Have you ever been to LEGOLAND? This is my family’s 3rd trip to LEGOLAND…and it was a BLAST! We only went for one day, but we squeezed in as much fun as we could into 8 hours. Our bonus was staying at the LEGOLAND Hotel! AMAZING! I will tell you more about that later.
My good friend is about to take her family to LEGOLAND and she asked me what tips I could give her to make their vacation a success. Instead of just telling her, I decided to tell everyone about my top 10 tips.
LEGOLAND® California Resort has more than 60 rides, shows and attractions. And new for Summer 2014, enter the exciting new LEGO® Legends of CHIMA™ Water Park. It features a Lion Temple Wave Pool, crocodile swamp, interactive Build-a-Boat and more. Stay the night at the LEGOLAND® Hotel at the Resort with 250 LEGO themed rooms. The Resort is home to LEGOLAND Water Park and SEA LIFE® Aquarium with the new exhibit this spring, Jellyfish Discovery.
Top 10 Tips:
1. I am all about saving money. I have found that if you purchase your tickets in advance and print them at home you will not only save money, you will save time as well. Right now on the LEGOLAND website you can purchase 5 days for the price of 1! That’s right…you get to explore LEGOLAND for 5 days for just $107 (adult)/$97 (kid)! This price covers all three areas of LEGOLAND: LEGOLAND, SEA LIFE and the water park (including the new CHIMA area)! That’s 5 days of fun for only $408 for 2 adults + 2 kids! AMAZING! When you arrive at LEGOLAND, you can skip the ticket booths and walk right to the gates! Once inside, an employee will take your photo (which you can purchase at a later time).
2. Plan on going for more than one day. One day is great and you can see a lot of things, but you won’t be able to do it all in one day. Let’ say you can only fit two days into your trip… plan on spending one full at in the water park and split the other day at LEGOLAND and SEA LIFE. It’s doable! SEA LIFE opens an hour before the park, so you can spend your first hour there…then enter the park and ride some rides. They will stamp your hand so you can always go back if you feel like you missed something.
3. Either bring a minifigure to swap or be willing to buy your child(ren) one. Most of the employees have minifigures on their brick badge (LEGO name tag). Feel free to ask them to trade with you! Minifigures must be traded in complete form, including head, body and legs. Logan loves trading minifigures. He doesn’t even look to see what an employee has on his/her brick badge. He just runs over to anyone with a brick badge and says, “Swap please!” As you see in the photo below he swapped for a bearded mermaid. Not his favorite, but no worries because he swapped several more times throughout the day and ended up with a robot looking businessman with a cape! Ha! Kira also had fun trading… but she was picker with her swaps. She ended up with a Chima character.
4. LEGOLAND Water Park is located at the north end of LEGOLAND California adjacent to Fun Town. The entrance is located between the Factory Tour and the Adventurer’s Club. Bring a bag with your swimsuits, towels, sunblock, and flip flops. Get a locker for the day!!! It’s only $10 for a large locker. You get a wristband that electronically opens your locker…no key to lose! NOW you don’t have to carry your stuff everywhere. Plus if you do decide to play in the park you can change and leave your stuff in the water park area. Just remember that the water park closes an hour before the park… so be sure to gather your belongings before they close.
5. If you are going to hit the water park and LEGOLAND in one day, then wear your swimsuit… but remember ladies/girls, you must have bottoms on to ride any rides at LEGOLAND. We learned that they hard way on our first trip. Kira was wearing her swim suit without shorts and an employee wouldn’t allow her on a ride, so we had to purchase a pair of shorts so she could ride. Mind you we could have just gone back to our hotel and gotten a pair.. .it was just easier to buy a pair.
6. Be prepared to get wet… even if you are not in your swimsuit. There are a few rides where you will get wet…SOAKED even! If you are looking to get wet, but aren’t going to visit the water park… then head over to Pirate Shores to cool off! This is one of Logan’s favorite areas because he is a pirate at heart!
7. How tall are your kids? You will need to know this before going. Trust me! At LEGOLAND each ride has a height restrictions (and some have age restrictions and weight restrictions). On our first trip to LEGOLAND, there were quite a few rides Kira couldn’t ride. You can find all of the height restrictions on the website or on their map. If your child is 4 and over 42″, then your good to go on just about everything.
8. Best way to avoid long lines is to enter when the park opens and head directly to the back of the park first. Then you can make your way to the front. Try to hit all the rides in each section before moving to the next area.
9. Check to see what shows and events are happening. You could be lucky like us…we got to meet Emmet and Wyldstyle!
10. Stay at a hotel within walking distance so you don’t have to pay for parking. If you do have to pay for parking it costs $15 for cars, $20 for campers/RVs, $5 for motorcycles and $25 for preferred parking.
This is just a glimpse of our trip to LEGOLAND. I will be posting more at a later time…including our stay at the LEGOLAND Hotel!!!
Disclosure: I received 2 complimentary tickets to LEGOLAND. All opinions are my own. No other form of compensation was received, nor was I obligated to write a positive review. LEGOLAND allowed me to use some of their images to enhance my post.