Our Trip to Legoland Florida
Disclosure: Although tickets were provided to us by Legoland Florida, all comments, opinions and photos are strictly mine.
Anyone who knows my son, knows that he is completely obsessed with all things Lego. So when we started planning our vacation this past summer, I knew that one of the places that was at the top of his list to visit would be Legoland Florida. And for weeks leading up to our trip, my son could not stop talking about our impending arrival. I wish I could have been able to take a picture or video of his sheer delight as soon as he saw the sign as we arrived at the park.
I have to say, the best tip we got prior to going on our trip was about the ability to trade minifigures with the Model Citizens (park employees). All Model Citizens wear badges with their names on them and have minifigures that attach to them and will trade them. I think this was the one thing my son was most excited about and happily made his first trade with the parking lot attendant before we actually even made it through the park gates.
The park is definitely the mecca for all things Lego. I was impressed about all the different things made out of Lego throughout the park. One of my favorites was the gorgeous waterfall area with all the animals that you might typically find there, all made out of Lego.
Lego has done an amazing job of incorporating a lot of the most popular Lego themes throughout the park and rides. There was the Ninjago area (my son’s favorite), Duplo, Heartland, Technic, etc.
In the Technic area they have an awesome ride called the Great Lego Race that combines Virtual Reality technology with a roller coaster. As this is a fairly new ride to the park, there was a bit of a line up but luckily they had these great areas with Lego for the kids to keep occupied while they waited in line.
When we first went on the ride, the VR component of the ride had a technical glitch and did not work for my son. When getting off the ride, he made a comment to one of the Model Citizens working the ride and they allowed him back to the front of the line and experience the ride with a working VR. This was great of them to do as I would have had a very disappointed boy on my hands had he not gotten to experience the ride as it was meant to be and especially after quite a wait in line.
In the center of the park is Miniland USA. An entire “city” made entirely out of Lego with such attractions at Kennedy Space Center (which we had visited just the day before), Dayton Speedway, the Las Vegas strip. etc. I can’t even imagine how many bricks it took to build all of that.
Unfortunately early into the afternoon, it started raining quite heavily and the majority of the rides had to be shut down. But that didn’t dampen our spirits. There were quite a few things to keep us occupied and dry. There is a 4D theatre that runs and number of movies throughout the day and there is Imagination Zone that was indoors and had a number of different building stations and activities to keep my son happy and me dry.
And of course, our trip would not have been complete without a trip to the gift shop for my son to get some souvenirs to take home. He was definitely looking forward to that part of the day and would have taken the whole store home if he could have.
The only part of the park we didn’t get to partake in was the water park due to the weather. It was a bit of a disappointment as it was something were were looking forward to but in the end, it just gives us a reason to come back again and maybe next time even stay a night in the Legoland Hotel on site.
If you are planning a trip to the Orlando area and have a Lego lover in your family, I would definitely be adding a trip to Legoland Florida to your trip agenda.