15 Tips to Make the Most of Your Time at LEGOLAND California

by Leap on April 2, 2019 104 San Diego

Just a hop, skip and a jump from San Diego in beautiful Carlsbad, LEGOLAND California is a budding brick-builder's paradise. The whole park is themed around the colorful LEGO bricks, which you'll find oversized on rides, pieced together for fantastic photo ops and assembled in models throughout the park, as well as the entire section of Miniland, which offers LEGO reproductions of seven areas of the United States. That's 20 million LEGO bricks in that one section alone!

LEGOLAND California Tips - Miniland

If you're always stepping on stray LEGOs around the house, then you already know this is a place you should go. But even if your little ones aren't yet hardcore LEGO devotees, they will still have a blast because everything in the park is geared for ages 2-12. The park is the ultimate little playground, but it can get very crowded, especially during the summer months. We've put together these LEGOLAND California tips so that you can make the most of your day in the park. Now, we are talking about making the most of your time, but be prepared for your kids to find at least one place in the park they love and don't want to leave, such as the Land of Adventure. Let them go at their own pace and enjoy the sights and attractions! You can always come back a second day.

Our Top LEGOLAND California Tips to Make the Most of Your Time

1. Buy your tickets in advance.

You will save money and time if you purchase your tickets in advance, since you can find great discounts and you won't have to stand in line at Will Call. If you want to park hop into the water park and/or the Sea Life Aquarium, purchase a park hopper ticket in advance to save money and time compared to adding them on at the gate.

2. Pick the best times to visit. 

LEGOLAND California is busiest during the summer time and the holidays. Basically, whenever the kids are out of school, you can expect major crowds. At off-peak times, the crowds are usually not bad at all. LEGOLAND turns 20 in 2019! If you are able to visit during your tadpole’s birthday now through December 31, 2019, kids turning 3-12 get free admission on their birthday this year. Be sure to bring a birth certificate or passport with you.

3. Stay on-site. 

LEGOLAND California Tips - Stay On-Site

The LEGOLAND Hotel is just as well-themed as the park, and it's located right there inside the resort. It offers fantastically themed rooms (Ninjago! Adventure! Kingdom! Pirates! LEGO Friends!), plenty of hands-on LEGO activities and a zero-entry heated pool for year-round play. Plus, hotel guests get early admission into the park! You can get a jump on savings and book through Undercover Tourist for as low as $191 a night.

4. Measure up the little ones before you hit the park.

LEGOLAND California Tips - Dune Raiders

All of the rides in the park are geared toward tadpoles between 2 and 12 years old, but more than half of the attractions have height requirements of some kind. It helps to know in advance which rides your little one will be able to ride, and especially which ones they will be able to ride without a grownup. Also know that a handful of rides — Junior Driving School, Driving School, Knights' Tournament, LEGO Technic Coaster, Bionicle Blaster, Cargo Ace and Lego Mindstorms — have age requirements.

5. Pack an extra set of clothes or have the kids wear their bathing suits. 

Even if you aren't headed to the water park, there are a few splash and play areas. If you have little ones who love to play in the water, but don't like walking around soggy, you'll want something they can change into. You can find the most inexpensive lockers in the park, as well as dryers, at Pirate Shores.

6. Bring your own water and snacks. 

Coolers are not allowed, but guests can bring in their own water, small snacks and any food or beverages required for specific dietary needs.

7. Go early!

The early bird gets the LEGO! The turnstiles open a half hour to an hour ahead of the park's opening depending on the season, with select rides open early. For the lowest crowds, arrive ahead of the park's opening and you'll be in in no time.

8. Head to the water park early. 

LEGOLAND California Tips - Water Park

You'll avoid the biggest lines to get into LEGOLAND California's Water Park if you arrive before 11 a.m. or after 3 p.m. The Water Park opens mid-March in time for Spring Break and runs through early November. It may be open weekends only during the school year except for breaks.

