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Legoland Florida: Some Things Old, Some Things New


Two of Cypress Park’s historic icons will be a part of Legoland Florida when it opens Oct. 15.

Southern belles and water skiers will be a part of the landscape, but Legoland will offer its own take on them.

According to the Orlando Sentinel:

The belles gracing the park’s famous gardens will now be of the Lego, not human, variety. The intricate statues, each made of 62,000 plastic blocks, will be positioned near the park’s famed gazebo. They were modeled after an actual dress once worn in the days of Cypress Gardens, widely considered Florida’s first commercial theme park.

The water show will focus on the story of a menacing Lego pirate named Brickbeard and Ms.Miranda, the heroine who twirls on her water skills, rather than the world-class stunts made famous in the original Cypress Gardens. Audience participation will be encouraged with this show and throughout the 10 Legoland zones.

An Associated Press article this week describes the hands-on appeal of Legos and the challenges of competing with the Orlando area, which is 45 minutes away from Legoland’s Winter Haven location.

A bright red Ford Explorer, created from 380,000 Lego bricks anchors one of the park’s attractions, the Ford Driving School for Children. Like all of the Lego models on site, it’s built from standard Lego pieces, albeit glued together to withstand tiny and adult) touches. Obviously, the whole park is a shrine to Legos.

Orlando Business Journal has a slide show of some of the attractions in place at Legoland Florida.

First opened in 1936 on Lake Eloise, Cypress Gardens was known for its scenic gardens, water shows, and young women in hoop skirts. It was a favorite stopping point for vacationers heading for South Florida. The park’s popularity waned after the opening of Walt Disney World and Universal, and it was finally closed in 2009.

Legoland Florida developers have retained two of the roller coasters, one of which is the only wooden roller coaster at any of the Legoland parks, bleachers and pavilions, and even 16 live mature oak trees and a banyan tree, which was planted in 1939.

One day admission is $55 for those under 13 and older than 59, and $65 for everyone else. See the Legoland Florida website for details.

 




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