When we visited the Orlando area in February, we wanted to hit as many kid-friendly theme parks as we could. LEGOLAND Florida was highly recommended by the kiddos in our neighbourhood, so it was in our schedule. I was a bit concerned though if Chelsea would enjoy it or not… you see, she’s not a LEGO fan, whereas her friends are – big time.
As it turns out, we had nothing to worry about. We all loved it – Chelsea enjoyed the rides, Hubs enjoyed the LEGO displays and I just loved the whole aesthetic of the park; it’s beautiful!
There are no huge, scary rides here – they are totally geared to the 12 and under set (along with their parents). Many of them make you use your noggin or your muscles too.
Chelsea loved getting her ‘drivers license’ and was confident she could drive us back to Orlando, but we convinced her finally that she would need more practice first. To get the official license with photo I had to shell out around $15 (approx, I forget how much exactly), but it’s worth it for bragging rights and how cool to have a drivers license in full face paint… I don’t think I could pull that off.
Speaking of face paint, that was another splurge we gave into. Chelsea LOVES getting her face painted and while it was pricy at $20, what was super cool about it was that the price included free touch ups for the whole day, you just need to hang on to your receipt. Somehow she got through the day without a smudge and it was really easy to remove, so that $20 is going towards some quality face paint. It’s the little things.
We really enjoyed the live show, and really appreciated how they incorporated the classic waterskiing, paying homage to Cypress Gardens, Florida’s first commercial theme park, which ran in this same location until 2009. The botanical gardens portion of the park still remains, is incorporated into LEGOLAND Florida and is absolutely gorgeous (although, not-so-much Chelsea’s favourite part… even though playing hide and go seek around the ginormous Banyan Tree was so much fun).
Then there are the LEGO displays. So. Much. LEGO. You can travel the world and then outer space to see the new Star Wars creations. Even LEGO novices such as us were impressed by the amazing detail these displays have. LEGO enthusiasts’ heads might explode.
It was ‘off season’ when we went to LEGOLAND, so the waterpark side wasn’t open. If it was, it would have definitely put the park into 2-day territory. It takes about 40 minutes to get to LEGOLAND from many Orlando/Kissimmee hotels, so if you are doing more than a day, you will probably want to get a room at the new LEGOLAND Resort Hotel, which is right there and totally cool looking. We ate a big breakfast before we hit LEGOLAND and had a dinner planned for the evening, so we didn’t eat at LEGOLAND except for snacks. Two words you must remember from this whole post if nothing else: Apple Fries. OMG. I might return someday for those alone.
So, you aren’t a LEGO family? It doesn’t matter, you will love LEGOLAND. Plus, like us, you’ll save tons of money because your kiddos won’t be begging for all the cool LEGO pieces and sets sold at all of the stores in the park *wink*.
For more info on LEGOLAND Florida, visit http://www.legoland.com/florida/
Disclosure: I received media passes to LEGOLAND Florida for the two adults. We paid for Chels’ admission and our extras. Opinions are my own (and my family’s… sometimes).