I began planning for Legoland in December 2012. It was a very long time to wait for such a cool place. But it was also a great way to keep my boys behaving during the whole year.
By the time we arrived at Orlando in December 2013 they were extremely excited.
What makes Florida’s Legoland such a unique theme park is that aside from all the cool rides there are tons of Lego building opportunities, shows and exhibits.
What To Do and See in Florida Legoland – A quick glimpse
1. Meet and Greet Characters – You are able to find Lego characters all over the park at different hours of the day – all day.
2. The Kingdoms Section – It is a fun place where Jousting and Medieval Castles come to life.
3. New exhibitions – They are constantly trying to make the place better. When we arrived World of Chima was the newest exhibit.
4. Water attractions – This was part of the World of Chima.
5. Medieval castles
7. Build your own race car – This is one of those activities where 90% of the active players are males. You can then race it with others.
8. Build Star Wars Figurines
9. Building and Creating – Put your mind to the test.
10. Walk around the cute streets
11. Check out the shows
12. Learn how the pieces are done at the Legoland Factory.
13. Shop for any Lego piece you can think of
History of Lego
How did it all start?
- The Lego Group began in the carpentry workshop of Ole Kirk Christiansen, in Billund, Denmark.
- Christiansen purchased a woodworking shop in Billund in 1916.
- The workshop burned down in 1924, so he built a larger one.
- The Ole Kirk’s shop started making wooden toys in 1932.
- The business wasn’t great but in the mid-1930s, the yo-yo toy fad gave him a brief period of increased activity.
- In 1934, Ole Kirk held a contest amongst his staff to name the company. Two names were up to consideration: “Legio” (with the implication of a “Legion of toys”) and “Lego”, a contraction from the Danish phrase leg godt, meaning “play well.” He later discovered that “Lego” can be interpreted as “I put together” or “I assemble” in Latin, so they adopted it.
- After WW II, plastics became available in Denmark. Lego was now able to purchase a plastic injection molding machines, which they did in 1947.
- The date for the first Lego blocks is 1947. It consisted of a truck that could be taken apart and re-assembled.
- The Lego Group began producing bricks in 1949. They were manufactured from cellulose acetate in the spirit of traditional wooden blocks that could be stacked upon one another. What made them different was that these could be “locked” together.
- In 1953, the bricks were given a new name: Lego Mursten, or “Lego Bricks.”
- The product wasn’t well received by customers. They weren’t versatile and people preferred metal or wooden toys.
- A man named Godfred took the lead of the company when Ole Kirk Christiansen died in 1958.
- Another warehouse fire struck the Lego Group in 1960, consuming most of the company’s wooden toys. By that time, sales of Lego bricks had improved so they stopped making wooden toys.
- In 1961, Lego wanted to expand sales to North America so they allowed Samsonite to begin producing and selling their products in the US and Canada.
- Between 1961 and 62 the first lego wheels started being sold.
- The famous Lego train system was released in 1966.
- The first Legoland Park opened in the late 60’s.
- In 1969, the Duplo system went on sale. These are much larger LEGO bricks, targeted to younger kids but are still compatible with the regular ones.
- By the early 70’s Lego tried to reach little girls by manufacturing dollhouses and furniture pieces.
- The expansion continued on 1972 when ships that actually floated were released into the market.
- The famous expert builder sets for older people started being released in 1977.
- “Lego Family” sets became their best sellers during the late 70’s.
- In 1985 the Lego Group’s educational division produced the Technic Computer Control. It consisted on and an educational system where robots, trucks, and other motorized models could be controlled with a computer.
- 38 children from 17 different countries took part in the first Lego World Cup building contest in 1988.
- Two Guinness records were set in 1992 using Lego products: A castle made from 400,000 Lego bricks and a Lego railway line 545 meters in length.
- During the 90’s they also started selling sets inspired by popular movies.
More Fun Facts
- It is one of the oldest plastic toys in the world.
- Teachers started LEGOs during the 60’s and haven’t stopped.
- The British Association of Toy Retailers named LEGO the “Toy of the Century” in 2000.
- In 2002, LEGO sued the Chinese makers of “Coko Bricks” because they look too much like LEGO bricks and won.
- There are around 80 LEGO pieces per person in the world.
- Not even Bridgestone or Goodyear produce as many wheels as LEGO.
- The tallest LEGO tower was 94 feet high.
- LEGO also moved into video games and movies. There are currently over 50 video games and a movie recently released.
- The largest commercial LEGO set is that of the Taj Mahal.
- To celebrate the 80th anniversary of the inception of the brand LEGO, an animated short film titled ‘The LEGO Story‘ was made by Lani Pixels.
Information for Florida Legoland
You can do the entire amusement park in one day. But we missed out on the water park. It is closed during the winter months. If you are going to do both, the two day pass is a way better deal.
Address: LEGOLAND® Florida One LEGOLAND Way Winter Haven, FL 33884
• Mon to Fri – 10am to 5pm
• Sun and Sat – 10am to 6pm
• Hours might change – Link to the monthy, updated schedule
1 Day – Pick-a-Date
• Adult (13+) $69
• Child (3-12) and Senior (60+) $62
2 Day – Pick-a-Date
• Adult (13+) $84
• Child (3-12) and Senior (60+) $77
1 Day – Regular Tickets
• Adult (13+) $84
• Child (3-12) and Senior (60+) $77
2 Day – Regular Tickets
• Adult (13+) $99
• Child (3-12) and Senior (60+) $92
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