Europe-based Merlin Entertainments announced in January that it has purchased Cypress Gardens in Winter Haven from property investment company Land South Group and will open Legoland Florida on the site at the end of 2011.

The Florida development will be Merlin’s second Legoland Park in North America and will mirror the concept of the company’s existing Legoland parks in Germany, the United Kingdom and California.

According to Merlin, the new Florida development will be the biggest Legoland Park ever opened and will offer rides, shows and attractions, including Lego models.