“Fresh from Florida” Greenhouse…Legoland

“Fresh from Florida” has an exhibit, an area in a greenhouse that is located towards the front of Legoland.  It is off to the left when you walk in, past the “Big Shop,”  and you really have to look for it because it is behind the Garden Shop.  I don’t have much to say on it but that it was cool to read about the agriculture of Florida since we are now it’s residents. Emily and giggled to see the black and white cows, as that’s usually in our old WI, but other than that it’s a lot of fun to read and look at. All of the pictures shown below are property of The Relocated Tourist– enjoy!

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Cypress Gardens…Legoland

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No words can express what I felt about this magical and mystical area of Legoland.  I’m not really sure why I understand WHY it’s part of LEGOLAND to begin with? It really has nothing to do with Legos, and should really be a sepearate ticketed area…I could see visiting this often if I lived closer.  It was a nice surprise from all the plastic of the Theme Park, to come upon this beautiful area was something out of a storybook.rsz_373 rsz_375 rsz_378 rsz_380

First, it’s located off the Lake.  Already it has an appeal with the body of water right next to it, but then you have these enormous Cypress trees that loom over you like a jungle.  I don’t think I had ever seen trees so tall before in my life! rsz_381 rsz_383 rsz_385 rsz_386

The winding paths led us from one amazing piece of scenery to the next.  First we were crossing a bridge, then we were seeing a gazebo off in the distance.  Again, a storybook feel doesn’t even best describe it.  All Emily and I needed were Princess dresses and books in our hands and we would have blended into the gorgeous lawns, brick walkways, and manicured lawns.rsz_389 rsz_390 rsz_391 rsz_392 rsz_394

Not only could you sit peacefully lake side, but you could watch for real live gators as well! Yes, the sign posted said it all, so we did watch for a bit- but we didn’t want to take our chances.  I will admit, I was surprised that a Theme Park would even ALLOW the possibility of being bitten or encountered by one… it was very “Hey, here’s a sign, hope you don’t get bit!”rsz_397 rsz_400 cypressrsz_404

THE BANYAN TREE- the coolest, the creepiest, and the most quizzical tree I have ever laid eyes on.  It didn’t have one trunk, it had several that connected, intertwined, and covered a very large area.  It was sunny at times, and while Em and I were underneath this mammoth tree, it shut out the sun with all of it’s branches- just amazing.  rsz_410 rsz_416 rsz_418 rsz_419

Statues that Emily seemed to freak about since they are to some reference to her and Kyra with the TV Show “Sherlock.”  But the waterfall that we found was like a peace of untapped paradise.  I guess the coolest thing was that noone was near us during our exploration, so it felt like we were alone in this treasure trove of nature. You couldn’t hear anything from the Theme Park side of things, so we felt very much on our own- it was fabulous!rsz_426 rsz_428 rsz_432 rsz_441 rsz_440

The Gazebo was the final piece in an amazing journey through these Gardens, and it was so beautiful sitting on this hill by itself. Again, noone around but us.  And when I say Gardens, I’m not talking a brisk small walk- this area took us a good hour to explore.   You do walk up hill, and there is no stairs anywhere so it is wheel chair accessible.  I don’t think little ones will have any interest in it, but it would be a nice spot to take them for a “Time out” and to get some peace away from the business of the Park.rsz_442

Emily and I agreed it was our favorite part of not only the Park, but of our entire day. Check it out next time you are in the area, it is awesome!

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Safari Trek…Legoland

Unless you are 8 and under, this ride won’t do much for you. Is it cute? Yes. Is it the Safari ride at “Disneys Animal Kindom?” Heck no.  I know, it’s not meant to be, but it was almost painful to ride after being on the other one so many times and seeing the REAL animals.  I can see little ones getting a kick out of the animals, and I am always impressed with the work it takes  to put the animals together.  But with that said, it is slow, it is only a couple of minutes, and I wouldn’t mor than five minutes for this unless your child is dying to ride it. Enjoy!

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Lost Kingdom Adventure…Legoland

lostavdrsz_142Upon walking past this attraction, found in the “Land of Adventure” area, it’s at first hard to tell what this ride is.  Because there is a wooden coaster next to it, some may assume the ride IS the coaster- in fact, it’s not.  We did walk past it the first time until we finally asked someone where the “laser game/ride” was and they told us it was indeed that one.170 180 169

I have been spolied by “Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin” and “Toy Story Mania” but this was kind of cheesy for a brand new Park as this is.  First off, if you have ridden the above mentioned, you know you have a blaster, or controller, to aim at everything. This ride has one, but you can’t hold the button down and let it shoot- you have to keep pressing it.  Also let’s talk about the target lights…if this is supposed to be geared for the “Younger” crowd, how do they honestly expect them to hit them? First off, they are small, and as an adult, I was having a hard time hitting them.  Along the same lines, in the Disney attractions the target circles are nice and big, plus you can hit them as many times as you want and rack up the points. But here, if your partner hits it before you do, you can’t hit that one. So if you ride with someone who is a pro, you are basically sunk on getting any points for yourself.  I also didn’t think there were many targets, so once we hit them, you just had to wait to get to the next room for more.175 179176 177 178174 172 It had great effects with what you DID hit, and it was fun to try a couple of times, but the cars are VERY small and I can’t imagine pooh sized guests being able to comfortably sit in this tiny car.  To me it felt like one of those Carnival rides that has the small track and things jump out on you- or maybe it’s the neon that makes it a bit cheesy.  It was cool for us to try because it was something new- but nothing that would make me run to Guest Relations to buy an Annual Pass.  On a grading system, I would give this ride a “B/B-.”

 

Boating School…Legoland

I had heard this was a not-to-be-missed attraction, so Em and I tried it out. We arrived to it after lunch, so shortly after the noon hour, and had no wait.  I will say I loved the fact that at several attractions they had a play area to build legos and play for the kids and the parents could then hold their place in line. Now, this only works if you don’t have to STAY with your little one, but it is genius since your child will then WANT to buy the toys they have been playing with all day.rsz_341

Now boarding was something quite interesting, they keep the boats moving. I really didn’t like that since I was attempting to not fall out of it while trying to get in, plus getting in so I could then help Emily in.  They eventually stopped the boats at one point, but I would assume they HAVE to do this for anyone older or with special needs to try to get in them.rsz_342

Once actually seated, there is one seatbelt that goes across both people. It is a max weight of 400 pounds, and they ask you to keep it only to two people to a boat (although it looks like a parent with two very small ones were also allowed).rsz_344

Once we were driving, and Em wanted me too, it wasn’t at all like driving the car on the Speedway at Magic Kingdom- these are NOT on a track! They drive fine, but if you turn to hard, you will start to get caught in a spin- as people in the front of us found out and we wound  just passing them by.  rsz_349 rsz_362

It doesn’t take long to ride, but it is a fun and it’s an experience trying to avoid the spitting pelican and mice with the small water spouts aimed at your boat!  (Sprinkles, nothing drenching).rsz_359 rsz_357 rsz_339

It is worth the time to wait for? I would say 15 minutes or less would be the max that I would.  I can see little ones having a kick with this attraction, so it definitely a not miss when visiting Legoland!  Also don’t miss the photo opp near the exit with the Lego figurines and the Shark mouth.

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