Nick: Last weekend we got invited to Legoland Florida to check out their Christmas Bricktacular event. We had a great time exploring the park and checking out their holiday offerings, so read on to explore with us!
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Upon entering Legoland, one of the first things you’ll notice is all the holiday decorations that have been added to the various shops and restaurants. Garland hangs from just about every awning, adorned with LEGO candy canes and stars – it’s quite adorable!
In Duplo Valley, even some of the rides have joined in on the Christmas spirit!
Also near the front of the park is this massive 30ft tall LEGO Christmas tree! Starting at 5:45 on each Bricktacular night, you can watch the LEGO Christmas Tree Spectacular, a 7 minute show with dazzling lights and holiday music, it really is quite spectacular!
The rest of the park is also filled with fun Christmas photo-ops, like a LEGO Santa meet and greet, a life-size snow globe, and tons of Christmas models you can pose with, like Santa with his sleigh and reindeer!
Unfortunately, we were quite pressed for time on this visit, so we didn’t get to experience all the Christmas fun throughout the park, but here’s a look at the map so you can get an idea of all of the great Christmas entertainment the event has to offer!
After our brief look at all the Christmas cheer, we went off to explore the rest of the park. This was only my second time at the park, and there was still a lot I hadn’t done, so we made it a priority to check out all the rides we could!
Our first stop was LEGO NINJAGO World to check out LEGO NINJAGO The Ride! We were lucky to be at the park on a slow day, so none of the rides had very long waits!
LEGO NINJAGO The Ride is a shooting dark ride where you use your arms/hands to shoot fireballs and lightning at on-screen enemies. I’d never been on a ride like this, so it definitely took some getting used to – but after our second time though I’d gotten the hang of it and had a blast!
I was actually very impressed with the whole experience – the queue had some very nice theming, and the story and ride film were really well done!
After NINJAGO, we headed through the back of the park into the LEGO City section. This area was super cute, and had some fun attractions that let kids take control of the experience, like Boating School and Driving School.
We were back there to check out Flying School, their Vekoma suspended family coaster. It was a fun little ride, but just a little too rough for my taste. However, it definitely makes a great “first big coaster” for kids.
Next up was the LEGO Technic area, which is home to The Great LEGO Race VR Coaster. I’ve been on a few VR Coasters and have never really been impressed, but this one is far and away my favorite. The VR video looks great, and syncs very well with the layout of the coaster.
Plus, the headsets are themed to make you look like a LEGO Mini figure, so taking photos from off-ride yields pretty funny looking results!
We were going to head to Coastersaurus next, a fun little Great Coasters International family coaster, but unfortunately it was closed all weekend for maintenance. I still took a few photos of the ride though, and I’m sure we’ll be back again soon to take a ride!
Our last stop of the day was LEGO Kingdoms, a medieval themed land, and home of The Dragon roller coaster.
The Dragon is part dark ride, part family coaster. It starts out by meandering through several LEGO built show scenes within the castle and ends with an exciting outdoor coaster section. It’s yet another great “first big coaster” for kids, and is still thrilling enough to be enjoyed by adults!
Overall we had an excellent time at Legoland! It’s quite a large park, and has a huge variety of rides, attractions and shows that will appeal to everyone in your group! If you haven’t made the trek out to Winter Haven to check out Legoland yet, definitely add it to your list of things to do.