LEGOLAND Florida has released a set of new aerial photos showing off construction work on the new park, which is due to open in October 2011.
The new theme park is being built on the site of the closed Cypress Gardens, and will incorporate several of its existing attractions. Several of these can be seen in the aerial photos, along with the currently empty area that will be become Miniland USA. This will be populated with a huge array of LEGO models recreating famous landmarks from places such as Las Vegas, New York City and Washington D.C.
Both rollercoasters seen in the photos will be rethemed versions of Cypress Gardens attractions, with the Triple Hurricane wooden coaster set to be given a dinosaur makeover and renamed Coastersaurus. The park will also revamp Okeechobee Rampage (a Vekoma junior rollercoaster), enclosing some of it inside a giant castle. The ride will be renamed The Dragon and will be one of LEGOLAND Florida's headline attractions.
The LA Times recently revealed that LEGOLAND Florida has received its first shipment of models for inclusion in the park, with a total of 30 million LEGO bricks set to be used around its 150-acre site.
LEGOLAND Florida will feature more than 50 rides, shows and attractions spread across 10 themed lands. Tickets are now available online, with one-day admission priced at $65 for adults and $55 for children aged 3-12. Standard annual passes will cost $99, while Plus passes (which include parking and discounts on food and merchandise) will cost $159 for adults and $129 for children.
The new park will be located in Winter Haven on the site of Cypress Gardens, which was purchased by Merlin Entertainments Group for $22.3 million in January 2010. Several areas from the Cypress Gardens park will become part of LEGOLAND Florida, although all will be extensively rethemed and updated to suit the park's target audience of families with 2-12 year-old children.
Merlin hopes to convert the 145-acre LEGOLAND Florida site into a multi-day destination, creating over 1,000 jobs in the process. It plans to invest hundreds of millions into the project, adding hotels and attractions based on its other brands which include Madame Tussaud's Wax Museums and SeaLife aquariums. It is likely the company will also seek to convert the existing Splash Island water park to a LEGO theme, supporting its plans to add LEGO water parks to a number of its locations. However, the water park will not open at the same time as the theme park.
You can find details of the lands that will make up the new park in Theme Park Tourist's recent overview over LEGOLAND Florida's attractions.
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