Legoland Florida vs. Legoland California. Should I still visit Legoland Florida if we’ve already been to Legoland California? How is Legoland California different from Legoland Florida? Which is the biggest Legoland park and which is the best Legoland to visit? We’ve finally visited Legoland Florida and can help you get answers by outlining the difference between Legoland California and Legoland Florida.
There are a lot of similarities and differences worth noting. Would I recommend you to still visit even if you’ve already been to one? I’d say, if you and your kids love Legoland, then you should. The kids will enjoy the things they cannot find in the other theme park while also enjoying their old favorites.
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Legoland is geared towards kids 2 to 12. Our girls are such big fans. We visit Legoland California a lot and we’re happy to have finally experience Legoland Florida – the biggest Legoland in the US and second biggest in the world. Here are 10 Things that are different between Legoland California and Legoland Florida:
LEGOLAND FLORIDA VS. LEGOLAND CALIFORNIA:
1. PRICE – LEGOLAND TICKETS
Legoland Florida is slightly cheaper than Legoland California. If you purchase online, Legoland Florida tickets are $74.99 for kids and $79.99 for adults while Legoland California is $89 for kids and $95 for adults.
Legoland Florida Ticket Discount – You can save on Legoland Florida tickets if you’re planning to visit other Florida attractions by getting the Go Orlando Card. It gives you multi-day pass to visit Legoland Florida and 27 other Florida attractions at 2 to 5-day increments within a 2-week time frame from when you first use your Go pass at a discounted rate. Other attractions you can visit include Kennedy Space Center, WonderWorks, Coca-Cola Orlando Eye, Ripley’s Believe it or not, Gatorland, Daytona Speedway, Everglades Tour, and many more. Check it out HERE.
Legoland California Ticket Discount – You can save on Legoland California tickets if you’re planning to visit other Los Angeles or San Diego attractions by getting the GO Los Angeles Card or Go San Diego Card. It gives you multi-day pass to visit Legoland California 30+ other Southern California attractions at 2 to 7-day increments within a 2-week time frame from when you first use your Go pass at a discounted rate. Other attractions you can visit include Knott’s Berry Farm, Universal Studios Hollywood, Warner Bros. Studio Tour, Six Flags Magic Mountain, and many more.
Legoland Florida Minifigure Trading
2. ENTRANCE – LEGOLAND WELCOME SIGN
For photo opportunities at the entrance, I prefer the Legoland Florida sign. The Legoland California entrance sign has ticket booths at the bottom so there are more people in the background whenever you’re taking pictures. There’s also a separate “WELCOME” brick sign in front of the Legoland Florida sign so you have two options when taking pictures with the family.
3. LEGOLAND FLORIDA VS. LEGOLAND CALIFORNIA LAYOUT – LEGOLAND MAP
The layout of Legoland California is circular with Miniland in the middle that you can cross if you want to skip an area. With this layout, you can just either start from the right, go around and finish to the left or vice versa or cross to the middle if you want to skip a certain area. At Legoland Florida, it’s like a long vertical layout with 3 areas in one row. If you are new or you’re not looking at a map, I feel like you’ll miss an area. Maybe we are just not used to it yet, but I prefer the layout at Legoland California. Tip: do check the map before going to Legoland Florida so you don’t miss out on anything.
4. RIDES – LEGOLAND FLORIDA VS. LEGOLAND CALIFORNIA:
A total of 15 rides are the same at both Legoland California and Legoland Florida. Legoland Florida has 7 rides that are not in California while Legoland California has a total of 12 rides by this Summer (2018) that cannot be found in Florida. Even the LEGO Ninjago ride just opened in Florida last year (2017).
Out of the rides that are different. The kids enjoyed the 2-story carousel (The Grand Carousel) & the flying cycle (Technicylce) at Legoland Florida. While they can’t get enough of the flying airplane (Cargo Ace), helicopter ride (Sky Patrol), and fairy tale boat ride (Fairy Tale Brook) at Legoland California.
