Legoland has not had an easy time making it here the States. It has to compete with Disneyland, Seaworld, and Knottsberry Farm, all in the same area. Legoland has a more European flavor and moves at a slower and more relaxed pace. The rides here aren't as thrilling as the ones at other parks. The roller coasters are mild, and many of the rides are slow-moving boat or jeep rides through make-believe Legolands. This is perfect for kids under the age of 10. Older kids who are little jaded by fast and thrilling theme parks may be bored.
My favorite part is the Lego reproductions of famous cities. I can spend hours looking here. The more I look, the more I see! I often marvel at the detail and chuckle at the humor that is often hidden in these Legoscapes. My most recent find was looking at the New Orleans Legoscape and noticing one of the favorite gay bars, just where it's suppose to be! There was the Bourbon Street Pub complete with rainbow flags and two guys chatting each other up out front. You know the artists must enjoy adding these little details in the hopes we visitors find them!
I love spending time here and could do away with all the rides. The gardens are perfectly maintained, and the small trees are tiny bonsai trees. You can pan for gold, have a water balloon fight, or just get wet in a dancing fountain. Kids also have the chance to build their own Lego creations throughout the park.
I am thrilled with the food outlets. They serve healthy choices, like fruit sides and lots of fresh salads. This is not your typical deep-fried amusement-park junk food served on a stick.
The cost is $45 per adult and $38 per child. Parking is extra. There are tons of coupons floating around Southern California. Fast-food restaurants, supermarkets, and the Sunday paper always seem to flood the market with discounts. I also noted they give a discount to AAA members. We did encounter long lines during spring break. Some lines took up to 2 hours. This was disappointing, as you spend most of your time waiting in line. These lines were unique to spring break and other peak times. I understand that on regular days the lines move quickly.
Legoland may not be for everyone. In order to fully enjoy it, you will need to slow your pace down and relax. Take your time and enjoy the many Lego sculptures. Be sure to take your time and don't just rush on by - stop and look! This is a great alternative to the faster-paced lifestyle here in Southern California. It forces you to take it slow and just enjoy!
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July 8, 2009
From journal Jam-Packed Family Trip to San Diego
April 17, 2007
From journal San Diego Adventures
March 10, 2007
From journal Legoland
It's all about Imagination. Geared to the younger set (for the most part anyway). Under age 10 or so. Hands on "theme" park. We met the grandkids there for a half day of fun.They seemed to enjoy Dino Island with the Lego animals and my nephew enjoyed the pirates the best. It does seem a little pricey at times but then all parks are.
February 3, 2007
My kids thought Legoland was better than Disneyland. Part of that probably has to do with the fact that the lines are much, much shorter for the rides. Everything there caters to kids of all sizes. Our kids were 4 and 6 when we visited and there was nothing they could not go on. Their favorite was the Lego Driving School. They drove go karts. There were two sized tracks, one for kids under 5 and one for kids 6 and up. They even got to get their picture on a Legoland license when they were done. Miniland was a hit too. That is the display they have of things made out of legos. They had replicas of the White House, San Francisco, an Indy Speedway, New Orleans, and others. They were all very detailed.
One thing to remember for the kids in the summer is to bring their swimming suits. The Pirate area has fountains for the kids and a water play area. We did not realize the extent to which they would be able to play in the water. Legoland does sell suits and water accessories but obviously at a high price. Had we known we would have brought our suits instead of leaving them at the hotel. This area was the most crowded in the park. We also saw a pirate show here which the kids enjoyed. And best of all, the gift shops have every lego toy imaginable. There were some really cool things here that you would not find at ordinary stores.
From journal Trip to San Diego
July 31, 2006
From journal San Diego
February 11, 2006
From journal October--Marine Layer in the San Diego Area
September 14, 2005
From journal A Week of Adventure in Southern California
April 18, 2005
From journal Exploring San Diego
February 7, 2005
From journal Weekend in San Diego/Carlsbad