|Location||Winter Haven, Florida, United States|
|General Manager||Adrian Jones |
|Opened||October 15, 2011|
|Previous names||Cypress Gardens|
|Area||145 acres (0.59 km2)|
Legoland Florida is a theme park in Winter Haven, Florida. It opened October 15, 2011. The park encompasses 145 acres (0.59 km2), making Legoland Florida the world's second largest Legoland park after LEGOLAND Windsor in the UK. The park preserved the botanical garden from Cypress Gardens and re-themed the water park and roller coasters to the new Lego theme.
LEGOLAND Florida is a 145-acre, full two-day interactive family theme park specifically designed for families with children ages 2 to 12. The 2nd largest LEGOLAND Park in the world, it features more than 45 rides, shows, and attractions, restaurants, shopping, and a breathtaking botanical garden and an all new LEGOLAND Water Park. A hotel is expected to open on property in 2015.
- 1 History
- 2 Park layout & attractions
- 3 See also
- 4 References
- 5 External links
A press release was published by Merlin Entertainments on January 15, 2010, stating the company's intention to build a Legoland theme park on the former site of Cypress Gardens. Six days later, a news conference was held with Florida Governor Charlie Crist and park officials. It has been estimated that approximately 1000 new jobs were created by Legoland Florida.
After a relatively short construction period (as compared to parks which were built from scratch), Legoland Florida opened on Saturday, October 15, 2011.
In January 2012, just 3 months after opening, Legoland Florida announced the addition of a water park by May 2012. The former Splash Island water park reopened as Legoland Florida Water Park on May 26, 2012.
Park layout & attractions
More than 50 rides, shows, and attractions are featured in the park based on those at other Legoland parks. The Jungle Coaster ride from Legoland Windsor was transferred and relocated to the park and was renamed Test Track. Additionally, the historic gardens which Cypress Gardens was known for are maintained as part of the park. Still standing guard in the garden is the vast Banyan tree that was planted as a seedling in a five-gallon bucket in 1939. The Splash Island Waterpark was kept and is a separately ticketed admission. In addition, 4 attractions originally from Cypress Gardens were renovated, renamed, and incorporated into the park including the Triple Hurricane wooden rollercoaster, the Okeechobee Rampage family coaster, and Swamp Thing, a Vekoma family inverted coaster. The Starliner coaster, formerly of the Miracle Strip Amusement Park in Panama City, was dismantled for sale. The Island in the Sky ride was also kept and updated for 2011. The park is divided into 11 sections:
- Island in the Sky: A 150 feet (46 m) rotating platform ride that provides a 360° view of the park.
- Dragon Coaster: A steel family coaster which features an indoor dark ride portion. Originally called Okeechobee Rampage.
- The Royal Joust: A simulated 'joust' attraction where children ride Lego-themed horses through medieval scenes.
- Merlin's Challenge: A mini Himalaya flat ride.
- The Forestmen's Hideout: A multi-level tree and rope climb.
- Big Rig Rally: A 'semi truck' ride.
- Junior Fire Academy: A 'firetruck' ride.
- Granny’s Jalopies: A Sellner built vintage car' ride.
- Duplo Farm
- Factory Tour: A firsthand look at how Lego bricks are made from factory to finish
- Grand Carousel: A two level carousel.
- Wells Fargo Fun Town 4D Theater: A 4D cinema with 700 seats.
Shops & Restaurant
- Granny's Apple Fries
- Lego Studio Store
- Lego Heroes: An immersive interactive play area based on Lego’s Hero Factory line.
- Built & Test: An exhibit where guests can build a Lego car and test it on the digitally timed track.
- Kid Power Towers: A set of towers where guests can hoist themselves up to the top then enjoy a “free-fall” to the bottom.
- Lego Mindstorms: An exhibit where guests can build and program computerized LEGO MINDSTORMS robots.
Land of Adventure
- Beetle Bounce: Junior drop tower ride.
- Coastersaurus: A Martin & Vleminckx wooden roller coaster
- Lost Kingdom Adventure: An interactive dark ride.
- Pharaoh's Revenge: An interactive play area involving small plastic balls (ball pit balls) moved around by air currents and suction.
- Safari Trek: A jeep ride featuring life-sized LEGO animal models.
- The Big Test: An interactive show using acrobatics, music and play to teach fire safety
- Ford Driving School: A “real-life” driving experience for children ages 6 through 13, where children receive their official Legoland driver’s license with their face on it and watch a video on how to drive.
- Ford Jr.: Junior driving school course for children ages 3 through 5.
- Flying School: A Vekoma Suspended Family Coaster.
- Boating School: A boat ride where guests can captain their own mini-vessels.
- Rescue Academy: An interactive game where families compete with one another in fire and police vehicles to be the first to put out a simulated “blaze”.
- Miniland New York City: features Rockefeller Plaza, Times Square, Statue of Liberty, Grand Central Station, Empire State Building, Guggenheim Museum, and Central Park Zoo.
- Miniland Washington, D.C.: re-created areas like: White House, U.S. Capitol building, Smithsonian Museums, WWII Memorial, Washington Monument, Jefferson Memorial, and parts of Georgetown.
- Legoland Miniland Las Vegas: features a realistic walkthrough along the Las Vegas Strip from the Welcome to Las Vegas sign, past the Luxor, Excalibur, Mirage, Treasure Island, Tropicana, MGM Grand, Paris, to the Stratosphere tower.
- Florida: features the Florida Keys, the Everglades, Miami, Tampa, Central Florida, Daytona, The Kennedy Space Center, St. Augustine, and the Panhandle.
- Pirates: A pirate themed area featuring miniature Lego pirate ships.
- Quest for Chi
- Cragger's Swamp
- Speedorz Arena
- The Battle For Brickbeard's Bounty Water Ski Show: A live water action stunt show on Eloise Lake.
- AQUAZONE Wave Racers- a dual water carousel ride.
- Technicycle- a pedal-powered spinning machine that shoot riders into the air.
- Project X- a car ride that has dramatic turns and drops.
- Cypress Gardens Botanical Gardens: The original gardens from the former Cypress Gardens park. The gardens are owned by Polk County.
Legoland Water Park
- Lego Wave Pool: a gentle wave pool
- Twin Chasers: two 375-foot (114 m) long water slides
- Splash Out: three slides each with a 60-foot (18 m) drop
- Joker Soaker: children's water play area
- Build-A-Raft River: a 1,000-foot (300 m) long lazy river
- Duplo Splash Safari: toddlers water play area
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