Why visiting LegoLand Florida is the Best with Toddlers

Why we loved visiting Leogland Florida with our Two Toddlers

*I received complimentary tickets to LegoLand Florida in exchange for my honest review.*

LEGOS! Who didn’t love Legos as a kid? I was SO into Legos and I knew the kids would be onboard for a theme park that was not only FULL of ALL things Lego but also has a water park! We loved adding this trip to Legoland to our Florida vacation. I can’t wait to share more photos below and some tips!

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First, I’ll say that when you book your Legoland tickets if you plan to travel during the warmer Florida months, BOOK THE WATER PARK TICKETS! After spending a hot day at Disney, we were all ready for some relief. The Legoland water park offered us just that! We spent so much time in the lazy river and splashing in the smaller splash pads. We ventured over to the bigger splash area at one point but my kids were still a little too young for it. They did love the boat launch area, this allows you to build your own Lego boat and then launch it down a water canal.

I really think paying that extra for the combo water park tickets is SO worth it. We spent a few hours doing rides in the morning then headed to the water park. Once we finished with the water park we went and did more rides. Kellan & Marley both loved the carousel, which greets you almost immediately once entering Legoland. They also loved looking at the Lego buildings, it was so impressive!

Visiting Legoland Florida

I was surprised by how quickly the lines moved at Legoland, This was key for us with the kids because we spent a lot of our trip waiting around in the hot sun elsewhere. Less wait and less crowds was much needed for us all. I love how close Legoland is to both hotel options as well. You can read in this post why we loved the Legoland Beach Retreat.

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A few things to note, there aren’t a ton (at least not that I saw) of food options. There are a few areas to grab a quick bite in the water park area but mostly just hot dogs or hamburgers. I’m extremely picky with food so I did find myself leaving a bit hungry, this was fine because I just went back and grabbed dinner at our hotel. I also made sure to pack a ton of snacks for myself and the kids which came in handy!

Also, Legoland is open from 10:00AM-7:00PM and the waterpark is open from 10:30AM-6:30PM. We found that some of the shops and restaurants in the park don’t open until 11AM or 12:00PM. This was plenty long enough for us and we actually ended up staying longer at this park than Disney.

All in all, we had the BEST time visiting Legoland and Florida! We can’t wait to go back.

Staying at Legoland Florida Beach Resort

Best Place to Stay When Visiting LegoLand Florida

*A discounted room rate was offered in exchange for my honest review.*

Staying at Legoland Beach Retreat was high on my priority list when organizing our Florida vacation. I had seen amazing reviews and photos of the Beach Retreat and boy were they right! The retreat features bungalow style housing (designed to resemble real legos!) In between all of the bungalow style rooms is a small playground perfect for kids.

From the rooms, to the pool, to the beautiful landscaping done at the property literally no detail goes forgotten.

I’d have to say one of the biggest reasons I wanted to stay at the beach retreat was the rooms! Take a look at our room below. I loved that there was two separate spaces for the parents and the kids. This is a must for our family when traveling. There is also an outdoor area which we loved hanging out in at night or early in the morning.

Best Place to Stay When Visiting LegoLand Florida

The rooms also come equipped with plenty of legos for kids! My kids really got a kick of this and the legos that float in the pool. The pool opens around 9:00AM and closes around noon for a few hours. It then re-opened around 4:00PM for those wanting an afternoon swim!

#FamilyVacation #BeachResort

The proximity to Legoland can’t be beat! They offer shuttles to get you and your family to and from the park all day (but it is literally a 30 second drive). I also loved the dining that was available right at the hotel. Additionally, we explored the surrounding town a bit and found plenty of other restaurants and shops.

Best Place to Stay When Visiting LegoLand Florida

We will definitely be going back to Legoland and when we do we can’t wait to hang out at the beach retreat! It it’s the perfect family friendly hotel.

Visiting the Magical Kingdom with Toddlers

Tips & Tricks we learned taking our two Toddlers to The Magical Kingdom!

*Gifted courtesy tickets in exchange for a review.*

From the second the idea of doing Disney with our kids popped into my head, I couldn’t stop obsessing over it! Most of our friends and family said we were a little crazy for taking two toddlers to Disney since they won’t remember it. I, however, beg to differ! I went all out trying to make this a truly magical and memorable experience and vacation for them (check out how we surprised them with the trip in this post!)

I’ve since learned, I am indeed not crazy and people are taking children as young as infants to Disney! It truly is such a magical experience and I’m so glad my kids got to experience it! Now on to the nitty gritty stuff. Let’s talk what to prepare for when going to the Magical Kingdom with two toddlers because that was no joke.

You can find my post here where I link up some of my favorite Disney clothing and accessory finds. I snagged two adorable kid sized travel back packs for the kids and stuffed it with Target dollar section finds. Another tip, if you have the store 5 below near you check them out! Everything is the store is marked $5 and under and I found some cute activities that kept them busy there. Also, SNACKS! My kids get hangry real quick so keeping blood sugar up was a big priority of mine. For more of my travel specific tips, head to this post!

We arrived in Orlando on Sunday and spent the entire day exploring and playing at our hotel, Animal Kingdom Lodge. Our kids were fascinated by the animals and the entire building, they also loved the safari feel of the lodge and the pools! We had an amazing experience at this hotel. I do wish that they had double rooms for a less expensive option but we went with a single room that had bunk beds. We asked for a crib for Marley and the staff was very quick to bring that up to accommodate us. We all ended up sleeping great in the room!

Monday we spent the most of the day at The Magical Kingdom. Here’s a run down of tips I’ve learned and well as what I’ve heard from others of your doing Disney with young kids.

1. Bring your own water and snacks. I mentioned in this post that I grabbed the kids two new water bottles from Target before leaving. I refilled these often, for free, at the Starbucks locations in Magical Kingdom.

2. Get there early! The park opens at 8AM for most and you want to get there to prepare for lines. What I learned is there a wait for a lot of things. There are lines to enter the park, to get through security, to get on the monorail, etc. If you get there early you can hop on some rides before the lines get really long. Our first (and favorite) ride was the Dumbo ride!

 Traveling to Disney with Toddlers

3. Book your fast passes early and do your research. I talked with other moms who had done Disney and The Magical Kingdom to find out where to best utilize our fast passes. I had originally booked a fast pass for it’s a small world however I ended up changing it because someone said this ride rarely has a long line thus no need for a fast pass.

4. Kids under 3 are FREE! I actually did not know this when we decided on Disney. Marley was completely free and she is at the age where she still had SO much fun! Take advantage of going to Disney with young kids.

5. Bring a stroller. Trust me, you’ll want it and the kids will want it. Our double stroller by Delta had a shade which allowed some protection from the sun when it got to be too hot. Also, bring a small portable fan! They are expensive in the park so better to grab one before you go. It was HOT in that June Florida sun, we also located a small splash pad area (near the Dumbo ride) where Kellan got soaked and couldn’t have been happier! This cooled him off (on that note, be sure to remember changes of clothing!)

I wish we could’ve spent 2-3 more days exploring Disney. You honestly could see something new everyday. The staff is beyond wonderful and they truly make it the “most magical place on earth.” We will definitely be planning more trips in the coming years. This is another reason I didn’t really mind going early, I know we will back and the memories will only continue to build!