Legoland Florida Rides Won’t be Regulated by State

September 29, 2011
Photo courtesy of LegoLand Florida

Officials say the roller coasters and other rides at Legoland Florida won’t undergo state safety inspections.

That’s because the theme park, scheduled to open in Polk County next month, qualifies for an exemption that officials say was written into Florida law for Walt Disney World and other large theme parks.

The Orlando Sentinel reports that to qualify for the state’s exemption from inspection and permitting requirement, a park must have at least 1,000 employees.

As of Tuesday, Legoland spokeswoman Jackie Wallace says the park has had hired 994 workers, with offers out to six others.

If the park’s employment falls below 1,000, it would be subject Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services regulation. The law requires the park to employ full-time, in-house safety inspectors.

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