Park officials at Legoland Florida announced today that its official opening date is Monday 15 October 2011.

The 150-acre theme park will cater to kids ages 2 to 12 and will feature replicas of iconic American buildings like the White House. Plus it will have 20 "pink-knuckle" rides from roller coasters to race cars as well as some 30 family-focused shows and attractions.

The park, which has been built on the old Cypress Gardens site is located midway between Orlando and Tampa in Winter Haven, also revealed a new online reservations system here that allows families to book travel and hotel rooms.

A key benefit of the program, Legoland Florida sales manager Todd Andrus explained in a news release, is that it features 13 preferred hotels in Central Florida that are officially endorsed by the park. Called the "Bed & Brick" program, the hotels are all family-friendly and provide a range of price points and assets to accommodate different styles and budgets. Each of the hotels in the program will offer special rates and ticket/room packages, the news release said.

As previously reported, the 1930s vintage botanical gardens under the old theme park's name will live on untouched, although the Lego Belles will be plastic brick models, not young women in hoop skirts. The Cypress Gardens water ski show will re-emerge as an extreme stunt show with Lego Pirates.

Full price for the park is $65 for adults and $55 for kids 3 through 12, but discounting will be common. There will also be annual passes available. Park officials with the British Merlin Entertainments Group hope to draw up to 20 percent of a forecast 2 million visitors from group rates such as weekday school field trips combining admission and selected classroom at $5 to $12 a person.

Legoland Florida is aimed mainly at children between the ages of two and 12.