One of the most awesome offerings in the Sunshine State is LEGOLAND Florida, a theme park with colorful, family-friendly hotels in Winter Haven. LEGOLAND is clean, easy to get to, built for kids, and has plenty of things your family will enjoy doing. When you visit the park, the smartest thing to do is stay the night—the LEGOLAND Pirate Island Hotel is only steps away, and great for a getaway whether you are going to the park or not. With a colorful swash-buckling theme and oodles of included activities (including breakfast and parking), LEGOLAND Pirate Island Hotel is a place you are going to adore!
Thanks to LEGOLAND for hosting my stay and meals. As always, opinions and reviews are 100% mine and unbiased.
A Third Option for LEGOLAND Lodging
My husband and I stayed at the award-winning LEGOLAND Pirate Island Hotel, which offers a bright and cheerful vibe, stylish and comfortable rooms, and a long list of onsite amenities. If you’ve never been, the hotel sits a little more than 100 steps from the LEGOLAND theme park entrance. How is that for convenient? You can also find a gift and convenience shop. Breakfast and parking are complimentary with your stay.
A huge LEGO pit in the lobby offers a place to build your own creations or add to the wall-lined with LEGO pieces. A play area in the shape of a castle provides little ones with endless fun and adventure.
Outside of the LEGOLAND hotel, an enormous fire pit welcomes guests to sit around and enjoy the nighttime ambiance or make S’mores. Along the lakeside is a handicapped-accessible boardwalk that is great for strolling and watching the picturesque sunset. Bring bug spray, as it is needed amidst all the live oak trees.
What are the Pirate Island Hotel Rooms Like?
LEGOLAND Pirate Island Hotel rooms have the coolest carpet that I’ve ever seen. You are looking at a giant treasure map throughout the whole hotel, rooms included. Colorful murals, playful LEGO creations, and bold-patterned fabrics make the entire room “pop” and offer a cheery vibe.
Our themed crews’ standard quarters (room) had a king bed, chair, flat-screen TV, and plenty of lighting and plug-ins. All rooms have a mini-refrigerator, Keurig coffee-maker, and in-room LEGO® treasure hunt with prizes awarded daily.
The Pirate Island Hotel has 150 rooms and four suites, which can accommodate up to seven guests.
Kids will love the separate sleeping space, designed with all their needs in mind. There are bunk beds with individual lights (and charging ports), a trundle bed (to pull out as needed), flat-screen TV, and custom LEGO play area.
The bathroom is standard but has a toddler commode seat insert (this thing is genius!), step-stool for reaching the sink, and LEGO-brick tiled bathtub with removable shower head for more accessible kid bathing. There are also adorable custom toiletries.
LEGOLAND’s Activities and Amenities
LEGOLAND Pirate Island Hotel has a huge heated swimming pool. There are lifeguards on duty and foam “LEGO” pieces to build and play with along one edge of the pool. The pool deck has multi-colored lounge chairs for relaxing and umbrellas for sun protection.
A towel “vending machine” allows you to scan your guest room card for clean towels to be dispensed. The other side of the machine is for returns. Be sure to return your towel, or you will be charged a fee. I like the convenience of this towel machine–the first one I’ve ever seen.
Nearby, Florida’s Wild Side 9-hole Mini-Golf is available for $8 per person.
One of the most popular free offerings at the LEGOLAND hotels is the LEGO building class. BRICKS Family Restaurant hosts a LEGO Master Builder Workshop a few times daily. You will need to sign-up for these interactive classes at the hotel reception, but what a great way to get help for your creations and maybe learn a few tricks.
Upon check-in, you will be given an overview sheet showing the hotel’s weekly entertainment. Activities change often, but a few from my visit were Buccaneer bingo, interactive storytime, trivia, fairytale stories, and Build Yer Ship challenge.
A LEGOLAND Breakfast of Champions
I can’t say enough about how fantastic the food is at LEGOLAND. I didn’t expect the hotel restaurants to be up to my high foodie standards, but they were all that and more: what a pleasant surprise.
For breakfast, guests arrive at the Shipwreck Restaurant at their set time (reservations are required) and are served a freshly prepared breakfast buffet table side. The menu is the same for each table, but you can switch something out if you don’t like it, or ask for more.
Breakfast includes potatoes, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage links, fluffy biscuits, sausage gravy, and mini-pancakes. Also available are fruit, oatmeal, and yogurt. A soft drink of your choice or coffee is included with breakfast, plus an orange juice carafe is waiting at your table.
LEGOLAND gets props for offering a delicious breakfast, and making it simple, compact, and safe.
Pirate Island Hotel Three-Course Dinners
Dinner at Shipwreck Restaurant was the ultimate. The only decisions we had to make were our beverage choices and which main course meals to choose. LEGOLAND’s three-course dinner (plus soft drinks) at $36 for adults and $15 for children is a great way to go, and all you care to eat.
Staring the three-courses was a gourmet salad with tomatoes, apples, asiago cheese, dried cranberries, and a fantastic homemade poppy-seed dressing. The flower pot dinner rolls with honey butter was a nice touch and very satisfying.
Main course choices are:
- Pirate Platter: BBQ pulled pork, beef brisket, smoked sausages, rotisserie chicken, spare ribs, baked beans, mashed potatoes, Mac & Cheese, roasted veggies, and a trio of barbecue sauces.
- Seadog Skillet: Grilled flank steak, blackened fish, herb-roasted pork tenderloin, rotisserie chicken, sautéed garlic citrus shrimp, Mac & Cheese, roasted veggies, mashed potatoes, wild rice pilaf, and mushroom cream sauce.
- Plant Based Skillet: plant based meatloaf, grilled cauliflower steaks, teriyaki tofu & broccoli, vegetable dumplings, baked beans, and a variety of sauces.
We chose the Seadog Skillet, substituting smoked sausage for the fish. Our Instagram-worthy platter arrived and we were thrilled with the presentation and selection of food. A velvety mushroom sauce was served with the rice, and it was delicious!
Dessert was an amazing warm skillet chocolate chip cookie with ice cream, chocolate sauce, and Heath bar pieces. The plant-based option is a dairy-free chocolate fondue with fruit for dipping.
LEGOLAND: The Ultimate Theme Park
Visiting the LEGOLAND Florida theme park is a must! You’ll find a great selection of rides, shows, visual exhibits, and LEGO creations throughout the property. Choose tasty snacks like Granny’s apple fries (with caramel sauce) or a family-friendly lunch of burgers, chicken fingers, or turkey legs from one of the restaurants.
Classic rides include Coastersaurus, LEGO NINJAGO, and Flying School. My favorite thrill ride at LEGOLAND is Mia’s Riding Adventure, which may look very tame but has a surprising thrill element. Do not miss walking through MINILAND– a series of exhibits from famous cities around the country. You’ll see Las Vegas, San Francisco, New York City, Miami, Washington, DC, and many more.
Newer attractions include THE LEGO MOVIE WORLD!, which makes it possible for you to fly through the world of Cloud Cuckoo Land on a triple-decker flying couch. Throughout the ride, watch for pirates, dragons, and castles.
A second new ride, Unikitty’s Disco Drop, is a bouncy wild ride on a rainbow water adventure. You will get wet on this ride.
To learn more about what to do at the LEGOLAND park, read our 21 fun things to do post.