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The Awesome Insider's Guide to LEGOLAND Florida

by Tad on June 1, 2020 45 Orlando   Video

Exciting news, frog friends! After a temporary closure due to COVID-19, LEGOLAND Florida Resort has reopened! LEGOLAND's newest hotel, Pirate Island Hotel, also opened June 1. Woohoo! For all of the details about reopening procedures, including health and safety protocols in place, hop over to our full post.

LEGOLAND Florida - PinterestWe've been huge fans of LEGOLAND Florida since its opening in 2011, and have visited tons in between our Orlando trips to Disney and Universal. Fun fact: This was my favorite park ever back when I was my little sister Lily's age! This toadally immersive park really makes you feel like you've shrunk down to the size of a Minifigure as you explore the many lands around you.

It's hard to know what to expect when heading to LEGOLAND Florida for the first time, so I'm here to give you the deets on every aspect of the park so you can have a successful visit and love livin' the LEGO life as much as I do.

Overview | Location, Parking and Hours | Ticket Options | Attractions and Entertainment | RestaurantsShopping | Waterpark | Hotel |Tips

Overview of LEGOLAND Florida

LEGOLAND Florida is exactly what it sounds like, yet so much more! A place dedicated to everybody's favorite brick, LEGOLAND Florida brings the world of LEGO to life like you could never imagine. You truly feel like you're walking through lands of actual LEGO creations in a 150-acre interactive theme park full of unique attractions, experiences, dining, shopping and so much more.

The most important thing to note about LEGOLAND Florida is that it is designed for tadpoles up to age 12. What does this mean? Rides are geared toward the thrill level and interest of little ones, rather than adults. We wouldn't recommend LEGOLAND for adults without kiddos unless you're a huge LEGO fan.

LEGOLAND Florida is on the property of what used to be Cypress Gardens, and there is still an area dedicated to the former park. The botanical gardens are actually Mommy Frog's favorite spot! Explore lush landscapes with huge trees, cool plants and a gorgeous gazebo for a quick getaway, or the perfect picnic location.

LEGOLAND Florida - Cypress Gardens Banyan Tree

LEGOLAND Florida is divided into multiple lands inspired by different LEGO product lines and destinations: The Beginning, Fun Town, The LEGO Movie World, MINILAND USA, Duplo Valley, LEGO Kingdoms, Land of Adventure, LEGO City, Imagination Zone, LEGO Technic, LEGOLAND Water Park, Cypress Gardens, Heartlake City and LEGO Ninjago World.

LEGOLAND Florida Location, Parking and Hours

LEGOLAND Florida - Entrance

The thing that surprises most people about LEGOLAND Florida is that it's not quite in the heart of theme park Orlando with Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando Resort. Located at One LEGOLAND Way, Winter Haven FL, 33884, LEGOLAND Florida is approximately an hour from both Tampa and Orlando. If you're vacationing in either city, we recommend looking into renting a car as opposed to using a ride-share service (a one-way drive may cost at least $40).

On-site parking is available and opens approximately 45 minutes ahead of park opening for those wishing to arrive bright and early!

  • Standard Parking: $23
  • Preferred Parking: $33
  • Campers/RVs: $24
  • Motorcycles: $10

LEGOLAND Florida is open between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on most days, staying open slightly later on the weekends or during busy seasons such as summer. The toll and ticket booths open approximately 45 minutes prior to park opening. Note that during select off-season times, the park is closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Be sure to check park hours before your visit to make the most of your time! The water park generally opens a little later than the theme park.

Ticket Options for LEGOLAND Florida

LEGOLAND Florida - Driving School

Surprise! Did you know your favorite frogs sell discount tickets to LEGOLAND Florida, as well? We have awesome discounted pricing on tickets for every squad. Whether you're looking for one or two days, with or without a water park visit, we have great deals for your dream visit. The green you save can be, let's say, "repurposed" for souvenir LEGO sets ;)

If you're not a fan of lines, you can add on the extra Fastrack Unlimited or Fastrack 3-Pack pass. The Fastrack Unlimited band allows faster access all day to participating attractions (only restricted to once per hour on THE LEGO MOVIE Masters of Flight), while the Fast Track 3-Pack grants faster access to The Great LEGO Race, Coastersaurus and The Dragon one time on each ride.

