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Legoland Florida
Legoland Florida Resort
Legoland Florida logo.svg
Slogan Built for Kids
Location Winter Haven, Florida, United States
Coordinates 27°59?21.02?N 81°41?23.77?W / 27.9891722°N 81.6899361°W / 27.9891722; -81.6899361Coordinates: 27°59?21.02?N 81°41?23.77?W / 27.9891722°N 81.6899361°W / 27.9891722; -81.6899361
Theme Lego toys and childhood amusement
Owner Merlin Entertainments
Operated by Merlin Entertainments
General Manager Rex Jackson[1]
Opened October 15, 2011 (2011-10-15)
Previous names Cypress Gardens
Operating season Year Round
Area 145 acres (0.59 km2)[2]
Rides
Total 22[3]
Roller coasters 5[3]
Water rides 6[4]
Website Official website

Legoland Florida Resort (stylized as LEGOLAND Florida Resort) is a vacation destination in Winter Haven, Florida featuring a theme park, water park and on-site accommodations. It opened as Legoland Florida on October 15, 2011[5], and later rebranded itself Legoland Florida Resort with the opening of Legoland Hotel in May 2015. The park encompasses 145 acres (0.59 km2), making it the second-largest Legoland park after Legoland Windsor in the UK.[6] Built on the site of the former Cypress Gardens theme park, Legoland preserved the botanical gardens and re-themed the water park and select attractions and venues to reflect various Lego brands.

Designed for families with children ages 2 to 12, the resort has more than 50 rides, shows, attractions, restaurants and shops, plus a botanical garden and water park. The 152-room Legoland Hotel opened May 15, 2015,[7] followed by Legoland Beach Retreat on April 7, 2017,[8] which has 166 rooms in 83 freestanding bungalows designed to resemble giant Lego sets.

History

On January 15, 2010, Merlin Entertainments declared its intention to build a Legoland theme park on the site of the Cypress Gardens theme park, which permanently ceased operations in 2009.[2] Six days later, a news conference was held with Florida Governor Charlie Crist and park officials.[9]

After a relatively short construction period (as compared to parks which were built from scratch), Legoland Florida opened on Saturday, October 15, 2011.[5] Three months later, Legoland Florida announced it would add a water park.[10] The former Splash Island water park reopened as Legoland Water Park on May 26, 2012.

Park layout & attractions

Entrance to Legoland Florida

More than 50 rides, shows, and attractions are featured in the park based on those at other Legoland parks. The Jungle Coaster ride from Legoland Windsor was moved to the park and renamed Test Track (later renamed again to Project X).[11] Cypress Gardens' botanical park was preserved as part of the park.[12] Also surviving is a vast Banyan tree that was planted as a seedling in a five-gallon bucket in 1939.[13] The Splash Island Waterpark was kept and is a separately ticketed admission. In addition, 4 attractions originally from Cypress Gardens were renovated and renamed: the Triple Hurricane wooden rollercoaster, the Okeechobee Rampage family coaster, and Swamp Thing, a Vekoma family inverted coaster. The Starliner coaster, formerly of the Miracle Strip Amusement Park in Panama City, was dismantled for sale. The Island in the Sky observation tower was retained and operated from 2011-2017.[9]

The theme park has 14 sections:[14]

The Beginning

Island in the Sky
  • Island in the Sky: A 150 feet (46 m) rotating platform ride that provides a 360° view of the park.

closed until further notice.

Fun Town

  • Grand Carousel: A two-level carousel.
  • Wells Fargo Fun Town Theater: A 4D cinema with 700 seats.

Heartlake City

  • Mia's Riding Adventure: A spinning disc coaster.[15]
  • Heartlake Stepping Tones Fountain: Interactive, heart-shaped fountain filled with LEGO brick instruments that play music.[15]

Miniland USA

Duplo Valley

  • Train ride.
  • Tractor ride.
  • Duplo Farm - indoor air condition with sound proof baby care center
  • Duplo splash pad - Toddler sized water play area

The World of Chima

  • Quest for Chi
  • Cragger's Swamp

Lego Kingdoms

Lego Kingdoms
  • Dragon Coaster: A steel family coaster which features an indoor dark ride portion. Originally called Okeechobee Rampage.
  • The Royal Joust: A simulated 'joust' attraction where children ride Lego-themed horses through medieval scenes for ages 4 to 11.
  • Merlin's Challenge: A mini Himalaya flat ride.
  • The Forestmen's Hideout: A multi-level tree and rope climb.

Land of Adventure

  • Beetle Bounce: Junior drop tower ride.
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Lost Kingdom Adventure
  • Lost Kingdom Adventure: An interactive dark ride.
  • Pharaoh's Revenge: An interactive play area involving small plastic balls (ball pit balls) moved around by air currents and suction.
  • Safari Trek: A jeep ride featuring life-sized LEGO animal models.

