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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LEGOLAND® Florida Resort’s 12 Days of Christmas

On the first day of Christmas, LEGOLAND® Florida Resort gave to me a LEGO® Christmas Tree!

On the second day of Christmas LEGOLAND Florida Resort gave to me two Master Builders and a LEGO Christmas Tree!

On the third day of Christmas LEGOLAND Florida Resort gave to me three tot spots, two Master Builders and a LEGO Christmas Tree!

On the fourth day of Christmas LEGOLAND Florida Resort gave to me four skiing pirates, three tot spots, two Master Builders and a LEGO Christmas Tree!

On the fifth day of Christmas LEGOLAND Florida Resort gave to me five LEGO Friends, four skiing pirates, three tot spots, two Master Builders and a LEGO Christmas Tree!

On the sixth day of Christmas LEGOLAND Florida Resort gave to me six cars a-cruising, five LEGO Friends, four skiing pirates, three tot spots, two Master Builders and a LEGO Christmas Tree!

On the seventh day of Christmas LEGOLAND Florida Resort gave to me seven kids a-building, six cars a-cruising, five LEGO Friends, four skiing pirates, three tot spots, two Master Builders and a LEGO Christmas Tree!

On the eighth day of Christmas LEGOLAND Florida Resort gave to me eight boats a-floating, seven kids a-building, six cars a-cruising, five LEGO Friends, four skiing pirates, three tot spots, two Master Builders and a LEGO Christmas Tree!

On the ninth day of Christmas LEGOLAND Florida Resort gave to me nine horses jousting, eight boats a-floating, seven kids a-building, six cars a-cruising, five LEGO Friends, four skiing pirates, three tot spots, two Master Builders and a LEGO Christmas Tree!

On the tenth day of Christmas LEGOLAND Florida Resort gave to me ten beetles bouncing, nine horses jousting, eight boats a-floating, seven kids a-building, six cars a-cruising, five LEGO Friends, four skiing pirates, three tot spots, two Master Builders and a LEGO Christmas Tree!

On the eleventh day of Christmas LEGOLAND Florida Resort gave to me eleven shoppers shopping, ten beetles bouncing, nine horses jousting, eight boats a-floating, seven kids a-building, six cars a-cruising, five LEGO Friends, four skiing pirates, three tot spots, two Master Builders and a LEGO Christmas Tree!

On the twelfth day of Christmas LEGOLAND Florida Resort gave to me twelve ice cream toppings, eleven shoppers shopping, ten beetles bouncing, nine horses jousting, eight boats a-floating, seven kids a-building, six cars a-cruising, five LEGO Friends, four skiing pirates, three tot spots, two Master Builders and a LEGO Christmas Tree!


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LEGO® Santa is ready to greet good little boys and girls this weekend as Christmas Bricktacular returns

Christmas Bricktacular returns to the place #BuiltForKids on select dates starting Saturday, with a Santa scavenger hunt through the streets of MINILAND USA and several dazzling photo backdrops — including a giant Christmas tree and life-size Santa Claus, both made out of thousands of ordinary LEGO® and DUPLO® bricks!

Enjoy a day full of yuletide fun that includes meet-and-greets with LEGO Santa and LEGO Toy Soldier, write and send a letter all the way to Santa at the North Pole and get creatively festive with our very own Master Model Builders!

Don’t miss what’s new this year:

  • A live, holiday-themed stage show starring the LEGO Friends
  • Storytime with Mrs. Claus
  • Live performances of classic Christmas music by the LEGO Brickettes

Grab your brick-tastic viewing glasses and end the night as we light up the sky over Lake Eloise with a perfect holiday-themed fireworks display! Pirates’ Cove is the only place to watch LEGO bricks explode from the sky!


All the Christmas Bricktacular activities are included with park admission, including one-day tickets and annual passes, on the following 2016 dates:

  • Dec. 17-18 (Saturday & Sunday)
  • Dec. 24-30 (Saturday-Friday)

It’s the most wonderful time of the year — it’s even more awesome when you spend it at LEGOLAND® Florida Resort!

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Come boogie with us during Kids’ New Year’s Eve!

PrintOn Saturday, Dec. 31, the place #BuiltForKids will once again ring in the new year with a brick-tastic, kid-centric celebration as LEGOLAND® Florida Resort hosts Kids’ New Year’s Eve, a one-night-only party included with all forms of park admission.

