at Legoland Florida

I have one rule about traveling: Don’t waste money or time doing the things you can do at home.

Okay, I did eat a lot of McDonald’s in Europe, but that’s another story. They are better there, and I don’t eat McDonald’s here. And won’t…unless they start putting a fried egg or a hashbrown on their burgers like in Belgium and Germany, respectively.

I’m not sure how or where the kids they learned about Legoland Germany—we were keeping it a secret—but they did. And for at least the last year that we lived in Germany, we promised them a trip to Legoland Florida when we returned to the states. Not that there’s anything wrong with Legoland Germany. But honestly, why? Why when there’s a million things cultural and historic to do in Europe that you can’t do back home?

So naturally the first thing the kids said off the plane was “Can we go to Legoland?” Repeat. Again and again and again.
Playing around at Legoland Florida
They were excited to finally be there (albeit tired after 4 days of Disney).

the cars at Legoland Florida
The thing Nicholas wanted to do most was drive Lego cars—the ultimate combination of his two favorite things. There was this little punk in a blue shirt who ran into Nicholas’ car, then pushed off with his arm to try to pass. Nicholas yelled at him, pointed at him and very passive-aggressively drove so as to block the kid in behind a slower car. (I don’t know where he gets that from.) Road rage at .1 mph. Hilarious.

The Chima boat ride and one of the roller coasters at Legoland Florida4
Jacob loved riding all the roller coasters. We knew he would; he’s always been the more daring one. At age two, we caught him trying to ride his tricycle down the slide.

We had a great time, and I have to say,

I love Legoland!


  • They don’t want a thumbprint, a urine sample, your mother’s maiden name or to rifle thru your bag before letting you in.
  • No lines. The longest we waited in line for a ride was about 10 minutes. TEN MINUTES not 120. Jacob and I rode one roller coaster at least 5 times in a row. No waiting.
  • It’s a manageable size for people with short little legs.
  • All the rides are kid sized. Nicholas at 42″ was too short for just one ride—a suspended roller coaster. He had to sit a lot out at Disney. Not riding would have been fine if they’d allowed him to walk thru the line; he would have enjoyed the yeti exhibit on Expedition Everest and the video games on Space Mountain. I understand Disney has the Rider Switch for this purpose, but it’s still a pain.
  • Affordable souvenirs. With $2.49 minifigures, you can make a kid really happy for 10 bucks.
  • You can take coolers! They don’t care.

The food in the park is still crazy expensive, parking is ridiculously expensive ($12 +tax booked online) and the price of admission is high, but when you factor time spent riding rides and having fun versus time spent in line, Legoland is a winner.

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