Sign up for a sneak preview of the new LEGO® NEXO KNIGHTS™ 4D film!

Here’s an awesome opportunity you won’t want to miss!

We’re inviting our blog fans to be the very first to experience the all-new LEGO® NEXO KNIGHTS™ 4D film, opening soon at LEGOLAND® theme parks and LEGOLAND Discovery Centers around the world!

UPDATE: This event has filled to capacity. Check back for other special events and opportunities for our fans in the future!

On Wednesday, May 25, after the theme park closes, we’re giving fans the very first look at “LEGO NEXO KNIGHTS: The Book of Creativity,” an immersive, 12½-minute 4D film that follows five young knights in their quest to defeat Jestro, the Book of Monsters and their army of Lava Monsters. Here’s a preview of the fun that awaits:

But wait! There’s more!

As part of this exclusive event, we’re also giving fans a private preview of the newly re-imagined Imagination Zone indoor venue, which is re-opening soon with lots of fun, hands-on LEGO building activities #BuiltForKids.

Izone-entry-portal-visualHow does that sound? Cool? Because we have several brick-tastic surprises planned too!

  • Who: LEGOLAND Florida Resort fans can sign up for this free event at the RSVP link below.
  • What: Exclusive sneak previews of the new LEGO NEXO KNIGHTS 4D film and the newly re-imagined Imagination Zone building.
  • When: Wednesday, May 25, 2016, from 6-8 p.m. Check-in will take place from 6-6:30 p.m.; the event will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m. and end at 8 p.m.
  • Where: LEGOLAND Florida Resort

Each registrant can bring a maximum of one guest. Space for this one-night-only sneak preview event is extremely limited, so sign up quickly.

This blog message will be updated and the sign-up link removed after capacity has been reached. No RSVPs will be accepted after that.

And now, the fine print:

  • All registrants must be 18 years or older, but their guest can be under 18.
  • Limit one guest per registrant.
  • Once your valid RSVP has been received, you’ll receive a confirmation email with instructions. If you do not receive a confirmation email before the May 25 event, then your RSVP was not accepted.
  • Event confirmations are non-transferable and have no cash value.
  • No parking fee will be charged for this event and admission to the theme park is not required. Sneak preview attendees will not have access to any other theme park areas or attractions.
  • Valid photo I.D. will be required at check-in.
  • NO PHOTOGRAPHY, VIDEO RECORDING OR AUDIO RECORDING of any kind will be allowed during the 4D film. By attending, you agree not to use any recording devices (including, but not limited to, cameras, tablets and phones) in the theater. If you attempt to use a recording device during this screening, you will be subject to immediate removal from the theme park.
  • With the exception of the 4D film, photography, video recording and audio recording will be allowed during all other portions of this sneak preview event.
  • This event is subject to change or cancellation without notice.
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Happy birthday, LEGOLAND® Hotel! You’re a Family Vacation Critic Favorite!

Congratulations, LEGOLAND® Hotel! It’s your birthday today and you don’t look a day over 1!

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LEGOLAND Hotel opened to guests May 15, 2015.

Can you believe our awesome, kid-tastic hotel opened one year ago? Thousands and thousands of happy guests later, our Model Citizens will be celebrating the major milestone with a lobby party today.

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Each of the hotel’s 152 rooms features one of four elaborate LEGO® themes.

And guess what? We’re a winner!

In its first year of operation, LEGOLAND Hotel at LEGOLAND Florida Resort was named one of the country’s top family hotels by Family Vacation Critic — a distinction given to only the top 11 percent of the thousands of hotels profiled on the website during its third annual awards cycle. Plus, it received a whopping 100 percent “families recommend” rating from its sister site, TripAdvisor!

In Florida, ours was named a Top 5 family hotel, with FVC editors citing the kid-friendly distance to the theme park entrance, “elaborate play spaces” and the exclusive opportunity to attend free workshops led by our LEGO® Master Model Builders.

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LEGOLAND Hotel guests can sign up for free, hands-on workshops led by LEGO Master Model Builders that take place in a special space right off the lobby.

