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Legoland California --- A Child's Paradise

It's SoCal's newest theme park!



In the slide show above, you're viewing pictures of colorful, imaginative Legoland attractions. Of course, since Legoland California is simply LOADED with fun rides and activities for kids, the Legoland attractions pictured in the slides represent just a fraction of them! Not to worry, though---you'll find dozens more Legoland theme park pictures in this section of our website.








Legoland--an entire theme park stuffed with fun for kids!

Photo: Lego cars at Legoland in Carlsbad, CA As you already know, there's absolutely nothing new about the concept of adding childrens' rides to a theme park. But, what about an ENTIRE THEME PARK built especially for the under-12 crowd? Now, that IS news!

The park which answers to this description is Legoland of California---and, when you actually SEE Legoland for the first time....and spend HOURS walking through its many themed areas featuring attractions all built especially for kids and their parents to enjoy together---well, it's an incredible sight. It's nearly unbelieveable!

There are only 6 Legoland parks in the world---and 4 of them are in Europe. Since Legoland's success in California, a Florida location has opened up (in 2011.) But the scarcity of locations means that Legoland in California is truly a one-of-a-kind experience for most people living in the western half of the United States.

Legoland California is still relatively new, itself. It opened in 1999...with what would seem like a "bare bones" construction in comparison with the park's many offerings today. Slowly, the park fleshed itself out...but when our family first saw the park, it still relied on many features that people can find outside the park...such as rooms for kids to build with Lego bricks; finished Lego sculptures for folks to view; and basic playground-type structures that can be found in many parks or even fast food restaurants. Our kids loved it, but a member of the extended family who was visiting us was disgruntled and expected more.

The situation has changed because of Legoland's determination to add more attractions and fun with every passing year. We don't think that anyone would call today's Legoland "bare bones" anymore. Legoland has many themed areas and many rides...some of which are unique in all of Southern California. The park easily takes an entire day to experience...and then some, especially if you're going to enjoy the two extra-gated attractions (that also require extra tickets to enter.)



One of these is the SeaLife Aquarium. Since 2008 when it opened its doors, the aquarium has been an exciting addition to the theme park's rides and activities---and a "must see" attraction if a new visitor is truly going to enjoy the entire "Legoland experience."

The Sea Life Aquarium is a special adventure for families. It's a traditional aquarium, featuring all types of ocean plants and creatures...and, as such, adults will surely enjoy it. However, the Sea Life Aquarium goes "above and beyond" traditional aquarium offerings by offering "play zones" for your kids to enjoy, as well as special exhibits and learning games that can help you open up a whole new world to your chidren's minds. It's both fun AND educational...and would fit into an entire range of your family's plans, from a fun day out, to a special field trip day for home schoolers. If you'd like to see our Sea Life Aquarium pictures and discover more info about this fun new Legoland attraction, please visit the Sea Life Aquarium page of our website.

The Legoland Water Park is Legoland's 2nd extra-fee attraction. Opening in 2010 as a fairly small side-note to the theme park, Legoland's water park has been fleshing itself out ever since...in the same manner that Legoland, itself, did a decade earlier. Additions from small to large have been made ever since...with a large expansion opening in 2017...and still MORE attractions open in 2018, according to the park. The end result? Legoland's water park is now more than double its size on opening day! No longer is dropping into the water park for an hour or so realistic. It used to be. But no longer. It's size and number of attractions now require at least half a day to enjoy. Despite the expansion, in 2018 patrons must still use the Legoland theme parks' main entrance to access the water park. AND pay for Legoland admission.

So nowadays, you'll have 3 attractions to visit while you're at Legoland. The theme park; the water park (in season---May thru October); and the aquarium. It's important to purchase your tickets all at once for as many days and as many attractions as you have time to see. Because unless you're going to get an annual pass, the price of admission is much cheaper when you purchase tickets to all three attractions in one transaction. For tips on getting the best deal and discovering current promotions, please visit our website's Legoland Discount Ticket Information page, where you'll find some good ideas. Our website doesn't sell tickets; it merely dispenses information. However, we do partner with an approved discount ticket vendor, Ares Travel, which is well-known in the industry. If you're interested in a quick check of their discount prices, you may use the following link to view the Legoland, Sea Life Aquarium and water park discounts that are currently available through ARES Travel.




Legoland California--A Few Basic Facts

Picture of Legoland California's Miniland Guggenheim Legoland (in northern San Diego County, CA) first opened its gates in 1999---but despite the years that have passed since, it still looks shiny and new. In fact, much of it IS much newer than the original park, since there have been constant additions and remodelings ever since it opened. And surprisingly, it's one California theme park that many people haven't yet seen.

