Legoland California

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Legoland California Main Entrance

We are going to Legoland California?

I have to admit I was not enthusiastic about going to Legoland California. We had come off of four days at Disneyland and the last thing I felt like doing was going straight to another theme park. Ryan had purchased the Southern California City Pass to get our Disneyland Tickets which also included tickets to Legoland and Sea World. Ryan is never one to pass up an opportunity for a theme park, so compromised by taking it easy that morning and taking our time checking out of our hotel (which was the amazing Courtyard by Marriott Theme Park Entrance). We got to Legoland California around noon.

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Enjoying ”The Lego Movie 4D A New Adventure”

A Pleasant Change Of Mind…. 

I had to grudgingly admit that I really enjoyed Legoland California which was a surprise. After three miserably hot days in Anaheim, the weather was so much cooler and more temperate in San Diego. In the evening we almost felt a little chilly, although we felt way too guilty to complain about that. The crowds were a bit heavy when we got there but thinned out considerably as the day went on.

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Hannah having fun at ”Lego-Friends Heartlake City”

Some things we liked….

There were a lot of things I loved about Legoland California & one of my favorite things was the queue setup. Many were setup to wrap around shaded play areas furnished with plenty of legos of all varieties. This allowed the kids to keep busy, me to take a seat on a bench out of the reach of the sun and Ryan to hold our place in line. I really loved that.

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The kids can play while the adults wait in line!

Another thing that really appealed to me was there was lots to do there besides just rides. We started the day off in a fun 4D show that all the kids enjoyed. There was a huge area of lego replicas of San Francisco, Las Vegas and New York City to walk through. Every famous landmark was represented. They also had a huge Star Wars display.

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Las Vegas was one of many cities shrunk down to the size of legos!
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The attention to detail in these models is amazing!
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You can explore 7 different LEGO STAR WARS scenes made of over 1.5 million Lego bricks featuring one scene from each of the 6 movies!

There were so many different play areas for little kids to run around. Our favorite for sure was the Duplo Play Area.

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Tyler loved this slide!

Don’t Forget The Souvenirs!

Isaac finally got a caricature done (we ran out of time at Disney Springs for him to get one.

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Make sure you get my hair right…
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Looking Good!

Some things we disliked….

One thing about Legoland California in contrast to Disneyland was that were consistent sticklers enforcing the height requirements for rides. Hannah rode several 42” inch rides with no issue at California Adventure but she was denied access at Legoland. Not that it is a bad thing, just something to note.

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One day I will be tall enough!

Closing Thoughts

There were two lands that were water park themed. We did not do those lands, so I can’t speak to them, but some of the rides we saw looked really innovative and fun. They also had an Aquarium there which we did not have time to do either. We were really kicking ourselves for not prioritizing more time for this theme park.

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We loved the Coast Cruise!

If you are in Southern California and Disney is not your thing or you have extra time in your schedule I definitely recommend Legoland California. We would love to go back!

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The Force is strong with this young Jedi!

Have you been to LegoLand California? What were some of your favorite things you did? Do you have any tips you would like to share we did not include in this story? We would love to hear from you! Let us know in the comments below and make sure you subscribe to our blog to keep up to date on our latest adventures!

The next Destination With Sunshine we will review is : The San Diego Zoo and Safari Parks!

Lisa Stephenson-Horne

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