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If you love playing with legos and either live or are planning to visit San Diego, CA, take a day trip to the LEGOLAND Theme park. This article will explain how you can visit it. Follow along from Step 1 below to learn these details.
Part 1 of 11: Preparation
- 1 Purchase your “LEGOLAND California” tickets online (or over the phone) before visiting the park, particularly if you are visiting from outside the US. This will save you time when you arrive at the park – you won’t have to wait in any queues at the ticket offices!
- 2 Preview the attractions in the park before your visit. Try previewing each attraction or show on YouTube, or take a peek at the ride-through photos from others. Learn from what others see. This can help decide which rides and attractions will take priority during your visit.
- Recognize that there are few other real theme park options in Carlsbad, CA (near San Diego, CA) except SeaWorld of San Diego. If you are willing to drive for about an hour or so, a wealth of other choices exist in the nearby Los Angeles and Anaheim, CA area.
- Recognize the sections of the park that exist here. When you first walk through the gates, you’ll enter into several different areas called “The Beginning” and “Explorer Island,” DUPLO Village, Fun Town, Pirate Shores, Castle Hill, Land of Adventure, Imagination Zone, and this all happens around one final great big land around a final pond in the center in an area many know called Miniland USA.
- 3 Drive and park to the parking lot for Legoland. The address to this park is located at 1 LEGOLAND Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92008.  X Research source The cost to park your car at Legoland will run you about $15 for cars and upwards from there (depending on the complexity of your vehicle).
- 4 Enter through the turnstiles. Advertisement
Part 2 of 11: The Beginning
- 1 Get to know this area. This area is the primary shopping and guest services area for the park.
- 2 Become friends with the 9 foot tall, green (as of real pictures) dinosaur (though the LEGOLAND website says it is fire-engine red) who is completely made of Lego blocks at the front of the park. If you can like, you can make up his own name for your own records as you get there. Advertisement
Part 3 of 11: Explorer Island
- 1 Ride on Coastersaurus if you love roller-coasters. Although short, the ride operators will send their guests around this out-and-back coaster track twice before returning to the station.
- 2 Have your child dig in the Dig Those Dinos pit. Much like a few digging areas of some of the Disney parks, this digging pit will allow your child to dig for dinosaur bones in the sandpit. Advertisement
Part 4 of 11: DUPLO Village
- 1 Get used to this area if you have children younger than 4 years old(for some rides) and about 8 years old (for others). Much like what DUPLO is meant to be for, this DUPLO-based area is designed to work in the age factors younger than age 4.
- 2 Get to see the revised tales of many fairy tales you might have told your kids on the Whimsical ride in Fairy Tale Brook. This whimsical ride is fairly slow and is easy to explain to your kids as they ride around in this slow-moving boat.
- 3 Get your children to ride on the “LEGOLAND Express.” This super-slow moving train will bring your children on a ride that will make them think they’ve taken a real train ride through the countryside – only to find out that the residents of this countryside are DUPLO block residents who don’t particularly move a lot.
- 4 Watch your kids laugh on Safari Trek. This Jeep safari will have your kids laughing at the cute bricked animals made completely of Lego/DUPLO blocks.
- 5 Look at a real movie set from the movie The Lego Movie in an exhibit called The LEGO Movie Experience. Look at the fine craftsmanship of the area to see just what detail goes into making the famed Lego Movie on such a small size. With the magnifying glasses, you can see anything too small to see all of the finer points.
- 6 Have your kids play in the fun park areas of “Water Works.” With all the water games happening here, it’ll be hard to steer your children away from all this fun. Advertisement
Part 5 of 11: Fun Town
- 1 Walk through the walk-through exhibit of the “Adventurer’s Club’ to find the keys to the secrets to the ancient lands of Egypt and the Arctic.
- 2 Obtain a LEGOLAND Driver’s License after you’ve driven in an official real electric LEGOLAND car at (LEGOLAND) Driving School. Much like that of the Tomorrowland Speedway in Walt Disney World (Florida) or Autopia at Disneyland nearby, this will have you and your kids driving these LEGOLAND cars around like a pro.
- 3 Fly a biplane at the “Flight Squadron” attraction. Being similar to the Dumbo ride at Disneyland but styled to portray an airplane, this will have you and your kids exploring the rest of the park’s outside attractions enjoyably for a few minutes.
