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Thursday, July 12, 2012

Mason and Dane at Legoland

Mason, Dane, and I had the opportunity to go to Legoland Florida this week (July 11-13, 2012).  Here they are, waiting for our flight from Austin to Orlando on Wednesday afternoon.  Although you can't tell from their expressions , they were indeed excited about our trip.

This morning we got up and headed to the park.  I love the gate area at Legoland!  So colorful and playful.
Our first objective of the day was to explore the water park.  It's a great place for the little ones.  The water park offers a lazy river, a wave pool, a fantastic splash zone called "Joker's Soaker" (according to Dane), plus two great slides for the older kids.


Here's a view of the Joker's Soaker splash zone.  A maze of netting, tunnels and stairs, the playscape has 7 different water slides of varying length and speed.  A few are perfect for the 3-4 year olds.  A couple of them are excellent for the tentative 6-10 year old who wants to try something new.  And the rest of them will make even a grown-up whoop in delight.  Among the latter, one was 3 stories tall and went super-fast, and one was a completely enclosed slide -- you couldn't see anything in that tube, and every twist was a surprise!  What a great splash zone for the kids.
Every three minutes or so, the Legoland bucket at the top of the slide tips over, and out comes a downpour of water.
Here's Dane braving the brunt of the "Legoland storm."
I found a great spot to catch Dane whiz by on the fastest slide in the Joker's Soaker area.  He was having a blast!
He races out at the end of the slide.
Dane (facing away in the orange swimsuit) launches a sneak water attack on the unsuspecting mom and daughter below.   The zone is full of splash-makers, and the kids had a blast trying to spray passers-by who weren't paying close attention.
Over near the wave pool, Dane and Mason enjoyed playing at a Lego dam-builder station.
You could build a Lego creation, put it on the turntable, and then test how well your creation held together while you spun the turntable faster and faster by shooting water at the paddle-wheels just below the turntable.
Over at the larger water slides, Dane zooms down with a grin on his face.
Here's an interesting series of shots as Mason raced down the largest water slide in the park.    
Sliding that fast, he had to have walked away with a super-wedgie!

Dane waves high from the second-highest water slide tower.  He was ready to raft!
And out he pops at the other end with a big grin.
We spent a little time relaxing in the wave pool.  Very relaxing to let the water wash over you.
After spending the morning in the water park, we decided to head out to the main park to see a couple of shows and ride a few rides.
We LOVE the Legoland Volunteer Fire Department!  Vern, the hero of the show, laughs after he places a helmet on Marco's butt after Marco knocked himself out running into the fire truck!  Ha!  
Chef Basil tests the water hose.  Dane shouldn't have sat in the splash zone!


We laughed and giggled all the way through the show.  Later we did more rides, but I didn't get pictures of those -- because I was riding along with the kids!  We're headed back tomorrow, so perhaps we'll add some more pictures of our adventures!

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