LEGOLAND Florida Theme Park will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., which lets mom and dad tuck the kids into bed well before their own grown-up celebrations. So this year, why not make a resolution to whoop it up at the place where kids rule?

Kids' New Year's Eve

Here are the highlights…

  • Bump it, shake it, move it and groove it during a kid-friendly dance party from 5-7 p.m. in the LEGO® Technic area.
  • At 8 p.m., join us in the Pirates’ Cove stadiums or on the grass lawn in between as we count down to 2017 with our giant LEGO “brick drop”!
  • Then end the year with a bang — make that lots and lots of bangs! — as the skies above Lake Eloise explode with color and sound during a spectacular fireworks show to close out the night. Pick up a free pair of LEGOLAND viewing glasses to see an awesome LEGO “surprise in the skies” with each burst!

20151231_elp_lego_047Before the sun sets on 2016, guests also can enjoy the last day of our holiday-themed activities and entertainment throughout the park, including:

  • Live performances of classic holiday music by the LEGO Brickettes
  • Storytelling with Mrs. Claus
  • Meet-and-greets with LEGO Santa and LEGO Toy Soldier
  • Great family photo ops with our giant Christmas tree made out of thousands of LEGO and DUPLO® bricks, and a life-size LEGO sleigh and reindeer
  • Scavenger hunts in MINILAND USA and DUPLO Valley with a chance to win LEGO prizes
  • A fun competition to build a holiday creation out of LEGO bricks
  • A live, holiday-themed stage show starring the LEGO Friends in Heartlake City

It’s an all-day party where everything is awesome!

Kids' New Year's Eve

Meanwhile, if you want the ultimate experience, consider making a reservation for our all-new Fireworks Dessert Party, a Premium Upgrade available to everyone. Guests will enjoy an interactive dance party with LEGO characters and satisfy their sweet tooth with a delicious assortment of desserts before watching the fireworks show over Lake Eloise from an exclusive VIP viewing area. Plus, every family will receive a photo with the characters and each child will leave with a special LEGO Minifigure.

Kids' New Year's EveThe dance and dessert party takes place nightly from Thursday, Dec. 29 through Saturday, Dec. 31 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the historic Magnolia Mansion inside the theme park, with the fireworks following at 8 p.m. The cost is $75 per person plus tax, and does not include park admission or parking.

Premium Upgrades can be booked online or by phone at (855) 753-7777.

Current LEGOLAND Annual Passholders can receive a 10 percent discount per person (before tax) by calling (855) 753-7777 or booking in person at Guest Services within the theme park. The annual pass discount is not available online.

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We’re hiring! LEGOLAND® Water Park is seeking lifeguards for Spring 2017

Winter is almost here but the sun is never far when you visit LEGOLAND® Florida Resort! LEGOLAND Water Park is just a few short months away from opening and we’re looking for new Model Citizens to become LEGOLAND lifeguards.

2011.10.14_LEGOLANDWATERPARK_001.jpgOur lifeguards at LEGOLAND work at all the pools that our guests enjoy, from attractions in the water park to the LEGOLAND Hotel pool, and even the cool new pool opening soon at LEGOLAND Beach Retreat.

3-build-a-raft_920What’s awesome about this opportunity is that you don’t need an existing certification to apply. Can you swim? Are you good with kids? Do you enjoy being part of a team? Then you might have what it takes to work here! Plus, if you’re not already a certified lifeguard, our instructors will give you the training and certifications you need to become a professional rescuer at the place #BuiltForKids.

After completing a skilled swim test, all lifeguards at LEGOLAND Florida Resort are certified in CPR, first aid, lifeguard skills and water park skills through the American Red Cross training program. In addition, LEGOLAND lifeguards receive hours of specialized training to operate all of our water park attractions.

2011.10.14_LEGOLANDWATERPARK_001.jpgBeing a lifeguard at LEGOLAND Water Park means having fun in the sun and enjoying the many benefits and perks all LEGOLAND Model Citizens receive — this includes complimentary admission tickets to many popular Central Florida attractions, including The Coca-Cola Orlando Eye, Madame Tussauds Orlando, SEA LIFE Aquarium and many more.

Interested? Apply online. Join our team and play a vital part in keeping our guests safe!

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SNEAK PEEK: Train to ‘become the ninja’ when LEGO® NINJAGO® World opens Jan. 12!

