LEGOLAND, California is located in Carlsbad, It’s located close to the beach and about 40 minutes from downtown San Diego . ITS GREAT FOR KIDS UNDER 12.years old . I have a 3 year old so it was perfect for his age. It is an amusement park geared towards children ages 2-12. There are rides (fun, not thrill rides), shows, movies, hands-on activities, a waterpark, water rides, and amazing LEGO sculptures in Miniland.
You need 2 days to fit in the Aquarium and Legoland . Well we did .
HOURS ARE : 9am to 8pm Everyday . That is one mistake we made we thought it would close later like Disneyland. It closes at 8pm so make sure and get there early . During busy seasons, the park officially opens at 10:00, but the gates open at 9:00 and some of the rides open at 9:30. Make sure your kids know that not all of the rides are open, so they’re not disappointed. You can use this time to browse the gift shop or go get in line for the most popular rides.
PRICES ARE :
Bring minifigures to trade. Tell your kids to bring their 3 least favorite to trade. Every LEGO employee wears minifigures on their name tag. Employees are very gracious and willing to trade immediately. There is also a “Minifigure Ambassador”. This employee can be hard to track down, but they have almost 100 minifigures pinned to them ready to trade. Everyone (custodians, Sea Life workers, ticket takers) has minifigures to trade) We didn't know this when going so we weren't able to do it but This seems pretty cool now we know for next time.
MAKE SURE TO GET A MAP SO YOU CAN MAP OUT WHERE YOU WANT TO GO AND IN WHAT ORDER.
Or Download Legoland App on your phone as this will serve as your guide for map, location, wait times, and FAQs.
One thing I appreciate, they give you bracelet with a barcode on it if you take a park photo. If you take other park photos at other attractions, they just scan your barcode bracelet. Then when you're ready, you can view all of your park photos at the photo kiosk.
Theres lots of things made out of legos to see throughout the park and a boat ride that shows many displays, such as Miniland Star Wars, Las Vegas and many more places while observing legos move in air, land and water.
at LEGOLAND is typical park food. We were able to bring bottled water in and small snacks, without any problem. For one meal, we were pleased to find the Garden Restaurant had a fresh, healthy menu and was allergy friendly. Bonus: The Garden Restaurant overlooks Miniland (above). & Urban Kitchen in FUN CITY just opened. I read several rave reviews about the Granny’s Apple Fries so we tried them,
They have many fun rides my two favorite was the driving school, Ninja and the City Deep Sea Adventure . You sit in this submarine and play this interactive game while looking through these windows where they have REAL LIVE fish, sharks, sea animals, etc. with LEGO® characters.
We played lots of games they were pretty easy to win prizes , my son and his friends all won big dragons and big balls they had a blast bouncing them around and playing while we were waiting in line for rides.
We stayed at the Castle its slightly newer then the Legoland Resort but both are very nice and lots of things to do for kids. So as the park closed we ventured into Legoland Resort and they had a show in the Lobby all the kids were really into it . They have a whole play area there as well with legos . The pools are great with big legos in the water to play with. The Cafe is totally geared towards kids.
LEGOLAND RESORT - Cool Lobby
The Castle Hotel : I thought was pretty amazing . There is a huge play area with Giant Legos to build with, a play land park, the Wizard character and a Outdoor movie screen . Also The pool area etc. They had lots of neat lego structures all around.
* DONT FORGET SUNSCREEN, WATER , AND A JACKET FOR AFTER SUNSET.
ITS NEXT DOOR TO LEGOLAND : HOURS ARE 11-5PM
- It was included in our passes to legoland so we went there the next day. “We spent a leisurely hour or so just browsing the exhibit, and even catching a shark and ray feeding.” The second floor has more exhibits and also a cafe. Some of the things the cafe sells seemed random, but all the prices seemed reasonable.