Thursday, September 25, 2014

Lego Fun: Our trip to Legoland Florida

We were driving to LEGOLAND for our second day of vacation.  Legoland was about an hour away from out hotel and so I allowed the boys to play DS games and Kindles.  

They surprised me by playing educational games like Stack the States, Scribblenaughts, and 2048.  

Playing video games
We got a great homeschool deal for our admission and with a two day advance reservation we were all getting to enjoy our day at the park for just under $90!  That's about a quarter of their full price admission!  

Arriving at the park
We picked up our tickets when we arrived and just had to show the letter we wrote to our school district telling them we were homeschooling.  We lined up at the turnstiles to wait for the opening show.  Buddy, the minifigure came out and helped turn the power on to the whole park and then we were free to have fun. 


Buddy opens the park

We met Laval and headed right for the Lego Chima section of the park.


Meeting Laval
This part of the park was new since our last visit and since Alec and Evan love Chima so much we just had to see it.  We rode The Quest for the CHI and got soaked!  It was so much fun we decided to ride it twice in a row (and Alec talked my husband into joining him for the third time in a row!).

Alec and my husband riding for the third time in a row
Ian tries to get them wet and a water battle ensues
We were all very wet by the time we were done!
Once we were sufficiently soaked the boys tried out their skills at the Speedorz arena.  Not one of the boys would leave the arena until they managed to get their speedorz through the hoop and into the bin.  It took a few tries but they all managed to sink a few.  They checked out Cragger's swamp and we headed to the Lego Kingdom.


Racing speedorz

We rode The Dragon roller coaster and got Ian to ride alone between my husband and I and Alec and Evan (who really wanted to ride all by themselves too).  The younger boys went to try out the Royal Joust and then they all played on The Forestmen's hideout.


Look at those smiles! 
The Royal Joust ride
Throughout the park the boys asked for their picture with random Lego animals. guys and objects.  Often they had signs posted that told us how many hours it took to build, how many people worked on it, and how many Lego bricks it took. They're all pretty neat and awe inspiring.

posing with a wolf

Using their imagination to make up a game where the ground was lava!
Playing at the playground


We wanted to go watch Brickbeard's show so we headed across the park, taking some time to really check out and enjoy looking at Miniland USA.


We noticed a few changes from the last time we were there-- like a whole Lego Star Wars section!  Ian was asking questions about the space shuttle so my husband gave a mini lesson in how it worked and how they loaded up the shuttle.

Learning about the space shuttle
We thought we saw the Athena Parthenon but as we got closer we saw it was all part of Washington, DC with the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, and the white house.  While they were disappointed it wasn't the Parthenon it was great to see the layout of Washington, D.C. and relate it back to the books we had just been reading on D.C.

We also checked out the skyline of New York City and since the building for grand Central Station had the front taken off and a piece of Plexiglas inserted we were able to see inside the station.  We had just been talking about what Grand Central Station looked like inside not to long ago when we were studying New York City and also with listening to the Percy Jackson series so that was great.

Daytona
Let's race!

Otters by the waterfall all made out of Lego pieces
We watched the water ski and stunt show The Battle for Brickbeard's Bounty.  Ian loved watching the boats and jet skis throughout the show.  The water skiers make everything look so easy!  Ian has tried wakeboarding and knows it's not as easy as it looks; especially when they skied around the cove riding on one another's shoulders like a human pyramid or when they used their feet to hold the handle and turned around backwards while skiing.  It was a cute show and it was nice to sit down and take a break from the hot Florida sun.



Brickbeard

Amazing waterskiing stunts!

After the show we headed to the Land of Adventure and passed through an entire mini land section of Star Wars.  There were buttons to make various pieces move and the boys just loved it!  They're huge Star Wars fans.

Darth Vader and R2D2!
Even Darth Maul
After checking it all out the boys played inside the Pharaoh's Revenge shooting foam balls at one another and at enemies while navigating the maze.  Once they got tired of that we cooled off indoors at the Lost Kingdom Adventure where we could fire lasers at targets throughout the ancient tombs. I got the highest score and the boys all started to figure out the order of our scores and how  much they were ahead or behind one another.

Comparing scores
On the ride
From there the boys raced to Coastersaurus-- a dinosaur themed roller coaster.  They LOVED it!

Alec rode alone on Coastersaurus

The boys posed next to the dinosaur and we read the sign about building the replica out of bricks
We stopped for our second round of drinks for the day and offered to buy ice cream or snacks too since it had been a while since breakfast.  Evan didn't want anything to eat or drink but we pulled him aside and explained to him the importance of drinking plenty of cold fluids while walking around in the heat.  He was red faced and sweaty and I could tell from his attitude he wasn't feeling real well-- either because he was hot or hungry.

 My husband finally got him to drink some cold soda and we all decided to sit down and watch the hilarious Big Live Test Show.