Here's a bit of general info about Legoland Park itself.

Legoland consists of over 128 acres in sunny Carlsbad, California, only minutes from the Pacific Ocean. It's color scheme and decor will remind you of the familiar Lego building blocks that you played with as a child. Bright red, blue, yellow and green are used prominently in the construction of rides and buildings. Ride cars have distinctive shapes that make it appear that they could possibly have been made out of Lego bricks!

There are over 5,000 Lego models in the park---from the towering to the tiny---and over 30 MILLION Lego bricks were used in their construction!

New ride for 2018: Deep Sea Adventure: Get a taste of the fun that awaits you in the Sea Life aquarium! Take a sub into the "depths" of the ocean...where you'll see colorful Lego figures...mixed in with real fish and other aquatic life. You will hunt for "treasure" AND learn fun facts about fish in this appx. 4-minute ride...that feels much shorter than it actually is. This may have a lengthy wait for some time to come, because it's sure to be popular.






Legoland California's Imaginative Themed Areas

Photo of the Bionicles Blasters ride at Legoland California in greater San Diego As with any theme park, Legoland offers a variety of rides, shows and activities to its guests, along with numerous shopping and dining options. These rides, shows and activities are organized into 8 separate themed areas, which are as follows:

1.) Castle Hill, (formerly called Knight's Kingdom,) is an area with a medieval theme, where your child can feel like a knight or a princess of yore. On Castle Hill---which really is at the top of an incline---you'll find rides, activities, decor and store merchandise suggestive of the bygone days of jousting heros clad in armor and their damsels fair.

Lego produces a toy line featuring castles, catapults and courtly knights...and this themed area gives young knights-in-training a place to act out their dreams on an even larger scale. At Universal Studios Hollywood, you'll hear the slogan, "Come ride the movies!" Well, at Legoland, they could easily coin the phrase, "Come ride the Lego line of toys!" Even moreso than the toy sets, Legoland's Knight's Kingdom is well-liked by girls. Princess themed costumes and merchandise are sold here, as well. Attractions for small fry include a play structure and the Royal Joust ride. Older kids enjoy the Dragon roller coaster and the wild, one-of-a-kind Knights' Tournament ride.

2.) The Imagination Zone--- The Imagination Zone themed area features several rides for older kids, plus several different Lego and Duplo play areas where kids can get busy inventing their own Lego-products creations...hence the name, "IMAGINATION Zone."

As with the Knight's Kingdom area, the Imagination Zone prominently features rides and activities suggestive of Lego toys. In the case of the "Imagination Zone," 2 different lines of Lego toys come to mind---the "Bionicles" sets, and the "Lego Technic" building sets for older kids (which even some grownups enjoy, as well!) Highlights for wee ones include the Duplo play area and character meet 'n greet. Older kids enjoy the Bionicles spinning ride, the park's tallest roller coaster, a game room, Lego build & test track...and for ages 9+ only, a very detailed, mentored building session that includes electronics.

3.) Explorer Island--- If you ever wanted to see dinosaurs made completely of Lego bricks, this is your place! Formerly called Dino Island, this small themed area is also suggestive of a Lego toy---the Prehistoric Creatures building kit. Though small, this themed are offers a roller coaster that's one of the most popular rides in the park for tweens and their families. An area for digging in the sand...for relics, as a "real" discoverer might do...is of special interest to younger kids.

4.) Lego Friends Heartlake City--- This Legoland themed area is themed to the same Lego Friends who are characters in Lego's products that are specifically marketed to girls. Decor in this area is done up in shades of pink and purple, a departure from the normal "look" of the rest of the park. A carousel, Lego Friends show, a Lego building area and interactive fountains are features here.

5.) Fun Town---This themed area is set in a mini-city whose buildings have been scaled down to a more child-sized level. This area encourages them to imagine what lies ahead in their lives, when they are the drivers, the homemakers, the firemen, the boat skippers, etc. of tomorrow. This is where kids get a chance to drive their own cars---miniature sized, of course. They can pilot helicopters, steer boats, or embark on an adventure of exploration (in a walk-thru attraction) or even put out a "fire."

6.) Land of Adventure--- The Land of Adventure features ancient Egyptian-style decor and several fun rides. The most popular is an indoor "dark ride" in which your family can work together to shoot at targets and score points as you drive by scenes reminiscent of an Indiana Jones movie! A mini-drop tower ride gives kids the thrill of dropping and bouncing from a 15-ft tall tower. Or...kids can race down a tall slide, drive a plane, or shoot foam balls in an active-play area.

