Legoland Florida evacuates park, hotel amid bomb scare

In this photo taken Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2011, a life size Lego model of a tourist with binoculars is seen at Legoland Florida in Winter Haven, Fla. The second Legoland in North America, Legoland Florida is located in Winter Haven on the site of the old Cypress Gardens. Opening day is Oct. 15.    (AP Photo/John Raoux)
In this photo taken Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2011, a life size Lego model of a tourist with binoculars is seen at Legoland Florida in Winter Haven, Fla. The second Legoland in North America, Legoland Florida is located in Winter Haven on the site of the old Cypress Gardens. Opening day is Oct. 15. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. (AP/WAVY) — Legoland Florida evacuated guests and workers from its central Florida location Thursday afternoon due to a bomb threat.

The theme park tweeted Thursday afternoon that the move was made after a bomb threat was received and said the park would be closed for the rest of the day.

The park is located in Winter Haven, southwest of Orlando.

Winter Haven police said in a news release that they are investigating. They did not immediately return a call from The Associated Press.

Legoland, along with Universal Florida, Disney and SeaWorld, also shut down last week as Hurricane Matthew skirted Florida’s Atlantic Coast.

Legoland says it will honor tickets from Thursday, and also will issue refunds or changes to affected visitors or hotel guests. Legoland Florida released this statement about Thursday’s bomb threat:

Dear Guests,

Thank you for your patience and concern. Earlier today, we received an anonymous bomb threat and we quickly made the decision to evacuate our theme park and hotel according to our established safety protocols. At this time we have determined this to be a hoax.

The hotel and theme park have been cleared of any potential threat by Winter Haven Police Department. The hotel has reopened and the theme park will operate as scheduled tomorrow from 10 am to 5 pm. Our team is happy to assist with any requests for ticket or hotel refunds and changes through LLF.Experience@LEGOLAND.com.

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