A Legoland Florida Review: What You Need To Know. From the best places to grab a bite to eat – to which rides are the most fun – we’ve got you covered.
Being a parent means that I am able to live vicariously through my children and that even as an adult, I still get to enjoy the fun stuff! So whenever my oldest (he’s 5) asks if we can play with Legos, I immediately go into Master Builder mode! Right now, we tend to build a ton of spaceships, but it doesn’t really matter to me. I just love that we get to use our imaginations together and build really cool stuff. I also love that my two little ones love to join in the fun too. Whenever they see us playing, they get out their big ‘ole box of Duplos and start building really tall towers and houses!
As I’ve mentioned before, we live in Florida, so we have access to a TON of theme parks. But since my kids are still young (they’re all under 6 years old!), they can’t really appreciate the bigger amusement parks yet. And since they love Legos, it’s not all that surprising that their favorite park to venture to is Legoland in Winter Park.
I’m 100% okay with this because even though the park is a bit on the smaller side, it’s perfect for families with little kids (think 8 and under). I have aways found the staff to be very accommodating to parents with little ones and we always have a good time. I’d say the park is best suited for kids 8 and under, but older kids will appreciate the Lego creations too.
Since we’ve been there quite a few times now, I thought I’d share some “insider advice” with all of you in case you would like to visit too!
A LEGOLAND FLORIDA REVIEW
Helpful Things To Know About Legoland
1.) Visit Guest Services First
When you first arrive, go to Guest services first and get your children measured. They will give each of your children a pin that shows if your child is tall enough to ride certain attractions. This helps make “wait time” quicker on lines, especially if you have multiple kids. They also have birthday pins and if you’re wearing one, EVERYONE will say happy birthday to that child all throughout the park. Isn’t that cute? And if it’s your first visit, make sure you get the “First Time” pins. My one-year-old got his on this trip!
2.) Go counter-clockwise through the park.
My husband will be angry that I am telling you this little secret, but I can truly say the longest we’ve ever waited for a ride is thirty minutes. Plus, going through the park this way ensures that you see The Quest for Chi ride towards the end as well as the Duplo Splash Pad. These are the wet rides. This way, the kids can get nice and wet right before it’s time to leave instead of being soggy all day long.
3.) Need a bathroom with no lines?
If you do visit the park during schools breaks or the beginning of the Summer, head over to Imagination land for quick potty breaks and extra shade to wind down. Since this area has less rides and more Lego sculptures to see, the bathroom is fairly empty.
4.) Got overheated kids?
Make a beeline for the Splash Pad for toddlers in Duplo Village. As many parents know, hot kids often means cranky kids. So we use the splash pad as a way to cool them down and re-energize them so they can complete our visit with a Lego factory tour, a trip to the gift shop, and few extra pictures with smiling faces.
5.) Bring Minifigures!
The kids love doing this! If you bring your own Minifigure, you can trade them with the Model Citizens (Lego employees). You can also purchase extra mini figures for $2.99 to trade throughout the park.
6.) Bring extra clothes.
You can get wet in some areas, like the Quest for Chi ride, so come prepared with a towel or two and change of clothes.
7.) There’s even a hotel!
If you’re visiting from out of state, there is also a Legoland Hotel that you can stay in. We haven’t slept there yet, but we probably will soon for one of the kids’ birthdays.
Best Attractions at Legoland
1.) The 4D Show.
The 4D Show is a must see and great way for parents to relax and let everyone cool off in the A/C! Even my one-year-old was clapping at the end.
Miniland is impressive for all ages. Cities all over the world are recreated with Legos. The NASA area has a rocket blast off, there’s a Star Wars section (HOORAY!), and for Christmas Bricktacular they had a Santa Scavenger Hunt throughout Miniland.
3.) Duplo Village!
There are so many tiny rides for babies and toddlers. My almost six-year-old may say he disagrees, but he always has the biggest smile on his face riding the farm tractors with his baby brothers!
4.) Ford Driving School.
This is so much fun for kids over the age of three. It’s also very entertaining to watch the younger kids driving into each other and driving in the wrong direction (lol).
5.) Project X Rollercoaster.
This was the first year that my oldest was okay with the thought of riding roller coasters. They’re definitely not as big or scary as other parks, but for the little ones, it’s a thrill! My husband could not have been more excited to add these attractions to our itinerary. Unlike most parks, Legoland roller coasters get a little strange when you’re riding without a child! 😉
6.) The Adventure Area
So far, on our last few visits, our favorite place has been the Adventure area! Not just because of the rides, but because the boys love to be knights and battle fire breathing dragons – and here, it really comes to life. Starting in January 2017, a Ninjago area will be opened too. We can’t wait to go back!
Where To Eat At Legoland
1.) Granny’s Apple fries.
OMG, these are so good! I can honestly say fried apples isn’t really my thing. I’m more into anything chocolate! But these apple fries are the perfect combination of juicy and crunchy. It’s worth the quick stop!
