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Legoland Florida

Amusement park in the United States
Legoland Florida
Legoland Florida logo.png
Location
Winter Haven, Florida, USA
Status Operating
Opened 2 January 1936 (Original)
2004 (As Cypress Gardens Adventure Park)
15 October 2011 (As Legoland Florida)
Owner Merlin Entertainments
Previous names Cypress Gardens Adventure Park (2004 to 2008)
Cypress Gardens (1936 to 2003)
Website http://florida.legoland.com/

Legoland Florida, originally known as Cypress Gardens, is an amusement park in Winter Haven, Florida, USA. It is currently run by Merlin Entertainments and is the largest park in the Legoland chain.

History

The park opened on January 2, 1936 and was built by Dick and Julie Pope. It was bought by Harcourt Brace and Jovanovich in 1985, however it was sold to the Busch Corporation in 1989. On January 4, 1995, it was sold to a group of the park's managers.

The park was closed on April 13, 2003 due to declining tourism following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.[1]

Kent Buescher, owner of Wild Adventures, purchased the park in 2004 and reopened it as Cypress Gardens Adventure Park. In 2006, the park filed for bankruptcy largely due to damages caused by hurricanes Charley, Frances, and Jeanne.[2] The park was purchased by Florida-based Land South Adventures, LLC, who operated the park for two seasons, closing on September 23, 2009.

On October 15, 2011, the park reopened under Merlin ownership. Its rides were re-branded to fit in with the Legoland theme.[3]

Roller coasters

Present

Name Manufacturer Type Opened Status
Coastersaurus Martin & Vleminckx Wooden November 26, 2004 Operating
Dragon Vekoma Family November 26, 2004 Operating
Flying School Vekoma Inverted December 9, 2004 Operating
The Great Lego Race Mack Rides Wild Mouse October 15, 2011 Operating

Past

Name Manufacturer Type Opened Closed Fate
Fiesta Express Zamperla Kiddie November 26, 2004 November 16, 2011 Relocated to Gillian's FunLand
Galaxy Spin Zamperla Wild Mouse August 17, 2005 November 16, 2008 Relocated to Fun Spot USA
Starliner Philadelphia Toboggan Coasters, Inc. Wooden July 14, 2007 November 16, 2008 Scrapped

Attractions

This list is incomplete, please expand it if you can.

Present

Name Manufacturer Type Opened
AQUAZONE Wave Racers Zierer Jet Skis 2011
Battle of Bricksburg Mack Rides Splash Battle 2013
Beetle Bounce S&S Worldwide Junior Drop Tower x2 2011
Coast Guard Academy Garmendale Boat Ride 2011
Duplo Tractor Unknown Track Ride 2011
Duplo Train Unknown Junior Railway 2011
Grand Carousel Bertazzon Gallopers 2011
THE LEGO MOVIE Masters of Flight Brogent Technologies Flying Theatre 2019
LEGO NINJAGO The Ride Triotech
ART Engineering
Tracked Dark Ride 2017
Lost Kingdom Adventure Bertazzon Tracked Dark Ride 2011
Merlin's Challenge Unknown Sea Storm 2011
Mia's Riding Adventure Zamperla Disk'O 2015
Pirate River Quest Unknown Boat Ride 2022
Rescue Academy Metallbau Emmeln Fire Academy 2011
The Royal Joust Metallbau Emmeln Pony Trek 2011
Safari Trek Metallbau Emmeln Track Ride 2011
Technicycle Zamperla Magic Bikes 2011
Unikitty's Disco Drop Zierer Junior Drop Tower 2019

Closed

Name Manufacturer Type Opened Closed Fate
Delta Kite Flyers Zamperla Kite Flyer 2004 2008 Relocated to Gillian's FunLand
Dizzy Dragons Sellner Manufacturing Junior Teacups 2004 2008 Relocated to DelGrosso's Amusement Park
Paradise Sky Wheel Chance Rides Ferris Wheel 2004 2008 Relocated to Luna Park Mamaia
Pharaoh's Fury Chance Rides Pirate Ship 2004 2008 Relocated to DelGrosso's Amusement Park
Power Surge Zamperla Power Surge 2004 2008 Relocated to Luna Park Mamaia
Rockin' Tug Zamperla Rockin' Tug 2004 2008 Relocated to Gillian's FunLand
Storm Surge WhiteWater West Spinning Rapids Ride 2004 2008 Relocated to Thorpe Park
Tilt-A-Whirl Sellner Manufacturing Tilt-A-Whirl 2004 2008 Relocated to Casino Pier
Thunderbolt A.R.M. (USA) & Larson International Drop Tower 2004 2008 Relocated to DelGrosso's Amusement Park
Yo-Yo

Chance Rides

Waveswinger 2004 2008 Relocated to DelGrosso's Amusement Park
Island in ihe Sky Intamin Flying Island 2011 2017 Scrapped
Junior Fire Academy Unknown Fire Academy 2011 2013 Unknown

References


Amusement parks owned/operated by Merlin Entertainments