Legoland Florida officially opens in a few days on Oct. 15, 2011, but a lucky few have been getting previews of the park. We went to the park yesterday as a guest for one of two AAA member previews. We took photos and videos of just about every ride, show, store and restaurant. Let’s start with our video compilation followed by more detailed photos and information.
Keep in mind this was a preview of the park and not everything was in working order and some final touches were not installed yet. But for the most part, the park is ready to go.
Here’s the entrance to the park. Legoland Florida is located in Winter Haven, about 50 minutes from Walt Disney World. Take I-4 West to U.S. 27 South, then turn on right on Cypress Gardens Boulevard. The park will also offer a shuttle from the Premium Outlets in Orlando off I-4 exit 68.
If you’re planning on going to the park on opening weekend, expect large crowds. I waited about a half-hour in line in the parking lot. Parking is $12 per car. They also offer preferred, closer parking for $20. Here’s a tip: stay in the right lane when approaching the parking attendants because it leads to more lanes.
Like most theme parks, “The Beginning” area of the park offers stroller rentals, customer service and a place to buy your photographs. I saw official photographers a few places in the park. You must buy your photos in the park since they’re not available online. I saw three photo packages available at $15, $20 and $25.
After entering the park, one of the first buildings you’ll come to is The Big Shop. This is their largest store in the park. Notice the Island in the Sky ride at the top of the photo. It’s a slow-moving rotating platform that rises and lowers to give you a look around.
The restaurant features different stations and is set up al-a-cart style. The stations are: Bakery, Asian Fusion, Rotisserie, Kids Choice and Soup and Salad. Most adult meals are $7 to $9 and the kids meals are $5.49.
A two-story Grand Carousel spins in the middle of the Fun Town area of the park. It’s here where you can choose to keep going straight into the Miniland area or turn right into the Duplo Village area.
Apple slices are fried and dipped in cinnamon and sugar with a side of whip cream. It’s fruit but I’m not sure how good it is for you. It’s sort of like apple churros. They’re $5, or you can just buy a regular granny smith apple for $1.
You can also trade your minifigure with any employee that has one or more on their name tag. All your mini needs is a body, arms, legs and a head. You don’t necessarily need the accessories like Amber’s figures have to make a trade.
The big ride in the Lego Technic area is the Technic Test Track. It’s scarier than it looks. See The Show host Lulu take a ride in episode 44.
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