Our green initiatives are making other businesses green with envy!

Keep Polk County BeautifulLEGOLAND® Florida Resort recently took top honors for its 2016 environmental efforts among businesses, nonprofits, municipalities and communities in Florida’s Polk County.

The prestigious Environmental Champion Award from Keep Polk County Beautiful is an annual honor that salutes the business that best exemplifies efforts in areas such as litter prevention, beautification, recycling and pollution prevention. LEGOLAND Florida Resort was recognized for:

  • Proactive recycling efforts, including the introduction of 10 brand-new recycling streams in 2016, bringing the site total to 20.
  • Increasing the resort’s landfill diversion efforts by 15 percent.
  • Identifying ways to proactively conserve energy, which has delivered energy savings equivalent to the annual electricity use of 21 homes.
  • Partnering with local utility Tampa Electric to install a 1.8-megawatt canopy of solar energy panels in the resort’s parking lot.
  • Installing a charging station for electric and hybrid vehicles at LEGOLAND Hotel.

Solar energy collected from the 1.8-megawatt parking lot canopy can power as many as 200 homes — or the entire LEGOLAND Hotel!

According to Miguel Velez, waste and environmental supervisor, the resort’s environmental sustainability efforts represent a team effort to find more and better ways to continue being a force for good.

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We’re built for kids… and kindness!

This week we had the opportunity to pay it forward to two AWESOME kids that inspired all of us at LEGOLAND® Florida Resort. As soon as we heard about Jeffrey Holz, a second grader with a big heart, we knew we had to get involved.

Jeffrey had been saving up to buy a LEGO® set for a whole year, but once he found out that a senior at his school, Richard Gallop, was fighting a battle with cancer, he donated all his savings to help with Richard’s medical expenses.

Our parent company, Merlin Entertainments, operates according to a set of values we call the Merlin Way. One of the most important values is WE CARE. We care by giving back to our communities, taking care of the environment and being a good neighbor.

We put our heads together to plan an awesome surprise to honor Jeffrey and his kindness, complete with the LEGO set he’d been saving for and a trip to LEGOLAND Florida Resort. Before we knew it, several people jumped in to give back, including one of our awesome partners, Coca-Cola! Even Benny came along to help us!

Richard’s drive and determination to push through his battle with cancer inspired us as well. We made a few phone calls and with the help of some kind people, we were able to surprise Richard too, making it the ultimate brick-tastic day! Richard was awarded an acceptance letter and a scholarship to his dream school, Southeastern University, passes to the Arnold Palmer Invitational in Orlando, courtesy of Coca-Cola, and a stay at Gaylord Palms Resort to enjoy some much needed fun and relaxation with his amazing mom, who continues to stay positive during this difficult time.

We hope it was a day that both Jeffrey and Richard won’t forget. At LEGOLAND Florida Resort, kids take the lead and Jeffrey did just that! He taught us all that a little kindness can change everything!

We can’t wait to have Jeffrey and his family out to LEGOLAND Florida Resort to enjoy a day of FUN on us!!

LEGOLAND Florida Resort pays it forward to a second grader with a big heart.

You can watch the full story here:

Photos: K Davis Photography

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LEGOLAND® Florida Resort’s environmental efforts made awesome impacts in 2016!

Just last year, LEGOLAND® Florida Resort introduced brand-new recycling initiatives that made a huge difference in the amount of material we recycle and the energy we save. With the help of our very own Waste & Environmental team and Model Citizens, the resort was able to recycle more than 1 million pounds of material through our day-to-day operations!

Here’s some of the stuff we recycled in 2016:

  • 215,000 pounds of cardboard
  • 55,000 pounds of paper (that’s 468 trees!)
  • 39,000 pounds of steel
  • 25,000 pounds of plastic
  • 4,000 pounds of aluminum
  • 11,000 pounds of car tires
  • 16,000 pounds of LEGO® bricks (including bricks recycled from our Merlin Magic Making facility in nearby Lake Wales, Fla.) — that’s enough bricks to build at least 16 copies of our #BrickPony model, the life-size replica of the original Ford Mustang on display outside Ford Driving School!
  • 2,000 pounds of soft LEGO bricks that can be found floating in our Build-a-Raft River in LEGOLAND Water Park

Fun fact: In 2016, LEGOLAND Florida Resort saved enough energy by recycling cardboard, plastic, steel and aluminum to power the theme park’s Heartlake City area for two years!

Another fun fact: We’ve saved a huge amount of energy. In fact, we saved enough energy to power 21 homes for a whole year!

And our energy saving efforts don’t stop there — 2017 is already off to a great start with a new energy-saving initiative that’s going to “light up” the theme park in a whole new way!

Stay tuned to learn more!

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Fun with EvanTube and the cast of ‘Fuller House’ at LEGOLAND® Florida Resort!

The awesome family behind the wildly popular EvanTube network of YouTube channels visited us for the recent grand opening of LEGO® NINJAGO® World. Take a look at the fun they had:

Several cast members from the Netflix Original Series “Fuller House” also joined the fun, including star Jodie Sweetin. Hear what they had to say about LEGO NINJAGO The Ride on the red carpet:

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Becoming the ninja with Eh Bee Family and other celebrities

Celebrities including the cast of the Netflix Original Series “Fuller House” and social media superstars EvanTubeHD traveled to LEGOLAND® Florida Resort to enjoy the spectacular grand opening festivities for LEGO® NINJAGO® World, which includes a groundbreaking new attraction where you “become the ninja” — LEGO NINJAGO The Ride.

