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The Ultimate LEGOLAND Florida Guide for Kids

The Ultimate LEGOLAND Florida Guide for Kids
Everything is Awesome!LEGOLAND Florida is oh-so-very awesome and amazing in real life! If you grew up building with LEGOs and now have kids that love LEGOs, you are really going to enjoy visiting this Central Florida theme park. Have those walking shoes ready because with 150 acres of LEGO fun to explore, you will need a plan of attack before visiting this park.
A few quick tips, a couple of money-saving options, and a smart plan of attack will have you LEGOLAND Florida ready in no time. Legoland Florida is located just 45 minutes from Walt Disney World in Orlando. So, pack your swimsuit, and load up on the sunscreen, and head to Winter Haven because it’s time to hit the park and explore LEGOLAND Florida!
LEGOLAND Florida Guide: Coasters

Photo by: Chip Litherland for LEGOLAND Florida Resort

10. Book Tour Tickets Early and Online 

LEGOLAND Florida Guide: The LEGO Movie World

Photo by: Karyn Locke

There are quite a few ways to get good deals on a LEGOLAND vacation. Take advantage of all the specials that LEGOLAND Florida has to offer by planning ahead and searching online at its official website before heading to the park. Be sure to read through all the options to get the best deal on an ideal vacation for your family. Pay close attention to multi-day tickets and packages as they usually include discounted prices. Undercover Tourist is also a highly reputable site for purchasing discounted tickets. 
Purchasing tickets online a week or more in advance secures visitors the best admission price. Florida residents, think about if the annual Awesome Pass might be the best option as it has no blackout dates and includes special events.
It’s also helpful to know that children under 3 get in for a nominal fee of $5. Adding the LEGOLAND Water Park on to any ticket costs an additional $30, and visitors can purchase an upgrade inside the park if it starts to heat up mid-day. 

9. Stay at LEGOLAND Florida Hotel 

LEGOLAND Florida Guide: LEGOLAND Hotel

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The LEGOLAND Florida Resort is located just steps away from the entrance to the LEGOLAND. Hotel guests immediately save money as parking is complimentary. Check for annual passholder discounts on rooms. The über-cool, themed rooms will have your kids in LEGO heaven!


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The hotel offers Red Brick Carpet Experiences that take a LEGO-themed vacation to another level with all the bells and whistles such as a VIP host to escort the family as well as priority access to rides and attractions!

Here are a few more reasons to stay at the LEGOLAND Hotel:

  • Cool Room Decor. These themed rooms are perfect for your little LEGO lover.
  • Close proximity for second day park hopping
  • Free full breakfast buffet
  • Free parking
  • Every room includes a separate children’s sleeping area to give the kids a break from their parents.
  • There is a treasure hunt in every room. Use the clues to find the key that unlocks a special treasure.
  • Free Master Model Builder Sessions. Register upon arrival as a session is included in your stay.


8. Head to LEGO Movie World at Rope Drop

LEGOLAND Florida Guide - LEGO Movie world

Rope drop, aka park opening, is generally the least crowded time of day for any theme park. Make a point to arrive when the park opens and head to its newest area, LEGO Movie World. I had a chance to check it out for a media preview and it really is special. Masters of Flight is THE popular ride in LEGO Movie World and there’s good reason why, too. If you’ve visited Walt Disney World, think of it as Soarin’ Around the World but the LEGO Movie version. 
Next, hit Unikitty’s Disco Drop. It’s a tame version of the larger ride, but still just as fun. And, if you’re still in this area of the park, grab some tacos at Taco Everyday. It has deliciously-fun, colorful choices. I was lucky enough to test-drive both the chicken tacos and they were delicious. What sealed the deal for me was the fact that they had corn tortillas, not flour. Yum!

 7. Decide on the Most Important Rides as a Family

LEGOLAND Florida Guide: Where to go

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LEGOLAND Florida is divided into 12 lands that all offer their own themed dining, rides, and attractions. If the kids are hooked on a particular theme, plan to visit those lands first. This place is truly a LEGO lovers paradise and the little famous bricks are integrated into every part of the park. Miniland may not have any rides, but is captivating to see the replicas of famous landmarks and cities displayed in LEGO bricks.

The Cypress Gardens Historic Botanical Gardens is a beautiful walk as well. Make sure to get a show guide upon arrival to know when and where the shows and “Character Meet and Greets” will be taking place.

Pro Tip: Bring the stroller (even for the younger elementary school-aged kids) as the day can be long and little legs get tired.


 6. Know the Height Requirements

LEGOLAND Florida Guide: Alfred Einstein

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LEGOLAND FLorida makes it very easy for families to know if a child is too small to go on a ride. Make sure to double-check these height requirements before visiting. Many rides might require an adult to accompany as well. If one of your children is too small, they have TOT SPOTS located immediately outside of the rides, which are great places to occupy the little ones while waiting for the older kids. Everyone is happy!

