The countdown is on: only days remain before a brand new theme park opens its doors and a world of fun etches itself on the Central Florida landscape. LEGOLAND Florida, the feels-long-but-really-hasn’t-been highly anticipated kid-focused fantasy playground opens to the media October 14th with its Grand Opening Saturday the 15th.
Perhaps chosen for the correlation, perhaps not, LEGOLAND has set itself up on the foundation of Florida’s old classic, Cypress Gardens, and in the shadows of Walt Disney World, harnessed to the time-frame of WDW’s 40th anniversary. Could such a plan allow the allure of WDW’s anniversary – and consequently, a 10th anniversary of LEGOLAND falling within 15 days of Walt Disney World’s 50th – be anything but a good omen – and plan?
Certainly not. This already proven entity elsewhere in the world, looks to bring a lifetime of Lego fun and the generations on which it has flourished, to Central Florida, opening a new kind of park where the demographics of choice are the kids, and where families can start or top off an area visit with the little ones the focus.
Grandmas and Grandpas, relatives of any age over 35 will surely treasure the nod of the head to old Florida’s Cypress Gardens that LEGOLAND has assured, while watching new generations discover this area with creative play, laying a foundation for their families to return again and again.
So it goes, LEGOLAND is surely a welcome addition to this theme-land horizon.
The countdown has begun. the clock is ticking. The fun is ready to be unwrapped.
We will be out there to take in all the action of Media Day to share it with you – who could turn down the opening of a whole new theme park?
So kids, get ready – your place is soon to open.
COMING SOON: LEGOLAND FLORIDA October 15, 2011
LEGOLAND Fun Facts & Information:(all information courtesy of LEGOLAND FLORIDA)
- New LEGOLAND Florida theme park is the second in the U.S. and the fifth and largest LEGOLAND park in the world; it’s comprised of more than 50 million LEGO bricks
- Full-size LEGOLAND® Florida Explorer created from more than 380,000 LEGOs makes its debut at Chicago Assembly Plant; model took more than 2,500 hours to create
- Ford Driving School at LEGOLAND Florida allows children to experience the fun and responsibility of driving in their own vehicles (at a maximum speed of 3 mph)
- The driving school is divided by age. There’s a Ford Junior Driving School for children ages 3 to 5 years old and a Ford Driving School for those ages 6 to 12. The children watch a video with driving instructions and safety tips – starting with the basics like safety belts and the difference between the accelerator and the brake – and move on to stoplights and stop signs. Children then have the opportunity to drive in their own electric vehicles on curbed roads with maximum speed limits of 3 mph.
- Located midway between Orlando and Tampa, just 45 minutes from either city center, the park features more than 50 rides, shows and attractions
- There are currently four other LEGOLAND Parks in the world – LEGOLAND California in Carlsbad, LEGOLAND Billund in Denmark, LEGOLAND Deutschland near Günzburg, Germany and LEGOLAND Windsor outside of London