This past weekend we had an amazing opportunity to get to go to LEGOLAND California for the day. I had only ever been once before, for about 2 hours – I used to date someone who worked in the park and he invited me for lunch and a tour of his offices. I wandered around for an hour or so in Miniland USA before I felt awkward without any children, and I went home. Now that I have kids of my own, I was excited to go back and do it for real this time. Spoiler Alert? LEGOLAND is HUGE!
I had no idea how big the park was until last Friday when we went for the day. McDonald’s has a really fantastic deal going on where you can get a FREE kid’s 2 park hopper with the purchase of an Adult ticket – which is some MAJOR savings if you’ve been thinking about going this summer.
So we go to the park around 10:30 – parking was CRAZY since the park opens at 10. I recommend either heading there early before the park opens, or waiting an hour until it calms down a bit. They also have the LEGOLAND Hotel if you’re traveling from out of town.
We started out at the gift shop, because surprise surprise, I forgot my SD card for my DSLR and had to buy one. Hey now! Way to go! Mom of the year!
We brought my sister in law and my nephews along with us, because we knew we would have more fun with cousins!
The first ride we went on was the Coast Cruise. It’s a cute and relaxing little boat ride that shows off some fun LEGO creations. We weren’t sure what the kids could handle, so we started slow.
We ended up riding about 7 rides total – the park was INSANELY busy on the holiday weekend, something I didn’t think about, but it was still really fun.
Then we were off to Miniland USA. The attention to detail on these models is AMAZING.
And being the huge nerds my sister in law and I are, we had to stop by the new Star Wars exhibit. Gimme a break y’all! This was soooo cool!
The interactive displays, the hands on areas and even the amazing Star Wars Miniland was SO COOL. I was in geek heaven.
When the kids saw this they all shouted “MASTER YODA!” Geek kids are the best.
Side Note: The Rebellion would have FAILED without the Ewoks.
We then headed over to Pirate Shores, which for a 90’s LEGO kid like me was a throwback masterpiece. I still own and frequently build with my old Pirate sets. Warning, the rides in Pirate Shores will get you EXTREMELY WET!
We had lunch at the Garden Restaurant, which had lots of great sandwich options for a decent price at a theme park. I had the turkey, avocado and bacon sandwich, while Abbey had a PB&J. Connor and Carter split a grilled cheese and Jen got a Tuna Melt.
Then it came time for some rides…
I was really really impressed with LEGOLAND Calfornia, and how fun it was. It’s the perfect place for young kids and adults alike! I have always been a huge LEGO nerd, so this was super fun for me. We grabbed a few sets to take home and build from the gift shop, because LEGO BUILDING PARTY!
We also explored Heartlake City and THE LEGO MOVIE Experience and you can check that out here!
McDonald’s is running a promotion in SoCal restaurants (L.A. and San Diego) from June 29 to July 31. It is a Kids Go Free offer with any purchase at a participating McDonald’s in the promotional period. Kids Go Free with paid adult ticket to LEGOLAND® California Resort and your choice of LEGOLAND Water Park or SEA LIFE® Aquarium. It is a $104 value!
It’s an insane deal that will save you over $100! It makes a sort of “out of reach” day a totally affordable one and I can’t wait to take Abbey back and explore all the parts of the park we didn’t get to!
Have you been to LEGOLAND California? What is your favorite part?
HUGE HUGE Thanks to McDonald’s and LEGOLAND California for sending us free tickets so we could enjoy a fun family day!