Much to the dismay of the soles of my feet, my son loves Legos. Anders can spend hours in his room creating whole cities from them and I encourage this because it allows him to use his imagination instead of zoning out in front of the television or a video game.
That’s why when we were in Florida we had to stop by Legoland. It’s the newest park in Florida, opening last October, and it is specifically geared towards children that are 2-12 years old. At first I was a little unsure about taking a day away from Disney to check out this new park, but I realized pretty quickly that it was a place my children were going to enjoy just as much.
First off, everything from the tickets to the food in the park was reasonably priced. And since Legoland is made for a younger crowd, Anders could hop on every ride and Danica, 2, could participate in most of them. They even have an entire section, Duplo Village, dedicated to toddlers.
The park offers children the chance to fly a plane, drive a car, sail a boat, and even put out a make-believe fire on an engine. There’s also a 3-D theater and the place is littered with amazing statues made entirely of Legos.
My only complaint, aside from the pricey parking, was that it was only open from 10-5 p.m. making it hard for us to get through all of the attractions even though we arrived when the gates opened.
Here are a few photos of our adventure.
The grand carousel 1 of 8Carousels are a classic ride and this one was a double-decker. Anders and Danica picked ponies side-by-side and screamed "Giddy up!" the entire ride.
Ready for lunch 2 of 8This chef was outside Legoland's pizza and pasta buffet. One great thing about Legoland was how reasonably priced the food was. Our whole family chowed down for about the same price we would have paid at a restaurant outside of the park.
Miniland, USA 3 of 8My kids loved this area of the park featuring seven sites found in the United States -- Las Vegas, Washington, D.C., New York, California and more -- all in legos.
Shark attack 4 of 8We found this Lego shark outside of the boat ride. Anders agreed to be a ham for my photograph. As for the boat ride, I recommend that the parents take the helm and not let the little ones drive. This one was a disaster for us.
Ford driving school 5 of 8This was Anders' favorite activity at Legoland. Kids as young as three were allowed to drive cars around a race track (they move very slowly) and at the end they are all issued their very own license. Anders still has his proudly displayed in his room.
Time for coastersaurus 6 of 8Shortly after stopping to take a picture with this beast in Legos, Anders and Danica rode their first roller coaster. I was a little nervous they would be terrified, but they both asked to ride again.
A little face painting 7 of 8Some of the rides were for 4-year-old and up. While Anders rode "The Royal Joust," Danica had her face painted. She doesn't look very happy about it.
Out for a drive 8 of 8This car had two wheels. It's like the folks at Legoland are geniuses that know my children would fight to the death for rights to the wheel.
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