A Review of Staying at Legoland Florida Resort
I’m a big fan of convenience. I love onsite hotels at theme parks such as Disney World where I can not worry about having to get into the car to get to the park. It honestly makes it so much easier when you have kids, especially younger ones. The Legoland Florida Resort is literally right next to the park and a very short walk to the front gate. There’s no bus, no car drive, which is incredible.
There is the Lego Beach Resort which looks like fun and very nice but it’s a little further from the park than the Legoland Florida Resort (just down the road), which means we’d be getting in the car to go and park or waiting on the bus. I figured the Resort was more geared towards kids and would be more involved for them. I’m glad that I chose it although the Beach Resort does look fun.
In my review of Legoland Florida theme park, I mentioned the amazing theming that is throughout the park. The hotel follows suit with that. The thought that was put into it is just amazing. The lobby has LEGOS where the kids can play while you are checking in. There’s an area just past that where they have resort activities as well as where the kids can sit and play while you’re waiting on dinner reservations or just looking for some LEGO fun during your day.
Check-in at the resort is 3pm, early check-in (additional cost) is at 1pm. This part was a little annoying, both being charged for it and it not being available until at the earliest 1pm. There’s also a late check out available, again at an additional cost. However, if you’re going to want a late check out it’s best to book it when you book your room otherwise it’s $50 per hour that you extend the checkout.
As the case with the theme park, the general service at the hotel is where it felt like they fell short. The front desk mentioned the Master Builders workshop as well as the miniature golf but it sounded as if both were at an extra cost. Come to find out, the Master Builder workshop is free and your child gets to keep whatever it is they build. Unfortunately, we didn’t get to do the workshop due to the miscommunication and they were full the next day when I checked.
The Lego Themed Rooms at the Legoland Hotel
There are a few options when selecting your room type at Legoland Florida Resort. They are all Lego Themed Rooms. There’s the Pirate, Adventure, Lego Movie, Kingdom and Lego Friends. We stayed in the Adventure room which is on the top (5th) floor.
All rooms include:
- King bed in the adult sleeping area
- Kids’ own sleeping area with a bunk bed, pull out trundle bed and entertainment unit
- Welcome Treasure Hunt with LEGO prize (Not specifically themed. Lots of fun!!)
- LEGO bricks to build with during your stay
- 2 high-definition flat panel TV’s with complimentary On-Demand content
- Air conditioning
- Mini-fridge and coffee maker
- Vanity/work station
- Wi-fi access. (*For us, the Wi-Fi access sucked)
- Complimentary toiletries
- In-room safe
Parking is free (which while it may seem silly or little, I completely appreciate it. It annoys me to pay for parking at theme park hotels). Also, a buffet breakfast is included in your stay which is another nice perk.
Also inside the room are these cute “Monster Free” cards!
The room was fantastic. There is a kids’ area (which is small but still cool) where they have bunk beds and a little tv. The first day there is a treasure hunt with clues so that the lock on the chest can be removed. Inside is a gift and treat. The next night, the lego gift was just left on the bed. Again, I love how well thought out the theme was for the room. This place seriously has so much potential.
On the TV initially when you turn it on is “security video” where you see Lego Characters running down the hallway, being silly and sneaking around. It’s cute. The kids got a kick out of it and looked for Lego people in the halls. The Lego movies are available on loop at any time during your stay.
In case you saw some decor you liked, there’s a handy sign of charges posted as well in the room…lol
Free Breakfast with Your Stay
The breakfast is legit good. There is quite the selection of options that I was impressed with. Also, for Disney World fans, there is Stitch Juice!! Of course, it’s not called Stitch Juice, it is referred to as Passion Fruit, Orange, Guava juice (which is exactly what Stitch Juice is). It is really good too! I haven’t seen it anywhere else so I was pleasantly surprised to find it here. My favorite part was the yogurt, granola, and fruit (strawberries & blueberries). The kids favorite part was the packs of Nutella. There were lots to choose from though. Cereal, fruits, omelets, waffles, pancakes, etc.
Birthday Celebration at Bricks
When I booked our stay, I purchased the birthday celebration at Bricks. I will admit I was nervous, I didn’t know what to expect at all. We checked in and they gave the birthday boy a pin and hat to wear. He was quite excited. The food at the restaurant was.. good. I was pleasantly surprised at how good. There was rotisserie chicken breast, beef, and fish options as meat. There was also spaghetti with meatballs, salads, chicken nuggets and more available as well as desserts. My son LOVED the spaghetti and my daughter loved the beef as well as the rotisserie chicken. They had the best Orange Ginger salad dressing that I’m pretty sure I could have eaten on anything. The only downside was the Coke FreeStyle fountain machine which I hate because it always tastes like you’ve mixed Sprite or another flavor into any drink you get. Once we were done with dinner they brought over the birthday cake and sang Happy Birthday. The cake was very good and tasted similar to Publix (a popular grocery store here), to my surprise I was totally correct. They brought us a to-go box for the rest of the cake and sure enough, it was Publix. The birthday dinner also included a present which was some Batman Legos. He was super surprised and very happy with it. Overall, I think it was well worth it.
Natural Beauty of Florida
The outside of the resort remains true to the natural beauty of Florida with the large trees and boardwalk. You can play minigolf, have smores at night, and take a relaxing walk around the boardwalk where you can look out over Lake Eloise.
This is a Lego Resort, so of course, there were LEGOS everywhere!! There is a section in the lobby as well as a lego ship play area that has lots of legos. In the room, there are also some legos that are meant to be played with (and left) in the room. There is a room to the side of the SkyLounge that shows lego movies and sometimes you can find Lego Friends hanging out in there.
Thoughts On The Resort Stay
The room was fantastic, the service at Bricks was great. The consistent theme throughout the resort was absolutely incredible. I’ve stayed at many hotels (looking at you Disney) and haven’t seen it done this well. I also loved the outside of the resort and that they kept a portion that reflects the natural beauty of Florida. The only downside was the front desk wasn’t overly friendly or helpful. The Skyline Lounge was extremely slow. We had gotten caught in a rainstorm and ran back to the hotel. They seemed understaffed or just not prepared for the crown. It seems odd with it being Florida and rainstorms a frequent occurrence that we waited over 10 minutes for drinks and another hour for our food. On the positive side, when we first walked into the hotel they were prepared with towels waiting for the guest to use to dry off. There were Lego Characters that would walk around with a “Model Citizen” (staff member) and a few of them just looked lost. Like they weren’t sure what to do. Later in the day some were out and interacted with the guest which went well. The kids enjoyed seeing them and they didn’t seem ‘lost’ like the ones we first saw. Overall, it was fun and there is a lot of potential here.