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The Lego Technic Test Track Coaster is one of Legoland’s thrill rides.
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No Assembly Required
Legoland opens for kids, but adults can come, too. By Jordan Snyder
My brother nearly threw a tantrum when he found out that our father had given his Legos to homeless children. Not enough of a brat to whine about needy children playing with his toys, but not yet grown-up enough to take this lying down, he requested Legos every Christmas and birthday for the next three years.
On his latest birthday, he got a Star Wars Millennium Falcon model set, bringing him hours of enjoyment as he built the model spaceship. He had just turned 26.
My brother isn’t the only adult who still plays with Legos, the tiny, colorful interlocking plastic building bricks that generations of children left scattered around their rooms and under sofa cushions. Legos are made for ages “7 and up,” with some of its kits more suitable for older “kids.” The Millennium Falcon set came with more than 5,000 pieces to assemble.
Legoland Florida, however, comes fully assembled (sorry, bro) and is built to amuse children ages 2-12. Opening Oct. 15, the 150-acre park in Winter Haven comprises 10 themed zones that include family rides, shows, interactive play areas, retail shops, restaurants and a factory tour showing how Lego bricks are made. The park is on the restored grounds of the defunct Cypress Gardens attraction.
Legoland opens daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with admission prices $65 for ages 13-59, and $55 for 3-12 and 60-plus; children under 3 are admitted free. Parking is $12. Go to florida.legoland.com for more information.
EPCOT’S FOOD EPIC
All Month Graze, sip and be the picture of class on a globetrotting culinary journey. Or stuff your face and imbibe. With an abundance of eating and drinking stations, the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is whatever you want it to be. p.72
FESTIVALS OF SPEED
10/7-9 Three days of exotic cars, planes, motorcycles and watercraft on display at The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes. Plus, if you’re financially inclined, an exclusive golf tournament, fancy receptions, lavish dinners and fine cigars. p.72
ART IN THE PARK
10/8-9 The 38th annual Winter Park Autumn Art Festival in Central Park features Florida artists exclusively and is a bit less frenzied than the spring festival. Bring the family; leave the pooch at home. p.72
BALLET WITH A BITE
10/21-23 Orlando Ballet sinks its fangs into Vampire’s Ball, an edgy spectacle that the company promises will “chill you to the bone.’’ No cameras, cell phones or wooden stakes, please. p.74
Through 10/31 A guy who portrays one of the “chain-saw murderers’’ at Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights once told us: “I usually get one person a night to pee themselves.’’ Our advice? Move rapidly and repeat slowly: “This is not real.’’ p.74
There’s no off-season for these guys: Singers Enrique Iglesias (10/21) and Josh Groban (10/29) are sure to send hearts galloping on a fast break when they make tour stops at the Amway Center. p.73-74