9. Download the LEGOLAND California app.

You can use the app to check wait times (that feature only works once you’ve entered the park), order food to skip the lines, make dinner reservations at hotel restaurants, purchase Reserve ‘n’ Ride and get more LEGOLAND California tips and information.

10. Consider using Reserve ‘n’ Ride to skip the lines.

If you find yourself at LEGOLAND and it’s busier than you’d hoped, you might consider getting Reserve ‘n’ Ride to shorten your wait times. You can use their handheld device to make ride selections or use your phone for the mobile option. There are different levels of Reserve ‘n’ Ride that vary in price and benefits — basically, the more you pay, the shorter the wait. Online prices may vary from walk-up prices.

11. Start in the back.

If you arrive early, start in the back of the park and work your way back to the front. Lines build early for Coastersaurus, Safari Trek and Fairy Tale Brook, but there is usually less of a wait in the afternoon.

12. Don't skip the aquarium!

LEGOLAND California is home to the Sea Life Aquarium, where you can see jellyfish, rays, sharks and octopuses up close! There is a touch pool for little hands to reach out and touch sea stars and crabs, and feeding times are posted so you can watch and learn from the animal experts.

13. Parent Swap.

If you have tadpoles with you who do not meet the height requirements for a ride that the parents can ride, you can all wait in line together and when you reach the front, let the operator know you want to do Parent Swap. The first parent will ride with an older child while the other parent waits with the other child, and then the parents will, well, swap!

14. Use Package Pick-Up.

We all know how big and bulky some of those LEGO boxes can be. Even though there are many stores at the front of the park where you can souvenir shop before exiting, if you find that perfect item elsewhere in the park, you can use Package Pick-Up service to send your items to the exit so you can pick it up on your way home without having to schlep it through the park.

15. Sign up early for LEGO Mindstorms lab.

If you have froglets 9 and older who want to build a programmable robot, you can make a reservation in the Imagination Zone. Be sure to sign up as early as possible as spaces are limited. The lab may not always be available due to school groups.

For your little ones, you can't go wrong with a visit to LEGOLAND California! We hope you've enjoyed our LEGOLAND California tips to help you make the most of your time at the park. Have a tip we didn't mention? Share it in comments below!

Related: Building a Perfect Day at LEGOLAND California

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Jul 22, 2019 at 6:08 a.m. Jen Avery Says...

Hi. I have purchased tickets to use between now and the end of 2019. They are hopper tickets. I know that summer is busy, but I'm assuming Aug is much warmer than October for the water park? Is the water park at Legoland heated? Some water parks have freezing water that we've been to, which is not much fun for the kids unless it's >90 degrees outside. And, to maximize the experience with least amount of line wait times, but still have a great waterpark experience (no too cold), would you recommend the 1st week of August or the 3rd week of October? (We went to Legoland last year and LOVED it, but waterpark wasn't open then, so we want to have a great experience with that

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Jul 22, 2019 at 2:36 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jen!

The water is heated to 80 degrees, so you shouldn't have chilly tadpoles :) There's only a few degrees in historical temperature difference between those times (highs of 78ish / lows of 69ish), but the third week of October will be significantly less crowded according to our Crowd Calendars, so we'd shoot for October. Just note that the water park will only be open on the weekends in October!

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Jul 13, 2019 at 1:43 a.m. Sara Says...

We are planning to go to LEGO land in San Diego either Sunday the 28th or Monday the 29th or even Tuesday the 30th of July. Any thoughts on what days are less crowded

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Jul 15, 2019 at 4:03 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sara!

All of those options look to be about the same in terms of crowds (8/10) according to our Crowd Calendar, so we'd just pick the option that works best for your family :)

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Jun 11, 2019 at 5:01 a.m. Grace Says...

So many good tips Im sure it will help us have a better day in LEGOland!

We are going this July, just wondering if there is any difference if we go 7/1 or towards the weekend 7/4? Thanks so much

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Jun 12, 2019 at 7:57 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Thanks so much, Grace! July 1 actually looks to be the best day that week, according to our Crowd Calendar. Have a great time!

