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Baynews9
  Friday, November 9, 2012
Legoland Florida unveils 'Star Wars' expansion
By Virginia Johnson, Entertainment Reporter
The story may have started a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away,
but it continues in Winter Haven at Legoland Florida.
The "Star Wars" movie franchise has moved into the theme park,
where they unveiled new displays of the different worlds from the movies and animated series.
Legoland Florida put together its Star Wars homage
with the help of an Orlando-based super fan group.
The worlds are part of Miniland USA.
“What we have here are seven different clusters," Legoland's Sam Dalessandro said
"There’s one based off each of the feature films and the animated series 'The Clone Wars,'
throughout all the scenes, we have 2,000 Lego models, 1.5 million Lego bricks.”
It took the park creators 13 months, from design to completion, to build the worlds.
It took another three weeks to install each model into Miniland USA.
 
News Chief
  Thursday, November 1, 2012
Disney buys LucasFilms
By CHRISTOPHER PALMERI & MICHAEL WHITE
By adding "Star Wars" and "Indiana Jones"
Walt Disney Co., in agreeing to buy George Lucas's Lucasfilm for $4.05 billion,
is pressing Chief Executive Officer Robert Iger's $15 billion bet on creative franchises.
Lucas, 68, the sole owner, will get half in cash and the rest in stock,
making him a major investor in the film, theme park and TV company,
according to a statement Tuesday from Burbank, California-based Disney.
The first of a new trilogy of "Star Wars" films will be released in 2015, Disney said.
Disney paid $7 billion for animation studio Pixar in 2006
and bought Marvel Entertainment in 2009 for $4.2 billion,
adding the creators of "Toy Story" and "The Avengers" to the company's library.

Wikipedia The Walt Disney Company - Walt Disney - IMDb Walt Disney
 
Baynews9
  Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Star Wars models arrive at Legoland
By Allison Walker, Entertainment Reporter/Anchor
We’ve gotten the first images of the Star Wars models arriving at Legoland.
Construction is under way on the theme park’s newest expansion
– the Star Wars Miniland Model Display.
Starting Nov. 9, you can get up close to the Lambda Shuttle,
an iconic spacecraft found in Episode VI Return of the Jedi,
and other iconic crafts and characters in Miniland’s newest cluster.
“With over 1.5 million Lego bricks to be constructed,
this project required the assistance of our counterparts across the world,"
said Sam Dalessandro, a model shop supervisor at Legoland Florida.
"The Lego Star Wars Miniland models were built in model shops in Germany and California.
We have now received all 2,000 models
that will make up the new Miniland USA cluster and have begun installation."
 
 
Wikipedia Star Wars   Wikipedia Millennium Falcon
Internet Movie Database (IMDb)   Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope" (1977)
Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)   Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983)
Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999)   Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002)
Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005)   Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008)
 
News Chief
  Thursday, October 18, 2012
Legoland trip built memories for ill boy
By Gary White
Of all the memories Legoland Florida's leader has amassed during the past year or so,
one of the fondest involves a boy named Noah.
The park hadn't yet opened when Legoland officials learned about Noah Larkin,
a 7-year-old Celebration resident diagnosed with a brain tumor.
As Legoland General Manager Adrian Jones recalled,
Noah desperately wanted to visit Legoland,
but his parents worried that he might not survive until the park's opening day.
Jones' staff arranged a visit for Noah and his family on Sept. 13, 2011,
a few days before his eighth birthday and about a month before the official opening.
The boy toured the construction site, serving as "general manager" for the day.
He also got to spend time in the Legoland model shop,
where employees construct elaborate characters and buildings out of Lego bricks.
Noah died a few months later and was buried with his favorite Lego bricks
Legoland Florida spokeswoman Samantha Lane said.
The figures of Noah and his sister
- a boy with blue pants and a green shirt and a girl in a white dress with purple flowers -
still reside in Central Park, part of the New York City cluster in Miniland.
 
