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Back to the Future: More of Cypress Gardens opens March 5 at Legoland Florida

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Legoland Florida is built on the site of the old Cypress Gardens, an original Florida theme park that just couldn't find its place in the modern era. Fortunately, there are still vestiges of the old park at Legoland, like the Island in the Sky, the carousel (albeit in a Lego form), and some of the original roller coasters, including the Triple Hurricane, which is now Coastersaurus.

But perhaps the best part of the original park is the garden itself. Part of the original Cypress Gardens area re-opened along with Legoland Florida in 2011. Now fans of the old park have something else to rejoice about. On March 5, 2014, the Oriental Garden and historic Florida Pool, which was once a Hollywood icon, will also be accessible to guests.

The area that opened in 2011 includes two classic elements: the gazebo and the banyan tree. The banyan is one of the garden's most impressive elements, and it's acted as a popular photo backdrop for generations.

If you'd like a tour of the previously opened part of the garden, check out the video accompanying this article. The tour was given by Landscape Manager Nigel Dunning, who gives some of the history and talks about the work involved in maintaining the lovely area.

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