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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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Splash, race, fly and play your own way in better-than-ever Imagination Zone

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Awesome new hands-on activities are coming to the newly re-imagined Imagination Zone, which will re-open in May.

If you’ve visited our theme park lately, you might be wondering what’s happening at the Imagination Zone building near Pirates’ Cove and LEGO® Technic, which has been closed to guests for a few weeks.

Wonder no more!

An amazing transformation is taking place as we, well, re-imagine Imagination Zone with awesome new experiences #BuiltForKids that will let them unleash the power of their imagination. Over the next several weeks, we’ll reveal exclusive sneak peeks at what’s in store when we open the doors late next month.

Imagination is more important than knowledge.

—Albert Einstein

Powered by the imaginations of the talented men and women of Merlin Magic Making, the creative division of our parent company, Merlin Entertainments, the indoor space will be divided into several themed zones where kids can build, test, design, create, splash, crash, fly, swoop, soar, spin, swim, race, chase and dream up colorful creations made from thousands of available LEGO bricks.

Returning attractions will include the Warner Bros. Games™ Zone and the LEGO MINDSTORMS® area, along with the freshly-pressed sandwiches, salads and ice cream treats available at I-Zone Panini. Meanwhile, we’re also expanding the private classrooms that host our popular educational programs for school groups.

Check back here on the blog soon for a first look at the new Creation Zone, the whimsical entrance area that epitomizes the fun, creativity and freedom of play.

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Follow the tide to LEGOLAND® Water Park’s opening day

Ready to dive into some fun?

Kids will test their creative brain power when they experience Build-A-Boat, the newest attraction in LEGOLAND Water Park.

Kids will test their creativity when they experience Build-A-Boat, the newest attraction in LEGOLAND Water Park.

We’re proud to open the first expansion at LEGOLAND® Water Park since it debuted in 2012. Join us Saturday, March 12, at 10:30 a.m. for a special ceremony to dedicate Creative Cove and our new attraction, Build-A-Boat, where kids can design, create and race LEGO® boats through rushing rivers.

After the grand opening ceremony, special activities and games will offer a splash of extra excitement all weekend long. Challenge friends to a jump rope competition or see how many times you can swing a hula hoop. Play with a giant parachute or find out how low you can go during limbo. It’s all happening Saturday and Sunday only and is included with water park admission.

Take lots of photos of your splash-tacular fun and share them on social media with the complimentary Wi-Fi now available throughout the entire water park — another great perk introduced this year.

While supplies last, pick up your commemorative LEGO brick for LEGOLAND Water Park opening. We have two designs to choose from.

While supplies last, pick up your exclusive LEGO brick commemorating LEGOLAND Water Park in 2016. We have two designs to choose from.

Make sure to grab a limited-edition LEGO brick commemorating the 2016 water park season this weekend! Two different designs are available and only will be available while supplies last on Saturday and Sunday near the entrance of LEGOLAND Water Park.

The best way to let your imagination soar all season long at Creative Cove is with an Annual Pass. Enjoy endless opportunities to splash in the water park and play in the theme park for a full year with an Awesome Pass.

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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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Finally, an official currency for kids!

LEGOLAND Dollars are the exclusive currency of LEGOLAND Florida Resort, and as part of an exclusive partnership with Travelex, LEGOLAND Dollars are now listed for exchange in a 1:1 ratio with U.S. Dollars in 55 participating locations. LEGOLAND Dollars are the first theme park currency to be listed on an official exchange board, and will be available for the Summer 2015 season.

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If having your own LEGOLAND Dollars wasn’t enough fun, guests will receive added special coupons with their exchange, valued at $39.25 for a $50 exchange. These special offers are available at the following increments:

  • $15 exchange = 1 Free Granny’s Apple Fries
  • $25 exchange = 1 Free Parking + Free Granny’s Apple Fries
  • $50 exchange = 1 Free Upgrade to LEGOLAND Water Park + Free Parking + Free Granny’s Apple Fries

“Everything at LEGOLAND Florida Resort is created for kids, including the currency.  By using LEGOLAND Dollars with a playful design, it builds on the immersive experience for young guests,” said Adrian Jones, General Manager of LEGOLAND Florida Resort.

In addition to the added coupons, kids can also discover the unique stories behind each Minifigure featured on the LEGOLAND Dollars.

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$10 Bill—Surfer Girl

One day, the fearless Surfer Girl grabbed her best board, and paddled to the middle of the LEGO Wave Pool. She surfed the tallest wave the LEGOLAND Water Park had ever seen.  Surfer Girl hung 10 on a swell that stood 10 feet high! And that’s why she’s on the 10 dollar bill.

 

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One day, Blake took his driving test at the Ford Junior Driving School. He passed, with neither a bump nor a scratch! Blake became the youngest kid ever to get his LEGOLAND driver’s license—at only 5 years old! And that’s why he’s on the 5 dollar bill!

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While exploring a frontier a frontier we now call Florida, The Explorer came upon the greatest land he had ever explored! It’s where they eventually built LEGOLAND Florida—which makes him one of the greatest explorers in the world! And that’s why he’s on the $1 Dollar Bill.

