Less than an hours drive from Disney World is another theme park with a lot of appeal for the three to eight year old set and it won’t bust the budget. Located on the grounds of the old and iconic Cypress Gardens this Legoland has a decidedly Florida flavor.
While it has a few nice thrill rides like an old fashioned roller coaster and a drop tower ride, the bulk of the entertainment isintended for a more timid crowd. Lego cars and a Lego train ride. A
mechanical Lego horse track and bumper boats and even a pretty tame coaster. On the first visit our grandson was six and he had a great time.
Everybody loves Legos and the senior citizens in the group were drawn to the Lego constructed settings. They included the monuments of Washington D.C., Key West Florida and the Kennedy Space Center. In addition there were pirate fleets and Star Wars scenes all amazing layouts. As you travel thru the park there are Lego built full size animals and characters at every turn. Monkeys sit in trees, deer and otters stand in a woodland with a lake and waterfalls. It really is a lot to take in.
There is also a water show at the lake where the water-skiers of Cypress Gardens preformed but this time it is Lego characters on skies and in speed boats . A fast paced action story that kept the kids attention. All in all a good time was had by all.
Legoland also has two themed resorts attached to the park with one focused on the thrifty traveler. We spent a night there just to see what the resort was all about and it more than gains the approval of its intended guest demographic – young children aged two to ten.
The rooms are in cinderblock duplexes that, with the bold painting scheme, look just as if they are made of giant Legos. Each room has a king bed along with a kids room with bunk beds. Decorations are all Lego and beach themed. The duplexes are clustered around villages with a playground in the center and a central lighthouse
building with a restaurant and swimming pool. In the evening the restaurant features photo ops with meet the Lego character times.
Some adults might be critical of the discount character of the Lego Beach Resort but the intended target customer seemed thrilled with their time there. It was like kindergarten recess during a vacation…