This Winter Haven theme park’s newest ride combines family-friendly roller coaster thrills with virtual reality (VR) technology. Once strapped in, you’ll find yourself in an action-packed road rally where things quickly spiral out of control and the laws of physics and aerodynamics no longer seem to apply.
More than meets the eye: Put on a VR headset (optional) to experience the ride from a LEGO race car driver’s point of view and follow the action in all directions where everything—including your competition—is made of LEGO bricks. Without the headset, you’ll see the tracks and the park around you, but with the headset you’ll see LEGO construction workers frantically finishing the track as you race toward them, and you’ll fly through the air and surf a raging river when you veer off course.
It is real: Whether you wear the VR headset or not, you’re still riding a roller coaster, with drops, twists and turns.
Where to stay: Located just 130 steps from the park entrance, the AAA Three Diamond-rated Legoland Florida Hotel (
) is as family-friendly as the park itself, with pirate-, kingdom- and adventure-themed rooms, a heated outdoor pool and castle play area.