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News Chief
  Saturday, December 27, 2014
VIP Day at Legoland Brings Joy to Florida Boy
Eight-year-old David Cruz had two wishes this holiday season:
He wanted to go to Legoland,
and he wished his older brother, Jorge, could have come with him
David arrived at Legoland in a limo escorted by state troopers Saturday morning
with his mom, dad and six other family members.
But 9-year-old Jorge died in June when the driver of a work van
hit the brothers, mom Anita Pallares and their small dog
during an early morning walk on Bahia Loop at Turf Drive in Land O' Lakes
News Chief
  Saturday, December 13, 2014
Weekend Events: Legoland Is Putting on Christmas Bricktacular
By Barb Stuewe THE LEDGER
Saturdays and Sundays in December at Legoland is Christmas Bricktacular.
'Tis the season with a 270,000 brick Christmas tree and festive decorations.
Also photo opportunities with life-sized Lego model Santa Claus,
model building activity, meet and greet opportunities with
Lego Santa and Lego toy soldier, scavenger hunt, entertainment, holiday shopping.
The event is included with park admission.
The park is at 1 Legoland Way. 877-350-LEGO.
News Chief
  Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Legoland Offering Free Second Day With Hotel Reservations
Legoland Florida is offering a free second day
with every reservation at Legoland Hotel booked by Dec. 25.
The five-story, Lego-themed hotel is under construction
and scheduled to open next summer near the entrance to the Winter Haven attraction.
Legoland Florida is accepting reservations for June 15 through Jan. 31, 2016,
The "Brick Friday" package yields a free second day plus a Resort Hopper upgrade
with a pre-booked room at Legoland Hotel.
The Resort Hopper provides admission to the main park and to Legoland Water Park.
News Chief
  Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Legoland Unveils Orlando Model
Ferris wheel replica promotes new tourist complex being built
A Ferris wheel is coming to Legoland Florida,
but even the tiniest tykes won't be able to squeeze into its cars.
The attraction's executives unveiled a replica Wednesday morning
of the Orlando Eye observation wheel fashioned from 60,000 Lego bricks.
The 8-foot-tall model will occupy a space in the Florida section of Miniland,
a collection of cityscapes and other scenes made from Lego bricks.
News Chief
  Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Polk Commission to Vote on Study on Future of Cypress Gardens Boulevard Corridor
By Tom Palmer, THE LEDGER
The long-stalled study of the future of the Cypress Gardens Boulevard corridor
is heading in a new direction if the Polk County Commission approves funding
The $65,000 study would concentrate on the section between Legoland and U.S. 27
to look at its economic possibilities and what it should look like,
said Bruce Lyon, executive director of the Winter Haven Economic Development Council.
He said he hopes the study will make it easier to attract hotel and restaurant developers,
and other entrepreneurs who could take advantage of the impact of Legoland,
produce higher value development, and increase sales tax and tourist tax collections
News Chief
  Friday, August 29, 2014
Names Best Places to Work in Polk County
By Kyle Kennedy THE LEDGER
CareerSource Polk announced a new slate of the county's Best Places to Work
during the organization's annual meeting at The Lakeland Center on Thursday morning.
Legoland Florida
Polk County Board of County Commissioners; Sherwin-Williams Company
Wal-Mart distribution center in Winter Haven; W.S. Badcock Corp.
News Chief
  Saturday, August 2, 2014
Winter Haven economic development officials
are planning to launch an in-depth marketing study of the Cypress Gardens Boulevard corridor
to try to figure out what it would take to get more economic bounce
out of the steady flow of tourists that come to Legoland.
The goal is to make the corridor a destination rather than merely a stop on a day trip.
This idea has been discussed for a couple of years,
but it now finally appears to be taking shape.
The start of the study, whose cost is estimated to be $150,000,
will depend on funding from various local governments. Appeal letters recently went out
News Chief
  Thursday, July 10, 2014
Polk Deputies Use Taser to Arrest Unruly Guest at Legoland
By Miles Parks THE LEDGER
_________ was arrested at the end of the incident that lasted about 30 minutes on Wednesday
after causing a ruckus at the water park,
according to a Polk County Sheriff's Office arrest report
The Sheriff's Office said he is charged with battery on a law enforcement officer, a felony,
for splashing water on a deputy,
as well as disorderly conduct and resisting officers without violence
News Chief
  Friday, June 20, 2014
Legoland's Newest Model - the Globe - Now on Display
Legoland Florida unveiled its newest model Friday morning
a 6-foot, blue-and-green globe made of more than 250,000 Lego bricks.
