That photo brings me memories of Cypress Gardens.
It looks like a nice small park, something easier on the nerves than the existing high-octane central Florida parks. Have we heard any updates on how they plan to deal with potential crowds?
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.