We visited Legoland several weeks ago when we went on a road trip through Georgia and Florida. This is our honest review of Legoland from a family of seven. What is great about the park and what may make you not want to visit.
This spring we had the opportunity to visit Legoland while on our big Georgia/Florida road trip. Our kids are huge fans of legos, and I have wanted to take them to Legoland for years.
(Thank you Legoland for making this possible and providing media passes for half of our family!).
Orlando, Florida is, of course, the amusement park epicenter of (the world? the US? the south?). There are so many parks to visit, including Disney World. We have visited SeaWorld once with the family a few years ago, and now that our kids were a bit older we were really excited to visit Legoland.
I knew I wanted to make the visit a surprise to my kids, so they had no idea we were going until we pulled up on the last day of our vacation and began seeing the Lego buildings. You can watch their surprise and highlights from our visit in this 13 minute video on YouTube.
Honest Review of Legoland
We had a great day at Legoland. We could not have asked for better weather. The forecast called for rain off and on all day, but besides a short light shower, the skies were simply overcast and the air was cool all day.
Plus, the park was not crowded at all. I’m not sure if it was the predicted rain or the fact that we visited on a Monday, but there were minimal crowds and short lines for all the rides.
I’m going to share my honest review of Legoland, but I want to start by saying that we truly had a great day and I’m so glad we visited. We have these memories forever and were able to experience the park firsthand.
So while there were a few things we didn’t love about the park, overall our day there was wonderful. My goal in sharing the pros and the cons is to help others decide whether a visit is best for their family.
What we loved ::
- The live Pirate/Water Ski show at Imagination Pavilion was so much fun. There were lego-costumed water skiers, a fun little story, and the chance for the audience to get a little wet. Our kids thoroughly enjoyed the show and we thoroughly enjoyed their excitement. Sitting down for a show can also be a great break for everyone, and a great chance to rest and have a snack.
- There were rides for a variety of ages. Legoland does a good job at providing fun for young kids of all ages. We did toddler rides, family rides, small-scale roller coasters, and big-kid coasters too. I wish we had spent more time in Duplo Village so my toddlers could ride more of those rides, but we left it last and we only had time to ride the tractor at the Duplo Farm.
- Legoland allows you to bring in your own food and drinks so we did not need to purchase any food at all while we were at the park. We packed our lunch and snacks in my favorite cooler backpack and picnicked at one of the picnic areas in the park. This allowed us to save our money for a visit to the Lego store on our way out and a yummy dinner at a nearby Japanese steakhouse!
- The Cypress Gardens at the back of the park are not to miss! The gardens are beautiful, and there is a tree in the center that is more amazing than anything else you will see in the rest of the park!
- Miniland USA was our first stop after we arrived. (We were making our way to the back of the park, since the plan was to work our way from the back towards to entrance so we would be able to simply leave when we finished). We all LOVED all the lego creations. There were so many historical and interesting set-ups. Many were equipped with actions too, some even interactive. We could have spent even longer there than we did, but we wanted to make the most of our time.
- There were plenty of full-sized characters from the movies and shows to admire and use as photo-ops around the park. It was fun finding everyone’s favorites. There was even an enormous Albert Einstein!
- The layout of the park is well-planned. The attractions/rides are not too spread out and there is a variety of indoor/outdoor options.
What we didn’t love ::
- Honestly, we were rather underwhelmed with most of the rides. The Ford Driving School (both the big kid and little kid rides) were both disappointing. The cars were so slow– so much so that my boys decided just not to even bother riding them. My 5yo and 3yo did ride the Jr. Driving School ride, but it was not very exiting even for them. We felt the same way about a few other rides, like the ridiculously slow boat ride next to the Driving School, too.
- If we had to wait a long time to ride the rides, it would have been very disappointing. This goes back in some ways to the previous point, but I remember noticing just how far back the line for the Ninjago ride went. Thankfully, there was no line at all when we were there, but my husband and I both agreed that if we had stood in line for an hour to ride that ride, we would have been rather frustrated (at best). Again, same observation about other rides as well.
- The Imagination Zone seems like it would be a great idea– an indoor play area with different ways to explore and build. However, the sanitation level of this play area was definitely questionable. The bricks were noticeably filthy and even if they were cleaned somewhat regularly (which seemed unlikely), the sheer amount of children handling the bricks raises flags. And I’m not even a germaphobe.
- Personally, we think kids will lose interest in the park after about 8 years old. While there are a handful of rollercoasters for older kids, the majority of the park seems to be geared towards younger kids.
- The park closing time varies a good bit, closing early most nights. When we visited, the park closed at 6pm and it felt really early. We ran out of time to do everything we wanted. We would have rode more rollercoasters and spent more time in the Duplo Village if we had time. I imagine that on a busy day, if you were waiting in line 30 minutes to an hour for each ride, you would have been able to do even less.
All things considered…
Like I said before, I’m glad we went. We did have a good time and we can say we’ve done it. However, we are really unlikely to go back again. (Especially after getting the worst stomach virus we’ve ever had go through our family 24 hours after leaving the park).
If Legoland is your family’s favorite place, or you only have wonderful memories, I certainly don’t want to take away from that. Every family is different and enjoys different activities together. I think on the whole I am realizing more and more that we simply are not amusement park people. Perhaps that will change in the future, but for now we are much happier exploring natural parks and spending money elsewhere.
If you’ve never been and still want to go, I definitely recommend going on an off-day if possible. The park will be much more enjoyable if it’s not crazy crowded. If you are a homeschooling family, you can also get a sizable discount on homeschool days (you can see a calendar of available dates on their site). We saved a lot of money by visiting on a homeschool day!
Be sure to watch our video of Legoland highlights to get a real look at the park. Not everything is included in the video, but it will give you a taste for the fun you can have there!
What about you? Are you an amusement park family? Have you been to Legoland? What did you think? Share your experience in the comments!
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