Any time I hear about a new “land” opening up at a theme park somewhere nearby I always get excited that there may be new penny machines. To be honest unfortunately most of the time this is not the case, like the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal … no penny machines. Pandora in Disney’s Animal Kingdom … not at first but there is one there now. Toy Story land in Disney’s Hollywood Studios … Nope! But I heard about the new Lego Movie World opening at Legoland in Winter Haven Florida about 45 minutes from Orlando so I figured why not go see if we get lucky.
After we got inside the park and figured out where the new land was we headed over and I was really surprised with what we found. First off the crowds were not too bad considering this land just opened about a month ago. But in fact we were really surprised by how themed this area was. Going to Disney and Universal theming is a big key word for fanatics about how immersive an area of the park is. To be honest with Legoland since they acquired the park from another company, most of the attractions were just retrofitted with faux Lego pieces and called a Lego ride. Not too many brand new attractions built from the ground up.
This really did make you feel like you were in a Lego city. The buildings were all designs like they were made out of Lego. There were some great easter eggs from the Lego Movie every where you looked. I actually came home from the park and watched the movie immediately to see if I recognized anything as I felt like I must have missed some things the first time I watched it.
Some of the theming may have gone a bit too far like the above, but my two girls thought this was hilarious.
I did like the crazy cat lady and her cat. If you click on the picture above to get the larger version you can even see cat hair on her sweater. Thankfully this is the kind of pet hair that won’t bother your allergies.
There was also plenty of places for photos with the different characters and objects from the movies.
One of the new attractions was this Masters of Flight ride. I will admit we did not get to experience this as there was a 90 minute wait pretty much the entire day we were visiting but I’m going to make sure I get back there to try it out. For anyone familiar with Soarin’ at Epcot it’s a similar idea but I’m sure Legoland doesn’t want me to referencing it like that. Basically you get into a row of seats that spin around to face a giant movie screen and your seat moves around slightly as you watch the movie giving the feeling of movement when you really aren’t going anywhere.
Above is the outside of the main part of the Flight attraction. Pretty cute!
My daughters favorite by far was Unikitty’s Disco Drop. This was your standard drop ride. You sit in a seat, it goes up to the top and then drops you down, takes you back up and drops you again all to some “disco” music. The kids loved it, and I will admit it was pretty fun. Not too intense, but if you don’t like that stomach drop feeling I would skip this one.
Inside the Everything is Awesome store was as you would guess plenty of Lego sets, and other toys. But they definitely were focused on the Lego Movie for most of the items.
They even had some plush dolls of Emmet…
and Wyldstyle which actually looks pretty good. They were a little stiff but I think that was by design to try and help keep their Lego-like shape. We spent a good portion of our day in this one area of the park and pretty explored every little corner but unfortunately I had to admit defeat that there was no new penny machine here.
However there was a bit of good news. My daughter actually found the above new Collectible Coin (penny) album. At first I almost dismissed it but noticed this was a 3rd edition and did look like a new design. I checked my online collection and saw that I only had the 2nd edition from a couple of years ago. Bingo!! A new pressed penny booklet with a pressed penny on the front. I’ll take it.
Overall this was a fun trip back to Legoland. My two girls are getting to the age where this is almost too young for this type of park, but we all really enjoyed the new Lego Movie world. I wish they would have had a new pressed penny machine but I’m okay to come away with the new booklet for now. We did check out the rest of the park and I noticed that most of the other penny machines were not available. This seems to be something Legoland does often at this time of year, and I believe is only temporary while they do some maintenance on the machines. They used a unique machine type that I don’t see too often and seems like may be prone to some mechanical issues. You can check out my other post about all those machines here.
We have Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge opening up soon in Disneyland (West coast) and Hollywood Studios (East coast) so I’m crossing my fingers that those will have plenty of new penny machines on the way. Happy collecting!