7.) Miniland--- Would you like to see entire cities made entirely of Lego bricks? Miniland is the place! This is a Legoland themed area that is just as popular with the adults in most families as it is with the kids. Miniland showcases Lego versions of several US cities and regions--including Southern California, San Francisco, New York City and Las Vegas. In addition, a number of fictional cities and scenes from the Star Wars movies are located here. Of the 30 million Lego bricks used in building Legoland Park, 20 million of them were used in the construction of the Miniland area. You'll be totally amazed at the reproductions of the Lego versions of well-known buildings and tourist attractions that you'll find here in Miniland! Tired of walking around the exhibits? Take a family cruise around Legoland's central lake...and get close-up views of still MORE intricate Lego structures!

Photo of the Splash Battle Ride at Legoland California in greater San Diego 8.) Pirate Shores--- Legoland has a fun themed area that features water rides and nautical decor. Called "Pirate Shores," this new area is a hit with both kids and adults alike. You'll find an especially large crowd in Pirate Shores on warm summer days...because this entire section of the park is devoted to water play! The Splash Battle boat ride lets you set sail around the "bay," all the while firing water cannons at the target of your choice. Younger kids enjoy this area's water-play area, featuring non-slip foam "flooring," and spurting water jets and fountains.

Ninjago World--- Based on a Lego playset series, your young Ninjas will want to come here to live out their dreams. Explore a training camp, enjoy Ninjago the Ride, have fun on a junior rock-climbing wall, build a model of the Ninjago Monastery with Legos...and find a Lego store that's dedicated to products in this line.





Legoland Topics, Pics and Info on this website---



You'll find quite a few photos of Legoland Park in the Legoland section of Family-Vacation-Getaways.com. The following pages are in this Legoland Information section---

1.) Legoland Discount Ticket Info where you'll read about Legoland's best ticket deals, plus discounts you can get elsewhere, such as with the AAA and Costco.

2.) Legoland attractions for kids ages 8+, covering the theme park's thrill rides and robot-building labs

3.) Legoland attractions for approx ages 5--8, covering milder family rides and the park's new water play area

4.) Legoland attractions for toddlers and preschoolers, such as the Fairy Tale boat ride and the parks tamest play areas

5.) Legoland's Miniland Cities, pt 1 (see photos of Legoland's miniature LA/So Calif, San Francisco and New Orleans)

6.) Lego Miniland Cities, part 2 (Mini New York, Washington DC and Central Florida)

7.) Legoland Cruise, which is one of the park's major attractions for adults...where you'll float by miniature replicas of famous world buildings like the Taj Mahal and the Sydney Opera House

8.) Discount Hotels near Legoland, where you can discover some of the less-expensive lodging in Carlsbad, California.

9.) Suites/Condos near Legoland, where larger families can discover good places to stay near the Legoland theme park

10.) Legoland Halloween Fun, where you can enjoy pictures and get details about this exciting seasonal celebration.

11.) Legoland Christmas Fun, a page which will show you the special delights of visiting Legoland during the winter holiday season.

12.) The Legoland Sea Life Aquarium, a special aquarium that introduces sea creatures to kids in a child-friendly atmosphere...and decorated with cute Lego statues!

13.) The Legoland Water Park opened for Summer 2010, and was popular...and crowded...even in its first year. This extra-fee activity can be reached only from inside of Legoland Theme Park...so you'll need tickets to both in order to enjoy this unique Lego-themed area.




Legoland Address, Phone & Contact Information

Photo: An overview of the New York Miniland area at Legoland California Here's some basic Legoland contact information and directions to this adorable theme park.

Legoland California Address---
Legoland California
One Legoland Drive
Carlsbad, CA 92008

Directions to Legoland California---
From Los Angeles and Orange Counties, head south on Interstate 5. From San Diego, head north on Interstate 5. Take the Cannon Road exit off of I-5 and head east. It's easy to find---Legoland is not far off of the freeway, and the route is clearly marked by signs. If you'd like to study the layout of this area, here's the link to a Google map to Legoland theme park in Carlsbad, CA.

Legoland's official website: If you've decided to add Legoland as an exciting stop on your Southern California vacation, you'll surely want to spend some time on the Legoland official website. You'll find the answer to almost any question you might have about this fun theme park that was built expecially for kids and their families.

Legoland Discount Tickets: If you're looking for a way to enjoy the wonderful Legoland theme park without paying full price, visit the Legoland Discount Ticket Information page of this website, where you'll discover a whole range of ways to lower your costs.






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Are your kids creative and inventive? Yes? Then Legoland California would make a perfect addition to your family vacation getaway. You can enjoy rides & attractions, swim at the Legoland water park...and spend time letting your kids' imaginations run wild inventing Lego contraptions!

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