News Chief
  Tuesday, October 16, 2012
1 YEAR OLD Legoland Florida gets kids' approval
By Gary White
It's one thing for adults to praise Legoland Florida.
But what about the true experts, the people for whom the park is designed?
The attraction gets three thumbs up from a trio of students at
Highlands Grove Elementary School in Lakeland.
They were part of the school's second-graders
who went on a field trip to the theme park earlier this year
 
News Chief
  Sunday, October 14, 2012
LEGOLAND - STRONG BEGINNING
Legoland's successful first year exceeds expectations
By Gary White
Monday marks one year since the theme park opened
at the former Cypress Gardens property in Winter Haven.
"And many more" is the confident refrain of Legoland executives
and local politicians and tourism officials.
"I suppose people still ask me that all the time,"
said Adrian Jones, Legoland Florida general manager.
"People are nervous because the previous owners (of Cypress Gardens)
have found it difficult for whatever reason.
"I think it's very clear already 12 months in: Legoland is here to stay,
first and foremost because it's hugely successful.
We continue to invest and spend substantial amounts of capital and revenue
to make sure we're improving the experience for our guests, so I think the future's very bright."
 
News Chief
  Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Lego learning - 2nd-graders build critters that chomp and move
By Merissa Green
For 74 second-graders from Carlton Palmore Elementary School,
a free field trip to Legoland Florida theme park was fun
but for their teachers the excitement was about
the science, technology, engineering and mathematics lessons the children were absorbing.
With the help of Legoland staff, students built alligators with LEGO bricks
equipped with gears, levers, pulleys and sensors.
Using a laptop, students programmed the alligators to chomp their mouths
complete with sound effects activated by motion sensors
For the second year in a row,
park officials offered free field trips to Polk County second-graders
 
News Chief
  Saturday, September 29, 2012
6/10 Corp., Legoland get awards
By Kyle Kennedy
Two Winter Haven businesses were honored with
the Central Florida Development Council's highest awards
during a ceremony Friday night during the CFDC's annual meeting in The Lakeland Center.
The honor is given in recognition of excellence in the growth
of free enterprise, community service, economic stability and quality growth.
The CFDC's other top honor — the Dick Pope Sr. Tourism Award — went to Legoland Florida.
"The good news is that all signs point to a healthy theme park," said Lakeland mayor Gow Fields,
who presented the Dick Pope Sr. Award.
"These promising expansion plans to Legoland Florida in the coming year
will only continue to bolster the local economy."

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Wikipedia Dick Pope
Richard Downing Pope, Sr., better known as Dick Pope (April 19, 1900 – January 28, 1988)
was the founder of
Cypress Gardens in Winter Haven, Florida.
He has been described as "the greatest promoter that the sport of
water skiing has ever known".
 
News Chief
  Friday, September 28, 2012
Holden takes Chamber gavel
By Ryan Little
Legoland Florida walked away with an Industry Award in its first year
and Polk State President Eileen Holden took over presidential duties
at Thursday's annual Greater Winter Haven Chamber of Commerce meeting in Nora Mayo Hall.
"It's has been a busy year, you can say that much,"
joked Legoland Florida Chief Financial Officer David Johnson as he accepted the annual award.
Legoland Florida won the Industry Award
for a company with more than 100 employees in its first yet of eligibility.
The child-centric theme park opened in October 2011 at the former site of Cypress Gardens.
"We have done so much and achieved so much as well
and we couldn't have done it without our very dedicated team ...
but all the community and how the community has embraced us as a business," Johnson said.
Legoland Florida General Manager Adrian Jones missed the meeting for his son's birthday.
 
News Chief
  Saturday, September 8, 2012
Legoland Florida will bring the force of Star Wars to Winter Haven
By Gary White
The Millennium Falcon has landed at Legoland Florida.
Legoland officials announced plans Thursday morning
to create a new section of its central city
stocked with Lego-based figures from the "Star Wars" film series.
The "Star Wars" Miniland cluster is scheduled to open in November.
"I'm thrilled to be able to stand here
and announce another expansion to Legoland Florida so soon after our opening,"
said Legoland General Manager Adrian Jones,
who wore a Darth Vader Minifigure atop his name tag
Jones said the Millennium Falcon model consists of 19,234 Lego bricks.
He said it took Legoland model builders about 143 hours
to design the model and more than a month to build it
In all, the "Star Wars" cluster will contain 2,000 individual models made from 1.5 million bricks
Lucasfilm Ltd., owner of the "Star Wars" brand, has a licensing agreement with The Lego Group.
 
