April 22 was Earth Day, and companies and individuals everywhere found ways to celebrate our planet. Legoland Florida joined in with the celebration in a very special way: the park ran for an entire day using only renewable energy sources. Click the video to learn more about this impressive effort.
"This is a historic day for Legoland Florida," said General Manager Adrian Jones. "With our new partnership with Tampa Electric, we will give guests a whole new way to learn about renewable energy while also doing something that no other theme park in the U.S. has done before."
The park teamed up with Tampa Electric to run everything, from the lights to the rides to the equipment, entirely on solar power. While that was just a one-day celebration, Legoland Florida will continue its green efforts by running the Imagination Zone on solar power all year 'round.
The Imagination Zone project is also being done in partnership with Tampa Electric. It will use a 30 kilowatt solar panel array. The system, which is funded by Tampa Electric, supports the company's Renewable Energy program, which allows customers to buy a portion of their power from renewable sources.
The partnership goes beyond just power and carries forward into education In June, a new display will be placed inside the park with an interactive 6-foot Lego Earth model to educate guests on solar technologies. It will be outside Imagination Zone and will allow visitors to affect the rate of the Lego Earth’s rotation with tactile solar panels. Guests will also enjoy an interactive zone that features Lego mini model communities which are run on renewable energy inside the Imagination Zone.