Being only a two-hour drive away from Legoland Florida, my family and I are regular visitors to the popular theme park. However, the lodging options aren’t as numerous in Winter Haven and can be quite costly in-season as the rates are almost double. Fortunately, the new Legoland Beach Retreat resort has officially opened, and better yet, it’s a value hotel! Nightly room rates start at $135 (plus tax and resort fee) and vary by season, date and availability.
My family and I got a sneak peek and considering all the built for kid amenities that are included we were surprised at how affordable it was. In fact, my four-year-old boys said they liked staying in the “LEGO homes” better than the other Legoland Hotel.
What’s included at Legoland Beach Retreat:
- Buffett breakfast for the entire family
- Free parking.
- Complimentary shuttle to the park (you can also drive over yourself it’s only 3/4 mile away and park for free there too)
- Free Wi-Fi throughout the site.
- Early access to the theme park before it opens to the public each day.
- LEGO bricks and more LEGO bricks to play with! Duplo bricks are available to play within each room, and a hands-on LEGO building station can be found inside the restaurant lobby too.
What this mom loves about Legoland Beach Retreat:
The convenience for families begins almost immediately, thanks to a drive-through check-in process that takes guests from your car to your bungalow in minutes. Halleluja! I didn’t have to re-park our car, take the kids out of their car seats or wait in line as my children run around the lobby like they were raised by wolves. No, we simply pulled up to the window, provided our ID and credit card and were given the keys to our room and directed to the best place to park near our bungalow. Seamless! Heck, I wait longer at the drive-thru at Taco Bell.
Filled with creative LEGO theming inside and out, the village-style vacation resort features brightly colored bungalows grouped into 13 horseshoe-shaped “coves.” Designed to look like larger-than-life LEGO sets, 83 bungalows offer 166 separate rooms that sleep up to five, including a cozy area just for kids with a bunk bed, trundle bed and privacy curtain. So, kids have their space and parents have theirs. Love! This way, parents don’t have to go to bed at 8 p.m. too.
Each cove has its own outdoor play area within view of the bungalows’ patios with are furnished with outdoor tables and chairs, where mom and dad can relax while kids play. I didn’t have to travel down to the lobby to let them play, just opened our front door.
It’s also quieter staying at the Beach Retreat since there isn’t anyone staying on the floor above you or families talking in the hallways. Our cottage had the Publix loading area in the back though so we did hear trucks in the afternoon, but not during inconvenient times thankfully.
There’s also a giant swimming pool next to The Lighthouse, with an adjacent sandy area perfect for building sandcastles and yet another outdoor play structure for kids. And while the Lighthouse, which is the focal point of the resort, looks like it’s built out of plastic bricks, it is actually a working and rotating beacon. Each night, there will be a lighting celebration to look forward to too.
Tips for Extra Savings for Legoland Beach Retreat:
- Subscribe to the Legoland Florida newsletter for the latest discount and promos. I’ll often discover BOGO ticket offers this way.
- Book your hotel through the Legoland website and look for extra deals. For stays between April 17 and May 25 at either the Beach Retreat or Legoland Hotel, KIDS GO FREE! The package includes a free two-day child’s ticket with the purchase of an adult ticket.
- Buy your tickets online at least two days in advance for extra discounts.
- If you are a Florida resident take advantage of that perk with an annual Florida Residents Awesome Pass ($99+ tax). However, they can only be purchased online and not at the entrance, but proof of a Florida residential address is required for validation at time of live pass redemption.