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5Legoland Florida is the second Legoland in the United States. This Legoland, which was officially open for business on October 15, 2011, is the world’s largest Legoland theme park. This park features expansive rides, attractions, and shows that were modeled after other Legoland theme parks, but has also added a lot of new and exciting activities that make this a must-see when visiting the Orlando area, especially with a family.
Where is Legoland?
Legoland Florida is in Winter Haven, which is just south of Orlando. The theme park was built where the Cypress Gardens theme park once stood. The park is run and operated by Merlin Entertainment Group and is spread across one hundred and fifty acres, which is full of activities that can satisfy any visitor to this creatively-themed park.
The Legoland theme park is located at One Legoland Way in Winter Haven, which is forty-five minutes from the many exciting theme parks in Orlando, such as the parks in Disney and Universal Studios. Legoland is also located only forty-five minutes from downtown Tampa.
The History of Legoland
In 1949, the first lego brick, which was originally named an “automatic binding brick,” was made by the carpenter Ole Kirk Christiansen. His invention grew to be one of the largest and most popular toy companies in the world.
The original Lego factory was located in Billund, Denmark. As the toys became more and more popular, the factory itself became a big draw for tourists interested in seeing where and how the toys were made. There was an intricate outdoor Lego made entirely of legos around the factory. Tens of thousands of people ventured to Denmark every year to view these unique sculptures. Ole’s son, Kirk, who was the CEO at the time, named the outdoor display Legoland.
The very first Legoland theme park opened for business on June 7, 1968 in Denmark. Since it opened, the original Legoland is now twice the size, and has inspired many other Legoland theme parks to open in Germany, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
Activities and Attractions in Legoland
Legoland Florida has become a huge attraction for tourists visiting the Orlando area. The park mainly draws families with children ages two through twelve, although ultimate lego fans are also known to frequent the park and take in all that it has to offer.
The theme park is sectioned off and each area has a different name, theme, and has a variety rides and attractions to offer. There is a total of eleven sections of the park. Some of the most exciting areas are The Beginning, Fun Town, Lego Kingdoms, and Miniland USA.
The Beginning is the name of the first area of the park that you enter upon. Besides the ticket counter and guest services, there is a ride called Island in the Sky, which is one hundred and fifty feet off the ground and gives visitors a panoramic view of the entire park, to help build the excitement for a fun-filled day.
In Fun Town, you can take a tour of a lego factory and learn the process of how lego bricks are made. There’s also a 4-D theater in Fun Town, as well as a carousel with 2 levels, a great ride for young children. Because there is so much to do and see at Legoland, the park is designed so you can comfortably spend the whole day there with your family. There are a variety of restaurants and places to grab a sweet snack, such as Granny’s Apple Fried is Fun Town.
To get a full lego experience, you can walk over to Lego Kingdoms. This area features a rollercoaster called Dragon, and a ride called The Royal Joust. Both are great for kids and have incredible lego animals that perfectly fit the theme of each ride.
Miniland USA has a display of American cities built entirely out of legos. Although there is a Miniland in each Legoland worldwide, the Miniland section of Legoland Florida features replicas of Florida, such as the Everglades, the Kennedy Space Center, and the Florida Keys, replicas of Las Vegas, such as the Vegas Strip, the MGM Grand, and the Venetian, and replicas of New York City, such as the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty, and famous Times Square. Creativity really comes alive in Miniland USA.