Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Legoland Florida Opens Classic Sections of Cypress Gardens

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Legoland Florida is nothing if not committed to preserving the history of Cypress Gardens, which is something I think they should be commended on.  Today the park held a ribbon cutting ceremony for the reopening of two classic parts of Cypress Gardens, the Florida Pool and Oriental Gardens.

The ceremony was accented by former Cypress Gardens southern belles in "billowing dresses and the Lego belles, now iconic in the gardens" greeting guests in the reopened sections.  Both restored areas will be open to park visitors starting March 6th.

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Above are photographs of the Florida pool, which is quite obviously laid out in the shape of the state of Florida.  Complete with floating lego bricks, it was surrounded by Florida citrus for the ceremony - a nod to the "iconic citrus photos made famous by Dick Pope, Sr. during the mid-1900s."  The Florida pool was original built as a set for the 1953 film "Easy to Love," and kept on the grounds after filming was completed.

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The Oriental Gardens, seen above, are now a part of the larger restored gardens that were an important part of Cypress Gardens' history.  “We have taken great care to restore and maintain the historic Cypress Gardens since our opening in 2011 and we are thrilled to reopen such beloved areas as the Florida Pool and the Oriental Gardens for guests of all ages to enjoy,” said Adrian Jones, Leogland Florida General Manager.

Opening on May 23rd is Legoland Florida's new Duplo Valley, an area for small kids with a brand new water play area, mini tractor ride, and a train.  2015 will see the opening of the Legoland Florida Hotel.