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COMING IN SPRING 2018: The Great LEGO® Race to transform Project X roller coaster into supercharged virtual reality adventure

The Great LEGO RacePrepare to take a ride on the wildest LEGO® race ever imagined when cutting-edge virtual reality technology combines with roller coaster thrills in an exhilarating new attraction opening in Spring 2018 at LEGOLAND® Florida Resort!

Developed under the supervision of Merlin Magic Making, our parent company’s global creative and delivery division, The Great LEGO Race will transform our existing Project X roller coaster into an exciting, high-octane experience that puts kids in the driver’s seat and asks, “Are you brave enough to face, race and beat the best of the best in all of LEGO world?”

The Great LEGO RaceFeaturing a colorful lineup of racers drawn from the ranks of the popular LEGO minifigure mystery assortments, The Great LEGO Race pits riders in a rollicking race against wild, brick-built contraptions driven by Trendsetter, Pharaoh, Surfer Girl, Wizard and Pirate Captain, including a rocket-powered surfboard and a stylish scooter fueled by espresso.

Wearing VR headsets, guests will experience the action from every direction — up, down, forward, backward and all points in between — in a dazzling environment where everything is made of LEGO bricks.

The adventure begins as guests approach the ride’s bold new entry portal as the sounds of roaring engines fill the air. Nearby, the coaster’s queue will resemble a pre-race space where pit crews for each of the five LEGO racers are preparing for the competition, plus interactive, hands-on elements to entertain waiting riders.

“The Great LEGO Race was inspired by the way kids play with LEGO toys at home,” said Candy Holland, senior creative director for Merlin Magic Making, which designs and develops attractions for Merlin sites around the world. “It’s a unique LEGO adventure that lets kids enter an epic imaginary world made entirely from LEGO bricks, featuring a host of different themes and fun LEGO characters, all mixed up together.”

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Hurricane Irma update: Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017

LEGOLAND® Florida Resort will reopen as scheduled:

  • Wednesday, Sept. 13 – LEGOLAND Hotel
  • Thursday, Sept. 14 – LEGOLAND Florida Theme Park and LEGOLAND Beach Retreat
  • TBD – LEGOLAND Water Park

To change a planned visit, call our customer service center at +1 (877) 350-5346. Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Eastern, seven days a week. Live chat is available through our website’s Help Center during the same hours.

Information about our hurricane policy is available at www.LEGOLAND.com/hurricane.

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DISCOVER SOMETHING NEW: Coca-Cola Freestyle® now available

You asked, and we made it happen — refillable souvenir cups are now available! Visit one of our four Coca-Cola Freestyle® stations and stay hydrated all day long!

There are more than 100 beverage choices inside each station, including vitaminwater and Powerade, so choose freely!

Refresh and Refill stations are located in The Beginning across from Market Restaurant, outside LEGO® NINJAGO® World, inside Land of Adventure and at Beach-n-Brick Grill inside the water park.



Souvenir cups are $13.99 plus tax and include unlimited refills that day! Bring your cup back on another day and enjoy all-day beverages for just $5.99 plus tax. The more cups you buy, the more you save — two cups are $12.99 each plus tax and three or more are $10.99 plus tax!

Qualifying Annual Pass Members receive a 10 percent discount — get yours today!

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School group programs educate and entertain at LEGOLAND® Florida Resort

Sure, everyone knows LEGOLAND® Florida Resort is a wonderland of fun #BuiltForKids. But did you know that we also offer an outstanding lineup of programs for school groups that are both educational and entertaining?

If you’re seeking an experience for students that combines the creativity of the LEGO® brand with standards-based curriculum in a fun and stimulating environment, we’ve got awesome field trip adventures you won’t find anywhere else!

Available for grades K-6, LEGOLAND Florida field trips can be scheduled Monday through Friday now through June 1, 2018, excluding school holidays. They include 45-minute, hands-on educational experiences tailored to each grade level, with comprehensive teacher guides for use before and after your visit.