5. Heading to the Water Park?

LEGOLAND Florida Guide: water park

Photo by: Chip Litherland for LEGOLAND Florida

There are seven rides and attractions in the Water Park, so depending how you’d like your day to flow, you could stay all day or just for a few hours to cool off. Plan to bring clothes to re-enter the park as swimsuits are not allowed in the main park. Lockers and cabanas are available for rental. Be sure to check the dates as the Water Park is open seasonally.
Read LEGOland Florida reviews from parents who have been there. 

6. Save Money

LEGOLAND Florida Guide: Shopping

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Visiting any theme park can be costly. Use these tips to save money:
  • Bring ponchos. With the Florida weather, you’ll never know if it will downpour right in the middle of your day!
  • Bring lunch. Small lunch sacks and meals that don’t require heating are good to go. Of course, feel free to bring in baby food and medically necessary food as well. 
  • Hold off on LEGO sets until later.
  • Bring Minifigures to trade! This is a tradition within LEGOLAND. You’ll definitely want to join in the fun and trade Minifigures with the Model Citizens (LEGOLAND employees). Keep an eye out for them.


5. Staying in Orlando? Take the Shuttle.

LEGOLAND Florida Guide: LEGO Movie characters

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Want to visit LEGOLAND Florida while staying in Orlando? That’s easy! Look high in the sky and find the Orlando Eye at I-Drive 360. This is where you will also find a LEGOLAND shuttle stop. Only an hour from the Orlando eye shuttle stop., this reservation shuttle will pick guests up from the centrally located I-Drive 360 and bring them right to the entrance of LEGOLAND Florida in Winter Haven.
A 24-hour advance reservation is required and a price of $5 per person (plus tax) will be paid at booking. Parking is free in the garage at I-Drive 360. Shuttle picks up guests at 9:00am. 
Pro Tip: If you purchased an Awesomer or Awesomest Pass, then stay to visit SEA LIFE Orlando, Madame Tussauds Orlando, and The Orlando Eye at I-Drive 360. They’re all included!

4. Buy LEGOLAND Florida Currency from Travelex

LEGOLAND Florida Travelex
If you know that you’ll be spending more than $50 at LEGOLAND Florida, stop by a participating Travelex location to exchange your currency for LEGOLAND Dollars and you’ll get some coupons for some awesome savings at the Resort! Travelex locations are in the continental United States only. This deal is for a limited time.

3. LEGOLAND with Little Ones

LEGOLAND Florida Guide: Miniland

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Wondering if there’s enough to do with a toddler or preschooler? There are so many fun things to do with younger ones at LEGOLAND. Ride lines have building stations which make the wait times (which are never very long) seem even shorter.
I also recommend taking in a few shows throughout the day in various lands. Our favorite show was the Battle for Brickbeard’s Bounty in Pirates Cove. It is an awesome water ski show that keeps a little bit of the previous theme park’s spirit alive. Kids will love the cannons, the pyrotechnics, and the LEGO character water skiing stunts! Here are a few of our must-do rides that you won’t want to miss:
  • DUPLO Valley-Start here first!
  • Ford Jr. Driving School (pictured above)
  • Boating School
  • Safari Trek
  • The Grand Carousel
 Pro Tip: If you are bringing an infant, head over the DUPLO Farm in DUPLO Valley where you’ll have access to nursing rooms, high chairs, a private bathroom, changing tables, microwave, and even a phone charging station. These amenities are for parents with infants and babies. It’s air-conditioned inside the DUPLO Farm, too, so stay awhile and cool down at their indoor playground! 

2. LEGOLAND with Older Kids

LEGOLAND Florida Guide: Tacos Everyday

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Take a look at the LEGOLAND Florida map to decide which rides would interest your older kids. A few of our favorite LEGOLAND Florida rides geared for 8-12 year old crowd are:
  • FORD Driving School
  • Flying School
  • Aquazone Wave Racers
  • Coastersaurus
  • The Dragon
  • Quest for Chi
  • Mia’s Riding Adventure
  • Project X


1. Take Advantage of Special Events

LEGOLAND Florida Guide: Brick or Treat

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LEGOland park hours are only from 10am to 7pm. Plan to stay all day to get your money’s worth and check off as many rides and attractions as possible. Don’t forget to check the calendar and plan a visit in conjunction with special events like Brick or Treat, Christmas Bricktacular, or the Kids’ New Year’s Eve! Experience all the fun, holiday-themed activities planned, which make a visit even more awesome. These special events are included in the admission price. Check the official park website for dates as they will vary from year to year.

Pro Tip: Look into field trip specials, Scouting discounts, birthday party specials, or VIP Experiences too!

A special thanks to Marisa Langford for writing the first version of this article.