- 4 Get used to the exhilaration of freefall in “Kid Power Towers.” Although a minimum height is set, this fun attraction can be ridden by many and can be fun to teach your children what happens during a freefall event. These colorful ride towers are attractive to many kids and can easily make most children’s eyes spot them quickly.
- 5 Take a tour of a LEGO Factory in the LEGO Factory Tour building, and nearby, stock up on some of your missing LEGO parts arranged by color and type.
- 6 Get healthy with the Police and Fire Academy as you help pump levers to help put out fake fires and help stop bad guys with water guns that can shoot far distances.
- 7 Hop aboard a LEGO boat in the Skipper School and see what your children can spot in these interesting LEGO creations. However, arrive early (at rope drop time) to this attraction, or come later when lines have significantly cooled down.
- 8 See all of Fun Town differently from above in whimsical metal railed LEGO creative transport vehicles in the Sky Cruiser attraction. This motorized vehicle is much similar to PeopleMover in Walt Disney World. However, due to this vehicle’s transportation being by foot power (and by the same method as a bicycle), guests should be in shape enough and have some knowledge of bicycle riding to ride this attraction.
- 9 Ride the Sky Patrol attraction once. To get an idea of what it takes for this ride, watch it once or twice. As the helicopter spins around in a circle, you can change its direction via the steering wheel in front of you. However, these helicopters move around super-slowly that this really isn’t a great place to go if you are psyched for faster-action items to try. Advertisement
Part 6 of 11: Pirate Shores
- 1 Realize that this area is a seasonal-only area. Most of these attractions in this area/land are only open during a certain season since most of this area is devoted to water attractions that squirt water and sometimes soak the visitor.
- 2 Ride the ‘pirate boat’ attraction, called Captain Cranky’s Challenge, which swings in circles and back and forth at a medium cyclic speed. This attraction is open all year long.
- 3 Pass by the Treasure Falls attraction, which is their rather dull log flume ride. Not only is the attraction out in the outside during the time, but the drops aren’t that high or powerful. This attraction is the only other ride in this area that is open year-round.
- 4 Get completely soaked at Soak n’Sail. All of these attractions feature water-attractions. And if that’s not enough, they even have a piece that can come pouring down on you at all times of the year. The bad thing is: it’s a seasonal attraction.
- 5 Ride the log flume ride known as Pirate Reef when it is open (it is seasonal). This ride has larger drops and even has a bridge near the drop-zone when people pass under it. This ride is more popular than Treasure Falls in terms of intensity, but even those LEGO enthusiasts will love it’s LEGO creations near the track’s border.
- 6 Shoot water from the cannons at the innocent bystanders or the other ride boats who decide to shoot water back at you at the slow water ride known as Splash Battle, as you take a look at some of the LEGO creations near this attraction. This attraction is a seasonal attraction.
- 7 Let the younger guests soak up some cool water to cool them off on Swabbies Deck. This is a seasonal attraction. Advertisement
Part 7 of 11: Castle Hill
- 1 Walk through the LEGO garden to see what LEGO creations have been made in the “Enchanted Walk attraction.
- 2 Let your kids draw out their energy in the Hideaways attraction. With all the catwalks and rope ladders, play areas, and what, there’s no telling when the kids will want to stop. This attraction has one area where there are many larger-than-life LEGO blocks that your kids can play with. However, with all the energy-busting of this attraction, keep an eye on your kids when they tend to lose strength and break free from becoming cranky for the remainder of the day. Don’t over psych your kids on this attraction. Otherwise, you may lag behind the rest of the day.
- 3 Hope to not become dizzy on Knights Tournament. This robotic arm will spin you around, upside down, and close to inside out (with safety barriers in place). And with a selection of intensities to choose from, there’s no telling how wild your particular ride can be until you choose one of the predetermined levels.
- 4 Let your younger riders take part in their own medieval joust on Royal Joust. This attraction can be amusing to the parents, but it is especially meant for the children.
