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Is Legoland Florida Planning Expansion?

Destination & Tourism | Patrick Clarke | February 12, 2016

Is Legoland Florida Planning Expansion?

Photo courtesy of Legoland Florida

Legoland Florida wants visitors to stick around for a little while longer. 

The Lakeland Ledger reported the Winter Haven-based theme park is planning to build an extended stay resort nearby. 

Owner Merlin Entertainments' plans for "Project Oasis" have been revealed just months after Legoland Florida celebrated the grand opening of a brand new on-site hotel.

While there's currently no timetable for construction on the extended stay project, a spokesman for the resort said details are coming.

"We are not prepared to make an official announcement today," public relations manager David Brady told the Ledger. "But in the very near future we will be making multiple announcements about the future of Legoland Florida Resort. So stay tuned."

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What to Expect

Although details surrounding the extended stay resort remain somewhat scarce, the Ledger reported it's expected to feature 83 single-story duplexes comprising 166 units. And planned amenities include a pool, a 12,000-square-foot clubhouse and at least two ponds.

If approved, the new resort will be built on Lake Dexter. It would span more than 57 acres and signal the resort's first expansion beyond the boundaries of Cypress Gardens.

Who Benefits?

Legoland Florida's expansion would not only be good news for travelers, but for the local economy.

The new resort will create additional jobs of course, but will also continue driving foot traffic in Winter Haven, leading to increased spending.

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"More jobs creates more disposable income, which creates a better quality of life for the individuals who live here," Greater Winter Haven Chamber of Commerce CEO Katie Worthington told Fox 13.

If the project ultimately comes to fruition, visitors to Legoland Florida will have another option for nearby accommodations as the extended stay resort would join the recently-opened five-story, 152-room Legoland Hotel.

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