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LEGOLAND (R) Florida is the newest theme park in the Orlando, Florida area (Winter Haven, FL to be exact). In fact, it is impossible to go anywhere in Orlando without seeing LEGOLAND commercials, signage, and advertising.

But when someone builds a theme park in Orlando they are competing against both Walt Disney World and Universal, and to put it simply LEGOLAND (R) Florida is not in the same galaxy, let alone state, as those premier theme park giants.

LEGOLAND (R) Florida opened on October 15, 2011. I visited the park on October 16th, it’s second day. I went with a family of five that invited me along for some Lego fun.

The park was a major disappointment. It’s not mentioned in the advertisements but in tiny font on LEGOLAND’s website is the quote,

“LEGOLAND is a brand of interactive theme parks dedicated to families with children between the ages of 2 and 12.”

That’s right, between 2 and 12. 80% of the rides have an age AND height limit. I’m very petite for my 20 years of age and often get confused for a 14-year-old, but I was denied access on several rides. My nineteen-year-old boyfriend and his parents were stuck the whole day watching the 7 and 9 year olds in our group ride rides that they looked a more than a little bored on.

There was no even spread of entertainment throughout the park. And out of the two shows that the park does have, one was closed and the other only had 2 showings for the entire day.

Hungry? … there were only 2 food stands in the entire park. A hot dog stand and a cheeseburger stand, both of which produced just ok food. Oh, and did I mention that they only accepted cash?

There were no decorations or cohesiveness within the park. Just concrete and buildings that looked “Lego-y”.

The gift shops all sold the same merchandise at insane prices that only added to the steep park entrance fee of $75 ticket.

Thankfully we had complementary tickets so no one in my group had to pay to enter the park.

Take my advice. Take your money and your family to Disney or Universal, where not only will your children have fun but so will you.

Note: LEGOLAND (R) Florida closes at 5 P.M. and is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.