Why You Should Visit Legoland California

Last Friday we visited Legoland California as a family and invited our nephew Yale to join us. Carter, Yale, and even Kennedy all love Legos so I knew it would be lots of fun for them. From the moment you drive into the park (pay extra for preferred parking so you get to park very close to the entrance) you are greeted with lots of bright colors and everything is made out of Legos. The entire staff is friendly from the ticket employees to ride operators, and anyone I asked a question was eager to answer and help. I thought Legoland California was very clean and the plants and surroundings were all well kept. Our tickets were for Legoland California, Legoland Water Park, and the Sea Life Aquarium. The park is filled with more than 60 kid-powered, kid-tastic rides, shows and attractions all built for fun!  We were able to ride almost every ride and visit the aquarium in one full day. We got there basically right when the park opened and stayed until it closed. We did not visit the water park because there was just not enough time, but if you plan on visiting the water park you may want to spend two days at Legoland California so you can take your time and visit each land, the Sea Life Aquarium, and the water park. We brought Carter for the first time when he was 2 and I was pregnant with Kennedy. He really liked it, but there was a lot he could not ride or Blake and I had to ride with him. Now Carter is 4 and was able to ride almost everything and several rides he could ride by himself. It was now Kennedy who could not ride everything due to her height and age (she is two). I think the best age for children to visit Legoland California is probably between the age of 4-5 and older. That way they are at the perfect age and height and can ride all the rides and you get your money's worth. There are so many things that I love about Legoland California, but one that comes to mind right away are the Lego play areas while you wait in line to ride. It is genius! Kids can play with Legos while someone waits in the ride line. It keeps the children busy and parents happy and before you know it the time passes by quicker and you are on the ride! Here are some helpful hints I wanted to share with all of you...

If you receive the Lego magazine (which is free) there is a ticket to have one free children's admission with purchase of a full price adult ticket. I just wanted to share this helpful information that I heard. We did not take advantage of this since Legoland California sponsored our trip.  Then over the weekend I was shopping at South Coast Plaza (Costa Mesa, CA) and we visited the Lego store there (we had not had our fill of Legos yet) and after you make a purchase they give you a coupon for one free children's admission with a paying adult ticket.  So either request the Lego magazine or visit a Lego store before you go to Legoland California because it will save you alot of money.

I picked up this magazine, coupons, and special events information at the Lego store at South Coast Plaza.

Legoland California has a VIP Experience that sounds amazing. Enjoy front of the line access, private experiences, and so much more. You can read more about the VIP Experience here.

The Legoland Hotel is right next to the Legoland California park, the water park, and Sea Life Aquarium. If you are planning on doing multiple days you should consider staying at the Legoland Hotel and treating yourself to the ultimate experience. There are four different theme rooms to choose from and you get early access into the Legoland California park.

Legoland California also offers Reserve 'N' Ride. Enjoy your day at Legoland California with the all new Reserve 'N' Ride Electronic Ride Reservation System with 13 of their top rides available to choose from. You can spend less time waiting in line and do more with your day.  Guests with Reserve 'N' Ride receive a hand held device that lets you make ride reservations from anywhere in the Park. You wait at the same time as other resort guests but you just don't have to stand in line. With Reserve 'N' Ride, you can make one ride reservation at a time and the device will let you know when it's your turn to ride!

Whatever you do at Legoland California make sure you stop in at The Big Shop.  It is the ultimate Lego experience.  Either shop the store right away or on your way out of the park.  This shop has everything you will see in any other shop or land throughout the park, so just hit up this store for all your goodies.

Ninjago World is now open!  I believe this was Blake, Yale, and Carter's favorite land.  There is only one ride in this land and it is Lego Ninjago The Ride.  It was pretty cool and everyone could ride.

Imagination Zone has lots of free play building and some pretty cool Lego models.  There are three rides in this area, but we did not ride them.

Land of Adventure might be one of my favorite lands.  There are four rides and all of them were super fun!

Castle Hill is full of medieval times, flying dragons, knights, princesses and more!  There are three rides in this land and we rode two of them.  The Dragon was fun and The Royal Joust was adorable.  To ride The Royal Joust you need to be 36 inches tall or 4 years old.

Pirate Shores includes all water attractions so we visited this land and walked through it, but we did not ride any of the attractions because you get wet.

Miniland USA includes replicas built from Legos of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, the capital building in Washington D.C., Mardi Gras in New Orleans, Grand Central Station in New York and the strip in Las Vegas. All in one day! Or travel to a galaxy far, far away. By the way, we know what you’re thinking: 32,496,352 LEGO bricks. Give or take.  There is also a Star Wars area in Miniland USA so if you have Star Wars fans you don't want to miss this area.

Fun Town is really a kid's town and we had a lot of fun here!  There are eight fantastic rides in this land.  We rode almost all of them.  There is some great shopping and we ate lunch in this land.  We ate at Fun Town Hotdogs and the Burger Stop.  In Fun Town there is also a Baby Care Center with rocking chairs, changing area with diapers, refrigerator and microwave too.

Lego Friends Heartlake City definitely is for girls.  It is absolutely adorable and while Blake and Yale were riding a big kid ride I took Carter and Kennedy to this area to play and ride Mia's Riding Camp (horses) and they loved it.  It is super cute.

Explorers Island takes you back in time to when dinos roamed the earth.  There are three rides in this land and we rode two of them because one of the rides was closed.  But I loved the Safari Trek ride.

The Sea Life Aquarium is right next to Legoland.  It is an interactive guide to the life of the sea, combining active hands-on learning with fascinating educational talks and up close encounters with sea creatures including sharks, octopi and rays!

The Legoland Water Park has gallons of fun with a Lego themed tower, slides to ride and rafts to build. You can also visit the water park from another world at the Lego Legends of Chima Water Park with a wave pool and Chima themed play areas. Any Legoland ticket can be upgraded to include Water Park admission for $30.

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