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.