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How to Get to LegoLand

The grand opening of LegoLand is quickly approaching – October 15. Many tourists in the Orlando area might want to go, but have second thoughts about making the drive to this new theme park. Many hotels offer shuttles to area shopping, so if the hotel that you are staying at does, this just might be your answer to – how to get to LegoLand. LegoLand has recently announced a shuttle service plan in partnership with Annett Bus Lines.

The round-trip shuttle bus will depart Orlando Premium Outlets on Vineland Avenue in Orlando at 9:00 a.m. (arrive 30 minutes prior to departure) and will return after the theme park closes (5:00 p.m. in October). The price is only $5 per person – at least for now. LegoLand will increase the tickets to $10, but they are not revealing when the price increase will happen, i.e. how long the introductory round-trip price will continue. Reservations are required. You can purchase and make your reservation online. Seats without a reservation will be sold on a first-come, first-serve basis depending upon availability.

Orlando Tourist Tip: If you are a family with small children, you will need to bring your child’s own booster seat or infant car seat. Each rider will have their own seat belt. The trip will take approximately 45 minutes traveling south (west) I-4. Parents are free to interact with their children during this ride, instead of dealing with the sometimes-not-so-pleasant traffic along I-4. However, eating and drinking are not allowed on the bus. Better find other ways to keep your kids entertained! Perhaps the Lego Duplo toy bus (pictured here) will help! If you need more information, call 1.877.350.LEGO.

For those of you that are brave enough to drive there in your own vehicle, you can use LegoLand’s web site to get directions from Google, just click here. Or follow these directions:

From Orlando: Take I-4 WEST to exit 55 (US Hwy 27 South). Turn right off U.S. Highway 27 at State Road 540/Cypress Gardens Boulevard. Park is four miles on the left.

From Tampa: Take I-4 EAST to Exit 27 (Polk County Parkway). Exit 14 Winter Haven (2nd Toll Booth) at S.R. 540 and follow eight miles to Hwy 17 North. Take Hwy 17 North two miles over the bridge to Cypress Gardens Boulvard and turn right. Legoland Way will be on your right.

Legoland Annual Pass Offer

Legoland Florida has extending its annual pass offer!  You can purchase a $99 annual pass through April 30th.  (This offer was originally set to expire at the end of 2010.)  The great thing about this pass is that the pass will actually be good for more than a year; for about 15 months, AND, there are no blackout dates.

The park is scheduled to open in Winter Haven, Florida, in October 2011.  The pass will be good for all of 2012, as well as the remaining months of 2011 after the park opens.  One-day tickets are being sold now also – $65 general admission; $55 children/seniors.  The one-day passes will be good anytime from the day after the park opens until May 30, 2012.  Get your tickets now at legoland.com and be one of the first visitors of this new park!

New Adventures at Orlando’s Theme Parks

Although many upgrades are already available at Central Florida theme parks, all the major players are looking to add more intimate and exclusive experiences to their line-ups. Disney already offers a “behind the seed” tour of its green houses at EPCOT for $16.00 per person all the way up to a $224.00 per person “behind the magic” day-long tour of the resort. Please note these prices are in addition to the regular ticket prices. Universal offers V.I.P. tours of the parks which can cost as much as $185.00 per person.

Disney is taking it up a notch with a new safari tour at Disney’s Animal Kingdom slated to be $189.00 (plus park ticket). This will be an adventure like none before; small groups of no more than 12 people will be guided by 2 Disney tour guides. Some of the many thrills will include a view from a cliff at the hippo pool. Cables are being installed now so guests can get closer to the action and Disney is already training the hippos to look up when people approach by throwing treats over the cliff for the hippos. Much more is included in the Safari package, but wait and see – Disney has more up its sleeve for this pricey adventure.

Sea World Orlando is planning on adding a new reef experience limited to just a thousand people a day at its Discovery Cove. Purchase this experience and you will be given helmets and air hoses then get set to climb down a ladder and into the pool which is up to 12 feet deep. Guests can touch star fish and see sharks from behind a 21 foot window. Sure sounds exciting and Sea World is guessing the 1,000 tickets a day will sell fast.

So if it’s your first time in Orlando or a return visit, be sure and book these limited attendance offerings in advance.  Next summer should be another exciting summer for Orlando after this year’s launch of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando. Legoland should also be up and operating for the 2011 summer season and they are having a media day Thursday, October 21st so expect more news on Legoland soon!