With Eldy's grandson here, and three additional children under the age of 12, Sparky and Eldo took two kids out of five to Legoland Florida yesterday, Brooklyn and Trevor...Now, a cautionary tale first. There ARE hefty discounts available. Normal price for a child ages 3-12 is 71.00 a kid. There are discount coupons online for a child/adult ticket. Sparky purchased two tickets from Orlando Fun Tickets. Sparky THOUGHT she purchased two JOINT tickets for Legoland. Her e-ticket says at the top: "Legoland Florida 1 Day, Ages 3-12/60 + E ticket." That would suggest a joint ticket, right? WRONG! We get to the park, and the ticket office says, nope! What you have there is a single entry ticket, you have to pay for the children. One hundred fifty-four dollars later, we were on our way into the park. Sparky was VERY upset! It turns out that Sparky did not read the fine print underneath the ticket headline on the website. It was for ONE adult OR ONE child, not both, for 54.00, which is still a bargain considering one child is 71.00 at the park plus tax. OK, enough fussing about THAT! Here comes the good part...All about Legoland and the fun of seeing the joy on the kids' faces as they explored it.
Here is a little overview of the sections of the park:
Explore the Park
- The BeginningThe colorful area known as The Beginning hosts the park entry, ticket and pass sales, guest services and much more.
- Fun TownWhen guests enter Fun Town, they truly get the feeling they have entered a LEGO village.
- Miniland USAMiniland USA The heart of every LEGOLAND Park, Miniland USA is home to seven specially themed areas.
- DUPLO VillageDuplo Village is ideal for toddlers and their imaginations. Youngsters can fly a plane, drive a car or explore a whole town – designed with their height in mind.
- LEGO KingdomsLEGO® Kingdoms takes kids back to medieval times with the LEGOLAND Castle where spells are cast and many knights, damsels and dragons are found.
- Land of AdventureIn Land of Adventure, visitors of all ages explore hidden tombs and hunt for treasure.
- LEGO CityLEGO® City is the perfect place for youngsters to live out their dreams in a scaled-down town created just for them.
- Imagination ZoneImagination Zone emphasizes exploring and creation, while showcasing seven of the most visually exciting LEGO models in the world, including a replica of Albert Einstein’s head.
- LEGO TechnicZoom, splash or soar in LEGO Technic, the most extreme of the park’s zones with LEGO Technic Test Track, AQUAZONE Wave Racers and Technicycle. Get a bite to eat at Lakeside Sandwich Co. or Robot Pit Stop, test your skills at Extreme Games or shop in the Extreme Zone for exclusive LEGOLAND Florida apparel.
- Pirates' CovePirates’ Cove is home to LEGOLAND Florida’s very own water ski and stunt show, The Battle for Brickbeard’s Bounty, as well as Cap’n Brickbeard’s Burgers.
- Cypress GardensLEGOLAND Florida has taken great care to preserve the soul of the park – the historic gardens established on the grounds of its Cypress Gardens predecessor more than 75 years ago.
- World of Chima - Coming Summer 2013!Only at LEGOLAND® Florida, The World of Chima presented by Cartoon Network will immerse families on an interactive water ride, The Quest for CHI. Unleash the power and battle with water cannons to defend the mystical energy source, CHI. Meet Laval and Cragger, compete in the SpeedorzTM Arena and experience the new 4D movie.
We managed to keep Trevor away from spending his money too soon. We kept going....There are many, many Lego statues throughout the park, and they are interactive. Go up to one, touch it and conversation starts, anything from a knock-knock joke where the statue waits for an audio "Who's there?" response, and taunts you for not answering quick enough, to a guy snoring on a park bench.
She had a ball at the park, and Trevor did, too! There are all kinds of fun "schools" for the kids--flight school which is a roller coaster ride, driver's school sponsored by Ford and a boat school. The driver's school was very cool. After a long wait inside, accompanied by a video that shows how they constructed a full side Ford Escape made totally out of Legos, the kids headed outside to the driving part and the adults watched alongside a fence....The Ford Escape right outside the driving school was made out of over 380,000 pieces of Legos, weighed over 2,000 pounds and it was AMAZING!
The kids went out on a full kid sized street equipped with real stoplights, directional arrows and little Lego cars that were powered by an actual "gas" type pedal and brake. There were two age group sections for kids. Trevor and Brooklyn were in the 6-12 age group. We think they were battery operated cars, they only went a couple miles an hour. It was fun to see how kids from foreign countries were driving on the wrong side of the road, causing minor fender benders and traffic jams. All the kids attended a little orientation session beforehand and were told to wave their arms back and forth if they ran into trouble and the supervisor would come and help. There was a lot of arm waving, and the supervisor was doing a lot of running around. It was funny to watch! Here's Trevor waiting for the light to change green. He did a great job of paying attention to other cars, signaling and stopping when he was supposed to. Others, not so much!
One of us probably should have gone, but we thought the kids would be able to manage ok without us, and eventually, they did. He eventually got the boat turned around with some helpful advice from passers-by, got the boat through the course and back to the dock.
|We made it!|
She and Sparky had a great conversation while the fellas were riding the coaster. It was all about "frenemies". Apparently, Sparky misunderstood or didn't quite hear her as she went through quite a discussion about adding the "s" onto the word "frenemy". Which means in kidspeak, you are friends one minute and enemies the next. She and Trevor (Eldy's grandson) have that kind of relationship. "Oh-h-h-hh...." says Sparky, now understanding. Young kids sure are a lot of fun to talk to, as long as they talk loud enough for aging ears to hear. Sparky now understands why her mother used to say, "Hmmmmmm" a lot, and "un hunh" and utter a lot of vague monosyllabic answers whenever the grandkids were around. :-) And when you are missing your two front teeth, it made for a little more difficulty understanding!
The kids got to ride lots of rides...No extra charge...There is a water park inside Legoland and that is a separate charge.
The kids were great, and after a full day of walking around, Trevor started complaining that his feet hurt and we needed to go home. He had been wearing flip flops all day. How he could do that, we don't understand, but we were ready to go home, too!
"Did you guys have a great time today?" Yep, they sure did, and we did, too!
We were all tired and worn out, but the kids enjoyed being away from their older siblings, and the parents were appreciative that we took the youngest ones out for an outing.....There's just a little more to tell you about the park, and that's coming tomorrow. Stay tuned for part II of Legoland, FL.
See you later!