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LEGOLAND’s DUPLO Valley Now Open

Parents of toddlers rejoice! LEGOLAND Florida recently unveiled DUPLO Valley, a brand new land built and designed just for children ages 2 to 5. Tampa Bay Parenting got an inside look before the new land opened to the public in May and we can’t wait for you to see the excitement on your child’s face when they walk through the front gate of a land where their favorite building blocks grow to life size.

“The preschool market is very important to us,” Adrian Jones, LEGOLAND Florida’s general manager told Tampa Bay Parenting. He added, “We’re very good at families with children ages 2 to 12, but we’ve got those toddlers as well and that is very important to us.”

DSC_0030LEGOLAND Florida opened its doors three years ago on site of Cypress Gardens in Winter Haven in Polk County. The Cypress Gardens attraction you may remember visiting as a child has been restored to pristine condition, preserving its more than 75 year history in our community. But, just beyond the peaceful, lush botanical garden, you are transported into a world where a child’s imagination, creativity and favorite building blocks come to life with more than 50 rides, shows, attractions, shops and restaurants.

While LEGOLAND Florida has tried to cater to its youngest visitors, it was still missing that something special built just for them…until now. If you have a toddler and an older child, you know how hard it can be to find balance when it comes to entertainment at a theme park. Your 2-year-old may be too small for most of the rides at theme parks across Central Florida, but not in DUPLO Valley. Here, they can hop on the DUPLO Tractor to help farmers find the missing farm animals and there will be no complaints while waiting in line to ride the DUPLO Train. In fact, your child may prefer a little bit of a wait. Imagine that!

“Kids can come in and smash and build,” said Jones, standing in the waiting area, pointing to a table top filled with DUPLO bricks, tracks and trains. After a short ‘entertaining’ wait in line, your child can board the DUPLO Train for a tour of DUPLO inspired farms, fishing holes and campgrounds. Make sure to have those cameras ready! If your child is 34 inches or taller they’ll be able to ride the train on their own! Just think of how proud they will be of accomplishing this big milestone.

To cool off, walk your child to the interactive DUPLO Splash and Play yard where they can chase after water spouts and tumble on the softDUPLO Splash & Play deck. If they tire of the sun, they can cool off in the air conditioned DUPLO Barn which features several play sets built just to their size. Parents with young babies will enjoy the Baby Care Center located inside the DUPLO Barn where there are several private nursing rooms, changing stations and a kitchen to prepare snacks and bottles. We also like the quiet room inside the Farm where children can simply build with soft DUPLO bricks you’ll only find at LEGOLAND theme parks.

One feature we’re most excited about is the DUPLO Tot Spot which is a covered play area that features a soft play deck, playhouse and soft DUPLO bricks. A few ceiling fans will keep the air moving and your child cool.

“The idea is these will be rolled out to the rest of the park, specifically positioned right next to bigger rides. The key point there is we don’t want to split the families up,” said Jones.

DUPLO Splash & PlayYou will easily be able to spend a few hours in DUPLO Valley with your toddler. If you are looking for a way to keep your child entertained during the weekday, you may want to consider purchasing the new ‘Preschool Pass’ for $90, plus tax. The pass includes parking and weekday admission to LEGOLAND Florida for one child five and under and one adult for one year. The pass is transferrable to multiple adults, so a parent, grandparent or other caregiver can each bring the child for a day of play.

While we love how LEGOLAND designers have catered to our toddlers, we think you will also appreciate the attention to detail. Everything you see in DUPLO Valley is perfectly sized at 25 times larger than the original DUPLO building blocks.DUPLO Barn

A Florida resident ticket to LEGOLAND Florida with a flexible date will cost you $84 for an adult ages 13 and up and $77 for children ages2-12 and seniors 60+. You can save $15 by picking a date. If you decide to pick a date and you want to add in admission to LEGOLAND Water Park, it will cost $84 for adults ages 13 and up and $77 for children ages 3-12 and seniors 60+. Learn more at www.florida.legoland.co

Laura Byrne
Laura Byrne is an award-winning former television news journalist who spent 15+ years in newsrooms across the state of Florida including Sarasota, Tallahassee, Fort Myers and right here in Tampa Bay where she still freelances on occasion. She covered the political beat, crime beat and every day breaking news during her time in Florida newsrooms, but is now focused on sharing positive news stories and events with families in Tampa Bay. She is a proud mommy of two little boys who keep her on her toes and laughing every day. Her goal is to inspire families just like yours to get out and play and experience all that Tampa Bay and our great state of Florida have to offer! She encourages you to share your stories and upcoming events so we can spread the good news.

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