Winter Haven, Florida
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Park News - (5/3/13) Good news for a kids from Legoland Florida this week… “LEGOLAND® Florida is searching for a few great kids to become the first members of Buddy’s Brick Bunch, a youth panel that will serve as advisers and kid reporters on a variety of items related to LEGOLAND Florida. The Buddy’s Brick Bunch competition is aimed at children ages 8 – 12 with a passion for LEGO®, who love LEGOLAND Florida and, most of all, are adventurous and fun.
The Buddy’s Brick Bunch members will have the chance to participate in exclusive opportunities at LEGOLAND Florida throughout their 12-month term including an opportunity to be the first to experience the park’s newest expansion, The World of Chima presented by Cartoon Network, which features an interactive water ride, “The Quest for CHI”, a SpeedorzTM Arena, and Cragger’s Swamp. Select members may serve as kid reporters and spokespersons for The World of Chima while others may participate in decisions on activities for special events such as Brick-or-Treat and Kid’s New Years’ Eve. Members may also serve as advisors to the General Manager on future developments of the park.
“I’m looking for a passionate group of children that can share their experiences at LEGOLAND Florida from a kid’s viewpoint, as well as, serve as my advisers for future enhancements and developments,” said Adrian Jones, general manager at LEGOLAND Florida.
Each of the six winners will participate in a training experience on June 15-16, 2013, where they will meet park staff, go through a familiarization tour, and receive training. Buddy’s Brick Bunch members will also have a special building experience with Master Model Builders to construct a LEGO model that will be displayed in the park throughout their 12-month term. Winners will receive lifetime passes to LEGOLAND Florida and the LEGOLAND Water Park, and up to four annual passes to the park for family members.
Interested children need to have a parent or guardian’s permission to apply. Applicants must complete the online application and submit a current photo at www.LEGOLAND.com/BuddysBrickBunch. All applications must be received by May 17, 2013 to be considered. Winners must be able to participate in the training experience June 15-16, 2013 and be able to visit the park two additional times during their 12-month term. Winners will receive full VIP treatment for them and their families during one of the two visits and will have the opportunity to host their birthday party at the park (restrictions may apply).
Throughout their 12-month term, Buddy’s Brick Bunch members will experience LEGOLAND Florida’s more than 50 rides, shows and attractions, as well as the fantastical new World of Chima, and be able to share experiences from their view. For the more details regarding Buddy’s Brick Bunch, visit www.LEGOLAND.com/BuddysBrickBunch. ”
(3/8/13) A new photo trip report from Legoland Florida has been posted to OrlandoParkNews this week.
(2/22/13) Legoland Florida will now offer a special rate $99 Annual Pass for Florida Residents that comes with with Free Parking, no blackout dates and merchandise and food discounts.
(2/14/13) Legoland Florida has launched an interesting new online ticket sale program called Pick-A-Date. The idea is to reward those who buy tickets to the park several days in advance of their visit. Families who purchase tickets online at the official Legoland Florida website at least 8 or more days in advance will be given a savings of $15 per person. Buy a ticket from 2 to 7 days in advance and you will save $10 a ticket.
(1/11/13) Legoland Florida will host a variety of special events throughout the year, according to the latest announcements. There will be four weekends that will host Junion Master Model Builder competitions on Jan. 26-27 (LEGO City), May 4-5 (Yoda Chronicles), July 4-5 (Independence Day theme) and Nov. 9-10 (LEGO Chima).
LEGO Friends Weekend will take place on Feb. 9-10
The Legoland Waterpark will reopen March 9
LEGO Star Wars Days will take place May 4-5
Red, Brick & Boom – July 4,5,6
Brick-or-Treat – Weekends in October
Christmas Bricktacular – Weekends in December
Countdown to Kids’ New Years Eve Party – Dec 26-30
Kids’ New Years Eve – Dec 31
(10/16/12) Legoland Florida is holding a search to hire a new in-house Master Model Builder, a true dream job for any huge LEGO fan. Check out the official details here.
(10/15/12) Today marks the 1 year anniversary of Legoland Florida and the park reports that not only was the first 12 months very successful for them, but ticket sales for the year exceeded their expectations. So Happy 1st Birthday to Legoland Florida from Screamscape, and be sure to check out our own official review of Legoland Florida here.
