Warning…slight photo overload in this post…
Actually our boys have never seen the Lego Movie. I haven’t either for that matter. Since they cry through Wall-E and Cars we haven’t ventured too far into movie land. Nevertheless they are all addicted to Legos and one of the big reasons we headed to San Diego was to go to Legoland. I think Leighton had been counting down and dreaming about it since Edric came home.
It was a great day. Beyond what we could hope for and I think all three boys had an amazing day. We went on Monday April 11th which was awesome because all the spring breaks were over and so we hardly waited in line at all. I think our longest wait was maybe 10 minutes but most of the time there wasn’t even a line. We made sure all the boys were at least 36 inches tall which meant that they could ride almost all the rides. Leighton and Caedmon could ride even a few more because they were both over 40 inches. One thing to remember is that the park is designed for kids ages 3-10ish, so the rides are not your typical thrill seeking rides, but for a 2, 4, and 6 year old they were perfect. There are a lot of ways to get discount tickets and a quick google search talks through pros and cons of every option, we went with the San Diego Go Card, with the “build-your-own” option that let up pick things we were going to do and then get 20% off admission prices, we put the zoo and Legoland on it and it was great and worked well for us especially since Edric only being 2 got into both for free. The park opens officially at 10, but the gates open at 9, and some rides start at 9:30. We pulled into the parking lot at 8:51. After a trip to the bathrooms (and yes Caedmon has still not gotten over his terror of public restrooms, luckily they have family bathrooms throughout the park that helped us at least get through the day with minimal screams of terror) we were set and ready to go in.
We actually headed to the Big Lego store first, we had given all three boys a price limit and told them that they could pick out one set and decided to just get that part over with so that Leighton didn’t think and worry about which set all day long. And it worked great, there was no one in the store and after picking out what they were going to buy, the park puts the purchases in a locker for us until the end of the day free of charge which made it easy. The guy that checked us out told us we made a wise decision as well because he said many times by the end of the day they are all sold out of sets and kids are tired and that never goes over well. We also packed lunches and put that in a locker. And then we set off. The boys all brought lego figures to trade with the park employees and Leighton got a little worried about that and all his excitement and build up hit him hard at the beginning and so after a couple of deep breaths and such we were good to go. The employees are super friendly and want to make sure the kids have a good time, if any kid cries or gets upset they feel really bad and try and help in any way they can.
The park is amazingly clean and everyone is friendly. There are huge Lego statues throughout the park. We didn’t do the water park or the aquarium, and I think we were all fine with that. There was by far enough to do and while I don’t think we rode every ride, we rode a good number of them and rode our favorites many times. We discovered Caedmon loves roller coasters, and Leighton was a big fan of the Tomb Raiders where they give you laser guns and you go through a pyramid and shoot targets and try and earn points. (mommy won for the record if anyone cares…). Edric just got a huge grin on his face with just about everything he rode. The other really neat thing is that near rides they had lego building and little play grounds set up for kids to play on, so that made it easy for the roller coaster that Edric wasn’t tall enough for. There was also an incredible playground area that had slides, bridges, tunnels and everything in between that was a good break and place to get some energy out mid afternoon that everyone loved.
We stayed and played all day, I think we finally walked out at 5:15 that evening with 3 very tired but very happy boys. Everything was Awesome!