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Jun 9, 2019 at 3:50 p.m. Steve D Says...

When is best time in December 2019 to visit Legoland? We plan on Going to Disneyland around December 16-20 and then Legoland for 1-2 days right before Christmas and want to avoid the huge crowds. Thoughts ideas ?

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Jun 12, 2019 at 7:47 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Steve!

These dates look great, according our Crowd Calendar! Have a great trip!

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Apr 1, 2019 at 7:23 p.m. Nancy Says...

We’re planning a visit June 7th & 8th - do we need the pass for quicker rides? Or is the park less crowded? It’d be our first time there

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Apr 9, 2019 at 7:47 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Nancy!

That timeframe is early summer, so it is right on the edge of summer crowds. Some local schools will already be out then, so the pass may be helpful. You can upgrade in the park if you find that wait times are longer than usual.

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Apr 1, 2019 at 2:59 a.m. Reggie Shldby Says...

Go to the Big Store on the way out and see Benjamin. He is the "Lego Whisperer" he knows all things lego and can tell by feel ehat lego is what without opening the package.

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Mar 2, 2019 at 8:10 p.m. Melony Baker Says...

So Fun!! My Husband and I took a day before our Meeting and enjoyed the whole day. My Husband is a Big Kid!! We are excited to bring our Grandson next year.

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Mar 4, 2019 at 7:57 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

So hoppy to hear you had a great time, Melony! Thanks for sharing with us!

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Feb 23, 2019 at 5:21 p.m. Ana ojeda Says...

Hi we will be visiting for the first time with my 4 year old and 8 year old girls. We are going April 20 and 21. We staying at the Legoland hotel and do they offer discounts for the restaurants? Also does the hotel offer free breakfast and free parking? Thank you

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Feb 25, 2019 at 2:47 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ana!

It looks like parking is free to hotel guests, or that valet parking is available for $25/night. Likewise, hotel guests receive a free breakfast buffet each day (with exception of arrival day) and you can receive a 20% discount on the character buffet dinner if you book online in advance.

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Jan 22, 2019 at 9:27 p.m. Kelley O Says...

Hello - I can't avoid visiting San Diego during the summer months of June or July. I used to live in Diego, so I know what I am dealing with. I will have 4 kids with me aged 8-11. Can you recommed the slowest time in late June/ or all of July. Also, is 2 day recommended or is 1 enough?

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Jan 30, 2019 at 9:06 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kelley!

Early June will be slower than late June. Mid-July is probably slower than the 4th of July and will have sunnier weather than June. We recommend 2 days if you want to take in a theme park or zoo and the beaches.

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Jan 5, 2019 at 6:39 p.m. AV Says...

Is it okay to visit the park in February because of cold water/ weather??

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Jan 16, 2019 at 5:52 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

Yes! The park is open in February, and many days are not as cold as you are thinking! Check to see park hours.

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Sep 16, 2018 at 3:49 a.m. Reno Says...

Hi what is the best time to go to legoland in October this is my 1st visit with my kids? I saw your crow calendar but kinda confused with the number above the date ???? thank you

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Sep 20, 2018 at 4:37 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Reno!

Our Crowd Calendar ranks how busy the parks are on a scale of 1-10, with 1 being the least busy and 10 being most busy. "Green" means very light crowds, "yellow" means moderate and "red" means very busy. Hope this helps!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 27, 2018 at 7:24 p.m. Judy Says...

Visiting with grandchildren august 6th and seventh..any suggestions?

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Jul 30, 2018 at 8:27 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Judy!

Be sure to check out our favorite LEGOLAND foods and discounted tickets.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 21, 2018 at 5:33 p.m. Julianna Says...

When are crowds the lowest? We are thinking mid September after school is back in session. We also have a teenager in a wheel chair so hoping to have more mobility with fewer crowds? We can go anytime, just thought September would be pretty slow?

