One of the highlights of LEGOLAND Florida
is taking a twirl through Miniland USA, which feature small-scale re-creations of some of the most popular landmarks in America – plus a whole area dedicated to a galaxy far, far away. Miniland USA was built in 1/20 scale by Master Builders using over 32 million Lego bricks! Everywhere you look, there are little details to take in. You can spend hours wandering through and never see it all. Here's our tour of all the lands that make up Miniland USA.
One of the most impressive lands is New York City. It contains models of Central Park, the Bronx Zoo filled with animals, Guggenheim Museum, Grand Central Station, Rockefeller Plaza, Times Square and of course the Statue of Liberty. The Empire State Building model is the tallest in Miniland USA at more than 20 feet. New York also features the smallest models in Miniland – the pigeons, which are made out of just 6 bricks each.
See the Vegas Strip as never before with this huge (yet small-scale) replica! Check out all the details in the ten hotels and casinos on display including the Luxor pyramid, Mirage, Treasure Island, Tropicana, MGM Grand, Venetian, Stratosphere tower and the balloon and Eiffel Tower of Paris Las Vegas. There's even a quickie wedding chapel on the Lego strip! Interactive buttons let you set off fountain effects and activate squirting elephants.
Since this is Legoland Florida, there's a whole area dedicated to the Sunshine State's greatest landmarks. These are models you can't find at any other Legoland park. You can see the Florida State Capitol in Tallahassee, forts and Fountain of Youth in St. Augustine, Bok Tower in Central Florida, the buildings of Downtown Tampa and beaches of South Beach. You can even follow the Seven Mile Bridge to Key West where you'll find Mallory Square and Ernest Hemingway's House surrounded by his six cats.
I-Drive 360, Home of the Orlando Eye
The newest addition to Miniland USA, I-Drive 360 and the Coca-Cola Orlando Eye are located in the middle of Florida. The Lego Ferris wheel is 8 feet tall and can be seen from nearly everywhere in Miniland USA – just like the real one, which is 400 feet tall, and can be seen for miles in Orlando. Other features of I-Drive 360 in model form are Madame Tussauds
and the Sea Life Aquarium. Fun fact: This Lego version was actually built before the real one, and was used during press announcements prior to making its debut at Legoland Florida.
Kennedy Space Center
Witness a "liftoff" of the space shuttle every 10 minutes with countdown and smoke effects. Also on display is the Rocket Garden, Visitor Center entrance and training facility, the mammoth Vehicle Assembly Building and the crawler used to transport the shuttle to the launch pad. If you look closely at the group watching the launch you may spot an alien hidden among the bunch!
Daytona International Speedway
Built from nearly 300,000 LEGO bricks, the Speedway features real sounds of squealing tires and cheering fans, while a miniature race is underway. There are over 750 mini people in the stands and they're all wearing the colors of their favorite cars! The pit crews and infield have been meticulously crafted along with Victory Lane. Next door a drag race is underway with real moving cars. You can even press a button to start their engines.
The Golden Gate Bridge is Miniland USA's longest model, stretching more than 22 feet across! It can be seen in the background of an impressive re-creation of San Francisco's skyline. Also on display are famous Los Angeles landmarks like the Hollywood Bowl, Griffith Observatory and the world-famous Chinese Theatre.
Get patriotic as you explore our nation's capital, complete with a perfect scale model of the White House. Press a button to activate an entire marching band that move in formation in front of the Capital Building. Also on display are the Smithsonian, Washington and Jefferson Monuments and the streets of Georgetown.
This lively pirate lagoon was Miniland USA's first re-creation of a historical time period rather than a famous landmark. Here, pirate ships skate across the water thanks to motorized pulleys beneath the surface. Kids will delight in seeing the many pirates and ships, but there's also a sea shanty village filled with incredible detail like a ship being built on shore. Don't miss the secret grotto where pirates hide their plundered treasures behind the waterfall.
Star Wars Miniland
Seven scenes make up this gigantic land of 1.5 million Lego bricks, featuring some of the most iconic moments from the Star Wars movies and animated series. Here you can witness the AT-AT battle on Hoth, check out the famous Cantina, watch the Millennium Falcon take off, spot C-3PO and R2-D2 in the desert of Tatooine, find Darth Vader and a large Imperial shuttle on the forest moon of Endor and more. There are also full size characters made of Lego bricks for photo opportunities!
In 2018, the Star Wars area will grow – an entirely new section will be added. It will depict several scenes from The Force Awakens film. All your favorite characters from Episode VII will be included: Rey, Finn, Poe, Kylo Ren and of course BB-8.
Orlando, FL - 7/27/17