Legos are a BIG part of our geeky life. All of my kids love them and I think my son’s entire room is full of nothing but Legos. We still have my husband’s big bag of Legos he grew up with. One of our favorite family activities is to bring out Daddy’s old Legos, dump the bag in the middle of the living and have a family building party.
So of course we were over the moon when we learned Legoland was going to be right here in Florida!! It has lived up to all of our expectations. We LOVE to go there. Recently Legoland Florida opened a new section of the park. A Legoland Waterpark!!! For our birthdays my husband’s parents upgraded our passes to include the waterpark. We went today to celebrate our birthdays.
- Joker Soaker
When we walked in there was a restaurant and store. I also noticed big lockers and bathrooms right by the entrance. I thought that was convenient!! Next to the restaurant was a large sandy area with lots of chairs and a big umbrella. The first two sections are the Duplo Splash Safari and the Build a Raft River. There were also Cabanas available in this area.
Knowing we were going to the water park I knew my mission was a trip on a lazy river. The Build a Raft River is such a fun twist on this classic water park feature. The rafts have building plates. There were many rafts to choose from. There were double rafts, single rafts and rafts where the hole was filled in so if you have a little one they will not fall through. As you enter the river there are bins and bins full of oversize Legos to build with. There is a big umbrella there too so you can build in the shade if you’d like. I preferred building in the water! There were 3 entrances and lots of space so many people could build at one time. There is also rafts without building plates and an entrance without Legos. So if you don’t want to build you can just get in and go. There were railings which I loved. I am not the most graceful sort and the railings really helped!! They also helped my daughter Aidan. (For her story, click here.)
We loved the Build a Raft river!! It was relaxing and fun. Not too long of a trip, but not too short either. And plenty to look at. As we were in the river my 5 year old was with my Mother in Law in the Duplo Splash Safari. She had so much fun there. There was a zero depth entry, 2 very large simple slides, and fun Duplo animals that sprayed water. Even though this is a toddler area, my 5 year old loved it.
The rest of the water park was just over a bridge. Not a large bridge, but it definitely felt like a different area. I would recommend spending time in the first area and then moving on to the second. They did feel a little separate. Over the bridge you will find the Joker Soaker and the Lego Wave Pool.
The Joker Soaker is of course great. This area is also zero depth entry. There are lots of bridges, slides, water cannons and of course a HUGE bucket that regularly dumps water everywhere (and I liked that the lifeguards whistle 3 times before the bucket dumps so you know it’s coming.) Joker Soaker is colorful and good for hours of fun. All 3 of my kids loved this area. That is actually saying a lot because my 3 kids are 3 VERY different children. My 14 year old loves to play and has a sense of adventure. My 11 year old is cautious and careful and doesn’t like to be surprised. My youngest is a mix of her older siblings. She is adventurous, but on her own terms. This area made all 3 very very happy. You will also notice that the lifeguards whistle 3 times
- Lego Wave Pool
My kids also loved the Lego Wave Pool. It’s big and we felt like we were in our own little world. The deepest point is only 6 feet. My cautious girls liked that they could stand in most of the pool area. The waves were on 10 minutes and off for 5. There were also lots of seats and umbrellas between the wave pool and the Joker Soaker. This is a great central area to set up a home base. There are also very nice bathrooms in between these areas included family restrooms. There were also changing rooms that looked clean and fresh.
Now I will admit I did not make it to the Twin Chasers or the Splash Out. My son did though and he loved it. He was thoroughly entertained on all of the slides. But another area we spent time at on the way out didn’t have a name. There were large Lego building areas with water, sprayers and fountains. The kids LOVED it there and probably could have spent the entire afternoon in this area alone. I would recommend not saving this for last. You will never get the kids to leave if you end with it!!!
Here’s what I LOVED about the Legoland Waterpark. I thought it was extraordinarily entertaining. There seemed to be lots to do for both the adventurous and those who just want to relax. I like the different sections. They seem to help keep the park from feeling super crowded. We didn’t go on a very busy day, but even if we did the different sections help a lot to break up the people. I also loved the little Lego Men with the sun safety tips!!
There were also lifeguards EVERYWHERE!! There seemed to be an over abundance of lifeguards which makes this safety crazy Mom happy. And all the ones I talked to were so very friendly. You could tell they were taking their job very seriously, but if you needed them they responded with a smile. Definitely the best of the best. There were also several life jackets in all sizes. There were some in every area so you don’t have to carry one around all day unless you want to. And I liked that there was one for my 11 year old who is a bit water fearful. The sizes were clearly marked, but there were lifeguards happy to help you get the right fit.
Now here’s my caution!!! If you have water shoes, wear them all day. Make your kids wear them too. The ground was REALLY hot when we were there. It was uncomfortable walking from area to area with bare feet. My Father In Law gave himself terrible blisters walking my Mother In Law over the bridge. Bare feet pushing into the hot cement was not good. There are cubbies in all the different areas for your flip flops if you choose. But I still think the walk from the cubbies to the pools was uncomfortable. I did notice on the way out of the water park that the store by the entrance sold Crocs. So if you forget water shoes just remember you can pick something up right there in the park.
It’s definitely worth the extra money. If you have an annual pass, the water park upgrade is currently on sale through the end of July. Save $20!! Haven’t been to Legoland Florida yet? Burger King happy meal crowns currently have a coupon to get a free child ticket when an adult ticket is purchased. I have also found similar coupons in boxes of Life Cereal (look for specially marked packages.)