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First Look: The New Legoland Florida Resort

Where takes a first look at Legoland Resort’s new hotel and family travel experience near Orlando.

Lego builders get ready: the new Legoland Hotel is now officially open.

Designed for families who just can’t get enough of Legoland Florida, located 40 miles outside Orlando, the new hotel allows them to stay right outside of the theme-park's gates. The property is the second hotel for the Legoland brand; the other is in Carlsbad, Calif., beside the Legoland California theme park. Other theme parks are located in Dubai, Malaysia, Germany, Denmark and the United Kingdom.

Pull up outside and it's immediately clear from the primary colors and the massive, smoking dragon made from 445,000 Lego bricks, that this is a hotel for kids. Inside the lobby, thousands of Legos await in a giant pit inviting kids to dig in and start building. More than 5,000 mini-figures decorate the wall behind the front desk. There are Lego vases of Lego flowers, a Lego luggage cart, Legos on the nametags of the staff, Lego butlers by the pool ... these are just a few of the more than 2,000 Lego models throughout the hotel, bringing the total number of Lego bricks to more than two million. 

More than 5,000 mini Lego figures line the wall at the front desk.
The Legoland Hotel is filled with amazing detail like this reception-area wall with 5,000 mini figures. (Courtesy of Legoland/Chip Litherland)
 "I've never ever seen a hotel as beautiful as this one," says General Manager Kevin Carr. "It's extremely great inside. This hotel was created to bring kids' imaginations to life. Lego is absolutely everywhere. It's amazing."

Legoland Florida lobby
The dragon in the lobby is one of 2,000 Lego models found at the hotel. (©2015 Chip Litherland Photography Inc.)

The Lego theme comes through the entire hotel from the different room themes, to character meet-and-greets and a chance to take a free workshop with Master Builders (the crew that builds the marvelous Lego sculptures in the park and resort). Even the elevator rides are exciting—once the doors shut, the music starts and it makes an otherwise hum-drum ascent from the lobby into a party complete with a disco ball and light-up dance floor.

Just inside the room, a giant monkey, made of Legos of course, guards a locked treasure chest. Kids must find three clues in order to unlock the chest where their Lego prizes hide inside. 

Legoland Florida Adventure Room
The adventures of Johnny Thunder are featured in the Adventure Room. (©2015 Chip Litherland Photography Inc.)

Each of the hotel's 152 rooms carries a theme from one of the highly popular Lego toy lines: Pirate, Adventure, Kingdom and Friends. Each room includes an adult sleeping area separated by a wall from a kids’ nook with a bunk bed, pull-out trundle and their ... unless they'd rather play with their very own Lego bricks that come with the room. Parents will love other thoughtful details like products from The Honest Company and a flip-down toilet seat for small children. (Room rates typically begin at $249 depending on the season, but may be closer to $400 in the peak of the summer.) 

Legoland Florida play area
Inside the castle play area is a pirate ship docked on a moat that surrounds a castle. There is even a handle to pull when entering the castle that will make the Lego ogre roar. (©2015 Chip Litherland Photography Inc.)

Like the rest of the property, the pool area was designed especially for families in mind. Parents can take in the amazing views of beautiful Lake Eloise, once the waterski capital of the world, while the kids swim safely in the pool, which never exceeds four feet deep. The zero-entry feature on one side is perfect for little swimmers, and complimentary life jackets are available along with floating Lego bricks. A nearby splash pad is also fun for kids to cool off beneath an impressive wall of butterflies made entirely out of Legos.

The zero-entry pool complete with Lego bricks and a splash pad is perfect for kids. (Courtesy of Legoland)
The zero-entry pool complete with Lego bricks and a splash pad is perfect for kids. (Courtesy of Legoland)

There are two dining options for hotel guests on property. The Skyline Lounge features an upscale menu, a bar and a children's area, and Bricks, which offers a buffet and a colorful dining room overlooking Lake Eloise. A special buffet line has been set up just for the children with fun and creative presentations of fruits and veggies along with an icecream machine with a plethora of toppings. A Publix grocery store is located across the street, and items can be stored in the in-room refrigerator. 

At Bricks restaurant, Lego characters meet and greet diners.
At Bricks restaurant, Lego characters meet and greet diners (Courtesy of Legoland/Chip Litherland)

The Perks: Being so close to the park isn't the only convenience perk. Hotel guests get to enter the park a half hour earlier. (Keep in mind during the off-season the park is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.) Guests who choose the VIP option when staying at the hotel will have a VIP Host to escort them around the park, get a tour of the Model Shop with a Model Builder, have priority access to rides and more. Additionally, a shuttle is offered for hotel guests to the brand-new Merlin attractions at the I-Drive 360 in Orlando, including the Orlando Eye, the 400-foot observation wheel, Madame Tussauds wax attraction and Sea Life Aquarium.

Travel tips: Discount Legoland hotel packages are available that include a 2nd-day park ticket for free as part of the deal. A complimentary breakfast buffet is also available to hotel guests at the Bricks Family Restaurant. In addition, for those guests wanting to explore the new attractions on International Drive in Orlando, there is an extremely well-priced package deal.

See More; Save Big: For just $99 a person, a guest can visit the Legoland park, the Orlando Eye, Madame Tussauds and the Sea Life Aquarium, which is about half the price of the admission to all four attractions individually. 

When your theme song is "Everything Is Awesome," you have a lot to live up to. But with the addition of this spectacular Legoland hotel at the Legoland park, this resort will no longer be in the shadow of the other big Orlando parks. Everything really is awesome and certainly worth a visit.