Discussion in 'Other Orlando & Central Florida Tourist Spots' started by Drew, Jan 20, 2010.
Discuss the future addition here
Attraction Magazine is at the announcement now and reporting it live on their Twitter. A couple of interesting tweets:
A sign outside a shopping center near Cypress Gardens says "Welcome Legoland".
Parking employee told us " Welcome to Legoland".
View from the Conference: http://twitpic.com/z2jd6
The conference is on my local Bright House Networks news station. The conference is delayed due to the fact that they are awaiting the govenor to arrive.
Press Conference is about to begin. Attractions Magazine is going to stream live with the link on their Twitter and it is on local news stations.
More info on the park:
Livestream Legoland Press conference: http://ustre.am/9g4g
Watching the press conference. The backdrop makes it look pretty awesome for the kiddies. Combine this with the MK Fantasyland Expansion the 10 and under set is going to LOVE Cent. FL.
You are absolutely right!
WOW!!! I 'd like to have more informations thought, like the size of the park, if there'll be an hotel, if the waterpark will remain, how many attractions will be there... so many things!!!
Wow. The park is going to use 40 million Lego bricks. Honestly, I'm pretty excited for this park to open next year! :thumbs:
The only thing I'm concerned about is that I know that usually Legoland's rides are REALLY short (I've been to the one in Windsor, UK), but I hope here they'll change, building longer rides...
From Jason_Garcia's Twitter:
Let me add some of the Media coverage to feed the discussion
Press conference video bites
Plans for Legoland Florida
Why Florida and Cypress Gardens?
Legoland Florida: Merlin Entertainments reveals details of new Winter Haven park
Central Florida will be home to the world's largest Legoland by the end of 2011, Merlin Entertainments Group said Thursday.
The park, which is planned for the former site of the historic Cypress Gardens, is expected to create more than 1,000 jobs. The historical gardens will stay intact, according to Nick Varney, Merlin's chief executive officer.
Varney announced the details of Florida's newest theme park at a news conference attended by government and tourism officials, including Florida Governor Charlie Crist.
Varney kicked off the event by calling Legoland Florida's "worst-kept secret," referring to the fact that details of today's announcement leaked out Wednesday, after an email surfaced confirming that it was indeed Legoland that was coming to Polk County.
Legoland, Varney said, "is without question one of the strongest brands in the world."
The Florida park is Legoland's second U.S. location, after Legoland California in Carlsbad, Calif. The addition of a Legoland in the Sunshine State is part of a broader push into the U.S. for Merlin.
"We see it as a big development market for us," Varney said.
Merlin Entertainments said it plans to make a "substantial investment" in the Polk County attraction. Governor Charlie Crist went further, saying the company will put hundreds of millions of dollars into the project.
In exchange for building a Legoland in Winter Haven, Merlin Entertainments will receive $5 million in incentives from Polk County over a 10 year period, plus road improvements. The package includes $150,000 per year for job creation and $350,000 per year in marketing support, sources said.
"Obviously in these challenging economic times, these jobs are fabulous," said Florida Sen. J.D. Alexander, R-Lake Wales.
It's impossible!! I can't believe that Legoland Florida will be the biggest!!!!!!! I'm even more excited now. You shouldn't have said that to me TBad!!
Well Also Disneyhead you have Seaseme Place coming to Busch with the other additions. I wonder if these will be a year round park? Waiting to see there strategy to get people to drive that far for this park. The idea of road construction being done around that area is not a huge plus to get people to drive there early. I think they have a good product can't wait to see there game plan.
I just watched an interview with someone from Merlin on the news. They said that some of the rides will stay and be revamped with a Lego theme.
I demand a lego water ski show!
hi everyone! sorry if i'm a little behind and any of this stuff is actually confirmed, but just thought i'd throw out a few of the rumors that i've picked up at the hotel i work at, which is right across the street.
supposedly a few people i work with have seen the plans and they say there will be a hotel built, and i've heard it will be built on the land where the parking lot is. and they're going to keep the waterpark and somehow the ski show. also, i was told there's going to be a castle.
just thought i'd share what i've heard
really excited about this, it will be good for me where i work that's for sure. even thought i don't know much about the size of the other legoland's, i can't possibly see how this is going to be the biggest legoland one, unless they're counting the lake. cypress gardens was fairly small and there's not much surrounding land for them to build on.
I'm a 5 minute drive from Legoland Windsor, and its a great little park. I'm very interested to see what they do in Florida, I've got to say its a brillliant idea; and I'm surprised its not happened before now.
No jobs available yet of course, but the jobsite is already mentioning Winter Haven Florida
Thanks for sharing your informations!
I am surprised about the hotel you were talking about, while I know that the castle will be the Dragons' castle (there's one in every Legoland park).
I was surprised also when I heard that it'll be the biggest Legoland in the world, since the space is very limited, and there's NO SPACE AT ALL for a future expansion...
Details on Legoland including FAQ and pictures: http://www.attractionsmagazine.com/blog/2010/01/21/details-on-legoland-florida-coming-in-late-2011/
This keeps sounding better and better. More than 50 rides, shows and attractions?! Awesome. The FAQ says they hope to keep the ski show. It also says they plan to build an onsite resort.
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