In just under a month Legoland Florida will open it’s doors to guests, and the gleeful screaming of thousands of children will begin. Legoland Florida will be host to over 50 rides and attractions, however not one of them will pass state inspections. The reason? They don’t have to. It was announced today that Legoland Florida will meet the qualifications to keep it exempt. Before you get all up in arms and call for safety regulations, there is something that you should know. This is a very common practice in Florida, and parks such as Busch Gardens Tampa also are not required to have state safety inspections. How can this possibly be?
In a law that was specifically written for parks like Walt Disney World and Busch Gardens Tampa, the state does not require parks to undergo state safety inspections. That’s right, your big name coasters like Sheikra, Space Mountain, Thunder Mountain and yes even the “Zero to Cheetah” speeds of Cheetah Hunt were never touched by state inspector hands. The law states that parks that have over 1,000 employees are exempt from having state inspectors inspect their rides. Instead the law states that the park must house in-house, full time safety inspectors and must file with the state annually stating that the rides have been inspected, maintained and meets safety standards.
While this sounds like a terrible idea to have parks do their inspections, turns out that it’s actually not. You see when a park is NOT in charge of their own inspections, they have to wait for a state inspector to come around. By then, if there is a problem, it could cost the park more money in repairs and downtime. If a park has it’s own inspectors, just like Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, the park usually does daily inspections on the attractions, and yearly maintenance. It keeps the cost of repairs down, and also keeps your favorite rides away from that ever disappointing downtime.
Legoland Florida will feature 50 rides, including 4 roller coaster that range from the fun family coasters to the “pink knuckled” thrill machines. None of the coasters or rides are meant to thrill the older audience as the park caters to children ages 2-12, and their families. It’s a bold move in an area that is dominated by top notch thrills that parks like Busch Gardens Tampa, and Universal Orlando offers.
The park opens on October 15th, and tickets are on sale now! To see a ton of pictures from the Legoland Mini-land area that will feature loads of Florida landmarks, check the video link next to this article.
For more information on Legoland Florida, including to purchase tickets and annual passes, visit the official Legoland Florida website.
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