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Old 01-08-2012, 06:00 PM   #31
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I would wait to make the decision about a late May/ early June trip until you read some feedback about the park in the heat. It has occured to me that this is the first legoland park in a place that can be "hotter than the face of the sun". It is indeed MOSTLY outside and I can't imagine what it will be like in the summer afternoons. It will be interesting to see if the feedback is as bad as I think it will be.

If you are paying full price, then I'd opt for busch gardens. But BG is one of our favorite parks.

I agree and I am curious on what the feedback will be from summer visitors. We went to WDW in August and our saving grace was the fact that there are a lot of indoor air conditioned attractions and queues that we were constantly in and out of and the park hours were long enough that we could visit the parks in the morning, take an afternoon break by the pool and out of the heat, and go back in the evenings when the temperature wasn't as intense. It seems like most of the attractions at Legoland are outdoors with limited shade or cover and the shorter hours of operation don't give you much of an opportunity to tour the park in the evening. Also, what about the usual summer afternoon rainstorms in central Florida? I would hope they would keep the park open later in the summer months to account for this. We are still interested in this park, but I am keeping my eyes on the reviews as the months progress and I am hopeful they will work out their growing pains at the management/operational level.
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We are going in 2 weeks with a 6yr, 4yr and tall 2yr so I'm not sure how it'll work but I'm guessing DS#2 won't be riding many rides. We got the free kids tix so we aren't out of pocket too much. This is helpful tho - good to know what to expect!

Do they let you do rider swap at all so we can all wait in line and then one of us waits with the youngest one while the other goes with one of the older kids?
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We are going in 2 weeks with a 6yr, 4yr and tall 2yr so I'm not sure how it'll work but I'm guessing DS#2 won't be riding many rides. We got the free kids tix so we aren't out of pocket too much. This is helpful tho - good to know what to expect!

Do they let you do rider swap at all so we can all wait in line and then one of us waits with the youngest one while the other goes with one of the older kids?
When we went, I didn't see anything like a child swap. There were a few times where I saw people boarding the ride at the exit, but I noticed that had special bracelets on, so maybe they are something that you purchase (like Universal's Express Pass) or special needs.

We went in October with my 2 year old (she just turned 3 Dec 29th). She was probably right at 38" when we went and there were a lot of rides she could go on, including the wooden roller coaster (her first!). Everything she could go on, she did go on. For the rides she definitely wasn't tall enough for (bigger coasters, older kid driving school), either DH or I would take DD7.

Have a great trip! We're headed down next weekend and we are really looking forward to Legoland again!
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I would wait to make the decision about a late May/ early June trip until you read some feedback about the park in the heat. It has occured to me that this is the first legoland park in a place that can be "hotter than the face of the asun". It is indeed MOSTLY outside and I can't imagine what it will be like in the summer afternoons. It will be interesting to see if the feedback is as bad as I think it will be.

If you are paying full price, then I'd opt for busch gardens. But BG is one of our favorite parks.
Thanks, I was actually considering Busch Gardens. There is a SeaWorld/BG combo ticket. I guess if I decided on LegoLand, it will be a last minute decision.
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Found out that Legoland will be open daily (7 days a week) from 10am-8pm during the summer months (June-August) based on the operating calendar on their website. I'm still trying to figure out how our family would plan a summer day there since the location would not afford us the option of retreating back to the hotel for an afternoon break out of the heat; and even if we were to take advantage of their water park for a couple hours in the afternoon, there is still the question of how to retreat from the summer afternoon rainstorms when there isn't much indoor stuff there and how that would affect the operation of the water park area. So, I am still trying to figure out if a visit to Legoland would be worth the cost and effort in the summer
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Old 01-15-2012, 09:24 AM   #36
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We went to Legoland on Thursday, Jan 5th. Did later on in the week to avoid the holiday crowds as much as possible. I think this park has alot of potential once they get their staffing issues dealt with. They also need to take a second look on how the load riders onto their rides. It doesn't seem to me that it is done as effectively as it can to move the lines along.

