The kids(and I!) were so excited to visit LEGOLAND Florida in late February 2016. We are a Lego family. We love building them and watching the movies and shows. When they built LEGOLAND Florida we knew we had to go the next time we were in Orlando. (They are building one in New York and we are so excited!) If you are thinking about visiting LEGOLAND Florida and have kids that love Legos you will have a blast.
LEGOLAND Florida is a theme park located in Water Haven, Florida about a 45 minute drive from Orlando. It has rides, shows, character meet and greets and a water park,. The LEGOLAND Hotel is also within walking distance to the park. You can read about our stay at the LEGOLAND Florida Hotel here.
Before we left for the park we looked through the park map and picked out what attractions we had to do. You can find the map of the park online but I called a few months before we arrived and asked them to send me one in the mail. I like having a copy I can hold!!
LEGOLAND offers quite a bit for everyone but I found that 5-12 years old is the sweet spot. There were a few rides that my 3 year old was not big enough or old enough for. This can lead to a few tantrums and disappointed kids. Always check the ride requirements before you arrive. It can save you so much stress!!
Everything in the park is very clean and themed around Legos. It’s really cool to see your favorite characters as giant Legos. I especially loved the hidden Lego decorations. Butterflies in trees and animals throughout. The theme of the park is awesome!
The little details of how they decorated the park was really fun for me and the family. Our visit was on a Saturday but the crowds were low and we were able to see everything we wanted to. Always arrive early and head to your favorite rides first. When you are done you can do everything you missed and go at a slower pace.
At LEGOLAND they have play areas called Duplo Tot Spots. They are little play areas located through the park. Check on your map to locate them. It is for the smaller kids that are not tall enough for some rides. I loved it because it kept my 3 year old happy while my husband went on the roller coasters with the bigger kids. This made our visit more enjoyable for the whole family.
After this go back and do the rides you missed or ride a few attractions again. Make sure to save time to walk through Mini-Land. My kids loved the Star Wars section. Mini-Land is awesome! The details in the mini creations are unbelievable. Your kids will love pressing the buttons and making parts move and the adults will appreciate the talent that went into creating these amazing sculptures.
Eating at theme parks can either be really good or really bad. LEGOLAND got high marks in my opinion for the amazing dinner I had! We ate lunch and dinner at the park. Lunch was at the Fried Chicken Restaurant(Yes, this is what it was called.) It was fine, nothing crazy. Chicken sandwiches and chicken fingers with fries.
For dinner we ate at the Market Restaurant and the Stir Fry was amazing. It was a huge portion and I brought it back to the room for an evening snack. It is so nice to have something a little different in a theme park.
A visit to LEGOLAND Florida would not be complete without trying Granny’s Apple Fries! Find them in Fun Town.
Apple fries, cinnamon, sugar, whip cream!!! Oh, My!!!! Very yummy! (My very sick daughter didn’t get to try them and to this day says we have to go back because she didn’t feel good and missed them. Poor girl was sick the first half of this vacation. We ended up at urgent care half-way through our day at LEGOLAND. Urgent care is about a mile away if you ever need it…hope you don’t! Thankfully my in-laws were with us and could stay at the park with the boys. Update: We visited LEGOLAND again and my daughter got to try the Apple Fries! Yay!)
When we were at Urgent care the boys saw the Pirate show on the lake. They loved it. It is a pirate water show with water skis and pirate fun. I hope the whole family can see it next time!
We also didn’t make it to the World of Chima ride. It was on our can’t be missed list but it didn’t happen. It’s a water ride-you get soaked! With a sick family member we didn’t think it would be the best choice. Ride it on a really hot day or bring a change of clothes. You will get soaked! People were wearing ponchos on it and it was one of the rides we all really wanted to experience.
We returned to LEGOLAND in 2017 and stayed at the LEGOLAND Hotel. It was awesome!! You can read about it here. We also had an opportunity to see the new NINJAGO World. Our favorite was NINJAGO: The Ride. Using the perks of staying at the hotel we were the first to ride it! Blogging Mom has a great post about all the NINJAGO World details. It is family fun for any NINJAGO fan.
Pirate Cove Live Water Ski Show(Pirates Cove)
Quest for Chi (World of Chima)
We were lucky to be visiting during the event for the new Lego Movie 4D. For the event they had character meet and greets all around the park. This was a special event and character meet and greets do change. (Check the website) The amazing thing about this was how accessible they were. My daughter loves the Lego Friends characters and often we would see them walking around and they would stop to take a picture with her. I loved how accessible they were. It was really cool!!
I wanted to share a really special thing that happened to us that made my daughter so happy. To prepare for the trip my kids all packed their Lego shirts, except for my daughter whose no longer fit her. I looked everywhere to find a Lego shirt in her size and had no luck. It was such a bummer.
At the park that day they passed out glow bracelets to kids that had Lego shirts on as part of the special event. My daughter didn’t receive one and it just added on to her crummy day. I was disappointed that they wouldn’t give her one too, but didn’t want to make a big deal about it, and she seemed okay with it too. As we were walking through another part of the park an employee approached us and said she wanted to give my daughter a bracelet. She remembered that she didn’t get one and wanted to find her!! I was so impressed with this!!
The employees were all really great but this one made our day at Legoland really magical!!
My kids can’t wait to visit LEGOLAND Florida again. When I planned this trip I couldn’t find much information about visiting LEGOLAND. What I did find was really mixed reviews and I’m not sure why. It is not as large as some other Orlando parks and the rides are not as grand but it’s not supposed to be. It’s a Lego kids dream. The rides are fun and the park is set on a beautiful lake. You can go at a slow pace and get your picture taken with all different Lego characters(made of bricks and in costume!) If your family likes Legos you will not be disappointed.
LEGOLAND has exciting new attractions opening in 2018