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LEGO® Batman™ and KIDZ BOP lead awesome lineup of special events at LEGOLAND® Florida Resort in 2017

Gotham City’s Caped Crusader kicks off an awesome lineup of special events at LEGOLAND® Florida Resort in 2017, promising plenty of fun, fireworks and festivities at the popular vacation destination, including two all-new events.

Here’s what’s happening in 2017, our awesomest year ever:

The LEGO® Batman™ Movie Days — March 4-5 & 11-12; new this year!

Super hero. Crime-fighter. Master Builder. LEGO® Batman™ is all of those and so much more. Come meet Gotham City’s Caped Crusader during this celebration of the Warner Bros. feature film, which will include photo ops with the scene-stealing star, a themed scavenger hunt and LEGO® Batman™-inspired LEGO build activities.

KIDZ BOP Weekend — April 28-30; new this year!

The No. 1 music brand for kids will deliver three days of high-energy fun during this inaugural event exclusive to LEGOLAND Florida Resort. Come see The KIDZ Bop Kids live in concert at The KIDZ Bop Theater as part of their 2017 tour, including songs from the forthcoming “KIDZ BOP 34” album and their version of the LEGO NINJAGO® theme song, “The Weekend Whip.”

LEGO® Star Wars™ Days — May 6-7 & 13-14; two weekends this year!

Visit a galaxy far, far away during this Lucasfilm-authorized event, which features some of the most famous scenes from the Star Wars™ saga made out of 1.5 million LEGO bricks in our LEGO® Star Wars™ MINILAND Model Display. Activities will include appearances by costumed Star Wars™ fans, LEGO building activities inspired by Star Wars™ characters, settings and stories, and a Star Wars™-themed costume parade for kids. It’s the only LEGO® Star Wars™ theme park event in Florida!

LEGOLAND Knight Lights — Select dates in July, including Tuesday, July 4

When the sun goes down, the fun goes up during our signature summertime event, exclusive to LEGOLAND Florida Resort! The Good Knight offers extended park hours, uniquely LEGO light displays, opportunities to build alongside our Master Model Builders and meet-and-greet opportunities with one of the heroes of LEGO NEXO KNIGHTS™! Plus, enjoy a spectacular themed fireworks show over Lake Eloise to end the night, with a special patriotic show planned for the Fourth of July.

Firefighter Fridays — October 6, 13, 20 and 27

The National Fire Protection Association returns for our annual kickoff of NFPA’s Fire Prevention Week and a month-long celebration of real-life heroes. The event includes fun, educational activities that teach kids the importance of fire safety, plus opportunities to meet firefighters who keep our community safe.

Brick or Treat — Select dates in October

Our annual, all-day Halloween event promises lots of spooky, kooky fun throughout the theme park, including larger-than-life LEGO models, a costume parade, multiple LEGO build activities, trick-or-treating (with lots of candy!), exclusive LEGO character meet-and-greets, a Halloween-themed fireworks show, and much more!

Christmas Bricktacular — Select dates in December

Join us for lots of festive fun throughout the theme park as we celebrate the season with a giant Christmas tree made of thousands of LEGO and DUPLO® bricks, holiday-themed scavenger hunts and LEGO building activities, meet-and-greets with LEGO Santa and LEGO Toy Soldier, sparkling lights, beautiful decorations and even the occasional snow flurry! Plus, each date ends with a not-so-silent-night fireworks spectacular choreographed to classic holiday music.

Kids’ New Year’s Eve — Sunday, December 31 only

Ring in the New Year with our one-night-only party built for kids, featuring an exclusive dance party, park-wide LEGO building activities and special entertainment, and an awesome fireworks show that kicks off with the countdown to our giant LEGO “brick drop” — all before midnight!

 

All events are full-day experiences included with all forms of park admission and offer incredible entertainment and great value. No extra ticket required!

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Power up! Tampa Electric celebrates completion of 1.8-megawatt solar canopy at LEGOLAND® Florida Resort

This morning, LEGOLAND® Florida Resort celebrated Tampa Electric’s completion of a solar canopy over portions of our parking lot that’s now producing electricity — and shade — for guests. It’s a project we first announced on Earth Day earlier this year.

6-year-old Carson from West Palm Beach, Fla., flipped a giant switch made of LEGO® bricks to officially “power up” the new solar array.

Multiple rows of solar panels can produce enough electricity to power more than 200 homes and enough shade for more than 600 cars. It’s Tampa Electric’s second large-scale photovoltaic (PV) array to be installed in the communities it serves, and its first large-scale array in Polk County.

