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Road trip attraction: Legoland's new water park opens

Lego jokersoaker
Seven months after Legoland Florida opened, the theme park on Saturday opened its water park, a remake of the old Cypress Gardens Splash Island.

Unlike Orlando’s other water parks connected to theme parks, the new water park is a $12 add-on for people who buy admission to the main Legoland You can’t buy a ticket to only the water park. And unlike the others, this one is attached to the theme park – it sits at Legoland’s northern end.

The new water park has a lazy river, a Duplo splash pool for toddlers, some water slides that push the edges of Legoland’s target demographic of kids ages 2 to 12, a wave pool (set for the gentlest waves), and the Joker Soaker, a water playground with slides, sprays and a bucket that dumps water on kids playing every two minutes or so.

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(Although plenty of guests cooled off in Legoland's Build-Your-Own-Raft Lazy River on Saturday, very few took advantage of the opportunithy to customize their rafts.)

It was here, in front of the Joker Soaker, that Adrian Jones, the park’s general manager, who wore a black suit with the legs rolled up, and others gathered in shallow water to cut the ribbon Saturday morning. But as Jones stood there, time ran out, and the Joker Soaker dumped 300 gallons of water on him and the others -– all of them more appropriately dressed for a water park than Jones.

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(Legoland Florida's general manager Adrian Jones, center, in black suit, gets soaked during Saturday's grand opening of the new water park.)

The new water park is Legoland’s second – of the five Legolands worldwide, only Legoland near San Diego has a water park, and it is smaller.

The new one is not a lot different than it was in its previous incarnation at Cypress Gardens in Winter Haven, about 45 miles south and west of Orlando, other than being re-themed with Lego bricks. In fact, Jones said Legoland executives decided to rehab the old Splash Island in time for summer only after it became clear that the new park was drawing lots of guests. (Legoland, like other theme parks, does not make its attendance figures public.)

Information: Legoland.