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BOO 2011

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Photo by Shellia Dee Bailey

Andrew Spear

Arts and Entertainment - Staff Picks

 

Best potential promoter of Polk County employment

Legoland Florida
1 Legoland Way, Winter Haven; 863-318-5346; florida.legoland.com

The hoopskirt-clad Southern belles of Cypress Gardens have long since sunk into the Winter Haven swamp, and Florida’s original theme park’s brief attempt to rebrand itself as an “adventure park” was spectacularly unsuccessful. But after a hurl-inducing helicopter tour of the area earlier this year, we have high hopes that the under-construction Legoland might just provide the jolt the area’s economy needs. Merlin Entertainment’s block-based attractions in Europe and California are big hits, and we’ve seen how much dough gets dropped at Downtown Disney’s Lego store: Those two factors encourage us to think that enough parents will be pulled down Route 27 after the park’s October opening to provide hundreds of much-needed jobs in this depressed corner of Central Florida.

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