Solar energy collected from the panels can power the entire LEGOLAND Hotel!

Tampa Electric owns the PV array, and the electricity it produces goes to the grid, benefiting the company’s 730,000 customers, including LEGOLAND Florida Resort. The panels can generate enough electricity from the sun to power the resort’s 152-room LEGOLAND Hotel!

The new solar canopy provides shade for more than 600 guest vehicles in the LEGOLAND parking lot.

The new system joins a smaller PV installation already in the theme park. In 2014, the company installed solar panels atop Imagination Zone, a large, indoor attraction filled with hands-on science and engineering-based activities for kids. So far, Tampa Electric has installed nine community-based solar PV arrays that offer the public an opportunity to see solar up close and to learn about the technology.

Fun facts

  • Rated at 1.8 megawatts
  • Consists of 5,225 345-watt solar panels supported by 211 steel columns
  • Canopy contains more than 500,000 pounds of steel
  • Covers more than 116,000 square feet

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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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Bookings now open at LEGOLAND® Beach Retreat

Mark your calendars and get ready for some brick-tastic, beachy fun!  Bookings are now open for our second on-site accommodations, LEGOLAND® Beach Retreat. Reservations are available for stays beginning June 1, 2017 through Sept. 4, 2017.

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This first-of-its-kind property features 83 beach-themed bungalows designed to look like they were built with LEGO bricks.

Check out these new images, revealing even more of the awesome details that guests will discover as they experience this all-new way to stay and play at LEGOLAND Florida Resort.  LEGOLAND Beach Retreat combines the fun of surf and sand with the creativity of LEGO® building sets, and will offer picturesque lake views from nearly every sun-kissed corner.

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The LEGOLAND Beach Retreat clubhouse will be home to a giant LEGO sandcastle where kids can play, and a bar where parents are invited to relax.

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Guests will also find a colorful buffet area. Breakfast is included each morning of your stay!

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The clubhouse dining area will offer an inviting atmosphere where the whole family can enjoy a meal together.

At this outdoor wonderland, it’s summer all year long.  Here are just a few of the “totally tubular” amenities:

  • 83 beach-themed bungalows offering 166 separate rooms
  • Whimsical LEGO décor inside and out
  • Spacious rooms that sleep up to five, including a cozy area #BuiltForKids with a bunk bed and trundle bed
  • Shaded patios where parents can put their feet up, kick back and relax
  • Multiple outdoor play areas where kids can slide, jump and climb in view of bungalow patios
  • Large themed swimming pool with an expansive sandy play area
  • Centrally located clubhouse featuring a restaurant, bar and LEGO building area for kids
  • A bountiful breakfast buffet included with each night’s stay
  • Early access to the nearby theme park
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Beach-themed rooms offer two special resting places.  One designed just for kids and a fun area for parents too.

Reserve your slice of paradise now by visiting www.LEGOLAND.com/florida. Room rates start at $182 per night.  Packages including theme park tickets are also available.

Grand opening festivities and additional amenities will be announced at a later date. To be among the first to receive the latest news about LEGOLAND Beach Retreat, sign up at www.LEGOLANDBeachRetreat.com.

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Pokémon spotted at LEGOLAND Florida Resort

The tremendously popular new app Pokémon GO has kids seeking to “catch ‘em all” all across our resort!  Guests are welcome to play during their visit, but we’ve issued a few ground rules to ensure a safe search.

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Pokémon caught posing with Emmet and Wyldstyle.

Rules for a safe Pokémon GO quest at LEGOLAND Florida Resort:

  • Even a Pokémon Master must stay within guest areas. Please don’t climb any fences or follow any Pokémon into employee-only areas.
  • No catch is worth sacrificing your safety. All play must pause throughout the duration of your ride until you exit the ride.
  • Be sure not to bump into one of our more than 28,000 LEGO® models – that could hurt!
  • With more than 100 Pokémon to catch, be sure to stay hydrated.
  • If you find a Pokémon at the Fun Town Pizza Pasta Buffet, let the nearest Model Citizen know, we prefer pepperoni over Poké Balls.
  • If hours of play have unleashed the power of your phone, recharge in the Imagination Zone.
  • If your wild encounter leads you to Wyldstyle, keep in mind she may need to stop for a selfie with another guest before you can make your catch.
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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.

 

$5 Blake—The Drivertwitter_6

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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