My son *age 8* is an avid Lego fan. From Duplos to the minature blocks that build on the imagination, we have thousands of those little toys about the house. One of my son’s dreams was to go to Legoland one day and see all the amazing creations that go above and beyond artistry. That dream came true this month as we we privelidged to head down to San Diego on vacation and visit the amusement park on it’s 10 year anniversary!
We planned on staying the entire day at the park culminating in their weekend fireworks show. We had roughly 10 hours to spend and lots of ground to cover! You can buy tickets online, or at the gate, and we had the one-day hopper pass that include SeaLife Aquarium, located just next door. If possible, I suggest you get the 2-day hopper pass, so that you can take your time in the park, have a second day, and get to see the Aquarium as well.
Having 3 kids with the youngest being 3 years old and 36″ tall, we had to make a game plan early on in our planning. Tag-teaming with another parent/friend is ideal when you have older children who can ride the bigger rides, split up and take them to the appropriate areas of the park. We had a slight meltdown with our youngest when she was just inches below the minimum height requirement. Pick up a map of the park first thing and let it guide you on age/height requirements! Better yet check out the online Legoland map prior to going and plan your route!
Also, Legoland has a great itinerary for the little siblings not quite up to 34″… “What to do when you’re 2.”
Also, decide ahead of time if you’ll take everyone to the Pirate Shores Water Park Area. For this you’ll need extra clothes!! Don’t say I didn’t warn you!
Adventurous family members will discover Soak-N-Sail* which features more than 60 interactive gadgets and devices pumping and spraying hundreds of gallons of water. Climb aboard the shipwrecked pirate vessel beneath a 38-foot-tall mast. But stay alert because a pirate-style prank is looming overhead and over 300 gallons of water might come pouring down on you at any given moment.
We all enjoyed the Coast Cruise that gave us a brief look at Miniland USA! Replicas of major US cities are astounding, you could see my young son’s eyes just pop out of his head!!
I think all 3 kids enjoyed the Volvo Driving School in Fun Town best. After a run around a track using a pedal and steering wheel to manuever their own Lego-inspired car, they end the lesson earning their very own “driver’s license!”
The Safari Trek rounded out our day at the park.
Attention animal lovers: Have you ever seen life-size gorillas, giraffes, elephants, and crocodiles up close? This is your chance! Venture into the wilds of Africa in our animal-print Jeeps to discover wild animals – all made from LEGO® bricks, of course.
A unique treat that Legoland had at some of the longer-lined rides were Lego stations. Areas where kids could literally build with lego bricks while waiting in line for the attraction! Sure takes some stress out of those long weekend lines!! Such a smart idea.
Overall we had a fabulous time at Legoland theme park! Unfortunately we did not make it to SeaLife Aquarium, we hope to catch it on our next visit down south.