It’s hard to go to LEGOLAND without your kids pestering you to stay at the LEGOLAND Hotel. Whether in California or in Florida, the LEGOLAND Hotel is advertised and marketed to kids ages… the last few trips we have made to LEGOLAND have not included the LEGOLAND Hotel (because face it… staying as a family of 7 is not very cheap!)
After this last trip, we promised the kids we would save up and stay on our next trip, and we recently took a road trip to Florida to get see family and stayed at the LEGOLAND Hotel in Winter Haven. It was gorgeous! This spot was once known as Cypress Gardens and it is a beautiful property full of Cypress trees and Mighty Oak trees, among lots of other plants, and it’s right on the lake.
When you come here to visit the theme park, you may be in need of a room for the night, or maybe longer, and although Winter Haven is a good-sized city and within an hour or Orlando, there aren’t a lot of hotel choices that are anything spectacular.
The Legoland hotel is a great option and more than convenient, so I am going to give you the top 10 reasons it is a good choice for families to do.
They also now have the Legoland Beach Resort, which is located just across the street and is also an awesome choice, but having stayed in both, my family would go for the Hotel if given the option between the two.
If you haven’t been out to LEGOLAND in Winter Haven but are close to the LEGOLAND in Southern California, the hotels are very similar ~ many of the things that you will find in Winter Haven you will also find in Carlsbad at the LEGOLAND Hotel, there too!
The hotel and the theme park are connected by literally a short sidewalk’s length. The parking lot is connected for both as well. When you come to the park for the day, but are staying in the hotel that night, just park in the hotel lot and don’t even worry about your check in until it’s time to exit the park later. It is really a great feeling to be able to not even have to move the car after your long day in the park, and just grab your suitcases and head inside.
Also, parking is free with your stay so be sure and let them know you’re not just doing the park so you don’t pay for the parking.
#2: The Décor & Bricks
Everywhere you look, inside and outside this hotel, the details are so fun. They put a lot of thought and work into designing the building and the outside looks so much like the brick sets I had as a kid, in bright colors, complete with the little flags and flowers. There is a really cool feature on the front of the hotel where you pull up your car, with a dragon that actually blows steam out of his nose.
The lobby itself is super cool, with brick creations everywhere, and they even have shelving on the wall for creations that kids make at the night time show, or during the day in the brick pit in the lobby, and the staff will choose some and put them on display. My son got his sword he left made one night, chosen and up there the next morning and he was thrilled!
But… lets not miss one of our favorite parts: the ELEVATORS. SO awesome! Who wouldn’t want to disco in the elevator when you go up and down the floors?!
The elevator was the biggest thrill for our kids – with a disco ball in the elevator, the kids had a fun time dancing their heart out every time we got in to go up or down.
#3: The Kids Play Area
This area is located right in the lobby, and you can be checking in, having a drink, or playing in the bricks yourself, and still see your kids there. It is a big pirate ship theme and there is a small stage on it for the night time show, so the kids can be watching the show or playing and be right by it. They have a smaller pit of bricks at the end of the ship, plus in the middle of lobby, there is a large one.
You will see everyone playing in the bricks, and even some of the Lego characters will too.
They have two options for places to eat and both are on opposite sides of the play area and lobby center. One is a buffet style and is very large in size, and it is the one that has the free breakfast buffet with your stay. The other is a sit-down place with a bar area that is smaller and less busy but isn’t a buffet. We have done both and the buffet works better for us because there are more options. Options are perfect for a big family.
Some families have children with food allergies – if that sounds like your family, the buffet might be a better option. One of our family members had a food allergy and the chef literally walked them around the buffet to tell them their options. The buffet seems to be the way to go to get the most food for your money as well.
The food at the other one is good too though and they have drinks of course, including some fun mixed type drinks for the kids minus the alcohol.
#5: The Rooms
Each floor has a different theme, like Pirate, Adventure, etc. From the minute you get off the elevator, you are submersed in it. There are fun brick creations all over the walls, the light fixtures are made of bricks down the hallway and even the carpet is custom to match. The bathrooms are super cute and everything is very comfortable and kept up very nicely.
#6: Kid’s Activities
When you get to your room, your kids have a packet of fun things waiting for them, as well as a “treasure hunt” where they solve a little mystery and get a code to crack the safe and get their own packs of Lego bricks to keep. They do have bricks in the room to play with as well, and there is a tv for the kids separate from the adult’s tv. Then, the hotel holds a building class they can attend.
It does fill up fast, so get them signed up for it as soon as you can. They do a build with an instructor and then get to keep the set. There’s no extra charge for this either.
#7: The Pool
The pool is really fun and super neat to see. The colors are bright, matching the hotel décor and there are fun foam bricks to play with. If you go in the off-season, it is not very busy, and you’ll have plenty of space to yourselves. There is plenty of seating around it too if you just want to relax and let the kids swim.
There is a nice, good-sized boardwalk that is easy to miss but really nice to do on your visit. It is out by the pool and it winds down and around through the trees and by the lake. You can go out there are watch the sunset on the lake if you time it right and it is just gorgeous. They also have s’mores out at the fire pit that is located at the boardwalk, and not too far out on the walk.
#9: Kid’s Show
Every night at the stage and play area they hold a really entertaining kids show and brick building contest. Sometimes it is themed and sometimes it’s just general. There are 2 characters that host it and they are very funny and engaging with all the kids. They will call out Happy Birthday’s too if your kids have on a button or tell them and they make a big fuss, which is fun. They have the kids come up and show their creations and they do a contest by the cheers that go up. It gets the kids excited, but also helps wear them out, if the park wasn’t already enough! Then, there is a bedtime story as well a bit later so this helps winds them down for bed.
I highly recommend this, and for adults, it is a good time to just sit nearby and watch and have a drink or snack. It is loud, I will warn you, so if you have an issue with that, I would skip it.
#10: Kids Have their Own Space
Your rooms, while connected, are set up in a way that lets the kids have their own space, and you have yours. The bathrooms are in the middle of the bed areas and it creates a divider that makes it feel like 2 rooms in a way.
They have bunk style beds, plus trundles so you can fit a few kids in the one room, too. They can play on their side and watch their own tv, and you can nestle into the nice, big cushy bed and watch yours.
As much as our kids loved their own bunks.. we still found 2 of the kids in our bed by the morning.
The beds and pillows are very comfortable too, I actually looked forward to going to bed every night.
One of the biggest quirks was this fun LEGO Newspaper delivered to our room every morning. SO neat!
Overall, my recommendation is to go to the Legoland Resort in an off-season, like the Fall, or Just after the New Year or Spring Break. The weather is best at those times and the crowds are down.
The hotel tends to have special pricing a lot when it is slower but do make sure the park is open and check the hours when you go, because sometimes it can be closed and the hours are shorter.
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