog for regular updates!

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Sharing the magic when it matters most

For many people, this is the time of year when giving is top of mind.  At LEGOLAND® Florida Resort, we believe generosity knows no season.

MMM1Merlin’s Magic Wand is the charitable arm of our parent company, Merlin Entertainments, which exists to put magic back into the lives of seriously ill, disabled and disadvantaged children.  It lets them enjoy a memorable day at a Merlin attraction, and in some cases we bring the fun to them.

Here’s a look back at some of the ways we created magical experiences for those in need in 2015:

  • MMM3Emmet and Wyldstyle visited more than 100 children and their families at Give Kids The World Village in Kissimmee, Fla. They even joined the fun at “Mayor Clayton’s Surprise Birthday Party” with giveaways, LEGO®-themed games and even a dance party.
  • Emmet and Wyldstyle hit the road again to visit Orlando’s Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, making bedside visits to 50 kids while handing out goodie bags and high-fives along the way.
  • Approximately 300 supporters of the Down Syndrome Association of Central Florida visited us in September during Merlin’s Fun Festival, an event for guests to spend a day enjoying family and escaping the challenges of health issues.
  • MMM4The Down Syndrome Association of Polk County also made it out for a special event which included a local family who had recently lost their home in a fire. Our VIP team treated them to a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
  • Model Citizens from multiple departments volunteered their time to help fuel the future by bringing healthy food to hungry kids through a partnership with Agape Food Bank.

Our charitable efforts will continue in 2016.  We’ll keep sharing the good news here, as well as ways you can get in on the giving too.

 

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