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Jun 21, 2018 at 1 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Julianna,

September is a pretty good time to go! Hop over to our Crowd Calendar to see predicted crowd levels.

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May 17, 2018 at 3:48 p.m. Ellen Says...

Is there such a thing as "express access" in Legoland? Is it needed or worth it for that park? If so, how do we find out information about those tickets?

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May 17, 2018 at 12:52 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ellen,

Yes, there is! Here's more information on their system.

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May 13, 2018 at 2:21 p.m. JayBird Says...

Do you have experience with the VIP park package? I am taking my 7 year old in mid July and anticipate crowds and long lines. I am considering the big splurge for VIP for the experience of feeling ultra special for the day and skipping lines. Any thoughts?

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May 7, 2018 at 3:05 p.m. Jared Says...

Is the part about the entrance opening 30 minutes early still true? I would love to be first in, but is that 10:00 like their posted opening time, or is it really 9:30? (we are not staying at the hotel)

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Jun 29, 2018 at 4:52 a.m. Marlene Acero Says...

We go at least once a month (1hr away) I recommend going one day to legoland and one day to the waterpark. I really like the waterpark it's the best around. Go early to the water park they have alot of seating and if you get there early you can sit under big umbrellas and watch your kids if you are not getting in.

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Jun 29, 2018 at 4:48 a.m. Marlene Acero Says...

We have the playpass and yes the park opens early but you cant access the rides until the park officially opens. We just waited inside and we went passed the bigger rides went to the back of the park and later on moved to the front.

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May 15, 2018 at 12:51 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jared,

Legoland turnstiles open 15 -30 minutes before park opening, but guests can not access rides until the park officially opens.

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May 3, 2018 at 7:22 p.m. Dana Von Holten Says...

We are planning a visit on Thursday 5/16 - is this typically a good time to visit - not huge crowds? Thank you!

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May 3, 2018 at 2:36 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Dana,

According to our Crowd Calendar, it should be a great day to visit!

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Apr 28, 2018 at 1:52 p.m. PaulaD Says...

We will be there 23rd & 24th July. Will it be crowded and would you advise the reserve & ride? Also when getting tickets should we spend one full day at legoland and the other full day at the water park? Or would it be best to do half & half each day? As a first timer bringing kids how do you suggest we work our days? Thank you.

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May 3, 2018 at 1:04 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Paula!

Higher crowd levels are anticipated on those days, so we do recommend the Reserve 'N' Ride System ... it's awesome! We suggest spending one full day at LEGOLAND and one full day at the waterpark to really allow you to soak up the first-time fun!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Mar 24, 2018 at 6:32 p.m. Daniel Says...

How are crowds around the end of March time frame (spring break)? Any additional tips to beat the crowds? Thx

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Feb 26, 2018 at 4:20 p.m. Kari Says...

Are there differences of any sort for certain days of the week? For instance is there an event only on weekends or something to make a particular day more exciting?

Thank you!

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Mar 6, 2018 at 10:12 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kari,

We recommend checking out LEGOLAND California shows & activities to see what's happening! The schedule can vary for the different activities, so make sure to check before you go.

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Feb 25, 2018 at 2:40 a.m. Krystal Says...

Hello I’m planning a visit for my 6 year old April 26-30 I also have a 13 year old who will be attending do you think that’s a good time to visit

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Feb 25, 2018 at 1:05 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Krystal!

Absolutely. We anticipate low-moderate crowds on these dates.

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Jun 10, 2017 at 8:32 p.m. Esther Says...

Planning a visit to legoland on Wednesday or Thursday June 14 or 15. Are the crowds pretty heavy at this time?

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Jun 11, 2017 at 6:26 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Esther,

Looking at our San Diego Crowd Calendar, we're forecasting heavy crowds on June 14 and 15.

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Jun 10, 2017 at 2:49 a.m. Leannder Says...

