Most kids love Legos. They can be creative and build anything their hearts and imagination’s desire. Legoland California is where your child’s imagination comes to life! Legoland is celebrating the holidays and the IT families were invited to visit the park.
Their main entrance was festively decorated with holiday ornaments. There is a Christmas tree, Santa and snowmen all made out of Legos. We were definitely getting into the Lego holiday spirit!
We grabbed a map. As we planned put our adventure we decided to take things slow and let the girls guide the way.
Our first stop was Miniland USA. The Lego reproductions of famous US cities were amazing! I can’t believe how many Legos and hours are spent on those mini replicas. We easily spent over an hour inspecting Vegas, New Orleans, NYC and LA. The displays are set to a child’s height so the girls got a birds eye view. The designers made sure to sprinkle a few Santas throughout the area. Each doing something festive in the Miniland settings.
We ate at the Garden Restaurant for lunch. The gourmet sandwiches and chili bread bowl were fresh and tasty. We liked the menu and were impressed by the quality and healthy options that were offered here. They offered an assortment of salads and healthy snacks for the kids.
Ride highlights: Dune Raiders is the park’s newest area and the girls LOVED it. The girls slid down the 50-foot slides again and again. They also loved the Beetle Bounce and shooting at targets on the Lost Kingdom Adventure. The line for this ride was our longest wait but the girls got their sillies out in line. Another bonus is that some of the rides have play areas with Legos and hand sanitizer. The kids can play while parents hold their spots in line. Dune Raiders, Beetle Bounce and Lost Kingdom Adventure can all be found in the Land of Adventure area. Cecy and I snickered at the people on the Aquazone water ride in the Imagination Zone. What are they nuts? It’s too cold to get wet. That’s when Cecy and I looked at each other and simultaneously ran to the ride entrance. I think we were so caught up in the excitement that we decided to be spontaneous and jump on! You stand up on the Aquazone ride as it spins you around. Better hope someone doesn’t press the explosion button! The lines thinned out as it got later in the day so the dads took a thrill ride on the Lego Technic Coaster.
We found the Adventurers Club that features some incredible detailed Lego art – ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphics and mummies, arctic setting with polar bears, wolves and an abominable snow creature. We visited the places in search of the 7 keys. We only found 6 until we reached the end. It reminded us that the 7th key is the key to your imagination. A wonderful thing to remember as you set about these brilliant blocks. Adventurers Club can be found in Fun Town.
Teagan loved the train in the play area of Explore Village and Izzy hung out with a princess over in Knight’s Kindgom. We all loved snacking on Granny’s apple fries. There were so many memorable moments and adventures for us to set out on. We tried to keep track of the time but every corner was another fun ride or Lego creation! We wish we had more time to check out the 4D shows and the SeaLife Aquarium. The only downside is the early closing hours as the park usually closes at 5. Fortunately the park hours were extended for the holidays. And for that we were treated to a fireworks finale!
We highly recommend this park. Legoland is a great place for all ages and especially fun for our toddlers. The rides are basic but well made and again imagination is the key here. Parking is easy and the staff is friendly and helpful. There are plenty of family facilities and the park was clean. This park is a photographers dream. There are photo ops at every turn.
Just a few tips:
- Make sure to bring sun block and a change of clothes in case your kids want to hit up Pirate Shores area. They’ll get soaked!
- Most rides have minimum height requirements between 34” – 40” and some have age requirements as well. Kids 3 and under get in the park for free!
- Lego Mindstorms is for kids 10 years and up. Make sure to head over there first to reserve a time. It fills up quick.
- Another bonus for families is the great Baby Care Center over in Fun Town. Here you will find a baby changing area with diapers, rocking chairs for nursing mothers and highchairs, as well as a refrigerator and microwave for preparing baby’s meal. There’s also a Model Mom Club Program. Click here for more information.
- We definitely recommend buying a 2-Day admission ticket. Your family could enjoy the park to it’s fullest by spreading your visit over two days. That would only be an extra $15 admission. You could always stay at the Sheraton located next to the park or the Grand Pacific Palisades which is within walking distance.
Did you miss out on their holiday fun? You can join Legoland for their Kids’ New Year’s Eve. Midnight strikes at 6 pm and there are performances by the Jumpitz and other kid friendly entertainers. Make sure to redeem your paid one-day admission ticket to return for a second day for free! Click here for more details.
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We did receive entrance to Legoland for review purposes. This will in no way sway our opinion of the service. The review is in our own words and is our opinion. Your results and opinion may differ.