Search on for Florida boaters missing in lake near Legoland
Authorities searched Sunday for two boaters who were missing and believed drowned in an accident on a central Florida lake near the Legoland theme park. Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said at a news conference that the two men had jumped into Lake Eloise to save a third person from their group, a woman, who was struggling in the water. The third person, 38-year-old Velcky Velazques, was rescued by sheriff's deputies who had been summoned when a 10-year-old girl on the boat dialed 911 on a cellphone.news.yahoo.com
SEE: New boat ride opens at Legoland Florida
WINTER HAVEN, Fla. — Adventurers at Legoland Florida can now embark on an exciting new adventure. Pirate River Quest officially opened to the public on Thursday. SEE: Universal to open new theme park in TexasAlong the way, guests will also notice Lego Minifigures, including some exclusive to Legoland Florida, and dozens of birds, monkeys, spiders, alligators and more. READ: These nighttime spectaculars will soon return to Walt Disney WorldSee photos of the new attraction in the gallery below:Expand Autoplay Image 1 of 9 New Legoland attraction Pirate River Quest officially opened in Legoland Florida on Thursday. WFTV: New Pirate River Quest debuting at Legoland on Jan 12.wftv.com
Roller coaster crash at German amusement park injures 34
Germany Roller Coaster Accident A roller coaster can be seen next to the logo at the entrance to the 'Legoland' amusement park in Guenzburg, southern Germany, Thursday, Aug. 11, 2022. At least 34 people were injured in the accident on a roller coaster at Legoland in Guenzburg, two of them seriously. One roller coaster train braked heavily and another train collided with it at the Legoland park in Guenzburg, the German news agency dpa reported. It took place in the station of the Fire Dragon roller coaster, an amusement park spokesperson told dpa. Last week, a woman died in another roller coaster accident in an amusement park in Klotten in southwest Germany.wftv.com
Fourth of July event guide: 9 places to watch fireworks this evening
Legoland debuts new fireworks show for 2022 (Legoland Florida Theme Park /Legoland Florida Theme Park)ORLANDO, Fla. — Start your Fourth of July holiday off with a bang with events lighting up across Central Florida on Monday. The event starts at 7 p.m. on Monday. The event will take place on the Sanford Riverwalk between Palmetto Avenue and Mellonville Avenue from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.Clermont will host its Red, White and Boom event on Monday. Legoland debuts new fireworks show for 2022 (Legoland Florida Theme Park /Legoland Florida Theme Park)St. READ: 6 tips to enjoy Fourth of July fireworks safelyYou can catch the fireworks show at 9:20 p.m.wftv.com
Red, White and BOOM! Legoland debuts new fireworks show for 2022
Red, White and BOOM! Legoland debuts new fireworks show for 2022 Red, White and BOOM! Legoland debuts new fireworks show for 2022 (Legoland Florida Theme Park /Legoland Florida Theme Park)POLK COUNTY, Fla. — Celebrate Independence Day with Legoland’s annual fireworks presentation, “Red, White and BOOM!” starting Saturday through Monday, July 4. Legoland debuts new fireworks show for 2022 Red, White and BOOM! Legoland debuts new fireworks show for 2022 (Legoland Florida Theme Park /Legoland Florida Theme Park)Families are also invited to enjoy patriotic LEGO-building activities.wftv.com
Legoland’s ‘LEGO Friends Weekends’ return this month
Video: Legoland’s ‘LEGO Friends Weekends’ return this monthPOLK COUNTY, Fla. — Legoland’s “LEGO Friends Weekends” are returning to the Florida theme park this month. Guests can meet the “Fab Five” and participate in interactive activities including robot builds, dance parties and more. Legoland said families can join Stephanie, Olivia, Andrea, Emma and Mia as they help save Heartlake City from their evil rivals, Dr. Alvah and Carter. READ: Legoland Florida Resort becomes first theme park to be designated as certified autism centerYou can participate every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through June 26. Video: Legoland’s ‘LEGO Friends Weekends’ return this monthClick here to download the free WFTV news and weather apps, click here to download the WFTV Now app for your smart TV and click here to stream Channel 9 Eyewitness News live.wftv.com
‘Jumanji’ attractions coming to Merlin Entertainment properties across the globe
Merlin Entertainment Group, the company behind Central Florida attractions such as Legoland, Madame Tussauds and Sea Life, has announced a wild new business venture. A second attraction is “already in development at a different theme park for a 2023 launch,” according to Merlin. “We are excited to be taking our relationship with Sony Pictures Entertainment to the next level with this strategic partnership,” said Mark Fisher, chief development officer with Merlin Entertainment. Our Merlin team are already hard at work developing brilliant creative concepts, which will bring to life the blockbuster-famous Jumanji film across our theme parks and waterparks. “Jumanji” is Sony’s biggest wholly-owned film franchise of all time, raking in more than $2.1 billion at the global box office.wftv.com
Friday’s forecast: Partly cloudy, temperatures climb into the 90s
ORLANDO, Fla. — It will be partly cloudy on Friday. Here’s what to expect:Temperatures will start out in the low 70s. Daytime highs will reach the low 90s. Theme park celebrates a decade of awesomenessA fall front is on its way to Central Florida. Morning temperatures will be in the 50s and 60s.wftv.com
Legoland Florida starting all-new LEGO VIDIYO music festival
An all-new, family-friendly music festival is coming to LEGOLAND® Florida Resort this Labor Day Weekend, September 4 through 6. DJ L.L.A.M.A – the musical superstar behind LEGO® VIDIYO™ – will be making a special appearance at LEGOLAND® Florida Resort for one weekend only as part of his newly announced world tour.
