My husband and I made the mistake of telling our kids we were planning an overnight stay and two days of fun at Legoland in California two weeks prior to the planned visit earlier this summer.
As you can imagine, we were on the countdown for the the next 13 days, peppered with questions about which attraction in the park we would experience first, if we could plan to be at the entrance “right when they open” so as to be among the first in line, whether two days was really enough time to enjoy the main park, the water park AND the aquarium?
The hotel was a dream come true for our kids and their parents – they loved everything about their stay – from collecting clues in a scavenger hunt that results in a code that unlocks a treasure chest in the room (which reveals a Lego set they could work on while mom and dad get the bags unpacked) to the “friends-themed” room (divided into an adult section with a king bed and a smaller nook with bunk beds). The rooms are themed according to four popular lines of Lego toys: pirates, adventure, friends and kingdom).
Breakfast, which is included with the room, has everything you can think of: eggs, an omelet station, pancakes, yogurt parfaits, pastries, fresh fruit and an array of hot and cold beverages.
But the best benefit of staying in the hotel situated at the entrance to the park? Hotel guests enjoy early access – a full hour before the general public. And if you want to take a break to relax or refuel, get your hand stamped and you can come and go as you please (with free return entry into the park without waiting in line).
The New! NINJAGO World® Attraction
Two years in the making, NINJAGO World® features a 4D interactive ride that uses cutting-edge Maestro hand gesture technology that enables guests to throw fireballs, shockwaves, ice and lightning to defeat villains. Riders collect points for their “training” and battle efforts and scores are displayed when their quest is complete. Effects such as heat, smoke and wind are incorporated throughout the adventure, giving guests the ultimate interactive 4D experience.
The ride is the center of NINJAGO World® where interactive experiences test guest’s creativity, speed, balance and agility. Twenty-two Lego models flank the new land, in addition to a new retail outlet, Wu’s Warehouse and a dining option, Ninja Kitchen, where Legoland chefs put a special twist on Asian street food with Bahn Mi sandwiches on fresh baked baguettes or steam Bao Buns with crispy pork belly, lemongrass chicken or baked sweet chili tofu.
NINJAGO World® is included in admission to Legoland California Resort. For more info, visit www.LEGOLAND.com or call (760) 918-5377.