- 5 Ride The Dragon. This part roller coaster, part LEGO looking attraction will leave you baffled before you even realize it’s over. Although this ride features several corkscrew-turns at a moderate intensity level, it doesn’t get much beyond that. However, out of the starting gate, this attraction doesn’t accelerate much to show you all the LEGO items constructed to show you. Advertisement
Part 8 of 11: Land of Adventure
- 1 Ride Beetle Bounce with your kids. Though not wild in the least, this attraction will leave your kids jumpy for a few minutes and want to make them become more like the beetle that all kids think they are. This ride raises them about 15 feet in the air, then bounces them back to earth rather gently.
- 2 Ride the classic, whip-style amusement park attraction called Cargo Ace. On the suspended fixed track, you and your kids can soar round and round for a few minutes to make your children think they’ve taken flight in the airplane-themed ride vehicle, which will raise them no higher than 6 feet above the ground.
- 3 Pass on Dune Raiders. Although featured to be a LEGO-styled wave slide, it is just that: a slide. It might have a few pairs of double-helix corkscrews, but it won’t rock your roller-coaster mind when you get up to the top and later end up at the bottom there for many enthusiasts.
- 4 Explorer a Lego-themed medieval Egyptian castle in the Lost Kingdom Adventure ride. Although not fast, most people find it rather interesting to see all the LEGO creations here. Each room tells its own story, so explore each room as the ride unfurls.
- 5 Let your kids join in on “Pharaohs Revenge.” Styled much like Hideaways (as you learned about earlier), this area will keep your kids thrilled that they’ve enticed some Pharaohs. The only LEGO creations you’ll see are in the queue for the attraction on the outside. Advertisement
Part 9 of 11: Imagination Zone
- 1 Ride the “AQUAZONE Wave Racer.” Ride a power ski around a small moat as you dodge water blasts from water blasters positioned on the outside of the moat looking in. Be careful, though, as you’ll be standing on the wave runner the entire time.
- 2 Ride the Scrambler-styled ride called “BIONICLE Blaster.” Shaped like BIONICLE creations, these ride vehicles will keep your mind spinning for several minutes after the ride actually stops.
- 3 Build a LEGO car and test it out in the “Build and Test” exhibit. Careful though, as this attraction isn’t open long to suit school hours nearby. It is open from 10 am till 2 pm Pacific Time.
- 4 Let your child play among many pounds worth of DUPLO blocks in the DUPLO Playtown exhibit.
- 5 Try to build and program a LEGO Mindstorm robot in the LEGO MINDSTORMS attraction. For many, you’ll need to make special reservations at the building inside the Imagination Zone area. Again, this attraction also tries to suit school hours nearby (10 am till 2 pm Pacific Time).
- 6 Ride the LEGO Technic Coaster, a full-blown roller coaster. Though themed as being in the LEGO Technic style, this attraction is actually nothing like a LEGO Technic complexity and is full-blown metal on metal!
- 7 Get your family together and play in the Xbox WB Games Family GameSpace center. Advertisement
Part 10 of 11: Miniland USA
- 1 Find this section. It is located around the lake near the front of the park. If you were looking at your map, it would be on your right-hand side, near the bridge that crosses from Fun Town/DUPLO Village.
- 2 Recognize that this section is the one section that makes LEGOLAND parks so famous to anyone and everyone who visits. It is this famous, thanks to the creations that are created here…they are so notable and all.
- Look at all the minute details of each LEGO block item that has been constructed. Each item has so much detail – and it was all made to be so…realistic.
- 3 Look for historical figures and pop icons in the Block of Fame section of Miniland. This section houses not only George Washington but other famous people as well.
- 4 Look for lakeshore villages in the Coast Cruise section nearest the lake section of the park.
- 5 Visit Las Vegas’ famous sights – LEGO styled – in the Las Vegas section of Miniland.
- 6 Look for some famous New England harbors and lighthouses in the New England Harbor section of Miniland.
- 7 Look for the famous New Orleans Riverboat and French-reconstruction-styled New Orleans house in the New Orleans section of Miniland.
- 8 Look at the sights of New York (the city that never sleeps). Whether it’s the Empire State building or its Freedom Tower or it’s one of many other skyrises in LEGOs, the New York section should have it all.
- 9 Take a peek at the San Francisco section. You’ll get to see the Golden Gate Bridge in LEGOs, along with other things that make San Francisco stand out from all the other cities in the country.
