Insider's Guide to LEGOLAND Florida

January 25, 2022

Fire breathing dragons, mythical medieval quests, and blasting into outer space with Benny. No, we’re not talking about your tiny tots latest Lego-inspired dream, but the real deal.

Legoland Florida resort is home to over 50 rides, shows, and attractions inspired by the Lego movie that are guaranteed to leave your little ones screaming,“LEGO to Legoland.”

This oasis of awesome is located just a 45 minute drive from Orlando and Tampa, and promises to deliver unparalleled levels of bricktacular fun, adventure, and inspiration. 

Soar high above the jungle on the prehistoric Coastersaurus, have a splashing good time at Brickbeard’s Watersport stunt show, or take to the highway when you earn your very own Legoland driver’s license. 

Between soaking in thrilling shows, and snapping selfies with your favorite Lego brands and characters, there’s never a dull moment at the Legoland Florida theme park. 

Specifically designed for youngsters 12 years and younger, this ingenious 150 acre theme park is a can’t miss for any Lego lover.

Read on to discover our LEGOLAND Florida review and everything you need to know about this immersive paradise of plastic:

Kids walking with LEGOLAND characters at a meet-and-greet in San Diego, California, USAOrlando Hotels

Cloudless skies, endlessly sunny days, and more theme park fun than anywhere else on earth, Orlando boasts the perfect mix of subtropical climate, premier attractions, and beach proximity. 

Combine your brick-laden adventures with visits to Walt Disney World Resort, Universal Orlando, or SeaWorld or, take a break from the roller coaster madness with a serene Clearwater or Cocoa beach day. 

Located midway between Orlando and Tampa in the quaint village of Winter Haven, Legoland Florida poses the perfect opportunity to explore even more of the sunshine state. Make the most of your time in the ‘City Beautiful’ when you book any of our premier Orlando Hotels and Resorts

Or for those who seek to stay even closer to the Lego-filled action, party and play with pirates and Benny all day when they stay at any of the three onsite resort properties:

Legoland Hotel

Floating pool bricks, Egyptian adventure-themed rooms, and a free breakfast buffet. Sign us up! Kids of all ages will be clamoring to play, stay, and splash around the Legoland Hotel’s spacious grounds and heated resort-style pool. 

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Legoland Pirate Island Hotel

Arrgh you ready to hunt for treasure with Brickbeard? Don that eye patch and set sail for a stay of pirate proportions, when you rest your head at the Legoland Pirate Island Hotel. Conquer the in-room treasure hunt, stay up for nightly lego themed entertainment, and feast like a pirate king with all you can eat dining.

Legoland Beach Retreat

Want to really blow your little sand and surf-loving kid’s minds? Let the whole family stay in a beach bungalow designed to look like it's entirely made of bricks! Lap up sensational lake views, outdoor play areas, and free daily breakfast when you stay at the Legoland Beach Retreat.

About the Park

Want a recipe for a whole lot of awesome? Add equal parts imagination, creativity, and theme park immersion and stir, for one epic resort! For over a decade Legoland Florida has been entertaining families and children of all ages with their interactive 150 acre theme park. 

Originally built on the site of the world-famous botanical garden Cypress. Legoland has lovingly preserved this lush verdant area complete with draping Banyan trees and a charming gazebo. 

Within the Legoland Florida Universe you can find the:

  • Legoland Theme Park
  • Legoland Water Park 
  • Peppa Pig Theme Park - NEW!

Legoland is a family-friendly resort-style reprieve that provides boatloads of imagination and excitement for kids ages 12 and under. Meanwhile, delivering over 50 Lego-themed rides, attractions, and shows.

First, drop, sip, and swoop with Unikitty at her multi-colored Disco dance. Then speed through the LEGO cinematic universe on Emmet’s triple-decker flying couch. Finally, build your very own seaworthy raft at the waterpark!

