[disclaim]Many thanks to Legoland® Florida for providing complimentary Legoland® Water Park combo tickets. As always, all opinions expressed are my own.[/disclaim]
On our last day of vacation in Central Florida, my sister, brother in-law and I took a day trip with the kids to Legoland® Florida. The park is located in Winter Haven, Florida and open from 10 AM to 7 PM. The water park is opened until 6 PM. During the summer, they recommend that you plan your visit between 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. or 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. to avoid the peak visit time between 1:00pm – 3:00 p.m.
Due to the car rental place taking forever with our trade-in and travel time, we only had about three hours to run around and enjoy the park. It was a hot day, so we decided to go to the Legoland® Water Park first and make our way to the regular park after. Even though children under 3 are free for Legoland® Florida, keep in mind there is an admission fee for the Water Park.
Our first stop in the water park was the Duplo Splash Safari. This section generally caters to ages 6 and under; perfect for my 14-month niece who loves the water and thinks she can run around everywhere. My nephew is a bit water shy so using the small slides and walking in at most ankle-deep water made him most comfortable in that area. There are also interactive Lego® Duplo® characters that you can play with in that area.
The section we loved most was the Joker Soaker. It is a full interactive play area catered to kids and the kids at heart. My brother in-law and I were “supervising”, but having a blast going up climbing areas, down the slides, and using the sprouts to splash all of the kids. On several occasions, we ran down to get an extra splash underneath the 300 gallon bucket of water.
The kids were ready to go to the Ford driving school, but slippery a ground and kids with machines is not a good combo. Since rides were shut down, we took a walk throughout Miniland USA which are Lego® replicas of 9 themed areas: Las Vegas, Daytona International Speedway, New York City, Washington D.C., Cities in Florida, The Kennedy Space Center, California, LEGO® STAR WARS™ and Pirate’s Shores. Miniland USA took over two years to build by over 100 Master Model Builders from North America, Asia and Europe. There are more than 30 million Lego bricks in Miniland.
As mentioned, we’re planning to go back to Florida next year and Legoland® is on the top of our list. I’m definitely interested in Duplo Valley and Heartlake City for my nieces and Land of Adventure for my nephews. Most, if not all of the statues around the park and food court were made of Legos. We even got to take a picture with Emmet and Wyldstyle! It was great day and we can’t wait to go back next year.