Legoland Florida has expanded their resort options with the opening of the new Legoland Beach Retreat. Located just a half mile away from the theme park, the 83 Lego themed bungalows sit on the shores of Lake Dexter.
The bright colored bungalows are designed for families traveling with children as each room features a single king size bed and as well as a pair of bunk beds with a trundle bed. Although the rooms are on the smallish side, they can sleep up to five.
The bungalows are arranged in themed “coves” named after Lego minifigures and feature their own playground as a centerpiece. Parents can relax on the porch of their bungalow while still keeping the little ones in sight.
If you’re taking a break from the theme park, the Beach Retreat offers a few amenities to keep your family entertained including a large swimming pool, Sandy’s Castle Restaurant and the Palm Tree Traders shop.
Each evening the four-story tall lighthouse sitting on top of the main building lights up in a ceremony hosted by Pirate Queen Ruby.
One of the most unique features of the Beach Resort is the check-in process, which happens right from your car. Pulling up the gate we were surprised to not be directed to a main lobby, instead we were given our room keys and sent on our way to our room.
This is Legoland Florida’s second resort following the 152-room Legoland Hotel that opened two years ago. The new 166 room Beach Retreat doubles the number of rooms available to guests visiting the theme park. Rooms at the new resort can be had for around $135 a night but will vary by season and demand.
Lego fans from around the world will have their first opportunity to stay at the brand new Legoland Hotel in Florida in just a few weeks.
Located at Legoland Florida, the new five-story hotel features 152 Lego themed hotel rooms, interactive play areas, pool and early admission to the Legoland theme park. Guests staying at the hotel have their option of four different room themes based on popular Lego brick lines including Pirate, Kingdom, Adventure or Friends.
Just like inside the theme park, the hotel features its own set of over 2000 Lego models for Lego fans to enjoy.
Legoland Florida is expanding again with the newest area DUPLO Valley. This section of the popular theme park is focused on younger pre-school children.
DUPLO Valley is a haven for children, ages 2-5, from the rest of the park which caters to older children. Everything in the new area is focused for the height and age of toddlers.
Buddy helped Legoland Florida General Manager Adrian Jones open the new area this morning at the park.
“We couldn’t be more excited to officially open DUPLO Valley,” said LEGOLAND Florida General Manager Adrian Jones. “Our newest expansion gives toddlers (and parents) a completely new way to play, adding to our already fantastic lineup of more than 50 rides, shows and attractions here at LEGOLAND Florida.”
DUPLO Valley features a farm theme with a play area, train and tractor rides, as well as an indoor air-conditioned building area to get small children out of the Florida heat.
Guests can also purchase the new ‘Preschool Pass’, including weekday (Monday-Friday) admission to LEGOLAND Florida and standard parking for both one child under five and one adult for a full year at $90, plus tax. Assigned to the child, the pass allows an adult parent or guardian to attend the park with the toddler. The pass is transferrable to multiple adults in the family, allowing, for example, a mother to visit one day, and a grandparent the next, making it ideal for families to bring their little ones to LEGOLAND Florida during the week.
Legoland Florida has been expanding their park at a quickening pace lately and this week re-opened the Florida Pool and Oriental gardens.
The Florida shaped pool, built for the 1953 film “Easy to Love”, was used as a promotional tool for the old Cypress Gardens but has sat in disrepair since Legoland took over.
“We have taken great care to restore and maintain the historic Cypress Gardens since our opening in 2011 and we are thrilled to reopen such beloved areas as the Florida Pool and the Oriental Gardens for guests of all ages to enjoy,” said Adrian Jones, LEGOLAND Florida General Manager.
While guests are not able to swim in the pool, they can view the pool along with foam Lego bricks floating on the surface.
Legoland Florida announced the new expansion to their theme park in Central Florida, a 152 room hotel, in the hopes to draw additional vacationers.
The new four-story Legoland Hotel, opening in 2015, will give guests the opportunity to stay as close to the attractions at Legoland Florida as possible. The hotel entrance will stand just outside the turn-styles to the theme park providing direct, and possibly early, access to the park for resort guests.
Florida General Manager Adrian Jones unveiled the plans for the resort this morning during an event at the theme park. “The opening of a LEGOLAND Hotel will transition LEGOLAND Florida from a single-day visit theme park to a multi-day resort destination,” said Jones.
From its opening in 2011, Legoland has struggled to compete for tourism dollars with larger parks which are more centrally located in Orlando. Jones hopes that guests will choose to spend more time and money in and around Winter Haven. Legoland Florida has already passed multiple milestones since its opening with the addition of a waterpark, a Star Wars themed mini-land, and the World of Chima area.
The five other Legoland parks around the world have their own Legoland Hotels. Representatives for Legoland Florida provided us with images of their California based hotel as an example of the look and feel of the new hotel.
Adrian Jones stated that it is possible that the park may remain open later hours for hotel guests, but no firm plans were being announced.
If you’ve ever wanted to go behind the scenes at a Legoland park, now’s your chance. Legoland Florida is offering new VIP tours that not only take guests into the Lego model shop, but get you some one on one time with a master builder.
As part of the tour, guests also get front of the line access to rides and attractions in the park including the new Quest for Chi ride that just premiered in the World of Chima.
“The official roll out of the LEGOLAND Florida VIP Experience is a very exciting time for the park and for our guests,” Said Phil Royle, Product Excellence Manager. As with all products, we constantly test and adjust to ensure we’re providing the absolute best experience for our guests. This is a prime example of how we took time with a pilot program and shaped it to the best it could be.”
While the pricing for the tours can be a barrier for most park guests, the one on one time with a Master Builder would be beneficial to the die hard Lego fans.
All the details on the Legoland Florida VIP Tour can be found below.
LEGOLAND Florida VIP Experience
Single day admission to LEGOLAND Florida and VIP parking
Private VIP host for group
Exclusive tour of ‘secret’ Model Shop and building experience with a Master Model Builder
Front of the line priority access to rides and attractions
Behind the scenes fun facts on LEGO models and LEGOLAND Florida
We take you into the newest ride at Legoland Florida, the Quest for Ride. Definitely a ride that will leave you soaked, this water ride puts you into the battle for Chi. Using water cannons you can shoot interactive elements in the ride, other boats or even guests on shore. You will definitely get wet on this ride.
Legoland Florida opened up The World of Chima this past weekend and we were on hand to check it out. We interviewed Adrian Jones, General Manager of Legoland Florida and Scott Thomas of Cartoon Network to get their view on the new land.