WINTER HAVEN – Florida’s Legoland, currently under construction, is set to open in the fall of 2011 at the setting of the historic Cypress Gardens park in Winter Haven, south of Lakeland.
LEGOLAND Florida will be a 145-acre family theme park geared specifically for children ages 2 to 12. There will be more than 50 interactive rides, shows and attractions including LEGO models.
The parts of the new Legoland include:
- City – featuring a Driving School where children earn their first “driver’s license” and families compete on Fun Town Fire Academy – a competitive ride that challenges families to get a fire truck from one side to another and put out a faux fire;
- Imagination Zone – where children can build on their imaginations and race cars against each other;
- DUPLO® Play Area – ideal for toddlers and their growing minds;
- Factory Tour – a first hand look at how LEGO® bricks are made from factory to finish; Castle Hill – a medieval area featuring an indoor/outdoor rollercoaster taking guests on a ride in and out of a castle where a dragon defends his treasure and Dino Island – where guests take a trip to prehistoric times and experience their first “thrill” ride.
- Retail and dining areas were also introduced including The Big Shop, one of the largest LEGO retail stores in the country and the Garden Restaurant where tasty homemade soups and sandwiches are served.
In addition, most of the historic parts of Cypress Gardens will remain. The British manager of the park, Adrian Jones, quoted in Tampa Bay Online, says the park’s unique water ski show, botanical gardens and some rides will remain.
“Cypress Gardens was beautiful,” Jones said to TBO. “Why would we not integrate that into our site? We’re discussing how to create a Lego water show.”
Keep up with the details of the new park at florida.legoland.com/