Some issues we had:
Dragon Coaster in Medeivial Land: Small coaster with a big line. They were only running one car and the ride has a "preshow" so they are really only moving people 1 car at a time every 5 minutes or so. Makes for a very long wait. After 45 minutes we made our way to the front and they stopped us to add a 2nd car to the track.

Jousting Horses/Jungle Safarie Ride: Their loading system is slow. They load 3 at a time. But, while getting the 3 horses/cars filled there ends up being lag time. At some points there were just as many empty horses/cars empty waiting for people as their were on the track.

Roller Coaster with the Dangling fee: Not sure what it was called - but I wasn't impressed when they squished my friends kid hand in the saftey harness when they brought it down.

Driving School: What a MESS both of these rides were with just 1 worker each. The 3-5 year old track. Some kids were simply too small and didn't "drive" the poor worker had to follow kids around the track, bent down stearing for them. Poor guy when he had 2 like that the same time.

The 6+ track is large with about 25 cars everywhere. All getting stuck. One worker trying her best to get them all moving. My DD got stuck in the back from the get go....waiving her arms the entire time. She was never spotted and came off in tears cuz nobody came to her rescue. I am thankful she stayed seated. If she would have come out, that would have been a big issue with all the other kids driving around.

Food: Humm....sandwich shop they had there had premade sandwiches like a 7 Eleven. The granny smith fries are worth a try - yummy. The fried chicken place on the map was serving pannies. Most was very so -so.

2 children with 1 adult: yes, you will have a HUGE issue. Especially if your child falls in the catagory that they need an adult to ride. What are you going to do...leave your other child waiting in the load area by him/herself? not me

So...in the end. Is it a cute park, with nice rides. Yes, would recommend for 6-10 year olds. But, I would not go on a busy day and I would not go until the reports of their staffing seem to be resolved.

I'm glad we went - but probably will not go again since 45 minutes out is a bit much with so many other things to do in the Orlando area.
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Thanks everyone for your opinions! Kids really want to go there but I;m thinking we may wait a year til they get their act together!
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We went to Legoland on Thursday, Jan 5th. Did later on in the week to avoid the holiday crowds as much as possible. I think this park has alot of potential once they get their staffing issues dealt with. They also need to take a second look on how the load riders onto their rides. It doesn't seem to me that it is done as effectively as it can to move the lines along.

Some issues we had:
Dragon Coaster in Medeivial Land: Small coaster with a big line. They were only running one car and the ride has a "preshow" so they are really only moving people 1 car at a time every 5 minutes or so. Makes for a very long wait. After 45 minutes we made our way to the front and they stopped us to add a 2nd car to the track.

Jousting Horses/Jungle Safarie Ride: Their loading system is slow. They load 3 at a time. But, while getting the 3 horses/cars filled there ends up being lag time. At some points there were just as many empty horses/cars empty waiting for people as their were on the track.

Roller Coaster with the Dangling fee: Not sure what it was called - but I wasn't impressed when they squished my friends kid hand in the saftey harness when they brought it down.

Driving School: What a MESS both of these rides were with just 1 worker each. The 3-5 year old track. Some kids were simply too small and didn't "drive" the poor worker had to follow kids around the track, bent down stearing for them. Poor guy when he had 2 like that the same time.

The 6+ track is large with about 25 cars everywhere. All getting stuck. One worker trying her best to get them all moving. My DD got stuck in the back from the get go....waiving her arms the entire time. She was never spotted and came off in tears cuz nobody came to her rescue. I am thankful she stayed seated. If she would have come out, that would have been a big issue with all the other kids driving around.

Food: Humm....sandwich shop they had there had premade sandwiches like a 7 Eleven. The granny smith fries are worth a try - yummy. The fried chicken place on the map was serving pannies. Most was very so -so.

2 children with 1 adult: yes, you will have a HUGE issue. Especially if your child falls in the catagory that they need an adult to ride. What are you going to do...leave your other child waiting in the load area by him/herself? not me

So...in the end. Is it a cute park, with nice rides. Yes, would recommend for 6-10 year olds. But, I would not go on a busy day and I would not go until the reports of their staffing seem to be resolved.

