As a mom of five boys currently under the age of 10, you know I’ve been to LEGOLAND in Orlando. In fact, we’ve stayed at the LEGOLAND Hotel twice in the last couple of years.
Normally if I’m visiting central Florida, I’m going to Disney World.
However, we opted to try LEGOLAND during fall break recently and were pleasantly surprised by our experience. In fact, we booked another vacation package for the following summer!
And, if you want to do multiple attractions, LEGOLAND is also available on the Orlando CityPass.
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What is so great about LEGOLAND?
LEGOLAND Florida’s slogan is “Built For Kids”, and we found that to be so true.
Here’s the thing, though. When something is designed for kids, that can also mean it’s super convenient and enjoyable for parents.
The park also feels a lot smaller than Disney – in a good way! It has quite a few small-scale yet thrilling roller coasters, plenty of kiddie rides and even a water park.
Employees of the park are known as “Model Citizens.”
One of my kids’ favorite LEGOLAND attractions is the Ford Driving School. Perhaps what they love most about it is that adults can’t do this one – they can only watch. Meanwhile, the kids get a chance to drive little low-speed go-karts.
The course consists of a small maze of streets. It’s hilarious to watch the kids attempt to navigate intersections and traffic. Since the wait times were so short, we let our kids do this ride 5-6 times in a row.
Meanwhile, we sat in the shade and drank our coffee while we watched them. They had so much fun, we opted to purchase the customized souvenir driver’s licenses for them.
Another LEGOLAND attraction that we love is Miniland USA. It’s a huge outdoor exhibit that features iconic landmarks from famous U.S. cities constructed from over 32 million LEGO bricks.
For example, you can check out the Space Shuttle at Kennedy Space Center, watch the miniature stock cars zoom around Daytona Motor Speedway, spot the Empire State Building in New York City or visit the Las Vegas Strip!
The park also recently added huge shades to Miniland USA. This makes it a great spot to hide from the Florida sunshine on a hot day or wait out an afternoon shower.
LEGOLAND’s historical significance
LEGOLAND also has some interesting historical significance. The park is situated in Central Florida’s first theme park, Cypress Gardens.
The original botanical gardens date back to 1936 and have been preserved within a nature trail section of the park.
Cypress Gardens made Winter Haven the Water Ski Capital of the World. In fact, there are still LEGO-themed shows at the lakeside amphitheater that showcased water skiing.
Is Disney or LEGOLAND better?
Even though I love LEGOLAND, I think Disney is stil better. Disney theme parks provide a premium experience with incredible entertainment and cutting-edge ride technology.
LEGOLAND has smaller-scale thrills and shorter park hours with a lesser price tag. That being said, LEGOLAND is absolutely worth a visit for families. It’s also far less crowded.
Is LEGOLAND as busy as Disney World?
In our experience, LEGOLAND is much less busy than Disney World. Actually, it’s a dramatic difference if you’re accustomed to visiting larger theme parks.
We visited in September and June, and the crowds were low during both months. Wait times were minimal to non-existent. In fact, we were able to walk right on most rides. Additionally, LEGOLAND is more affordable than visiting other major Orlando theme parks like Universal or Disney.
What age is best for LEGOLAND?
Younger school-age kids (5-8 years old) are the perfect age for visiting LEGOLAND. Kids in this age range will meet most of the minimum height requirements. Plus, this is the age in which interest in LEGOs tends to be high.
However, we visited with babies and toddlers and there were suitable attractions for them, too. There are several playgrounds throughout the park designed with little brothers or sisters in mind.
This worked out great for our family because one parent could take the older kids on a ride while the other parent stayed with the little ones. Plus, rides like Safari Trek or The Joust are ideal for preschoolers.
Is it enough to go to LEGOLAND for one day?
You could probably see most of the main LEGOLAND Florida park in one day. However, if possible, I would recommend adding a second day and including admission to the LEGOLAND water park.
If you want to visit the water park, it’s a good idea to go ahead and purchase two-day tickets. The water park includes a lazy river and a wave pool. It also has a variety of slides and play areas for smaller kids.
Like other Orlando theme parks, LEGOLAND’s ticket pricing is structured so that guests can get discounted tickets when they visit for multiple days.
What is the LEGOLAND Hotel like?
If you stay at the LEGOLAND Hotel, you’ll be just a few steps from the park entrance.
We’ve stayed at the LEGOLAND Hotel twice and really enjoyed our experience. Each room includes a King size bed plus a separate sleeping area for the kids.
This area has its own television, bunk bed and a trundle for families with a third kid. You can choose between themed rooms such as Pirate, Friends, Adventure, Kingdom, Ninjago or LEGO Movie.
Also, the hotel has two pools and a kingdom-themed play area in the lobby. There are also daily entertainment offerings for hotel guests. These include daily activities like bingo, trivia, interactive storytime or a pajama dance party.
You can also sign up for Master Model Builder Workshops throughout the day. This is a guided LEGO-building activity in which participants can build a small LEGO figure. We made a dragon one day and a platypus another.
Whether you’re looking for a slower-paced theme park vacation or just want to explore this park for a day or two, the LEGOLAND Resort is definitely worth a visit.
Have you been to LEGOLAND? Let us know in the comments!