In addition, each field trip includes a full day’s admission to our theme park, which offers more than 50 rides, shows and attractions inspired by popular LEGO brands and characters.

In the Explosive Energy experience, Professor Black Brick unveils his dastardly master plan to replace all the renewable energy sources on Earth with geothermal energy from lava extracted from the planet’s core!

Choose from one of eight programs that offer creatively entertaining lessons in key STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) concepts led by one of our engaging “edu-tainers” in character, or opt for a self-guided adventure.

Exciting, story-driven adventures feature everything from earthquakes to extraterrestrial life, race cars to robots to renewable energy, all with unique LEGO themes, resources and building activities.

Click the image for a printable flier listing all our awesome educational experiences.

After a disastrous meteor shower, LEGO Base’s newest cadets must learn to pilot their very own LEGO robot and save the nearby space station in the Astro Bot experience.

For more information, visit www.LEGOLAND.com/education. To book a field trip, call (877) 863-5346. Reservations must be made at least two weeks in advance and a minimum of 15 students are required for each program. One free chaperone is available for every five paid students.

Please note that our theme park hours and days of operation vary. Check our operating calendar before planning a visit.

Book now and save! Book by Sept. 30 for field trips through February 2018 and you’ll receive a special discount.

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EXTENDED CALENDAR: LEGOLAND® Water Park to be open weekends in October

Here’s some wonderful, water-ful news for fans of LEGOLAND® Water Park:

By popular demand, LEGOLAND Water Park has extended its 2017 season to be open every weekend through October!

Every Saturday and Sunday in October, the park will welcome guests to enjoy plenty of spectacular, brick-tacular fun in the sun, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

So mark your calendar and make a date to see what Travel Channel and the USA TODAY 10Best poll have ranked one of the best water parks in the U.S.

Admission is just a $20 upgrade from a theme park ticket, and all three tiers of our annual passes include water park admission with no block-out dates!

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Picky eater? Food allergies? Dietary restrictions? We’ll take care of you!

At LEGOLAND® Florida Resort, we offer a tasty variety of food and beverages for everyone, with all-you-care-to-enjoy buffets, quick-service dining and outdoor carts serving treats like popcorn, ice cream, sodas and bottled water.

If you’re in search of specific kinds of food or gluten-free and vegetarian offerings, look no further than the free park maps available throughout the resort. Under “Time to Eat” on the back is a comprehensive guide to what’s served where. Maps are available in English, Spanish and Portuguese.

All our food and beverage locations now have binders with ingredients of every menu item, to help guests manage any food allergies or dietary restrictions. This includes restaurants and outdoor carts.

Meanwhile, our chefs are always happy to discuss any dietary needs with guests during their visit, and we have an online guide that can answer many questions before you arrive.

Need more information or can’t find an answer to your questions? Email us at LLF-Food@LEGOLAND.com.

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Don’t let Mother Nature spoil the fun!

Raindrops? Too hot? LEGOLAND® Florida Resort offers lots of things to enjoy whatever the weather.

Where to stay cool and dry: Indoor, air-conditioned experiences include LEGO® NINJAGO® The Ride, Lost Kingdom Adventure, Imagination Zone, DUPLO® Farm, the “4D” movies that play in the Wells Fargo Fun Town Theater and the “Friends to the Rescue” stage show in Heartlake City.

Guests also can cool off at many dining locations with large, indoor seating areas, such as Market Restaurant, LEGO City Burger Kitchen, Firehouse Ice Cream, Fried Chicken Co., Panini Grill and the Fun Town Pizza & Pasta Buffet, or with one of the icy treats at Fun Town Slushies.

Indoor shopping locations include The Big Shop, Minifigure Market, Heartlake Mall, Wu’s Warehouse, LEGO Studio Store and LEGO Factory Experience and Store. Rain ponchos and umbrellas are available at most retail outlets.

