Legoland Opens In Florida

Danish toy company Lego and Merlin Entertainments has opened the latest addition to its portfolio of Legoland theme parks. Occupying the site that once was the historic Cypress Gardens, the 150-acre Legoland Florida officially welcomed its first visitors last Saturday and is the largest facility for the company, divided into 10 fun-filled, interactive zones offering more than 50 rides, shows and attractions geared towards families and fans of the famed plastic brick toys.

 

Highlights include Miniland USA, featuring 1:20 recreations of landmarks from across the country such as the United States Capitol, New York’s Statue of Liberty, the Las Vegas Strip, Cape Kennedy and the Daytona Motor Speedway in Florida. Lego Kingdoms boasts the newest “castle” in the state, Land of Adventure allows visitors to explore hidden tombs and hunt for treasure, Duplo Village appeals to toddlers and their imaginations while older visitors will appreciate the rides at the Lego Technic zone.

 

The park also offers 4 junior coasters (Coastersaurus, Test Track Coaster, Aquazone Wave Racers, Flight School) and certain elements of the old Cypress Gardens restored and incorporated. The rotating Island in the Sky observation tower has been refurbished, while the stadium overlooking Lake Eloise, where the old water ski shows were staged, remains and now hosts a pirate-themed water stunt show.

 

Admission tickets to Legoland Florida cost USD 75 for adults, USD 65 for children aged 3-12 years old and seniors aged 60 and over, while children under the age of 3 enter free. Annual passes cost USD 129 for adults and USD 99 for children and seniors aged over 60.

 

There are now 5 Legoland theme parks around the world, including Legoland Billund in Denmark, Legoland California in Carlsbad, Legoland Deutschland near Gunzberg and Legoland Windsor outside London. Merlin Entertainments is also developing a sixth park in Malaysia, to be located in the southern state of Johor.

 

For more information, visit www.legoland.com.

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