- LegoLand has had an enormously successful first five years
- Park has continued to expand and will add major enhancements in 2017
- Legoland is a symbol of the growth of the Central Florida area south of Disney World
Its’ only been a short four and a half years since LegoLand Florida opened its gates to the public on October 2011, and its been a veritable whirlwind of success so far. Parent company Britain’s Merlin Entertainment are literally building on that success and have recently announced the largest expansion yet of the Central Florida theme park.
The park has already seen new additions; in 2012 the park saw the addition of its very own water park and in 2015 with the opening of a 152 room hotel, however the newly announced additions will really have all those young Lego fan’s mouths watering. Early 2017 will see the opening of a new themed land based the Lego toy-‐line ‘Ninjago’. The new land will feature a Japanese style village based on those seen in the animated show of the same name with numerous other attractions including ‘Ninjago The Ride’ an innovated interactive adventure that will allow kids to control aspects of the ride by simply waving their hands. The ride will allow kids to blast fireballs and ice from their hands as they fly through an immersive 4D environment.
The new LegoLand Beach Retreat resort will give them just that. Due to open in mid 2017 this new resort will be distinguished by its colorful Lego lighthouse and will feature 83 Lego brick style villas in a surfing and beach themed resort.
Garrett Kenny, local resort developer and author of the book ‘Buying and Owning Property in Central Florida who is building a 245 home resort called Balmoral at Water’s Edge not far from Lego Land says that these new expansions are evidence of the continued growth of Central Florida and particularly of the areas south of Disney World. “New developments like LegoLand and Balmoral are really showing that Orlando is continuing its expansion southwards into the Polk County area. The area has shown record tourism figures in 2015. Central Florida in general saw over 66 million visitors in 2015, and this is due in no small part to the huge investment in the area by LegoLand and others. Lego itself is such a powerful international brand that it competes extremely well with the more established theme parks, and they focus exclusively on providing attractions for children.”
The Balmoral development is a $100 million resort currently under construction. It will feature 3-‐8-‐bedroom vacation homes, each with its own pool. It will be the closest fully equipped vacation home resort to LegoLand. Balmoral will also feature a number of amenities on site including its own water park, restaurant, bar, resort pool, mini golf, wedding pavilion, a soccer academy and various lakes and gardens. ENDS