Legoland Florida recycles old sidewalks into new foundations

Legoland Florida is putting its teeth into a recycling effort. The theme park, under construction in Winter Haven, is grinding up sidewalks and foundations from its Cypress Gardens predecessor. An outside company will use a 15-ton machine to chew up the concrete into different size bits to be used as a base layer for new sidewalks in the park, set to open in October 2011.

“By recycling and reusing the concrete already on the property, we’re not only saving 18,000 tons of slab from area landfills, but doing what’s right for our business,” general manager John Ussher said.

Legoland has also transplanted 660 oaks and palm trees from the property during the construction. They will return to the park once work is complete.

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Merlin unveils latest plans for Legoland Florida

Merlin Entertainments Group has announced details of the attractions and prices at LEGOLAND Florida, which opens in October 2011.

The 150-acre venue is located in Winter Haven, 45 minutes southwest of Orlando, on the site of the former Cypress Gardens theme park.

It will offer ten different lands – The Beginning, Fun Town, Miniland USA, Castle Hill, Land of Adventure, XTreme, LEGO City, Imagination Zone, Pirate Cove and DUPLO Village – featuring 50 interactive rides, shows and attractions aimed at families with children aged two to 12.

Pre-opening discounted tickets are available for a limited time at $65 for adults, a saving of $10 from the standard price, and $55 for seniors and children aged three to 12, with children under three free.

Also available is a lifetime pass costing $2,500, which includes unlimited admission, discounts on preferred parking, special events and discounts on food and merchandise.

There are currently four LEGOLAND parks worldwide: Billund, Denmark, which opened in 1968; Windsor (1996); Carlsbad, California (1999); and Günzburg, Germany (2002).

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LEGOLAND Florida Offers Sneak Preview

LEGOLAND Florida gave us media types a sneak preview of Florida’s newest theme park, built in Winter Haven it replaces the now defunct Cypress Gardens.

Rumours state the theme park will have 50 rides, on top of shows, lego made models and other interactive attractions .

The press conference took place in the largest of the 3d cinemas which will show 4 films including Bob the Builder. The wooden coaster previously at Cypress Gardens will be rethemed as Coastersaurus.

.LEGOLAND confirmed that the new park will open in October 2011 and a standard annual pass to Legoland will be $99 in the pre-sale, available now. Lifetime pass for $2500.