First, which Legoland rides are the same at Legoland Florida and Legoland California:
- AQUAZONE Wave Racers
- Beetle Bounce
- Boating School (Florida) or Skipper School (California)
- DUPLO Train
- Driving School
- Jr. Driving School
- Kid Power Towers
- LEGO The NINJAGO Ride
- Lost Kingdom Adventure
- Project X
- Rescue Academy (Florida) or Police and Fire Academy (California
- Royal Joust
- Safari Trek
- The Dragon
Which rides are only at Legoland Florida:
- Legoland DUPLO Tractor
- Merlin’s Challenge
- The Grand Carousel
- The Quest for CHI
- Mia’s Riding Adventure
- Flying School
Which rides are only at Legoland California:
- Bionicle Blaster
- Captain Cranky’s Challenge
- Cargo Ace
- Coast Cruise
- Dune Raiders
- Fairy Tale Brook
- Knights Tournament
- Mia’s Riding Camp
- Pirate Reef
- Sky Patrol
- Splash Battle
- LEGO City Deep Sea Adventure (Summer 2018)
5. LEGOLAND FLORIDA VS. LEGOLAND CALIFORNIA – ACTIVITIES:
While there are more rides at Legoland California, in terms of activities, there seems to be a longer list at Legoland Florida. Check out all of them below. The girls found the Heartlake Stepping Stones Fountain at Legoland Florida to be a lot of fun.
Which Legoland activities are the same for both Legoland Florida and Legoland California:
- Cole’s Rock Climb (Ninjago) – same concept but not the same look
- DUPLO Playtown (California) vs. DUPLO Farm (Florida – airconditioned)
- Hideaways (California) or The Forestmen’s Hideout (Florida)
- Pharoah’s Revenge
- Kai’s Spinners
Which activities are only in Legoland Florida:
- Botanical Gardens
- Building Zone
- Creation Zone
- DUPLO Splash & Play
- DUPLO Tot Spot
- Flight Zone
- Heartlake Stepping Stones Fountain
- Jay’s Lightning Drill
- LEGO Mindstorms
- Technic Tot Spot
- Tot Spot
- Warner Bros’ Game Zone
- Water Zone
- Wheels Zone
- Zane’s Temple Build
Which activities are only at Legoland California:
- Adventurer’s Club
- Heartlake Fountain
- Heartlake Stables
- Jay’s Lightning Deal
- LEGO Factory Tour
- LEGO Life Zone
- Swabbie’s Deck
- The Model Shop
- Dig Those Dinos
6. LEGOLAND FLORIDA VS. LEGOLAND CALIFORNIA – SHOWS:
Florida is filled with lakes and with that – besides Legoland Florida is a giant lake so expect a water show that you won’t see in California – Pirate’s Cove Live Water Ski Show. Legoland California on the other hand – have an outdoor stage for a LEGO Friends show in Heartlake City.
Both Legoland Florida & Legoland California have 4D Shows.
7. LEGOLAND FLORIDA VS. LEGOLAND CALIFORNIA – FOOD:
For Legoland fans of Granny’s Famous Apple Fries. At Legoland Florida, you can order them ala mode. You can have soft serve ice cream with your apple fries topped with caramel. At Legoland California, they only have the whipped cream. I do love the whipped cream so on our visit to Legoland Florida, I asked to have both!
You can find a lot of similarities in the dining options like the pasta and pizza buffet, burger joints, and market restaurant. Legoland California offers Asian fare though with baos at Ninja Kitchen and ramen at Heartlake City. We also always visit Smokehouse BBQ when we’re at Legoland California while Florida has a fried chicken restaurant.
For your sweet tooth, Legoland Florida has more ice cream options plus slushies while Legoland California has crepes and churros.
Legoland California Food:
- Burger Stop
- Castle Burgers
- Castle Ice Cream
- City Park Creperie
- Fun Town Hot Dogs
- Fun Town’s Urban Kitchen
- Garden Restaurant
- Granny’s Apple Fries
- Knights’ Smokehouse BBQ
- Ninja Kitchen
- Snacks at LEGO Life Zone
- Ocean Journey Cafe
- Pizza & Pasta Buffet
- Pizza Mania
- The Market
- Wok N Bowl Ramen
Legoland Florida Food:
- Adventure Snacks
- Burger Kitchen
- Castle Burger
- Dino Slush
- Firehouse Ice Cream
- Fried Chicken Restaurant
- Fun Town Pizza & Pasta Buffet
- Fun Town Slushies
- Granny’s Apple Fries
- Heartlake Ice Cream Parlor
- Kingdom Cones
- Market Restaurant
- Panini Grill
- Pepper & Roni’s Pizza Stop
8. LEGOLAND FLORIDA VS. LEGOLAND CALIFORNIA – MINILAND:
For LEGO brick fans, the Miniland has scale models of various US cities, famous landmarks, and LEGO Star Wars models and shouldn’t be missed!
