Legoland gets overlooked when people vacation to Florida, which is understandable since that mouse with the big ears is pretty much all anyone thinks of when they think of Florida and amusement parks. But if you have kids under the age of 10, you don’t want to miss Legoland.
Disney is Disney, but that also means LONG lines, huge parking lots, tons of people and big parks. Happily, Legoland is smaller and easier to maneuver through.
We started our day by doing the carousel, because no matter how old you are, you have to do the carousel. We then headed into Miniland, a large area with awesome Lego sculptures from a NASCAR race to the Las Vegas Strip to Star Wars. You walk around admiring all the Lego structures while trying to wrap your head around how many pieces went into each building and how much time it took to build them.
Then, you start wondering if they used Kragel on their Lego’s. Miniland is interactive, so get there ahead of your kids and start pushing the buttons (before they see them) and they will wonder how the Legos are moving and where the water is coming from. The kids got a kick out of surprising me by shooting water at me from the Lego pirate ship.
Next stop: roller coasters! Small kids between 42 and 48 inches can ride, but need to ride with an adult. Kids under 42 inches can’t go on some of the roller coasters. This can be a challenge if you have multiple younger kids and not enough adults to go with them, so keep that in mind when planning your trip.
Here is how our first roller coaster of the day went:
Carson: Not to sure he likes roller coasters . . . thinks he is having fun . . .but just isn’t sure. . . yet wanted to go on again!
Melia: Holy Cow! I don’t like this . . . wait, yes, I do, this is fun! . . . can we go again?!
Cannon: YIPPEE!! Throw your hands in the air like you just don’t care!! Let’s go again!!
Mommy: I used to really like roller coasters . . . I’m not so sure anymore . . . but I will do it for the kids!
We ended up doing a few more roller coasters. It was nice because none of them had upside down loops which was perfect for this age. We really enjoyed the Coastersaurus. It’s a wooden coaster that curves around and through a prehistoric jungle of Lego dinosaurs.
Say Cheese! There are cameras on a lot of the rides, so we got some fun pictures. By the end of the day the kids were striking a pose whenever we went by the cameras on the rides.
We also had fun at the Lost Kindgom Adventure. This is an interactive ride where you get a laser gun and can shoot things while driving through the Egyptian Landscape. The kids wanted to do this one over and over again.
I love when you can tell that a place really understands kids and the challenges parents have when bringing them places. Legoland shows this by having Lego building stations where the kids can play at while waiting in line for the rides. This was really helpful!
They have a lot of slower rides that even older kids enjoyed riding. There is a jousting ride where the kids sit on a horse and go around in a circle. There is also Duplo Valley for toddlers. It has a splash pad, small climbing area, and a train ride — all perfect for a toddler.
Yellow means wait, Green means Go, Red means Stop! One of the highlights for us was Driving School. For kids over 6 years old, it is quite a process and takes a good 45 minutes to go through the whole class, driving, and getting your license. Carson really enjoyed how real it was and thought it was cool that you get a license at the end. If you want, you can pay extra and get a “real” license with your picture on it.
They also have cars for the younger kids. They don’t have to go through a class, but instead just get to jump right in their car and drive around. All the kids loved it! Knox did not want to get out of his car.
We watched one show — The Big Test — which the kids thought was hilarious. They also had 4D movies and the pirate show, and we were disappointed that we missed them.
EXTRA, EXTRA!! Don’t miss this or you will be spending money buying mini figurines at the park just to avoid having upset kids! Legoland ofers a mini figure exchange all around the park. You can bring your own Lego mini figures from home and then you are able to trade them with the workers, who wear them on their name tags. The workers are stationed throughout the park at trading stands or near a wall at guest services. The kids had fun picking out new figurines, and its a great addition to your day at Legoland. If you wanted, you could spend a lot of time looking around and trying to find different, unique figurines.
Don’t forget the playground. It is huge and for the last 20 minutes of our visit, the kids had a ball just running and playing on it. We could have stayed there for hours.
On the way out, we stopped and bought some fried apples, which was a delicious treat Otherwise, we had brought our own food and water in for the rest of the day. It is always nice when parks let you do that.
Unfortunately, the park closed at 5 p.m. We were there when the park opened at 10 a.m., and we weren’t ready to leave. We definitely wished they had stayed open later. And given the park hours, we could have done the park for two days. Legoland definitely lived up to its expectations, and it is the perfect park for younger kids.
After leaving we headed over to a Panera for dinner, which was about 15 minutes away. There is a lot of restaurants and stores right around Legoland. We were staying at the Peace River Thousand Trails, and it was about an hour drive to get to Legoland. If you want to stay closer, the Legoland Hotel will be opening in May. Staying at the hotel and visiting Legoland for a couple of days would make a great vacation.
Tips for visiting Legoland
- Parking lot — The parking lot can easily accommodate an RV. So if you want to pull in and stop for the day, I highly recommend it.
- Getting there — Legoland opens at 10 a.m., and you want to be there right as it opens so you can get in and get the fun started. We were there by 9 a.m. waiting to get into the parking lot and were in the gates by 10 a.m. Still, we weren’t ready to leave when they closed at 5 p.m. So be sure to get there on time since they close so early. From what I have heard you can always find coupons and/or discounted tickets so be sure to check that out before coming.
- Eating — Pack a cooler if you want to save some money. There are plenty of picnic tables and places to eat. Or they have restaurants throughout the park where you can buy food.
- Stroller — If you need one, the park rents them at guest services.
Also, if you’re making your first trip to Legoland, stop in at guest services and pick up a special first-time visitor pin. Don’t forget your mini figurines!
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