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Legoland Florida celebrates its grand opening

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Published: October 15, 2011 at 12:33 PM

This morning at 10 am local time, the world's largest Legoland officially opened it's doors to everyone in Winter Haven, Florida. Legoland Florida features 50 rides, shows, and "pink knuckle" attractions built for kids and also has hundreds of displays made up of over 50 million lego bricks.

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Check out my two photo galleries and see everything there is to see at Legoland Florida:

- Media Preview Day Pictures
- Grand Opening Day Pictures

Readers' Opinions

From Dominick D on October 15, 2011 at 12:50 PM
Im going next weekend! Ill probably post some blog entries about the park.
From Dominick D on October 15, 2011 at 4:32 PM
CHANGE OF PLANS: Im going tomorrow! :D Do they have video recording rules?
From Domenik Jost on October 15, 2011 at 5:16 PM
I didn't see anyone getting told they couldn't record, so I don't think they have any. Other than hopefully the usual don't record on a roller coaster (even though I did see people break that rule already and they weren't stopped).
From steve lee on October 15, 2011 at 6:29 PM
They probably don't care much about cameras on the coasters since the odds of a camera becoming a dangerous projectile on those rides are pretty minute (kinda like how Disney doesn't seem to care much - heck, I've gotten angle recommendations from cast members in the past).
From James Rao on October 15, 2011 at 11:47 PM
Thanks for all the pictures.

Interestingly, there's not a lot of scenery between some of those coasters and the road. I was expecting the environment to be a bit more immersive. Maybe after some trees grow in or something?

Were it not for the fundamental difference of the Lego theme, the park reminds me a lot of Herschend's Wild Adventures in Georgia. But, what can I really tell from 200+ photos? =)

From Domenik Jost on October 16, 2011 at 6:33 AM
James, if you had been to the park prior to the transition to Legoland, the scenery is much the same. Where there are trees, it is very immersive, but there is a lot of open, non-shaded areas at the front of the park. It is quite amazing to see how nature and scenery was incorporated into the park. Also don't forget the old Cypress Gardens are still there and preserved the way they have been for years. There is apparently still a lot of clean up to do from the tropical storms a few years back and so there is still a lot that you cannot access. But overall, there is more scenery than those pictures show. Side note, I love Miniland USA, but can they put like a giant sunscreen over it, it is hot out there. Don't forget the sunscreen!
From Dominick D on October 16, 2011 at 2:15 PM
Just came back! I will be posting an article about the parrk later, and an in-depth look at Miniland (I caught almost every little detail!). Right now, its time to review some rides!
From James Rao on October 16, 2011 at 2:32 PM
Thanks Domenik. I have never been to Cypress Gardens, never seemed to be a reason to go for a bunch of midway rides and kiddie coasters. However, Legoland might be worth a visit, even though my kids might be just out of the perfect age range (they still love Legos).

It is also good to know that given some time the immersive nature of the park will "grow in" and enclose the park from the city roundabout.

From 75.67.254.43 on October 20, 2011 at 6:00 AM
Domenik - My 11 yr old is a LEGO fanatic, and we're planning a trip to the park in November. My biggest questions to which I can't find an answer is...Will we need 1 or 2 days to fully enjoy the park? I don't want him to feel rushed, yet I understand it's not a huge park.
From Domenik Jost on October 20, 2011 at 10:15 AM
75.67.254.43 - I would say you should be able to get everything done in one day. Now the park isn't that enormous (like Disney), but it isn't small either and does involve quite a bit of walking. Don't underestimate it.

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