It had been at least 5 years since I last visited Legoland California. My two older boys and I were annual passholders for several years and Legoland was one of our favorite weekend spots. We loved the Legoland Brick or Treat Halloween Party, sharing a tub of Granny’s Apple Fries or simply building creations inside the Imagination Zone. On each visit we enjoyed a stroll through Miniland USA, the heartbeat of the Park.
With a drive of 30 minutes from our house, my kids and I were happy to escape our Saturday chores last weekend and visit Legoland California for the day!
Since it had been so long since my last visit, I was looking forward to seeing the changes that Park had made over the last few years. You can’t miss the largest addition, the Legoland Hotel located at the front entrance of the Park. My kids stayed their last summer with their grandmother and said it was so much fun. Legoland is known for their unique, tongue-in-cheek humor so it was no surprise to me that the hotel features a disco ball in the elevator and a treasure hunt inside the rooms!
I noticed right off the bat that there were more large Lego figures. A lifesize Darth Vader greeted guests. There were more animals on the Safari Trek and more figures on the Fairy Tale Brook. The addition of Lego Star Wars to Miniland was a highlight.
My stepdaughter has Autism so I inquired with Guest Services at the start of our visit. She supplied me with a simple “Assisted Access Pass”. This business card had the date, number of people in our party and my daughter’s name. Instructions on the card let us know that we were permitted to enter rides through the exit and wait there so we didn’t have to stand in a crowded queue. This definitely helped alleviate any stress (helpful for me since I was the only adult on this adventure!)
This day marked the first time that my preschooler had been to Legoland. I familiarize him with a few of the rides on the Legoland website first so he was excited to try them out! He has just reached 40″ tall (yes, at only 3 years and 2 months old!) so he was tall enough to ride several of the coasters. He braved the Coastersaurus first thing and after a few “Oh, my tummy!” moments on the ride, he was craving more!
Duplo Village was a hit, as I expected it to be! There are quaint little houses set up like a town including a firestation with a pole and tons of stairs and slides. A tiny train, the Legoland Express, rides around here as well. Plan for plenty of time in this area if you have a preschooler, they absolutely love this place!
Fun Town really is…fun! Skipper School and Driving School with their trackless vehicles are can’t miss attractions. There is even a Junior Driving School for little ones aged 3-5. My preschooler got about a quarter of the way around the track before crashing, it was adorable to watch the little ones in their cars! The Adventure’s Club walk-through is a favorite for my older ones though my preschooler was too nervous of the dark areas.
The new Lego Star Wars area in Miniland USA did not disappoint. There are some amazingly detailed scenes from the movies featured here! This area was incredible and a must see for any Star Wars fan.
We ate lunch at Burger Stop which had hearty sized Angus beef burgers. There are many unusual and healthy dining choices throughout the Park, including salad bar, panini sandwiches, stir fry or homemade soups.
After lunch we made our way over to the Land of Adventure, where my kids slid down the Dune Raiders slide several times, I rode the Cargo Ace with my little one and we shot laser guns in the Lost Kingdom Adventure ride.
My little one was ready to conquer the Dragon coaster in Castle Hill, in which more “Oh, my tummy!” moments occurred! Legoland is full of sweet areas that highlight their master builder’s works including the Enchanted Walk which features woodland animals. The big kids braved the Knights’ Tournament and the Lego Technic Coaster.
We ended the day on the Coast Cruise, where more of that silly Lego humor is on display. Poor George, he’s getting his ears cleaned out!
An enjoyable day was had by all! Next time we’ll plan our visit when we can don our bathing suits and get splashed at one of the Legoland water parks (additional admission fee required). They are currently closed for the season but reopen in the spring. We’ll also have to plan a time to see the SeaLife Aquarium (separate admission required).