Wow, we just got back from a fun-filled day at LEGOLAND Florida. Living in South Florida, I take the kids at least once a year to this unique theme park located in Central Florida.
I get a lot of questions about the price, day trip from Disney and age recommendations. So I am sharing my best tips for making the most of a day at LEGOLAND Florida.
Where is LEGOLAND Florida?
Many people think LEGOLAND Florida is in Orlando. Nope. The LEGOLAND address is One LEGOLAND Way in Winter Haven FL, which is actually 45 minutes from the gates of the Magic Kingdom.
Is it worth a day trip from Disney World?
I get this question a lot! When you consider the distance from Orlando and cost of each daily admission, there is no denying it is a splurge for this add-on Orlando vacation day trip.
I truly believe it is worth it – but you need to plan to visit when your kids are at the right age to really enjoy it! LEGOLAND's target age is 2-12. Even the roller coasters with the highest height requirement are considered tame when compared to other Florida theme parks.
More than a theme park
You can have a great trip at LEGOLAND Florida in one day, but I must say that if you can plan it out to be a 2 or 3 day trip with an overnight stay at the LEGOLAND Beach Retreat Hotel or the LEGOLAND Hotel then you will not regret it! This will allow you plenty of time to not only ride everything, walk through the beautiful gardens, take in all the shows, soak up the sun at the waterpark and also enjoy all the LEGO activities at the hotel!
Plan to get to LEGOLAND Florida 30 minutes to an hour prior to the opening time. This will not only ensure a good parking spot but this also allows you to plenty of time to take a nice photo in front of the sign without tons of people. Plus they typically open the gates a bit early to let the crowd start going in.
Shuttle from Orlando
If you’re vacationing in Orlando but do not plan to rent a car, use the LEGOLAND Shuttle to get there. The LEGOLAND Shuttle requires a reservation, so don't wait to long to add your name to the list.
Take time out to build
There are several spots throughout LEGOLAND Florida that give kids the chance to use a variety of LEGOS in unique ways to build and add on to structures that they could not get to do anywhere else. Not to mention it gives everyone some time to rest from walking and get out of the sun.
Bring your own snacks
LEGOLAND is awesome and allows you to bring outside food and beverages inside their park! This is a fantastic way to save money when your kids are needing a quick snack. Simply pack your backpack with some easy finger foods, a couple of water bottles and some fruit to keep your energy up throughout the day.
Check the show schedule
Watching a show is a great way to rest and get out of the Florida heat for a while. Know ahead of time what shows interest your family then grab a map once you enter the park to confirm showtimes for that day. My son is a big fan of the water skiing show while my daughter loves the LEGO Friends musical show the best.
Bring your own mini-figures to trade
Most of the LEGOLAND employees wear LEGO minifigures on their name tags, and they will trade with the kids. All a kid has to do is give them one of their minifigures and the employee will handover theirs. There are many stores scattered throughout LEGOLAND Florida where you can buy minifigures but save some money and bring a stash from home then keep your eyes open for some neat ones to trade for!
Put your kids in the driver's seat early
The LEGO City area is all about driving. Kids get their chance to drive boats, cars, fire trucks, and planes. But the lines get really long here as the day goes on-so go get your drivers license first thing! *If you opt to get a real license at the Ford Driving School, you will get a cool lanyard to wear all day!
Do not skip Miniland
This area will leave you in awe the first time you take an unexpected turn intoit! You will walk through mini versions of famous US landmarks of Washington D.C., New York City, Las Vegas, Key West and so on- all made of LEGOS. Be warned, you can spend a lot of time here looking at all the tiny details. I like visiting this area either early in the day or as the last thing we do because it is in direct sunlights, making for a very heated experience mid-day when the Florida sunshine is out in full force.
Duplo Valley is fantastic for toddlers
Most theme parks are just places for toddlers to people watch. But not at LEGOLAND Florida. An entire area is designed for the smallest of children. From the indoor playground to the calm rides that they can confidently ride alone to the small splashpad-this spot is ideal for your toddlers. And if you are a nursing mom, the most amazing feeding room is located within the playground building.
I plan to continue taking my kids to LEGOLAND Florida each year while they are in the age range to really enjoy it. It truly is a theme park you can enjoy more than once!
Disclosure: LEGOLAND Florida provided my family with complementary admission for the purpose of review on our most recent visit. However, we have visited LEGOLAND Florida several times on our own. It's a favorite family destination.
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