I went to Legoland Florida for the first time as a regular guest (read: without being there for a groundbreaking or other specific media event) on Sunday.
I went specifically to pick up my Awesomer Pass, an annual pass that gets the cardholder unlimited access to Legoland Florida and other local Merlin Entertainments attractions like the Orlando Eye, Madame Tussauds and Sealife Aquarium Orlando.
Truth be told, I went with an open mind but prepared myself to feel a bit out of place as I wasn't there with kids... at an attraction marketed as the place "built for kids." And let me tell you, I was wrong.
Without further ado, I give you five things adults can appreciate about Legoland Florida:
1. SIMPLE THRILLS
When you go to Legoland Florida you're not expecting the total gut punch of excitement that is the Hulk at Universal Studios. I was pleasantly surprised, however, that I enjoyed the more thrilling rides I went on including Coastersaurus, The Dragon and Project X.
2. JOKES FOR THE ADULT CROWD
To take a break from the unforgiving Florida sun, I popped into the midday viewing of the "The LEGO Movie 4D: A New Adventure." It was nice to see Emmet, Wyldstyle, Unikitty, MetalBeard and Benny reunite. It was also nice to have a laugh about something kids might not understand.
Real exchange in the film:
Risky Business (the real name of the film's villain): "All I want is to be loved."
Lego cop: "Good luck in jail."
Jaw. Dropped. Was it meant to be that crude? I don't know, but I didn't care either. Snort.
3. THEME PARK VIBE WITHOUT THE STRESS
Now maybe my experience was different since I didn't go with kids in tow, but Legoland gave me a theme park day without the headaches of the theme park crowd. Don't get me wrong, there were plenty of people there, but the atmosphere of Legoland was less frenzy than some other parks in Central Florida.
For being a day at the park, it felt more like a leisurely day relaxing with some fun peppered in.
4. LEGO MODELS EVERYWHERE
I wasn't a Lego kid growing up so some of that awesome was admittedly lost on me. But I could certainly appreciate the time it took for Lego's Master Builders to create the abundant amount of elaborate models located throughout the park.
I mean, there was a massive Lego head of Einstein and I wasn't much taller than the guy's nose. Impressive, Legoland. Impressive indeed.
5. THE OOO AND AHHH OF CHILDREN AROUND YOU
Nothing will make you appreciate a smaller ride or attraction more than seeing a kid actually lose their mind in the moment. That little hill to me was a beast to the 3-footer seated in front.
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