When Legoland took over Cypress Gardens it was certain that they would create one “land” exclusively for toddlers themed on DUPLO. DUPLO appeals to toddlers with its oversized bricks and so Legoland built a separate DUPLO area on the site of the former Cypress Gardens Gamesville. It is located close to Lego Kingdoms and Fun Town.
Originally it was called DUPLO Village but in October 2013 it was shut to be redeveloped as DUPLO Valley with a projected re-opening date of Spring 2014.
The whole area is being given a farming and countryside theme and will be upgraded with three new attractions featuring a train, tractors and a water play area all aimed at the 2 to 5 year old.
The existing distinctive red DUPLO Barn will give young kids the chance to play on life-sized farm themed DUPLO play sets. Parent can relax in the toddler room whilst the youngsters play with DUPLO bricks. For added comfort it will offer air-conditioning.
The Baby Care Center which is housed inside the DUPLO Barn and offers private nursing stations, rocking chairs, microwaves, bottle warmers, high chairs, changing stations with nappies (diapers) and Wi-Fi, cell phone charging stations will remain open during the redevelopment.
The first new attraction will feature a DUPLO Train which will travel through a countryside themed area with farms, fishing holes and campgrounds. Kids can ride solo or with their parents.
There will also be a mini-tractor ride where kids can plough cornfields and hunt for missing farm animals.
The new splash and water play area offers water spouts and interactive water features with larger than life LEGO farm animals all with a soft deck for added safety.
The original DUPLO Village had a number of rides specifically for the 2 to 5 year old age group. It appealed to families with small children as everything was scaled with their size in mind and the rides had room for both adults and children so they could be accompanied on the rides.
In the DUPLO Play Town you could explore the town and farm or play on the soft surface play area with water fountains and slides.
The Fire Brigade, Trucks and Cars attraction let toddlers ride in a variety of different LEGO inspired vehicles.
The Flight Squadron - Plane ride allowed you to ‘fly’ your fighter plane around, much like the ‘Dumbo’ style ride at Disney’s Magic Kingdom.