Legoland Florida: discount tickets and tips

We’ve been to Legoland Florida twice now.  For all you homeschool families out there-do not pay full price for your tickets! Did you know that Legoland has “homeschool days”? Currently a theme park ticket cost $73 and a park/waterpark ticket is $93 per person. On designated homeschool days,  it’s $13.50 per student and $25 per adult. It’s an extra $20 per ticket for the waterpark combo ticket. So this is a huge savings.  My family of four went for the price of about 1 regular ticket. 

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If you aren’t a homeschool family,  I have a deal for you too. Did you know that your kids can go to Legoland for free? If you have time before your trip,  sign your kids up for Lego magazine.  The subscription is completely free. Plus, they regularly put coupons for free child admission in the magazine. 

Sign up for your subscription here. 

If you are leaving before your subscription comes in,  I’d bet your local library has a recent issue. 

We’ve enjoyed Legoland. We recently went back to check out the new Ninjago section.  But, I wouldn’t pay full price for it. It’s not worth the $73 per person price. 

 But,  around $80 for the entire family is reasonable. So,  check it out. The park highlights for our family include minifigure trading,  the 4D theater,  the waterski show, and the new Ninjago ride.

Minifigure trading: all “model citizens” aka park staff,  wear name badges with an attached minifigure. Take along a minfigure from home. Then,  you can trade with anyone working in the park.  For really good trades,  go to the gift shops and ask to see the “trading board” behind the counter. It’s not advertised,  but they are there.

There are usually three shows at the park.  The first is the Lego Friends show,  which we never seem to catch.  The other two,  you shouldn’t miss.  One is a 4D experience that changes seasonally. Outside the 4D theater,  they have meet and greets with Lego characters like Emmit. Grab a daily schedule (next to the maps) on your way into the park to get meet and greet times and locations. We also really enjoyed the waterski show.  It’s a throwback to the days when this was Cypress Garden. It’s part pirate adventure part water-skiing tricks.  There’s costumed Lego characters and plenty of corny jokes.  Sit directly behind the water cannons to participate in the show. 

The new Ninjago section is ultimately one new ride.  The rest of the area is a glorified play area, albeit ninja themed.  The ride is one the whole family can ride together.  Pick up 3D glasses on your way in, hop in your tram,  and make karate chop motions with your hands. Your hand motions will register as points as you battle guys and become spinjitsu heroes.  It’s good time for everyone. 

The above picture gives you an idea of the types of other “attractions” in the Ninjago section. 

Legoland also features Miniland with impressive sometimes animatronic builds on display.  There are landmarks represented,  Star Wars battles in progress,  and fun photo ops.

Another favorite is the Driving School at Legoland.  After watching a short instructional video,  your kids are let loose on a kid-sized highway to test their new-found skills.  Basically, these are powerwheels that look like Lego cars.  But,  they make my kids super happy.  They are awarded a little driver’s license at the end of the experience as well.  It makes for a fun sovenier.

Lego land is clean,  safe,  and there are little touches throughout the park that I appreciate (like these step stools in the bathroom).

Most theme parks can’t deliver when it comes to being educational but,  this one offers a whole building of STEM activities. 

My kids love Legoland.  

My husband and I think it’s a little lame.  It’s definitely geared more toward young kids. It’s perfect for kids who have outgrown “baby rides” but,  are still kinda wary of big scary thrill rides. If this describes your children,  give Legoland a whirl.  If not,  you may want to visit the Mouse over in Orlando. 

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