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First Time at Legoland

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Hi, I plan on taking my 10 yr old son to Legoland this summer. Any special attractions that we should see? What fills up fast and what an wait? How is the food?

Thanks

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To be honest I've only been in off-season so it's always been pretty quiet - never waited more than a couple of rotations for any of the rides.

 

The scariest ride - like a mad mouse, tipping you out thing, is in Technic - Project X - I'm not keen on falling off the track...

 

There's actually a lot of rides here, we went anticlockwise, starting to the right through Duplo village as I think most head through miniland USA, but I'd aim to finish up there after a long day of rides.

 

If you want to break things up, the Gardens are great with an amazing banyan tree - we've always found this very peaceful after some of the madness of the rides area.

 

The live waterski show is pretty lame content-wise. There's some nice waterskiing/ski jumping, but the plot of the pirate adventure was very weak when we saw it, so if you have to miss anything, this might be it.

 

Clearly the 'must-see' part of LEGOLAND Florida is the miniland USA exhibit of LEGO models - these are TOTALLY AWESOME. Especially if you've visited the places - Washington DC, Vegas, New York, Kennedy Space Center - they are all amazing and - depending on attention spans - can take an hour (or even two!) Don't miss the Star Wars area - with the Millenium Falcon taking off/landing, Mos Eisley cantina and fully size LEGO R2D2s and Darth Vader.

 

The only food we've tried are the apple fries (but might want to share as they are very sweet - fries, like potato, but made of apple, dipped in cinnamon sugar and served with vanilla cream). They are very good and a signature item so worth a go (if you like apples!)

 

They have good value ice cream too - if you read all the way down to the bottom of the board, you can get a couple of scoops for I think about $3 which is pretty good for a Florida park.

 

Hope that helps - you need someone who's been when it's busy. There's a TON of rides and, while not white knuckly ones, they are pretty good, and great fun for bears - none of this being left at the side, I get to ride and that's a big benefit.

 

Hope you have a great time.

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To be honest I've only been in off-season so it's always been pretty quiet - never waited more than a couple of rotations for any of the rides.

 

The scariest ride - like a mad mouse, tipping you out thing, is in Technic - Project X - I'm not keen on falling off the track...

 

There's actually a lot of rides here, we went anticlockwise, starting to the right through Duplo village as I think most head through miniland USA, but I'd aim to finish up there after a long day of rides.

 

If you want to break things up, the Gardens are great with an amazing banyan tree - we've always found this very peaceful after some of the madness of the rides area.

 

The live waterski show is pretty lame content-wise. There's some nice waterskiing/ski jumping, but the plot of the pirate adventure was very weak when we saw it, so if you have to miss anything, this might be it.

 

Clearly the 'must-see' part of LEGOLAND Florida is the miniland USA exhibit of LEGO models - these are TOTALLY AWESOME. Especially if you've visited the places - Washington DC, Vegas, New York, Kennedy Space Center - they are all amazing and - depending on attention spans - can take an hour (or even two!) Don't miss the Star Wars area - with the Millenium Falcon taking off/landing, Mos Eisley cantina and fully size LEGO R2D2s and Darth Vader.

 

The only food we've tried are the apple fries (but might want to share as they are very sweet - fries, like potato, but made of apple, dipped in cinnamon sugar and served with vanilla cream). They are very good and a signature item so worth a go (if you like apples!)

 

They have good value ice cream too - if you read all the way down to the bottom of the board, you can get a couple of scoops for I think about $3 which is pretty good for a Florida park.

 

Hope that helps - you need someone who's been when it's busy. There's a TON of rides and, while not white knuckly ones, they are pretty good, and great fun for bears - none of this being left at the side, I get to ride and that's a big benefit.

 

Hope you have a great time.

Love the sound of the USA Lego models.

Thanks for sharing :)

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Remember that it closes at 5....weekends til 6...Chima land - you will get soaked! Head to the back of the park towards the Ford Driving School first if they want to drive power wheels type cars or the flight school (sit the child on the right if u want to buy the pic or license after), Coastersaurus in Land of Adventure, or Project X in Technics (if they want the biggest ride)....these rides queue up fastest so there will be a wait if you dont do them first...Dragon in Kingdoms is a good one too...we did Chima land twice first thing on the first day at LL b/c that one gets busy too and were soaked for a while...then, we managed Dragon twice, Coastersaurus once, and Aqua Waveriders once before lines started to build....only managed Coastersaurus once i think later in the afternoon and Project X once or twice...the rest of the time, we spent on the other rides except Lego City, the Chima 4d movie, stores, miniland, and ate lunch...the second day we went, we did Coastersaurus once as soon as we got there and then went to the wayerpark for a couple hours....then, flight school, driving school, lunch, Project X, Imagination bldg zone, Cyprus Gardens, dragon, and a few others...theres a clearance store down by the pirate show area, sort of hidden next to Lakeside Sandwich Co....the Island in the sky ride is a neat 360 degre view....the Beetle bounce and the Pharoah rides in Advemture land are good too...its all good certainly...being a weekday, you'll run into school groups...stay ahead or behind them cause they rarely have enough chaperones and are annoying! We got there by 9:05 am both days (Tuesday and Sunday) and were nearly first in the line to get in...Max comes out about 9:55 to open the day and selects the most entusiastic child to help...lots to see...they trade minifigures if u bring some with u and theres a "1st visit to LL" and bday buttons available too from guest services or the kiosk by the boating school (which has a slow moving queue since boats tangled up in the canal if riderscant drive them)...trying to think of other tips...if u want a second day, you can upgrade the tix at guest services for $15 each...waterpark is another $15 each plus $7 for a decent size locker rental...it turned cooler and a storm tnreatened tne day we did it so we only stayed an hour or a bit longer before going around the park again...Sundays aren't crowded at all, open til 6, and no school groups! Miniland and Cyprus gardens are very nice, just be mindful of time passing....parking vouchers can be bought online for 12 rather than $14....every so often characters are out and about...kids' meals are decently priced - $5.99 at Castle burger for burger, fries, apples and water or milk or at I-Zone Panini where u get a grilled ham n cheese with apples or chips and water or milk...the scoop ice cream is in a shop near the greenhouse - 2 scoops for $3.29 (ask for it in a bowl and as you r paying, ask for a second bowl/spoon then, divide it outside)....two separate bowls with one scoop are $2.49 each...

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I know this is late, but I just wanted to throw my "must do" list at LLF.

 

In no particular order:

  1. Brickbeard Ski Show
  2. World of Chi (Chima) ride
  3. Island in the Sky (unique and classic ride from Cypress Gardens)
  4. Project X Roller Coaster
  5. Miniland USA
  6. The Dragon Roller Coaster
  7. The Coastersourus Roller Coaster
  8. Ford Driving School
  9. Flying School Roller Coaster
  10. The historical and famous Banyan Tree
  11. The Water Park (separate entrance price)
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