Yahoo News
  Friday, August 31, 2012
Lego's new girl series helps profits soar
By Jan M. Olsen
Copenhagen, Denmark
(AP)
Lego's new line of toys created specifically for girls helped first-half profits jump 35 percent,
despite criticism for fueling gender stereotypes.
The family-owned Danish toy maker on Friday said net profit rose to 2 billion kroner ($336 million),
from 1.48 billion kroner in the first six months of 2011. Sales rose 24 percent to 9.1 billion kroner.
The company said it sold twice as many Lego Friends sets as expected
during the first six months of the year.
When Lego Friends was launched earlier this year,
it was met with protests from some consumer groups saying the toys
were reinforcing gender stereotypes. The line includes a set for girls with
mini-figures in pink, purple and green settings, a dream house, a splash pool and a beauty shop.
In the U.S., the SPARK movement against the sexualization of girls and young women,
organized a petition with more than 50,000 signatures
calling on Lego to change its marketing strategy.
Lego said the new line was developed amid requests from parents and girls
for more realistic and detailed sets with brighter colors and role playing opportunities
The company, which employs some 10,000 people worldwide, is not publicly listed
 
News Chief
  Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Legoland expanding with rides, shops, more
By Erica Pera
The Winter Haven theme park plans to add to its Pirate Cove ski attraction with Pirate Shores,
a 1.6-acre adventure with rides, games and retail shopping,
according to documents filed with state water management officials.
If approved, the park addition will be completed some time next year.
"We're not announcing any new attractions," park spokeswoman Samantha Lane said.
"I know a lot of people want to speculate on what's coming next."
 
The Ledger
  Saturday, August 4, 2012
Legoland Continues Broadening Appeal in First Summer
By Gary White
Deep into its first summer of operations,
Legoland Florida continues its quest to establish itself
as a theme park destination known beyond Central Florida.
The park is designed for children ages 2 through 12 and their families
Legoland Florida does not ­disclose attendance figures,
but sales and marketing director Kim Isemann said the numbers are favorable.
"We are exceeding our budget," Isemann said.
"We're doing very well, and we're really excited about it.
So far so good on the numbers and the response we're getting."
 
Baynews9
  Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Legoland Florida celebrates its first Fourth through the weekend
By Virginia Johnson, Entertainment Host/Reporter
This 4th of July, the area's newest park rolled out their
Red, Brick and Boom event,
which featured extended hours filled with activities and entertainment for park guests.
The park opened with interactive events like building a star to adorn the park's first Lego USA flag.
Legoland Florida special viewing glasses turns regular fireworks into a million exploding Lego bricks.
The fireworks start at 9 p.m., after an all-new Lego Pirate show at 8:30 p.m.
These two events will continue, along with the park's extended hours, though the weekend.

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Wikipedia July 4 - Independence Day (United States)
 
News Chief
  Thursday, June 28, 2012
Numerous events planned for the fourth
By MATT REINSTETLE
Legoland Florida is hosting a four-night Red, Brick & Boom celebration,
running Wednesday to July 7.
Each person watching the fireworks will receive 3D glasses
that will make fireworks look like millions of exploding bricks.
There will be backyard games and a party in Miniland USA.
Fireworks begin at 9 each night. Regular park admission applies.
 
News Chief
  Thursday, June 14, 2012
A guide to what's new at water parks in the area
By MATT REINSTETLE
You can feel it every time you step outside.
It only takes a few seconds to notice the bright, burning sun
and the perspiration forming on your forehead.
It's June in Florida, and that means it's hot outside.
One fun way to beat the heat is by going to one of several water parks in Central Florida.
"I think you have so many opportunities, whether you want to lounge around on a lazy river
or go down the water slides, it gives you that fun excitement,
the thrill on the rides while allowing you to cool off,"
said Samantha Lane, public relations representative for Legoland Florida,
which opened its water park in May.
Below is a roundup of area water parks.
Adventure Island, Tampa
Aquatica, Orlando
Blizzard Beach, Orlando,
CoCo Key Waterpark, Orlando,
Discovery Cove, Orlando
Typhoon Lagoon, Orlando
Wet 'n Wild, Orlando
Legoland Water Park, Winter Haven
 
News Chief
  Monday, June 11, 2012
Neighbors praise noise control, park improvements
By GARY WHITE
Legoland has modified mechanical elements of the park it inherited from Cypress Gardens
and created a sound-suppressing boundary,
including an 8-foot wooden fence at the park's perimeter.
 
