Pint-sized kids now have their very own water park at LEGOLAND. Central Florida’s newest theme park attraction debuted its new addition, a water park, with a Guinness Book record for the largest number of beach balls thrown in the air at one time. The previous record was 401, which was smashed with 1,355 balls tossed into the air from the LEGOLAND wave pool. Two of those record-breaking balls belonged to none other than K & I. (What a claim to fame! LOL!)
Like LEGOLAND, the water park, which opened on May 26, 2012, is perfectly geared toward smaller kids. Instead of a big-kid park with a small area for tots, LEGOLAND Water Park is a little-kid park with a small area for the big kids. (So yes, there are five giant slides to keep older siblings happy)
While big water parks can be daunting for my K, who is on the timid side, LEGOLAND Water Park was met with a full-day of smiles and plenty to keep her happy. In fact, since this was the first time we made it out to LEGOLAND I wanted to take a quick peek at the main park, and I practically had to drag K out of the water park to visit the theme park. That’s how much fun we were having on our special mommy-daughter day.
I was surprised at how small the water park is, but don’t let it fool you it packs in a lot of fun.
- If you like lazy rivers, you will love the Build-A-Raft River, where you can build LEGO towers with floating foam blogs right on your inner tube as you float.
- K loved the DUPLO® Splash Safari, which is a zero-depth wading pool with two tot-sized slides (one for sliding solo and one for sliding side by side).
- The centerpiece of the park is the Joker Soaker water playground, a riot of brightly colored ladders, levers, pumps and slides of every length and type. (FYI – while the water throughout the park was very comfortable, the water here was COLD!!!)
- I was worried the wave pool would be too much for K, who doesn’t yet swim with her face in the water, but she loved it. The zero-depth entry allowed her to wade as deep as she wanted too (on her tip toes) while hopping over gentle waves.
- For the big kids there are two towers that house five slippery-fast water slides.
If you are planning a trip to LEGOLAND Water Park, here’s what you need to know.
It’s a hike – While there is a separate admission gate (and price), the water park is located at the back of the main park. That means you have to walk all the way through LEGOLAND to get to the water park. And yes, that means you will pay Legoland admission price plus the water park upgrade. But that means that once you pay for the water park upgrade you can enjoy both parks on the same day and freely walk back and forth. Just be prepared for the walk back to the water park.
Price – Because the water park is located within LEGOLAND (one shared parking area), you must pay LEGOLAND admission plus $12 for the water park. So you are looking at $87 for adults, $77 for kids (3-12) and $3 for toddlers (1-2). However, if you plan to go back within nine days, you can upgrade that to a two-day pass for just $10 more ($97 for adults, $87 for kids (3-12) and $6 for toddlers (1-2).
The Perfect Age – So the most important question, what is the perfect age for the water park. As I already mentioned, everything at LEGOLAND is geared young. I knew this going into the park, but I was still surprised. No question that it is perfect for the preschool crowd, as tested by my four year old. But I saw plenty of elementary-aged kids having a ball too, and even some middle schoolers. I would say the perfect age is 2 – 12. That’s not to say bigger kids can’t enjoy the park, especially if you are looking to do with younger siblings. But I think 2 – 12 is the sweet spot for both LEGOLAND and the Water Park.
Disclosure – I was invited to attend the media preview day, however, all thoughts and opinions are my own.0