Legoland Florida is a theme park for kids twelve and younger. Most rides are tailored to younger kids. However, you would be so surprised about some of the rides.
The best age is around 9 years old, which my oldest was at the time of our visit. My 3 year old also had a blast, but wasn’t able to do all the rides. Which was fine by him. My favorite part of all was the art. Lego’s art isn’t something I have ever paid any real attention to, but it’s so unavoidable when visiting the park. And, truthfully, I don’t know why they don’t get the same recognition as some of today’s top artists. Characters are always a welcome joy, no matter the age.
There are several different areas of the park, if you want, you can map out the ones you want to visit the most and hit them first. This way, your kids aren’t too tired by the time they get there. And if they are too tired, they can miss the ones that weren’t top priorities for them.
History of Lego Bricks
This is the fun part. How did it all start?
The Lego Group began in the carpentry workshop of Ole Kirk Christiansen, in Billund, Denmark.
In 1916, Christiansen purchased a woodworking shop in Billund but it burned down in 1924, so he constructed a larger one.
In 1932, Ole Kirk’s shop started making wooden toys.
The business wasn’t great but in the mid-1930s, the yo-yo toy fad gave him a brief period of increased activity.
In 1934, Ole Kirk held a contest amongst his staff to name the company. He was considering two names: “Legio” (with the implication of a “Legion of toys”) and “Lego”, a self-made contraction from the Danish phrase leg godt, meaning “play well.” He later discovered that “Lego” can be loosely interpreted as “I put together” or “I assemble” in Latin, so they adopted it.
After World War II, plastics became available in Denmark. This allowed Lego to purchase a plastic injection molding machine in 1947.
The traditional date for the first Lego blocks is 1947. It consisted of a truck that could be taken apart and re-assembled.
In 1949, the Lego Group began producing bricks, manufactured from cellulose acetate in the spirit of traditional wooden blocks that could be stacked upon one another but could be “locked” together. They had several round “studs” on top, and a hollow rectangular bottom. They would stick together, but not so tightly that they could not be pulled apart.
In 1953, the bricks were given a new name: Lego Mursten, or “Lego Bricks.”
The product wasn’t well received by customers. They weren’t versatile and people preferred metal or wooden toys.
Ole Kirk Christiansen died in 1958. A man named Godfred took the lead of the company.
Another warehouse fire struck the Lego Group in 1960, consuming most of the company’s inventory of wooden toys. By that time, sales had improved and there was no need to continue manufacturing wooden toys, so they stopped.
In 1961, Lego wished to expand sales to North America so they allowed Samsonite to begin producing and selling Lego products in the United States and Canada.
Between 1961 and 62 the first lego wheels started being sold.
The famous Lego train system, was first released in 1966.
On June 1968, the first Legoland Park opened.
In 1969, the Duplo system went on sale. These are much larger LEGO bricks, targeted to younger kids, that are still compatible with the regular ones.
In 1971 LEGO tried to reach girls by manufacturing dollhouses and furniture pieces.
The expansion continued on 1972 when ships that actually floated were released into the market.
The famous expert builder sets for older people started being released in 1977.
“Lego Family” sets became their best sellers during the late 70’s.
In 1985 the Lego Group’s educational division produced the Technic Computer Control, which was an educational system whereby Technic robots, trucks, and other motorized models could be controlled with a computer.
In August 1988, 38 children from 17 different countries took part in the first Lego World Cup building contest.
Two Guinness records were set in 1992 using Lego products: A castle made from 400,000 Lego bricks, and measuring 4.45 meters by 5.22 meters, was built on Swedish television, and a Lego railway line 545 meters in length, with three locomotives, was constructed.
During the 90’s they also started selling sets inspired by popular movies.
Fun Facts About Lego
It is one of the oldest plastic toys in the world.
Teachers started LEGOs during the 60’s and haven’t stopped.
In 2000 the British Association of Toy Retailers named LEGO the “Toy of the Century”
In 2002, LEGO sued the Chinese makers of “Coko Bricks” because the resembled LEGO bricks. Coko had to apologize and stop making them.
An average of 80 pieces of LEGO have been produced for every human on the planet.
Not even Bridgestone or Goodyear produce as many rubber wheels as LEGO.
The tallest LEGO tower was 94 feet high.
LEGO also moved into video games. There are currently over 50 of them.
The largest commercial LEGO set is that of the Taj Mahal.
To celebrate the 80th anniversary of the inception of the brand LEGO, an animated short film titled ‘The LEGO Story‘ was made by Lani Pixels.
What is waiting for you at Legoland in Florida?
You can literally spend the whole day just enjoying the creations here in Legoland. From Pirates to cities, Miniland is truly my favorite thing to see while there. Pirates were a huge theme while we were visiting. And the waterskiing show about pirates was a huge hit for my kids. You can find here a roller coaster too. Don’t be fooled by this roller coaster – it will scare you to death.
I love it when my boys can enjoy some rides together. There are tons of interactive places to visit as well. To build anything from car races to Star Wars to much more. Driver’s school – yeah, my 3 year old was driving all on his own, and loving it. A lego safari, how fun is this.
What To Do in Florida Legoland? – A quick glimpse
Meet and Greet Characters
you can find Lego characters all over the park at different hours of the day – all day.
The Kingdoms Section
where Jousting and Medieval Castles come to life
when we arrived, World of Chima was the newest to open.
this was in the World of Chima
Build your own race car
this is one of those places that 90% of the active players are males, while women sit back and relax or, do like I do, and take tons of photos
Build Star Wars Figurines
Put your mind to the test with building and creating
Walk around on the cutest streets
Check out some shows
Learn at the Legoland Factory how the pieces are done
Shop for any Lego piece you can think of
Waterskiing show about pirates
Legoland Roller Coaster
Legoland Driver’s school
Don’t forget to stock up on any lego piece you might need. They have them all here.
Legoland in Florida has 2 parks, the amusement park and the waterpark (which is closed in the winter – when we were there).
You can easily do each park in one day. But don’t do both in one day.
Legoland Florida Rides List
We’ll start with the baby rides. There are several that are for younger kids only
The Royal Joust was a ride for four and older, however, it was quite boring for kids over six
However the concept was fun
The Helicopter ride – great for kids of all ages
And even better when both my boys can go on together
Lessons – Classes
Driving Lessons – there are two sections for driving lessons – one for kids 3 – 6 and one for 6- 12. The line for my oldest boy was too long so we just enjoyed my baby. It was like driving a real car. There was no track, the kids had to maneuver and negotiate themselves.
And every driving student gets a drivers license
Boat Classes – The boats were really hard to maneuver – it was like riding a real boat
This was great for all ages
Safari Trek – This is for my baby – it was like being at a real safari with the most amazing animals
Of course driving is the most important part
legoland safari trek
Now for the really fun part – The roller coaster
My son went on this coaster over five times. And finally he begged me to join him.
It was death defying – at least that’s how I felt. It rocked my world!
And as you can see, my little adrenaline junkie had a field day
Legoland Florida – The Rides – Way More Exciting Than You Would Think