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Sawtooth’s Revenge at the Battle for Brickbeard’s Bounty Live Water Ski Show

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The Battle for Brickbeard’s Bounty Live Water Ski Show is one of LEGOLAND Florida’s most popular attractions and it has a link to the historic Cypress Gardens property. The thrilling show is filled with exciting water stunts and crowd pleasing action.

The show centers on Captain Brickbeard attempt to take back his ship from Miranda Valentina and the loyal Imperial guards while avoiding the dangerous shark Sawtooth, who had given him that peg leg years before.

In honor of Shark Week, we decided to give Sawtooth the chance at revenge.

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Win a “Fun in the Sun” prize package from LEGOLAND Florida

If you know LEGOLAND® Florida, then you know we are passionate about having fun. That means, wiith summer in full swing our guests are busy enjoying great attractions like:

AQUAZONE Wave Racers: zip in and out of waves as you dodge water blasters on this dual water carousel ride. One of the most popular ways to stay cool in the park.

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Big Test Live Show: an interactive show that uses acrobatics, music and playful fun to teach fire safety as the zany crew of Fun Town Fire Department attempts to conquer the “Big Test” to become official firefighters. Sit in the blue zone in the front rows for some extra summer fun!

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Coastersaurus: This wooden coaster curves and dips in and around a prehistoric jungle of animated and life-sized LEGO brick dinosaurs. Feel the breeze against your face as you scream in delight on this classic summer attraction.

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Enter The Fun In The Sun Giveaway

You can help us celebrate the summer by sharing your favorite “Fun in the Sun” adventure with us. Take a photo themed to one of LEGOLAND Florida’s over 50 rides, shows and attractions of you having fun in the sun. Photos will be judged on how they capture the spirit of the attraction and having fun in the sun. Visit our contest entry page to upload your photo before the deadline of August 20th at 5pm EST.

On August 21st, we will select ten (10) finalists from all entered photos and post them to the LEGOLAND Florida Facebook page. The five (5) photos that gets the most ‘likes’ between August 21st and August 30th will be the first place prize winners. The prize is a “Fun in the Sun” package of Ocean Potion sunscreen buckets (valued at $50 and provided by our partner Ocean Potion) and a LEGOLAND Florida beach towel.

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LEGOLAND Florida featured on Lifetime Network’s The Balancing Act

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Set your DVRs! LEGOLAND Florida recently sent Jason Miller, Master Model Builder, and Jill Swidler, LEGOLAND Florida Representative, to The Balancing Act, a national morning show on the Lifetime Network, to talk about LEGOLAND Florida and the LEGOLAND Water Park.

The first segment aired this morning and the next will air Wednesday, August 8 at 7:00am ET, Friday, August 10 at 7:00am ET and finally Friday, August 24 at 7:00am ET. So you have plenty of options to catch us!

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LEGOLAND Florida is Central Florida’s Most Affordable Theme Park

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LEGOLAND Florida is staking its claim as the most affordable theme park and the best vacation value by refusing to raise its prices. While other major Central Florida attractions have raised their prices, LEGOLAND® Florida today announced it will keep its prices steady through the summer at $75 for adults and $65 for children under 12. A family of four visiting the park will save between $40 and $56 a day compared to a visit to a competing park.

“The comparisons are important, especially in today’s economy,” said LEGOLAND Florida Director of Sales & Marketing Kim Isemann. “Families are looking for great experiences at prices they can afford. A day at LEGOLAND Florida is one of the highest values in our industry.”

When families compare other incremental costs, such as dining and parking LEGOLAND Florida also shows big savings. At LEGOLAND Florida, all menu items – from mahi-mahi sandwiches to chicken Caesar salads – are priced no higher than $11. Parking is also more affordable, at $12 per car, $6 for motorcycles. Other parks charge $14 for both cars and motorcycles.

For those looking to visit LEGOLAND Florida and the all new water park attraction, which opened in May and features water slides, a wave pool, several playground areas and a lazy river called Build-A-Raft, they can for only an additional $12 a day. A great value for families to experience more splashing thrills and family fun.

While ticket price comparisons are on single-day, full-price admissions, there are many discount and combination-ticket offers in the marketplace as well:
•Florida Residents save $20 on a Premium Pass, with unlimited admission to the theme park and water park, as well as free parking, plus food and merchandise discounts, through July 31.
•Guests save $10 off single-day combo tickets for the park and water park by purchasing online through October 28. Or save $7 off a single-day adult LEGOLAND Florida ticket ($5 for child or senior tickets).

We know how important it is for families to stretch every vacation dollar. Share some of your favorite tips for vacation thrift in the comments!

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LEGO Superhero Junior Master Model Builder Contest- June Winners

Presenting the winners of our June Junior Master Model Builder (JMMB) contest. The theme was LEGO SuperHero and we were very impressed with the creativity displayed by all the participants.

