Is Legoland worth your Florida vacation money?

Lori and Andy took son Ty to investage Legoland for the AJC. Check out their report on the link below.

Lori and Andy took son Ty to investage Legoland for the AJC. Check out their report on the link below.

Dad Days of Summer host Andy and his wife Lori Johnston took their 5-year-old son Ty to investigate Legoland for the AJC. Lori’s story ran in the newspaper yesterday and here is her official report.

Hopefully, Lori answered all our questions. If you still have questions, leave them below and we will see if this dynamic duo knows the answer from their visit.

22 comments Add your comment

A

January 23rd, 2012
1:16 pm

I was not impressed with her article (sorry), and had I not just returned from Legoland myself a few weeks ago, I would not have gotten much of a sense of the park at all just through reading it. I personally don’t consider Legoland a “rest day” from bigger parks like Universal and Disney and think it has its own merits. I suspect Lori’s article may have been massively edited because it just doesn’t read or flow well. All that to say our family enjoyed Legoland and would love to return anytime.

Augusta

January 23rd, 2012
1:31 pm

I have my own Legoland in the basement….

Wow...

January 23rd, 2012
1:36 pm

…”A” and I must have read different articles – this one was full of information and was very well written. And, the writer did not say this was a “rest day” from other parks and attractions, that was the observation of a lady with whom the writer spoke.

“A” was seemingly jaded since so he and her family had already been there, even though she said they enjoyed it and would go back – while this park is not for me (I am too old, although I did go to Harry Potter World in December), it seems to be good for the ages at which it is aimed, and the price seems quite right in an area of seemingly overpriced indulgence…

A

January 23rd, 2012
2:05 pm

Having been there, I just felt this article could have had many more details, including a mention about the live “Captain Brickbeard” show featuring water skiing (I assume a holdover from the Cypress Gardens days, which did feature water skiing shows), information about the different sections of the park, classes you can sign your older kids up for and other eating options. We wanted to try that pizza/pasta buffet she mentioned, but the line was so long and slow that we opted for paninis at a walk-up counter near the pirate show. So a few more details for those of us who care about these things would have been nice. Also, for AAA members, you can get 2-day passes (not available at the park or their own site) for about the same price as a 1-day admission.

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

January 23rd, 2012
2:48 pm

There are always space constraints with articles so it’s great for our readers to be able to add in even more information. A thanks for sharing on the discounts and other food possibilities.

Wayne

January 23rd, 2012
3:27 pm

Just watched the Lego documentary on TV – well some of it anyway. What a huge place in Denmark! Couple people I work with said that it was a great company to work for, but it’s still manufacturing and that makes a difference when it comes to job stability.

Interesting factoid: they don’t ship the bricks here in sets. They are in big bins and when they arrive here they are then packaged into their sets. Cost containment. Packaging creates air, where shoving them into big bins is more efficient – less air.

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

January 23rd, 2012
4:17 pm

Wayne — that is very interesting about how they ship them– there is a lot of air in those bags — very interesting

Wayne

January 23rd, 2012
4:29 pm

It’s not only the bags, but the boxes too. I never thought about that until my coworker was talking about it. Shipping via container ship can be expensive so this was a way to keep costs down.

Kawla

January 23rd, 2012
5:22 pm

Is the one in Phipps going to be as large as the others? I cant evision a lot of space for rides within Phipps?

djm_NC

January 23rd, 2012
6:44 pm

theres gonna be a leggo land at phipps?

Future ex wife of Newt

January 23rd, 2012
7:25 pm

karma

January 23rd, 2012
7:47 pm

investage or Investigate? Did you just ignore the squiggly line?

Kat

January 23rd, 2012
8:32 pm

@karma – I noticed the same thing too – immediately. Come on!

@Kawla and djm_NC. Legoland is different from one of the “all Lego” stores, which I think is what is coming to Phipps. Legoland is an amusement park.

dawn

January 23rd, 2012
9:53 pm

Having been to Legoland in Florida and Lego Discovery Center in Chicago my take on both experiences is this: Legoland was a great deal of fun for my 4 year old. The park wasn’t crowded on Jan. 1 when we went and I was told by employee that we had missed the crowds. The rides were short, but fun and wouldn’t have been worth a long wait in line (both my hubby and I agreed on this). The pirate ski show was fantastic and we also enjoyed walking around Cypress Gardens. My husband had been to Cypress Gardens as a child and it brought back fond memories of his visit with his grandparents. We really enjoyed Legoland, but questioned the enjoyment had there been large crowds. The coupons on some small bags of Legos in Target stores make admittance a deal ( buy an adult ticket $75 get a child ticket free $65). I don’t see spending two days here. We arrived shortly after the park opened and stayed until 6:30 and saw it all and were able to do things twice.