Legoland California’s Miniland appeared bigger and you can also see a few brick models by riding the Coast Cruise ride like scaled brick models of Taj Mahal, Eiffel Tower, Mt. Rushmore and a lakeside view of Miniland USA. I did enjoy looking at the Kennedy Space Center and Daytona International Speedway at Legoland Florida though.
Below are the LEGO brick models you can see at Legoland California and Legoland Florida:
- Block of Fame
- New Orleans
- Las Vegas
- San Francisco
- Southern California
- LEGO Star Wars
- New York
- Washington D.C.
- Daytona International Speedway
- Kennedy Space Center
- Las Vegas
- LEGO Star Wars
- New York
- Washington D.C.
9. LEGOLAND FLORIDA VS. LEGOLAND CALIFORNIA – HOTEL:
When it comes to the Legoland Hotel – Legoland Florida VS. Legoland California. Legoland Florida has 1 hotel in front (steps away) of the theme park and 1 village-style resort across the street with shuttle service to the theme park. Legoland California, on the other hand, has both hotels in front (steps away) but the second one is not yet open. Expect to experience it this 2018 when it opens in May. Legoland Florida can a total of 318 rooms while Legoland California will have a total of 500 rooms. If all in-house resorts are fully booked, there are more options to find off-site hotels at Legoland California that are nearby than in Florida. An example is Sheraton Carlsbad which is next door and has a back gate entrance to Legoland California. Below are details of all the Legoland Hotels:
- LEGOLAND Hotel is a 3-story, 250 room hotel that offers a variety of LEGO-themed rooms – Pirate, Kingdom, Adventure, LEGO Friends or LEGO NINJAGO. You’ll also enjoy interactive LEGO features throughout the Hotel, FREE buffet breakfast, nightly children’s entertainment, and an in-room treasure hunt with LEGO surprises for the kids!
- LEGOLAND Castle Hotel will offer a variety of LEGO fully themed rooms – Knights & Dragons, Royal Princess or Magic Wizard. There will be a total of 250 rooms including 20 suites. You’ll also enjoy a FREE breakfast, nightly children’s entertainment, and an in-room treasure hunt with LEGO surprises for the kids! Available for stays beginning May 11th, 2018
- Legoland Florida Hotel is a 5-story, 152 room hotel located steps away from the Legoland Florida Theme Park (in front). You can choose from Pirate, Kingdom, Adventure and LEGO® Friends themed rooms. There’s an interactive treasure hunt in every room! Each stay includes a free hot breakfast buffet, resort pool access and nightly entertainment! You can build with a Master Model Builder in the Master Model Builders’ Workshop and take home a LEGO souvenir! All rooms include a separate children’s area with a bunk bed and trundle bed. Lunch and Dinner options include Skyline Lounge à la carte menu and Bricks Family Restaurant Buffet.
- Legoland Beach Retreat is a village-style property with 83 beach bungalows offering 166 separate whimsical LEGO® rooms. Each group of bungalows features an outdoor play area within view of shaded patios. It is located just 3/4 of a mile from LEGOLAND Florida Theme Park, with shuttle transportation included. Resort pool and hot breakfast buffet await at the centrally located Lighthouse. Bricks Beach Bar serves pizza and other à la carte lunch options. Sandy’s Castle Restaurant offers full-service dinner menu on site.
10. EXTRA FUN – SEA LIFE AQUARIUM & LEGOLAND WATERPARK
- Water parks – both Legoland California and Legoland Florida have water parks and are open seasonally. You can also only access the waterpark by going inside Legoland, they are located at the back end of the theme park.
- For Sea Life Aquarium, Legoland California has it in front of the theme park and you can access the aquarium from the outside or inside the theme park. In Florida, Sea Life Aquarium is located in Orlando – an hour away from Legoland Florida which is located in Winter Haven, FL. Sea Life Aquarium is in Internation Drive though, one of the Orlando areas pack with a lot of tourist attractions including the Orlando Eye, Ripley’s Believe It or Not, WonderWorks and many more.
SAVE ON LEGOLAND TICKETS:
- Visit Legoland Florida with 27 other Florida Attractions and save – Check HERE.
- Visit Legoland California with 30+ other Los Angeles or San Diego attractions. Check HERE and HERE.
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