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Old 03-07-2012, 09:40 AM   #46
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Me, too.

I am especially interested in hearing from people who have successfully used the McDonald's online Promo ( Buy one adult, get one child free ) described at LegolandPhotos, Mousesavers, and other sites.

There is some controversy over the expiration date of the offer, and it would be reassuring to know the promo is still being honored.
Have not gone to LL yet but did buy tickets using the McD code and the tickets have a 2/14/13 expire date (1 year from purchase).
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Old 03-08-2012, 08:34 PM   #47
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Question Worried about going in 2 weeks!

I just read through this entire post. We are suppose to go on a Sunday, March 18th. I know this is Spring Break season.

We've never done WDW during HIGH SEASON and I hate standing in line!

How bad do you think this will be? I'm now wondering if we should do something else?

Can someone tell me a "touring plan". For example which attractions should we go to first? I have 3 coaster/thrill riding kids, DD11, DS10 & DS6. 2 are 48" so I guess I would ride with the 6 yo? DH and DD4 don't do coasters.

Also I saw the suggestion for Ruby Tuesdays. Any other restaurant suggestions in the area for dinner?

The park closes at 6:00 and we are staying on Disney property so I figured we'd eat in Winter Park before heading back to WDW.

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Old 03-18-2012, 04:57 PM   #48
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Smile Legoland Spring Break Trip Report

We went to Legoland today...March 18. It is crazy crowded at WDW but Legoland was a nice/calmer place.

We used the McDonald's tickets just fine. Great deal getting 2 kids in "free"

The park opened a bit earlier today (9:30) and they JUST changed the time in the past week or two. So check the park hours right before you go in case they have changed.

We arrived around 9:00 and parked very close to the front. Cost is $12.

We followed a roller coaster heavy touring plan and if you have older kids I would suggest this.
We did the following with NO wait: Dragon coaster (2x), Merlin's train, Royal Joust, Lost Kingdom, Safari, Coastersaurus (2x), Project x (2x).
Small wait for Wave Racers.
We did all this by 11:00 and noticed the crowds had picked up a little.
We skipped boating school...looked very "babyish" according to my group.
DD4 did jr driving school with no wait. The rest of the kids did driving school and it was probably about 20-30 to go through the entire thing.
Flying school had no wait so we rode it 2x. Short wait for Rescue academy.

We got lunch in Imagination zone at the Panini place. Pretty good. Prices better than WDW. The only have PEPSI which I was disappointed b/c I only drink Coke.

The kids did built & test race cars (you can also do this at downtown Disney Lego store!) No line for Kid Power Towers.

We went to the Pirate Ski Show. Its ok...not even close to Disney quality. The skiing was neat but it was pretty hokey. The inflated shark being pulled behind the boat was when I said "we're not in Disney anymore Dorothy"!!!

Nice walk through Cypress Gardens....classic/old school Florida...loved it!

We stopped by Project X and rode it one more time....it is the unanimous favorite for all of us. There was a wait but not too bad. About 15 mins.

Then we spent a good amount of time in Miniland. It is very, very neat! If it had been a bit cooler we could have spent more time, there is NO shade. There are a few things interactive but not many. It was neat how the first family was on the front porch of the White House, including the pets!

We stopped and got at snack at Granny's apple fries. They are good! We then wanted to ride Island in the Sky as our last attractions. We got in line for it 2 different times & was told it was having mechanical problems both times...so we never rode it.

We did some quick shopping at The Big Shop. I was SHOCKED they don't use the LEGO VIP card! Was told Legoland isn't "owned" by Lego but an entertainment company...therefore I couldn't get points on my VIP card. That is about the dumbest thing I've heard in a while....can't use a Lego card in Legoland!!

We were back to our WDW resort by 4:30. Which is nice that we have dinner & swim time at our resort.

Summary:
Overall this is a nice, slower paced, smaller park. A good break from the size & crowds at Disney.
Some trade offs are the employees are mostly teenagers but not well trained. I ask one employee at the Flying School which "show" was her favorite. She shrugged..."I don't know, I have seen any of them"...well ok?!
The rider under 48" needing adult rule can be an issue for sure.
The "seats" for most rides are VERY small. I am an average size female...about 5ft5in, 140 and I thought they were small. My knees kept hitting the front on Coastersaurus...ouch. And my very small 11 yo DD and I were very squished sitting together. A larger size person (weight or height) is going to have issues. My 6ft 4 in brother won't be able to ride some things...his legs won't fit!
We thought boating school & driving school are overrated.
Wave Racers & Project X....favorites with my group.
Cypress Gardens were LOVELY. The Banyan Tree was amazing. I would love to sit in that area longer. It would be very nice to have a restaurant in there somewhere....just lovely.
It is an easy driving from WDW. Its only 7 exits from Disney on I4. Then you drive south for about 20-30 mins. Very easy & lots of signs.
They need more: Employees, benches, trash cans.
The water park will be a NICE addition. By 2:00 we had done most of what we wanted. It would have been a good time to go to the water park b/c we were HOT. I wonder if the price will increase...it shouldn't in my opinion.
Kids under 3 will not have much to do at all. Kids over 10/11 might get bored.

Will we go back...doubt it. I have DS6 and DS10 who are my lego kids. They were at a great age this time.
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Old 03-20-2012, 06:39 AM   #49
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We went to Legoland today...March 18. It is crazy crowded at WDW but Legoland was a nice/calmer place.

We used the McDonald's tickets just fine. Great deal getting 2 kids in "free"
Wonderful review, TinkerSouthernBelle! Thanks so much for posting.
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