Hi,

I am bringing my ten year old son for his first time to Legoland in July. Do you feel that Legoland is done justice in one whole day or do you advise us to go for two days? We do want to go to the Waterpark. Also, it is unclear if the Aquarium is just part of the regular admission to the park. Is this extra cost? Thank you for taking the time to answer my question.

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Jun 11, 2017 at 6:03 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Leannder,

Both the water park and Sea Life Aquarium are add-ons to the regular one-day ticket. If you plan on spending a significant amount of time in the water park, then we would recommend two days. That way you will not have to rush your time with the LEGOLAND shows and rides.

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May 19, 2017 at 3:55 a.m. Paul Says...

Hello,

thinking about being spontaneous and going to LEGOLAND this weekend, but having some reservations because it is Memorial Day weekend. Do you have any idea how crowded it might be?

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May 19, 2017 at 8:07 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Paul,

Peeking at our San Diego Crowd Calendar, we're forecasting heavy crowds at LEGOLAND that weekend.

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Apr 17, 2017 at 12:19 a.m. Rick Says...

Travelling to legoland California on may 18, we have never been, taking a 4 year old and a 7year old. Both are huge lego fans and they love aquariums. We have one day to take in all we can. Swimming is very low on the priority list so we won't do the water park. What advice can you give to rookie theme park tourists to get the best experience. We won't be staying at the park either.....

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Apr 17, 2017 at 7:55 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rick,

Besides the information in the article, we suggest going over the LEGOLAND Website with your kids to see what they would be interested in. Show them the rides and activities and gauge their interest. Knowing what they want to see will help you have a better experience.

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Apr 13, 2017 at 5:38 a.m. Pam Says...

Hi Im going to legoland California June 2017, Is it best to book on weekdays or weekend. What's the height requirements on waterpark my kids are 10 and 11. Is it possible to finish the park hopper in one day?

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Apr 13, 2017 at 8:12 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Pam,

Weekends are typically busier than weekdays.

Height Requirements vary between none to 36" to 42"

It's possible to do everything in one day but that depends on wait times and how long you decide to spend in the water parks. Two days would give you a less hurried pace.

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Mar 21, 2017 at 8:02 p.m. Aaron Says...

We are planning a trip to San Diego for 7 days. We are planning to bring our twins (age 4) to experience Legoland and the Water park in one day. Traveling May 27th- June 3rd . Any recommendation on what day would best to spend at the park ?

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Mar 22, 2017 at 8:23 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Aaron,

Peeking at our San Diego Crowd Calendar, it looks like May 30-June 3 would be your best timeframe for a visit.

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Mar 13, 2017 at 5:47 p.m. Elizabeth Says...

Hi we're planning on going to legoland and wanted to know what day is less crowded. Sunday April 9 or good friday April 14?

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Mar 13, 2017 at 1:08 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Elizabeth,

We're forecasting high crowds at LEGOLAND California on both of those days due to spring break. Check out our Crowd Calendar for more information.

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Jan 17, 2017 at 8:59 p.m. Amy Says...

We are visiting on March 6th - lines should be short, right? Where can I get a comprehensive list of the rides and their height requirements. I am going with a 4 and 8 year old - so need to plan. Thanks!!

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Jan 18, 2017 at 8:18 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Amy,

On our Crowd Calendar, we're forecasting average crowds at LEGOLAND that day.

Here's a link to pdf of all of LEGOLAND's attractions and their height requirements.

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Nov 2, 2016 at 12:50 p.m. Stephanie Says...

How are the crowds on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day?

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Nov 8, 2016 at 2:03 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Stephanie,

The park will be very busy on these days.

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Aug 24, 2016 at 7:26 p.m. Shelly Says...

Hi, we will be visiting The second week of October. Will this be a very busy time, as well I am wondering what to expect weather wise?