(8/30/12) Legoland Florida will host their first ever Brick-Or-Treat event this fall, which will feature the invasion of the LEGO Monster Fighters and their enemies. The family friendly event features trick-or-treating, kids costume contest, Lego Pumpkin Build, Lego Monster Fighters Haunted Scavenger Hunt, Dance Party and more. Visit the official Legoland Florida website for all the detailed information on dates and how to attend.
(7/17/12) I’ve got to applaud Legoland Florida today for their latest press release. The park has been quick to point out that despite the rising ticket prices at all the other Central Florida theme parks, Legoland Florida will keep it’s current ticket price in place through the summer season.
November 2012 - Star Wars Miniland - (11/12/12) Legoland Florida sent out a video showing off the opening of their new Star Wars Miniland. Check it out embedded below!
(11/8/12) A legion of black garbed Darth Vaders will invade Miniland this Friday at Legoland California as part of the grand opening of the LEGO Star Wars Miniland Model Display.
(9/7/12) Legoland Florida has confirmed the addition of Star Wars Miniland to the park, opening in November 2012. There will be scenes included from all six feature films as well as one from The Clone Wars cartoon series.
(9/5/12) Legoland Florida has announced that they will hold a media event for the park on Thursday morning that is expected to reveal the addition of a Star-Wars Miniland expansion. I’d expect to see this up in time for the end of 2012, or very early 2013.
2013 - The World of Chima / Quest for CHI - (3/20/13) L
egoland Florida announced in 2013 they will open The World of Chima, presented by Cartoon Network. Based on the new Legends of Chima line of Lego toys the area will feature a new splash battle style water ride called Quest for CHI which looks to have an indoor section as well as the normal outdoor section. The park will also offer the previously mentioned Chima 4D theater film.
(3/14/13) Legoland Florida has sent word that they will make their announcement regarding the park’s new expansion on March 19th. With that said… I’m hearing that the plans for the new land have been shrunk back quite a bit since the early plans with the pirate theme were first leaked months ago. While the park will get the same Legends of Chima 4D film as the other Legoland parks, the new “land” is now rumored to really be just one new attraction… a themed splash battle style ride. If true, the themed Rocking Tug ride, splash-ground area and new merchandise shop were either cut or pushed back into a Phase 2 expansion instead.
(3/7/13) I’m not sure if this is a tie into the themed world of Chima or not, but Legoland Florida put out a video showing off an unexpected energy surge blasting out from a hole being dug at the construction site. Could they have uncovered a Chi Orb? Check out the video below.
Oh... and regarding that pirate flag spotted last week? Pay no attention to it... it’s apparently a red herring.
(2/25/13) OrlandoParksNews takes a look at the construction site growing quickly over at Legoland Florida for their yet-to-be-named new land. While it was originally thought to be themed to Pirates, only to change to Legends of Chima, they spotted a project trailer in the construction area with a large pirate flag attached outside. Could this be a hint that the Pirates are still alive and well? Take a look and see what you think.
(1/10/13) Screamscape sources have confirmed that the entire new expansion coming to Legoland Florida in Summer 2013 will be themed to the new Chima line of toys instead of Pirate Shores.
(1/9/13) A report over at Orlando Parks News mentions an ad found in the free LEGO Club Magazine that mentions a new 4-D movie will be coming to both Legoland Florida and California in 2013 called “Legends of Chima”, a new Lego Universe which looks like a mixture between Thundercats and Avatar. (See a video all about the new Chima line here.)
(1/1/13) A couple of new items for Legoland Florida this week. For starters, I’m told that a new sizable Fried Chicken restaurant opened back in November across from the Driving School attraction, adding a needed new indoor food option for the park. I’m also being told that construction on the park’s new land is under way and anyone who takes a spin on The Dragon coaster can see it quite well it seems. There has been a switch it seems with the theme of the new land and rides… as the park is rumored to have dumped the Pirate Shores theme in favor of something new that will be unique to Legoland Florida when it opens in Summer 2013.
???? - Legoland Resort & Convention Center - (6/4/10) According to this report, Merlin will follow up the Fall 2011 opening of the new Legoland Florida theme park with a new resort and convention center along the shore of Lake Eloise.