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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 5 Things About Christmas Bricktacular

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1. It is free with purchase of general admission!

There are no additional costs to your family for attending Christmas Bricktacular, as it is included with the price of admission! To makes things even better, we have a special gift for you!  Guests who pay for admission between now and December 17th, 2014 will receive a complimentary ticket to return January 1- February 28, 2015. You can visit our website for more details.

2. Brick the Halls Retail Shop

New to the event this year is a special retail store full of your favorite LEGO® Christmas sets. Conveniently located in Fun Town, the shop is the perfect place to check off those LEGO® Christmas gifts for the holidays.

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3. Holiday Decorations

Around the park, guests will find many festive decorations. However, the best is our LEGO® Christmas Tree located in the Market Plaza. Perfect for any family photo, this massive tree is made up of about 270,000 LEGO® & DUPLO® elements! There is even a tree lighting ceremony on December 6th!

4. LEGO® Santa’s Christmas Workshop VIP experience

LEGO® Santa’s Christmas workshop is the perfect festive upgrade to any LEGO® fan’s Christmas build up. Enjoy a fun interaction with LEGO® Santa and Toy Soldier characters before meeting with a Master Model Builder to create an exclusive Christmas decoration to take home with you. This experience also includes holiday treats. The cost is $40 regular admission and $32 for Annual Pass holders. For more details visit our website.

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5. Built for kids and by kids!

LEGOLAND Florida Resort is built for kids, and during Christmas Bricktacular it is built by kids. On December 20-21, guests can help build a 19-foot LEGO Christmas tree and ornaments! On December 6-7, 13-14, 27-28, guests can help build a massive mural made up of 27,684 1×1 LEGO® bricks! No matter what weekend you come, your kids always have a chance to interact, play, and build!

For more information on Christmas Bricktacular and other holiday events throughout December visit our website. Stay up to date with all the latest from LEGOLAND Florida Resort by following us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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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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LEGOLAND Florida Resort Foodie Blog: November 2014 Edition

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. LEGOLANDFlorida_Dining3 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! 10714245_751099784960478_152049800081451526_o 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! 2011.07.06_LEGOLANDAAA_.jpg 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!

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Celebrate Veterans Day at LEGOLAND® Florida Resort

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.VeteransDay

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.
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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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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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July 4 – 6, 2014 – Come and join us for Red, Brick & Boom at LEGOLAND® Florida!

LEGOLAND® Florida will celebrate the 4th of July with a big bang for the Independence Day event – Red, Brick & Boom from July 4-6. 2012.02.07_LEGOLAND_ADSHOOT_246_small

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.

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LEGOLAND Florida opens DUPLO Valley!

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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.photo

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.

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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.

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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

 

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LEGOLAND® Florida Announces First Responder Days in May!

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.

chase-lego-city   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.

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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.

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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.

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