Over the rest of this week I am going to finish up our Florida series with a couple of looks at Legoland Florida, which Nick, Anna, and I visited for a day trip. It’s important to know that Legoland California, which we visited in 2002, has earned legendary status in the Sperger household. Nick was 5 years old when we visited, and Maria was 3. Anna hadn’t been born yet. The older kids have dim but wonderful memories of Legoland, and Anna has had her whole life to be jealous.
Now that we have expectations at a nice, reasonable level….
We got there early. So early, in fact, that we parked about 10-15 spots away from the very first spot in the whole parking lot. There was no tram ride. We simply walked up to the gate. Another family took a picture of us.
(Where are Chelsea and Maria, you ask? They went to Universal Studios to ride roller coasters. You can think of my group as Team Wimpy.)
Somewhere we have a picture from Legoland California of me on a bench with a Lego dad taking a nap. They have the same fellow in Florida, so we took the same picture, ten years later:
Nick decided he wanted to get in on the action too:
We arrived so early that we had to wait for the back half of the park to open to visitors. As soon as they dropped the rope line, we bolted for the very back of the place, so that we could go on the ride that everyone was waiting for – Driving School.
It’s humbling to look at that picture and realize that Nick is only a year away from being able to drive a real car, rather than one where his knees are up by his ears.
Anyway, Nick and Anna were the first ones on the ride that day. They had the course to themselves.
What Anna lacked in driving competition, she made up for in concentration. She is easily the most focused driver they’ve ever had on that course.
Tomorrow: Fire trucks, race cars, and more.