On a recent trip to San Diego with my five year old daughter, I was in for a pleasant surprise in the form of Legoland California. I’ve known about the Legoland theme park for a few years and, on a recommendation from a good friend of mine, decided to give the place a try. What a good decision it was because for any family with children under the age of ten, a day at Legoland is something that shouldn’t be missed. I took more pictures of my daughter during our visit to Legoland California than I did at Disneyland and The San Diego Wild Animal Park combined.
Legoland is divided into eight different areas, each with their own theme, featuring rides and attractions that are on a Lego scale. And when I say Lego scale, I mean that almost everything in the park is made of those famous toy blocks that so many of us played with growing up. The best way to describe what to expect from a visit to Legoland is to play a game of Lego Star Wars with your child on your favorite video game system. The experience is something that kids will love with just enough fun left over for an adult. One of the main goals of a theme park, which Legoland achieves well, is to create attractions that parents and children can enjoy together.
The main thing separating Legoland from most other theme parks is that most of the attractions offer children a hands-on experience. There were several times throughout our visit that I had to interrupt what my daughter was doing in order to reach our goal of seeing the entire park. Each activity that she participated in could have easily occupied our whole day if allowed to do so. It’s not hard to see why when your child can play with thousands of Lego blocks, shoot water cannons at pirate ships, dig for dinosaur fossils, drive Lego cars, and run around in large playground areas. The most unique feature of Legoland, which I found both interesting and clever, were the Lego playing areas that were near many of the rides. It allowed the children to play with Legos while the parents waited in line. Anyone who has ever waited in line with their young child at Disneyland or Six Flags would understand what a great idea this is.
As mentioned before, Legoland offers many great picture taking opportunities because the attractions are, for the most part, interesting and easy to approach up close. One area of the park that is a must-visit is Miniland USA. It features Lego built models of famous structures such as the Washington Monument, the Statue of Liberty, the Golden Gate Bridge, and many others. The model of the White House even included a moving presidential motorcade that drives down a replica of Pennsylvania Avenue. My daughter’s favorite parts of Legoland were The Dragon rollercoaster and The Hideaways play area which are both located in the Knight’s Kingdom. As for myself, I couldn’t resist the temptation to test my aptitude as a fireman at the Fun Town Fire Academy. This attraction reminded me of the physical challenges you see on today’s reality shows. Of course, I did let my daughter help me drive the fire truck just a little bit.
Overall, our trip to Legoland California was a fun filled day of family togetherness. The marketing of Legoland, although not far reaching, is excellent because it accurately portrays the excitement to be had at the park. Legoland’s employees were both friendly and efficient, and the facilities, especially the bathroom areas, were clean. Bring your wallet because Legoland is a bit pricey, but the wide variety of food is good by theme park standards and there are plenty of gift shops to buy souvenirs and every type of Lego set you can imagine. The next time you and your family visit the San Diego area, don’t forget to squeeze a trip to Legoland California into your schedule, you won’t be disappointed.