Published: March 24, 2011 at 7:51 PM
Well, they are opening in October, not May. And they're located well off the interstate in Winter Haven. That should help keep the crowds down a bit.
If you've not been to a Legoland before, let me explain that these parks have very limited appeal to anyone who doesn't have a child between toilet training and puberty. While that's still a huge market, it does exclude a large percentage of the folks who visit the Central Florida theme parks.
Put all these factors together, though, and they suggest that Legoland will end up with the smallest annual attendance of all the major Central Florida theme parks. I'll estimate it draws around 2 million visitors in 2012, about half of what Busch Gardens attracts.
Yes, the park will be crowded at times, especially on weekends soon after opening, and the first few school breaks. But I don't anticipate anything like Wizarding World of Harry Potter crowds when Legoland opens. Or even new-ride-at-Disney crowds.