Where to get wet: Besides all the attractions at LEGOLAND Water Park, kids can get wet at DUPLO Splash & Play and Cragger’s Swamp, and The Quest for CHI boat ride offers guests lots of watery fun. Proper attire is required at all times.

Stay hydrated: Whatever the weather, remember to stay hydrated! Drinking fountains, Coca-Cola® beverages and bottled water are available throughout the resort.

Wear sunscreen: Florida is known as the Sunshine State for a good reason — we have lots of it all year long! (We’ve even got solar panels in our parking lot!) A variety of sun protection products by Banana Boat are sold at locations throughout the resort.

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Meet the team working to improve LEGOLAND® Florida Resort for guests on the autism spectrum

Making LEGOLAND® Florida Resort more welcoming to guests with autism spectrum disorders has required the teamwork of multiple departments over the past year, which is why our “Hero Action Team” is comprised of Model Citizens from many different areas.

Over the past year, a team made up of representatives from many different LEGOLAND Florida Resort departments has been working together to make the resort more enjoyable for guests on the autism spectrum.

During Autism Awareness Month in April, we’ll offer a glimpse at the personal commitments made by many of our leaders to create a more inclusive environment for everyone.

“No child or person should feel as if they cannot do something due to any disability they may have,” said Nick Parham, a member of the resort’s Education team. “I’m extremely passionate about creating an environment that reaches out to all people, no matter the circumstances.”

Amanda Becerra, a manager within Food & Beverage Operations, agrees.

“I really love the opportunity for families to be able to enjoy their vacation knowing that their child is going to feel safe, and most importantly, have fun,” she said.

Creating an environment that’s both safe and fun starts with the orientation program every new Model Citizen attends, explained Adriana Eraso, who leads the resort’s Admissions team.

“We have department-specific training that provides information about how to interact with guests on the autism spectrum,” she said, adding that the resort’s HR department also devotes a portion of training for all new hires that helps them better recognize and understand the unique needs of those guests and their families.

Within the Public Safety department, Security supervisor Benjamin Peacock has implemented bi-weekly meetings and monthly updates so that his team will better understand guests on the autism spectrum and the challenges theme parks often present for their enjoyment.

Addressing those challenges led to the creation of “social stories,” illustrated, step-by-guides to attractions and shows that prepare LEGOLAND guests for what to expect, whether it be periods of darkness, loud noises or other elements that can be frightening or overwhelming.

“As a department, my team has worked very hard to meticulously create every social story for the park,” said Haley Travis, a coordinator within Training and Development, “as well as a quick reference guide that explains what each ride and show has to offer.” The goal, she explained, was to help families more efficiently plan their day.

“We continuously teach our team to, above all, be patient with each guest and treat everyone with the respect they deserve,” she said.

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Here’s how we’re making LEGOLAND® Florida Resort a better place for guests with autism spectrum disorders

Over the past year, we’ve made a lot of progress in our ongoing efforts to make LEGOLAND® Florida Resort a more welcoming place for guests with autism spectrum disorders. With April designated as Autism Awareness Month, here’s a look at some of the new services and initiatives we’ve launched:

Hero Pass

The special “Blue Hero Pass,” available at Guest Services, allows guests with autism spectrum disorders and their party to bypass the standby line at popular attractions.

To assist guests who have difficulty waiting in line, we’ve created a pass specifically for guests on the autism spectrum. Available inside the theme park at Guest Services near Market Restaurant, the no-cost “Blue Hero Pass” allows the guest and his or her family or group to bypass the standby line at popular attractions.

Quiet room

Multiple “quiet rooms” located throughout the resort offer a private space where guests on the autism spectrum can relax with noise-cancelling headphones, weighted blankets and a variety of soothing toys.

