This week's central Florida theme parks update features some big announcements, including  the confirmation of a new land and attraction at Legoland Florida, the unveiling of the musician lineup for Universal’s Mardi Gras, the opening date for a new hotel and much more! Though crowds may have dwindled at the parks as holiday crowds disperse, there is still plenty of big things happening at central Florida's theme parks! 

1. Legoland Heartlake City expansion confirmed and opening date set for Legoland Hotel

Legoland Florida officially announced its long-rumored Heartlake City expansion this week, which is currently under construction and set to open this summer. Themed to the Lego Friends toy line, the new land will feature a disc coaster flat ride named Mia's Riding Adventure, as well as an audience participation show called Friends to the Rescue. 

Legoland Florida also announced this week that the on-site Legoland Hotel (which is still under construction), will officially open for guests on May 15, 2015. 

2. Universal unveils Mardi Gras musician lineup

Universal Studios has announced 14 of the 16 acts for this year's Mardi Gras event, which kicks off next month. The list is highlighted by pop music stars like Kelly Clarkson, Jessie J and The Band Perry. You can check out the (mostly) full schedule below:  

Feb. 7 – Olivia Newton John

Feb. 14 -- Jessie J

Feb. 15 -- Barenaked Ladies

Feb. 21 -- Kelly Clarkson

Feb. 28 – Heart

March 7 -- Trace Adkins

March 13 -- To be announced

March 14 – Styx

March 15 -- American Authors

March 20 -- Becky G

March 21 – Yandel

March 22 -- B-52s

March 28 -- To be announced

April 4 -- All-American Rejects

April 11 -- The Band Perry

April 18 -- Trey Songz 


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