LEGOLAND Florida Attractions and Entertainment


What the Frog Family looks forward to most as a whole is visiting MINILAND USA. We could honestly spend a day just staring at all of the details of real-life locations in LEGO form. From California to New York, and everywhere in between, your favorite cities and tourist spots are displayed in all of their LEGO glory with tons of interactive elements. You'll even hear sounds and see special effects (the NASA rocket at the Kennedy Space Center display counts down for blast off and smoke fills the air around it!).

LEGOLAND Florida has a HUGE variety in rides and experiences, and the good news is that nothing is too thrilling (or "scary," in Lily's words), so there's a ton to experience. Some of the highlights include virtual reality coaster The Great LEGO Race, interactive NINJAGO The Ride and family faves Coastersaurus and Kid Power Towers. There are even classics like The Grand Carousel, the DUPLO Train and Driving, Flying and Boating Schools. (You can check out the height requirements for all of these rides here.)

LEGOLAND Florida - Coastersaurus

Be sure to stop by the Imagination Plaza to unleash the power of play. The indoor center is filled with interactive LEGO activities with awesomely themed zones. You can build and create airplanes and cars out of LEGOs and then put them to the test. There's also a GameSpot where you can play the latest LEGO video games.

Everything is awesome, indeed! LEGOLAND Florida brought THE LEGO MOVIE WORLD and new rides to its park in spring of 2019. You can help defend Bricksburg by spraying DUPLO alien invaders in the Battle of Bricksburg. Take flight on a Triple Decker Flying Couch on THE LEGO MOVIE Masters of Flight. And you can drop, spin and bounce as high as Cloud Cuckoo land in Unikitty's Disco Drop. You'll also be able to meet Emmet and his friends (note: during our visit after the park's reopening, this meet-and-greet location was closed), or eat delicious tacos!

LEGOLAND Florida - Battle of Bricksburg

LEGOLAND Florida Shows

Rides and displays aren't the only fun to experience at LEGOLAND Florida! Be sure to stop by the 4D Theater for a movie experience like no other ... and a break in the air conditioning! At the indoor theater, three different 4-D movies are shown throughout the day, including LEGO City 4D – Officer in Pursuit!, The LEGO Movie 4-D and LEGO NINJAGO.

LEGOLAND Florida Restaurants

LEGOLAND Florida does not disappoint in the food category. We LOVE the fun theming, atmosphere and selection, including Firehouse Ice Cream in LEGO City. There's truly something for everyone, whether you're in the mood for burgers, fried chicken or paninis. Dad's favorite is Pepper & Roni's Pizza Stop, because he says it looks just like the one they had in an old LEGO computer game he used to play. I've gotta admit, that's pretty cool.

LEGOLAND Florida - Pizza Stop

With one exception, all of the dining options at LEGOLAND Florida are quick-service restaurants, which means you don't need to make a reservation or spend too much for yummy food! The only outlier is Fun Town Pizza & Pasta Buffet. A BUFFET? IN LEGOLAND? Sounds too good to be true, but we promise it lives up to the hype. This is a can't-miss for us when we visit ... you know we're all suckers for Italian. (Note that while in the initial stages of reopening LEGOLAND Florida, the buffet remains closed.)

LEGOLAND Florida - Apple Fries

Another dining highlight is Granny's Apple Fries, a LEGOLAND original! You KNOW if a restaurant only sells one thing, it must be pretty amazing. Cinnamon sugar coats warm Granny Smith apple fries with whipped cream and caramel dipping sauce. Of course, our favorite variation is à la mode — we frogs are strong believers in ice cream being included wherever possible!

Shopping at LEGOLAND Florida

Normally, Mommy Frog is the shopper of the Frog Family, but I'm guilty of spending way more allowance money than I should when I get inside the souvenir shops at LEGOLAND Florida. It's everything you'd imagine it to be and more! There are tons of super cool places to shop, but here are my favorite highlights.

LEGOLAND Florida - The Big Shop

The Big Shop

Located conveniently near the entrance of LEGOLAND, The Big Shop has all things LEGO you can imagine. This is your top destination for more standard theme park souvenirs, such as magnets, keychains, clothes and accessories — like Lily's and my backpacks in the shape of a LEGO brick. You can also find tons of LEGO sets here, of course.

The LEGO Factory Experience

Let your imagination run wild here! This shop is like a candy shop for LEGOs, with a whole wall containing bulk quantities of specific bricks. There's no better place for supplies to build a creation of your own.

