FAQs (spoilered to prevent scrolling)
[spoiler:2ur4ssym]When will the park open?
The Legoland makeover will take approximately two years. They’re expecting to open at the end of 2011.
Why open it in Polk County?
Officials said they visited Cypress Gardens in past years and fell in love with the place. They explained that their other theme parks are located on beautiful grounds. They looked at many locations in Orlando but ultimately chose Cypress Gardens. They also added that if they had built from scratch on another location, it would have taken them five or six years.
Will the gardens remain?
Yes. They stressed that they will keep the beautiful gardens.
What about the Southern Belles and the Florida shaped pool?
They haven’t decided if they’ll remain yet or not.
Will they keep the water ski shows?
They haven’t decided for sure, but they hope to. They think the water ski show could easily be themed with the Lego brand.
Will the Cypress Gardens name remain?
Maybe in some form. The location will be called Legoland Florida, and eventually Legoland Florida Resort. They are thinking about calling the gardens part of Legoland “Cypress Gardens”. If so, you’d go to Legoland Florida to visit the Cypress Gardens.
How many attractions will there be?
Somewhere around 50 all together. This includes rides and shows.
Will any of the Cypress Gardens rides remain? What about the wooden roller coasters?
Some of Cypress Gardens’ rides have already been removed. Some of them have been sold but not moved off property yet. Officials said they will probably keep some of the rides and retheme them. They are thinking about keeping one of the wooden roller coasters but didn’t say which one.
Will a Legoland hotel be built?
They plan to eventually build an onsite hotel, but not until a while after the opening.
Where is it located and how do I get there?
The property is about a 45 to 55 minute drive from Downtown Disney. From Orlando, you would take I-4 West to exit 55, (U.S. 27 South), then turn right on Cypress Gardens Boulevard. It’s an easy drive if I-4 traffic isn’t bad.
Will they offer promotions with other Central Florida theme parks?
They hope to. They said they’re willing to work with any of the other theme park companies including Disney.
Will the water park remain? Will it become a Legoland waterpark?
Yes, the water park will remain. It won’t become a Legoland Water Park right away, but if their upcoming first Legoland Water Park, which opens in California in June, does well, they may bring it here.
Will the waterpark be included with admission to Legoland?
No. It will require a seperate ticket.
How much will ticket prices be to Legoland?
They haven’t announced prices yet, but a current one-day adult ticket to Legoland California is $67.[/spoiler:2ur4ssym]
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Merlin/Blackstone have an opportunity to really take Disney on. I can't see Legoland failing like Cypress Gardens did, they have the intellectual property to suceed.
Disney World needs to watch its back, the competition is getting stronger and stronger.