In order to be named a FVC Favorite, each hotel “must have been personally vetted and visited by a member of Family Vacation Critic’s team of hotel experts, and receive either a four- or five-star editorial rating.” Plus, the hotel “must have been recommended by 75 percent or more families who have reviewed the property, with a four- or five-star review rating.”

So thank you, Family Vacation Critic, and thank you, each and every one of the thousands of guests who’ve stayed with us in the past year and rated us so highly.

Meanwhile, just a short distance away, construction crews are working under the direction of our parent company’s creative division, Merlin Magic Making, to build LEGOLAND Beach Retreat, an all-new, village-style resort great for larger families and groups who want to vacation together.

LEGOLANDBeachRetreat_postcardLEGOLAND Beach RetreatThe surf-and-sand themed site will open in mid-2017, but here’s an exclusive peek at the prep work taking place adjacent to beautiful Lake Dexter:

LEGOLAND Beach Retreat

Construction is under way on LEGOLAND Beach Retreat, which will more than double the amount of on-site accommodations when it opens in mid-2017.

When complete, LEGOLAND Beach Retreat will feature 83 individual duplex units offering 166 separate accommodations in horseshoe-shaped groupings. Guests will discover awesome LEGO theming, a cool pool, a sandy beach area and a LEGO lighthouse-topped clubhouse featuring a buffet restaurant. And there’s much more to be revealed in the months ahead, so check back on our blog for more details.

LEGOLAND Beach Retreat

LEGOLAND Beach Retreat will feature a colorful pool area and a sandy beach.

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Dream it, design it and build it in the new Building Zone, opening soon at Imagination Zone

We’re getting closer and closer to re-opening the newly re-imagined Imagination Zone building, where you’ll discover lots of awesome hands-on LEGO® activities #BuiltForKids in colorfully themed “zones.”

So far, we’ve offered exclusive sneak peeks at Creation Zone, Water Zone and Wheels Zone. Now let’s take a look at the new Building Zone, where kids can invent and experiment with impossible LEGO structures.

Building-Zone-overviewHere, you can test your design and engineering skills by building the tallest earthquake-proof tower, or create the house of your dreams. Whatever you can imagine, make it real with a huge assortment of LEGO bricks. It’s all waiting for you when the Imagination Zone building re-opens later this month at LEGOLAND® Florida Resort.

Next week, we’ll soar up, up and away with a preview of the all-new Flight Zone, where kids can send their crazy creations zipping through the skies in a brand-new experience full of fun.

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Build, test, race and roll in the new Wheels Zone, coming soon to Imagination Zone

Inside the Imagination Zone building at LEGOLAND® Florida Resort, the creative minds of Merlin Magic Making are hard at work installing a whole bunch of fun new LEGO® activities for kids. So far, we’ve given our fans exclusive sneak peeks at the all-new Creation Zone and Water Zone.

Today, let’s put the rubber to the road and take a look at the new Wheels Zone, which re-imagines the former Build & Test experience with colorful new graphics.

wheel-zone-Here, kids can put their imaginations into overdrive by creating a limitless number of LEGO vehicles to send zooming down timed racing ramps. From cars to carts, trains to trucks, if you can roll it, you can race it!

3-2-1, GO! Who’ll be the first to cross the finish line?

It’s all in store when we open the doors to the re-imagined Imagination Zone in late May. Where will you go first?

Come back next week when we’ll visit the new Building Zone, a creative area that lets kids build up, up and away by designing the house of their dreams or an earthquake-proof tower.

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Bumps, bruises or bellyaches, experts are here to help

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Dr. Craig Glaser, who is now serving as medical director of LEGOLAND Florida Resort, visits one of the resort’s first aid stations with fellow Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center team members, left to right, Nicole Hendricks, chief operating officer, Yvette Banos, urgent care practice manager, and Tracey Guerrero, marketing director.

We don’t want our brick fans to face any “boo boos” while on vacation, but if the need arises, Heart of Florida has the know-how to help!