Peppa Pig theme park opening at Legoland Florida Resort
WINTER HAVEN, Fla. – Peppa Pig is about to get its own theme park at Legoland Florida Resort. Peppa the Pig theme park at Legoland Florida (Merlin Entertainment)The new theme park will be separately ticketed and will be within walking distance to Legoland Hotel, Legoland Pirate Island Hotel and the entrance to Legoland Florida Theme Park. Merlin Entertainment, which runs Legoland parks, has entered an exclusive multi-territory agreement with Hasbro, which owns Peppa Pig. Parents with “little piggies” can be among the first to hear some of the big news about the new theme park by signing up here. Use the form below to sign up for the ClickOrlando.com In the Loop: Theme Park Scoops newsletter, sent every Friday morning.
Legoland Florida to begin transformation on Miniland USA
Beginning next week, Legoland Florida Resort will begin installing a new shade structure over the top of its popular Miniland USA. Kennedy Space Center at Legoland's Miniland USA (Legoland Florida)The transformation is just a piece of the park’s plans to celebrate its 10th birthday this year. 🥳... Posted by LEGOLAND Florida on Monday, January 4, 2021The park is also offering its Preschooler Pass for a limited time. The pass grants children ages 3 and 4 admission for the year to both Legoland Florida and its neighboring waterpark. Legoland Florida is also adding pirate fest and LEGO friends weekends, a master model builders experience and a new 4-D film at the Legoland fun town theater.
Legoland Florida plans expansion, new rides
WINTER HAVEN, Fla. – Legoland Florida is planning an expansion next year including new rides, according to plans filed with the city nearest the attraction. Details have not been revealed, but other news outlets report Legoland will add about 4.5 acres to its resort near Winter Haven. We’re excited for our next “big build” at the LEGOLAND Florida Resort, but you’ll have to wait until next year for more expansion news” said a Legoland spokeswoman. The expansion plans in 2021 come on the 10th anniversary of the theme park’s opening on the former site of Cypress Gardens. Legoland Florida has expanded repeatedly since opening in October 2011.
Legoland hiring over 100 at Florida theme park, water park, hotels
WINTER HAVEN, Fla. – Just in time for the holiday season, Legoland announced that it’s looking to add over 100 new people to its workforce in Florida. The news comes months after the theme park industry was hit hard by the pandemic, causing each park to lay off a number of employees. The company said that because the holidays are approaching, extra staffing is needed at their theme park, water park and hotels. Legoland officials said that both part-time and full-time positions will be up for grabs and starting pay for non-salaried workers is $9 an hour. If you’re interested in checking out the available jobs, click or tap here.
Legoland Florida announces big savings, events for 2021 to mark 10th birthday
WINTER HAVEN, Fla – Legoland Florida Resort celebrated its birthday Thursday and unwrapped some big deals for its upcoming 2021 season. To celebrate its 10th birthday next year, the park is throwing back its pricing on annual passes. Officials said the new Play & Party Pass will cost Florida residents $99. The pass allows guests to enjoy 12 months of admission with select blockout dates, free parking, admission to select annual events and discounts on other Legoland Florida tickets. For non-Florida residents, the next best annual pass is the “awesomer pass,” which retails for $179.
Brick-or-treat returns to Legoland Florida
ORLANDO, Fla – Legoland Florida is bringing back its Brick-or-Treat event this October. The event, included with admission, allows kids to safely enjoy trick-or-treating, characters, spooky shows and much more. LEGOLAND Florida with a spooky squad of characters that guests can only see during Brick or Treat. (Legoland Florida)Click here to learn more about the brick-or treat event and to purchase tickets. For a limited time, Florida residents can buy an awesome annual pass and get a 2nd pass 50% off.
