We go to Florida, a lot. And each time, since we are there for a long time, we go to the Disney parks, or visit the different attractions there. With so many activities in Central Florida, one can get overwhelmed. This visit was no different. We finally went to Legoland and for the first time, we visited Epcot at Disney World.
We were lucky that our friends were going to Legoland and invited us to tag along. I was not sure about Legoland as I had heard it is a lot of rides for older kids, but frankly, Legos are fun for any age, even us older kids. There is a Duplo young kids section too with younger kid rides. I liked Legoland more than I thought I would. In fact, compared to SeaWorld, and Busch Gardens, I think I liked it better. Parking was easy, and you walk in, and there is plenty to do and lots of play and build areas for little and big kids, and the rides are either family oriented or for thrill seekers. There is something for everyone! I highly recommend and loved the apple fries at this location – oh my god! So yummy. Everything is pricey here, food-wise, so pack your own snacks. They allow you to bring your own food. For lunch and dinner places near Legoland, there are plenty of places for family dining in Winter Haven, and surrounding areas. The historic Cypress Gardens are also open for touring, and on a beautiful sunny day in Central Florida, Legoland, walking around the miniature lego towns was so much fun. The space shuttle (made of legos) takes off! Santa and his sleigh, complete with Rudolph and gang, made entirely with legos is a great place for a photo. We absolutely loved Legoland and high recommend it. Legoland opens at 10am and closes at 7 pm. Those are short hours for some to pay so much. For me, this was a good thing. It forced me to leave instead of wearing myself down and killing the family by squeezing in “just one more ride.” Oh and be ready to hear the song, “everything is awesome,” over and over, but Legoland really is awesome, so no one minds.
For the first time, we went to Epcot. We visited Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom in the past, and of course, everyone with young children visit Magic Kingdom. We didn’t think the kids would enjoy Epcot when they were younger, but we actually liked it now that they are a little older. Epcot is one of the largest Disney theme parks and requires a lot of walking, and the popular attractions and rides have a 40-inch height requirement so we are glad we waited until the kids were older and taller. I am impressed with how many characters are available for autographs and pictures, but the lines are generally insane, so get there about 10 to 15 minutes before character arrival. We kept missing all the times, and since Epcot is so spread out, we got to the characters too late. So, plan your walking/running accordingly. I recommend getting your fast passes early and picking Test Ride and/or Soaring. You can only get a fast pass to one of these, but you can always pick an early time for one and then try to get a fast pass for the other one right after the right ends. You will not need a fast pass for much else, but since we picked them out a few days beforehand, we went ahead and got a fast pass to the main entrance ride. This is the one that takes you inside the giant “golf ball” called Spaceship Earth. We got one to the Nemo ride but you will not need it. We also rode the fun, educational rides in and around the Soaring area, but you do not a fast pass to those rides/exhibits other than Soaring. There are so many indoor places/displays for the kids to play on computers, displays, and create things. It was really a fun place, and since we worried about rain, Epcot was the best park in case it did. Sure, the world pavilions area is all outdoor walking, but there are plenty of indoor activities here, more so, I thought than any of the other parks.
For the food, it is pricey like Disney food would be, but there is a variety at this park compared to any other because of the world pavilions – Italian, German, and Mexican. the kids loved our little boat ride in Mexico. It was like “It’s a small world” without the annoying song playing over and over again. Finally, we got to see Mulan and we really could not see Mulan anywhere else – she is in the China pavillion every few hours. The girls walked with Sleeping Beauty, and the only character we missed was Minnie. Maybe we will catch her on our Disney Cruise for Spring Break. Stay tuned….