Published: October 11, 2011 at 12:42 PMMr Niles has always been consistent in his representation of Legoland's business model. These parks do not have to welcome a zillion guests a year to be successful. I for one welcome Legoland's arrival in Central Florida as it will add a new dimension to the local themed entertainment industry.
It's a classy addition.
Published: October 11, 2011 at 12:48 PMI wont be checking it out until my Florida theme park weekend (if I win the HP contest), where Im doing something each day. One day Universal parks, one day DHS, one day HP events, and one day LEGOLand. Early previews are saying the park isnt good because of long waits for food and rides, barley any bathrooms, and a lack of LEGO Toys.
Published: October 11, 2011 at 1:15 PMI would have to argue that 2 years olds are fine, but they must be 36 inches tall. My 2 year old toddler meets the minimum height for rides, which was attained at 2.5 years old. Before she was 36 inches, there was only 3 rides that have absolutely no height requirement. Nonetheless, kids 1 and 2 years old can enjoy playing with the lego blocks. There are more hands-on exhibits than any Disney or Universal theme park. The shows are more suitable for young kids. I prefer Legoland California than any other theme park in Southern California. Lately, I gotten an annual pass to Knott's. Camp Snoopy is very good as alternative choice for kids.
Published: October 11, 2011 at 1:25 PMMy 8-year-old kid loves Legos. We're planning a ten-day trip to Disney next summer, getting a 10-day park hopper, spending 8 full days at WDW, one at Universal to visit Potterland, and one at Legoland, just for him. If we get done early, it's back to Disney for late night ride time.
Published: October 12, 2011 at 5:10 PMWe live in Winter Haven, host city to Legoland Florida. We both have Florida resident passes and attended one of the preview days for pass holders. We were pleased with what we saw and found ourselves comparing this new place to the Cypress Gardens Parks we had experienced in past years. What we saw at the preview was a wonderful, bright, fresh park in an excellent location. There is creativity everywhere you look. The natural setting is spectacular and walking along the lake is wonderful to. Our favorite of the day was Pirates Cove, sitting in the covered observation stadium and seeing a fast moving show complete with water skiiers in lego figure costumes and pirates. The show was great and will bring tears of happiness to the eyes of all who remember the previous theme park on site. We thoroughly enjoyed walking along the trails in the preserved gardens. They are well groomed and healthy. We ate in the snack restaurant next to the Pirates Cove show. There was covered, shadded seating with seats next to the water. The burger was huge and tasty. At another stand we had some of the special granny apple fries. These were wonderful too. They have the taste of an apple pie. Sampling these delights is an absolute must for every visitor. The four hours that we spent at the park were wonderful. We look forward to many visits in the future. We are looking forward to our grandchildren from Princeton NJ coming for a visit. They are ages 3 and 7 and will just love this great experience with grandma and grandpa. You're gonna love it here. It is totally different from the Orlando theme parks. Legoland Florida is a welcome change!
Published: October 13, 2011 at 2:35 PMI went as part of the previews and to me, it is definitely is different "sell" from the Orlando theme parks. If you don't have smaller kids under age 10, it probably won't appeal to you.
We walked around the whole park and I could see a fair amount of smaller kids having a good time with the rides and play areas but there was really nothing that would appeal to the bigger kids or teens. Adults by themselves might enjoy the Miniland area and the gardens for a bit but it is not a whole day park at all.
Add in the hour drive from Orlando (it is not 45 minutes no matter what they say as the traffic backs up along SR 27)and the regular theme park crowd might go once but that's about it. I think they will have to market it carefully around here to appeal to the grandparents with visiting young families. The day ticket price of $70 adults and $59 kids is also a bit high and I heard some grumbling from people walking in about that.
The parking situation also needs to be better organized. We were quite a ways out and as there were no row numbers painted on the ground like the other parks have, it was confusing trying to find our car at the end of the day. I hope they address that before opening day.