It had been a few years since I had been to Legoland Florida. When my brother decided to celebrate my nephew’s fourth birthday at the park, I figured it would be a perfect time to see the park from a semi-fresh perspective.
While they don’t have the mega budgets of theme parks down the road, they definitely have some pretty major advantages over the competition. Let’s dive in!
Solar Panel Covered Parking
You’d think being in the Sunshine State that every parking lot would incorporate solar panels. However, Legoland Florida is currently the first and only to do so.
Not only does it provide shade for 600 cars, but it can also power up to 250 homes. Tampa Electric can use the power not only for Legoland, but the surrounding residential area as well. Here’s hoping that this starts a trend for not only other theme parks, but any business with a parking lot.
I’ve said this for years, but Legoland really is a great park for younger kids. One of the highlights was watching my nephew go on a ride completely by himself. It’s a theme park right of passage! Attractions like the Royal Joust let young riders go on a ride completely by themselves on the ride vehicle (assuming they meet the modest height requirement). It gives a sense of accomplishment that currently, no other theme park in Central Florida can provide.
Play Stations While You Wait
It seems like a no-brainer, but there wasn’t a time during my visit where I saw these going unused. Legoland has these Lego play areas scattered throughout the park. If you’re waiting in virtually any queue, there is a place for kids to play and keep themselves occupied while their parents wait in the queue.
However, they even take it a step further and have added these to queues for ticket booths in the front of the park as well. The point is, if your child likes playing with Legos (and that’s a pretty safe bet if visiting Legoland Florida), then they’ll never be bored between these play stations and the attractions.
Strollers In Queue
Something we found pretty handy was the ability to bring strollers in some of the queues. While not every single attraction had this luxury, the few that did was a great added benefit. Keeping the family together whenever possible is a huge benefit and was greatly appreciated.
Multi-Purpose Wait Time Signs
One thing I noticed was these digital wait time signs for the major attractions around the park. While it’s standard to see the wait time for the ride you’re approaching, it was a nice touch for all of these to be a virtual “tip board” as well. If the queue you’re about to enter looks a little long? You don’t have to pull up an app or walk anywhere else to find out other wait times. Very handy.
Water Ski Show
A huge part of the history of Legoland Florida was its predecessor: Cypress Gardens. For decades, Cypress Gardens was home to a world-famous water skiing show on the lake that borders the park.
Legoland has kept the tradition with a Lego spin in their own show: Pirates’ Cove Live Water Ski Show. It combines the skill of all the water ski shows Central Florida parks have been known for with a family-friendly theme.
A big thank you to Legoland Florida for letting us come and visit. It will not be our last! We’ve said it before and say it again: no other park caters to younger kids better than Legoland Florida in Central Florida!
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