Lego Ninjago World

  • Lego Ninjago The Ride: A four-person dark ride in which guests use hand gestures to fire projectiles at 3D animated villains while the vehicle keeps score.

Lego City

  • Ford Driving School: A "real-life" driving experience for children ages 6 through 13, where children receive their official Legoland driver's license which can be upgraded to have their photo and watch a video on how to drive. This attraction was created by Ford, hence Ford Driving School.
  • Ford Jr.: Junior driving school course for children ages 3 through 5, curated by Ford.
  • Flying School: A Vekoma Suspended Family Coaster.
  • Boating School: A boat ride where guests can captain their own mini-vessels.
  • Rescue Academy: An interactive game where families compete with one another in fire and police vehicles to be the first to put out a simulated "blaze" (weather permitting).

Lego Technic

AQUAZONE Wave Racers
  • AQUAZONE Wave Racers: a dual water carousel style ride.
  • Project X[3]: a wild mouse roller coaster with dramatic turns and drops. Will be replaced in Spring 2018 by The Great LEGO Race, in which riders will experience a 360-degree race against LEGO minifigure characters while wearing virtual reality headsets on the existing roller coaster track.[17]
  • Technicycle: a pedal-powered spinning machine that shoot riders into the air.

Imagination Zone

  • Built & Test: An exhibit where guests can build a Lego car and test it on the digitally timed track.
  • Kid Power Towers: A set of towers where guests can hoist themselves up to the top then enjoy a "free-fall" to the bottom.
  • Lego Mindstorms: An exhibit where guests can build and program computerized LEGO MINDSTORMS robots.

Pirates' Cove

  • The Battle For Brickbeard's Bounty: A live-action water ski show performed daily on Lake Eloise Lake, featuring a mix of human skiers and LEGO costumed characters such as the pirate Captain Brickbeard.

Cypress Gardens

Cypress Gardens

Legoland Water Park

  • Lego Wave Pool: a gentle wave pool[4]
  • Twin Chasers: two 375-foot (114 m) long water slides[4]
  • Splash Out: three slides each with a 60-foot (18 m) drop[4]
  • Joker Soaker: children's water play area[4]
  • Build-A-Raft River: a 1,000-foot (300 m) long lazy river[4]
  • Duplo Splash Safari: toddlers water play area[4]

Gallery

See also

References

  1. ^ "Rex Jackson Named General Manager of LEGOLAND® Florida Resort". Legoland Florida Resort. July 21, 2017. Retrieved 2018. 
  2. ^ a b "Merlin Entertainments Group to open Legoland Florida" (PDF). Legoland Florida. January 15, 2010. Retrieved 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c "Legoland". Legoland Florida Resort. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g "Legoland Water Park". Legoland Florida. Archived from the original on January 23, 2012. Retrieved 2012. 
  5. ^ a b "It's a date: Legoland Florida to open Oct. 15". May 23, 2011. Retrieved 2011. 
  6. ^ "World's Largest Legoland Park 'Legoland Florida' Will Open Saturday, October 15, 2011". Net News Publisher. May 23, 2011. Archived from the original on October 4, 2011. Retrieved 2011. 
  7. ^ "Florida's Legoland Hotel is literally a toddler's dream house". Mashable. May 18, 2015. Archived from the original on June 28, 2015. Retrieved 2015. 
  8. ^ "Endless Fun in the Sun Awaits at LEGOLAND® Beach Retreat, All-New Accommodations Now Open at LEGOLAND Florida Resort". Legoland Florida Resort. April 7, 2017. Retrieved 2018. 
  9. ^ a b Garcia, Jason; Sara K. Clarke (January 21, 2010). "Legoland Florida: Merlin Entertainments reveals details of new Winter Haven park". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved 2010. 
  10. ^ Driver, Wendy (January 2, 2012). "The best events of 2012: Launch yourself into a thrilling New Year!". Daily Mail. Retrieved 2012. 
  11. ^ "Project X". 
  12. ^ "Legoland Park Information". Florida Bricks. Retrieved 2011. 
  13. ^ "Legoland in Florida". LEGOLAND in Florida. Retrieved 2015. 
  14. ^ "LEGOLAND Florida Amusement Park Map". Legoland Florida Resort. Retrieved 2018. 
  15. ^ a b "LEGOLAND Florida's new Heartlake City area now open to the public - LEGOLAND in Florida". LEGOLAND in Florida. 
  16. ^ Marden, Duane. "Coastersaurus  (Legoland Florida)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved 2013. 
  17. ^ "LEGOLAND® Florida Resort Offers First Look at Virtual Reality Roller Coaster Experience Opening in Spring 2018". Legoland Florida Resort. November 15, 2017. Retrieved 2018. 

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