We took a Southern
California vacation that didn't include Disneyland
for the first time. Our goal was to take
our son who was 9, almost 10 at the time to Legoland for what would probably be
his first and last trip. Since Legoland
is geared to the younger set, they actually have kids ticket prices up to age
12. That leads me to believe that a kid
up to age 12 would enjoy Legoland.
One big concern I had was
that Alex was a Disneyland boy. He loves the roller coasters too so I was
worried that the rides at Legoland would be a little tame for him.
Remember as you are
reading this information that we are a Disney family. Our vacations since Alex was born have been
to Disneyland or WDW in Florida. We are used to the rides, the Cast Members,
the cleanliness, and how things work at a Disney park.
As we drove up to Legoland
for our first day, I immediately noticed one glaring omission. There was no security. No security?
Wow, this was pretty cool. Only
one line to get into the park. You can
take in a picnic, drinks and food with no problems. No backpack searching, no problem.
When we walked into the
park we first saw a sign for lockers.
Andy put our swim items in the locker and we were off to ride some
The rides in Dino Land
and that general area were definitely geared to younger kids. There is a Duplo area that is a play park for
the younger set. A roller coaster that
simply goes in a circle. Great for the
first timer, lame for a roller coaster fan.
But we did notice a big change for us right away. That backpack we carry on with us a Disneyland? It has
to be left behind at Legoland. There
were very few rides that our backpack was able to join us for on this
trip. We ended up putting it in a locker
for safe keeping.
Alex, being the Lego lover
that he is, enjoyed everything the park had to offer, including some of the
little kid rides. His favorites though
were definitely the big kid rides. The
Lego Techniques roller coaster, and the Joust were two of his overwhelming
favorites. He also loved the Volvo Driving
School. We did not do Lego Mindstorms due to time
constraints. Alex has a Mindstorm kit at
home also, so it wasn't something he felt the need to do. As an adult, my favorite part of Legoland was
the Miniland area. This was amazingly
detailed and a lot of fun to look at.
The Star Wars area was amazing.
With our tickets we were
able to do two days, and decided to do the water park the 2nd day. The water park is nothing special. There are 3 slides, one goes down on a raft,
one on your back and the third has two side by side so you can race down on
your back. The slides were rather
underwhelming. In fact, the whole water
park was. Alex enjoyed the water play
area in Lego park more than the water park itself. The big ride, Pirates Reef is one that you
will get soaked on, and you can ride it from either the water park side, or the
main park side. You leave everything you
don't want to get wet in a bucket. You
are also not allowed to wear glasses on this ride. I was surprised when they made me take mine
We ended up leaving the
water park and spending the rest of our time at the regular park until
7pm. At that time we went into the
aquarium, which Alex really loved. This
was set up nicely to feature their main shark tank from several different
areas. We ended up spending about an
By the time it was all
said and done, we had spent about 15 hours at Legoland. Alex will be too old the next time we go to San Diego so we will do
Sea World instead.
Do I recommend taking a
child aged 10 or 11? Oh yes, if they
love Lego's this will be a hit. There are enough big kid rides to justify a
trip, and with the eye candy it should be a hit for your child too. Alex loved this trip and calls it one of his
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