Baynews9
  Saturday, May 26, 2012
The unofficial start of Summer is here and temperatures are rising.
By Cheryl Glassford, Reporter
And one local theme park is hoping to make a splash and help fight the heat.
The new water park at Legoland opened today in Winter Haven
The new addition includes a 'build a raft river,' 'twin chaser water slides,'
and even a special 'duplo' area for the younger children.
Watch the Video
 
News Chief
  Friday, May 25, 2012
Public gets free preview at new Legoland Florida Water Park
By MATT REINSTETLE
Legoland Florida held a media preview Thursday of Legoland Water Park
to get people prepared for the grand opening Saturday.
The water park features six attractions,
some remodeled attractions from the Cypress Gardens water park, with something for all ages.
Approximately 1355 beach balls go airborne
as guests exceed the Guinness world record for the most beech balls in the air simultaneously
during a media preview of Legoland Florida's water park attraction on Thursday.
 
Tampa Bay Online and WFLA TV (NBC)
  Friday, May 25, 2012
Florida's newest theme park is making a splash yet again
and Legoland Florida in Winter Haven unveil its new water park today
and letting hundreds of visitors in for free.
And then enlisting their help to break a Guinness world record.
Watch the Video
 
Baynews9
  Thursday, May 24, 2012
Legoland Florida sets a world record days before water park opens
By Virginia Johnson
Legoland Florida has broken a world record for the most beach balls in the air at one time.
They had more than 1,000 balls in the air at one time.
The final total reached 1,355 balls simultaneously in the air,
smashing the previous record of 401 beach balls.
The next step, to make it official, is to file it with the Guiness Book of World records
Guinness auditors will evaluate the attempt for authentication over the next several weeks.
The first 400 guests to the park received free admission and a beach ball.
Beginning at around 10am this morning, the balls went airborne.
 
News Chief
  Saturday, May 19, 2012
Legoland tries to set record on Thursday
Legoland Florida will give its first 400 guests on Thursday
free early admission to the new water park
in an effort to set a Guinness World Record.
The guests will be asked to help set a record
for the highest number of beach balls simultaneously thrown in the air.
The current record is 400, a Legoland spokeswoman said.
The guests will receive beach balls and Legoland T-shirts.
The park opens at 10 a.m.
After the record attempt, the first 400 guests will be allowed to remain in the water park
and explore the slides, wave pool and other attractions.

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Wikipedia Guinness World Records - www.GuinnessWorldRecords.com the official website
 
News Chief
  Friday, May 25, 2012
Board OKs beer, wine sales for Legoland
By GARY WHITE
Polk County's Board of Adjustment raised a glass Thursday afternoon
to the idea of letting Legoland Florida sell alcoholic beverages.
The board voted 6-0 at its monthly meeting to grant Legoland a variance to a county code
barring the sale and consumption of alcoholic drinks within 1,000 feet of a school or church.
Two churches are within 1,000 feet of Legoland's outer boundaries
 
News Chief
  Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Park seeks permission to sell beer and wire
[sic]
By GARY WHITE
Legoland Florida might cater to children ages 2 through 12,
but the attraction's owners want to start selling beverages only guests 21 and older may legally drink.
Merlin Entertainments Group, the corporate owner of the Winter Haven theme park,
has applied to Polk County for an exemption from a county code
banning sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages within 1,000 feet of a school or a church.
At least two churches are inside that radius from the park's boundaries,
according to Merlin's application packet.
Polk County's Board of Adjustment
is scheduled to consider the application at its May 24 meeting in Bartow.
It's not clear whether Legoland seeks to sell beer and wine
only in restaurants or for consumption elsewhere in the park.
A Legoland spokeswoman did not respond Monday to a request for comment
 
News Chief
  Friday, March 30, 2012
GREENHOUSE EFFECT
New Legoland exhibit promotes state's agriculture industry
By GARY WHITE
Commissioner Adam Putnam has made several trips to Legoland Florida
since it opened last October.
Putnam, a Bartow native, had a professional reason for visiting the theme park Thursday morning.
He joined Legoland executives to unveil the Fresh From Florida Greenhouse,
an exhibit that promotes the state's $100 billion agriculture industry.
The exhibit occupies a renovated greenhouse inherited from Cypress Gardens,
the predecessor to Legoland Florida.
Visitors got a glimpse of fruits and vegetables growing inside the greenhouse,
along with displays of farm scenes using miniature buildings and figures
constructed from Lego bricks
The exhibit is a partnership between Legoland Florida and Fresh From Florida,
the marketing wing of the Florida Department of Agriculture.
Adrian Jones, Legoland Florida's general manager,
said employees spent about three months restoring the ornate conservatory,
known as Wings of Wonder when it contained a butterfly colony at Cypress Gardens

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Wikipedia Adam Putnam
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Wikipedia Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
 » 
www.FreshFromFlorida.com
 
