We'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 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 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
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 6 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 on Wednesdays and may close as early as 5 p.m. Be sure to check park hours before your visit to make the most of your time! The water park generally opens a little later and closes a little earlier than the theme park.
Ticket Options for LEGOLAND Florida
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 Fastrack Unlimited which allows faster access all day to participating attractions (only restricted to once per hour on THE LEGO MOVIE Masters of Flight).
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 LEGO NINJAGO The Ride and family faves Coastersaurus and Kid Power Towers. There are even classics like The Grand Carousel, the DUPLO Train and Flying, Boating and Ford Driving Schools. (You can check out the height requirements for all of these rides here.)
Be sure to stop by the Imagination Zone 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 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, or eat delicious tacos!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Just in case being a powerful wizard doesn't work out, I can get everything I need for my back-up plan (ninja warrior) at Wu's Warehouse in LEGO NINJAGO World — supplier of the finest ninja gear in Florida.
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 Hotels
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 entertainment like Family Trivia Gameshow and Castle Interactive Storytime. The pool filled with floating LEGO bricks is one of my favorite parts, and Lily loves the Disco Elevator. Mommy Frog and Dad, of course, love the all-you-can-eat family style breakfasts.
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
- 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.
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