Merlin officially unveils plans for Legoland Florida

Posted Thursday, January 21, 2010 2:40 PM | Contributed by Chitown

Central Florida will be home to the world's largest Legoland by the end of 2011, Merlin Entertainments Group said Thursday. The park, which is planned for the former site of Cypress Gardens, is expected to include between 40 and 50 main attractions. In addition to Lego's signature attractions -- such as kid-powered rides and giant Lego brick models -- some of Cypress Gardens' top draws are expected to stick around. The historical gardens will stay intact, according to Nick Varney, Merlin's chief executive officer.

Read more from The Orlando Sentinel.

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Thursday, January 21, 2010 3:01 PM

Seems like a good enough idea to me and something substantial enough to lure tourists away from Orlando for a day.

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Thursday, January 21, 2010 3:03 PM

Starliner? Triple Hurricane?

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Thursday, January 21, 2010 3:16 PM

Cool! Sounds like it will be a good way to revitalize the area & a good use for the Cyprress Gardens property.

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Thursday, January 21, 2010 4:49 PM

I wonder what the site plan will look like and what rides will remain on property.

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Thursday, January 21, 2010 5:11 PM

"Cypress Gardens' water ski shows and one of its two wooden roller coasters will probably be integrated into the new Legoland as well, Varney said."

I think Starliner is heading up to Green Bay, WI... but don't quote me on that.

EDIT:

Here's whats left of the Cypress rides:
http://www.rides4u.com/index.php/rides/results/cat/44

Triple Hurricane is still on the list, I'm thinking Starliner may in fact make it up to WI... we'll see! :)

Last edited by john peck, Thursday, January 21, 2010 6:50 PM
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Thursday, January 21, 2010 7:17 PM

Starliner with the new configuration is an even more aggressive version of the classic ride, and any park would be wise to pick it up...does seem strange to send the ride north in the Winter though. ;)

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Thursday, January 21, 2010 7:21 PM

Unless it's already too late, it would be silly to get rid of Starliner. It's their signature ride and one more reason to bring people in.

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Thursday, January 21, 2010 9:19 PM

rollergator said: Starliner with the new configuration is an even more aggressive version of the classic ride, and any park would be wise to pick it up...does seem strange to send the ride north in the Winter though. ;)

Are we sure it's still for sale? Some of the grapes on the vines I listen to say the ride has been snatched and will eventually be moving to another park.

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Thursday, January 21, 2010 11:07 PM

No, Moosh.. Starliner is no longer available through Rides4U. See my link above.

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Friday, January 22, 2010 8:29 AM

Acoustic Viscosity said: Unless it's already too late, it would be silly to get rid of Starliner. It's their signature ride and one more reason to bring people in.

It may be their signature ride when they were Cyrpess Gardens but having witnessed the target age at Legoland Carlsbad that coaster just doesn't fit the demographics. Too big, too fast for the little ones. Triple Hurricane would be a much better fit.

Starliner will survive at another park.

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Friday, January 22, 2010 10:39 AM

Man, did you see the press photos of the kids stuffing plastic bags full of bricks? Jealous!

50 attractions sounds pretty good. How many did California open with? 30-something?

Anyway, I have a feeling they really will pull a lot from the local population if the season pass scenario plays out there the way it does here in San Diego. I think most of the visits are from locals with season passes (seems like most of my son's pre-school friends have them anyway). With that and the tourists that are an hour away...lego-themed shuttle busses?

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Friday, January 22, 2010 12:57 PM

This will get me off of property quicker than Potter ever will....
A++

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Friday, January 22, 2010 5:38 PM

How cool would it have been if Merlin came forward to buy the Geauga Lake site. so much room and except a few classic rides, a blank slate to start with. a large indoor area could work great. heck, they even had the lego racers show in the theater.( I know that was sold off). It would be perfect to turn Geauga Lake back to make my kids smile, the way the park was suposed to.

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Friday, January 22, 2010 5:56 PM

Yeah, and all of the problems that the location had in the first place that made it a bad idea to get involved in the first place, only now the infrastructure of it all is gone. Cool indeed.

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Friday, January 22, 2010 6:04 PM

ffej, I doubt that'd happen. Although "Legoland Saudusky" might work better.

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Friday, January 22, 2010 9:45 PM

Jeff, I'm not going to argue with you. I like you. Geauga lake was best as a kids park with some stuff for the adults to enjoy. Legoland is aimed for kids. Geauga Lake was at its best when it focused on families. Btw, most of the infrastructure is still there. I know it is unlikely but worth a thought for me.

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Friday, January 22, 2010 10:59 PM

What does liking me have to do with anything? We've been down this road a hundred times. The local economy could not and would not support Geauga Lake in any form. Busch knew it, Six Flags knew it, Cedar Fair didn't. If you're looking for to make some childhood memories, I'd suggest taking the kids to Kiddieland on Memphis. That's where mine were established, along with CP.

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Saturday, January 23, 2010 10:27 AM

Jeff said: What does liking me have to do with anything?

< phew! > Thank god I can drop the pretense now! ;)

(kidding Jeff...you know I likes ya!)

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Saturday, January 23, 2010 4:14 PM

I think Geauga Lake would still be operating if Sea World Ohio were still operating. Sea World helped the attendance at GL, there is no question about it.

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