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Family fun: Is LEGOLAND Florida worth the cost and the travel?
Being a Florida resident and former Disney World Cast Member, I get a lot of theme park questions. One very common question is “Is it worth going to LEGOLAND for just a day?”
When considering the location and cost of daily admission, there is no denying it is a splurge day trip. This week I finally had the opportunity to get the insider answer; yes it is worth it but you need to plan to visit when your kids are at the right age to truly enjoy it! But I must say that if you can plan it out to be a 2 day trip with an overnight stay at the LEGOLAND Beach Retreat Hotel then you will not regret it!
If you are looking for some fun activities for kids within a day trip because you live within driving distance or you are considering adding on to your Orlando Disney or Universal vacation then it should be reassuring to know that you can see and do everything at LEGOLAND in one full day visit. Read on for my tips to getting the most out of a one-day visit to LEGOLAND Florida. Keep in mind that I have two young children (aged 5 and 3).
Fun places for kids: Here are my tips for making the most of a one-day trip to Legoland Florida with kids.
Don’t Pay Full Price– Hopefully, this is not a “day of” decision to visit. So there is no need to wait to get your full price tickets at the gate. There are several easy ways to get discounted tickets. The best way is by getting the GO Orlando Card. You can also check out the article from my friends at 365 Atlanta for ways to save money at LEGOLAND Florida. And the Legoland hotel deals change often with ticket specials.
- Arrive Early – Get to Legoland 30 minutes – an hour prior to opening time. Arriving early ensures good parking. This also allows you to take your time making sure you have everything you need out of the car. Then you can take a nice photo in front of the sign without tons of people and they open the gates a bit early to let the crowd start going in. This gives you time to finalize your plan of attack! Remember that LEGOLAND Florida is located approximately 45 minutes from Disney World or Tampa and 2 hours from Fort Myers (this is where I drove from). Though many people want to work it into a Disney Vacation it is not really an Orlando theme park and this needs to be something you consider when planning to make the most of your day. Another option would be to stay at the Legoland Hotel out of convenience and theme immersion, but I have not had the opportunity to stay there so I cannot speak from experience.
- Consider your dining options. My kids are munchers, so we had a variety of food throughout the day. We brought snacks (yes Legoland is awesome and allows you to bring outside food and beverages inside their park), tried the apple fries, enjoyed some nachos and cheese, cooled off in with AC over some waffle fries, had some huge scoops of ice cream, and split a lego box kids meal sandwich. Funtown Slushies was a hot spot for us. Buying the Yard Slushy first thing paid off with the $3.50 refills all day. We stayed on a sugar high all day! The restaurants offer everything from locally sourced beef hamburgers to an all you can eat pizza-pasta-salad buffet and anything in between, the options are plenty.
- Check the show schedule. Know ahead of time what shows interest you then confirm showtimes for the day as soon as you grab your park map when you enter. Watching a show is a great way to rest our legs and recharge for a new round. On this visit, Legoland Florida offered four shows – we watched two. The water ski show at Pirate’s Cove and Lego Friends Holiday Party Musical at Heartlake City Hall.
- Minifigure Market – Bring your own lego figure to trade with the employees (they are not trading anything super special). It is all about the experience of trading so bring a cheapy from home to do that. Then go to the Minifigure Market in the afternoon to let the kids build their own Minifigure to take home as a souvenir. I treated the kids to a set of mini figures. Sold for $3.99 a piece of they can build a set of 3 for $9.99. So we went for the set that way we each got to build one!
- Plan your day. We chose the best route through the theme park for our family based on what we wanted to see in order of priority. Use the tips above and you too can make the most of your one day at LEGOLAND Orlando Florida.
Hotels Near LEGOLAND Florida
If you have more than one day to visit LEGOLAND Florida then I highly suggest checking out the rates at the LEGOLAND Hotel onsite or the NEW LEGOLAND Beach Retreat that opened Spring 2017. Read all about this new Legoland hotel here. There are also some other hotels near LEGOLAND that are very budget friendly like the Holiday Inn Winter Haven which is only a 5 minute drive to Legoland Florida.