Shiver me timbers! Legoland Florida Resort’s newest hotel is pirate themed, so all ye landlubbers best find your sea legs and come aboard while we answer all yer questions about this marvelous treasure. (OK, don’t worry. That’s all the pirate speak yer gonna get in this Legoland pirate hotel article, ya seadog!)
What is the hotel like during COVID?
From the theme park to the hotels, the crew here have gone to extraordinary lengths to keep their guests and staff safe.
For example, with the Legoland app you can check in to your room and get notified when it’s ready so you don’t have to stand in line.
When you are within the hotel (and at indoor locations in the park) masks are required for everyone over 3 years old. Be prepared for temperature checks, as well.
They have reduced capacity in the hotel and in the park, making it easier to stay at least 6ft from others who are not in your party. This means that rooms are generally getting a “no people” rest for 24-72 hours between parties, and leaving space between cars in the parking lot is super easy.
In the hotel, all dining (except the Skyline Lounge) is by reservation only to manage crowd control. Additionally, buffets have been reconfigured to reduce the number of touch points… and silverware + condiments are provided when you are seated (or upon request).
Skyline Lounge is still a place you can visit without a reservation (because sometimes the kids just need to eat!) but with the reduced number of guests, applying responsible social distance precautions is super easy. Our kids loved getting a pizza here and watching Lego movies while they ate it.
Some of the programming in the hotel has been suspended. But don’t worry – there are also plenty of fun (and safe) things happening. More on that below.
Want more info? Check here to read their operations update about the additional safety precautions.
Where is the new Legoland pirate hotel?
Why, only 130 kid-steps from the entrance to the Legoland theme park, of course. That makes it super easy to stay and play all day!
If you’ve ever visited the original Legoland Resort hotel, then you know just where to go; the entrance to both hotels is one and the same. You’ll check in at the same desk area, but then proceed to the new attached building that is for pirates only (Ok – not really. All Legoland hotel guests are welcome in the entertainment area of the pirate hotel. More on that below…but this new building and everything in it are all about pirates.)
Just as an aside, for those wondering, the Legoland Beach Retreat hotel is not in this area…it’s across the main parkway. In this Legoland Hotel post we breakdown the differences in the main hotel and the retreat. (Stay tuned because in the next week or so we’ll be updating it post to include the Pirate Island Hotel, too.)
What are the pirate hotel rooms like?
🎵🎵 The rooms are ve-ry awesome!🎵🎵 You’re singing the song in your head, right?
Like other Legoland rooms, they include a sleeping area with bunk beds for the kids (the bottom bed is a trundle, so they sleep three kids). Near the window is a queen bed for the parents. And of course, every detail from floor to ceiling is decorated with the pirate Lego theme.
In the room you’ll find a mini fridge, a safe, and plenty of storage space for your luggage. Note that there is not a microwave, but one is available for request on a first come, first serve basis. There is also one for guests to use on the first floor behind the elevator, next to the vending machine.
One of the kids’ favorite parts of the room (besides the bunk beds) was the in-room treasure hunt. They decoded their special kid-safe combination with a scavenger hunt, which unlocked the door to souvenir lego treasures they then used – along with the other blocks in the lego play area – to build amazing houses and robots and more.
I think one of my favorite things about visiting Legoland is seeing the things they create – even when they can be on electronics. They always prefer to build!
What pirate activities can you do at the hotel?
Of course there is the theme park to visit including tons of holiday and special events happening there like Brick-or-Treat or Holidays at Legoland. But there is also a happening schedule of events inside Pirate Island Hotel.
Beginning at 4pm every evening you and the family can gather in the Pirate Island Play Area for some fun. We built Lego pirate ships, played Buccaneer Bingo and plenty of pirate trivia, too. And finally, at 8:30pm, don your jammies for an excellent pirate storytime before bed.
