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Learn more about what it takes to be a certified lifeguard at LEGOLAND Florida Water Park and hear more about their special tips!

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We interviewed our Water Park Operations Manager to get the inside scoop on what it takes to be a LEGOLAND® lifeguard.

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What does it take to be a lifeguard at LEGOLAND Water Park?

As for Lifeguard Training, we utilize the American Red Cross Lifeguard Training program for all of our lifeguards.  The training is about a 25-30 hour course and is renewed every 2 years.

What skills to you need to become a lifeguard?

Our lifeguards are certified in Lifeguard skills, Water Park skills, CPR for the Professional Rescuer, and First Aid.  All lifeguards are required to swim 300 yards, a timed brick retrieval, and tread water for 2 minutes prior to attending the lifeguard training.

What do you have to do to maintain your lifeguard certification? 

To maintain the Lifeguard certification throughout the year, our lifeguards are required to attend 4 hours of in-service training per month during our operating season.  Before our guards can be put in position they also have to complete the LEGOLAND Florida Attractions training for all 6 Water Park attractions, Risk Assessment training, and General Operating procedures training.  This is an additional 8 hours of training on top of the Lifeguard Training course.

What is so special about LEGOLAND Water Park?

LEGOLAND Water Park features more than four million LEGO® bricks, while offering interactive water play fun for the entire family. It is specifically designed for families with children ages two to twelve. Among other attractions you can build your own LEGO creation as you float along the Build-a-Raft River, cool off in the LEGO Wave Pool or race with your friends and family down several water slides!

What is your favorite part of the Water Park?

That’s a tough question. There is something for every age: Kids love the Joker Soaker Area, they can splash in a fun, interactive playground with various lengths, heights and types of slides that offer something different for everyone. Toddlers will rule at the DUPLO® Splash Safari – it is a water play area with shorter slides and interactive, larger-than-life DUPLO creatures. This area is for children age 5 and under. Thrill seekers of the family should not miss Splash Out. You can ascend the tallest point of the Water Park and choose from one of three unique slides and speed down a 60-foot drop and “splash out” into the water below. That’s a lot of fun and even the parents can have a perfect time, sliding down the Twin Chasers with their kiddos.

Do you have any special tips for the LEGOLAND Water Park?

On a hot day in Florida, you can’t go wrong with a LEGO themed Water Park! Reapply sunscreen often, even when it is cloudy! And make sure that you don’t forget to book your private cabana! Cool off and relax in comfy beach recliners, with a stocked mini fridge, your own cabana host, and much more!

For more information, visit: Florida.LEGOLAND.com

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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
8350 Universal Boulevard, Orlando Florida 32819Shuttle

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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The Best Ways to Beat the Summer Heat at LEGOLAND Florida!

The Florida summer heat is just around the corner and the best way to enjoy time outdoors is to be prepared! We want to help you make the most out of your visit to LEGOLAND Florida with some tips on how to beat the summer heat here in the park.

  1. Stand under one of our Cool Zones!

Various Cool Zones are located throughout the park for your cooling pleasure with overhead misting fans to give you the refresh you need on a hot day.

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  1. Head over to World of Chima

Unleash the power and battle with water cannons to defend the mystical energy source, CHI. Meet Laval and Cragger, splash and play in Cragger’s Swamp!BTHBlog1

  1. Spend some time in DUPLO Valley

DUPLO Valley, our newest addition, has a few different ways to help you beat the heat. The Splash and Play area is a perfect place for kids to run through the water and have fun while cooling down. DUPLO Barn is an indoor playground, complete with air conditioning.

  1. Enjoy an indoor show or ride

The Imagination Zone, our 4D Theater, Pharaohs’ Revenge, Lost Kingdom Adventure, Fresh From Florida Greenhouse…just to name a few!

  1. Take a break and go shopping or enjoy a snack indoors

Most of our dining spaces have shaded or indoor seating. Refuel with some tasty snacks, cold beverages and enjoy the indoors or shop for some of your favorite LEGO products.

  1. Walk through Cypress Gardens

LEGOLAND Florida is proud to be part of history and preserving Cypress Gardens. Not only can you enjoy some awesome shade but you can also stroll through the beautiful gardens the area has been home to since 1936.

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7.  Explore the LEGOLAND Water Park

Our Water Park is fun for all ages with tons of cool down options to enjoy! From racing down our water slides to floating in our Build-a-Raft River, you will have plenty to keep you busy OR relax on a lazy summer day.