I'm glad we went - but probably will not go again since 45 minutes out is a bit much with so many other things to do in the Orlando area.
Thank you for posting your review and confirming what we also experienced!
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bumping to see if anyone has been there recently!
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Would love to hear about more experiences !
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.
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I was just there with my 2 kids, DS4 and DD9, last Friday. This was our 2nd time there.....but only because we went with my SIL's homeschool group and got in for $5 pp (FL deal for homeschoolers and schools). Can't complain for the price we paid, but the same problems that plagued the park from Day 1 are still present. My DS4 rode the Jr Driving School...and it was still 1 harried man trying to help all the little ones with could not drive the cars. His manager came over to help out for about 5 minutes...and then left. Same with the regular Driving School....not enough staff to man some of the rides. Food choices are slim...and not that great. Go to Publix across the street before the park opens and grab some fresh subs!! Keep them in a cooler in your car or bring them into the park and enjoy a cheaper and better lunch. Paninni's are pretty good inside the park....cannot comment on anything else though...but my kids ate the hamburgers and didn't say much about them.

My best advice....get there early!! If you are going during the school year be aware that homeschool and school groups go during the week and the park is full of unattended kids. I stood in line with my DS4 and had about 10 kids around the age of 6 pushing and shoving....trying to get ahead in line. 1 chaperone...who did nothing....so I had to repremand someone else's kids. Not fun.

Go before the park opens....around 9:15am (parking lot opens at 9am, park opens at 10am....summer hours will be different, but still get there about 40 minutes or so before the park opens). Get in line...buy your tickets and be ready to enter the park when they open the gates early...about 15 minutes prior to opening time. Go on the rides 1st....especially the ones at the top of your "must-do" list. We went on the Dragon Coaster, Coastersaurus (2X), Beetle Bounce and Lost Kingdom Adventure without any wait at all. We were the only people on the Beetle Bounce and Lost Kingdom! Safari Trek had no wait...yet 30 minutes later it had a 40 minute wait. DD9 then headed off to the Technic Coaster while DS4 and I went to the Boating School. After that lines were long. Both Driving Schools had about an hour wait....

Rides load very slowly!!! Coastersaurus is a 75 second ride....with one train of cars...so go early!!! Boating school is even slower moving. Don't bother making a race car in the Imagination Zone as you can do the same thing at the Lego Store at Downtown Disney...or save it for later if you have enough time. 4D movie was cute, but most 4D features did not work properly....wind worked....water worked sporadically....bubbles only came down in 1 section of the theater.

It's a cute park, but it is lacking in several areas. I would be upset if I paid full price for 2 adults and 2 kids. Many people say buy a season pass, but I still do not want to pay $400 to go for a full year!

Oh...get a Birthday Button from the ticket booth outside the park if it is your birthday. I got one and was wished many Happy Birthdays throughout the day.

Don't bother with dinner in the park. Too rushed and not enough options. There is a Ruby Tuesdays right outside the park...and you can often get 25% off total bill coupons online (sing up on their website to get them emailed to you). Good salad bar. We went there afterwards and spent less on dinner than on our mediocre lunch in the park.

By the way...for those of you that are Mystery Shoppers...this park is shopped! Hopefully the results from those shops will help with improvements!
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Just wanted to add...don't wait until the end of the day to go to the gift shops. Everyone goes to the gift shop on their way out and the service is super-slow and there will be lines everywhere.
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I was just there with my 2 kids, DS4 and DD9, last Friday. This was our 2nd time there.....but only because we went with my SIL's homeschool group and got in for $5 pp (FL deal for homeschoolers and schools). Can't complain for the price we paid, but the same problems that plagued the park from Day 1 are still present. My DS4 rode the Jr Driving School...and it was still 1 harried man trying to help all the little ones with could not drive the cars. His manager came over to help out for about 5 minutes...and then left. Same with the regular Driving School....not enough staff to man some of the rides. Food choices are slim...and not that great. Go to Publix across the street before the park opens and grab some fresh subs!! Keep them in a cooler in your car or bring them into the park and enjoy a cheaper and better lunch. Paninni's are pretty good inside the park....cannot comment on anything else though...but my kids ate the hamburgers and didn't say much about them.

