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Legoland Florida was open due to the worldwide Covid-19 pandemic … but is it worth going there? This post sheds light on our latest trip and the changes that have been made to the park to help you decide if it’s the best time for YOUR family!
Last November we were in Florida for a family vacation and decided to spend a day at LEGOLAND Florida.
My only other experience was at the California location and it was less than positive. When I saw that we were in the middle of a global pandemic, I didn’t hold my breath that it was going to be amazing.
Boy was I wrong? We had a fantastic time. My boys were in heaven. We’ve been to Disney World for a couple of days which was an experience in itself … and honestly Legoland was a nice break.
It’s been a couple of months since we were there so things may have changed since then. However, in case you are planning to travel to Legoland while the Covid restrictions are still in place, I hope this post is helpful.
Book your trip
There are different ways to book your trip – Legoland always has different offers. So check the website for this. You can also often get free kids tickets through LEGO Movies and Play Sets.
Get Away Today does not currently sell Legoland Florida tickets. However, if you are planning on traveling to Disney World at the same time, they always have the best deals and can help you plan your trip (including accommodation). It’s you who we always book our trips through – and you can get $ 10 for any vacation package of two days or more with the code clarkscondensed.
Before you can enter the park, a member of staff will do a pre-check before entering the park. They will ask you questions about exposure to disease, if you have had any symptoms in the past 14 days, etc. They will also take your temperature with a non-contact thermometer.
It was a pretty simple process and didn’t take long. I found the question of whether we were in an area with widespread Covid cases a little funny – isn’t it pretty common everywhere?
Anyway. If you’ve been sick, don’t go. If you are sick – don’t go! Though I think this is to be expected whether there is a global pandemic or not!
Masks are required at Legoland, but their rules are much more relaxed than at Disney. Honestly, they made more sense to me and it was a much more enjoyable experience.
You must wear a mask when you are indoors or out. I also understood that as if you were standing in line.
However, there is no need to wear a mask when walking around. Because the amount was so small, we weren’t close to anyone. I was grateful for the broken mask and didn’t have to wear it all day.
They are only required for people aged 8 and over. When you are in the water park, they are only needed in dry areas.
Social distancing markers
As you stand in line, there are markings on the floor that indicate where to stand to keep a safe distance from the groups in front and behind you. I found that everyone was paying attention and there were no problems.
If you have a larger group, you may want to occupy two spaces to ensure adequate space between you and those in front of you.
I think Legoland isn’t a big crowd in general, especially when compared to Disney World. But the lines were so short.
And I hate queues and waiting, that was perfect for us!
When we walked around, we seldom saw any other group. And when we saw them, you weren’t even close to them in general.
But lines can be deceiving
Although the crowd was small, there were sometimes longer waiting times than expected.
This was due to some of the rules in place due to Covid. You have limited capacity on the rides. This was due to the need for social distance between people who did not belong to the same party.
Longer waiting times for journeys have also occurred due to the increased cleaning of journeys.
It wasn’t crazy, but you might be surprised if the line lasted a little longer with few parties ahead of you.
Limited food options
One thing that was pretty confusing was that the vast majority of the restaurants were closed. Granny Apple Fries was open though, so that was a plus.
When we searched for lunch it seemed to take forever to find a place (although we ended up thinking we should look at the map on the app and it led us to an open place).
It was kind of a goof up that some of the restaurants weren’t open, but we could find something to eat, so that’s good!
Hand disinfection stations
There were many hand sanitizing stations throughout the park. I honestly hope this is a staple in all theme parks! You can have such germ-free places, and I loved that I could clean up easily when we started off with a non-contact disinfection station.
Less interactive experiences
One of the best things about Legoland is how amazing an experience can be. While it still contains some elements, not all were there – such as: B. Lego building stations in the lines. These were all empty (for good reason). At least we didn’t have to stand in line for long!
There were also no meet and greets, which is understandable. Fortunately, Legoland has so many great displays that the kids loved them.
Playgrounds were open!
I was actually quite surprised that several play areas were open. Having my one year old with me who couldn’t do a lot of drives, I appreciated these little areas, and he did too!
I was glad that the toddler area was open too. Andrew and I spent a lot of time there, and like most of the park, it was pretty empty.
We weren’t at the resort but wish we had. As in the park, you must wear a mask when you are inside (unless you are eating or in your room). They have markers to help you maintain social distance.
Some rooms may not be available as they are intended to remain empty for 24 to 72 hours between guests in order to ensure proper cleaning.
They have plenty of personal PPE and other protective measures to keep them safe.
The restaurants are open but condiments and cutlery are given when you sit down or on request as these are usually available in high-touch areas.
Instead of a buffet, plates of food are brought to your table, more and more of which are available on request. Everything is served in a familiar way at your table. I like this!
Food entertainment is currently unavailable.
It was actually a very relaxing and fun experience. I felt like they were taking things seriously and had a lot of logs to make sure everyone was safe, but the park wasn’t fun to visit.
Should you go to Legoland during Covid-19?
Nobody but you can make that decision! However, I found it to be a very fun experience. They have a ton of things on site to keep the risk as low as possible and given the very small crowd, I think this could be one of the best times to visit!
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