The globe, displayed next to the Imagination Zone attraction,
is part of Legoland's initiatives to further education
on renewable energy inside the theme park, Legoland officials said.
The theme park teamed with Tampa Electric on the project.
( Photo provided )
News Chief
  Wednesday, June 4, 2014
Cypress Gardens Named to National Register of Historic Places
Winter Haven landmark now maintained by Legoland.
By Miles Parks THE LEDGER
A year of work and six weeks of waiting culminated
with Winter Haven history winning national recognition.
Cypress Gardens, the botanical gardens still viewable at Legoland Florida
and the history of the theme park that operated in Winter Haven for more than 70 years,
was officially accepted into the National Register of Historic Places in April.
Bob Gernert, who helped in the nomination process,
said the park's impact on Central Florida is undeniable.
Gernert is a local historian
and the former executive director of the Greater Winter Haven Chamber of Commerce.
"I think in terms of Winter Haven, the gardens are iconic,
they are such a huge part of our history," Gernert said.
"Having it recognized in this way means it's not only important to us,
it's important to the country as a whole."
"It's been a priority to maintain that excellence that is Cypress Gardens,"
said Chris Jones, a Legoland spokesman.
"We absolutely think it's a great add-on.
People have the rides and the attractions,
but then during the day, people can also enjoy this natural part."

 » Wikipedia National Register of Historic Places
News Chief
  Friday, May 9, 2014
Legoland Hiring 300 for Summer
By Gary White THE LEDGER
The Winter Haven theme park is seeking temporary employees
for positions in admissions, rides, retail, and food and beverage,
said Lindsey Smith, the park's human resources manager.
The job fair will be held in the student center at
Polk State College's Winter Haven campus from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday
Candidates are encouraged to register in advance at
Smith said, though that is not required.
The seasonal positions are listed on the site with the job identification number 2550.
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News Chief
  Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Legoland's Imagination Zone Attraction to Run on Solar Power
By Miles Parks THE LEDGER
Inside Legoland Florida's Imagination Zone, kids and their creative juices run wild.
There are video games and interactive electronic activities; you can build a tower
and then simulate an earthquake to see the consequences of your poorly conceived foundation
In honor of Earth Day, the park unveiled a permanent 30-kilowatt solar panel array Tuesday
on the roof of the Imagination Zone.
Although the shiny panels may have drawn the attention of visitors
being thrust up and down on Kid Power Towers near the zone,
it was the park's other news that got guests excited.
The park purchased enough renewable energy from Tampa Electric
to power the entire 150-acre park Tuesday with renewable resources.
According to park officials, this is the first time a theme park has ever done this.
Wikipedia Earth Day
Wikipedia Solar power
News Chief
  Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Legoland Welcomes Down Syndrome Association Families For a Day of Fun
By Gary White THE LEDGER
about 100 children with Down syndrome visiting the theme park Tuesday
as guests of Merlin's Magic Wand, the charitable arm of Legoland's parent company.
The children and their families are members of
the Down Syndrome Association of Central Florida, which is based in Winter Park.
The families received passes to Legoland and were invited to visit on their own schedules.
The syndrome affects one of every 691 babies in the United States,
according to National Down Syndrome Society.
Created in 2008, Merlin's Magic Wand has provided visits
to more than 110,000 children and their families, Legoland said in a news release.
Legoland Florida spokesman Chris Jones said
the park takes satisfaction in being part of Merlin's Magic Wand.
LEGOLAND Florida's official charitable organization is Merlin's Magic Wand.
Wikipedia Down syndrome
News Chief
  Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Legoland Unveils Last Pieces of Cypress Gardens Botanical Gardens
By Ryan E. Little The Ledger
The Florida Pool, Oriental Gardens have been closed to the public since 2011.
"What makes Legoland Florida different to other Legoland parks
is the fact that it is built in Cypress Gardens," Legoland General Manager Adrian Jones said.
