Feel The Force At Legoland Star Wars Days!

Feel The Force At Legoland Star Wars Days!
By ATD’s Florida Experts, Susan and Simon Veness
Darth Vader and Captain Phasma as Lego characters? Check. Chewbacca built of bricks? Yes, indeed. Lightsaber scavenger hunt? Sign us up. It’s the month of May, and that means Star Wars Days at Legoland!

That “galaxy far, far away” gets a whole lot closer each May, when the annual Star Wars Days events make a visit to Legoland Florida in Winter Haven extra special for youngsters and fans of the movie franchise. Four of the park’s 13 lands “feel the force”, and this year MINILAND has debuted an exciting new Star Wars model display.

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The adventure begins in FUN TOWN, where fans can have their photo taken with the largest Lego Yoda model in the world, then turn to the Dark Side and snag a selfie with none other than Darth Vader, flanked by two of his Stormtroopers. Not sure if you want to be a hero or a villain? Go for the meet-and-greet that includes both, featuring Kylo Ren and Captain Phasma (baddies from The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi), a Stormtrooper, and Rey (hero of The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi).


Legoland Star Wars meet and greet


Wells Fargo Fun Town 4D Theater in FUN TOWN is the place for Lego Star Wars Droid Tales, a 22 minute retelling of the galactic stories we all know and love, this time in best Lego style and given by C-3PO and his lovable sidekick R2-D2, with two showings daily.

MINILAND USA is where the majority of the fun takes place, starting with the brand new Lego Star Wars “The Force Awakens” Miniland Model Display, based on Episode VII (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) in the movie series. This large addition to MINILAND features the desert planet of Jakku, site of the Battle of Jakku and home to Rey.  The display includes a scene featuring Kylo Ren and his evil-looking transport, with Stormtroopers raiding a village as the remains of a Star Destroyer and an Imperial Walker lay broken in the sand. A massive Star Destroyer flies overhead, and an X-Wing fighter has landed nearby, giving the citizens of Jakku hope.


Star Wars Miniland


Official scene titles within the display include: Kylo Ren’s capture of Poe; Rey’s rescue of BB-8; Poe and Finn’s escape from the Star Destroyer Finalizer; The wreck of Finn and Poe’s TIE Fighter; Rey, Finn and BB-8’s escape from Niima Outpost; and the escape from the Starship Graveyard. And, just to add to the fun, there are buttons you can push for sounds, lights, and motion.

There is a Tatooine photo spot here (look for Darth Vader, R2-D2, and Chewbacca life-size Lego models), as well as two interactive opportunities. Visitors can take part in the free Tour Jakku With A Master Model Builder experience, a 20 minute walk around the display with a Master Model Builder who provides fascinating insights into the creation of the display, or join the fun of the Padawan Search, as the Jedi Team comes out in full “force” (!!), searching for children decked out in their best Star Wars gear. The first 200 children they find even receive a prize. And if our visit is anything to go by, the competition is fierce. More than half of the children in attendance were dressed up as their favourite characters.


Star wars Land


Moving on to the area near PIRATE’S COVE, kids can have some one-on-one time with characters Darth Vader and Captain Phasma as Lego Minifigures. Borrow a lightsaber (or bring your own), strike a pose, and let the flashbulbs pop! You can use your own camera or phone for a photo, or purchase an official picture taken by Legoland’s photographer.

IMAGINATION ZONE is next, and there is a lot going on here. Test your observation skills with the Lego Lightsaber Scavenger Hunt, searching for missing Lego lightsabers throughout the area, with the chance to win a prize. Pick up a special scavenger hunt form, hunt for lightsabers, and turn in your completed form to be in it to win it.

The whole point of Legoland is to inspire kids to use their imagination, and nowhere is that captured better than through the Galaxy Competition Build, where youngsters can build Star Wars themed models they design themselves, and see how their creations stack up against other fans’ models.


Star Wars land


There are also Star Wars video games guests can play, and a Lego Star Wars Photo Fan Gallery exhibit featuring themed photographs taken by fans. You can even enter a drawing for the chance to win one of the photos.

And finally, several locations in the park offer themed food, including Light Sword Churros (deep fried pastry shaped like a lightsaber and covered in cinnamon and sugar, in hero blue or baddie red), Blue Rey-Berry ice cream served in a waffle cone, Light Side VS Dark Side ice cream (are you on the side of the Rebellion or the Empire? It doesn’t really matter; you can choose either flavour. No one is judging your decisions here); and a Rebel Burger topped with provolone cheese, bacon, avocado and buffalo ranch sauce in an assemblage so big you’ll need two hands to win the battle.


Rebel Burger Legoland


For the super-mega-ultra Star Wars fan, there is a VIP Experience upgrade that includes a private photo experience with Captain Phasma and a lesson in model building with a Master Model Builder, as well as snacks and drinks. This exclusive opportunity can only be booked by calling 1 855 753 7777 or emailing [email protected] before arrival, or no later than 10am on the day you visit the event.

And, if your young padawan can’t leave the park without buying (okay, let’s just say it: begging YOU to buy) a Star Wars Lego building kit, or any building kit for that matter, purchases of $50 and up will get them a free Lego Star Wars Scarif Trooper minifigure, exclusive to the event.

Star Wars Days runs for three weekends—May 5-6, 12-13 and 19-20 in 2018—and all of the events are included with park admission. Even if you're not visiting on these days, you can still explore the brand new Star Wars Miniland at your own pace! To buy your general admission tickets, click here

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