- 10 See some of Southern California’s finest pieces in the Southern California section of Miniland. Whether it’s the Griffith Park Observatory or Graumann’s Chinese Theater, the intricate details are intense and make this section stand out.
- 11 Look into the elaborate work in the Washington DC section. The designers even tried to portray the election outcomes of each of the last few presidents we’ve had since the park opened in 1999. The Washington DC section houses such sights as the Lincoln Memorial, the Capitol, and Washington Monument.
- 12 Look in the Model Shop to see just what other ideas are on the team’s horizon as they build some new models for the park. Advertisement
Part 11 of 11: Water, Water everywhere – Water Parks
- 1 Look for their older water park called the LEGOLAND Water Park. Sometimes classics are great, and this classic is no different than the mainstream phrase.
- 2 Look for LEGOLAND’s newest waterpark in LEGOLAND California: LEGOLAND CHIMA Water Park. Having opened in July 2014  X Research source , this area will be adjusted over time. Advertisement
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- LEGOLAND first opened on March 20, 1999.  X Research source . Thanks! Helpful 0 Not Helpful 0
- When 4 to 8-year-old kids get antsy in the Magic Kingdom and it seems like your day is lagging behind, give these kids some options. Let your kids explore and run out all their excitement in the kid-friendly sections of this park. This may sometimes not be enough. If you haul around a double-seat stroller and warnings don’t work, give them time in the stroller. They will thank you for helping them “take a load off their feet.” These youngsters tend to draw energy out more quickly and become cranky quicker. Thanks! Helpful 0 Not Helpful 0
- Food and beverage options are available throughout the park. Between some food stands at certain areas of the park to the standalone ice-cream stands throughout the park, you’ll never run out of food options. Thanks! Helpful 0 Not Helpful 0
- Restrooms might not be readily available, but they are located sporadically in the park. If your kids are just babies and/or infants, you can even change their diapers there (if they wear them). Thanks! Helpful 0 Not Helpful 0
- Bring lots of money to purchase plenty of things from a few concession vendors placed in the park. Thanks! Helpful 0 Not Helpful 0
- Consider keeping kids (under age 5) on “leashes” (arm straps) at all times. It’s hard to see your kids leashed up like a pet, but with the 30,000+ guests in the park at any time, security is of utmost importance, and their leashes will help immensely. Don’t even remove them when your kids are in their stroller, as it can take only a few seconds for the kid to get out and become missing (the leashes only would allow the child to go so far as you’d allow them to go). Thanks! Helpful 0 Not Helpful 0
- Pack water, snacks, money, and most importantly, your park tickets before you leave for the park that day! Thanks! Helpful 0 Not Helpful 0
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- Everybody’s tastes are different. Some rides you can skip if you don’t have time or if the kids act up. In contrast, some are too churlish for some even to try to ride. Skip those rides that aren’t suited to your or your kids’ tastes. Thanks! Helpful 0 Not Helpful 0
- Be prepared if a sudden rainstorm impacts the area. Rain is common, and your best bet is to run/walk into the nearest attraction and seek shelter. The rain should end shortly thereafter (in most cases). Thanks! Helpful 0 Not Helpful 0
- On those attractions that have rides, don’t worry if your ride vehicle stalls with you on it. If the time is worse than a few minutes, someone will be around to collect you and your belongings. Thanks! Helpful 0 Not Helpful 0
- Always ride the ride with safety in mind. Use all safety devices the ride operator instills on you and your family. Thanks! Helpful 0 Not Helpful 0
- Rides occasionally close and change at Legoland. Don’t fear if your favorite ride has changed or has become defunct. Something will be there to replace it over time. Their replacements might be just as good as the ride you once loved. Thanks! Helpful 0 Not Helpful 0
- Take extreme caution if and when you start to hear any rumbles of thunder. Thanks! Helpful 0 Not Helpful 0
- Unlike the Disney Parks, LEGOLAND doesn’t house any parades or firework spectacular shows – unless you are coming during the Christmas/holiday season. However, they do house other holiday events such as Halloween extravaganzas that kids would enjoy, but few activities that parents could enjoy by themselves. Thanks! Helpful 0 Not Helpful 0
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