The highly anticipated trip to Legoland.
No secret that I love LEGOs. They are pretty much the greatest toy ever invented. When I first heard that Legoland was coming to Florida, I was a little bummed that Cypress Gardens would not be returning. I went to Cypress Gardens before it closed its gates for good and it wasn’t a spectacular visit. It had that old time Florida feel that I adore, but definitely not at its peak. With the “good old days” of the park long gone, I kind of saw the closure coming. The upshot was that LEGO was moving in. I’ve seen the billboards stating “Florida’s funnest amusement park” and I doubted it. Amusement parks are always over crowded and stressful for me. My first trip to Legoland proved the advertisement correct. The rides were great, not as cheesy as I thought they’d be. The lines were short, making it easy to hit almost all of them in a short period of time. The ride operators were all very pleasant. I even found food that wasn’t fried! If that weren’t enough, they had a section called Miniland. There were replicas of famous US cities and landmarks throughout. I was excited, but went through the roof when I saw the single greatest thing in the entire park. A mini LEGO version of Tampa! I am enamored with intricately detailed LEGO constructions and I had hit the jackpot. I was drooling over these things! Come on Tampa, mini, LEGO…I couldn’t handle myself. They even made a mini Ybor, complete with the arch over 7th and a Ritz Theatre.