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Last week, Ian and I had the opportunity to fly down to Florida for a 2-day media preview of the Legoland Beach Retreat. We had visited the park in the past, but we were both pretty excited to check out this new resort (which looked and sounded absolutely adorable). So, did it live up to our expectations? Absolutely! I posted the nitty gritty press release last week (please check it out if you haven’t already), so today I want to share our personal thoughts on this fun experience.
Checking in at Legoland Beach Retreat
One of the coolest things about the Legoland Beach Retreat is something that you’ll experience as soon as you enter the facility … it’s a drive-through check-in gate which saves you the time of going inside and checking in at a front guest. You simply drive through the gates and check-in at the gate. The staff is friendly and helpful and you’ll be off to your room in no time!
Finding Our Room
We were directed to the Seagull’s Cove portion of the resort. LEGOLAND Beach Retreat’s 83 single-story bungalows are arranged in 13 horseshoe-shaped groupings called “coves.” Each cove is named for a LEGO Minifigure. They are Diver’s Cove, Surfer’s Cove, Lifeguard’s Cove, Hula Dancer’s Cove, Sailor’s Cove, Seagull’s Cove, Ocean King’s Cove, Shark Suit Guy’s Cove, Fisherman’s Cove, Swimming Champion’s Cove, Mermaid’s Cove, Island Warrior’s Cove and Sea Captain’s Cove.
We took a TON of pictures of the room, but I thought it might be more effective to actually SHOW you the room via a video.
Each of the 166 rooms at LEGOLAND Beach Retreat is identically furnished and can sleep a maximum of five guests. The main area includes one king-size bed; a children’s area separated by a privacy curtain includes one twin-size bunkbed with a pull-out trundle bed.
The Lighthouse at Legoland Beach Retreat serves as the main building – containing the dining hall and the gift shop, along with a bar (that you can also access from the pool area), which features drinks for both adults and kids, along with lunch options.
Right inside this building is a huge Lego sandcastle – it’s made of 133,000 LEGO pieces and is wired with flickering LED lights that simulate candlelight. There’s a base around it where kids can stop and add their own LEGO creations to the sandcastle.
The buffet area is large and there’s plenty of room for everyone to get through the line without feeling rushed or squished. There is also a large drink station with lots of different options. You can help yourself, but there are also waiters and waitresses on hand to help bring drink refills as needed. (On a hot summer day in Florida, this is an added perk!)
The dining area is large and spacious. There’s plenty of room for everyone, but the staff will seat you so you don’t find yourself having to search for an available table.
Breakfast is included in the cost of the resort. The daily breakfast buffet includes favorites such as scrambled eggs, breakfast burritos, roasted potatoes, asparagus, roasted tomatoes, applewood bacon, sausage and turkey links, biscuits with sausage gravy, pancakes, french toast sticks, tater tots, oatmeal, grits, fresh fruit, yogurt, assorted cereals, bread, juices and freshly brewed coffee.
Sandy’s Castle Restaurant offers a Caribbean-inspired dinner buffet nightly for $19.99 (plus tax) for guests 13 and older; $12.99 (plus tax) for children 7-12; and $7.99 (plus tax) for children 3-6. There’s no charge for children under 3. The nightly dinner buffet includes mahi mahi, jerk chicken, beef kebobs, rosemary potatoes, rice and beans, plantain tostones, Caribbean bean soup, vegetables with pesto, beef and chicken fajitas, barbecue chicken, bay scallops, peel-and-eat shrimp, Asian noodle salad, watermelon salad, salad bar, grilled chicken tenders, pigs in a blanket, steamed broccoli, and macaroni and cheese.
Take-out pizza is also available.
LEGOLAND Beach Retreat combines the best elements of a classic beach vacation with whimsical LEGO theming in an environment that’s unique among the eight LEGOLAND sites worldwide. Amenities include a heated swimming pool with an adjacent sandy area perfect for building sandcastles. The pool is heated year-round to approximately 82-85 degrees Fahrenheit. There is no hot tub, no slide, and no cabanas available for rent. You won’t miss these things! The pool is lovely and inviting (so much so that even I couldn’t resist putting on my suit and getting in, and it’s been years since I’ve been in a pool!)
Should you stay at Legoland Beach Retreat?
Absolutely yes! Especially if you are a family with young children who love LEGOS or DUPLO blocks. If you’re planning a visit to LEGOLAND anyway, I would highly recommend planning to stay a night or two at this fabulous resort. Honestly, I didn’t want to leave when it was time for us to check out – I would have loved to stay a few more days and enjoy the resort amenities some more.
Nightly room rates start at $135 (plus tax and resort fee) and vary by season, date and availability. Packages including theme park tickets also are available, and Awesomer and Awesomest Annual Pass Members receive a 10 percent discount year-round. To book a stay, visit www.LEGOLAND.com/florida or call (877) 350-5346 daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
There is a daily $20 resort fee that includes parking at LEGOLAND Beach Retreat for the duration of a guest’s stay, parking in the main LEGOLAND Florida Resort parking lot (a $17-per-day fee for most vehicles), Wi-Fi and the unique LEGOLAND Times newspaper for kids.
What are the benefits of staying at LEGOLAND® Beach Retreat?
LEGOLAND Beach Retreat guests receive an all-you-care-to-enjoy breakfast buffet at Sandy’s Castle Restaurant each morning of their stay (except check-in day); Bonus Brick Time, which allows them to enter the theme park 30 minutes before other guests, with exclusive access to popular attractions including the all new LEGO® NINJAGO® World; complimentary transportation to and from the theme park parking lot, plus complimentary parking for guests who drive; and a speedy, drive-through check-in service.
Amenities include outdoor play structures for kids in each of the 13 bungalow coves, plus large areas of grass. A larger play structure is available adjacent to the swimming pool in a sandy area perfect for building sandcastles. In addition, kids can build with LEGO bricks on a giant sandcastle-themed play area inside The Lighthouse.
Around the pool, regular activities include dance parties, bean bag toss, hula hoop contests, volleyball, Red Light Green Light, Hot Potato, chalk art competitions, sandcastle build show-and-tell and “Master Builder” competitions with large LEGO soft bricks.
***This post made possible by Legoland Florida.***