My best advice....get there early!! If you are going during the school year be aware that homeschool and school groups go during the week and the park is full of unattended kids. I stood in line with my DS4 and had about 10 kids around the age of 6 pushing and shoving....trying to get ahead in line. 1 chaperone...who did nothing....so I had to repremand someone else's kids. Not fun.Go before the park opens....around 9:15am (parking lot opens at 9am, park opens at 10am....summer hours will be different, but still get there about 40 minutes or so before the park opens). Get in line...buy your tickets and be ready to enter the park when they open the gates early...about 15 minutes prior to opening time. Go on the rides 1st....especially the ones at the top of your "must-do" list. We went on the Dragon Coaster, Coastersaurus (2X), Beetle Bounce and Lost Kingdom Adventure without any wait at all. We were the only people on the Beetle Bounce and Lost Kingdom! Safari Trek had no wait...yet 30 minutes later it had a 40 minute wait. DD9 then headed off to the Technic Coaster while DS4 and I went to the Boating School. After that lines were long. Both Driving Schools had about an hour wait....Rides load very slowly!!! Coastersaurus is a 75 second ride....with one train of cars...so go early!!! Boating school is even slower moving. Don't bother making a race car in the Imagination Zone as you can do the same thing at the Lego Store at Downtown Disney...or save it for later if you have enough time. 4D movie was cute, but most 4D features did not work properly....wind worked....water worked sporadically....bubbles only came down in 1 section of the theater.

It's a cute park, but it is lacking in several areas. I would be upset if I paid full price for 2 adults and 2 kids. Many people say buy a season pass, but I still do not want to pay $400 to go for a full year!
Oh...get a Birthday Button from the ticket booth outside the park if it is your birthday. I got one and was wished many Happy Birthdays throughout the day.

Don't bother with dinner in the park. Too rushed and not enough options. There is a Ruby Tuesdays right outside the park...and you can often get 25% off total bill coupons online (sing up on their website to get them emailed to you). Good salad bar. We went there afterwards and spent less on dinner than on our mediocre lunch in the park.

By the way...for those of you that are Mystery Shoppers...this park is shopped! Hopefully the results from those shops will help with improvements!


Can you imagine how fun it will be to go to this park during spring break or heaven forbid, the insanely hot and busy summer months . I've kind of lost interest in Legoland FL and my kids will have to just be content with the Lego store in DTD during our next WDW trip. At this point, the only chance my kids have of going to Legoland FL is if we move to FL and they go while on a school field trip
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We had a great day at Legoland last week!

Just wanted to share our experience. My DH, DS8 and I went last Friday. We had a great day. The park is beautiful. We had a fun family day.

We used a coupon we got with one of DS Christmas Lego's that was for buy and adult ticket and get a kid ticket free. This worked out great. All we had to do is show it at the ticket window and saved $65! We also bought our other adult ticket the night before at the Publix's across the street from the park for $64.20 (a savings of $10.80).

We packed our backpack with water and snacks to save a few more $'s.

I agree with getting to the park early. We were in the parking lot parked by 9:15am got our tickets by 9:30am and were inside the park by 9:40am (when they opened the gates).

Until 10:45am we rode most of the rides on the right hand side and back of the park. Most people enter the park and work clockwise towards the left. We headed the other way and rode many rides 3-4 times without a wait. We even commented that we had the whole park to ourselves. We started to encounter the crowds when we got to the boating and driving school. We waited for each about 30 minutes. Not too bad for a Friday with a lot of school groups in the park.

Like I said before we had a great time. The employees were great. Very friendly and the park was really beautiful and clean.

We brought a handful of mini-figuares with us to trade with employees and got some great ones. The employees wear these on the uniforms and trade them like the pins in Disney. It was a lot of fun.

Let me know if you have any other questions. We had so much fun and are hoping to get back soon.
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