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Have you ever wanted to stay in your own LEGO house? Well, look no further! For a short weekend getaway, my family recently stayed at the super kid-friendly LEGOLAND Beach Retreat and had the best time EVER. Read on for my official LEGOLAND Beach Retreat Review!
The Check-In Process
LEGOLAND Beach Retreat is across the street from LEGOLAND Florida Resort. Instead of taking a left into the Resort, take a right and down the block you will see the entrance.
The check-in process is unique in that it is a drive-through style check-in. Just pull up to the next available spot to get your room key cards! Check-in starts at 4 p.m. Upon check-in, they also gave us a parking pass that gave us access to the Preferred Parking lot at LEGOLAND across the street, should we choose to drive there. I thought that was pretty neat and a nice perk.
Made to look like real LEGO houses, the bungalows are color-coded by section and are arranged in a circle around a grassy area and small playground. We lucked out and got a bungalow right next to Lake Dexter in Seagull’s Cove, which are the blue-colored bungalows.
Each bungalow has a front porch with a table and four chairs. Especially having a prime spot by the lake, we found it a great place to relax.
Inside, the room was very clean, and the decor was on point. Every part of the room was colorfully decorated, complete with floor-to-ceiling wall art of LEGO Minifigures and beach scenes. A model LEGO crab hung on one wall, and even the shower curtain in the bathroom was LEGO-themed. I cannot say enough how this is the cutest, most colorful place my family has ever stayed!
The kids immediately attacked the Duplo set in the kids’ area as soon as we entered our room, and that kept them occupied while everyone else got settled in.
Each bungalow room sleeps up to five people. There is one queen-sized bed in the room and a bunk bed with a pull-out bed in the kids’ area. If you have older kids, I can see the room feeling quite packed. The beds weren’t very comfy either and I woke up to a sore back every morning, but nothing that ruined my vacation.
The rooms are extremely stimulating for toddlers. In fact, I had a very hard time getting my son to sleep the first night. He wanted to stay up all night playing with the Duplo set in his play area!
As far as amenities, this is what we had in our room:
- Television with local channels and a continuous loop of various LEGO movies (I watched Ninjago twice!)
- Standard bathroom amenities
- Small refrigerator
- In-room safe for storing your valuables
- Complimentary Wi-Fi
- Complimentary welcome kit of water and snacks for the children
- LEGO kits for each child to take home
Note, there was no coffee maker in the room. Not sure why, but it looks like they did away with these at some point. Normally, I would have freaked out without my coffee, but I found out there’s free self-serve coffee available inside the Lighthouse!
The Duplo box in the kids’ area was nice to play with, and the water and snacks and take-home LEGO kits were a very nice gesture. This place is designed with kids in mind, and it did not fail!
The Pool Area
The pool at LEGOLAND Beach Retreat is amazing! It is an infinity pool, so my son and I spent all of our time in the shallow end with the other babies and toddlers. There are plenty of foam LEGOS to play with, and you can feel safe with three lifeguards on duty. There are plenty of life vests and plenty of towels. Also, there are lots of beach chairs and plenty of umbrellas if you are looking for shade.
If the kids get bored of playing in the water, there is a large sandy area where they can play a game of soccer or cornhole. My one-year-old niece, for some reason, believes the cornhole platform is a slide, so that kept her entertained for a little while, while all my son likes to do is attempt to carry as many bean bags as he can and hoard them in one place.
There is a fire pit in the corner if you want to partake in the evening poolside activities, like making S’Mores (kits available for purchase). Annnd if the kids still have energy after that, there is a large outdoor playground to play in. There is so much to do in the pool area alone!
Access to the LEGOLAND Hotel Pool
Though reviews complained about the Beach Retreat pool being closed every day from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., there is no need to worry because Beach Retreat guests have access to the LEGOLAND Hotel, so either ride the shuttle or make use of your preferred parking pass during those hours! That is exactly what we did, drove over at noon, parked close to the entrance, and played in the LEGOLAND Hotel’s pool and splash pad.
After visiting the LEGOLAND Hotel, I must say I prefer the Beach Retreat pool because it is newer and much, much cleaner. The LEGOLAND Hotel pool is older, could use a coat of fresh paint, and the bottom of the pool felt a little bit slimy. We hung out and took a few pictures, but did not stay long.
If you ask me, the Beach Retreat pool is the superior one – bigger, newer, and cleaner, plus it has section with real sand!
The Lighthouse Area
Next to the pool is the Lighthouse – you can’t miss it! Inside the Lighthouse, you will find Sandy’s Castle Restaurant, Brick’s Beach Bar, and the Palm Tree Traders store. Also, there is a play area centered around a huge sand castle made of LEGOS!
Make sure to go here for fun activities. The first night we were there, the kids even attended a kids-only dance party!
Outside the Lighthouse are more outside games and great photo op spots.
Sandy’s Castle Restaurant
Guests staying at LEGOLAND Beach Retreat have a free breakfast buffet included with their stay from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. What can I say, breakfast was delicious! We walked over to Sandy’s Castle Restaurant at around 8:30 a.m. and were immediately greeted to breakfast by Shark Suit Guy. How awesome is that?!
We told the hostess our room number and were seated close to the buffet. I really thought the food was great, with many choices – bacon, sausage, eggs, pancakes, French toast, assorted fruits, cereals, yogurt – you name it. Beverage-wise, you can choose from coffee, tea, juice, milk, and chocolate milk.
The wait service at Sandy’s was a toss-up. The first day, we had a lovely, super sweet waitress. The next day, we had a different waitress, who did not return after we were initially seated. We ended up having a stack of dirty plates on our table that was never picked up. We were there for 45 minutes, and she did not return once.
For dinner, we also ate at Sandy’s. The portion sizes were large, and the food was pretty decent. We ordered the island-glazed St. Louis ribs, the Captain’s shrimp, Sandy’s mahi fish tacos, and the Brick Burger. My favorite was the shrimp!
Overall, our stay at LEGOLAND Beach Retreat was well worth the money and we cannot wait to go back.
If you have ever dreamed of staying inside your own LEGO house, this is the place to book. This is seriously the ultimate kids hotel, one truly designed with children in mind!
I hope you enjoyed my LEGOLAND Beach Retreat Review! I am saving my money, so my family and I can stay there again!
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