Several months ago our correspondent in TN, Barry Wallace, asked a question about the possibility of Legoland tying into the Walt-Disney World franchise. Although Rex and I were of the opinion that Disney would not unite with the Legoland brand, we thought there was a possibility that one day the famed amusement park in Carlsbad, CA would find its way to the Sunshine State. That time has come.
Cypress Gardens, the 30-acre gardens and amusement park, has been sold to Merlin Entertainment and we can expect to see a Legoland on the premises by the end of 2011. As of now it seems that the gardens themselves will remain, which is a good word to hear. Rex and I visited Cypress Gardens during one of our many trips to the Orlando area and we found the park to be peaceful and family-oriented. It seems the gardens adds a nice touch to what would otherwise be a fairly simple park. Of course, with the arrival of the Lego based attractions, the gardens will find themselves taking a backseat to the myriads of kids who want to experience a ride on the toys they play with in their bedroom.
What this means is that yet another park has been added on the ever-growing list of RexandtheBeast.com's "must see" parks. Thankfully, this one won't be too hard to work in. We find ourselves in the Orlando area sometimes multiple times in a single year. For example, this year we will be in FL for the opening of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter as well as the Festival of Fear Tour 2010.
There is much to look forward to!