For any family with LEGO-lovers, especially if they are between the ages of 2 and 12, LEGOLAND Florida is the place to be. Going to a theme park like this can be expensive though. However, LEGOLAND Florida Resort has some great ways families of all sizes can save money and make a trip to a theme park affordable for more families. Check out these tips to save money at LEGOLAND Florida!
LEGOLAND Florida is a 150-acre interactive theme park dedicated to families. There more than 50 rides, shows and attractions at the park. And in warm weather the LEGOLAND Water Park is an additional fun experience the whole family can enjoy. LEGOLAND Florida is truly geared towards family fun! It is open daily, but except for specific times during the year it is closed on Tuesday and Wednesday. Operating hours also vary each day. Be sure to check out their operating calendar before your visit to make sure you are coming on the right days. Come early when you do come. Ticket booths open about 45 minutes prior to the opening of LEGOLAND Florida theme park.
LEGOLAND Florida Resort is a theme park that is fun and creative and lets kids be the crazy kids that they are. Use these tips to save money at LEGOLAND Florida to make your day (or two) with the family at memorable for all the right reasons.
7 Tips to Save Money at LEGOLAND Florida
- Buy parking online. Save $2 per car per day when you buy parking online. It does not sound like much but all the little savings add up when you are traveling with a family.Don’t want to drive? Consider taking the LEGOLAND shuttle from Orlando’s I-drive area. The cost is $5 per person and advance reservations are required.
- Look for coupons. The biggest difference when trying to save money at LEGOLAND Florida as opposed to other Orlando-area theme parks is that LEGOLAND offers coupons and discounts on tickets. And these coupons are significant ones! I found a ‘Buy one adult ticket, Get one kid’s ticket FREE’ coupons in select DVDs, on cereal boxes, and at McDonald’s (including the one on Hwy 27 close to LEGOLAND). You can also register for the free LEGO magazine and there have been coupons in there too. If you choose to register for the magazine, do it well in advance of your trip though as it sometimes takes 6 to 8 weeks to come. For larger families, BOGO FREE deals are just fantastic.
Costco also has single day admission tickets for significant savings. Instead of paying $95.23/ticket (tax included) at the gate for adults, pay only $54.95 at Costco. The tickets are delivered via email so you don’t even have to go into the store!
- Buy tickets online. You can also save money by buying tickets online from the LEGOLAND website. Buy them more than 7 days in advance for the biggest savings. With more than 7 days advanced purchase, you can get tickets for adults as low as $74 plus tax or $67 plus tax for kids 3-12.
- Bring snacks. While you are not supposed to bring a full meal, the LEGOLAND website says small square coolers, bottled water, snacks, and other foods that do not require refrigeration are allowed. This can significantly help to save money at LEGOLAND Florida. We brought lots of snacks and bottled water which was very helpful to supplement the delicious chicken tenders and fried chicken we bought. Snacks can also help kids make it through a long wait for a ride or maybe a long wait for their older siblings to get off a ride.
- Share meals. I was pleasantly surprised at the size of the meals offered at LEGOLAND Florida Resort. We went to the Fried Chicken Co. restaurant and got three kids meals to cover four kids (ages 8 to 3). Each meal came with a drink. I loved that there was self-serve free refills for drinks. The meal was only $5.99 which is very reasonable for a theme park. The apple sauce and fruit and chips I brought as snacks help to make sure no one
- Stay at the LEGOLAND Hotel. While staying at a pricey, luxury hotel might not seem like it will be a cost-saving measure it but actually could save money at LEGOLAND Florida. Be sure to check out the options. Right now, they are including two days of admission for everyone in your family with the price of the room. For bigger families, getting two park days might make up the difference in how much the room costs. (I did a quick search for a family of six for a weekend in February and the room rate was $908/night though I’m sure rates will be lower for smaller families or for more advanced purchase though.) In addition to the two days of theme park tickets, hotel guests also received a free breakfast buffet, exclusive playtime, early access to the parks, and lots and lots of LEGO-themed everything. It really is a ‘bricktacular’ place! Plus you will save time as the commute to the park is only minutes away through a private walkway.
7. Buy souvenirs ahead of time. While LEGOLAND Florida has some impressive gift shops that will surely boggle the mind of LEGO-lovers everywhere, for big families buying everyone even a small item could be costly. Perhaps a small LEGO set could be waiting in the car for each child (bought ahead of time at Target or Wal-Mart). We let the kids pick out some candy to take with them at the Sunshine Sweets store as a sweet treat to take home.