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Vote of the week: Will you visit Legoland Florida when it opens?

October 22, 2010, 12:31 PM · Now we know when the park will open and how much it will cost. So the question is: Will you visit Legoland Florida?

Let's refine the question a bit and make it… are you planning to visit Legoland Florida in its first year of operation, between its opening in October 2011 and September 2012?

Obviously, if you are not planning a Central Florida visit during that time period, you should select that option in the vote below. If you live in the area or are planning to visit, let us know if you're planning to skip the park, visit for a day, or buy a regular or "Plus" annual pass.

Legoland Florida's media day in October 2010
Legoland Florida this week hosted a hard-hat tour of the construction site for the press.

Legoland Florida's opening on the site of the old Cypress Gardens, where multiple attempts at theme parks have failed. But Legoland's a far more powerful international brand than Cypress Gardens ever was. And Legoland California's been an unqualified success over its decade of operation, with growing attendance even as turnstile counts have dropped at other parks across the country.

A reader pointed out that Legoland's set to debut during the 40th anniversary month for Walt Disney World. Will the combination of a new Legoland and Disney World's 40th (not to mention a just-over-a-year-old Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal) draw you to Central Florida then? Will you add a trip, or postpone one you would have made this summer? Talk to us in the comments about what you're thinking for your next Central Florida theme park trip.

Replies (16)

October 22, 2010 at 1:14 PM · Tough call. On one hand, I'm a theme park enthusiast and have heard nothing but good things about the chain. On the other, I'm out of its targeted audience range and don't have kids.

I wish them the best of luck.

October 22, 2010 at 1:24 PM · Haha come on Joshua... anyone who's played with Legos is in the targeted audience range.
October 22, 2010 at 2:18 PM · My kids might be 13 and 10 now, but my niece, who lives in Florida, just turned four. Needless to say, I am psyched for the opening, as Uncle Robert will be planning a visit.
October 22, 2010 at 4:15 PM · We loved Legoland in California and both our boys are going to have a blast. Also love that they kept the Triple Hurricane coaster because my 7 year old adores that ride.
October 22, 2010 at 4:28 PM · I've always scratched my head over Legoland "suggested demographic"; it's actually in all of their press releases. I guess on one hand, people should probably think twice about taking their brood of teen aged kids to the park as they might be bored. But, I have never seen WDW put an suggested age on Fantasyland. Then again, there are bigger kids/adult attractions at the Magic Kingdom.

I've never been to Legoland California, but I always love browsing their press releases to see what the master builders have created.

I'm excited, but I my kids still fit the demographic.

October 22, 2010 at 4:38 PM · Yep Ill be one of those who buys the pass. For a few reasons. One the value. And two Im a model building nut.
And having been living so close to Disney World (13 miles from my door to the Magic Kingdom) And about 18 to Universal and Sea World. You betcha Im there. Something diffrent and new.
October 22, 2010 at 5:27 PM · We were just in central Florida, so we'll probably not go back for another couple of years. The chances are that we'll do the California parks before we do the Florida parks again.
October 22, 2010 at 6:16 PM · Sure thing - but only for a day. I think that if the rides are as popular as heck for both kids and adults, chances are that the turismos might check it out!
October 23, 2010 at 6:10 AM · I don't think I will. Maybe if friends/family want to go there, I'll tag along. But I wouldn't make a special trip.
October 23, 2010 at 4:26 PM · There is too much else I'd like to see and I don't have kids.... and the kids I might would take with me would probably rather go to Disney since they have only been once. I also don't like to attend places during peak season or mass crowd opening dates, so maybe much later on after it has been open a while (and also gotten it's kinks out and maybe added some more stuff).
October 23, 2010 at 4:36 PM · I do find pinning yourself down with a suggested demographic odd also. Seems like you'd want to have everyone feel welcome, and by having a suggested demographic it's as if to say.... if your not in this age range, or have someone in this age range.... your wierd. It could keep some potential customers away, but maybe that is what they want..... to let the teenagers who would run around at Six Flags, etc. without thier parents know to stay away (the ones who the parents with smaller kids may be rolling thier eyes at due to the unsupervised by an adult behavior that can sometimes be unsettling to those without teenagers).
October 23, 2010 at 4:51 PM · Yep when ever my next Florida trip I'll visit for a day. To see what's it all about, but I'm not in the demographic, I have no kids and probably won't like it that much. But who knows? I would definitely give it a try.

Especially after(or if) the train is in place. But to be honest I'm a lot more intrigued by the Thrills Park, that's more my age. I don't even find Disney World that thrilling either, I just find it interesting and beautiful. So the way I see it Legoland would be all theme and not thrills (for me at least) and the other park (if done) all thrills and no theme...

October 23, 2010 at 4:53 PM · I'm not the target audience, and I don't have kids. I do have a nephew who is two-years-old, so that could be my chance to go. Otherwise, the only reason for me to go would be to see the cities made of Lego, although the park is too expensive to only enjoy that.
October 24, 2010 at 1:35 PM · Dont hold your breath for the Orlando Thrill Park...Baker Lesure Group..Dosnt havwe mch of a track record with them parks. And Im betting Land South Development is in on it as well. Never Known a managment company to build a theme park.And this isnt the first atempt to build a park in the Internatioal Drive area. By that shopping mall.
October 25, 2010 at 9:00 AM · It's going to be too late in the year for our 2011 visit, but our Grandaughter will be 3 in 2012. We'll be there,
October 25, 2010 at 7:46 PM · My neices are going to be 7 next year, so if they come for a visit, we will likely visit. Otherwise, I might just check it out for a day...always did love Legos as a kid! I do wish they had kept that old wooden coaster that Cypress Gardens bought from that beach amusement park...I never got to ride it, and it looked like it would have been so much fun!

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