News Chief
  Wednesday, March 21, 2012
LEGOLAND SHUTTLE MAKES A BIG HIT
Buses take guest to Legoland from Orlando for $10 per person
By GARY WHITE
Legoland Florida sponsors a shuttle-bus service daily from Orlando Premium Outlets
to the attraction, part of its effort to lure tourists from the vicinity of Walt Disney World.
The bus departs from the upscale shopping center every day at 9 a.m.
and returns riders to the mall after the park closes
The round-trip fee is $10 per person plus tax
Guests are required to book spaces on the bus 24 hours in advance.
Wallace said the operator, Annett Bus Lines of Sebring,
makes as many available as needed to match the reservations.
Wallace said Legoland Florida promotes the
shuttle service on its website.
Orlando hotels also publicize it through Legoland's Bed & Brick Preferred Hotels program.
The shuttle buses are equipped with video screens at the front and throughout the seating area.
Bourque said Legoland-theme videos began playing a few minutes into the roughly 45-minute drive
and ended just as the bus arrived in the Legoland parking lot.
 
News Chief
  Saturday, February 25, 2012
Publix, Legoland offer vision for future
By KYLE KENNEDY
Publix Super Markets Inc. is finding creative ways to grow in a weak economy,
and Legoland Florida has big plans after getting off to a strong start in Winter Haven.
Officials from both companies discussed their growth strategies Friday
during an Urban Land Institute workshop at Polk State College.
Meanwhile at Legoland, the theme park's early success in Winter Haven
is speeding along plans for more growth and attractions, General Manager Adrian Jones said Friday.
Jones said he is confident Legoland will meet its May 26 target date to open a water park expansion.
The addition of the water park positions Legoland as a "multi-day destination. That's significant,"
Jones said.
Jones said Legoland officials are particularly interested in capturing more business from Orlando,
which in 2010 became the first U.S. destination to draw more than 50 million visitors in a year.
"If we can pick off a little bit of that and keep them here longer, that's good for Polk County,"
Jones said.
Legoland also has plans to beef up its water ski show
and add more rides and attractions for toddlers and children up to age 2, he said.
Jones said Legoland Florida has seen strong sales of annual passes,
with a customer base exceeding that of Legoland California.
Some 40 percent of annual pass holders live within 30 minutes of Legoland Florida,
and about 20 percent live farther than three hours.
Finally, he said the park still has plans for a Legoland-themed hotel
that will aid its mission of becoming "the ultimate family-friendly resort."

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Wikipedia Publix - an American supermarket chain based in Lakeland, Florida.
Founded in 1930 by George W. Jenkins

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Wikipedia Polk State College located in Winter Haven, Florida
 
News Chief
  Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Legoland Water Park to bring new rides, jobs
By MATT REINSTETLE
More jobs and water rides will be coming to Legoland Florida
when Legoland Water Park opens in early summer.
Legoland Water Park will feature seven new attractions
and will cost $12 more per ticket for guests ages 3 and older
and $3 more for children age 2 and younger,
park officials shared with media during a tour Tuesday.
An estimated 250 jobs will be created, including a large staff of lifeguards.
The park is tentatively set to open in May,
but Legoland Florida General Manager Adrian Jones said
a definitive date will be set in the upcoming weeks.
The park is designed for children ages 2-12,
with the larger slides aimed for older kids and the Duplo areas built for younger kids.
This will be the second Legoland Water Park.
Legoland California opened in 2010
"It's a great time for us to open
because we will go into being open seven days a week for the whole summer.
There are no stand-alone tickets fro the water park.
Legoland will offer a Premium Annual Pass for $179 for adults
and $159 for children 3-12 and seniors 60 and over,
plus tax, that includes Legoland and the water park.
Legoland passholders can update their tickets at the annual pass center.
 
News Chief
  Friday, January 20, 2012
Legoland officials excited by Obama's pledge
By GARY WHITE
Even though President Barack Obama spoke Thursday at a rival tourist attraction,
Legoland Florida General Manager Adrian Jones welcomed the president's pledge
to make it easier for citizens of Brazil, China and other countries to visit the United States.
"This development is a major game-changer for Florida,"
Jones said in a statement issued by the theme park.
"An improved visa process helps us roll out the welcome mat to our friends in Brazil
and will result in record numbers of young families visiting Florida."
Jones said Legoland Florida has already noticed large numbers of guests
from Latin America since opening last October.
That trend, combined with Obama's announcement, he said,
will spur the attraction to hire more Portuguese and Spanish-speaking "model citizens,"
the park's name for its employees.