When LEGO® NINJAGO® World debuts Jan. 12 at LEGOLAND® Florida Resort, kids can sharpen their martial arts skills in an outdoor area we call the ninja training camp, a collection of hands-on attractions that will prepare you for the ultimate adventure on LEGO NINJAGO The Ride.

Here with another exclusive sneak peek are kid reporters Grace and Kade:

Meanwhile, the sophisticated vehicles that guests will board on LEGO NINJAGO The Ride recently arrived on site and are being programmed and tested. Take a look:

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In our next episode, we’ll take you inside the ride building for a preview of the action-packed experience that awaits when YOU become the ninja!

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JUST ANNOUNCED: Build the perfect vacation at LEGOLAND® Beach Retreat, opening April 7, 2017!

Mark your calendars, because summer vacation starts April 7, 2017, when LEGOLAND® Beach Retreat welcomes the first guests to discover endless fun in the sun at an all-new vacation resort!

Earlier today, LEGOLAND Florida Resort announced the official grand opening date for the eagerly awaited project, which will more than double on-site accommodations and give guests even more reasons to play — and stay — at the place #BuiltForKids.

LEGOLAND Beach Retreat is a first-of-its-kind project unique to the LEGOLAND resorts in North America, a village-style resort with 83 beach-themed bungalows offering 166 separate rooms, each with whimsical LEGO® décor inside and out:

LEGOLAND Beach RetreatThe brightly colored bungalows are grouped into 13 “coves” named after popular LEGO Minifigures. Each includes an outdoor play area with fun and challenging elements, all within view of the bungalows’ shaded patios, where mom and dad can relax while kids play.

Located about a half-mile from the theme park entrance, the site also features a central swimming pool and sandy play area, a buffet restaurant, pool bar, a giant LEGO inspired lighthouse with a real rotating beacon and picturesque views of Lake Dexter.

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LEGOLAND Beach Retreat amenities include:

  • 166 spacious rooms that sleep up to five, including a cozy area designed just for kids with a bunk bed, trundle bed and privacy curtain.
  • Sandy’s Castle Restaurant (above right), located inside The Lighthouse and featuring a bountiful menu of entrees, sides and desserts designed to please the palates of kids and grownups alike.
    • A delicious breakfast is included with each night’s stay; lunch and dinner will be available without reservations.
  • Bricks Beach Bar, offering an eclectic menu of made-to-order food, drinks and creative cocktails served poolside and inside The Lighthouse.
  • Palm Tree Traders, a large retail shop stocked with LEGO building sets and Minifigures, apparel, toys, swimwear, snacks and sundries.
  • Complimentary parking in LEGOLAND Florida Resort’s main parking lot.
  • Early access to the theme park, with exclusive use of some of the most popular attractions, including LEGO NINJAGO® World when it opens Jan. 12.
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Reservations are available for stays from April 7 through Nov. 30, 2017. To book a stay at LEGOLAND Beach Retreat, visit LEGOLAND.com/beachretreat or call (877) 350-5346 daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nightly room rates start at $135 (plus tax and resort fee) and vary by season, date and availability.

2016-11-30_legolandflorida_llbr_042Meanwhile, through the end of December guests can save 20 percent on an exclusive room-and-ticket package for LEGOLAND Beach Retreat stays from April 7 through Sept. 3, 2017. The package requires a minimum two-night stay and includes a two-day ticket to LEGOLAND Florida Theme Park per person, with the second day free!

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Celebrate #GivingTuesday with Merlin’s Magic Wand

Join the five-year-old #GivingTuesday movement today with the #unSELFIE toolkit. Download the toolkit and share why you’re giving back this year!

It’s simple:

Step 1: Hold up an #unSELFIE sign and snap a selfless selfie!

Step 2: Share it on social media and encourage others to give.

LEGOLAND® Florida Resort and other Merlin Entertainments attractions have made it their mission to deliver memorable experiences to children all over the world, including kids unable to travel due to circumstances or illness.

Merlin’s Magic Wand is a global children’s charity whose mission is putting magic back into the lives of seriously ill, disabled and disadvantaged children. To date, the organization has helped more than 260,000 kids and their families enjoy a magical day out at the more than 100 Merlin attractions worldwide. For those unable to visit a Merlin attraction, Merlin’s Magic Spaces projects bring the magic directly to kids.