I took that opportunity to go find some lunch for everyone to share.  I went to get some chicken and French fries for everyone and missed a good half of the show.  I have watched it before so I didn't mind and I more focused on getting Evan fed and hydrated.

The Big Live Test Show is a comical show that teaches fire safety.  Evan still remembered the song "put the wet stuff on the hot stuff" from last time and all the kids were laughing uproariously at the antics on stage.  By the time the show had ended everyone was feeling better and they were raring to go on some more rides.

Learning all about fire safety


Ian took a turn on Boat School while Alec and Evan elected to go to Driving School.  Ian was upset to find out he was the only one riding on the boats and almost wouldn't go.  My husband gave Ian his cell phone and promised to wait for him of the ride near the fence where Ian could see him.  He finally relented and went on the ride.  He told me it was a lot of fun.

 Meanwhile, Alec and Evan were getting their pictures taken for their driving silence and they had to watch a video about the importance of stop signs, stop lights, and obeying traffic signals.  They were then allowed out onto the driving course and they all drove around the mini little town in these little Lego cars.  Evan was so excited since it was the first time he was big enough to ride on this ride. 



We all headed up to flight school and took a few turns on the roller coaster.  The boys loved it so much that we rode twice!  It's the first time Evan or Alec have ever ridden on a floorless coaster.  We once again had issues with who was going to ride alone to the point where I elected not to ride at all the first time and walked right off the ride once the other four were seated.

 We knew Evan had to ride with an adult and I wasn't sure if Alec was tall enough to ride alone either.  While we were trying to figure all this out Ian was getting all anxious and I ended up having Ian and Alec ride together.

By the second ride we had it all figured out and things went much more smoothly.  Ian decided by this point in the day that he didn't really mind riding alone as long as he could ride between us and keep either mom or dad in his sights.  I figured I was small progress but at least it was some progress.
 
We went over to Lego Technic and rode the Project X roller coaster a few times.  We all took turns riding in the front and back of the cars and swapped who we rode with a bit too.  The boys loved the big hill and wished the whole ride was made that way!

Big smiles getting ready to take off on Lego Technic

Their smiles were just as big at the end of the ride!
The boys decided they were pretty much done for the day and began asking us to go shopping.  We made our way back to the center carousel and Ian and Evan rode the double decker carousel while thinking about all that they had seen for the day and trying to decide what they wanted to purchase.  While they rode the carousel Alec dragged his father back onto The Quest for Chi. 

Evan on the 2 story carousel

Evan decided he really wanted Lego Chima sets and toys so we went over to The Quest for Chi and showed up just as Alec and my husband were riding. They got us a little wet with their water canons and then we watched them get a lot wet on the ride.

Mount Cavora
It was fun and funny and a great way to end our day.  Alec and Evan both picked out a few Lego Chima souvenirs and we headed out.  While Ian and I shopped at The Big Store Alec and Evan went with their dad on one last ride called The Island in the Sky.  They got to see all around the park from up in the air.

It was a perfect day but we were all looking forward to cooling off in the hotel pool.

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14 comments :

  1. I'm so jealous! Legoland (probably Windsor!!) is on our got to do list! Looks amazing! #familyfun

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    1. It was amazing! We've been a couple of times and it's so neat to see so many HUGE things made entirely out of LEGO pieces.

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  2. This looks amazing. Will definitely be adding it to our family travel bucket list #ExplorerKids

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    1. It really was amazing! Such a fun theme park to visit.

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  3. My kids love Lego and would be thrilled to visit Legoland one day. #ExplorerKids

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    1. It is a lot of fun to see everything come to life!

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  4. Yet another stop to add to my list of maybes for our March Break trip! The kids (and their parents) would love this stop too! Thanks for sharing. :)
    ~Jess
    #ExplorerKids

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    1. Oh yes, definitely a lot of fun for the whole family!

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  5. We have Legoland here in the UK too. We went about 3 years ago as a friend of ours was a stuntman in the pirate show, It was brilliant. Sarah #ExplorerKids

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  6. Wow it really does look like lots of fun! What a fab day out for children and you could make it really really educational too. We have a Lego land but it doesn't look anywhere near as expansive as this one. It really does sound a fab day out I am glad you all enjoyed. Thanks for sharing at #familyfun

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    1. Thanks; it is pretty spectacular and I heard they added a whole LEGO themed hotel with family rooms now too.

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  7. This looks like a lot of fun and a lot of wetness too! lol! My friends went to LegoLand in the UK - but this one sound much more fun. That Lego men must be boiling underneath those costumes! lol!

    Thank you so much for linking up with us on #ExplorerKids My apology for the delay in commenting. I hope you'll be able to join us again this week. xx

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    1. Oh yes; lots of wetness! They have a separate water park nearby too but we decided we were plenty wet enough.

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