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Lego Movie World opens at Legoland Florida, and everything is awesome

Masters of Flight is the signature ride at the new Lego Movie World expansion, which opened this week at Legoland Florida in Winter Haven. [Tracee Stockwell | Times]
Published Mar. 28

This week Legoland Florida Resort opened its largest expansion to date. The Winter Haven theme park's new arrival is based on characters and scenes from the hit Lego movies.

Just try to keep that catchy "awesome" tune out of your head in the 80,000-square-foot area that transports guests into a Bricksburg cityscape, where a quick-service restaurant declares it is Taco Tuesday Everyday.

In addition to the tacos, Lego Movie World features three rides, a play area, a retail store and an indoor character meet-and-greet. The area is decked out in more bright pinks, purples, yellows and greens compared to the classic primary colors of the rest of Legoland.

On one ride, Unikitty's Disco Drop, kids feel like they are levitating. Visitors rise 30 feet and are dropped while Unikitty goes through an array of emotions.

Masters of Flight is the signature ride, taking place aboard Emmet's Triple Decker Couch surrounded by a full-dome virtual screen, which gives the sensation of flying through a Lego world. This attraction is the first in the world at a major theme park to embed a 180-degree turn into the experience. The ride's animation takes visitors through Cloud Cuckoo Land and splashes down on the waters of Pirate's Cove. It's like rolling through a giant video game while the kids have their hands on a (pretend) steering wheel, helping Emmet drive the bus.

You are going to get soaked at Battle of Bricksburg, the only water ride at Lego Movie World, so just accept it. Visitors are challenged to stop Duplo aliens from invading and stealing Lego bricks by spraying water at targets from their boats. So, yes, while you shoot water canons from the boat, spectators are shooting land cannons back at you.

Admission starts at $80.99 via Florida residents can purchase the Awesome Pass for $139.99 that includes free parking and 12 months of unlimited admission.


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