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What You Need to Know About ~Hopping~ to LEGOLAND California Water Park

by Tad on December 1, 2023 17 San Diego

What You Need to Know About ~Hopping~ to LEGOLAND California Water Park'Sup! Tad here. Take it from me, there are few things a young frog likes more than a cool water park on a warm day. Whether it's spring, summer or, yes, even fall, you'll find plenty of tadpoles splashing around at the LEGOLAND California Water Park. Before we visited the LEGOLAND Water Park, we had a lot of questions about it ... and we are sure all of you parents do too. Now that we have gotten our webbed feet wet hopping about the place, we are toadally happy to share the details so you and your tadpoles can also make a splash at this most colorful water park. Get those goggles ready! Here are the answers to your key questions about LEGOLAND California Water Park.

LEGOLAND California Water Park Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get to the LEGOLAND California Water Park?

The LEGOLAND California Water Park is located inside the LEGOLAND Park. You enter the theme park and make your way to the back, where Fun Town is. You'll find the entrance to the water park there.

LEGOLAND California Water Park - Entrance

You are free to enjoy both parks throughout the day. The water park does require a resort hopper ticket. You can purchase a water park ticket at the water park entrance, but you can save a lot of money if you buy LEGOLAND California discount Hopper tickets from us.

What is the right age for LEGOLAND Water Park?

LEGOLAND California Water Park - Play Area

LEGOLAND California Water Park is best for children ages 3 to 9 and tweens who are the less adventurous types. Toddlers will enjoy this gentle water park, too! Adults and teens can still have a good time, but the slides are largely slow and gentle. Perfect for a first or early water park experience. Lily thinks it's toadally awesome! There are many shallow pools and water play areas perfect for waders and non-swimmers to get their kicks. Older children will enjoy the wave pool and getting soaked at Pirate Reef, then kicking back in the Build-a-Brick River. Besides slides, spray areas and pools, there are also places to build with LEGOS, of course. Kids can build a boat and test it out downstream or build towers with giant LEGOS.

What is there to do at LEGOLAND Water Park?

LEGOLAND California Water Park - Surfer's Cove

There are many different areas within the LEGOLAND Water Park. You can make your way around to explore them all. Surfers’ Cove is toadally cool with racing slides and sprinkler play. Pirate Reef is the only attraction that water park and regular park guests can both access. Guests from the water park and LEGOLAND enter and exit from opposite sides but ride the same ride. You’ll find the wave pool and a water play structure with slides and sprayers (Cragger’s Swamp) at the LEGO CHIMA water park. The original water park area has the larger slides in the park and several water play areas for toddlers and preschoolers.

When is LEGOLAND Water Park open?

The park is open for the 2024 season on weekends as of March 16. It's open daily March 22 through April 7. Then it's open on weekends only through May 24. It's open daily May 25 through Aug. 25. It returns to weekends after Aug. 25 and in September and October, closing Oct. 27, 2024. It is open on Labor Day.

LEGOLAND Water Park is usually open during every day in June, July and most of August. The hours are seasonal, so check the website for operating hours before you visit. It usually opens at 10:30 a.m. in summer but at 11:00 or noon at beginning or end of the season. LEGOLAND Hotel guests may get early access. This is a great way to get a jump on the crowds and hit some slides before the lines build up. (Psst ... did you know you can book your LEGOLAND Hotel room with us at a discount?)

Should I get a locker?

You can be sure your valuables are secure by locking them in a locker. The locker wristband system allows unlimited easy access to your locker. There are single lockers and family lockers available for rent.

Why might I rent a cabana?

LEGOLAND California Water Park - Cabana Food

Cabanas are not cheap (prices are seasonal starting from $200 for a standard cabana), but they do have several benefits. Basic cabanas come with a refrigerator filled with drinks (six bottles of water). There are different levels of cabanas that come with different benefits. The most basic cabanas allow six people (you can add two more for an additional fee), a cabana host to bring you food (though the food itself is an additional expense), DUPLO bricks for play and wristbands that allow you to skip the line in the Build-a-Raft river and Pirate Reef. Upgraded cabins offer more furniture and space, as well as an in-cabana safe for valuables. All cabanas come with a tote bag and two towels.

If you want to get your tadpoles out of the sun, give them a place to nap and decompress and not have to search for chairs or places to leave your things, then a cabana rental might be worth it. The cabana wristband also allows guaranteed re-entry into the water park even during peak times. Lily LOVES the cabanas. She thought ours was her own little house!

Can I bring a cooler?