The LEGO Studio Store

This is my number one place to shop at LEGOLAND Florida, because I can check out the latest and greatest building sets ...  aka my next challenge! There are tons of options for every skill level and budget.

LEGOLAND Florida Water Park

That's right, the fun doesn't stop at the main park alone! LEGOLAND also has a splashin' water park chock-full of mild water rides for all ages. Aside from the awesomely-themed, but fairly standard, slides and wave pool, the highlights are Build-a-Boat (where you can test out your own LEGO boat on the water) and the Joker Soaker interactive play area.

LEGOLAND Florida Resort Hotel


LEGOLAND Florida now has three on-site, super-immersive hotels. LEGOLAND Hotel is known as the 5-Gazillion Star Hotel. The five-story, 152-room hotel has over 2,000 LEGO models throughout and even hosts nightly LEGO-building competitions. The pool filled with floating LEGO bricks is one of my favorite parts, and Lily loves the Castle Play Area. Mommy Frog and Dad, of course, love the full buffet breakfast.

The LEGOLAND Beach Retreat is open seasonally. Stretch out in the LEGO-themed bungalows that accommodate up to five guests.

The LEGOLAND Pirate Island Hotel opened June 1, 2020! Steps away from the theme park entrance, it's a treasure chest full of fun. This hotel offers 150 fun-filled rooms (including four suites) and a heated pool with a pool deck. Participate in daily in-room LEGO treasure hunts, exclusive character experiences and feed your crew at the Shipwreck Restaurant and Smuggler's Bar. Yarrr!

Tips for Visiting LEGOLAND Florida

LEGOLAND Florida - Lego City Fire Academy

  • Use your map! The first time we visited LEGOLAND, we would've missed a huge chunk of the park if we didn't have our maps handy to guide us through the many lands. And don't be afraid to ask for directions.
  • Speaking of maps and directions, LEGOLAND Florida is quite long in length! We think it's best to hop from one land to the next either in a clockwise or counter-clockwise direction. Going from The LEGO Movie World to Flying School is a trek, and you'll tire your froggy legs out if you keep hopping back and forth between the front and back sections of the park.
  • Keep your parking receipt so you don't pay for parking twice! With your receipt, re-entry is available on the same day of visit.
  • Plan a budget ahead of time and plan on shopping for your desired merchandise on the way out so you don't have to carry it around all day. This is extra important at LEGOLAND since it's basically a giant toy store, and way too tempting for tadpoles like me! If you do find that must-have souvenir earlier in the day, send it to Package Pick-Up (near stroller rental). Allow at least two hours between purchase and pick-up.
  • Bring or buy a Minifigure to trade! Like pin-trading at Disney World, LEGOLAND model citizens (aka employees) will trade Minifigures with guests. This is a fun way to stay busy and take home a fun and cost-friendly souvenir.
  • Let the kids take charge! Sure, it's easy for me to give this advice ... but I promise, it's a great tip! Compared to other Orlando theme parks, LEGOLAND is way less overwhelming and doesn't require nearly as much planning. Let the kiddos freestyle and follow their lead.

Are you ready to hop on over to LEGOLAND Florida? Hop on over to get your discounted tickets, and tell us your favorite part of visiting LEGOLAND Florida in the comments below.

Related: A Step Inside the LEGOLAND Florida Christmas Bricktacular

Stay cool!

Keep hopping, Tad!
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Feb 14, 2020 at 3:20 p.m. CC Says...

We're first-time visitors heading down this weekend for my son's birthday. The 2 day tickets through your site are even cheaper than buying online through the Lego website! Do you suggest getting fast passes on the weekend? We're on a tight budget, so I wasn't planning to get fast passes unless you strongly recommend it. This will probably be our kiddos' only visit to Legoland, so please let me know if there's anything else that you suggest not missing on this trip. Thank you so much!

Feb 14, 2020 at 1:15 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi CC!

Since you have a couple of days to explore the park, we don't think you'll need to spring for Fast Track (though there may be some crowds due to the holiday weekend!). Have a wonderful trip, and hoppy birthday to your son! :)

Stay cool!


Feb 13, 2020 at 4:46 p.m. Courtney Says...

Do your 2 day Legoland Florida park tickets include admission to the Waterpark? If no, how do I purchase admission to the waterpark and what is the cost? Thanks!