Here’s a challenge for today and every day: Instead of clouding your social media with things about you, help make a difference in the life of a child!

Apply for a day out here: www.merlinsmagicwand.org/USA.

Happy #GivingTuesday!

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Kids go free at LEGOLAND® Florida Resort when you buy a new toy at select Walmart locations to benefit Toys for Tots!

Now through Dec. 31, kids go free at LEGOLAND® Florida Resort when guests purchase a new, unwrapped toy valued at $5 or more at participating Walmart locations in Central Florida, then donate the toy outside the theme park ticket windows and purchase an adult ticket at the same time.

It’s all part of a great promotion that unites LEGOLAND, Walmart Stores, Inc., Coca-Cola Beverages Florida and Toys for Tots in a unique effort to brighten the holidays of deserving children. The donated toys will benefit kids in Florida’s Polk County, home of LEGOLAND Florida Resort, through the Toys for Tots program.

walmartpromoIn order to receive the Kids Go Free discount, the donated toy must be purchased at participating Walmart stores from Tampa to Daytona Beach, and dropped off in Toys for Tots collection bins at the theme park entrance. Walmart proof of purchase must be presented along with the donated toy to receive the Kids Go Free discount.

In addition, the purchase of an adult ticket is required at the time of the toy donation to receive the free child’s ticket. This offer cannot be combined with other discounts or promotions, and adult tickets purchased prior to the toy donation are not eligible to receive the Kids Go Free discount.

Guests will earn one Kids Go Free discount for each qualifying toy purchased and donated, along with the corresponding purchase of an adult ticket at the same time. For example, if you purchase and donate three toys each worth $5 or more at participating Walmart locations, you’ll earn three Kids Go Free discounts with the purchase of three adult tickets. This Kids Go Free offer, which is valid through Dec. 31, 2016, entitles you to one free child’s admission with the purchase of one full-price adult admission to LEGOLAND Florida Resort for every eligible toy donated.

Meanwhile, on 12 dates through Dec. 21, LEGOLAND Model Citizens will greet fans at 20 different Central Florida Walmart locations, with lots of fun for kids planned at each stop:

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Ready, set, save!

Today is Black Friday, the busiest shopping day of the year!

And instead of one awesome offer, this year LEGOLAND® Florida Resort is launching six separate deals simultaneously. And it’s happening NOW!

Visit www.LEGOLAND.com/florida/black-friday-2016 to save big through Monday, Nov. 28:

  • Buy a theme park ticket online for the low price of $71 (plus tax) to enjoy all the fun of our annual holiday party, Christmas Bricktacular, then come back for free to “become the ninja” when LEGO® NINJAGO® World opens Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017!
  • ap_awesomerkit_414x258Buy an Awesomer Annual Pass online (valued at $149 plus tax) for the Awesome Annual Pass price of $99 plus tax — a $50 savings! You get a full year of unlimited admission to LEGOLAND Florida Theme Park, LEGOLAND Water Park, The Coca-Cola Orlando Eye, Madame Tussauds Orlando, SEA LIFE Aquarium Orlando, and Atlanta’s LEGOLAND Discovery Center — with no blockout dates — plus much more!
  • Current annual passholders can save 30 percent off a stay at LEGOLAND Hotel and/or LEGOLAND Beach Retreat (set to open in mid-2017). This unbeatable deal is valid for LEGOLAND Hotel stays from Jan. 1 through April 6, 2017, and for LEGOLAND Beach Retreat stays from June 1 through Sept. 3, 2017.

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And as if that wasn’t enough, through the whole month of December we’re offering non-passholders 20 percent off an exclusive room-and-ticket package for stays at LEGOLAND Hotel and/or LEGOLAND Beach Retreat:

  • Each package requires a minimum two-night stay and includes a two-day ticket to LEGOLAND Florida Theme Park, with the second day free! (Admission to LEGOLAND Water Park is sold separately.) Both properties include a buffet breakfast each morning for all guests and exclusive early access to the theme park. The 20 percent discount is available for LEGOLAND Hotel packages from Jan. 2 through May 26, 2017, and for LEGOLAND Beach Retreat packages from June 1 through Sept. 3, 2017.

Full terms and conditions, including restrictions, are available online.

This Christmas, give the gift of fun at the place #BuiltForKids! You’ll be more popular than Santa!

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