Tomorrow LEGOLAND Florida will officially open the new LEGOLAND Beach Retreat.
Located just across the street from the popular theme park, LEGOLAND Beach Retreat is a unique chance for visitors to experience a bit of secluded lakeside Florida living while on vacation.
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Check-in is a breeze at LEGOLAND Beach Resort thanks to their inventive drive-through process that allows guests to be greeted by smiling staff as soon as they pull up. Within minutes, guests are all checked in, complete with keys and a map, and are ready to head straight to their room.
Scattered across 13 “coves,” 83 bungalows offer 166 separate rooms (2 per building), each of which is brightly colored and designed to look like a giant LEGO building kit. While the LEGOLAND Beach Retreat sits lakeside, the inward facing bungalows surrounded by playgrounds, sidewalks, and roaming golf carts give this unique set of accommodations a distinct Florida feel, reading more like a planned housing community than a hotel.
Each room features a front porch, main room, bathroom, and side smaller room with a bunk bed and trundle bed, separated by a privacy curtain. In all, it can sleep 5 relatively comfortably – as long as 3 of those five are kids. It’s definitely designed for families traveling to the area.
Sharing a wall with another family in the same bungalow can be challenging for young ones who can’t distinguish one door from another (I had a young boy try to enter my hotel room within minutes of my arrival). But the complex is quite quiet regardless.
Word of warning for light sleepers: Bright lights remain illuminated all night long just outside each bungalow’s front and rear windows. The LEGO-printed curtains inside the rooms do very little to block this light, especially as they hang a few inches in front of the glass. So if stray light bothers you while trying to sleep, bring an eye mask.
Likewise, while there is a dividing curtain between the main room and the smaller area with the bunk bed, shutting it blocks air conditioning making the smaller room quite hot.
Amenities around the LEGOLAND Beach Retreat include Sandy’s Castle Restaurant, Bricks Beach Bar, Palm Tree Traders, and a large swimming pool next to the hotel’s main building, The Lighthouse – which features a lighting ceremony each night.
The restaurant features a dinner buffet while the pool area has activities and entertainment. Buffet breakfast is included in a night’s stay – a great perk. Lunch and dinner cost extra but need no reservations.
A stay at the hotel also includes transportation to the theme park – which is literally across the street – free parking, and early entry.
Room rates start at $135 and vary by season, date, and availability.
Anyone looking for one of Florida’s most unique theme park hotels shouldn’t hesitate to turn to LEGOLAND Beach Retreat, as it does feel like a home away from home – in the strangest, most colorful way possible. It’s nowhere near resembling a traditional hotel, instead offering something uniquely LEGO in appearance and distinctly Florida in feeling – a getaway, no doubt.
Check back to Inside the Magic tomorrow for the grand opening moment of the new LEGOLAND Beach Retreat!