|Views from Fun Town looking down at front of park.|
|Character meet and greets make Legoland special.|
Legoland was made with littles 2-12 years of age in mind and when you visit the park, it will become more and more apparent as you find tons of attractions tailored to their enjoyment, too many to finish in just one day.
Legoland not only has rides. It has sights, plenty of food options, shows, interactive rides, so many playgrounds, lego building areas, shops, carnival games, character meet & greets, restaurants, snack stands, photo opportunities, impressive Lego structures, magical holiday decorations, performances, live music, and so much more.
Though this park was made for younger children, you'll find that it's a favorite among adults as well because of its well-thought-out design, charm, and its ability to entertain.
Their 4-D theater, atmosphere, impressive lego displays, holiday decorations and performances, and interactive rides (specifically Ninjago, Kid's Power Tower, driving school, and Skipper School) make for a good time for all ages. I can honestly come here without my children and have the time of my life.
Legoland is almost as big as Disneyland (128 vs 160 acres) yet it doesn't feel as intimidating. This has a lot to do with crowd levels and whether you're visiting their water parks (seasonal), which take up a decent amount of space.
Even during the holidays, Legoland will never feel as crowded as Disneyland.
I cannot imagine life without Legoland as me and my family have made such fond memories here. I've been taking my three children here from the time they were babies up until present day. They are now 4, 6, and 8 years of age.
P.S. If your child has been on all of the "big kid" rides at Disneyland, they may not be too enthusiastic about the rides at Legoland since they are less thrilling. If you think that this would be the case for your child, I suggest bringing them to Legoland while they're in their younger years.
Though lots of big kids still have fun on Legoland rides, just depends on their standards and what they perceive as fun.
Read more below for more information on some of the best rides, treats to eat, places to play, other attractions to see, and tips on how to make the most of your trip.
Updates will be made to this post after every visit so be sure to check back in from time to time (day of update will be up at top of post).
Road Trip to Legoland From Reno
The drive from Reno to Carlsbad is a fun and scenic one that has lots of attractions along its route.
I like to take the trip out to Legoland during my kids' bedtime since it's fast and hassle-free.
I've done the drive a few times during the day and although it's long and more demanding, there are ways to prepare for the trip so that it's fun and smooth.
Preparing food, snacks, entertainment, and fun pit stops will make for a fun trip to remember.
If driving during winter, make sure to check the weather ahead of time to plan your trip around snowy and hazardous weather. Check out my WINTER TRAVEL GUIDE for more information on winter travel.
Alternatively, you can always fly out to Carlsbad's airport and save yourself the time & trouble. I have a family of 5 so it's not the most economical option for us and besides, I grew up on road-trips and LOVE them.
|Legoland Hotel right in front of the entrance to Legoland. Perks include breakfast buffet, early park entry, special programs for hotel guests, and more.|
In This Guide
My #1 Tip
Some of My Favorite Rides
Other Awesome Attractions
When to Visit Legoland
Notes & Tips
|I lived in San Francisco for college and can say that this display is amazingly accurate. Found in Miniland, #86 on map.|
Areas of Legoland
Sea Life Aquarium
The Lego Movie World
Land of Adventure
Lego Ninjago World
Lego City: Deep Sea Adventure
My #1 Tip to Make the Most of Your Trip
The Reserve N Ride Pass (additional Charge) is a must if you're looking to maximize your fun at Legoland.
Lines for rides at Legoland are excruciatingly slow and you're guaranteed to be waiting for long periods in line for the best rides without it, especially during the busiest times of the year.
There are 3 levels of passes and even the cheapest one will help save you lots of time.
These passes allow you to reserve one of Legoland's biggest attractions through an app on your phone. Instead of waiting in line, you will wait virtually and when your time is up, arrive to the attraction during your allotted time window.
There will be seperate Reserve N Ride entrances for each attraction. After you arrive and have your pass scanned by a worker, you can reserve your next ride.
I suggest the express pass if you plan on mixing in rides with a little bit of everything else like snack breaks, sight seeing, diaper changes, etc.
If you're aiming to conquer all of the rides, the Delux (super fast) and Ultimate passes are ideal (instant access).
I got the Delux pass during the holidays and was extremely happy with wait times. I don't think I'll ever find the need to get the Ultimate Pass.
Because of its steep prices & maybe a lack of knowledge on the visitor's part, lots of Legoland visitors do not get this pass, so there's a big difference in wait times.
Enjoy more of the park without the need to wait in lines.
|Wait times for rides in the regular queue are sooooo long.|
|$35-$100 per pass, per person, depending on the pass you want and time of year purchased.|
Some Awesome Rides at Legoland
|The family can't get enough of this ride. The slide is surprisingly steep enough to give you thrills.|
Legoland stands out from other theme parks with the amount of awesome themed play areas they have. If you're a regular theme park goer with children, you've probably already learned the importance of free play in a well-balanced day of fun.
|I remember the first time Pharoah's Revenge and thinking how cool the theming was. At Pharoah's Revenge, kids get the ok to shoot foam balls at others, every kid's dream come true.|
Other Amazing Attractions
This theater always shows entertaining 15 minute movies that they always switch up from time to time. The theater has a huge screen with amazing sound effects and elements like water and wind added in to make a 4-D experience. Concession stands right outside the theater. A nice retreat in the summer during hot weather.
|You must check out one of these shows. They're fun and entertaining, especially with all of the added effects of wind and water.|
A must-see attraction that showcases millions of Lego bricks formed into impressive iconic scenes from around the world, including Las Vegas, the White House, San Francisco, New York, and so much more.
|Moving holiday display at Miniland. Miniland is one of my favorite parts of Legoland with so many awesome and impressive displays from the most iconic spots in USA.|
|Where to find mini figure trading locations inside Legoland (source).|
|The possibilities are endless with mini figures. This is a great hobby to start and a great way to get some quality interaction with staff traders.|
|One of the things that sets Legoland apart from other theme parks is their genuine and fun character meet and greets. My 3 kids, Luna, Leo, and August had an unforgettable 3 minute interaction with Emmet after they took this picture.|
|You can't miss The Lego Movie experience located in the same building as Emmet's Super Suite.|
|Can you guess what scene this is from The Lego Movie?|
|Vegetarian Tofu Ramen was okay. Portion is on the smaller side.|
|Menu as of 1/2023|
|Granny's Apple Fries are always a must. Fresh deep fried apples coated in cinnamon sugar and served with fresh whipped cream. Note: portion is small|
|Churros came big in two "half sticks" but could use more cinnamon flavor and were a bit oily.|
|Garden Pizza was yummy and came with a base of pesto instead of pizza sauce.|
|Supreme Pizza was tasty, but with minimal toppings.|
|You can't go wrong with Sweet Street's gluten-free rice krispie treats.|
|If you're on a tight budget, there's not much difference in distance with preferred and regular parking. $35 vs $25|
|Legoland has some of the best dance performances during the holidays.|