2.) Market Restaurant.
This spot has the best variety for kids and adults. Plus, you can sit down and catch your breath. Because sometimes, no matter how much you plan, one child is always hungry before the rest and always eats all of his snacks int he first half of the trip. (Yes, my ever-hungry middle child, I’m talking about you!)
3.) The Robot Stop.
Mid-way through the park is a small food truck looking building called the Robot Stop. I originally thought it was going to cost me an arm and a leg for a simple hot dog, but I was really surprised it was only $2.50!
4.) Firehouse Ice Cream Shoppe.
This is a great halfway point for treats. I’m not sure if we’re biased being dad’s a firefighter, but the ice cream is extra delicious here! There’s not a lot of shade in this section of the park, so it’s an excellent way to cool off.
5.) Bring Your Own!
Money Saving Tip: You can bring your own food into the park and eat at any of the picnic areas that are scattered throughout the park. There’s always a shady table or bench available too. I have never felt overwhelmed to find an area for a family of five to sit and enjoy our food. Since we have a double stroller, there’s tons of room for storage so we just bring a soft cooler with sandwiches, snacks, juice boxes, water, and milk for the baby.
What I Liked The M0st About Legoland As A Mom
- Every ride has a “build-while-you-wait” area to keep kids busy. It’s a little roped in area full of Lego tables for kids of all ages to enjoy. As a Mom, I really appreciated this because it keeps kids from not to asking, “how much longer,” every ten seconds.
- There are also toddler playgrounds located all throughout the park to keep little ones busy outside of the lines. They also have fun activities like face painting, photo booths, and carnival games to help pass the time. I probably shouldn’t admit this, but while Dad and my oldest rode the roller coasters, I think I had more fun with the little ones getting our faces painted and playing in the Lego themed playgrounds. (Shhh…)
- Tons of hand sanitizer stops. I love that!
- Like other theme parks, Legoland Florida is broken up into different theme areas. As a parent, I like this because we know what to expect. I can deter the baby from veering his eyes in certain directions because he won’t like the huge dragon display or be mentally prepared to know if the kids will be begging for souvenirs in certain areas. Sometimes, it helps to know! Trust me!
- Coffee! So many coffee stops! It’s like you get us parents, Legoland! Thank you!
- The park is very flexible with the necessities you want to bring. We brought sunscreen, water bottles, snacks, wipes, hand sanitizer, a towel, change of clothes/flip flops, camera, and a diaper bag. When you enter the park they will ask that they scan your bag, but it’s such a quick process and I love the sense of safety.
- Money Saving Tip: Bring a stroller – even f your kids may not sit in it. Use it to store your coolers if you bring food into the park and your extra change of clothes and towels instead of renting a stroller or a locker.
What I Didn’t Like About Legoland As A Mom
- The map doesn’t portray show details, information or times. There are displays all over the park advising of the next show times, but we kept forgetting and ended up missing all of the morning ones.
- The map also doesn’t give descriptions of each ride. Although some rides are self-explanatory, when we first visited, we thought certain rides were for everyone and was wrong when we got to that area of the park.
- The water park isn’t open year round, even though the weather is generally warm. We have gone once before, and it is VERY crowded. I’ve yet to want to go back.
Ticket Information: Money Saving Tips
- Tickets can be purchased beforehand. There is usually a special all year round.
- This holiday season, kids got in free with the proof of one unopened Toys-For-Tots gift donated at the gate. Since tickets for children are normally $73 – this is huge!
- There’s also always Florida resident discounts, military discounts, and senior discounts. Check their website beforehand to review specials and to get in quicker, print out at home.
- I’ve also heard that you can snag free tickets and discounts to Legoland Florida via the Lego magazine, Toyrus, TripAdvisor, and Groupon – but I haven’t explored this yet.
- P.S. I don’t recommend getting the Super Duper ticket for $93. The $20 upgrade gets you “front of line” access for two rides. In all honesty, the longest we waited was 35 minutes each for three rides. It felt so much faster as the line was continually moving and there were several Lego building stops for kids. If you’re traveling with several family members, the $20 upgrade will add up quick and not be worth it.
- We like to splurge for the closer parking, which is $22 opposed to $17. At the end of the day, especially if you have very little ones, you’ll be so happy to see your car up close. Totally worth the $5 extra during busy weekends or the summer, when it’s just SO hot out.
- Money Saving Tip: If you prepay your parking online, there’s a $2 discount.
In the end, we were able to arrive at Legoland Florida when the park opened at 10 AM and left before it closed. I can honestly say, we’ve always had happy, eventful ventures to Legoland Florida and I hope this information helps make your trip just as enjoyable!
Do you have any tips or tricks to add to my Legoland Florida Review? Drop me a comment and let me know!
Until our next adventure,
Disclosure ~ I received free tickets to experience Legoland Florida and conduct this review. No other compensation received. Although I had an amazing time on our trip, the opinions expressed herein are 100% my own.