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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Saturday, January 23, 2010 6:08 PM

That was kinda the point though. Busch no longer felt they could make a go of that either.

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Saturday, January 23, 2010 10:26 PM

Boy, I viewed some youtube videos of Merlin's press conference unveiling Legoland Florida. They completely pulled out all the stops, including a beautifully designed Florida panther, an orange, and even the Polk County seal. A backhoe dramatically spilled one hundred thousand bricks, which they then let kids from an area children's home divvy up.

This is how you unveil a park. It was all done very smoothly, and they clearly succeeded in wooing the audience. From what I saw, this a class act company.

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