Orlando is absolutely stuffed with theme parks and attractions, most people come for the big established players, Disney, Universal and Sea World, but there are a lot of other theme parks in the Orlando area. Legoland Florida is a relatively new big name round here. We went to check it out for the first time yesterday and had a great family day out. But with only so much time and so much money, should you visit Legoland Florida while in Orlando, here’s our review.
What Age Group is Legoland Florida Aimed At?
Legoland is aimed at kids up to 12 years old and their families, it doesn’t have the huge white-knuckle rides of the other Orlando theme parks. When we visited Legoland Malaysia we noticed this and it suited us really well. I’m a bit of a scaredy cat when it comes to roller coasters, the slightly smaller rides there were just fine for me. The roller coasters at Legoland Florida are smaller again, we feel that the Florida park would be even more suitable for younger children, my boys loved the rides.
The Lego Test Track rollercoaster at Legoland Orlando is identical to the one in Malaysia, as far as we could see. The Dragon ride in Florida is similar to London’s Dragon but smaller than the Malaysia version. The other two coasters, Flight School and Coastosaurus were totally different and a lot of fun.
There are plenty of play areas and smaller rides around the park that suited my boys ( age 7 and 9) and would be great for smaller kids too. It was really nice that the children could often ride without adults alongside, they loved that bit of independence and added bravery.
Is the New Chima Ride Any Good?
You bet it is! It’s a floating, water squirting, waterfall dodging bonanza. My boys, all three of them, absolutely loved it. You won’t find one of these at Legoland Malaysia or Legoland England.
Is There a Water Park at Legoland Florida?
Yes there is, it’s part of the Legoland Florida complex. We visited in February so the water park was closed, although the weather was lovely. If you or the kids want to get wet there are plenty of other opportunities within the main Legoland park ( see below).
We took two days to visit Legoland Malaysia and their water park next door although combo tickets were a possibility. Both were great fun.
Is There Food Available at Legoland Florida?
Yes, absolutely there is food available and we were pleased to see that it verges toward the healthy. No philly cheese steak dogs for my husband this time! That boy loves his junk food.
It’s interesting that there is an element of physical activity in several of the rides, is this a new trend, theme parks to make you fitter?
Will You Get Wet at Legoland Florida?
If you want to, you can get soaked to the skin, not necessarily a bad thing on a hot day! My boys and husband rode Chima three times, back to back. One of them was drenched, the other two weren’t so bad. If you really need to stay dry the shops sell waterproof ponchos in adult and child sizes.
There is also a small water play area near Chima for the little ones. For really hot days there are showers and misters to cool everyone down.
Any Education in There?
Legoland, like the Lego building toys, always has an educational angle.
Computerised robot programming is great for the older kids, my little one got a real thrill out of learning to drive at Drive School.
What Else is at Legoland Florida Other Than Rides?
There are loads of other things to do at Legoland Florida!
The setting is gorgeous, it’s right on one of Florida’s magnificent lakes, the perfect setting for water based shows. There are lovely gardens to explore, a greenhouse attraction is a useful educational addition and there is a 4D cinema experience.
On the day we visited there was a special “Lego Friends” event going on. The characters were running all sorts of activities all over the park.
Mini Land, the central part of the Malaysia and Florida parks, is always good. In Malaysia all the installations were from Asia, in Florida all were from the US. The additional Star Wars themed mini land area was great fun too.
How Were The Wait Times?
From the reactions I got from my post about beating the queues at Disney I know that wait times are important to you. I can tell you that on the day we visited we didn’t wait at all between opening time, 10am, and noon. We rode all of the roller-coasters multiple times in those two hours. After lunch lines got longer and didn’t tail off towards closing times. We were visiting on a particularly busy holiday. Chima had no wait time, probably because the adults didn’t want to get wet. My boys enjoyed the play areas and mini world when the queues were longer.
Should You Visit Legoland Florida While In Orlando?
It’s well worth a visit, particularly for younger children. I really can’t make that call for you, we thought it was worth checking out but only you know your family’s needs and what sort of theme parks they enjoy most. I hope this post can help you make up your mind. If you have any questions put them in the comments section, I’m happy to help. Happy travels!