Legoland Florida unveils park plans, starts ticket sales

The opening of Legoland Florida is still 12 months away, but tickets went on sale Thursday on the new theme park’s Web site.

The reward for buying in advance – way, way in advance, in this case – is a big discount. Tickets are $65 for adults and $55 for chidlren ages 3-12 and seniors ages 60 and older. An annual pass, which is good until the end of 2012, is on sale now for $99.

And if you’re already convinced you’re going to love Legoland Florida for life, the park is also selling an “Ambassador” pass for $2,500. It offers lifetime admission, preferred parking, special events and discounts on food and merchandise.

Legoland Florida officials also detailed the layout of the park, which will include 10 lands: The Beginning, Fun Town, Miniland USA, Castle Hill, Land of Adventure, XTreme, LEGO City, Imagination Zone, Pirate Cove and DUPLO Village.

The centerpiece of the park, Miniland USA, will include Lego versions of several Florida landmarks including Kennedy Space Center and Key West’s Mallory Square.

Legoland Florida is being built on 150 acres in Winter Haven, Florida, on the site of the former Cypress Gardens theme park. Many of the original gardens, including a 30-acre wooded grove, will be maintained at the new park.

Legoland Florida will be geared toward families with children ages 2 to 12 with more than 50 rides, shows and interactive attractions.