Our family was recently treated to a one-night stay at the LEGOLAND Florida Resort hotel. We were anxiously awaiting our brick-adventure. The kids counted down the days, and had their bags packed a week ahead of time. The opinions stated within this post are mine and my children’s. You probably want to know: is sleeping in a LEGO-themed bed as uncomfortable as stepping on a LEGO brick? Read this post for an answer to that question, and so many more! I love sharing what everybody ought to know about the LEGOLAND Hotel!
I had the pleasure of speaking with two LEGOLAND Florida Resort employees ahead of our arrival. They shared the must-sees and lesser-known gems, which we made a point to experience, so we could share them with you!
- You get FREE parking with a hotel reservation! The parking attendant confirms your name as you enter the parking lot.
- Park your car in the hotel’s lot and walk over to the amusement park, which is right next to the hotel.
- BEFORE heading to the park, go inside the hotel to register your child’s LEGO Master Builder experience AS SOON AS you arrive. (Do this before you visit the park and before you check in to the hotel.)
- The LEGO Master Builder spots for the day open in the morning and they fill quickly.
- THEN head to the park, returning to the hotel in the afternoon, when it is time to check-in, preferably a little while before your scheduled LEGO Master Builder experience.
It is hard to pin-point a few “favorite features” of the hotel, when every detail really “nailed” the LEGO theme. Our kids truly had a blast playing with LEGO bricks at every turn. We enjoyed our family quality time focusing solely on the kids.
- The party elevator is hard not to LOVE. Our family had a private dance party every time we rode the elevator, which was only slightly uncomfortable when strangers entered. It was impossible not to at least tap your toes and bop your head to the beat.
- The scavenger hunt inside the room set the tone for the weekend.
- The kids worked together as a team to crack the code to the safe.
- I can still hear their screams and squeals as they opened the safe and found their LEGO goodies.
- This was SUCH a wonderful surprise and great touch!
- No LEGO hotel is complete without LEGO bricks in every room.
- As a mother, I loved that there was a box of bricks waiting for our kids.
- With so many activities going on, the kids were sure to need some “down time” and having a few bricks on hand was awesome.
- Of course, the kids had already talked us into hitting up the LEGO store before we left the park, but still… one can never have enough bricks!
- The pool! Wow!
- Our family’s swimming skills range from nonexistent to advanced beginner.
- A zero-entry pool makes for easy supervision and lots of water play, even for the kids who can’t swim.
- The LEGO bricks in the pool helped our kids break the communication barriers with the other guests. Soon all the kids were building and playing together. Even the adults got in on the water brick building fun, which was one of my favorite memories.
- A whoopee cushion built in the floor – need I say more?!
- Of course our four boys LOVED being able to jump and fart… over and over – and over again! There are just some things that NEVER get old!
- The brick pit in the lobby kept the kids occupied before and after breakfast and dinner.
- We loved sitting back in the Skyland Lounge while the kids worked on covering the columns with bricks.
- The LEGO castle in the lobby was an instant friend-maker.
- Our otherwise shy kids, came out of their shells and quickly formed alliances and played with groups of other children.
- The kids interacted across the ages, in a safe and clean environment – I am not sure tired parents could ask for more.
- LEGO building contests held nightly in the lobby.
- The hotel lobby is decorated with shelves featuring the guests’ LEGO builds. These builds are used for the daily LEGO building contest held at the end of the day.
- We walked into the lobby towards the end of the judging, which was a party all in its own.
- The LEGO Club room is PERFECT for kids who are sensory sensitive.
- The room is kept dark and quiet. The LEGO movie plays continually (at low volume) and the walls are lined with LEGO Club newsletters.
- There are tables and bricks available for the creative ones, otherwise kids who have had “enough” can just sit back and enjoy a little less stimulation than what the lobby offers.
- Our kids retreated several times to the LEGO Club room, which is conveniently located, so you can easily monitor children playing while keeping an eye on the over-stimulated ones.
- This is SUCH a great touch! Very thoughtful.
- The newspaper delivered daily to your room is (of course) LEGO-themed – and kid approved.
- It is filled with activities and funny stories, which makes for a perfect distraction in the morning, while the parents are desperately trying to get ready for another day full of LEGO adventure.
- Don’t miss the s’mores and fire pit in the evenings. This is another great opportunity to connect with fellow visitors, or simply a fun family activity after a busy day.
- Take a stroll through the hotel’s walking trail to see adorable and surprising nature-themed LEGO builds.
- It is an engaging activity for the whole family – trying to find as many creatures as possible.
- There are 8,240 mini figures on the wall behind the registration desk in the lobby.
- Bring your own mini figures from home (complete with head, hat/ hair, pants and body) and trade with any Model Citizen (LEGOLAND employee) throughout your visit.
- There are four room themes: Adventure, Pirates, Kingdom and LEGO Friends.
- The LEGO Friends theme also features a VIP suite, which sleeps 9!
We had an AWESOME weekend at the LEGOLAND Florida resort. We have visited the park several times a year since they opened, and every time we are pleasantly surprised to discover new features or improvements to an already great facility. This is, by far, our family’s favorite “quick get away” destination. There is entertainment for everyone in our group (kids aged 9 – 2) and so many opportunities for the kids to make memories that will last a life time. We love building their childhood memories, brick by brick.
Readers often reach out to me with LEGO and LEGOLAND related questions, which I welcome any time. You can reach me at MamaintheNow@gmail.com with comments or inquiries. I am always happy to share my input and give advice!
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