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    If Bionicle gets its own water ride, I hope and pray it will be epic.

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    From a local Winter Haven newspaper --- plans announced for a Legoland Florida Resort & Convention Center:


    The opening of Legoland Florida on the former Cypress Gardens site in Winter Haven is still at least 15 months away, but already the owner of the new theme park has plans for a second phase of development.

    Merlin Entertainments Group, which announced its plans for Legoland Florida in January, wants to follow a fall 2011 opening of the family theme park with the addition of a resort and convention center on the eastern shore of Lake Eloise, a Polk County tourism official said.

    Mark Jackson, executive director of Polk County Tourism and Sports Marketing, spoke about the resort plans Wednesday during a report to the Polk County Commission. Jackson talked about his early-May business trip to London to meet Merlin officials and view the Legoland Windsor operation.

    Jackson said the Legoland resort and convention center in Winter Haven will be similar to the ones at Merlin's Legoland Denmark park.

    The convention center and resort will be built after Legoland Florida begins business operations, Jackson said.

    "The hotels will be overlooking the water on the site of Legoland Florida," Jackson told commissioners. "The hotel rooms are theme oriented for children, with princess rooms for girls and dinosaur rooms for boys."

    In Denmark, Merlin has 700 vacation rental homes, shops and restaurants across the street from the Legoland theme park, Jackson said.

    "The resort and convention center in Denmark is just an incredible place to stay," added Tom Patton, the executive director of the Central Florida Development Council. "It's hard to describe in words just how remarkable this resort is."

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    This is becoming a well-planned addition to Winter Haven! The resort sounds Disney-like and should be interesting to see. Thanks Rewster!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tbad556 View Post
    This is becoming a well-planned addition to Winter Haven! The resort sounds Disney-like and should be interesting to see. Thanks Rewster!
    No problem! This is definitely shaping up to be a HUGE impact for Winter Haven. Businesses (and their employees) who once thrived on Cypress Gardens have been really struggling since they closed for good, and had a big impact on the local economy. It's great to see the locals excited about this, and a reason to keep them around.

    Also, just to throw in a couple tidbits of update, I noticed yesterday they had many of the large animal topiaries out on the far end of the old parking lot. Not sure if this is a sign of them being removed, or if they are just temporarily there as part of the renovation. Also, work has been happening trying to clear the previously unused areas around the old parking lots. Looks like they are definitely planning on using all available space.

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    Convention center's a solid idea. I could see that being a cheaper alternative to Orlando, yet still being very close to it. Definitely a market around for that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rewster View Post
    From a local Winter Haven newspaper --- plans announced for a Legoland Florida Resort & Convention Center:
    That looks pretty neat.


    Thanks JokerMan0925 for the sig!

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    Legoland Florida Announces Marketing Team. Official Press Release:

    Winter Haven, FL (July 1, 2010) –The bricks are falling into place at LEGOLAND® Florida as the first three members of the marketing team begin to market the first LEGOLAND Park on the east coast here in Winter Haven. Director of Sales and Marketing Kim Isemann, Manager of Sales Todd Andrus and Public Relations Representative Jackie Wallace are bringing their expertise from Central Florida attraction destinations to promote the family theme park opening fall 2011.

    Isemann brings considerable expertise in theme park and attractions marketing and will lead the estimated 20-person marketing team as Director of Sales & Marketing for LEGOLAND Florida. Isemann joins the team of Model Citizens (LEGOLAND Park’s affectionate term for employees) from her role as General Manager of the Daytona 500 Experience Attraction at the Daytona International Speedway. Prior to the Speedway, Isemann was with SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment in escalating roles over a 12-year period, culminating in her position as the Florida Parks Director of Promotions. Isemann is a graduate of the University of Central Florida and will soon be relocating to Polk County.

    “I’m thrilled to be a part of Merlin Entertainments Group on this exciting new venture,” Isemann said. “LEGOLAND has such a tradition of quality entertainment, and I know this will be a successful park when we open next year.”

    Joining Isemann as the Manager of Sales is Andrus, a 13-year sales veteran from SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment where he was most recently the Senior Manager of National Sales. Andrus’ knowledge and contacts in the sales arena will prove invaluable to the first new theme park to be built in Central Florida in more than 10 years. Andrus graduated from Kent State University with a degree in Communications.

    Wallace will be heading the communications efforts for the new park as Public Relations Representative. With more than 10 years of theme park experience, Wallace comes to LEGOLAND Florida directly from the promotions team at SeaWorld & Busch Gardens. Previously, she was a member of the SeaWorld Orlando media relations team that opened Aquatica, SeaWorld’s Waterpark and several headlining shows. Wallace graduated from the University of Central Florida with a degree in Advertising and Public Relations.

    LEGOLAND Florida will offer more than 50 rides, shows and attractions, including thousands of spectacular LEGO® models. The Florida development will be Merlin Entertainments’ second LEGOLAND Park in North America and will play an important role in the group’s continued growth in the U.S. Providing a full-day, year round theme park experience geared towards families with children between the ages of 2 and 12, LEGOLAND Florida will mirror the successful concept of the four existing LEGOLAND Parks in Denmark, Germany, U.K. and California. However, as with the other four, it will also have its own unique “twist” reflecting its stunning location and adding a Florida flavor.

    Winter Haven is excited to host LEGOLAND® Florida and we welcome Kim Isemann,Todd Andrus and Jackie Wallace as they begin to tell the world about the park .

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    We have brochures in at the hotel now.
    Scanned for your viewing pleasure :)

    Front and Back:


    Inside:






    Sorry it's split up but it opens up too big to scan, hopefully you can get the idea :)

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    Thanks for the great pictures, Loribelle! I guess that confirms several attractions for the park. Can't wait!

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    i really hope legoland will be a good park and now i dont have to travel 2 california

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    One interesting thing to note from the brochure: it seems to indicate the return of some form of the water ski show. That should be good news for the Cypress Gardens fans.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rewster View Post
    One interesting thing to note from the brochure: it seems to indicate the return of some form of the water ski show. That should be good news for the Cypress Gardens fans.
    Yes, I remember that the press release said that they would keep some of the old Cypress Gardens heritage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mantaguy View Post
    Yes, I remember that the press release said that they would keep some of the old Cypress Gardens heritage.
    Yeah, I know for sure the gardens will be preserved, which is great news and will be a great balance to the park. But apparently the preservation of the gardens was a stipulation of the agreement when purchasing the park.

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    Good eye, Rewster. I completely missed that.

    Also, it sounds like we may find out more information next week:

    Legoland Florida officials will hold an open house for the public Thursday and will share plans for the new theme park in Winter Haven.

    Julie Estrada, the media relations director for Legoland Florida, said the open house will be from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Orange Dome on Cypress Gardens Boulevard in Winter Haven.

    Legoland's parent company, Merlin Entertainments Group, is turning the former Cypress Gardens theme park site into Legoland Florida. An opening is planned for late 2011.

    Legoland officials will be on hand during the Thursday open house to answer any questions about the theme park.

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    Is there any word on the smaller of the two wooden coasters (Triple Hurricane)?

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