Our new partnership with Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center will support health care services for both guests and Model Citizens here at LEGOLAND® Florida Resort.  They’re also the new presenting partner of our First Aid Centers and Baby Care Center.

Guests needing medical attention beyond basic first aid can use one of the medical center’s nearby facilities, such as Urgent Care Cypress, and if something serious arises, Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center is ready to help.

Since our resort is #BuiltForKids, we’re excited to partner with pediatricians from Nemours Children’s Hospital of Orlando, located right at Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center a short distance away from the resort.

Located inside the DUPLO® Farm, the LEGOLAND Baby Care Center provides a nursing and changing area, bottle warming and more.

Heart of Florida also will provide continuing medical education for our EMTs as well as health education programs.  As we continue to grow, Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center will be there to meet the needs of our guests when the unexpected happens and get them back to building memories with their families.

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Dive into oceans of fun at Imagination Zone’s all-new Water Zone, coming soon!

Last week we offered an exclusive sneak peek at an all-new area currently being added to the theme park’s Imagination Zone building — Creation Zone — one of several newly themed zones that will add lots of awesome new hands-on activities where kids can unleash their imaginations.

In the brand-new Water Zone, kids will embark on adventure through a world of water — all without getting wet!

water-zone-overviewWith the help of some amazing touch-screen technology, kids can design and build colorful sea creatures out of virtual LEGO® bricks using nothing more than their fingertips, then watch them swim through an interactive, floor-to-ceiling coral reef!

Elsewhere in the blue-hued space, kids will find bins filled with lots of loose LEGO bricks to build their own models of sea life both real and imagined, and wall-mounted baseplates to share their creations with other guests.

Come sea it when the re-imagined Imagination Zone re-opens in late May at LEGOLAND® Florida Resort!

Next week here on the blog we’ll explore the Wheels Zone, where kids can build, test, race and roll their LEGO contraptions against each other to see who’ll capture the checkered flag.

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New ‘4D’ LEGO® NEXO KNIGHTS™ movie experience opens May 26 at LEGOLAND® Florida Resort

Guests can download themselves into an all-new “4D” film experience starring the LEGO® NEXO KNIGHTS™ at LEGOLAND® Florida Resort starting Thursday, May 26. It’s an immersive, animated adventure created especially for LEGOLAND Parks and LEGOLAND Discovery Centers around the world.

NK4D_06It’s up to the LEGO NEXO KNIGHTS to defeat the evil Jestro, the Book of Monsters and their Lava Monsters all set in a “4D” world — think wind, water and fog — bringing the battle to life all around the theater. Plus, guests can go on a quest of their own to discover six shields hidden across the theme park to unlock exclusive “power ups” for the LEGO NEXO KNIGHTS Merlok 2.0 mobile app.

NK4D_05Set in the futuristic world of Knighton, “LEGO NEXO KNIGHTS: The Book of Creativity” follows five young knights in their quest to defeat Jestro, the Book of Monsters and all their Lava Monsters. Led by heroic Clay Moorington, the band of knights join forces with the great digital wizard, Merlok 2.0, to vanquish the enemy and stop him getting his devious hands on the powerful and completely unique Book of Creativity — and something never seen before in Knighton.

NK4D_02The brand-new, 12-minute film is the latest way for children to interact with the NEXO KNIGHTS innovative world. More than 170 shields can be found across various touchpoints including online, in LEGO sets and by watching the TV series. The shields can be scanned into the Merlok 2.0 app, upgrading players’ powers to help the knights fight marauding monsters.

Those who already have the app will be delighted at the chance to get exclusive “power ups” at LEGOLAND Florida Resort to enhance their playing prowess. Those who don’t should download before they visit to kick-start an exciting play experience with exclusive content.

NK4D_04“LEGO NEXO KNIGHTS: The Book of Creativity” will play in the theme park’s Wells Fargo Fun Town Theater alongside “The LEGO Movie™ 4D A New Adventure,” another immersive theatrical attraction that opened earlier this year.

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Meet the stars after each showing of ‘The LEGO® Movie™ 4D A New Adventure’

Wanna know what happened after “The LEGO® Movie™”?