*Please note that the Legoland Water Park is open seasonally 

Close up of children in clear LEGO tubes on the lazy river at LEGOLAND Waterpark in Orlando, Florida, USA

photo credit: LEGOLAND Florida via Facebook

When to Go

Every day is a great day for brick-fueled fun at Legoland! However, if you are seeking to spend more time riding rides than waiting for them, we suggest the following tips for LEGOLAND Florida:

  • School’s Out - avoid crazy crowds by planning your trip for when school is in session, and for the love of all things brick, don’t visit on a major holiday!
  • Check one, check twice - the calendar that is! Legoland resort hours can vary, so be sure to check the park calendar to keep up to date on all schedule changes, closures, and park hours. 
  • Please note that the Legoland Florida Resort is an hour's drive from both the Walt Disney World Resort and Universal Orlando, so plan your travel accordingly. 

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In our opinion, there is never enough Ninjago time! However, for the sake of a stress-free vacation, we highly suggest allotting at least one full day for Legoland, and two to three if you plan on tackling the water park and/or the newly opened Peppa Pig Theme Park.

Tickets & Ticket Packages

Got your official Legoland vacation dates raring and ready to go? Save yourself the stress of long ticket lines by pre-purchasing your Legoland tickets ahead of time. Thankfully we provide a variety of Legoland Ticket options including:

Are you a full-time resident of the sunshine state? Wear your gator residency with pride and score some serious savings when you opt for any of the ticket passes or exclusive options available to Florida residents:

  • Brick Pass - year-round admission to Legoland theme park (blackout dates apply), free self-parking, exclusive park discounts, and access to annual pass collectibles throughout the year
  • Florida residents also have the opportunity to pursue a monthly pay period for the other annual pass options of Awesome, Awesomer, and Awesomest. These decked-out annual passes include many perks such as admission to the Peppa Pig Theme Park, free upgrades to preferred parking, discounts on dining, and more!

Simply loving that LEGO life? Remember, you can always upgrade your general admission ticket to an annual pass on the day of your visit.

Parking

Theme park days are notorious for their high step count so we won’t side-eye you if you want to spring for preferred parking

For harried parents looking to score a spot that is much closer to the entry gates, you can prepay online for preferred parking for the price of $30.84. 

Otherwise, settle for standard parking which will run you $21.49. Considering the parking lot is not extremely spacious unless you are schlepping a ton, you can probably get by with a standard parking pass.

Also, those staying at an onsite Legoland resort are privy to free parking. 

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Add Ons & The Mobile App

Benny and the gang want you to experience the best that Legoland has to offer, and that means planning for success. 

Whether you want to pamper your tiny tot like the prince or princess they are, skip lengthy lines, or just keep apprised of the latest park goings-on, we have the inside scoop on every add on and app:

  • Exclusive VIP Experiences - personal VIP hosts, priority access to rides, reserved live show seating, and access to some secretly awesome areas make any of Legoland’s VIP experiences a ‘must have’ for the seasoned star in your life!
  • Fast Track - wasting precious moments of lego-themed fun? Not for you, you savvy time saving superstar. With FasTrack 3-pack or FasTrack Unlimited you can choose to skip the line for three major roller coasters, or enjoy no lines all day long. 
  • The Mobile App - squeeze out every ounce of Legoland sunshine and thrills when you download the Legoland Mobile App to keep you on track. Purchase tickets on your phone, check in on ride wait and show times, view an interactive GPS park map, and best of all gain premium access to park deals, discounts, and more.
Wide shot of the very colorful Peppa Pig Theme Park with lots of banners and a balloon ride in Orlando, Florida, USA

photo credit: Peppa Pig Theme Park Florida via Facebook

Can’t Miss

With 13 separate areas of Legoland Theme Park to traverse. Along with plenty of high-flying, crime-fighting Lego Movie inspired Ninjago thrills to tackle, there are no shortage of top-tier attractions, rides, and shows at Legoland, Florida. 

Future builders of America won’t want to miss marveling at the mini recreations of National monuments at Miniland. Meanwhile, wacky wizards won’t be able to resist Merlin’s Challenge. 

