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Automotive Traveler Magazine: 2013 05 Ford Legoland Driving School Page 1

Getting Future Road-Trippers Behind the Wheel at LEGOLAND Florida

Ford's Junior Driving School licenses the little ones, and sends them on their way.

By Debi Lander

More than 60 years after their debut, LEGOs remain as popular as ever, providing hours of stimulating and creative fun for kids of all ages and adult hobbyists. Designed originally as a child's construction toy, the brightly colored, interlocking bricks took their name from the Danish phrase leg godt, which means "play well."

At LEGOLAND's Florida location, opened in 2011 on the former grounds of Cypress Gardens in Winter Haven, I was excited to discover the park's travel theme--complete with some behind-the-wheel training for the park's target audience of kids 2-12.

Miniland, a marvelous village of American scenes, acts as the park's hub, transporting visitors from Washington, D.C. to the Big Apple to Vegas to California in mere minutes. City layouts include buildings and bridges, lakes and landmarks constructed entirely of LEGOs. A parading band in front of the White House is one of many display features that include moving parts.

LEGOLAND's youngest guests get to do more than stroll past great cityscapes. They get to hop in LEGO cars and pretend to drive down America's Main Street.

Sponsored by Florida Ford dealers, LEGOLAND's Junior Driving