Wikipedia Barack Obama
Wikipedia China  - Population 2010 census : 

1,339,724,852

Wikipedia Brazil  - Population 2010 census : 

190,732,694

Wikipedia United States  - Population 2010 census : 

308,745,538

 
News Chief
  Sunday, January 15, 2012
Legoland Florida establishes international appeal
By GARY WHITE
The Ledger encountered guests from Canada and South American countries,
a few from other states and several groups from elsewhere in Florida.
None of the randomly approached patrons gave Polk County as their place of residence.
The snapshot suggests Legoland Florida has already established
international appeal just three months after its opening
Amilton Souza and his wife, Marcia, visiting from Sao Paolo, Brazil,
strolled through the Duplo Village section of Legoland with their daughter, Victoria, 7.
The couple, who spoke limited English,
said they learned about Legoland Florida on the Internet
and included the attraction among visits to the other theme parks while on vacation in Orlando.
Legoland Florida tracks the residences of its guests in various ways:
requests for home ZIP codes in the parking lot
and at electronic kiosks in the park and personal surveys.
Legoland officials don't disclose the information,
which helps guide their marketing strategy, spokeswoman Jackie Wallace said.
Wallace said Legoland's roughly 1,200 employees include plenty of Spanish-speakers,
though she said the park doesn't necessarily have bilingual staffers scheduled for every shift.
 
News Chief
  Saturday, January 7, 2012
WINTER HAVEN HISTORY Museum reopens today
By Phil Attinger
Starting today, the museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday
at least through late May, said Bob Gernert,
organizer with the Museum of Winter Haven History
and executive director of the Winter Haven Chamber of Commerce.
The museum is presenting new displays in January and February
including information about Cypress Gardens
and a look at history being made now by Legoland Florida.
In addition to lots of Cypress Gardens memorabilia,
one unique item is the sign that used to hang outside Dick Pope's office at the park.
The museum is in the historic pink Woman's Club building
at 660 Pope Ave. at Lake Howard Drive.
Admission is free and it is open to the general public.
 
News Chief
  Thursday, December 29, 2011
Park reaches capacity for first time since opening
By RYAN E. LITTLE
Some hopeful visitors were turned away,
and there were long lines in the park and traffic jams on Cypress Gardens Boulevard.
In response, Legoland extended its hours Wednesday until 8:30 p.m.
The park opened at 10 a.m., and shortly after noon it closed its own parking lots,
and by 1:30 p.m, visitors were being turned away from parking spaces
pressed into service at lots near the park and in the Publix shopping center across the street.
Legoland will not release attendance information or say what it considers the park's capacity to be.
Wednesday's crowd came in what is traditionally the busiest week for Central Florida theme parks,
said Legoland spokeswoman Jackie Wallace,
adding the park will likely remain extremely busy into the new year.
Wallace said lines for rides averaged about 45 minutes,
and the line for the Italian buffet restaurant was an hour long.
Some Legoland visitors reported waits as long as 1 1/2 hours
 
Yahoo News
  Friday December 23, 2011
Physicist builds Lego Large Hadron Collider
As scientists at the CERN Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, Switzerland
continue their search for the elusive Higgs boson "God particle,"
one physicist has built a tribute to their work entirely out of Lego bricks.
Sascha Mehlhase, a researcher at the Niels Bohr Institute in Copenhagen, Denmark,
spent more than 80 hours designing and constructing a model of
the supercollider's intricate ATLAS detector.
9,500 piece model took Copenhagen-based researcher weeks to construct
The final model stands nearly two feet tall
and is 1:50 scale — or actual size, if you're a little Lego person.
Wikipedia CERN - Large Hadron Collider
The
World Wide Web began as a CERN project called ENQUIRE
initiated by Tim Berners-Lee in 1989 and Robert Cailliau in 1990.
 