Mar 17, 2020 at 8:14 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Courtney,

We offer tickets with and without the water park option. You can see them all here.

Stay cool!


Feb 13, 2020 at 1:47 a.m. Jenny Keeler Says...

Does your ticket include the water park? Or do we need to buy that seperate? Thanks for all your info

Mar 17, 2020 at 8:13 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jenny,

We offer tickets with and without the water park option. You can see them all here.

Stay cool!


Feb 12, 2020 at 6:16 p.m. Sue richardson Says...

We will be going for the first time spring break (April 6-8 with my grandchildren ages 9&12. Are there reduced rates for over 62 and are the coupons in LEGO magazines good to use there?( the ones that are one child free with an adult purchase) what tickets would u recommend for 2 adults and 2 kids?(we r trying to stretch the budget and take them while we’re in the area as both are LEGO NUTS!!????

Feb 13, 2020 at 3:33 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sue!

We aren't sure on the coupon, but check the fine print on the coupon to be sure! Alternatively, you can try calling 1-888-690-5346 to see what information they have about the coupons! The 1-day LEGOLAND ticket would be a great place to start for your LEGO nuts! You can find that ticket here.

Stay cool!


Feb 10, 2020 at 5:41 p.m. Gonzalo Says...

I'm thinking going to Legoland Florida and staying at the resort, do i need to arrive 1 day early to check in?, or can i check in at 10am and not enter the room and be at the park?

Feb 13, 2020 at 3:52 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Gonzalo!

You can check in as early as you like! Your room may not be ready until 4 p.m., but you can leave your luggage with the Bell Desk and hop to the park.

Stay cool!


Feb 8, 2020 at 12:24 p.m. Tony Says...

We are staying in Orlando. What's the best way to do a day trip to Legoland without renting a car? Thanks!

Feb 10, 2020 at 10:56 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tony!

A ride share service, such as Uber or Lyft, will be your best option outside of a car rental.

Stay cool!


Feb 7, 2020 at 2:18 p.m. Regina Says...

Hi! We are going to Legoland for 2 days during our winter break (2/19-2/20), Is this week considered high peak? Do you think we will need express pass?



Feb 7, 2020 at 3:06 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Regina!

It should be pretty manageable at that time! We'd skip the Fast Pass at LEGOLAND :)

Stay cool!


Feb 1, 2020 at 11:11 p.m. Nicole Says...

My family is planning a trip to LEGOLAND in early August. Our kiddos are 7&9. Do you recommend the fast pass this time of year? What are the average wait times without the pass?

Thank you

Feb 7, 2020 at 12:59 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Nicole!

Wait times can vary from walking right on, to about 45 minutes. Since it'll be summer break, we'd spring for the Fast Pass if you're able!

Stay cool!


Jan 27, 2020 at 4 p.m. Natalie Says...

Hello, we would be attending Lego Land either March 31st or April 1st. Do you recommend the fast pass during that time? What is the average wait time in a line?

Jan 30, 2020 at 3:06 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Natalie!

The wait times can vary from walking on to 45 minutes. Since this is still spring break season, if you can afford it, Fastrack is recommended.

Stay cool!


Jan 25, 2020 at 8:25 p.m. Amy Says...

Do you leave a tip at the complimentary breakfast? And what about the dinner? We have a free voucher to use for one night. When we came last time we didn't see anyone else tipping even though we did. So I thought I would "ask an expert" :)

Jan 28, 2020 at 2:46 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Amy!

While it's not required to tip, it's definitely a good way to show that you appreciated service, as tip isn't included in the complimentary voucher :) If it were us, we'd leave the standard 15-20% on what we expected the bill would have been had we not had a voucher. Hope this helps!

Stay cool!


Jan 11, 2020 at 4:20 p.m. Angela Says...

We are going to legoland the week of January 20th with a 2 and 3 year old. Do we need a fast track ticket to avoid long waits in lines for our young kids or is it worth it? Is there enough rides for toddlers for it to be worth it?

Jan 15, 2020 at 11:19 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Angela!

We think you can skip the Fast Track pass. There is a ton for toddlers to do and see! Have a great time!

Stay cool!


Jan 11, 2020 at 12:37 a.m. Tara Says...

We will be staying at LegoLand Resort Jan17-20 (MLK weekend). Should we spend both days at Legoland park or explore the area 1 day?

Recommend an express pass?