Now that you are prepared with all our “cool” tips…BRING ON THE SUMMER!

 

 

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Rainy Day Survival Guide

If you get caught in the rain while visiting LEGOLAND Florida, have no fear! We offer many different activities that you can enjoy in wet weather. Inspired by Maria Long’s review of her recent experience at LEGOLAND Florida, we put together a little list of tips for enjoying LEGOLAND Florida in rain!

  1. Dine Inside – Rain or cold, dining inside will keep you dry and warm. LEGOLAND has many restaurants that have indoor seating, such as The Market Restaurant, Fried Chicken Co, and Lakeside Dining Co. Covered dining is also available at I-Zone Panini. When waiting out the bad weather, go ahead and refuel at one of our many dining options!milkshake2
  2. The Lost Kingdom Adventure – This indoor ride is great entertainment for the whole family. The dark ride gives you the opportunity to fire laser blasters at targets in the Egyptian landscape in all-terrain roadsters. Compete with each other to hit the most targets as you unearth the treasures of the forgotten empire.
  3. Well Fargo 4D Theatre – Sit back and enjoy as you enter the world of LEGO in one of our three 4D cinematic adventures! Arrive early to catch some LEGOLAND trivia before the interactive show.wells fargo 4d
  4. Fresh From Florida Greenhouse – Step inside to learn about farm plants and agriculture. The interactive attraction teaches guests about how food goes from farm to table. Here you can identify LEGO and fresh farm plants, explore miniature farm scenes, and “milk” a cow!Fresh from FL
  5. Imagination Zone
  • LEGO MINDSTORMS – These hands-on classes allow you to build and program cutting-edge, computerized LEGO MINDSTORMS robots!
  • Built & Test – Located inside Imagination Zone, this area let’s you build and test LEGO cars. Create your own LEGO car and race it against competitors on a digitally timed track!

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  • Warner Bros Games Zone – Step inside the WB Games Zone to experience the new LEGO video games! This indoor interactive area let’s kids play different kinds of LEGO inspired video games on the latest personal technology devices and video kiosks! 2012.05.24_LEGOLANDWATERPARK_001.jpg

6. Shopping – Bad weather? No problem! Check out our retail stores located throughout the park and add to your LEGO collections. You never know what you might find!

  • Shop at Big Shop or Studio Store for the latest and greatest LEGO sets and even some hard-to-find ones!
  • Ever lost one piece or missing a particular LEGO brick? Swing by the Pick-a-Brick in LEGO Factory! Choose from hundreds of LEGO elements, accessories and more to customize your own LEGO creations.
  • Find retiring sets and clearance items Extreme Brick Bargains Shop located by Pirate’s Cove.
  • Are you a LEGO Friends fanatic? The LEGO Friends Store is dedicated to girls. Browse through LEGO Friends plush, apparel, and building sets!

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Trick-Or-Treating Tips from Buddy’s Brick Bunch

We’re surrounded by spooky ghosts, crafty witches, and haunted mansions this week with Halloween just around the corner! So, grab your finest costumes and get your biggest bags ready, it’s time to Trick-Or-Treat! No matter your age, October 31st is always a great time to dress up. Whether you’re dressing up as a werewolf, vampire, or even your favorite LEGO Character, Halloween will bring a night full of candy and excitement.

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Here at LEGOLAND Florida  we are all about creating a safe, fun and memorable experience! With that in mind, we’ve asked Buddy’s Brick Bunch to put together some safety tips to make sure your Halloween night is nothing short of some spooky family fun!

  1. When trick-or-treating, stay with your group. Always stay close to your parents & friends and use the buddy system.
  2. Make sure your costume is safe as well. Be sure you are able to see out of it and your costume won’t cause you to trip.
  3. Be sure you and your costume are visible to others by using Aiden’s tip to “put reflective tape on your costumes, bags, and carry around a flashlight or glow sticks.”
  4. Double check your candy! Jack suggested, “Have your parents check over your treats to make sure they are safe before eating them.”
  5. Trick-or-Treat in a safe neighborhood. Alek says, “Visit only houses where the lights are on or have Halloween decorations.”
  6. Always accept your candy outside each house. Juliana’s most important tip is to “Never go inside anyone’s house, even if they ask you to.”
  7. Safe alternatives for trick-or-treating include going  to local community center’s trunk-or-treat event or joining us at Brick-Or-Treat at LEGOLAND Florida over the weekend!

