As an Insider Blogger for LEGOLAND California, I was provided with complimentary tickets for park admission and the opportunity to experience NINJAGO World before it opens to the public. However, all opinions are my own. We love LEGOLAND California, which is one of the reasons why I applied to become an Insider Blogger in the first place.
Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there 🙂 This weekend has been spent recuperating from all the fun we had last week in California. I previously wrote about our first visit to LEGOLAND California and last weekend, I wrote about our experience at the press preview of NINJAGO World at LEGOLAND. After we left NINJAGO World, we set out to explore the rest of the theme park. It was a perfect day outside once it stopped raining in the morning, and because we visited on a Thursday, the park wasn’t crowded at all. My son loved LEGOLAND so much that even though we are back home, he keeps asking if we can go back!
The park has made several additions since our last visit, such as the LEGO Movie 4D: A New Adventure and LEGO Friends Heartlake City and we were excited to check them out. We like so many things about LEGOLAND but what really stood out for us were the building stations and play areas set up near some of the rides. Even though the lines moved relatively quickly, it was nice that my son had the option to build with Legos at a building station while we waited. And some of the play areas also consisted of slides, which my son really enjoyed.
There are so many reasons we were impressed with the park but I’ve listed the main reasons below:
The rides are perfect for younger children and not scary
The park consists of different themed areas like Imagination Zone, Land of Adventure, Castle Hill, and Pirate Shores just to name a few. There were several rides where my my son could ride with us, or by himself. He seemed to gravitate especially towards the water rides.
The Royal Joust in Castle Hill was one of his favorite rides.
Surprisingly, the longest wait we experienced was for Sky Patrol. I’m glad we went on it, though – we were able to go high in the air and change directions using the joystick.
As a family, we loved Fairy Tale Brook the most, located in the Explorer Island area. Not only were the fairy tale characters made out of LEGOS, but it was a relaxing boat ride, with a lot of shade, which comes in handy for those summer months.
The LEGO Movie 4D: A New Adventure
Emmet, Wyldstyle, and company are back! This was a fun reunion with special effects for those of you who have seen the LEGO Movie. A New Adventure is approximately 15 minutes, so it’s not too short and not too long for families with younger children.
My son loves wearing the special glasses 🙂
As I mentioned, the park consists of different themed areas. One of them is Castle Hill, which has a medieval feel to it. This is also the area of the park where you can find delicious apple fries.
There is also an Enchanted Walk nearby which consists of a pathway surrounded by animals made from Legos. We didn’t walk the path during our first trip to LEGOLAND, but I’m glad we saw it this time time around because it was quite unique. Plus, it had a little bridge and my son loves walking across bridges.
If I had to pick a favorite area of the park, this would be it. Police and Fire Academy was a huge hit. During our first visit to LEGOLAND, we weren’t able to experience it because we went in July and there was more of a crowd and longer lines. However, this time around, we literally were able to just walk on the ride. Essentially, you and your family race against other families in firetrucks and police cars to put out a fire.
My son wanted to drive the firetruck 😉
Here he is, directing us to go, lol!
There are also two different driving schools in Fun Town: Driving School for children 6-13 years of age and Junior Driving School for children 3-5 years of age. Because my son is not quite 4 years old, I liked that they separated his age group from the older kids.
He had a blast driving the car, and we got him a driver’s license afterward (at an additional cost) as a momento of our trip. He’s at an age where he likes making funny faces, so he was hamming it up for the camera. The picture makes me smile every time I see it!
There are also other photo opportunities nearby 🙂
Another fun area is the DUPLO Playtown, which can probably be best described as a LEGO village. Not only are there several play areas, but there is also a little train called the LEGOLAND Express. If it were up to my son, we would have never left this area!
LEGO Friends Heartlake City
When we first arrived in this area, there was a fashion show occurring on the stage. It was fun to watch and I know my niece who just turned 8 years old would love this.
Initially, I wasn’t sure if my son would be interested in this particular area of the park, but I think the park does a great job of appealing to both girls and boys. For example, the carousel not only has horses, but also has two firetrucks that you can sit in. Guess where my son wanted to sit?
There’s also a stable area with a large amount of LEGOS to use for building 🙂
And a fountain where kids can splash in the water!
And last but not least, the City Park Creperie which serves crepes. Yum!!
It probably seems like every area was our favorite, but that’s one of the reasons we love LEGOLAND. While there is a separate water park at LEGOLAND which includes Legends of CHIMA, there is also an area in the park called Pirate Shores that does not require separate admission or the purchase of a park hopper ticket. Essentially, it’s included in your admission to the theme park. We liked it a lot, especially for our son’s age. Not only does it have a ride in the form of pirate ships where you can blast other pirate ships or people with water, but it also has a splash pad, as well as a multilevel water/play structure with slides. I also appreciated that there was a changing area close by.
The separate water park was closed during our visit. But there was more than enough to see/do in one day, that next time, we plan on getting a two day park hopper so that we can experience everything, including the separate water park and Sea Life Aquarium.
By the end of the day, my son finally lost steam. He refused to nap during the day because he didn’t want to miss anything. By that time, the park was closing so it was time to head back to our hotel. But it was an awesome day and now my son is obsessed with NINJAGO.
For those of you who are considering going to LEGOLAND and have never been before, it’s definitely worth the trip. April turned out to be a great time to visit during the weekday (and after spring break) – there was minimal wait time and it was not crowded. As my son gets older, though, and starts elementary school, I know we will be more limited as to when we can go. At that point, I would strongly consider the Reserve ‘N’ Ride System which is similar to a fast pass.
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