Are you planning a trip to LEGOLAND Florida? You are in the right place!
If you have a true LEGO lover in your house, you’ve probably been planning a time to visit the famous LEGOLAND. Honestly, when our LEGO magazine arrived with the park and water park advertised, I never thought we’d go. I guess I just thought LEGO would be a passing phase. Was I wrong! Not only did we make a trip to Florida, but we’ve also gone to the one in California. True LEGO fans, are fans for life – just ask my husband!
We’ve also visited LEGOLAND California.
Be prepared before you go:
- Kid’s Camera – I highly recommend this waterproof camera for kids. GREAT pictures and kids love it.
- Smart Phone case – I highly recommend this case (click here). It goes around the neck and is a waterproof case for your phone.
- Hats – We found that this type of hat with a chin strap was perfect.
- Sunscreen – This sunscreen was awesome, my kids liked it and it doesn’t stick to sand!
Top 10 Tips for Visiting LEGOLAND Florida
I spent a lot of time doing research before we left. The night before we went I read an unfavorable review and was completely overwhelmed! I didn’t need to be. So I’ve listed some of our tips below, and relevant links at the bottom for you to access.
1. This place is for LEGO lovers!
LEGOLAND is not Disney World, nor does it try to be. Important to note, LEGOLAND is not open everyday during the off season. Call ahead or look on-line.
|Life Size Ford Explorer out of LEGOS!|
2. If you have an extreme LEGO lover, think about going for 2 days.
The price only increases a little for a day two ticket. We stayed at the Hampton Inn in Winterhaven. They have a shuttle that runs in the morning and night, but we chose to drive (pay parking). Make sure you read Tip #8 for a discount tip.
|This is my family in Legos – good Christmas card?|
3. Bring minifigures to trade.
Who knew this would be such a highlight? Tell your kids to bring their 3 least favorite LEGO minifigures to trade. Every LEGO employee wears minifigures on their name tag. Employees are very gracious and willing to trade immediately. There is also a “Minifigure Ambassador”. This employee can be hard to track down, but they have almost 100 minifigures pinned to them ready to trade. If you need to, purchase some before you go, here is a good assortment.
4. Weather can be tricky in Florida.
We used the weather app on our iPhone to carefully track the weather. We planned ahead for rain and saved the indoor activities for those days (see Tip#5).
5. Indoor Activities at LEGOLAND Florida
|Little LEGO Florida oranges!|
6. Food at LEGOLAND comes from Florida
We found that 4 kids meals (hamburgers) was more than enough food for our family of four. They came with burgers, fries, fruit, and water. A lot of reviews I read raved about the Granny’s Apple Fries so we tried them, they were only so-so.
|Huge LEGO giraffe!|
7. The LEGO Bargain Shop is worth a stop.
Our kids loved the minifigure magnets and they were quite a steal. My husband figured out how to get the magnet removed from the back too.
|Fist Bump from a Lego guy! This was a great show!|
8. Saving Money at LEGOLAND FLORIDA
We were leery of buying our tickets on-line, just because plans can change. There are Kids Go Free Vouchers for sale on Amazon (click here). We chose to use the coupons from the free *LEGO Magazine. It was buy one adult, get a child free.
We went ahead and added on a second day at the ticket booth (we were not able to do this on-line). The ticket booth took a long time to get through, so leave extra time or order on-line.
*Keep in mind that the free LEGO Magazine is great, but is a bi-monthly publication. If you’re planning your trip several months in advance, sign up for the magazine to get the coupons early.
|Life size sun safety tips.|
9. The Water Park at LEGOLAND FLORIDA
My kids loved the water park. I hesitate to recommend it solely for the amount of gear you have to take with you. We only stayed for 2 hours, had lunch and then headed back to the park. I think we could have gotten away with wearing our suits all day long at the park (swim shirts, shorts, cover-up), but that’s not how I roll. There are lockers for rental in the park.
Note: The water park is all the way at the back of the park. If you choose not to go to the water area, your kids may not even notice.
10. Age and Height Matters on the Rides
Double check your child’s height before you head to the park. Die hard LEGO lovers do not have any age limits! That said, the shows and rides are geared for the 10 and under crowd.
|My favorite in Mini Land – an entire Washington, D.C.!|
Bonus Tips for Visiting LEGOLAND Florida
Other links and sites to check out:
- LEGOLAND Kindle Book
- Beyond Disney: The Unofficial Guide
- Navigating Food Allergies
- Great tips for eating and saving money
- Good tips for travel
- 10 Travel Activities for Kids
- Under $10 Souvenirs
- Waterpark Review
- You Tube video tour
|Take the best picture of the LEGOLAND sign… on the way out!|
*Affiliate links are added for your convenience.