To ensure you don’t miss a second of brick-laden entertainment, here are our ‘can’t miss’ rides and attractions for both the Legoland Theme Park and Water Park:

Legoland Theme Park

  • Aquazone Wave Racers
  • Battle of Bricksburg
  • Lego Ninjago the Ride
  • Coastersaurus
  • Emmet’s Super Suite
  • Ford Driving School
  • Lego Ninjago World
  • Miniland USA
  • Unikitty’s Disco Drop
  • The Lego Movie Masters of Flight
  • 4-D Theater Show
  • Botanical Gardens

Legoland Water Park

  • Lego Wave Pool
  • Build-A-Raft Lazy River
  • Splash Out
  • Twin Chasers

Kids ride on the new Unikitty Disco Drop ride at LEGOLAND CaliforniaWhat’s New

Luckily for Legoland veterans, there is always something new to uncover in this nirvana of building, entertainment, and education. 2022 promises to be a big year for Legoland Florida, and we can’t wait to spill the tea on what’s in store:

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Pirate River Quest

Rowdy pirates, mischievous monkeys, and buried treasure come together for a legendary high maritime adventure in 2022.

The Legoland Story

Brick by brick learn all about how Legoland came to life on this immersive ride. Featuring a master builder’s workshop, a mini-figure trading wall, and tons of brick-nastic activities!

Peppa Pig Theme Park

Extra, extra, read all about it! Everyone’s favorite pink pig is pulling out all the stops with her very own stand-alone theme park. Opening on February 24th, 2022. Little piggies will oink their day away as they delight in oodles of interactive attractions. Meanwhile enjoying the themed playscapes, water play areas, and kid-friendly rides. 

Food & Drink

Racing through waves, dodging water blasts, and building masterpieces at LEGO Dots can really ramp up that appetite. 

While you are allowed to bring in small snacks, water bottles, baby food/formula, and certain soft insulated coolers. You would be remiss if you didn’t sample all of the culinary delights on hand. 

Whether you are in the mood for a sweet serving of Granny’s famous apple fries. Or, have your eye on some heartier fare. Legoland Florida’s dining services are sure to hit the spot. 

From the perfect creamy ice cream cone to our standout pizza recommendation, here are our favorite sips and bits at Legoland Florida:

Dragon’s Den 

Our go-to for ice cold beer, giant smoked turkey legs, and honey battered mini corn dogs.

Pepper & Roni's Pizza Stop

Craving the cheesy goodness of a slice of ‘za, head to Pepper & Roni’s for a thoroughly retro personalized pizza experience.

Ninja Kitchen Food Truck

Hit your palate with a pow of Asian flavor when you stop by the sensational new Ninja Food Truck serving up savory snacks of egg rolls, spring rolls, bao buns, and more.

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Firehouse Ice Cream

Sound the alarm because the ice cream, sundaes, and sweet treats on deck at this cheery Firehouse are sure to spark some joy in your day.

Granny’s Apple Fries

No visit to Legoland would be complete without a warm helping of Granny Smith apples dusted with cinnamon and sugar and served with a sweet whipped cream dipping sauce, or a la mode. 

Close up photo of a serving of Granny's Apple Fries in a green and yellow container with whipped cream at LEGOLAND in San Diego, California, USA

photo credit: LEGOLAND California via Facebook

What to Bring

Want to ensure your Legoland getaway is filled with more smiling selfies than toddler meltdowns? Come prepared! Avoid the drama of a drained phone, walking blisters, or hunger-inspired tantrums. We will help you pack the perfect day bag complete with every theme park essential:

  • Portable phone charger
  • Water bottle & snacks
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Bathing suit + change of clothes (if planning on visiting Legoland Water Park)
  • Poncho, raincoat, or jacket (weather dependent)
  • A Minifigure to trade
  • Bandaids
  • Stroller (if required)

15,000 Lego figures made of a combined 50 million small plastic bricks are the backbone of Lego Themed Park located in Winter Haven.

Play areas, farm-themed DUPLO splash zones, and spooky laser rides will entice budding builders of all shapes and sizes.

From the natural beauty of the ground's famous botanic gardens to the amazing recreations of the Las Vegas sign. Every corner of Legoland Florida hides a new plastic built delight.

There’s never been a better time to indulge in the thrills, skills, and sensational sights of the Legoland Florida Resort. So stop waiting and start booking, and become part of the brick nation today!

Close up of two children on Ninjago The Ride with 3D glasses on at LEGOLAND California in San Diego, California, USA

photo credit: LEGOLAND California via Facebook

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