Jan 15, 2020 at 11:17 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tara!

This is toadally up to you and your family's preferences! There is a ton to do in the area, such as Bok Tower Gardens, which is about a half hour away, as well as lots of outdoor activities. There's also Disney World Resort a short drive if you'd like to explore Disney Springs or the Resort hotels. If that doesn't interest you, then we'd opt for two days at LEGOLAND. We'd skip the Express.

Stay cool!


Jan 3, 2020 at 5:05 a.m. Karianne Says...

We have 1 day to fill with an activity and LEGO Land is a dream destination for my 2 kids. I found a reduced night at the LEGO land beach resort too. Should I jump on that? Easy enough to get over to the park from there?

Jan 6, 2020 at 1:19 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Karianne!

We say go for it, especially if it's a dream for the tadpoles! The park is only half a mile away from the Beach Resort, and there are complimentary shuttles to get you back and forth.

Stay cool!


Dec 13, 2019 at 4:08 a.m. Vincent Says...

Travelling into Orlando Feb 1-14th 2020 for the 1st time. Can we see Legoland in 1 day. Too bad the Legoland water park will be closed at the time we are going. Plan to go on Sunday Feb.9th. Should we all buy a FastTrack Ticket also.

Dec 17, 2019 at 3:36 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Vincent!

You should be able to do Legoland in one day, no problem! Since crowds are manageable at that time, we don't think you'll need to spring for a FastTrack ticket :)

Stay cool!


Jun 9, 2019 at 2:44 a.m. SG Says...


How much earlier before opening time (10am) do you recommend arriving to Legoland to be one of the first to get into the park? We've been to a couple of rope drops at Disney and understand that the early bird really does get the worm. Our first trip to LL will be on Dec 31 this year and want to try to get to some rides with minimal lines

Jun 12, 2019 at 7:48 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi SG!

Arriving thirty minutes to an hour before opening should be perfect. Have a wonderful trip!

Stay cool!


May 2, 2019 at 2:52 p.m. John Says...

Is there a crowd calendar for Legoland? How busy is October?

May 6, 2019 at 5:22 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi John,

We do not have a Crowd Calendar for LEGOLAND, but you can follow the Orlando Crowd Calendar, and lower it a couple of levels to get an idea for LL.

Keep hopping!


Mar 19, 2019 at 3:43 a.m. Abbie Says...

Can we bring our own food in?

Mar 19, 2019 at 8:07 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Abbie!

Yes, you sure can! You can find the guidelines here.

Stay cool!


Jan 29, 2019 at 6:34 p.m. Vigna Nancy Says...

Hi! We are planning our first visit to Legoland in February. Is it possible/ recommended to do the theme park AND water park in same day? Or would we need two separate days? Just wondering how close everything is...thanks!!

Jan 30, 2019 at 12:26 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Vigna!

The two are close and both are do-able in the same day. Have a splashing time!

Stay cool!


Jan 25, 2019 at 9:37 p.m. Jenn F Says...

is a fast pass necessary at Legoland? We would be there mid-March.15-20 min would be the max we would want to stand in lines.

Jan 29, 2019 at 11:17 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jenn,

If you don't want to wait longer than 20 minutes, you will likely want the Premium Play Band offered at LEGOLAND to skip the regular line!

Stay cool!


Sep 29, 2018 at 4:45 p.m. Christina Says...

How is the crowd level during Thanksgiving break? Mainly That Thursday and Friday?

Oct 2, 2018 at 12:41 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Christina!

Check out our Crowd Calendar for deets!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Feb 26, 2019 at 7:45 p.m. Julie Says...

I'm not seeing Legoland on the crowd calendar... am I doing something wrong??

Mar 4, 2019 at 10:15 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Julie,

We do not currently include LEGOLAND on our Crowd Calendar, although you can use overall daily crowd level as an indication of how busy it will be.

Stay cool!


Jun 23, 2018 at 9:42 p.m. Lesli Peters- Ramey Says...

We've never been but a family member bought us passes when Legoland had them on a flash sale. I can't wait to go and surprise the kids!! Not sure who will be more excited.

Jun 21, 2018 at 5:17 p.m. Sarah Says...

How many days should a first timer do?

Jun 21, 2018 at 1:04 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sarah,

We think one day is plenty, but if you or someone in your group absolutely loves LEGOs, two days might be a good idea!

Stay cool!


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