Find out where you can get your LEGOLAND Dollars at https://www.travelex.com/legoland.

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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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Merry Christmas from LEGOLAND Florida Resort

Merry Christmas from the LEGOLAND Florida Resort team! Thank you to all who have celebrated the holiday season at LEGOLAND! The holiday activities continue throughout the month of December with Christmas Bricktacular, Nightly Fireworks, and Kids’ New Year’s Eve! Be sure to check our website for more details. Don’t forget to share your photos from the event on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using #BricktacularFL.

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Christmas Bricktacular: December 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, and 28

Nightly Fireworks: December 26, 27, 28, 29, and 30

Kids’ New Year’s Eve: December 31

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Christmas Bricktacular officially begins with LEGO® Tree Lighting

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! LEGOLAND® Florida Resort kicked off the holiday season on Saturday, December 6th with a 30-foot LEGO® Christmas tree lighting! This marked the beginning of Christmas Bricktacular presented by Shutterfly®, continuing weekends in December. Don’t worry if you were unable to attend the event! We’ve got you covered with a full recap of the experience:

The night began with the joyous sound of Christmas carolers singing all your favorite holiday songs including: Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer, Santa Claus is Coming to Town, Jingle Bells, and Feliz Navidad.

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To officially begin the awesome ceremony, LEGOLAND had a little help from some familiar characters. Emmet and Wyldstyle joined the celebration and pumped up the crowd to welcome LEGO® Santa and help with the highly anticipated countdown!

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Our Guests of Honor were over 200 Make-A-Wish visitors. Thanks to Merlin’s Magic Wand, the families were provided tickets to enjoy LEGOLAND Florida Resort for the day. Four children were selected to help light the LEGO® tree which is made up of 270,000 LEGO® and DUPLO® bricks! The Tree Lighting marked the beginning of Christmas Bricktacular and other holiday events taking place during December at LEGOLAND Florida Resort. This holiday event is included in your park admission so be sure to take advantage by visiting weekends in December!

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Christmas Bricktacular presented by Shutterfly® takes place on December 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, and 21. Guests can enjoy Nightly Fireworks December 26-30 leading up to our Kids’ New Year’s Eve celebration on December 31st! See our website for more details.

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Top 9 Tips for an Awesome Visit to LEGOLAND® Florida Resort

Build memories and have a stress-free visit to LEGOLAND® Florida Resort by following these helpful tips to make the most of your trip:

1. Arrive Early

Please view the operating calendar before your visit so you are informed of the most current Park operating hours as our times change. We recommend arriving about 15 minutes prior to opening so you can experience the awesome opening ceremony orchestrated by Buddy!

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2. Plan Ahead

Pick up a show guide upon entering the Park to stay informed on show times, character meet & greet locations and more! Use the show guide to plan out your day so you don’t miss the perfect character photo opportunity or one of our original must see shows. You can also view the Park map and show times online before your visit and access the mobile website at any time from your phone, keeping the latest information right at your fingertips.

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3. Designate A Meeting Spot

Prior to exploring LEGOLAND Florida Resort, make sure you and your family agree on a meeting spot in case anyone gets lost or separated from the group. Grab a Park map and circle the meeting spot so everyone is clear on the location.

4. Strategize

Start at the back of the Park near LEGO® City and work your way forward to avoid the crowds. If you are visiting with older kids, stay to the left side of the park towards Coastersaurus, as the rides on this side are geared towards those who enjoy our pink-knuckle attractions. If you have toddlers, DUPLO® Valley can’t be missed, with rides and attractions designed especially for our younger friends.

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5. Know Height Requirements

Be sure to reference the map and become familiar with the height and age requirements for each attraction prior to waiting in line. For your convenience, you can measure your children at the entrance of each attraction before you get in line or near the entrance of the park at guest services. At guest services, we will measure the child and give them a colored wrist band that will correlate with the top of the ride brick to show which rides the child can safely ride.

6. Bring Dry Clothes

If your family plans on embarking on The Quest for CHI, you’ll be glad you brought dry clothes to change into after experiencing this epic adventure! Lockers are located near the Park entrance and can help keep belongings safe and dry while you enjoy this interactive water ride!

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7. Trade Minifigures

Trading Minifigures with Model Citizens (LEGOLAND employees) is a fun and popular activity for all ages! Be sure to bring any Minifigures from home in a plastic zipped bag. If you forget your Minifigures or don’t want to part with any from your current collection, you can always buy them when you arrive at the Park. Model citizens display their Minifigure on their nametag, so be sure to keep your eyes open throughout the park.

8. Enjoy A Sweet Treat

No trip to LEGOLAND Florida Resort would be complete without trying Granny’s Apple Fries. This LEGOLAND original will leave you all smiles as you indulge in this cinnamon and sugar treat. Choose to dip them with sweet whipped cream or caramel sauce!

9. Attend Special Events

Visiting LEGOLAND Florida Resort during the holidays? Be sure to check the website for special events that could align with your visit – Brick or Treat, Christmas Bricktacular, Nightly Fireworks and other events make a visit even more memorable and add a little extra to a trip since they are already included in your park admission.

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Behind the Scenes – Miniland USA!

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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