Legoland in Chicago has 2 rides. One is a ride that you sit in a cart and ride through a with a dragon theme. The second is a ride that two people sit on and peddle for the arm to go up in the air as it spins (there are 8 or 12 of these “bicycles rotating on an axis.. There is a 4D theater that shows several different 4D movies, a small room that shows you how the bricks are made, a room to allow you to make a figure and purchase for $5 (this is a timed entry and you need to sign up for this), and then there is an area where kids can play with Legos build vehicles and run them down different ramps. The actives at the Discovery Center were on a smaller version of Legoland. The Discovery Center in Chicago wasn’t big either. I remember being surprised how small it was and expected more. It’s not meant to be an all day activity place. It’s a place to spend a few hours of quality time with your children. I like that they limit the number of people able to enter the Center each hour and each day. It can get crowded, but not so much so that you can’t move. My suggestion is to go when it first opens and enjoy that first hour with fewer people, as the day wears on, it gets more crowded, wait times longer, and becomes less fun.

Discovery Center ATlanta website has dicount tickets right now. You need to pick the date and time. I suggest buying tickets before you go, so that you know you can get in.

Mike2779

January 23rd, 2012
10:08 pm

We visited Legoland a few days before Thanksgiving and there were large crowds. That and the long lines (45 min to 1 hour) prevented our 9 year old son from riding many of the rides he wanted. We weren’t aware of coupons so for what you get ($75 adults and $65 kids) its rather expensive. There are some snack stands and restaurants but not nearly enough. Considering they just opened the park it wasn’t bad but they need to make some improvements in the experience. Yes, there are retail stores all over the park but the prices (of the blocks) are the same as big box stores.

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

January 23rd, 2012
10:23 pm

dawn — very helpful!! thanks for all that good info!

Fred

January 23rd, 2012
10:55 pm

Funny how opinions vary. I thought Lori’s article was excellent while “A” thought it was the worst thing written since Mein Kampf apparently.

My initial thought on reading the blog title, “Is Legoland worth your Florida vacation money?” was not only no but hell no. It just didn’t seem like a fit for my daughter. But then I read the article and saw there was much more and my answer changed from hell no to hell yes and then sadly (because of the price) to a strong maybe. With a nine year old girl (she would be 10 by the time we could go) who don’t play with lego’s much, 65 bucks seems a tad high for what she would get. 10 more bucks and we are another day at Disney……………

Jason

January 23rd, 2012
11:13 pm

Phipps is getting a Lego Land Discovery Center. Here is a link http://atlanta.legolanddiscoverycenter.com/atlanta/holding/

Leslie

January 24th, 2012
12:26 am

We also went on January 1 with our kids age 8 and 10. We had the buy an adult, get kid free promotion through pepsi that I found on mousesavers.com under “other theme parks.” Simply put, Legoland was AWESOME!!! There were no crowds whatsoever, and the kids walked onto most of the rides. Many times, the workers let them keep riding without getting off. We go to Disney 2-3 times a year, and I thought Legoland was much better for the elementary school set than even the Magic Kingdom. There were 4 “medium intensity” roller coasters of different types, plus an area where the kids could drive their own boats and cars, in addition to permanent fair-type rides that they loved. Our kids went on many rides multiple times. I liked the theming of each of the lands – overall, it was an excellent day and I highly recommend for families with kids under age 12. Also loved that there were NO TEENAGERS THERE – what a breath of fresh air. The next day, we went back to Disney where we saw huge lines, big crowds and were bumped around by teenagers. Plus, Fantasyland is half closed and it is pushing the crowds around the park. I would say for young kids this is a MUST VISIT until Fantasyland is open in late 2012, early 2013 (and even then it will likely be packed.)

JATL

January 24th, 2012
11:28 am

The Phipps Legoland is a discovery center -not a theme park like the one in Florida.

I appreciated the article. We’re plotting a Disney/Orlando vacation later this year, and I am trying to narrow it down to where to go. I think our 3 and 5 year olds would love the place!

dawn

January 24th, 2012
8:47 pm

@ JATL, if you look at my posting above, I described the Discovery Center in Chicago, which should be similar to the one here. Loved the Discovery Center in Chicago when we went last June. You want to go first thing in the morning and plan to spend 2-3 hours, for the two rides, a movie or two (they should have 3 or 4 rotating every 30 minutes or so), to make a Lego figure of some sort which you can purchase for $5, and create vehicles and drive them down the ramps. There will also be some kind of area to walk through made out of Lego bricks, and of course a gift shop. Your 3 and 5 year olds if really into Legos would love both places. My son turned 3 mid-March and had a blast at the Discovery Center in Chicago last June. I plan on getting a membership when they become available and the discount tickets available now are a great deal.

mystery poster

January 25th, 2012
8:43 am

@Wayne
I remember reading several years ago about a ship transporting lego that wrecked. Apparently the bricks were washing up on shore for months.