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Aug 26, 2016 at 1:16 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Shelly,

Because of the Columbus Day holiday and because almost all of Arizona's schools are off that week, that week is most likely the most crowded week of October. But not to worry, the park will be decorated for Halloween, and if you follow our tips to maximize your time you will still be able to get it all done. That week is often very hot, but that an be inconsistent. Last year the temperatures were in the 100s that week, but you should check the weather before you leave so that you know how to pack. Even hot days can turn into cool nights in Southern California, so having a sweatshirt to put on is recommended.

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Aug 16, 2016 at 8:34 p.m. Tanya Says...

Hi! Thanks for this great resource! We are planning on going in February. It looks like the water park will be closed during that time- is it still worth it to go in the winter? I see there are other water-y attractions, are those all shut down then too? We don't want to shortchange our kids (4 and 6), but were hoping to go then.

Also, do you know if the hotel has a shuttle to/from the closest airport? This is the only place we are planning on going for this trip, so don't need a car.

Thanks for any other tips!

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Aug 25, 2016 at 11:15 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tanya,

Even if the water park is closed, there is a large water play area at the Pirate Reef area at the back of the park. It is perfect your your kids' ages. Your kids will have a blast running around the water play structure and spraying each other with water or riding Splash Battle, where you are guaranteed a good soaking. They can also spray the people riding Splash Battle. There are changing rooms and family sized dryers. Pack a swimsuit and towel. It will still be a great time without the water park. You will enjoy the very themed Legoland Hotel right down to the elevator ride to your room. They have a heated pool, but they do not have an airport shuttle. We recommend Super Shuttle.

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Aug 10, 2016 at 5:52 p.m. tricia Says...

We are wanting to bring my son there Sept. 17-19 for a short weekend trip. Is this a good or bad weekend? What is one of the best weekends , for a short trip to bring my 11 yr. old? We feel he is about to outgrow Legoland and want to get there before that happens. We are on an extremely tight budget . Any suggestions on money saving tips?

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Aug 17, 2016 at 12:56 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tricia,

This should be a great weekend to visit Legoland. September is still usually very hot in San Diego, so we recommend buying a ticket that includes the waterpark in advance to save money and get a bonus extra day.

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Jul 30, 2016 at 12:46 a.m. NorCal Says...

We'll be staying at Legoland Hotel the week of Aug. 15. We're wondering whether VIP experience is worth it or just purchase Reserve n Ride. Both seems to offer "no wait in line", which is what we really want. Our kid is 3 years old (41 inches tall) and I have foot issues, so trying to limit the waiting in line time as much as possible. Would love to hear what you think we should opt for.

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Aug 9, 2016 at 12:35 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

You can probably do just fine with Reserve n Ride. While waiting for your ride time, there are many Lego building areas, playgrounds, video game areas, and water play areas throughout the park where you can sit and your child can play, rather than standing in line.

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Jul 10, 2016 at 9 p.m. Ellie Says...

Torn between a 2 or 3 day pass to Legoland (and the 2 other locations). This will be the first time for all 3 of us (6 year old boy and parents). We'll land in the late am and can probably go to the acquarium, first day. Second day, all day at Legoland. Third day at water park and anything we miss at legoland? Does that make sense or can we do everyting in one day? Thanks!

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Jul 18, 2016 at 10:22 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ellie,

We recommend our Park Hopper (which gives you a second day free). The aquarium only takes an hour to visit, so you could do that and definitely get in some other rides in the park. Then do the water park and the rest of Legoland the second day.

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Jul 10, 2016 at 1:13 a.m. Gloria Says...

We are planning to go any of these days in July, with 3 kids 12, 6 and 1, when do you recommend us to go and do you think it will be better not taking the 1 year old with us? First time going.

Thank you

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Jul 18, 2016 at 10:21 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Gloria,

If you have a babysitter, you will move a lot faster and will be able to go a lot longer without managing a 1-year-old. If you take the 1-year-old take advantage of child switch

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Jul 18, 2016 at 10:21 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Gloria,

If you have a babysitter, you will move a lot faster and will be able to go a lot longer without managing a 1-year-old. If you take the 1-year-old take advantage of child switch

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Jun 22, 2016 at 1:17 a.m. Alli Says...