Take a look at the fun through the camera of the always entertaining Eh Bee Family:

Meanwhile, if you weren’t able to watch the grand opening ceremony live, you can see it again on our Facebook page:

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Say cheese! Pepper & Roni’s Pizza Stop opens today at LEGOLAND® Florida Resort!

Awesome things are happening every day at LEGOLAND® Florida Resort, and today is especially pizza-rific since we’re introducing a brand-new quick-service restaurant, Pepper & Roni’s Pizza Stop!

Located next door to our famous Market Restaurant, Pepper & Roni’s offers a delicious menu of personal pizzas made for guests on the go, plus sides, desserts and drinks. It’s also the new home of our beloved pizza chef LEGO model, who beckons guests to come grab one of our hot and tasty pizzas.

Menu items include:

  • Cheese, pepperoni and veggie personal pizzas
  • Side salads
  • Desserts
  • Bottled soda, bottled water and bottled coffee drinks

Just one day after the grand opening of LEGO® NINJAGO® World, Pepper & Roni have opened their doors to feed all the new ninja. After all, ninja can’t defeat the bad guys on an empty stomach!

Meanwhile, over in Fun Town, our popular Pizza & Pasta Buffet remains open for guests who wish to enjoy an all-you-care-to-enjoy menu of several different pizza varieties and salads.

Stop in today!

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‘Fuller House,’ ‘Designated Survivor’ stars celebrate grand opening of LEGO® NINJAGO® World

Stars of the Netflix Original Series “Fuller House,” including Jodie Sweetin, Michael Campion, Soni Nicole Bringas, Ashley Liao and Elias Harger, and Mckenna Grace, star of ABC’s “Designated Survivor,” visited LEGOLAND® Florida Resort today to celebrate the grand opening of LEGO® NINJAGO® World.

During a lavish grand opening ceremony attended by nearly 200 journalists and VIPs, the celebrities demonstrated several ninja hand moves kids can use to fight villains on the state-of-the-art “dark ride” where guests score points while blasting animated fireballs, lightning and more at waves of 3D villains. Joining them were members of Victory Xtreme Team from Victory Martial Arts in Orlando, Fla. Take a look at what the stars had to say about the awesome new ride:

 

After the special effects-filled ceremony, the television stars joined social media celebrities stars Eh Bee Family and EvanTubeHD to greet media and excited fans along a red carpet.

Eh Bee Family members, left to right, Papa Bee, Miss Monkey, Mr. Monkey and Mama Bee.

The family behind the popular YouTube channel EvanTubeHD.

McKenna Grace, 10.

Michael Campion, 14.

Jodie Sweetin stars as the grown-up Stephanie Tanner on the Netflix Original Series “”Fuller House”,” a role she originated as a child from 1987-95 on the hit sitcom “Full House.”

Photos: / Chip Litherland, LOCK + LAND for LEGOLAND Florida Resort

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Don’t miss our LEGO® NINJAGO® World grand opening ceremony LIVE on Facebook!

Are you ready to become the ninja?! Tomorrow, LEGO® NINJAGO® World officially opens and we couldn’t be more excited!

Join us LIVE on Facebook, as we celebrate the opening of our newest land with some exciting guests and fun surprises!  The live stream will begin at 9:05 a.m. ET, Thursday, Jan. 12 and you’ll enjoy appearances from LEGO NINJAGO favorites Kai and Nya, martial arts performers, awesome special effects and some VERY special guests.

Aside from our LEGO NINJAGO friends and martial arts performers, some celebrity guests will take the stage to show us their favorite ninja moves. If you’re a fan of the hit shows “Fuller House” and “Designated Survivor” you won’t want to miss this!

Our celebrity guest list includes:

  • Jodie Sweetin (Stephanie Tanner, “Fuller House,” “Full House”)
  • Soni Bringas (Ramona Gibbler, “Fuller House”)
  • Michael Campion (Jackson Fuller, “Fuller House”)
  • Ashley Liao (Lola, “Fuller House”)
  • Elias Harger (Max Fuller, “Fuller House”)
  • Mckenna Grace (Penny Kirkman, “Designated Survivor”)
  • Eh Bee Family (Canada-based YouTube family)
  • EvanTubeHD (Brother-sister YouTube duo)

We hope you join us online for this brick-tastic occasion and come enjoy LEGO NINJAGO The Ride when it opens tomorrow, Jan. 12 at 10:30 a.m.!

Join in the conversation online using #BecomeTheNinja and #LEGOLANDLIVE

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Master LEGO® NINJAGO® The Ride with these signature ninja hand moves!

In Episode 3 of our exclusive “Become the Ninja” video series, you’ll learn several ninja hand moves you can use to capture a high score on LEGO® NINJAGO® The Ride, a groundbreaking new attraction opening Jan. 12, 2017 within the all-new LEGO NINJAGO World at LEGOLAND® Florida Resort:

In this episode, kid reporters Grace and Kade demonstrate the five signature moves that will help you defeat wave after wave of 3D villains as you travel toward an encounter with the fearsome Great Devourer:

You’ll also follow them as they take their first ride on this exciting new attraction, which features technology never seen outside a LEGOLAND theme park.

Previously:

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