"Cypress Gardens is still a brand that exists within the center and is almost the heartbeat of Legoland.
It makes it different, it gives us a different edge
and it also makes it probably the most beautiful Legoland park in the world."
"I think the most exciting thing about this for me is the fact that it makes this park whole again,"
said Bob Gernert, namesake for the Bob Gernert Jr. Museum of Winter Haven History
and recently retired executive director of the Greater Winter Haven Chamber of Commerce.
  Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Legoland brings back two Cypress Gardens sections
By Virginia Johnson, Entertainment Host/Reporter
The Winter Haven park hosted a ribbon-cutting
to mark the return of two sections of Cypress Gardens, which made up the grounds prior to Legoland.
The returning sections are the Florida Pool and the Oriental Gardens.
“It means the world to the people who love Cypress Gardens," said Bob Gernert,
retired head of the Greater Winter Haven Chamber of Commerce and Cypress Gardens Historian.
Gernert joined Legoland General Manager Adrian Jones
and Cypress Gardens southern belles adorned in period costumes
for the ceremonial ribbon cutting ceremony.
"I think the Oriental Gardens are as beautiful or more than they were then," Gernert said.
Gernert said the restored Oriental Gardens have a spiritual feel.
"It's just really a calming, meditative place," Gernert said.
News Chief
  Friday, February 28, 2014
Legoland to Reopen Florida Pool, Oriental Gardens
By Gary White THE LEDGER
The Newly Restored Areas Will open to the Public on Thursday
Legoland announced Friday that those previously closed sections
will be open to visitors starting Thursday.
The attraction plans to hold a media event Wednesday morning to present a first look at the two areas.
The Florida Pool, a peninsula-shaped reservoir bordering Lake Eloise,
was built as a set for the 1953 Esther Williams movie "Easy To Love."
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The pool had suffered from years of deterioration
before Legoland Florida acquired the property in 2010,
and the approach to it had been fenced off.
"We are very excited to reopen two of the most beloved sections of Cypress Gardens,
the Florida Pool and the Oriental Gardens, this upcoming week,"
Legoland Florida spokesman Chris Jones said.
Two additional areas, the French Garden and the Big Lagoon overlook, remain closed.
Legoland Florida officials have not set a date for opening them
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News Chief
  Friday, February 7, 2014
Agency to Apply to Put Portion of Former Cypress Gardens on Historical Register
By Gary White THE LEDGER
Area includes botanical gardens, the water ski stadium, shoreline around the ski area,
Now the property appears headed for national recognition.
A state agency is expected to apply later this month to have Cypress Gardens
listed on the National Register of Historic Places,
and if all goes well that status could be granted before Memorial Day.
“I think it's fantastic,” Polk County Commission Chairman Todd Dantzler said.
“I think it's great that it would be recognized.”
News Chief
  Wednesday, February 26, 2014
New construction work on Cypress Gardens Boulevard
across the street from Legoland Florida
is for a 5,125-square-foot retail building expected to be built by June.
The project is being developed by Winter Haven-based Swain Development.
News Chief
  Friday, January 31, 2014
Legoland Florida reported no accidents involving guests during the final three months of 2013,
according to a report from the Florida Bureau of Fair Rides Inspection.
The bureau issues quarterly reports on self-reported accidents at theme parks.
Under a memorandum of understanding with the Florida Department of Agriculture,
Legoland Florida and other theme parks with at least 1,000 employees
and full-time, in-house safety inspectors are exempt from state inspections.
Those attractions do voluntary accident reporting.
SeaWorld, Busch Gardens and Wet ‘n Wild also reported no incidents during the fourth quarter of 2013.
Walt Disney World reported five incidents and Universal Studios Orlando, six.
None of the incidents resulted in deaths.
News Chief
  Thursday, January 30, 2014
Legoland Florida will host a hiring event Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
to fill seasonal positions for theme park associates.
Full- and part-time positions are available in
attractions, food and beverage, retail, admissions and more.
Polk Works is coordinating the event.
Log into your existing profile or complete a registration at
Search for job order
9852300 and then follow the instructions to the Legoland job list.
Date Job ID Job Title Employer Location Salary
3:01:00 PM
9852300 Theme Park Associates LEGOLAND Florida Winter Haven, FL $7.93 to $8.00 per hour