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Christmas Bricktacular officially begins with LEGO® Tree Lighting

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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

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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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How to create your very own LEGOLAND-themed bedroom!

Does your brick fan want to take their LEGOLAND adventures home with them? We have compiled some great ideas and tips for creating a land of LEGO bedroom!

LEGOLAND’s favorite colors:

  • Blue
  • Green
  • Yellow
  • Red

LEGOLAND has 11 different retail shops where brick fans can buy countless products. We sell many LEGO products at LEGOLAND such as clocks, night lights, toy storage bins and more!

See what our LEGOLAND experts did for the wish granting organization, the Sunshine Foundation.

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LEGOLAND-themed bedroom at the Sunshine Foundation’s Dream Village Cottage

LEGOLAND-themed bedroom at the Sunshine Foundation’s Dream Village Cottage

What makes these rooms unique are the LEGO bricks on the wall. We asked our LEGOLAND experts how they made the knob configurations for the Sunshine Foundation and the secret is, that it was easy! First they cut same-sized round circles out of plywood. Then they painted them the same color as the wall. Lastly, they attached the knobs evenly spaced on the wall with glue– that’s all there is to it!

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Want your child to contribute to the brick-tastic room? Create a wall mural with a building plate and have your child create a mural out of LEGO bricks to put on the wall once finished. Build your favorite LEGOLAND ride or character; the best part is, you can always change the brick art!

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LEGOLAND Florida Wall Murals

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For more information about the Sunshine Foundation, please visit http://www.sunshinefoundation.org/about.html.

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Disability Friendly at LEGOLAND Florida Resort

LEGOLAND Florida Resort is known for its colorful LEGO models found throughout the park, an AWESOME Water Park that includes fan-favorites Joker Soker and Build-a-Raft River and for the 50 rides, shows and attractions that make families come back time and time again.

But what a lot of people don’t know is that LEGOLAND is extremely compliant with children who are disabled, reinforcing the point that there is something at the park for all families who visit.

“We want to make sure that all of our guests, including families who have disabled children, have a great time here at the park,” said LEGOLAND Florida Resort Public Relations Rep. Chris Jones. “This includes making sure that our various aspects, including food, rides and shows, are friendly to all who visit, regardless of their disability.”

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So how does LEGOLAND live up to this important topic?

1) Our shops, restaurants, show venues and a majority of the attractions here at LEGOLAND Florida Resort are accessible to guests who use wheelchairs or are in need of special services. Before going into the park, families can stop into Guest Services for a full run down on everything they would want to know about specific requests they may have before beginning their day.

2) A family member has dietary restrictions? Not a problem. All of our restaurants have different options, including gluten free, egg free, soy free and veggie choices that make life a lot easier while trying to find what to eat.

3) The park offers a ‘Hero Pass’ for those who may have difficulty waiting in line. This allows the guest assigned the  pass immediate boarding through the exit with one helper! Families can also reserve a time later on in the day to come back as a group and cut through the lines.

For more information prior on your visit to LEGOLAND Florida, check out the ‘Know Before You Go’ section of Florida. LEGOLAND.com, which includes even more helpful advice on how to successfully navigate around the park.

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Why buy an Annual Pass?

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There are many reasons buying an Annual Pass to LEGOLAND Florida is an AWESOME idea, aside from just allowing you to come visit us all year long! So what DO we give our Annual Pass Members?! Here’s just a small list of benefits:

  • Special deals on retail purchases and food and beverage in the park
  • Exclusive previews on new LEGO products
  • *Discounts on tickets for guests
  • Access to screening and preview events
  • Monthly Annual Pass Member newsletters with exclusive content
  • FREE Parking!!
  • No Blackout Dates on park entrance
  • *10% off Dining purchases in the park
  • *10% off Retail purchases in the park
  • Subscription to the LEGO Club Magazine
  • So much more!

There will also be special benefits to come with the opening of our LEGOLAND Florida Hotel, set to open in 2015!  Did we mention Annual Passes are Buy 3, Get 1 FREE through the end of July?!

Buy your Annual Pass today: http://florida.legoland.com/en/buy_tickets/AnnualPasses/

*Available only on certain pass types.

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LEGOLAND Florida and Tampa Electric unveiled a new 6-foot LEGO ® Globe!

 

LEGOLAND Florida and Tampa Electric unveiled a new 6-foot LEGO ® Globe next to the Imagination Zone attraction venue as part of initiatives to further education on renewable energy inside the park. Built out of more than 250,000 LEGO brick, guests will be able to enjoy the installation along with a new interactive area that features LEGO mini-model communities. The additions to the park emphasize the use of renewable energy, reinforcing LEGOLAND Florida's efforts on green energy education.

 

LEGOLAND Florida and Tampa Electric unveiled a new 6-foot LEGO ® Globe next to the Imagination Zone attraction venue as part of initiatives to further education on renewable energy inside the park. Built out of more than 250,000 LEGO brick, guests will be able to enjoy the installation along with a new interactive area that features LEGO mini-model communities. The additions to the park emphasize the use of renewable energy, reinforcing LEGOLAND Florida’s efforts on green energy education.

The TECO LEGO Globe took 600 hours to build over 6 weeks. There were over 250,000 LEGO Bricks used in the construction of the globe.

Check out this AWESOME behind the scenes timelapse video of the TECO LEGO Globe being constructed brick by brick!! Click here: LEGOLAND Florida TECO LEGO Globe Timelapse

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LEGOLAND Florida’s Shuttle Pick-up location is changing!

We will be relocating the LEGOLAND Florida Shuttle pickup in Orlando to the new I-Drive 360 complex beginning on June 19th.

NEW Pick-up Location: I-Drive 360
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LEGOLAND Florida Shuttle general information:

  • Round-trip transportation to LEGOLAND Florida.
  • Shuttle departure time is 9am. Please arrive 30 minutes before departure time to ensure you don’t miss the bus!
  • Catch the shuttle back at scheduled park close.
  • Must book by 11am to reserve a seat for the following day
  • I-Drive 360 parking garage is FREE!
  • $5 per person (plus tax)

Benefits of using the shuttle:

  • Less cars on the road- Go Green!
  • Hassle-free
  • Do not have to pay for parking
  • It’s easy!
  • Saves money

If you are interested in booking a shuttle on a future visit, please visit here or call 1-877-350-5346 and press * to make a reservation!

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