There are two ways of assessing Legoland Florida. If compared directly to Central Florida's theme park giants--Disney, Universal, and SeaWorld/Busch Gardens--Legoland is a bit small and rough around the edges. On the other hand, if viewed strictly as a kids park, then it must be said that Legoland Florida is the best kids park ever.
As someone who hasn't played with Lego in 30 years, my first thought when I saw how the park was divided up, was that there were too many areas, and that they didn't make a whole lot of sense in relation to one another. It was only once I saw today's Lego themed product lines that the whole thing started to make sense to me.
In my opinion, Lego Kingdoms is the best, most well-themed area of Legoland Florida.
The first thing we come to upon entering the gates is a fun little flat ride by the name of Merlin's Challenge. I honestly don't know who built the thing or what its technical name is, but it's sort of halfway between a Himalaya and one of those old turtle rides.
Ooh, a new credit! Er...kind of.
Well, it's new for Smisty, anyway.
Basically, Legoland took Cypress Gardens' existing Vekoma roller skater, got themselves some new trains, and and added a dark ride section to the beginning of it.
The storyline seems to be that you're, um, going through a castle.
With the usual drunken monk debauchery.
Then Merlin puts an end to the fighting with a magic computer.
Unfortunately, this releases a dragon!
But it's okay, because Merlin has bats!
The transition from the dark ride section to the lift hill is very slow and uneventful, and there's really no theming during the coaster part--but still, it's a dark ride and a fun little roller coaster, so I'm really not complaining.
Plus, Legoland's very relaxed when it comes to things like on-ride photography.
Unfortunately, they're also very relaxed when it comes to things like directional signage--which makes exiting The Dragon an adventure unto itself.
Giftshop Battle Princess
Here, we see a real princess getting two little boys to fight over her.
The only eatery in the Kingdoms section of the park is Castle Burger.
And while the burgers are actually pretty tasty, I can't say that I'm particularly impressed with Legoland's food overall.
I just report what I see.
(Look, *you* come up with a better caption!)
Royal Joust is one of the few attractions at Legoland Florida that adults are not allowed to ride.
Which is a shame, since it looks kind of fun.
Still, it's hard to complain since there are only two or three things in the entire park that adults can't do. (And there's none of this "adults must have a child" nonsense. Either you can or you can't. And mostly, you can.)
The last attraction in Lego Kingdoms is The Forestmen's Hideout.
It's a play area, with bridges and climby things.
Wait, how did I get up here?? Oh well, guess I'll just have to slide down. Wheee.
Oh, bother. Now I seem to inexplicably find my self on the rope and block contraption. Will my perplexity never cease??
"Raven" is the name of our car. So...okay, I guess that makes sense.
I'm not sure why these Lego wolves are in a wooden cage. None of the other Lego creatures, dangerous or not, are imprisoned.
Good sir! Good sir! The wolves are escaping! Oh, alas!
Hark, a means of escape!
Oh, alright, I'm done.
The princess doubts my self-photo-taking skills. Or, she's just disgusted by us. Hard to say. We certainly aren't disgusted with Legoland, though. In fact, we quite love it. Especially Lego Kingdoms.
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