Legoland Florida is rising out of the ground on the former Cypress Gardens in Winter Haven. On schedule for an October opening, the 150-acre theme park will feature 20 rides and 30 other shows and attractions geared to kids 2 through 12 years old and their parents. Designers now plan to offer four tame coasters after recently deciding to recycle Cypress Gardens' wooden Triple Hurricane into the Coastersaurus and redo an inverted steel coaster into Flight School, which features ride cars suspended from a track that look like a new line of Lego airplane kits. The 1930s vintage botanical gardens will live on untouched, although the Lego Belles will be plastic brick models, not young women in hoop skirts. The water ski show will re-emerge as an extreme stunt show with Lego Pirates. Full price is $75 for adults and $65 for kids 3 through 12, but discounting will be common. Park officials with the British Merlin Entertainments Group hope to draw up to 20 percent of a forecast 2 million visitors from group rates such as weekday school field trips combining admission and selected classroom at $5 to $12 a person.
— Mark Albright, Times staff writer