Miniland USA, Legoland, Florida
Charlie Chaplin once said, “Life is a tragedy when seen in close-up, but a comedy in long-shot.”
That may be true of the movies, but the reverse is the case at Legoland Florida’s Miniland USA. According to the Fun Facts posted around the park, over 100 Master Builders from North America, Europe, and Asia worked for two years to complete the Miniland USA attraction at Florida’s newest theme park. Thankfully some of those builders had a pretty good, and sometimes twisted, sense of humour.
Check out some of their curious creations below.
1. The Suspicious Ice Cream Truck
I Scream, U Scream, but notice how this truck mentions nothing about ice cream? Nice touch with the child running away and the police officer approaching though.
2. The Heimlich Maneuver – Lego-style
A Lego artisan’s rendering of a sidewalk café date gone horribly wrong gets big points for storytelling: knocked over plants, abdominal thrust, right down to the expelled object. Sadly, I think it’s a just a croissant. That’s too bad — the irony of a Lego choking on a small child would have been sublime.
3. Crazy Cat Lady
So just how many cats do you need before you’re considered a crazy cat lady? Fifteen according to the folks at Legoland. Plenty of curlers helps too.
4. Lego Man vs. Lego Shark
Life’s got you over a barrel, and just when you thought things can’t get worse, there’s a shark that spots your Lego-y legs. Nice.
5.The Public Hanging
I’m sure many parents wanted to do this to themselves after having to spend the entire day at Legoland surrounded by screaming kids.
6. Walking the Plank
They don’t take too kindly to pirates at Legoland. Although what appears to be Lego WaterWings are markedly improving this guy’s chances of ending up in a watery grave.
7. You’ve Got Crabs
That’s what you get for wearing a Speedo.
8. The Hot Firemen
“Mom, can I get the Beefy Shirtless Firemen Party Lego set for Christmas this year?”
9. Lego Stickman
Is he bowing for the ladies, or the gentleman behind him? Hmmm…
10. The Lego Wedding
Nothing says love like a wedding ceremony performed by a dwarf.
11. The Fountain of Youth
Just up the road from Legoland Florida is the town of St. Augustine, former haunt of Ponce de León and home of his supposed discovery – the Fountain of Youth, now an Archaeological Park. Let’s hope Poncey would have been proud of Lego’s interpretation with the elderly making their way to the fountain of youth, shedding their clothes, and ending up all Benjamin Button on the grass.
12. The Suspicious Ice Cream Truck – Part 2
Take 2 of the I Scream, U Scream saga takes part outside a, ahem, “Forever 12” store. Really? At the least the cops are close at hand here too.
The folks at Aeroplan provided me with a ticket for Legoland as part of the Aeroplan Welcome Aboard Event. If you are an Aeroplan member, and are balking at the $75 adult admission fee for Legoland Florida (65 bucks for kids), you can redeem 9500 Aeroplan miles for an adult ticket or 8000 Aeroplan miles for a child ticket to Legoland Florida — it’s part of the experiential rewards available to all Aeroplan members.