Find out at the Wells Fargo Fun Town Theater, where “The LEGO Movie 4D A New Adventure” plays several times a day. The awesome new attraction shows what happened when Emmet and his Master Builder friends reunite after receiving a mysterious invitation.

“The LEGO® Movie™ 4D A New Adventure”

“The LEGO Movie 4D A New Adventure” is an exciting new theme park attraction that reunites Emmet, Wyldstyle, Unikitty, MetalBeard and Benny in an all-new story that reveals what happened after the smash-hit movie.

After each showing, you can see Emmet, Wyldstyle or Benny in person at a brand-new character meet-and-greet spot outside the theater. You might even meet Risky Business, the shady brother of the movie’s President Business, who plays a key role in the 12½-minute film.

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The stars of “The LEGO Movie 4D A New Adventure” greet guests outside the theater after each showing of the fun new attraction.

For complete show times and character appearances, pick up a Show Guide on your way into the theme park or read it online when planning your visit.

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‘Cool’ new solar energy project is the latest way we’re staying green

We’re teaming up with Tampa Electric on a 2-megawatt solar energy project that will produce electricity — and shade — for our guests, a project announced today as part of an Earth Day celebration at the resort #BuiltForKids.

CoveredParking2Beginning this spring, Tampa Electric will install a canopy of solar panels over our preferred parking lot, next to the theme park entrance.  When operational later this year, the project will produce enough electricity to power up to 250 homes annually, while keeping more than 600 cars cool.

Tampa Electric will own and maintain the solar array, with all power entering TECO’s electrical grid for the benefit of its more than 725,000 customers, including us!

150414_AR_DrivingSchool__A2O8078The solar energy project is just one of several ongoing environmental initiatives here.  In fact, we conserved enough energy though paper, cardboard and steel recycling in 2015 to power our newest theme park land, Heartlake City, for a year!  Here are some more fun facts on how we stay “green”:

 

  • Nearly 1 ton of LEGO® brick has been collected for recycling. It’s then redistributed to manufacture new products.
  • All 12 electric vehicles at the Ford Junior Driving School attraction are charged entirely with solar power.
  • A 30-kilowatt solar panel array is mounted atop Imagination Zone, supporting Tampa Electric’s Renewable Energy program.
  • Under the Citrus Connection Universal Access program, all Model Citizens who work here enjoy access to free bus rides, resulting in 22,581 fewer vehicle trips on area roads in 2015.
  • LEGOLAND Hotel works with Clean the World to supply recycled hygiene products to those in need.

brickrecyclingToday, in honor of Earth Day, we’re offering several fun activities designed especially for kids. Brick by brick, kids can help Master Model Builders create an Earth Day-themed LEGO mural as well as a large LEGO tree. Plus, several vendors will offer conservation tips and kids can take some of the fun home by picking up a free TECO activity book and colored pencils.

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Invent, inspire, create and build inside the Imagination Zone’s all-new Creation Zone

Lots of work is taking place inside the Imagination Zone building to add several awesome new hands-on activities where kids can set their imaginations free using LEGO® bricks. Set to open in late May at LEGOLAND® Florida Resort, the indoor facility is turning up the fun in many exciting ways kids are sure to love.

This week we’re taking a look at the all-new Creation Zone, the whimsical new entrance space that represents everything fun and free about play.

Izone-exterior-overviewStep through one of two brightly colored Imagination Zone portals and enter a curving corridor themed to the iconic LEGO brick in every direction, where kids can discover endless ways to design, build and decorate the walls and floors with their creations:creation-zone-right-yellow-wall

At their feet? Padded pits filled with thousands of loose LEGO bricks ready for assembly into anything you can imagine.

On the walls? Enormous LEGO baseplates and shelves for displaying mini masterpieces created on the spot.

Everywhere else? Colorful seating in bright hues scattered throughout the sprawling space.

creation-zone-left-yellow-wallAnd that’s just the start of what’s in store! Come back to the blog next week for an exclusive sneak peek at the dazzling new Water Zone, an area that will offer an ocean of fun adventures with some amazing technology.

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