Legoland hotel set to open in Winter Haven

Legoland hotel set to open in Winter Haven (Image 1)

Kids who can practically build Legos in their sleep now have new slice of paradise in Polk County. The new Legoland Hotel in Winter Haven officially opens to the public Friday.

News Channel 8 got an early glimpse of the hotel before the opening day.

When you arrive, you’re greeted by a fiery dragon who serves as the best security guard, marking the entry to a stay kids will always remember. It’s also one of those places where you catch too many parents being a kid again.

The 152-room Legoland hotel sits a stone’s throw away from the theme park.

Jayden Downing, 9, got the lucky gig of trying it out before opening day. And hopefully his experience doesn’t scare you away.

“There were bugs all over the walls. And there was a rat,” Downing said, before adding that they were all made of Legos.

Whew! Because that’s what everything there is made from, it seems. Kevin Carr, the hotel’s general manager, gave a quick tour of the first floor, which includes a full buffet restaurant where every table is covered with fun.

Walking into the main lobby, Carr couldn’t help but share his favorite feature.

“We have the disco elevator that has the disco music. The lights go around and when the families get in there they just boogie on down,” he said.

Once you step over to the play area you’ll find oodles of Legos to entertain the kids while mom and dad check-in or relax at the lounge. Then, soak in some Florida sun by the pool, where the Legos float.

“It’s soft brick the kids can build it as high as they can,” Carr said.

Around $300 a night, mom Kristen Downing is up for the investment.

“With the free breakfast and everything else, it’s totally worth it,” she said, comparing it to other theme-park hotel prices.

And another reason why it’s worth it for her is her son’s soaring creativity.

“You can build anything and your imagination’s the limit,” Jayden Downing said.

The hotel is officially open to the public Friday. The general manager stated book-ins have been strong, with 40 percent of the night’s booked for the year.

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