We’ve also modified several guest areas working in partnership with the North and Central Florida chapter of Autism Speaks. Specially equipped spaces in our Annual Pass, First Aid and Baby Care facilities now serve as designated “quiet rooms” where quests who are on the autism spectrum and their families can take a break. Noise-cancelling headphones, weighted blankets, squishy toys and LEGO® building tables are some of the complimentary resources available. A similar space also is available within Guest Services at LEGOLAND Water Park.

Working in consultation with Autism Speaks, our Training & Development team has created “social stories” that offer an illustrated, step-by-step walkthrough of every ride and show, so guests won’t be surprised by periods of darkness, loud noises, bright lights or other elements that sometimes can be frightening or overwhelming. They’re available for review at Guest Services in the theme park.

Multiple teams throughout LEGOLAND Florida Resort have been working together over the past year to make the vacation destination a more enjoyable place for guests with autism spectrum disorders, as well as their families and caregivers.

A great pre-arrival resource is our extensive Guide for Guests with Disabilities, a printable PDF file that addresses common questions about medical and mobility restrictions, plus accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Dr. Craig Glaser

Dr. Craig Glaser

The resort’s newly hired Model Citizens now receive specialized training to prepare them with skills and sensitivities needed to more effectively interact with guests on the autism spectrum and their families or caregivers. Consultations include Dr. Craig Glaser, the resort’s medical director, who also serves as medical director of Winter Haven’s Urgent Care Cypress facility.

Here’s a segment from FOX 13 WTVT in Tampa on the changes we’ve made:

Our parent company, Merlin Entertainments, operates under a set of values that includes “we care,” and by working together and in partnership with organizations like Autism Speaks, we’re committed to ensure that the place #BuiltForKids is truly built for all kids.

On Friday we’ll spotlight two more great ways we’re celebrating Autism Awareness Month!

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LEGOLAND® Water Park kicks off 2017 season Saturday, March 11

Time to get your sunglasses and flip flops out! LEGOLAND® Water Park at LEGOLAND Florida Resort opens for the 2017 season on Saturday, March 11.

Bring your creations to life at Build-a-Raft River with soft, floating LEGO® bricks, hang out on the island at the LEGO Wave Pool, and get splashed BIG time by our huge, 300-gallon bucket at Joker Soaker. And the fun doesn’t stop building there! Visit Build-A-Boat to customize a LEGO boat hull and race it down the fast-flowing river in the new Creative Cove area.

LEGOLAND Water Park has lots of amenities to make your day easier. Stop by the Surf Shop on your way in to pick up any last-minute necessities such as:

  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Flip flops
  • Stylish swimsuits
  • Awesome LEGOLAND Florida towels, and much more!

While you’re there, you can reserve a locker for the day or even rent your very own cabana with personalized food and beverage service.

Ice Cream Hut

Creative Cove features expanded dining options, including ice cream and mini burritos.

Hungry? There are two restaurants to choose from when you need yummy food to fuel more fun. Beach N’ Brick is located at the front of LEGOLAND Water Park, underneath the giant pavilion, so you can enjoy multiple food and beverage options under the shade. You can also grab tasty burritos next to the LEGO Wave Pool at Waveside Burrito. If you’re looking for a way to beat the heat, visit our novelty Ice Cream Hut directly across from Build-A-Boat.

 

Buy your tickets online and save! One- and two-day combo tickets are available that include admission to our theme park and LEGOLAND Water Park. Otherwise, LEGOLAND Water Park admission is a $20 per-ticket, per-day upgrade from a theme-park-only ticket, and $3 per toddler (ages 1-2). Or get an annual pass and come back again and again! Please note that admission to LEGOLAND Water Park is not sold separately; all water park tickets include theme park admission.

Enjoy an extra day of fun at LEGOLAND Water Park on Sunday, Nov. 1.

LEGOLAND Water Park will be open most days from March 11 through Oct. 1 — but not every day — so be sure to check our operating calendar before planning a visit.

Surf’s up!

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