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LEGOLAND Florida opens new Beach Retreat Resort

LEGOLAND Florida has a new resort where guests can have fun in the sun a the new LEGOLAND Beach Retreat. The facility will expand the Winter Haven theme parks ability to accommodate families in LEGO-themed fun as part of a multi-day visit to the park.

The Beach Retreat features a drive-through check-in facility, LEGO-themed Beach Bugalows, outdoor play areas, plenty of LEGO building opportunities, early theme park access and all the amenities you expect of a resort.

We sent out Theme Park Kid host Indigo down to explore the grand opening:

The Bright, colorful beach bungalows sleep up to five with a queen bed, twin bunk beds and a trundle bed that rolls out from under the bunk bed. There are two bungalows in every building and thirteen horseshoe-shaped ‘coves’ named after popular LEGO minifigures.

Designed to look like larger-than-life LEGO sets, 83 bungalows offer 166 separate rooms that sleep up to five, including a cozy area just for kids with a bunk bed, trundle bed and privacy curtain. They’re an ideal solution for families and groups traveling together, or for those seeking a fun new way to vacation at LEGOLAND Florida Resort. Each cove has its own outdoor play area within view of the bungalows’ shaded patios, where mom and dad can relax while kids romp and run.

The Beach Retreat is located a stones throw (.75 miles) from the main gate of LEGOLAND Florida. Guests are just a short shuttle ride across Cypress Gardens Blvd from the main park. But if you want to stay at the resort, there are picturesque lake views to enjoy plus these highlights.

  • A giant swimming pool next to The Lighthouse, with an adjacent sandy area perfect for building sandcastles and the resort’s biggest outdoor play structure for kids.
  • Sandy’s Castle Restaurant, featuring a bountiful menu of entrees, sides and desserts designed to please the palates of kids and grownups alike. A delicious breakfast buffet is included with each night’s stay.
  • Bricks Beach Bar, offering an eclectic menu of made-to-order food, drinks and creative cocktails served both poolside and indoors.
  • Palm Tree Traders, a large retail shop stocked with LEGO building sets and Minifigures, apparel, toys, swimwear, snacks and sundries.
  • A hands-on LEGO building station where kids can contribute their original creations to a giant sandcastle made out of thousands of LEGO bricks.
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout the site.
  • Complimentary transportation to the theme park entrance, as well as complimentary parking in LEGOLAND Florida Resort’s main parking lot for guests who choose to drive.
  • Early access to the LEGOLAND Florida theme park, with exclusive use of some of the most popular attractions, including the all-new LEGO NINJAGO World and LEGO NINJAGO The Ride.

Nightly room rates start at $135 (plus tax and resort fee) and vary by season, date and availability. Packages including theme park tickets also are available. Check with your travel agent to see if any discounts apply.

While LEGOLAND Florida is targeted for families with kids who like to play with LEGO bricks (generally ages 5-2, we’ve found there’s plenty to do for people of all ages. Due to its setting in the former Cypress Gardens location, there are also the historic buildings and gardens to explore beyond the park itself.

Have you been to LEGOLAND Florida? Would you consider spending a night or two at a LEGOLAND resort to make it a longer experience?