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From left to right:
•Noah K. age 8 from Edgewood, KY – 9 and under winner
• Luke D. age 12 from Palm Bay, FL – 10- 15 winner
•Rich K. age 37 from Cary, NC – 16 & Up winner

JMMB Contests are held every second full weekend of the month inside the Imagination Zone near LEGO City. All park guests are invited to stop by and build your masterpiece! Entries in each of the three age groups are accepted up until 1 hour prior to park closing.

We hope you’ll come join us for the next monthly JMMB event on July 14th or 15th. All participants will be asked to build a model with a patriotic theme. More information, and a schedule of future JMMB.

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Red,Brick and Boom launches LEGOLAND Florida’s first Fourth of July Fireworks

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Join us at LEGOLAND Florida for Red, Brick & Boom our first ever Independence Day celebration! We’ve scheduled not just one, but four nights of family fun and fireworks, July 4-7, 2012. But, this isn’t a typical fireworks show. LEGOLAND Florida’s special 3D glasses turn ordinary fireworks into millions of exploding bricks making this show a must-see.

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Fireworks viewing glasses will be distributed to park guests starting at 7pm in Miniland and Technic, as well as both ski stadiums. The best viewing spots are the north and south ski stadiums and Miniland USA at the edge closest to the water. Please obey all barriers in the area as they are there for your safety.

A special all-American blow-out bash is reserved just for the 4th with special entertainment, backyard games on the Mansion Lawn and a Party in Miniland USA. Families can also build their very own star to add to LEGOLAND Florida’s first American Flag made out of thousands of LEGO bricks.

Red, Brick and Boom is included with park admission. This independence celebration is perfect for families with children ages 2 to 12. The park will close each of the four nights with a fireworks show at 9pm. Guests will also enjoy extended summer hours where families can stay and play until 8pm daily Jun. 23 through Sept. 2.

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We hope to see you there to help celebrate our first Fourth of July and our nation’s independence!

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Q&A with LEGOLAND Florida’s Horticulture Manager

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As the Horticulture Manager at LEGOLAND® Florida Nigel Dunning is responsible for keeping the park looking beautiful. General Manage Adrian Jones is proud to say it’s the most beautiful LEGOLAND Park in the world and much of that is owed to Dunning’s expertise. In fact, the minute we knew we would have stewardship of the historical Cypress Gardens and adjacent properties, we hired Nigel for the job.

With Earth Day and Arbor Day coming in the same week, it was a good time to sit down with Nigel and ask him some tips you could use at home in your garden.

First, tell us a little about yourself
I grew up loving the fact that I could plant something and it would develop into something magnificent. Imagine putting one little seed into the ground and watch it turn into a giant Oak tree over the years. I have been working with the green industry for 33 years in just about all the USDA zones that are on the map and I love each and everyone of them.

What are some of the best varieties of annuals to plant this time of year?
This time of year a few of the best annuals to plant would be Marigolds (they have many new kinds), also red and blue Sylvia burst with color. SunPatiens are full of energy and color. They grow large for an annual so they can fill up a flower bed quickly.

If I wanted to plant a tree for Earth Day/ Arbor Day, what species would you recommend?
I would plant Live Oak. They are one of the most majestic trees I have ever seen in my time as a Landscaper. They always have character in the structure not to mention the value in shade here in Florida.

How do you know when it is time to refresh your garden?
When I see a garden that lacks in buds or flowers or no shine it is time to bring it back to life with a seasonal flower change. There are other symptoms to look for also. The plant no longer seems to fill the area that they once did or if it is insect ridden. Look for insects such as aphids and scale insects.

What do you recommend to do with old plant material when you replace it?
Compost is a great solution for old plant material. They also have plenty of good products on the market to help manage this process. Starting a compost pile is easy. You need to keep it moist at all times, if it drys out all the micro organisms will die and the break down of product will stop. It is also important to turn the organic material often.

What kind of plants can I use in my yard that are safe around children?
Most fruit trees are a great choice and kids love to eat the fresh fruit that come from THERE trees. Orange trees are easy in this region. If you have a little more experience try the Florida peach tree.

What are some activities that kids can help with around the garden?
I have watch my kids grow up and from when they were very young I will always remember them picking the vegetables out of the garden putting some in the basket and eating some as they went along the rows.

We’d like to send a big thank you to Nigel! You can find more of Nigel’s expertise and planting ideas for your garden inside the Fresh From Florida Greenhouse next time you visit LEGOLAND Florida. If you have any questions you’d like us to ask Nigel for our next Q&A please leave a comment on this post.

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LEGOLAND Florida Wins Urban Forestry Award

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Showing its commitment to conservation and stewardship of the historic botanical gardens it inherited, LEGOLAND Florida has been awarded the Outstanding Project award from the Florida Urban Forestry Council. The award is shared by Morris Architects/MorrisTerra and ValleyCrest, LEGOLAND Partners who helped the park take shape.

The ceremony took place under the giant Banyan tree in historic Cypress Gardens, but the award goes much further than just the restoration of the botanical gardens. While care was made to leave as many trees right where they were, over 200 plants and trees that would have otherwise been destroyed were preserved and relocated during the park’s construction.

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