Legoland announces reopening date after receiving governor’s approval
WINTER HAVEN, Fla. – Legoland Florida Resort announced Friday that it will officially reopen to guests on June 1. The news comes days after Legoland Florida executives presented their reopening plan to Winter Haven city commissioners. RELATED: Legoland reopening plan heads to state officials for final approvalLegoland’s reopening plan includes “reduced capacity, cashless payments, social distancing practices and enhanced cleaning regimes.”The commission approved the plan to reopen June 1, exactly three months after the park closed its gates to slow the spread of COVID-19. In addition, we have also sought guidance from our partners at AdventHealth,” said General Manager of LEGOLAND Florida Resort Rex Jackson. “We’re ready to play, and we look forward to reopening LEGOLAND Florida Resort as a safe and memorable place for families to play again.”Below is what guests can expect when visiting the park after its reopening.
Florida coronavirus deaths reach 2,190 as major theme parks eye reopening
After push back, the DOH gave medical examiners permission to begin releasing death numbers again, showing discrepancies between the state dashboard and what local medical examiners offices have reported. All theme parks, large and small, need to receive approval from municipal and county government before seeking approval to reopen from the state. A Universal Orlando executive presented its reopening plan to the Orange County reopening task force Thursday and received approval. Click here to see a list of all Florida counties now allowing vacation rentals again. As of Friday, in the Central Florida region, Polk County has reported the most deaths from the virus at 49.
Legoland reopening plan heads to state officials for final approval
WINTER HAVEN, Fla. – Legoland Florida executives presented their reopening plan to Winter Haven city commissioners Wednesday and were given the go-ahead to reopen on June 1 if Gov. Under DeSantis’ executive order theme parks need to get local government approval before submitting plans to reopen to the state amid the coronavirus pandemic. On Wednesday, Legoland General Manager Rex Jackson detailed his plan at the Winter Haven City Commission meeting. The commission approved the plan to reopen June 1. If the park receives the final approval from the state to open it would be at 50% capacity.
Water main break closes Legoland Florida for remainder of day
WINTER HAVEN, Fla. – A water main break closed Legoland Florida Monday afternoon, according to park officials. Officials said management closed the park because of the water main break, which occurred outside of the Legoland Florida Resort. According to a statement from Legoland, "The necessary repairs are being made, and we anticipate reopening tomorrow, Tuesday, July 7, at 10 a.m."Guests were given a complimentary pass to revisit the park. No other details were immediately available.
Legoland Hotel to open Friday in Winter Haven
WINTER HAVEN, Fla. – Starting Friday, a brand new attraction will be drawing visitors to Winter Haven, Florida. The Legoland Hotel will open to the general public just feet away from the entrance of the Legoland theme park. A select few VIP and their families were given a sneak peek of the hotel and its amenities this week. Before walking in the front door, guests were greeted by a large, green, smoke-breathing dragon made out of hundreds of Legos. Brittany Williams with Legoland Florida Resorts says the average guest is booking rooms for two nights, with the first two nights already being completely sold out.
Man Tased, arrested at Legoland, Polk deputies say
WINTER HAVEN, Fla. – An unruly guest was arrested at Legoland after deputies shocked him with a stun gun when he refused to leave the park. Richard Campana, 36, of Port Charlotte, faces charges of battery on a law enforcement officer and disorderly conduct after the incident earlier this week. Deputies said he appeared drunk and refused to leave the park when employees instructed him to, the Lakeland Ledger reports. When deputies arrived and asked the man his name, they say Campbell squawked "Pterodactyl." It took deputies 30 minutes to get Campbell into custody.
LEGOLAND set to debut new water attraction
WINTER HAVEN, Fla. – LEGOLAND Florida is set to debut its new water attraction World of Chima Wednesday, but Local 6 got a sneak peek. LEGOLAND Florida General Manager Adrian Jones says Chima is one of only a few rides in the world where kids can actually step inside a world they've built themselves. On the attraction riders enter Chima to search for Chi, navigating the twisting path that lies along the way. Waterfalls, water cannons and misters line the route which drench guests from head to toe. There's even a place where riders and observers can duel back and forth using on-board water blasters.
LegoLand To Reveal 'Top-Secret' Expansion
LAKELAND, Fla – Florida's newest theme park is about to get bigger. According to a video press release sent out by Legoland Florida, the park will "reveal a top secret expansion taking place" on Thursday. The video mimics the opening narrative of the "Star Wars" films. The event will take place Thursday, September 6 at 10:30 AM. 'Legoland will reveal a top secret expansion taking place'Thursday September 6th at 10:30 AM
Legoland Water Park sets opening day
HAINES CITY, FL – Legoland Florida announced Friday when its water park will open. The new Legoland Water Park will open on May 26th. The water park will feature Lego versions of water park favorites, including a rafts built from Lego blocks and a gentle wave pool with Lego walls. The water park is an area inside of the park, requiring admission to Legoland plus an extra fee. Legoland has launched a Premium Pass that includes unlimited admission to the main park, the water park, along with free parking and other discounts.