Posted Tuesday, March 15, 2016 4:25 PM | Contributed by Jeff
From the press release:
LEGOLAND® Florida Resort revealed exclusive details about an unprecedented slate of projects that will deliver additional on-site accommodations, an immersive new theme park land with a cutting-edge, interactive attraction, the first-ever expansion of our water park, a new, action-packed “4D” theatrical attraction and an all-new summertime event filled with fireworks and special entertainment, giving guests even more reasons to play — and stay — at the place #BuiltForKids:
LEGOLAND Beach Retreat – opening mid-2017
This whimsically themed vacation resort combines the fun of surf, sand and sun with the creativity of LEGO® on a picturesque site next to Lake Dexter, adjacent to the theme park. Distinguished by a colorful LEGO lighthouse, the village-style, lakefront resort will feature 83 single-story duplex units, offering 166 separate accommodations that sleep up to five.
Designed with the same combination of imagination and kid-centric detail that made the 10-month-old LEGOLAND Hotel an immediate hit, the all-new LEGOLAND Beach Retreat offers a great way for larger families and friends to vacation together. Amenities will include a themed pool, a sandy play area, a buffet-style restaurant and complimentary transportation to and from the theme park.
LEGO NINJAGO® World – opening early 2017
NINJAGOTheRide_postcardInspired by the popular series of LEGO building sets and the long-running TV show “LEGO NINJAGO: Masters of Spinjitzu,” this all-new, fully immersive theme park land invites guests to step into a magical, martial arts kingdom where they’ll experience a first-of-its-kind attraction that blends eye-popping, 3D computer animation, “4D” atmospheric effects and groundbreaking technology by Montreal-based Triotech.
On LEGO NINJAGO The Ride, up to four guests per vehicle blast animated fireballs, lightning, shockwaves and ice using nothing more than their hands as they travel through dojos mastering their skills before teaming up to defeat a powerful villain. Riders collect points and scores are displayed when each quest is complete. The thrilling attraction is the epicenter of a new area featuring multiple hands-on, interactive experiences that will hone kids’ physical skills like NINJAGO heroes Kai, Jay, Cole, Zane and Nya, before their ultimate test on LEGO NINJAGO The Ride.
Read more and see photos from the official Legoland Florida blog.
I remember when they announced the hotel, there was a lot of discussion about whether or not it was a good idea. We stayed last summer, and while it's a little expensive for what it is (and they're charging crazy money for holidays and such), we really enjoyed it. Included breakfast was delicious (wish the in-park food was as good). Great pool, too. At the end of the day, if you want to stay in a Lego-themed hotel, they've got your only choice, and they deliver. I'm not at all surprised about these. They're across the street, but I bet they sell really well.
I haven't done the hotel but I continue to be impressed by the growth at Legoland. Before Merlin came along I was thinking (as were many folks in Florida) that Legoland was Winter Haven's last chance at a winner for that property. I suspected they would do well. I couldn't predict the steady and continuous growth.
If we haven't "aged out" of Legoland then we are getting close. We had our Legoland AP year (inaugural year) and we are on to our WDW AP year. It is hard to justify going to another park and spending money when you have the one AP so the one downside is that we won't be back again for a while. I hope I can get another trip or two out of my teenager. The good news is that Legoland kept some of the bigger rides which help to keep our collective interest.
They are going to make a killing on that resort.
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