We're taking our kids to Legoland the week of August 15th. We'll go on a weekday. Do you think it's worth it to upgrade to the Reserve n Ride express or deluxe? Don't want to pay as much as they are asking for the ultimate. Thanks!

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Jul 18, 2016 at 10:17 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Alli,

I would arrive early and hit your favorite attractions in the morning. You can add on if you think you need it later, but I would not reserve in advance because you night not need it.

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Jun 13, 2016 at 10:39 p.m. First Timer Says...

I'm planning out first trip the Wednesday after Labor day- just two days after the holiday. What is the foot traffic like around then? Any tips on finding discounts on tickets?

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Jul 5, 2016 at 1:36 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

Crowds should be light at that time. Here are our discounts on LEGOLAND California tickets and other San Diego attractions:

https://www.undercovertourist.com/san-diego/

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Jun 13, 2016 at 4:50 p.m. Rubby Says...

I'm planning on taking my daughter to the park on her birthday Sunday July 10. Will the wait time be long? Will that be enough time to cover the park and the aquarium? Thank you!

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Jul 18, 2016 at 10:13 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rubby,

That is in the middle of summer so wait times can be longer than usual. Try to arrive before park opening to get the shortest lines in the morning and then visit the aquarium in the early afternoon when rides are long and the sun is hot. The aquarium takes not more than an hour to go through.

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Jun 8, 2016 at 7:42 p.m. Lynne Says...

We are going Thu & Fri the last week of July. Are the reserve a ride ones worth it? If so, is the $25/day not really worth it and we need to do $55 or $100?

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Jul 18, 2016 at 10:11 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lynne,

I would arrive at the park early (before it opens) and hit your most important important rides first. Then decide if you think you need to reserve a ride. You may not need it.

Keep hopping!

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May 11, 2016 at 8:12 p.m. SN Says...

Is Legoland typically busy around beginning of June? We are thinking of going June 3rd.

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May 17, 2016 at 3:07 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi SN,

It's a fairly good time to go, since many kids aren't yet out of school and families are still winding down from the school year. Pick a weekday if you can.

Keep hopping!

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Apr 11, 2016 at 4:09 p.m. Rachel Says...

Hi,

We are planning to goto legoland at the end of August (Sunday the 21st and Monday the 22nd). Thoughts on the crowds and if purchasing the reserve a ride is necessary. Our kids are 5 and 7. We are staying in the hotel Monday and Tuesday night as well.

Thanks

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Apr 25, 2016 at 12:46 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rachel,

This is not a super busy time as many kids have returned to school or parents are focused on getting the kids ready to go back.

Keep hopping!

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Apr 4, 2016 at 1:34 a.m. Janet h Says...

Hi We will be visiting the area and we have the option to go to lego land sun April 24 with longer hrs or Monday April 25 with shorter hours. I was voting for extra hours but other tend to think the extra time will be spent waiting in line and not really give us more ride time. What are your thoughts?

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Apr 25, 2016 at 11:36 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Janet,

If you are planning on attending the water park at LEGOLAND, then going on a Sunday will give you more time to do it all. If you are attending just the amusement park, you can probably do it all in shorter hours with much shorter lines on a Monday. Either day you should not expect terribly huge crowds at this time of year. And many lines have Lego building areas to help pass the time line as more play and build time.

Keep hopping!

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Mar 22, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. Nicole Says...

Wanting to take kids mar. 24 & 25th. How crowded do u think it will be?

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Mar 28, 2016 at 9:45 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Nicole,

Sorry for the delay. Did you make it to the parks? How busy were the parks? We expect they would have been fairly busy.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Mar 17, 2016 at 5:35 a.m. Brenda Says...

We are planning to be in town Monday April 11 to Friday April 15th. Which day would be the least busy out of those? We are bringing our 4-year-old and she won't have the stamina for waiting in long lines...

