Legoland Florida Discussion Thread

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Postby simon8899 » Thu Oct 10, 2013 10:05 pm

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Re: Legoland Florida Discussion Thread

Postby robbalvey » Thu Nov 21, 2013 11:02 am

Lots of news coming out of Legoland Florida today!

First off, I attended the ground breaking ceremony for the new Legoland Hotel which will open in 2015. The hotel will feature 152 rooms with plenty of land available for expansion. The hotel will sit just to the left of the park entrance and guests will have easy access in and out of the park. Here is a quote from the press release:
“The opening of a LEGOLAND Hotel will transition LEGOLAND Florida from a single-day visit theme park to a multi-day resort destination,” said Jones. “This will serve as a catalyst for future economic development in Polk County.”

Welcoming guests with a multicolored exterior and entrance, the four-story LEGOLAND Hotel will immerse families with young children in the world of LEGO®, as an extension of the vibrant and interactive theme park experience. Created to bring children’s imaginations to life, the LEGO-themed hotel will feature 152 brightly colored and highly themed rooms and suites, LEGO décor; interactive play areas; a pool and a restaurant.

LEGOLAND Florida Hotel will add 250 construction-related jobs during the construction, and another 250 jobs to its employee base to staff the new hotel upon completion.

In other news, Coastersaurus re-opened today with the new GCI "Mini-llennium Flyer" trains. While the trains look and ride GREAT, I have to be honest it was disappointing to hear that the height restriction was raised from 36" to 42". I really hope the park can work with Great Coasters to lower that a bit, at least to 40" to match The Dragon also at Legoland as well as other rides in the area. The 40" mark is kind of a key height restriction in Central Florida. How do you tell a kid "Sorry, Johnny, I know you were able to ride Tower of Terror, Test Track, Big Thunder Mountain, Dinosaur, Star Tours, Splash Mountain, Spider-Man, and Transformers... but you can't ride the junior woodie at Legoland." Gotta think something can be done (38" with an adult, 42" to ride alone maybe?)

Anyway, here's some photos & video!
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Welcome to Legoland Florida! Today we are here for the ground breaking of something exciting!

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In just a few moments, Legoland will announce a huge new expansion!

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Adrian Jones, Legoland Florida General Manager takes the stage.

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The new Legoland Florida Hotel will be open in 2015!

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Now for the official ground breaking....

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...err maybe brick tossing! =)

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Welcoming guests with a multicolored exterior and entrance, the four-story LEGOLAND Hotel will immerse families with young children in the world of LEGO®, as an extension of the vibrant and interactive theme park experience.

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Created to bring children’s imaginations to life, the LEGO-themed hotel will feature 152 brightly colored and highly themed rooms and suites, LEGO décor; interactive play areas; a pool and a restaurant.

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The hotel will be built, directly to the left of LEGOLAND Florida’s entrance, just steps from Lake Eloise.

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LEGOLAND Florida Hotel will add 250 construction-related jobs during the construction, and another 250 jobs to its employee base to staff the new hotel upon completion.

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Let's go take a look at the new Coastersaurus trains!

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GCI has creating these new "Mini-llennium Flyer" trains for Legoland.

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They look FANTASTIC!!!

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The only disappointing news is that the height restriction for this ride has been raised from 36" to 42". The reality is this - the ride is VERY tame and it's obvious it was originally designed for a much younger audience. The Dragon, which is also located at Legoland Florida is a much wilder ride and only has a 40" height restriction. Hopefully something can be done to correct that.

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And off they go!

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The very first "junior Millennium Flyers" have left the station!

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Banks Lee gives it a thumbs up (of course! He's tall enough to ride!) =)

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Would you all like to go for a ride? Of course you would! Check out the POV video below...


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Here is the current entrance to Legoland Florida. The new hotel will be off to the left. That means this view will be changing soon! We look forward to more additions to Legoland! It's a great park and we hope everyone that visits Central Florida will visit!
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Re: Legoland Florida Discussion Thread

Postby better_by_design » Thu Nov 21, 2013 11:07 am

This looks very cool - and definitely sets a personal goal to brainwash my soon-to-be-born son effectively enough that this becomes a must-visit destination in a few years!
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Re: Legoland Florida Discussion Thread

Postby DATman » Thu Nov 21, 2013 11:14 am

Awesome update! It's great to see just how much love the Legoland parks have been getting in recent years. Great upgrade to a ride that existed before the park did, and the fact that they feel comfortable building a hotel means they're pulling in great numbers! Really glad to see this kind of expansion from the Lego parks.

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Re: Legoland Florida Discussion Thread

Postby arby » Thu Nov 21, 2013 11:36 am

The hotel looks great as well as the new mini-lliniem trains! As a huge fan of LEGOs I still can't believe we haven't been to the park yet. It is on our plans when we go to FL next year.
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Re: Legoland Florida Discussion Thread

Postby cfc » Thu Nov 21, 2013 11:44 am

The new hotel looks good, and should be a nice draw. It is a shame about the new hieght requirement for Coastersaurus, though.
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Re: Legoland Florida Discussion Thread

Postby Moose » Thu Nov 21, 2013 6:48 pm

It's sad that a park that caters to families so well has increased the height limit so much.

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Re: Legoland Florida Discussion Thread

Postby Rollercoaster Rider » Thu Nov 21, 2013 7:48 pm

And add seatbelts. Weren't the previous trains just a lapbar?
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Re: Legoland Florida Discussion Thread

Postby GwaziBSRider1 » Thu Nov 21, 2013 8:27 pm

I really like the lap bars on the new trains. The Millennium Flyer's lap bars can really dig into the stomach sometimes (especially when you get those ride ops who insist that the bar is three clicks down farther than it should....), but these look wonderful.
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Re: Legoland Florida Discussion Thread

Postby Jew » Thu Nov 21, 2013 8:40 pm

Moose wrote:It's sad that a park that caters to families so well has increased the height limit so much.



I like the trains, but share these exact sentiments.
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