LEGOLAND® Florida Resort was built for kids, so when your tummy starts to grumble, we have a variety of food options that will satisfy. This month’s foodie blog is all about Kid’s meals! At the Market Restaurant in the Beginning area, you can choose from chicken nuggets, grilled cheese, macaroni & cheese, or peanut butter & jelly and enjoy fruit as well as milk or water with it. At Lakeside Sandwich Co. in the LEGO Technic area, you can actually build your lunch combo in a LEGO® Lunch Box of your favorite color! Pick a turkey, peanut butter & jelly, or a cheese sandwich, then choose a snack of chips or pretzels, and water or milk to drink. Oh, and don’t forget your fruit! Eat like a queen or king at Castle Burger in LEGO Kingdoms, and enjoy a meal complete with a royal burger, fruit, and milk or water to drink! After your meal, be sure to grab a tasty treat for dessert, like our famous Granny’s Apple Fries! These and many other options are available in our park all year round. You can find out more by visiting our main website at Florida.LEGOLAND.com. Happy munching, and we’ll see you at the table!
LEGOLAND® Florida Resort salutes the military veterans of the United States Armed Forces with appreciation days Nov. 1-23, 2014. In gratitude for their service, all US military veterans are entitled to free admission to LEGOLAND Florida every day during the promotion time. Veterans are also entitled to discounted tickets for up to six accompanying guests at 50% off the gate price.
To redeem the free admission ticket, US military veterans should present their military ID or form of proof of Veteran status to LEGOLAND Florida Resort’s ticket window the day they plan to visit; military veterans may also purchase tickets for up to six accompanying guests at a discounted rate of 50% off each ticket.
On Nov. 10th we will recognize Veterans Day since we are closed on Nov. 11th. On this day we will hand out buttons to each Veteran at the ticket window which is good for the following discounts*:
- 20% discount on food & beverage
- 20% discount on retail
- Buy One, Get One Free on 6×8 Photos
- Buy One, Get One Free on Games; excluding prize every time games
*Discount is exclusive and cannot be combined with any other offers; including annual pass discount. Discount does not include artists. LEGOLAND Florida reserves the right to limit or exclude certain items without prior notice. Complete details of limits or exclusions will be available in the select locations. Discount is valid for Veteran and their immediate family only. Discount is good for November 10, 2014 only.
This 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.
In 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.
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.
How 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.
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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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.”
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.
To get in the mood you should definitely join the “Super Brick” American Flag Build, built out of hundreds of LEGO® bricks on July 4, while listening to some patriotic anthems! You don’t want to miss the Scavenger Hunt and see what’s hidden in MINILAND to win a LEGO Prize pack and much more! You can pick-up and return your entry form at the LEGO Studio Store in FUN TOWN. Be certain to watch out for a Competition Build in the IMAGINATION ZONE from 10:00am – 6:00pm, where guests can build the best patriotic-themed LEGO model on July 4. On July 5 and 6 the Building Competition will continue with a special LEGO Movie theme!
To top it off LEGOLAND Florida will have extended hours during these three nights! Don’t miss the “AWESOME” Fireworks Show inspired by The LEGO Movie in Pirates Cove at 9:00pm, including such hits as “Everything is Awesome!” Grab your special 3D glasses in Pirates Cove starting at 8:00pm and just enjoy the moment. With those special glasses you can see ordinary fireworks turning into millions of exploding LEGO bricks. This is definitely sure to dazzle and delight! Red, Brick and Boom is included with park admission.
Are you looking for something even more special? Then join the VIP Experience on the Pirates Cove Lawn, which includes an exclusive Meet&Greet with Emmet. VIP Experience also includes front row seating for the fireworks!
Check out LEGOLAND.com for more information.
It’s a very exciting time for us here at LEGOLAND Florida! We have expanded the park with a new addition, DUPLO Valley. Now our 2-5 year old guests will have even more to do on their visit with us.
New attractions at DUPLO Valley include a train, a mini tractor ride, and a water play area. The central feature is the DUPLO Train where toddlers can board a train on their own or with their parents to explore countryside-themed scenery passing through farms, fishing holes and campgrounds. Just across the way, toddlers can jump on a tractor just their size and help the farmers plow the cornfields and hunt for missing farm animals.
For those looking to cool off, the new splash and play area will be refreshingly fun with intermittent water spouts and interactive water elements set among larger than life farm animals with a soft deck for safety. The DUPLO Snack Bar will have caramel popcorn, regular popcorn, water and soda available for purchase.
The Baby Care Center, presented by Winter Haven Hospital, provides a nursing and changing area, a cell phone charging station, bottle warming and more! Located inside the Duplo Farm.
Guests can also purchase the new ‘Preschool Pass’, including weekday (Monday-Friday) admission to LEGOLAND Florida and standard parking for both one child under five and one adult for a full year at $90, plus tax. Assigned to the child, the pass allows an adult parent or guardian to attend the park with the toddler. The pass is transferrable to multiple adults in the family, allowing, for example, a mother to visit one day, and a grandparent the next, making it ideal for families to bring their little ones to LEGOLAND Florida during the week.
Below are the height restrictions for each ride in DUPLO Valley:
- DUPLO Splash & Play: No height requirement
- DUPLO Farm: No height requirement
- DUPLO Train: Guests under 34” must ride with a responsible person 48” or taller, guests 34” and above may ride the DUPLO Train unaccompanied
- DUPLO Tractor: Guests 36”-48” can ride with a responsible person 48” or taller, guests 48” and above can ride the DUPLO Tractor unaccompanied
Are you or someone you know a proud emergency response team member serving the community? During this month of May, LEGOLAND Florida is proud to once again honor police officers, fire fighters and EMS employees with a free single day admission to the park. LEGOLAND Florida’s special offer gives first responders a chance to experience the park with their friends and family.
This promotion is valid for all police officers, fire fighters, and EMS employees working and serving in the United States. Active and retired personnel with identification are also eligible. All you need is you employee ID or professional organization membership card to bring to LEGOLAND Florida’s ticket window the day you plan to visit to redeem your one free admission ticket and purchase up to four additional tickets at a discounted price.
This new offer runs alongside the park’s active duty military personnel offer, which gives members of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, National Guard and Reservists free single day admission to LEGOLAND Florida and the LEGOLAND Water Park.
To redeem their free admission ticket, active duty military personnel should present their military identification card to LEGOLAND Florida’s ticket window the day they plan to visit. Family and friends of military personnel also receive substantial discounts on admission tickets and should make purchases in advance through participating military base ticket offices.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!