Now, lest you feel marooned in the play area (ugh…I used pirate lingo again, didn’t I?) know that it is adjacent to the Smuggler’s Bar where you can grab a mocktail, cocktail, or anything else you need to wet your whistle. The boys loved the Sea Shanty (ginger-ale, fruit punch and pineapple juice) and I imbibed on a tasty pina-colada or two.
Is there a pirate pool?
Of course there is a pirate pool! And it’s heated, which means that it feels comfortable all year round.
Keep in mind that you are not limited to the pirate hotel pool only – feel free to invade the pool, splash ground (currently closed for COVID) and lounge area of the main resort also.
There are plenty of lounge chairs here, lifeguards, floating lego bricks, and clean pool towels. It’s also just a hop, skip and jump to Smuggler’s Bar if you need a juice or soda.
What’s the new restaurant like?
Shipwreck Restaurant is the pirate hotel restaurant, and it is seriously delicious! We ate here on the first evening, and I recall hubs saying the next evening, “I wish we had made reservations there for both nights because the food was so good.”
The thing to note is that unlike other Legoland restaurants, meals here are served family-style. You’ll pick a Pirate Platter with loads of meat or a Seadog Platter with meat and seafood. After that, just sit back and watch the food come; there is so much delicious goodness.
First you get warm buttered rolls…then a colorful salad with poppy seed dressing (I could have eaten this for days.) Then your platter arrives (see the Pirate Platter photo above) with brisket, pulled pork, rotisserie chicken, and smoked sausage. Yes, you get all of those, served to the center of the table in a large warming pan.
Oh, we’re not done yet! The comes the sides…mash potatoes, mac and cheese, and green beans! Blimey!
When you think you can’t eat anything else, out comes a small skillet filled with a thick chocolate chip cookie (more like a warm brownie) topped with ice cream, chocolate sauce, caramel and Heath bar crunches. Wow!
It was so much food but so incredibly delicious! Plan to have leftovers for lunch the next day.
Note: Remember that during COVID reservations are required here in order to eat, even if you’re a guest. They use Open Table.
Is free breakfast still included?
You know it! Legoland resort hotels are known for their free breakfasts and the Legoland pirate hotel is no different. And once again, I want to remind you that during COVID, reservations are required – even for guests receiving free breakfast.
Pirate Island Hotel guests will enjoy breakfast at Shipwreck Restaurant (same place we discussed above.) And yes – breakfast is also family-style.
A large warming plate comes to the table with eggs, bacon, sausage, Lego waffles, and more. There are other made-to-order options, also, like omelets or toast. One of my kids had a craving for cereal, and they made that happen, too.
Be sure to grab The Lego Times from your hotel room door stoop to bring with you to breakfast.
What about the Master Builds?
Master Builds are still happening, and kids enjoy a free master build when they stay at the hotel. The builds are happening in a larger room than usual, so that everyone can spread out…and you’ll see above that the boys were wearing masks because we were inside the building.
Master Builds are great ways for kids to learn about building techniques from the people who are actually making the cool Lego creations around the park – and they get to keep the creation they build here.
Sounds awesome. How much?
Prices for the Pirate Island Hotel are the same as they are for the main Legoland Hotel, with different packages and price changes depending on the season.
I highly recommend checking out the Vacation Package offerings before making your final preparations.
The most affordable option starts at (at the time of this writing) only $81/person/night. It’s the Early Bird Special, requiring you to book 60+ days in advance, but you get three nights (and three days in the park) for the price of two.
Not a planner? Go for the 2nd Day Free plan which begins at $189/person/night.
Want to go all-out? The All Inclusive starts at $225/person/night and includes everything we’ve discussed plus free dinners (to complement your free breakfasts), a photo package, and more.
For Legoland theme park tickets + passes without a hotel stay, click here.
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Disclosure: Thank you to Visit Central Florida, Visit Florida and Legoland for hosting my family and me on this visit. Opinions here are all our own, and we genuinely give it 5 gazillion stars!