When my kids learned of a place that actually exists on earth (and conveniently in Florida) that was all about LEGO, it became clear this would be a mind-blowing place to visit. Please understand, it is all about LEGO in our home. My son has his own minifigure shop on his desk where we are regularly invited to choose a head, upper body, lower body, accessory, and hair or hat. He holds his own LEGO master builder sessions and has a LEGO landmine spread out over his floor.
We surprised them with a trip and conveniently used Uber from Orlando to LEGOLAND Florida Resort located in Winter Haven. To say my 4-year-old daughter and 8-year-old son were excited upon walking into the lobby would be an understatement. With a river of easy-to-reach LEGO bricks available for kids in the lobby, a huge LEGO castle with pirate ship to jump around and play on, and a LEGO character walking around, my son fell over with LEGO-induced happiness.Here is what we loved about LEGOLAND Florida Resort
It is built for kids. In absolutely every way, it is meant to engage kids while encouraging their imagination and creativity.There are four different types of themed rooms so there is something for everyone: Pirate, Adventure, LEGO Friends, and Kingdom. We chose the Kingdom theme room which appealed to both my kids.
The elevators! We had to peel our kids away from the lobby and head to the elevators. The disco-dancing music elevators were so fun as you can see in this video that my daughter took of my son.
The lobby entertainment and activities. My kids had a blast participating in tons of activities ranging from LEGO limbo and conga line, brick-building contests, and fun interactive games. They somehow managed to create entertainment that could include kids of all ages while the adults were able to sit nearby and enjoy some spirits at the bar!The details and little extras. The in-room treasure hunt safe and LEGO gifts, DUPLO blocks for use, morning delivery of The LEGOLAND Times newspaper, and separate sleeping area with bunk beds just for kids.Kids-only zone in the room.
Manageable size. LEGOLAND Florida Resort is a good size but not overwhelming. Big efforts are made by this property to welcome the littlest of kids. We appreciated the child-size toilets and sinks in the lobby bathroom. Check out this unbelievable wall of LEGO minifigures behind the check-in area.Master Model Builders Workshop. Kids are invited to sign up for a group class to learn how to build a take-home small LEGO kit. Multiple classes are available but you must sign up. *We were delayed and missed the beginning of class. My son was terribly disappointed when the master builder explained it was too late to jump into the class. After realizing there were no other spots available, the master builder was kind enough to stay a few minutes late and talked with my kids and gave them the kit to build themselves. For a huge LEGO fan like my son, this was the equivalent to meeting a professional sports player.
A few points that I feel are important to share about this property. There is one family restaurant appropriately called Bricks. We had the opportunity to eat dinner and breakfast and we all agreed the food was okay but not spectacular. While we didn’t have to wait to be seated, I imagine it can get crowded when at full capacity, and it would be nice to see expanded food options. We noted there was a fairly long wait for the awesome disco elevators. We didn’t mind waiting because we kept busy by jumping on the whoopie cushion printed rug nearby. The Skyline Lounge and bar is located right next to the castle/pirate ship play area in the lobby. With additional food options for adults while the kids play nearby, the concept is genius.
We all enjoyed our stay and I could definitely see us visiting again someday. My son has already asked and remarked that his visit to LEGOLAND Florida Resort was a highlight…of his life.Full disclosure: We are a LEGO-loving family and were given the opportunity to stay at LEGOLAND Florida Resort for a discounted rate. This is my honest review in my own words.