Anyone planning a family trip to an Orlando theme park needs to see these LEGOLAND Florida money saving secrets first! 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 can be expensive though. However, LEGOLAND Florida Resort is one of the few resorts where families can actually save money. A family trip can actually be affordable with these LEGOLAND Florida money saving secrets.
LEGOLAND Florida Resort is a 150-acre interactive Orlando theme park dedicated to families. There more than 50 rides, shows, and attractions at the park. When the weather is warm, the LEGOLAND Water Park is an additional fun experience the whole family can enjoy. This theme park is truly geared towards family fun!
The creativity in this theme park is impressive. And they let kids be the crazy kids that they are. I loved the way my kids got to put technology aside and just be kids playing with LEGOs again. Now that you know WHY you should go, check out these seven LEGOLAND Florida money saving secrets I discovered to make your family trip memorable for all the right reasons.
7 LEGOLAND Florida Money Saving Secrets
1. 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.
2. Use coupons for this Orlando theme park.
The biggest difference when trying to save money at LEGOLAND Florida as opposed to another Orlando theme park 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 family 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. The tickets are delivered via email so you don’t even have to go into the store!
3. Buy tickets for this family trip 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.
4. Bring snacks.
One of my favorite LEGOLAND Florida money saving secrets is that you are allowed to bring in food. Yes, it’s totally legal! 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. 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 at this Orlando theme park.
5. 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 (all under 10 years old). 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, fruit and chips I brought as snacks help to make sure no one left hungry.
6. Stay at one of the LEGOLAND Hotels.
While staying at a pricey, luxury hotel might not seem like a cost-saving measure, it might be the best LEGOLAND Florida money saving secret I have found. Be sure to check out the options.
There are now two hotels at LEGOLAND Florida (LEGOLAND Hotel and LEGOLAND Beach Retreat). They often have deals which include tickets with the room rate, or give you two-day tickets for the price of one.
In addition, hotel guests also receive a REALLY GOOD free breakfast buffet, exclusive playtime, early access to the parks, and lots and lots of LEGO-themed everything.
Plus you will save time as the commute to the park is only minutes away through a private walkway.
These secrets lets you put the family back in family trip!
7. Buy souvenirs ahead of time.
While LEGOLAND Florida has some impressive gift shops that will surely boggle the mind of LEGO-lovers everywhere, 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 Amazon or any retailer). We did let the kids pick out some candy to take with them at the Sunshine Sweets store as a sweet treat to take home.
When planning your next family trip to an Orlando theme park, you may want to take a look at these LEGOLAND Florida money saving secrets and see if you can add it to your itinerary. I have never been disappointed at this theme park!