Some complain that Legoland Florida is too expensive

Posted Saturday, October 22, 2011 10:35 AM | Contributed by Jeff

During its first week of existence, Legoland Florida has gathered mostly positive, and in many cases rapturous, reviews from guests and industry experts. But an undercurrent of grumbling has emerged that can be summed up in two words: too expensive.

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Saturday, October 22, 2011 10:52 AM

Interesting article. I have no idea why the second half is exactly word for word the same as the first half... :)

$75 does seem a little steep for a kids park with kiddy rides. I've not been yet, so I could be wrong.

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Saturday, October 22, 2011 10:56 AM

The basic gate at the Florida park is slightly higher than the California park, but there is a little more to do there than at the Carlsbad park. They had the same comments about the California park when it opened so I'm sure it was not unexpected. Considering that there is a limited number of attractions that the adults can ride with their children, yes it's a bit pricey, but the locals tend to buy annual passes which averages out to around $10.00 a month.

Last edited by Dutchman, Saturday, October 22, 2011 10:57 AM
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Saturday, October 22, 2011 11:08 AM

There is such a thing as "too expensive" for a Florida park?

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Saturday, October 22, 2011 12:01 PM

Amusement parks are businesses. A park can charge X amount of dollars because it can. As long as individuals and families with children flock through its gates.

Last edited by Philip E. Peavy III, Saturday, October 22, 2011 12:03 PM
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Saturday, October 22, 2011 1:09 PM

The price can be as high as they want - at SOME point, people will stop coming in large enough numbers to lose more revenue than they take in. Something tells me they're not at that point at $75....not for a LEGO-brand park.

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Saturday, October 22, 2011 1:51 PM

Is this really a park for locals that can't go? I was under the impression they were trying for tourists...

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Saturday, October 22, 2011 2:47 PM

I found the last name of the first person interviewed in the article humorously fitting given the subject.

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Saturday, October 22, 2011 3:38 PM

Tekwardo said:
Is this really a park for locals that can't go? I was under the impression they were trying for tourists...

It may not be aimed mainly at locals, but the local reaction and expectation is very positive. They will be propped up by locals in large part while the favorable tourist functions and infrastructure improve in the Winter Haven area.

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Saturday, October 22, 2011 5:03 PM

Lol, Vater. I went back and looked. Very funny.

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Saturday, October 22, 2011 6:37 PM

The Carlsbad park was worth every penny in my opinion. I don't remember what the price was back in 2005 (I bought the tickets online and saved about $15 off gate price.) I do remember finding it odd that the tickets were about the same or close to Disneyland and Universal's costs (which I also purchased at a discount online.) Actually I almost didn't buy the tickets because I thought they were pretty high for what was "just a kiddy park" in my mind.

Needless to say I bought them and never regretted it. It was one of my favorite "new-to-me" parks on that particular SoCal trip. Not only was it NOT just a kiddy park but I felt like I got my money's worth. We had an absolute blast at that park. :)

$75 gate price for another Legoland park DOES seems pretty steep to me, but I am not exactly shocked by it, either. I guess they will have to wait and see how many people complain, and adjust accordingly.

I highly doubt I would pay that much to see it if I were to go to Florida today, but I hope to see it sometime in the next couple of years. :)

-Tina

Last edited by coasterqueenTRN, Saturday, October 22, 2011 6:47 PM
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Saturday, October 22, 2011 6:38 PM

@mike, oh, I agree. I was saying that I didn't think the park was for the locals that can't afford to go ;-).

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Sunday, October 23, 2011 9:23 AM

The challenge they will face with tourists is not whether the park is too expensive 'per hour', as they are calculating. Tourists will calculate the cost of a day at Legoland versus the cost of an additional day at Disney or Universal. My family of five is spending 6 days at Disney World next spring. Admission only for one day at Legoland will cost us $345, whereas adding a 6th day to a 5 day ticket at Disney would cost us $40. Granted, we are cheapskates who gawk at the profligate spending of other families on vacation. Despite our sons' great love of Legos and the fact I'm sure we would have a fun day, unless there's some massive discounting we will not be enjoying Legoland.

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Sunday, October 23, 2011 12:14 PM

They offer an online ticket that is less than the price at the gate at Carlsbad, and there are several discount coupons that are available through various sources. I'd surmise they will do the same thing there.

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Sunday, October 23, 2011 1:14 PM

It is too expensive, yet they all went anyway. I guess it's not too expensive after all.

HEADLINE: "Some complain that ___________ is too expensive"

or maybe just... "some complain" would work too.

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Sunday, October 23, 2011 2:36 PM

That does seem high, do you get a free hotel night or a deluxe box of lego's or something? Pop and parking included?

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Sunday, October 23, 2011 3:08 PM

Nope, nothing included. I've heard you can find discounts of up to $15 off very easily, though. I don't really see too much of a pricing issue. If it were in the middle of Orlando, I doubt that would come up, but since it does take some additional effort (and additional $$) to get to, its probably more towards the front of people's minds.

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Sunday, October 23, 2011 6:46 PM

Just because someone complains that something is expensive, then proceeds to pay for it, doesn't mean that they are wrong. I've paid for many things in my life and complained about how high it was priced.

Maybe someone who thinks that the price of the park is too high will not go as often. Paying the high price one time doesn't make the complaint invalid.

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Sunday, October 23, 2011 6:50 PM

"People complain cause ish costs money."

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Sunday, October 23, 2011 8:21 PM

^^It doesn't make the complaint invalid but it sure takes away the park's motivation to change anything.

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