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With Buddy’s Brick Bunch safety tips for Halloween night you’ll be a pro Trick-or-Treater!

Don’t forget this Saturday and Sunday (10/26 and 10/27) is the last chance to celebrate Brick or Treat at LEGOLAND Florida! With park admission, you’ll be able to enjoy the Miniland Scavenger Hunt, LEGO Ghost Build, Character Meet & Greets, great photo opportunities with the World’s Largest LEGO Pumpkin, Brick-or-Treat trail, LEGOLAND Florida costume contest, and Monster Mash Dance Party on Saturday!

RIP Seymour Models

 

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Florida Resident Annual Pass and other new options at LEGOLAND Florida!

What is the best way to enjoy a year of fun at both LEGOLAND Florida and LEGOLAND Water Park? Well, if you are a Florida resident, the new Florida Resident Pass is your ticket! With unlimited admission to both parks with no blackout dates, as well as admission to 12 top Merlin US attractions, free parking, discounts on food and merchandise and special events, what more could you want? How about a convenient monthly payment plan? We’ve included that too!

The new Florida Resident Annual Pass is just $159 per adult or $129 per child or senior, a $20 savings compared to the Merlin Annual Pass USA, which has the same benefits for non-Florida residents. Florida residents can also purchase this new pass using a convenient monthly payment option, with payments of less than $10 per month before tax, after down payment.

The monthly payment plan for an adult Florida resident pass is $57.24 down, with payments of $9.26 per month for the remaining 11 months, and for children or seniors the down payment is $46.44 down, with payments of $7.51 per month, plus tax! That means a family of 4 can enjoy a year at both LEGOLAND Florida and LEGOLAND Water Park for less than $40 per month for 11 months.

This great offer can be purchased online or in the park, and you can also upgrade to the Florida resident pass from your admission ticket.

For everyone else who wants to enjoy a year of LEGOLAND fun, we also have 4 more Annual Pass options for you!

· The Standard Annual Pass gets you a year of unlimited admission to LEGOLAND Florida with no blackout dates for $99 per child/senior or $129 per adult.

· The Senior Garden Pass gives guests age 60 and up admission on weekdays, with free parking for $90 per senior.

· The Merlin Annual Pass USA now includes all Merlin US Attractions, including both LEGOLAND Florida, LEGOLAND California, both LEGOLAND Water Parks, Madame Tussauds, SEA LIFE Aquariums and LEGOLAND Discovery Centers, as well as free parking, discounts on food, merchandise and more, for $149 per child/senior or $179 per adult.

· And, for the LEGOLAND fanatic, we offer the Ambassador Pass, which includes lifetime membership to all LEGOLAND Parks, free preferred parking, discounts and an exclusive Model Builder session annually, for $2500 per person.

You can also check out a handy chart of LEGOLAND Annual Pass benefits on our website, to find the pass that is right for you! http://florida.legoland.com/en/buy_tickets/AnnualPasses/

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Picture Yourself at LEGOLAND Florida

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There’s a lot of firsts at LEGOLAND Florida. Many youngsters ride their first roller coaster. Families ride their first fire trucks in Rescue Academy. Kids explore their first maze at Pharoh’s Revenge.

What’s missing from this picture? A way to record and capture every first moment! Well we have great news for you! At LEGOLAND Florida there are many ways to stay connected to friends and family at home and remember all of the cherished moments lived through the park.

Smart Phone Cameras: Save some weight in the fanny pack and leave your big, bulky camera behind. Both iPhones and Android devices work throughout the park. Capture photos and upload them instantly to Facebook and Twitter. You can even tag LEGOLAND Florida on Facebook for a chance to appear on our own page! Although we encourage snapping and uploading photos, keep in mind that LEGOLAND Florida and Winter Haven only have 3G signals.

Facebook Check-ins: Show your LEGOLAND Florida excitement through social media channels. Let your Facebook friends know you’re at our park by checking in on Facebook. After they see your location show up on their newsfeed, they will want to know more about your trip.

LEGOLAND Photographers: Don’t have a camera? Not a problem! LEGOLAND Florida has professional photographers ready to capture your memorable moments in the park. Just look for a LEGOLAND Florida employee with a camera near the Walk-Around.

