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Legoland Florida


Mitchada04

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Today we venture to the bright world of Lego, now in Florida!

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The entrance area is lovely and open and fresh, much better than Windsor's.

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Must be a thing to have dinosaurs at the entrance to LEGOLAND's.

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And some Lego tourists.

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Once again it was apparently Christmas time, still didn't feel like it.

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We begin the journey in their newest land, World of Chima!

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It's a heavily themed splash battle which I'm sure to any viewers of Chima would make loads of sense! But even to someone who hasn't ever seen Chima, the story was clear and effects very good. The only thing it lacked was interaction with the effects because all day you would be the only one on the ride so didn't have anyone to "battle."

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Knight's Kingdom was up next

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Home to the Dragon

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And one of the jousting rides, which we were too tall for.

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Land of Adventure!

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The whole Egyptian theme works much better in the Florida sun

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And Dinosaurs!

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As a wooden coaster!

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Lego City with this very impressive Lego Ford!

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And Flying School

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An awful Vekoma.

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So moving on swiftly

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Jungle Coaster!

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I mean Project X!

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Pirate Ski Show!

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And now to relive a bit of history.

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I know they have to keep this by the State Law I think but I'm still very impressed with the upkeep they have put into these gardens.

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Not even the crazy rabbit is allowed in!

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Time for a look at Miniland.

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Trust Merlin.

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I really liked LEGOLAND Florida and I really hope it is a success. It has got everything apart from a log flume which surprises me, but it is still a beautiful tranquil park like it was when it was Cypress Gardens. Time for another break before we head over to Islands of Adventure. So sit back and have some lunch until next time.

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In all fairness Storm Surge would have worked better their than it does at Thorpe.

It was certainly the weather for a splash battle! The whole park was empty all day but all the parks were up until the 21st. At Busch Gardens me and my dad were the only people on Kumba at lunch time which was on one train op. Even Universal was quiet at the beginning of the holiday. Longest queue was 20 minutes for Minions and Rockit.

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Great pics there - loving that Lego Ford :) And Storm Surge.....I remember watching a vid of it when it was at Cypress Gardens and thinking it looked really good - bit much disappointment :P

Is that a squid surfer on one of the pics? - if so, it makes the one at Legoland Windsor look filthy!!!

Looks and sounds like you had a great time :D

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At Cypress Gardens I remember Storm Surge being a fairly decent ride. It did have tipping buckets and waterfalls down the slide and the horrid structure wasn't as noticeable as it was surrounded well be trees. It's amazing what trees can hide!

And there is a squid surfer (think they called it Wave Racers?) And it is really clean, sparkling actually same with the water in the splash battle. It is a really clean park and hopefully it will remain that way and be a success.

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Of course there was going to be a shed, it is a Merlin creation ;)

I don't know if this an American thing or just how Legoland Florida chose to set them but both Wave Surfer and the Rocky Express whatever it's called seemed slower than they are over here. The Dragon; dark ride part is much better as a whole probably because it doesn't look/feel warn out. The tunnel out to the coaster is also a bit clearer with a story of the wizard. Boating school was smaller, Driving School looked bigger. The laser raiders had a few more effects interacting with the car and the audio is clearer but it is essentially a clone. Project X is run much better than Jungle Coaster ever was, even before the lids. They have 3 space towers in Florida which I bet helps the queues and they don't have the stupid seat belts that the operator had to unlock with a key. Their miniland is much better in my opinion but maybe that's because it looks new, has working effects and is of different areas to our one. I preferred it to the one in England maybe because there was more for the older generations to do? Plus the gardens which is a nice place to go from the manic Park. If you have a spare day out their and some money I'd recommend it, especially if you can get the 50% off with a MAP (didn't have any trouble doing this they even gave my ticket half price without my pass).

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If I recall their Dragon is an extended Vekoma Roller Skater (as in, it existed before Merlin took over, and they added the dark ride section onto the start and end)...

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Thanks the pictures and report.

Legoland Florida looks a nice clean and fresh and despite first impressions, I can say now it looks better than Legoland Windsor and puts the park to shame as our one being the worst of the parks (although I know nothing of what the Malaysia one is like).

Good to see Jungle Coaster working well in its new home and the new Chima area looking nice, bar the slightly shed like tunnel.

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