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disneyfan1313 wrote:^^ But they didn't open a second park... they lightly re-themed an existing water park. I still don't understand who is going to this park and if it is actually doing well or not. NO ONE in Orlando is talking about it. I'm honestly still a bit confused on their expectations to draw from Orlando....
For whatever it's worth I have had several random small talk conversations recently with co-workers/customers/friends etc around here in Jacksonville who have all been to Legoland multiple times and love the place, many of which have all ready planned return trips. They probably don't advertise too heavily in Orlando because they know that market is so competitive but up here I see billboards and grocery store displays and fast food coupons on fairly regularly.
Today we have got very good news regarding LEGOLAND Florida. According to some plans found online by another website, ParkRumors, it looks like pirates will invade another area of the park next year. The location chosen is found on the right side of LEGO Kingdoms' main entrance, on the back of DUPLO Land. Here's a map of the area we are talking about (screenshot taken from Google Maps):
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Among the new attractions planned for this new area there is a splash battle, a flat ride, quite a few new water play areas, shops, one food & beverage location, changing rooms, and new restrooms. This area will therefore be almost an exact clone of the already existing Pirates Shores themed area found at LEGOLAND California. Here's a look at how the addition may look in a future LEGOLAND Florida park map (Note: this park map is NOT an official version. It has been realized by the Orlando Theme Park News Team for the sole purpose of showing the location of this new addition):
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Here's a list of the planned attractions and other offerings, as seen on LEGOLAND California's website (be aware that all the names for the following attractions may differ once built at LEGOLAND Florida):
Captain Cranky's Challenge: Ahoy maties! Captain Cranky dares you to test your sea worthiness as you sway back and forth on a pirate ship that sits on a “U-shaped” track and rotates in two directions. Swabbie's Deck: Our younger guests can play in the crystal clear waters at Swabbies Deck where they’re surrounded by pop-up water jets, playful water fountains and delightful squirt cannons. We recommend you bring a swim suit, towel and change of clothes. Please note that swim diapers are required for all children under 4 years of age. Splash Battle: Experience Splash Battle with its ship-themed vehicles that put you behind your own water cannon as you navigate through pirate-infested waters. Aim your cannon and take your best watery shot at spectators and other riders. But this is pirate territory so beware, because all of your targets are armed and ready to retaliate. All the while you’ll be surrounded by magnificent blustery pirate scenes of detailed LEGO® models. Buccaneer's Booty Shop: This store offers landlubbers and scallywags of all ages the latest pirate necessities from hats and t-shirts to eye patches and swords. Buccaneer’s Booty also has everything one might need when going on a sailing adventure including a large selection of kid’s swimsuits, towels, sunblock and your very own airbrush tattoo. ...and many other new additions.
Now, check out the plans for this great new area on ParkRumors.com.
This is definitely going to be a great addition for LEGOLAND Florida. It was absolutely obvious that the park would receive this pirates-themed area, but the location chosen for the project brings up a question: what will happen to the current Pirates' Cove area? It is very small, and would therefore be quite easy to re-theme. It would certainly make no sense to leave to pirates-themed areas in the same park. What do you think?
We finally went for the first time last weekend ($25 tickets were are main draw, wasn't going to drop $70+ each for a family of 3). We have an 8 yr old daughter & enjoyed it. We'd go back (assuming we'd get discounted tickets). It's not he greatest thing since sliced bread, but the low crowds and the fact we haven't visited any other Lego park helps).
I too wonder who makes the venture out there from Orlando? I'm 40 minutes NE of Disney and it's still a good 30+ minutes south, and it just "feels" like a chore getting there.
I never see any advertising on TV or here any friends and family talk about it either, so I wonder what the long term viable of this place will be.
So, it seems like LLF is getting Pirate Shores. I think this would be a great addition as the California version has tons of people in the summer and long lines even though the water park is right next to it.
Legoland Florida has sent us a press advisory regarding an announcement taking place in the park this Thursday, which evoked a very familiar Star Wars text crawl.
In two days’ time in a galaxy 45 minutes away… the esteemed Council of LEGOLAND® Florida will reveal a top-secret expansion taking place within the park in the year 2012. Under fear of retaliation from a certain sinister robed leader who must remain unnamed, no further details as to the nature of this expansion may be shared before this time.
This should be interesting with Disney doing so much with Star Wars, I wonder how much Legoland can legally do. Will they be able to hold events? have characters? or will it be limited to the miniland?
Moose wrote:This should be interesting with Disney doing so much with Star Wars, I wonder how much Legoland can legally do. Will they be able to hold events? have characters? or will it be limited to the miniland?
Legoland CA has a Star Wars Miniland as well as a Star Wars weekend event once a year with Disneyland 45 min up the road.
Today I had the chance to once again represent Theme Park Review at another exciting media event for Legoland Florida, this time announcing something that I could really geek out about! Today's event covered the unveiling of the LEGO Star Wars Miniland expansion coming to the park this November. Similar to the similarly successful expansions at Legoland California and Legoland Windsor, the new section of Miniland will feature scenes from all six films, as well as the animated Star Wars: The Clone Wars series on Cartoon Network.
The event itself was short, sweet and to the point. Legoland Florida continues to exceed expectations in every way, and we were assured that the park will continue to grow well into the future.
Park General Manager Adrian Jones spoke to those present, starting off by directly address the rumors of a Pirate Shores expansion coming to Legoland Florida. He said that the maps that people have been creating (along with the permits shown) don't confirm anything and the people putting these together have shown him something he's not seen before in regards to the park's future... In other words, he made it clear that we won't be talking about Pirates at this event, or anytime in the near future.
As for the LEGO Star Wars Miniland expansion Adrian was quick to let us know that while similar to the other Star Wars Miniland Expansions at the other Legoland properties, this one would be designed uniquely, would have unique interactive features and wouldn't be the last expansion to be made to Miniland... But I'll let you hear that from him. Take a look at the video to hear what he had to say about the expansion and more!
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