News Chief
  Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Legoland will open water park by summer 2012
By RYAN E. LITTLE
A water park inside the gates of Legoland Florida will have six attractions,
will cost $12 to add to a standard Legoland ticket and will open before summer 2012,
park officials announced Tuesday.
Legoland spokeswoman Jackie Wallace said the park hopes that the addition
will turn Legoland into a multi-day attraction.
The Legoland Premium Pass will include 12 months of seasonal admission to the water park
in addition to regular park admission and free parking.
It costs $179 (not including tax) for visitors ages 13 to 59 and $149 for ages 3 to 12 and 60 and older.
The Plus Pass is $30 more than the Standard Pass,
but a family of four only needed one to get the benefits.
That loophole is now closed if a family wants to add on admission to the water park
because every family member has to pay the full price of the Premium Pass,
which includes the additional discounts
So where a family of four -- two adults passes and two children's passes
could pay $520.02 per year, including tax, for the benefits of one Plus Pass
and the admission of the Plus Pass and three Standard Passes,
it will cost $701.92, including tax, to have four Premium Passes.
Admission to the water park will require a general admission ticket and an additional fee.
 
News Chief
  Sunday, November 20, 2011
Legoland helps lower Polk jobless rate in Oct.
By Kyle Kennedy
Polk County's jobless rate fell in October and the area saw a hiring boost from Legoland.
Meanwhile, unemployment in Florida dropped to its lowest rate in more than two years.
Local unemployment was at 11.3 percent last month, down from 12.7 percent the year before
and 12.0 percent in September, according to the Florida Agency for Workforce Innovation
The bulk of the monthly job growth came from Legoland Florida,
which opened in Winter Haven last month and employs more than 1,000 people.
Legoland currently employs 1,119 people, spokeswoman Jackie Wallace said Friday.
Florida Jobs org
 
News Chief
  Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Legoland could boost tourism through tax
By RYAN E. LITTLE
If Legoland Florida can put more "heads in beds" in Polk County,
it will put more money in county coffers for future tourism development.
The county's tourist development tax
-- a 5 percent add-on tax on short-term stays in Polk County --
pays for Polk County Sports and Tourism Marketing,
the county's tourism development organization
The funds, about $9.5 million for the year,
are collected monthly and can pay only for future tourism development
 
News Chief
  Saturday, November 12, 2011
Winter Haven Hospital is now the official hospital for Legoland Florida.
By Donna Kelly
"By partnering with such a recognized medical center as Winter Haven Hospital,
Legoland will be receiving excellent resources for our health and safety initiatives within our park,"
the attraction's general manager, Adrian Jones, said in making the announcement
Thursday night at the Winter Haven Hospital Foundation's gala.
 
News Chief
  Tuesday, November 1, 2011
What's does park offer younger children?
By GARY WHITE
Legoland Florida officials regularly emphasize that age range as their target audience
Since the park opened Oct. 15, though, some parents have questioned
how much Legoland has to offer for children on the lower end of the 2-through-12 scale.
Legoland Florida recently produced a flyer for parents titled, "What To Do When You're Two!"
 
News Chief
  Sunday, October 23, 2011
Legoland reviews find park too expensive
By Gary White
During its first week of existence, Legoland Florida has gathered mostly positive,
and in many cases rapturous, reviews from guests and industry experts.
But an undercurrent of grumbling has emerged that can be summed up in two words:
too expensive.
Many people don't think so, based on comments attached to
The Ledger's online articles,
discussions on
PolkMoms.com website
and even posts on Legoland's official
Facebook page.
 
News Chief
  Thursday, October 20, 2011
Theme park experts praise attraction
By GARY WHITE
Legoland Florida is getting high marks
from people who make their livings prowling amusement parks
A sampling of theme park experts contacted by
The Ledger
found much to praise and little to criticize at Legoland Florida
"Legoland's a world-class park," said Robert Niles,
editor of California-based
ThemeParkInsider.com.
 
News Chief
  Sunday, October 16, 2011
Legoland open for business
By RYAN E. LITTLE
If Disney inspires a child's imagination with magic,
then Legoland Florida does it with ingenuity and the knowledge
that kids too could build Miniland USA
-- a collection of Lego-built buildings and displays --
if only they had enough bricks and time.
It wasn't just a big deal for first-day Legoland visitors,
it was a triumph for the Merlin Entertainments employees
involved in the transformation of Cypress Gardens into Legoland Florida.
"It's a real emotional moment," said Bill Volbrecht, Legoland senior park designer.
He helped design Legoland Florida and was at the park with friends and family on Saturday
Wallace, the Legoland spokeswoman,
said that she was not aware of any food outages at the park.
A conservative estimate put about 4,000 people in the park Saturday
Wallace would not say how many Legoland visitors were in the park
because the company doesn't release attendance figures.
Most rides had 30 to 45 minute waits and lines for food that seemed almost as long,
said someone waiting in line.