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Mar 30, 2016 at 10:26 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Brenda,

Since you will be visiting during the week, any of the days should be great, but LEGOLAND seems to be the least crowded on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The park is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day that week. The best strategy is to arrive at 9:30 a.m. on a Tuesday or Wednesday, and you will have no wait to very short waits for the first two hours. You should not see any really long lines those days, but if you do encounter some lines, focus on the the many playgrounds, building areas, and water play areas, which do not have lines at all. Some of the lines have building play areas right there in the line, so kids can play while the parents wait in the line. The line wraps around the play area and allows parents to keep an eye on their kid at all times.

Keep hopping!

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Feb 1, 2016 at 8:32 a.m. Amber Says...

Hello, we will be visiting Cali in a few weeks and will be going for the first time! We are going Monday Feb. 15th.2016, Presidents Day. do you know how busy it gets? Possible attraction estimated wait times? Thank you!

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Feb 2, 2016 at 9:03 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Amber,

Expect very heavy crowds. You might want to check out this post as well:

https://www.undercovertourist.com/blog/building-perfect-day-legoland-california/

Keep hopping!

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Feb 9, 2016 at 7:18 p.m. Amber Says...

I meant 10am to 5pm

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Feb 9, 2016 at 7:16 p.m. Amber Says...

Hello, we will not be going Monday anymore we will be going Wednesday Feb. 17th! I seen that Legoland is normally closed Tuesday Wednesdays, but is open all week that week. Any particular reason? Also, why is the park only open 10pm to 5pm is that enough time to get through everything including the aquarium? Look forward to hearing back from you, thank you!

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Feb 10, 2016 at 1:26 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Amber,

The park is opened seasonally at this time based on crowd levels. That should give you enough time to do most everything at the park, but ideally you'd have another day to experience the aquarium.

Keep hopping!

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Jan 10, 2016 at 8:25 a.m. Dana Says...

Hello I have 3 children I will be taking for their first time, and I'm on a budget. Where can I get the best discounts and when is park the very least busy? ? Thanks

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Jul 8, 2016 at 8:59 p.m. dmar29 Says...

if you subscribe your children to recieve ther free lego club magazine, those come with coupons for the children. defitnitly worth looking at if your on a budget.

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Jan 11, 2016 at 7:22 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Dana,

We offer some terrific discounts for LEGOLAND California. Check them out:

https://www.undercovertourist.com/san-diego/legoland-california/

Keep hopping!

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Sep 16, 2015 at 6:47 a.m. Susana Says...

Hello I'm planning to take my son for his Bday in Nov however I'm contemplating waiting until Dec for the Holiday event, do you think it's worth the wait? Or is it pretty much the same only w some snow?

This will be our first time going. Thank you.

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Nov 3, 2016 at 1:06 a.m. Janel Holaday Says...

Hi Susana:

My son's birthday is in November, too. We're thinking of going to Legoland. Did you get to go last November? If so, please share your experience. A site I saw said it is the least busy time of year to go. Thanks!

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Aug 18, 2015 at 3:03 a.m. KJG Says...

Are the VIP line passes worth it? How are the crowds the weekend before Thanksgiving?

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Aug 25, 2015 at 8:07 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

It is always great to have skip-the-line access, but worth it is subjective. For that weekend before Thanksgiving, it won't be nearly as crowded as the following weekend, and I don't think the upgrade is absolutely necessary.

Keep hopping!

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Jul 8, 2015 at 4:37 a.m. HNJ Says...

Any tips on summer discounts for the hotel? Off season rates are like $180/night and during the summer it is more like $460/night!

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Jul 22, 2015 at 9:08 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

As I am sure you are aware, summer hotel discounts are much harder to come by. I recommend you check the hotel site for discounts, I currently see one available. When there are none, I look at my options such as making sure I am putting it on a credit card that offers points or even paying with points.

Keep hopping!

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