From floating LEGO bricks in a shallow pool to a disco ball and dance party in the elevators, there are several things you’ll love on your visit to the newly opened LEGOLAND Hotel, located literally steps away from the LEGOLAND Florida Resort.
1. The first thing that hits visitors the the hotel is a massive LEGO dragon guarding the entrance, and if they time it right, they’ll see the elevator blowing off a little steam (this happens every 30 minutes). It will startle you, even when you’re expecting it.
2. After you check in at the front desk, you’ll head to the elevators to whichever floor you’re assigned. As you step into the elevator, you’re essentially stepping into a dance party. The floor is made up of gel mats that will thrill those looking down, and a ball hanging from the ceiling reflecting different colored lights will thrill those looking up. It’s hard not to dance as you head to your assigned floor.
And once those elevator doors open, you’re transformed to one of the lands made famous with LEGO creations: Adventure, Pirate, Kingdom and LEGO Friends (the Florida hotel is the only one to feature this special theme).
3. The rooms truly are designed for children, with bunk beds and a trundle bed in the front room (so that you can sleep three children to a room), and a very comfortable queen bed for parents (I know this from experience…I didn’t try the bunks, so I can’t tell you how comfy they are). The kids have their own entertainment center in their portion of the room, among other fun things geared toward littles. The décor will make any LEGO fan giddy. The rooms are decorated on different levels, starting with the standard theme, then the premium theme, then the VIP premium (which has to be the biggest hotel room/rooms I’ve seen in a while).
4. The heated pool is specifically designed for small children. It’s a zero-entry pool with two life guards on duty at all times. My favorite part of the pool would be the floating LEGO bricks that you can play with while splashing around with your kids.
5. I’ve saved the best for last. This particular hotel also offers classes with the Master LEGO builders every night. You and your children can sit and put together a LEGO creation with the best in the business. There’s even an overhead camera to make it easier to follow along.
Those staying at the hotel get early access to the amusement park, along with special ticket deals. They also get free breakfast at BRICKS, the restaurant in the hotel which features fresh, locally grown foods. Visitors to the theme park can also enjoy breakfast at BRICKS for about 15-dollars, but they won’t have access to the castle play area in the lobby area or the pool.
I spent two nights at the hotel before its grand opening and enjoyed my time there, and believe two nights is just right if you have a little one who likes the theme park. LEGOLAND says it’s ideal for 2-12 year olds, but I personally think they should say under ten, unless the child is a huge fan of LEGOS. The theme park is fun, but the older kids are probably going to enjoy the waterpark more than the rest of the park (which costs an additional fee). I personally loved the mini city showcasing some of the world’s most famous landmarks. I could have spent hours staring at these various creations.
I also love that this resort is located on the grounds of the old Cypress Gardens amusement park that I visited as a child decades before. There’s something really special about sharing that with my children all these years later, especially the waterskiing daredevils.
I featured many of the rooms in the video below. After you watch, let me know which theme you would want to stay in overnight!
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Want to know even more about the hotel? Check out my friend Lesli’s article here. http://365atlantafamily.com/2015/05/22/12-things-you-probably-didnt-know-about-the-legoland-florida-hotel/