 
News Chief
  Saturday, October 15, 2011
FAMILY OF FOUR CAN EXPECT TO PAY ABOUT $375 FOR A DAY AT LEGOLAND
By Ryan E. Little
Adding up costs of a day at the park
Two adults and two children can spend a day playing, riding, eating lunch
and having some snacks for about $376.60.
Ticket prices are just under Disney World's, and the concessions are reasonably priced,
according to a marketing expert. ....
But in Central Florida, there are a lot more choices than just Legoland,
and every other choice is a more established brand.
That's why Legoland's ticket pricing is important.
Its $75 adult ticket and $65 child ticket (plus tax) puts it just under
Disney World, which charges $85 for an adult ticket and $79 for children (plus tax).
Wikipedia Walt Disney World Resort
 
News Chief
  Thursday, September 29, 2011
Legoland rides won't get state inspections
By RYAN E. LITTLE & KYLE KENNEDY
The amusement part qualifies for a state exemption from inspection and permitting requirements
because it will have 1,000 employees
Florida law requires the park to employ full-time, in-house safety inspectors.
"With our team on staff running our own inspections,
we control the daily, hourly involvement with the rides,
Allan Harrison heads the Bureau of Fair Rides Inspection for
the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
He said in-house safety inspectors are not required to have specific certifications,
but said such workers are often engineers or people
with backgrounds in mechanical and structural work
Wallace said Legoland Florida employs 28 people whose jobs include ride inspection,
"Throughout the day they will be on hand and on standby should something come up,"
Wallace said. "But every single morning,
every single ride will be thoroughly inspected by that team."
Wikipedia Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
 
News Chief
  Thursday, March 24, 2011
Legoland plans unveiled; little of old park remains
By JOHN CHAMBLISS
Four roller coasters, a pirate ski show,
a factory that shows how Legos are made,
and a school for young boating enthusiasts.
From the looks of a new map released Wednesday,
the 52-acre, $100 million Legoland theme park has it all.
"Ninety-percent of the park has changed," said Craig Riebel,
construction manager of Legoland.
"But some will recognize old trees, the botanical gardens and a couple of rides."
 
Baynews9
  Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Construction well underway at Legoland Florida
Backhoes and construction workers are all over the site
of the future Legoland Florida in Winter Haven.
The place currently looks more like a construction zone than a Lego-themed park
but officials said they expect to have construction complete
by the time Legoland Florida opens in October.
General Manager Adrian Jones said the park is taking shape
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News Chief
  Saturday, February 12, 2011
Legoland looking to snap up workers
By KYLE KENNEDY
Legoland Florida plans to get busy hiring about 1,000 "Model Citizens"
before the theme park opens in October
Legoland is posting jobs online at
www.LEGOLAND.com/jobs
and will only take applications through the web site
 
News Chief
  Thursday, October 21, 2010
Legoland Florida announces ticket prices
Ticket prices posted on the Legoland Florida website
http://florida.legoland.com/buy_tickets/tickets/
One-day admission
$65 plus tax for adults
(ages 13-59)
$55 plus tax for children
(ages 3-12) and seniors (age 60 and older)
Standard Annual Pass
(includes unlimited Legoland Florida admission)
$99 plus tax for all ages
Plus Annual Pass
(includes unlimited Legoland Florida admission,
parking and food and merchandise discounts)

$159 plus tax for adults
(ages 13-59)
$129 plus tax for children
(ages 3-12) and seniors (age 60 and older)
Ambassador Pass
(includes lifetime admission to Legoland Florida,
preferred parking, special events and food and merchandise discounts)

$2,500 plus tax for all ages
 
News Chief
  Friday, February 26, 2010
An official Web site has been launched for Legoland Florida
Future guests and job seekers
can follow the progress of the theme park at
www.legolandfloridaresort.com
LEGOLAND Florida
 
News Chief
  Thursday, January 21, 2010
Late 2011 opening planned for Legoland Florida
The name of the theme park
known for 74 years as Cypress Gardens
now will be Legoland Florida
Nick Varney, the chief executive officer of
Merlin Entertainments Group, made the announcement
Varney said Legoland Florida will include
more than 40 million Lego building bricks in its design
Legoland Florida
will be the fifth Legoland attraction worldwide
 
News Chief
  Saturday, January 16, 2010
Legoland ownership group purchases Cypress Gardens
Buyer is the second largest attractions company in the world
By ANITA WHITAKER
Cypress Gardens purchased by Merlin Entertainments Group
the operator of Legoland of California
 


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