!!SPOILER ALERT!! My only minor complaint was the use of live action scenes. I didn't mind that there was the live action element and the tie-in to it, but I felt like it tied it in TOO much. I didn't need the movie to have an emotional struggle between a kid and his dad. I just wanted to watch Legos do fun, silly stuff.
The live action part of the movie, at first, felt like it threw the momentum of the movie off a bit but once it tied into the rest of the movie it made sense.
I felt that not only did it throw off the momentum, but it totally changed the tone of the movie. Once the live action stuff happened, the movie went from being a fun, action/adventure flick with lots of great comedy to a more serious emotional struggle between a dad and his son. I honestly found it harder to get into the film after that happened.
Had the live action stuff been more of a cameo, like Emmet goes into the vortex and lands on the table, and then it was...
Kid: "Hey, how did that get there." Dad: (peeks his head in): "Are you playing with my toys again?" Kid: "Don't worry dad, I'll leave it EXACTLY how you like." Dad: "Thanks, son. Those aren't just kids toys, you know?"
And then you popped back into the Lego world, that would have been MUCH better, IMO.
I didn't mind that there was a live action element that told the viewer "What you are seeing is just through the eyes of a kid playing with toys." I was ok with that. I did NOT like the emotional bit between family members. I felt that made the movie from being what could have been a solid "A" to a solid "B" in my mind.
But that's just my take. I wanted a fun Lego action flick and I didn't want to have to pretend about some kid and his daddy issues.
Today, Legoland Florida had us out for the grand opening of their brand new Duplo Valley. This area is an expansion of the toddler area near the front of the park. The theming was bright and colorful - perfect for Legoland Florida's younger guests. The new attractions include 2 train like rides, a kiddie splash zone, and play areas that complimented the existing Duplo Barn indoor (air-conditioned!) playground. Congratulations to Legoland on this wonderful addition. The kids on hand seemed to love it.
Here is the complete press release...
LEGOLAND® Florida Celebrates Opening of DUPLO ® Valley New expansion gives toddlers ages 2-5 an entirely new way to play at LEGOLAND Florida WINTER HAVEN, Fla. (May 22)— LEGOLAND® Florida today celebrated the opening of its newest expansion, DUPLO ® Valley. DUPLO Valley brings the LEGO ® DUPLO line of preschool building toys to life with new farm-themed attractions, an air-conditioned indoor play area and a water play area all geared to toddlers ages 2 to 5. “We couldn’t be more excited to officially open DUPLO Valley,” said LEGOLAND Florida General Manager Adrian Jones. “Our newest expansion gives toddlers (and parents) a completely new way to play, adding to our already fantastic lineup of more than 50 rides, shows and attractions here at LEGOLAND Florida.” Opening on May 23, park guests will find that DUPLO Valley is the ideal place to play and relax with their toddlers. New attractions coming to the expansion include DUPLO Train, DUPLO Tractor and DUPLO Splash & Play. Another key element will be the reopening of the DUPLO Barn, which features significant enhancements to allow kids to play indoors in the comfort of air conditioning. Guests can also purchase the new ‘Preschool Pass’, including weekday (Monday-Friday) admission to LEGOLAND Florida and standard parking for both one child under five and one adult for a full year at $90, plus tax. Assigned to the child, the pass allows an adult parent or guardian to attend the park with the toddler. The pass is transferrable to multiple adults in the family, allowing, for example, a mother to visit one day, and a grandparent the next, making it ideal for families to bring their little ones to LEGOLAND Florida during the week. For more information on DUPLO Valley and everything LEGOLAND Florida, please visit Florida.Legoland.com.
And here are the pictures...
We're here at Legoland Florida!
This is the entrance to the new Duplo Valley.
Park General Manager, Adrian Jones
Park GM Adrian Jones is joined by a family to declare the new land open.
Guests explore a colorful farm on the Duplo Tractor.
Good to know...
The new Duplo Train.
Duplo Splash & Play
Everything was very cute, colorful and looked like a lot of fun.
Thank you Legoland!
One final photo - not Duplo related - but I thought it was pretty cool. This Star Wars tumbler had a handle on the side that played music on a keyboard like an old music box. The Star Wars scenes were placed so that they activated the notes as it turned. Pretty cool.
Duplo Valley looks great for younger kids, I'm really excited about finally taking my daughter to Legoland some time later this summer (okay, really excited about using her as an excuse for taking myself sometime later this summer).
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