As a kid, I had been to both Disneyland , Knott’s Berry Farm, Sea World, and Six Flags Magic Mountain. I also remember going to a place called Marineland but this place is closed now. I had enjoyed playing with Legos and dream of an amusement park to go to based on the Lego theme. By the time Legoland opened in Carlsbad, California, I had outgrown Legos. Things have changed since I now have toddlers.
A friend of the family has a brother who works at Legoland and he offered us some free tickets to the park. My family made the trek down to Legoland. Legoland is about an hour and a half from the Los Angeles or one hour south of Anaheim. It was a bit overcast the day we went but it did not ruin our trip. Parking is averaged price at $10 but there is VIP parking for Volvo cars. I read that Volvo is a key sponsor for Legoland.
Regular tickets are a bit expensive at $60 dollars for adults and $50 dollars for kids. There are multiple locations online to buy tickets at a cheaper price. Costco does have a good deal for a one day pass and a 3 month pass.
Legoland is definitely worth a trip with the kids. Every kid will enjoy walking through Miniland USA. Miniland USA has replicas of various cities such as San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Washington D.C., and New Orleans. Even if you are an adult and would like to see something cool, then take some time exploring the detail in this Miniland USA. There is a lot to take in and with kids you may miss some of the detail in these exhibits.
There are many rides and attractions at Legoland for the kids but beware of the height requirement on some of the rides. Some rides will not have a height requirement but other rides will have a height requirement varying from 34″ to 42″. There are nine different themed ares in the park. They include Land of Adventure, The Beginning, Dino Island, Explore Village, Fun Town, Pirate Shores, Castle Hill, Minilnad USA, and Imagination Zone. Be warned, Pirate Shores is a great place for the kids to get wet but they may need a change of clothes to enjoy the remainder of the day. I highly recommend watching a show or two. We saw the Lego Racers 4D movie. My son, who is almost 4 years old, was reaching out for the 4D object and that was quite cute to see. I did get my son to go on the fastest roller coaster at Legoland, the Lego Technic coaster. He also had a blast driving at the Volvo JR Driving School.
My daughter is a bit shorter than my son but she is tall for her age. We were able to go on a few rides with her too. It was a bit hard to gage her response but she definitely had fun. She enjoyed running around the park. She sat through part of the Lego Racers 4D show and I think she liked it. By the end of the day she was tired and a bit cranky but she did skip her afternoon nap. She made up for it on the trip to my sister’s house that evening.
We saw most of the park in the time we were there although we did miss the Castle Hill area. Lines were extremely short and the longest wait was at the most 10 minutes. The park was not crowded at all and the employees were extremely nice. The gift shop is full of Legos and Lego accessories and is a great place to pick of a souvenir. We did eat a restaurant in the park called Pizza Mania. I would say the food was just OK but most amusement parks have average food, which is always overpriced.
Overall Legoland is a great place for toddlers. The fact that it is not crowded is a plus but we did go on a Friday in early May. Legoland, which is located in Carlsbad, is right next to the beach and usually the temperature never gets too hot. We did not bring a stroller with us into Legoland but I think I would recommended it. I would have loved putting both of my kids in the stroller instead of carrying them back to the car at the end of the day. The food is average and if you can, bring your own snacks or lunch. If you live in the area or planning a visit to Southern California, take the kids to Legoland. If you have ever played with Legos or have kids that like Legos, then check out Legoland.