Review of Legoland Florida Adventure
Over the last 18 months, we have drug my little farmer to live cooking demonstrations, NYC for Chopped Junior and all over Kentucky for cooking/speaking competitions for my little chef. He’s been a champ through it all, but my husband and I decided that this fall break would be a vacation all about him!
The kid loves Legos! When the Lego magazine arrives in the mailbox, he is glued to it for hours, reading it cover to cover. He loves to build sets and then tear them apart (ugh) and “free build”. He has been so excited about this vacation, he had a countdown and his clothes ready for the suitcase way before I even got it out. So off to Legoland Florida we went.
We arrived on a Saturday and as soon as we walked into the hotel, he was taking it all in. Kids everywhere and I figured it might be too much for my laid-back kid, but he didn’t seem to mind. The hotel was great. The attention to detail with all the Lego figures and pure Lego art was amazing to see. The disco party in the elevator was fun for the kids, and we might have danced a little too!
Lil man wanted to stay in an adventure-themed room. As soon as you got off the elevator you certainly felt like you were on an adventure. The rooms were spacious and beautifully themed. The kids loved having their own area with bunk beds and a television. The bathroom even had Lego creatures and themed shower curtain.
The nightly games were a little disappointing, not sure if it was because of the chaos of all the kids running with swords and throwing Legos, or if it was just geared to younger children? My kids were excited about the building competitions but as soon as my son learned that he would have to get up in front of the crowd and describe his build, his introversion kicked in and he was out.
Another activity at the hotel was the Master Builder Class. You had to reserve your spot for these classes and we were able to get one each night! My kids were excited to see what they were going to build. My daughter was disappointed to find out that they were going to build the same thing each night. The airplane was cute that they built but we now have multiples! My son didn’t mind so much that he got to build an airplane each night, but felt that the level of build was not “master”. I would have been a little disappointed if we had stayed all week and racked up on 10 airplanes!
The Bricks Family Restaurant was nice to have in the hotel. The supper menu was good. They had several types of meat, salads, sides, desserts and the kids’ hot bar with chicken fingers, macaroni and cheese, fruit and other kid-friendly items. It was busy on weekend nights and service wasn’t very good. It took 20 minutes to get silverware the first night and the drink machine was out of everything! The breakfast is complimentary if you stay in the hotel. The menu was great. They had this mixed potato hash that was amazing. I’m still thinking about it days later. Service was much better in the morning, but no coffee. The machines were always out! We had a Keurig in the room but I didn’t bring a cup down with me… the first morning. I did the second morning, not taking any chances. Guess what? No coffee again. But they had this caramel vanilla creamer that was amazing, so I asked if I could just take a few to the room and I’d make it and bring it from now on!
The park during the fall is only open Fri-Mon. However, since we were staying at the hotel, we received extra brick time or early entrance. The park was not crowded and we never waited over 15 minutes for any of the rides. Lil man usually does not like rides, but this trip he volunteered to ride some of the rollercoasters and 3D rides! Not sure if it’s that he’s getting older or that we researched the vacation and watched videos about the rides and he knew what to expect. Either way, ride on! We all had different rides that were our favorite!
- Mom-Ninjago Ride
- Dad-Flying School
- Lil Man-Beetle Bounce
- Lil Chef-Coastersaurus
Miniland was an amazing area. FIlled with Lego cities, themes and even some that moved! The man-hours and the creativity that went into building the works of Lego art are mind-boggling.
Imagination Station was a great area. It is air-conditioned and was a welcomed relief after being in the sun all morning.
- Game zone was full of video game stations
- Wheel zone provided a set of wheels that you are able to build Lego cars and race on a track
- Flight zone provided a platform with wings that you are able to build Lego planes and race
- Creation zone was free build Legos
- Building Zone build your best Lego building and see if it can withstand an earthquake shake
- LEGO Mindstorms learn more about Lego robots
The Pirate’s Cove Live Water Show was great! The cast was funny, the storyline was good for kids and adults, and the water show….WOW!
The food in the park was affordable for theme park food and quite good. Around lunch, we always seemed to wind up in the Imagination Station and lucky for us there was a Panini Grill inside of it! My Lil’ chef now wants a Panini maker, they were that good. We also purchased the refillable souvenir mugs and was able to refill it at any of the food locations which was nice.
I never really understood the big deal behind minifigures. My Lil’ man has built his own at other Lego stores and they were kinda cool, I guess. So, we went to Minifigure market to create the kids own minifigures and get involved with this trading process that happens throughout the park and at the retail shops. And that’s when I saw the little corn guy in the mystery grab bag collection. I thought I would really like to have that corn guy, so I bought one for me and each of the kids in hopes that I would get him. Nope, but we got some other really cool ones that were not available in the make your own. At first, the lender twisted his face a little after seeing all of our mini figures, until he learned about the trading and I told him about corn guy. My husband’s family has a long history in trading cattle so the whole trading game…kinda in his blood. He went and sweet talked a retail clerk into feeling all the mystery bags to find me my corn man and she did! Success….thought it was over… not so much. I think we came home with almost 30 minifigures. My little chef usually comes home with all her souvenir money, but apparently, she got the trader gene (there was a chef one) and spent most of it on minifigures. But we had great fun, hunting the ones we wanted, trading, and meeting new people.
It was a great trip. My Lil’ man had a great time! I only wish we visited sooner! Check out the video of the highlights from our trip!