Legoland Theme Park Bringing Smiles and Memories
There are some things that just go along with being a kid. From those gourmet foods of chicken nuggets and macaroni and cheese to imagination filled days of play and adventure, when growing up it comes with the territory! There are not many things that speak more “kid language” than LEGO! From building the latest scene from their favorite cartoon or movie to designing and building the latest and greatest robot or fort, LEGO provides the ultimate play date with literally endless possibilities!
Our 11-year-old son is a Lego fanatic! Without even asking, when Christmas or his birthday rolls around, we know Legos are going to be at the top of the list.
When we told our kids we would be going to the Legoland Theme Park in Florida, he almost started crying he was so excited! This is a genuine photo from the moment he found out we were going. Moments like this are priceless!
Arriving at Legoland
From the moment we pulled onto the property the excitement started to rise higher and higher! We were greeted by the folks at the gate and the first thing our son noticed was the cool name tags with Lego figures on them (more on that in a moment). We had booked a room at the Lego Hotel. From the entrance, the lobby, the elevators all the way to the room… the decor and Lego theme was done in a way to keep the kids entertained!
As we entered the hotel lobby, the huge Lego pit in the center immediately captured the attention of our 11 and 4-year-old! This made checking in a breeze as they were busy working on their Lego creations!
Once we were all checked in it was up to our room we went. Now, I know getting excited over an average elevator ride would seem a little silly, but this was no average elevator! Once the doors close a dance party started with disco lights and the whole bit!
When we arrived on our floor, we quickly found our adventure themed room! Our kids (and us parents) were blown away by the great themed room and decor. The kids were ecstatic because they even had their own little area with bunk beds and their own tv. This was a big deal for mom and dad too:)
Even cooler, located in our room was a treasure box that had a puzzle. The kids were given clues in order to get the combo to open. Once inside they found a treasure of kid-friendly drinks, coloring books, and even a LEGO set for each child.
Legoland Theme Park
When we got settled in, it was off to the park! I loved the fact that we literally stepped away from the hotel and were at the entrance to the park! To be honest, I was a little concerned about how my 15-year-old son would respond to Legoland. I was afraid that it would be too kiddie for him. However, that thought was soon put aside!
While there were plenty of things to do for little ones such as the carousel and other kid-friendly rides, there were also three roller coasters that my kids loved! My boys even talked their dad into riding the coasters with them, a huge deal for my non-roller coaster husband!
As I promised earlier, I wanted to fill you in on the Lego Mini-figure trading. On each employees name tag are mini-figures. Your child can bring his or her mini-figures from home (or purchase them in the park) and trade with the staff. Each gift shop within Legoland also has a trading board full of figures available for trading!
One of our family’s favorite things was the LEGO USA. Near the center of the park are numerous scenes from some of the largest cities in America along with their iconic buildings and landmarks. From the strip in Vegas to the National Mall in Washington DC, to Daytona International Speedway, to the New York City skyline, it is a phenomenal display of the imaginative possibilities with Legos.
Just beyond that was the Star Wars displays! From life-size characters built from legos to detailed scenes from the movies, it was all there! Our 11-year-old who is all about Star Wars said, “I could stay in this section all day!”
Bricks Family Restaraunt
When it was time for the park to close, we made our way back to the hotel but our day was far from over! We went to the Bricks Family Restaraunt for dinner! We were blown away by the wide variety of vegetables, meats, and desserts that were offered. They even had a kid’s buffet with kid favorites such as French fries, macaroni and cheese, corn dogs and more!
The waitress overheard that it was my son’s birthday and brought a group of the staff to sing happy birthday to him. Kudos to her for taking notice of something so special!
After dinner, it was time to check out the pool. It was still a little cool when we visited but once in the heated pool, it was all playtime and boy were our kids ready! Who could resist getting in this beautiful pool?! This was the view out of our bedroom window!
This pool features a zero entry making it easy for kids of all ages to enter without any problems! Life vests are offered for those who need them! In addition, there are soft floatable legos for kids to play in the pool! It truly is a Lego fans dream!
Once back inside, our son attended the Master Model Builder Session with a Lego Master Builder! Each child received a small creation to build and were then instructed on how to build by the Master Builder! It was a fun experience for our son and he even got to keep his creation!
The next day after a delicious complimentary breakfast buffet at Bricks Family Restaurant, it was back to the park. This time it was a little different! Since we had visited the park the day before, we took the kids to revisit their favorite rides!
For my boys, the Flight School rollercoaster was their favorite! With the low early morning crowd, they were able to ride over and over again with little to no wait! They had a Blast!
Legoland Water Park
When they had finally had their fill of roller coasters, it was on to the water park! It was amazing how much thought was put into decor! From the mermaid fountain of legos to the signage and other statues, it was done in an amazing display of creativity.
Our first stop in the water park was the lazy river. Here, our boys got on their rafts equipped with the ability to build using the soft legos on the raft! Lots of laughs and imagination came on their trips around the lazy river.
Next was a visit to the wave pool! Clear water and the waves to match! It was the waves and water of the ocean without the sand and creatures that come with it.
Then we were off to the water slides! These consisted of both the raft type where you could ride single or with a partner and the one rider no raft, just you and the slide! I’ll admit walking up the 5 stories to get to the top of the slide was a little intimidating but the views were beautiful! Each was an adrenaline-filled thrill ride to the bottom!
As we were preparing to call it a day, we noticed a hands-on area that we had missed. There were waterworks of all different types equalized with Legos to play within the water. There was also an area to build your own Lego boat and then a water race course to race your completed boat down! Our kids had an absolute blast!
It was hard convincing them to leave when it was time to go! Even our 15-year-old got caught up in the imagination and had a great time of fun and bonding with his younger brother and siblings!
So the next time you are with your family in Florida, make sure Legoland is on your agenda! Your heart will be warmed by all the smiles, giggles and imagination as your family builds memories together! After all, building is what Lego is all about!
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