If you’ve got a kid between the ages of 5-12 and at some point in their lives have liked legos, Legoland is the place to go. We recently took the 10 hour trip to Winter Haven, Florida. Just for reference, “we” is referring to me, my husband, our kids (7,5, and 3) and my parents. In the van. For 10 hours. Let’s be honest, it was more like 12 hours with stops. HOWEVER, it was TOTALLY worth the trip and it s great alternative to Walt Disney World. Here are my 10 tips for getting the most out of your trip to Legoland!
Save Money On Legoland Tickets
You know the Gieco commercial, “I just saved a bunch of money on car insurance.” Well, you can say that, “I just saved a bunch of money on entrance fees.” If I bought two adult and three kids tickets at the gate, it would have cost me $486.80. If I bought advanced tickets for everyone, it would have cost me $411.90. But instead, I found a BOGO coupon for 3 adults allowing my kids to go for free. That is a savings of up to $161.90! I found the BOGO code on the back of lego packaging. Also, if you sign up for LEGO life magazine, which is free, there will be a BOGO code in that as well.
Save Money on Food and Drinks at Legoland
You can bring a bag with a few snacks and water. We did this and honestly didn’t even get a chance to eat the snacks because we were so busy at the park. This leads me to the Coca-cola Freestyle. For $10.99, you get a souvenir cup and unlimited refills for the day. There are stations across the park and came in handy when we were thirsty from the Florida heat. I think we drank about $100 worth of beverages that day.
Plan Your Day at Legoland
Plan before you go. I googled “Legoland Florida park map” then spent roughly 2 hours circling the rides all kids to ride or putting initials next to rides with restricted height. I hate just roaming around amusement parks and want to get to the nitty gritty. It saved us a ton of time asking, “where do we want to go next”.
Play While You Wait At Legoland
There are play while you wait areas. Boy, did this come in handy! While the adults were waiting in line for the ride, the kids played with legos in a safe area. Then when it was our turn to board the ride, they just jumped in line with us. Also, almost every line area was under shade and had ample fans. We were incredibly thankful for airflow.
Stay At The Legoland Hotel
If you can, stay in a Legoland hotel. They have one on the premises and a beach retreat, right across the street alongside a lake. Though a little pricey for a night, you get a second day at the park included! The kids were also in awe of the beach retreat. It looked as if it were built of legos and there were characters who visited the area. There’s a pajama dance party, a smores bonfire, and a pool with giant floating legos.
Stroller Rentals At Legoland
Don’t worry about lugging your stroller to Florida. There are strollers to rent (first come first served) and were a Godsend when the younger kids got tired of walking. It’ll cost you about $22 for a double, but worth the cost in trunk space for your ride home. Also, there are lockers for rent in case you don’t want to lug around your belongings or purchases.
Lego Minifigures Exchange
Bring lego minifigures. Your kid can exchange, at most, 3 minifigures to their liking. All they need to do is go up to a Legoland employee and ask to switch. Each minifigure has to have legs, a tourso, a head, and some sort of accessory (like a hat). I have to be honest, some of the employees had the most adorable minifigures. I saw a cowboy, a unicorn, and minifigure dressed as a lego. Ha! Its ironic. He’s a lego figure that is dressed as a lego, get it? Neither does anyone else.
Bring Ponchos With You To Legoland
Bring ponchos. You can set a clock by Florida weather. In the afternoons it rains, heavily. Plan accordingly. Bring ponchos, get ones for .96 at Walmart ahead of time and stuff them in your travel bag with your snacks. In case it rains, or in case of a ride that might get a little wet, you’ll have protections against wet clothes. Ewh!
Add on the Legoland Waterpark
If you want to add the water park, do it with your Legoland ticket. It is way cheaper to add on, then to buy separately. The water park is located at the very back of the park. We didn’t go during this trip, but heard nothing but good reviews about it.
Check Out Legoland Rides Before You Go
Check out YouTube videos of Legoland Florida. About a week before we left, I pulled up YouTube videos of the rides in Legoland. It helped my anxious son see what the rides were like before he went on them. He knew before we arrived at the park which rides he wanted to go on. This saved time and temper tantrums. I highly recommend for an easy-going time at the park.
We definitely plan on going back, but probably not for another year when our two youngest grow tall enough to ride the bigger rides. You need to take that into account before booking. Can most of your kids ride most of the rides there? If so, I’d suggest taking the 10, err 12, hour trip. You won’t regret it.
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