Attraction Photos: What do CoasterSaurus, Flight School, The Lost Kingdom Adventure and LEGO TECHNIC all have in common? LEGOLAND Florida has placed cameras on each ride to capture every scream, laugh and smile! Simply have fun and check out your photo at the ride’s exit. Photos are available to purchase in a variety of sizes.

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Have Yourself a Happy Meet and Greet

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Are you looking for a fun and interactive experience at LEGOLAND Florida?

Meet Buddy — our walk-around character mascot of the park. He’s tall, yellow, friendly, and loves taking pictures with LEGOLAND Florida guests. Buddy and his friends Max and Stormer have all agreed to welcome LEGO fans into the park throughout the day.

We are aware many of our guests may have never been to a character greet before, so here are some of our top tips!

1. First time greeters: Many of our guests will experience their first time greeting our LEGOLAND characters. This is truly a remarkable milestone in a child’s life and we understand many of our guests may be intimidated by the large figures. Show how happy you are to visit our characters by greeting them yourself. When a parent is seen hugging, shaking hands, and saying hello to our characters, children are more likely to model the behavior.

2. Autographs: Although some of our LEGOLAND characters may not be able to sign with their LEGO hands, it’s a great idea to bring an autograph book with a pen to the park.

3. Photos: We want our guests to understand photo etiquette during greeting times. We encourage taking photos of your children (or even yourselves) with our characters but please be courteous to all guests that would like to also visit.

4. Avoiding moods: Many of our guests may not want to say goodbye to our LEGOLAND characters. When we see this scenario, we recommend talking about what attraction you will visit next. It’s easier when a child knows there’s something else to explore.

5. Consider time: A satisfying lunch and an early character greeting makes a big difference. Beat the afternoon blues. Kids tend to have a more positive interaction with our characters earlier in the day.

As an added tip for out blog readers, if you see one of our fantastic shows, The Battle for Brickbeard’s Bounty or Big Test, hang around after the show to meet characters from the show!

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Safari Trek Photo Safari

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The Land of Adventure at LEGOLAND Florida is host to some of the wildest attractions in the park. One of the most popular is the Safari Trek. Guests drive a jeep through the wilds of Africa populated with over 30 lifelike LEGO animals.

With a minimum height requirement of 34 inches even the littlest guest can enjoy the attraction. Guests over 48 inches tall can even pilot their own car without the aid of a responsible rider.

All of the African animal models on Safari Trek were designed and constructed to be as close to lifelike as possible.

Did you know that Zebras have black skin and white stripes and that no two Zebras have the same pattern of stripes? Just like fingerprints on humans!

Watch out for the Elephant! His nickname is squirt!

Don’t miss the Bird and Mask sculptures at the entrance to the Safari!

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LEGOLAND Florida Shuttle Service Rolls into Winter Haven

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Local transportation to LEGOLAND® Florida just got easier and it’s free. Guests of LEGOLAND Florida who stay at one of three local Bed & Brick Preferred Accommodations Partners will be the first to take advantage of a new shuttle service which will run daily to and from the hotel establishments and the park.

The bright yellow shuttle bus featuring LEGO® characters can already be seen traveling the local streets around Central Florida’s newest theme park.

“This new shuttle service is one more step toward becoming a multi-day destination. Our strong relationships with our Bed & Brick partners and the benefits we continue to offer guests are key to providing memorable vacations for our families,” said Todd Andrus, Sales Manager at LEGOLAND Florida.

LEGOLAND Florida Shuttle Daily Operating Hours:

Holiday Inn and Hampton Inn, Winter Haven
200 Cypress Gardens Blvd., Winter Haven
•Morning Hotel Pickup Time: 8:30am and 10am
•Evening Return Park Pickup Time: 7pm and 8:30pm

Hampton Inn, Lake Wales
22900 US Hwy 27, Lake Wales
•Morning Hotel Pickup Time: 9:15am
•Evening Return Park Pickup Time: 7:45 pm

Greg Grimmer, Vice President of Operations at Holiday Inn and Hampton Inn of Winter Haven stated, “We are very excited to offer this new benefit to our guests. The LEGOLAND shuttle service will definitely help build Winter Haven as a destination for vacationing families.”

The LEGOLAND shuttle service provides more than just convenient transportation locally. While in route, guest will discover fun facts about the park they need to know before entering LEGOLAND Florida for a day full of fun. The shuttle service also provides ADA compliant travel accommodations.

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