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Good luck getting to your room at the new Legoland Hotel, parents. Book the room, for sure. Allot loads of time in the hotel. Then prepare to wait ... and wait ... and wait ... because your kids will be too engaged to even get into the elevator. And you still won't be close to that bed.
When Legoland Hotel open on Friday, May 15, it will be a magnet for families with Lego-loving kids.
Legoland Hotel is located right near the entrance to the Legoland Florida theme park -- "150 kid steps," to be exact, according to an executive. The entire lodging facility is Lego-centric, from the theming to the accessories. The resort caters to adults as well as kids. Witness: the lounge with a full bar.
Here are some highlights.
You'll be greeted with some of the Legoland Hotel's 2,000 "models," as the creations are called, before you reach the registration desk.
A large castle stands tall in the lobby. "Face characters" visit often, entertaining children who otherwise might be building, and building, and building, in the Lego pits there and elsewhere in the lobby.
The hotel also has its own "master builder shop and classroom."
You think you're done, right? You can go to the room and rest? Ha!
While waiting for the elevator, your little angels are sure to spot the fart corner. It's right outside the elevators.
The elevator is an adventure of its own. Both elevators have disco balls and murals of a Lego disco. Step inside and you'll hear upbeat music -- maybe "YMCA" or "We Are Family" -- while riding to your floor.
Each of the five floors has a theme: Adventure, Pirate, Kingdom, or Lego Friends. Exit the lobby, and you'll be blasted with music that corresponds to the floor's theme. What's more, the carpeting, wall mural and door covers follow the storyline.
So then. The room. Various rooms have assorted levels of theming. All are spectacular -- especially the kiddie areas, which have bunk beds, a TV case and wall art fitting the rooms' theme.
Each room has clever elements such as Lego bugs on the walls.
Should your little offspring have little tushes, worry not. Toilets have two seat sizes.
Each room challenges children with a puzzle. I'm not sure how it works, but essentially they have to figure stuff out to get into a safe.
Some hotel rooms overlook a scenic lake. Mine had a birds-eye view of the pool area. So festive!
All guests receive free access to the breakfast buffet in Bricks Family Restaurant. The large eatery, divided into sections, features models of a chef spilling food.
Oh, you must see this. There is no ladies' room at the Legoland Hotel.
Fun, right? My boys would have gone construction-frenzy-wild for this place when they were younger. In fact, they might still like it now and they're grown. I sure did.
Delve in. Make life fun.
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