No. Stay cool by keeping coolers and most other food and drinks you bring outside the park. You may bring in bottled water and food or beverages that are required for special dietary needs.

How deep is the water?

LEGOLAND California Water Park - Cragger's Swamp

  • The Lion Temple Wave Pool is 0 to 5 feet deep.
  • Build-a-Raft River is 2 ½ feet deep deep.
  • Cragger’s Swamp is 0 to 1 foot deep.
  • The water temperature is heated to 80 degrees.

Do I need to bring a life jacket?

LEGOLAND provides free life jackets for children on a first-come, first-served basis.

Do I need to bring towels?

Yes, bring your own towels. But if you do froget, you can purchase towels in the water park. Guests of the LEGOLAND hotels should also bring towels. Hop by the hotel pool to pick up towels.

Can we wear rash guards and water shoes?

Yes, but you may not wear water shoes on the slides. You may wear wetsuits in the pool, but not on slides. You can wear rash guards anywhere.

Are there any age or height requirements?

LEGOLAND California Water Park - Pirate Reef

Yes, there are age and height requirements for several attractions.

  • DUPLO Splash Safari Slides: Children under 6 must be supervised by a responsible adult.
  • Soak-n-Sail: Children under 36 inches under must be accompanied by adult.
  • Pirate Reef: Children must be 36 inches to ride accompanied by an adult, and 42 inches to ride without an adult. (But people of any height can get soaked on the bridge!)
  • Orange Rush: Riders must be 42 inches.
  • Splash Out: Riders must be 42 inches.
  • Twin Chasers: Riders must be 42 inches.
  • Build a Raft River: Adults must accompany children under 42 inches.
  • Crug’s Run/Cragger’s Swamp: Riders must be 36 inches.
  • Crooler’s Twist: Riders must be 40 inches.
  • Lion Temple Wave Pool: Riders below 42 inches must be accompanied by a responsible adult of this height or taller. Riders below 48 inches are required to wear a life vest provided at the park.

Do toddlers and babies need swim diapers?

All children 3 years old and younger must wear swim diapers. They are available for purchase.

Are there any other safety tips?

LEGOLAND California Water Park - Tower

Set up a meeting place in case you get separated. Take it from me, it is absolutely terrifying when you get lost in a water park. With crowds and distractions, it is surprisingly easy to do. Always spend a few minutes when you arrive going over safety protocol. Tell your tadpoles where to go if they get lost. Give them something easy to find. Teach them how to recognize a lifeguard and employee.

What You Need to Know About ~Hopping~ to LEGOLAND California Water Park - water play

Take extra care when getting in and out of the Build a Raft River. It is easy to get swept downstream or think everybody is getting out while someone else takes another loop (or exits while you are distracted with returning the tubes). Share double tubes with a younger tadpole, or hold the handle of your tadpole’s tube. Tell everyone to always wait at the exit from an attraction for the entire group to leave together.

Are the only water play areas in the LEGOLAND California Water Park?

No. The good news is that there are water play areas in LEGOLAND Park itself. If you do not have a water park ticket, you can still put on a swimsuit and splash and play (or just get your clothes wet)! Pirate Shores and LEGO Movie World are two water play areas in LEGOLAND Park. You may not wear just a bathing suit elsewhere in LEGOLAND Park, and must change back into clothes to walk around LEGOLAND.

Surf’s up at LEGOLAND! Have a question about the LEGOLAND California Water Park? Share it in comments below. Parents, don't forget you can save with our discount LEGOLAND tickets and LEGOLAND Hotel rooms.

Related: Tips for Building a Perfect Day at LEGOLAND California

Stay cool!

Keep hopping, Tad!
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Aug 2, 2022 at 5 a.m. Evelyn Says...

Can we take a small cooler bag with water ? Can we bring the rider wagons into the park?

Aug 2, 2022 at 1:58 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Evelyn!

Yes, water and a small cooler bag should be fine! The cooler should just be smaller than 12 inches wide x 10 inches tall. Wagons are also allowed!

Stay cool!


Jul 26, 2022 at 9:50 a.m. Angelina Says...

Do they serve alchol in the Waterpark?

Jul 20, 2022 at 5:39 a.m. Nicole Says...

Once you reserve a Cabana, do you know how they are assigned? Is it on a first-come first-serve basis or can you pre-reserve a Cabana in a specific area of the water park?

Jul 20, 2022 at 11:33 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Nicole!

Your cabana is assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. You'll check in at the Water Park entrance, and at that time, you can try to request a specific area. They may be able to accommodate if it's still available, though no guarantees!

Stay cool!


Nov 30, 2021 at 5:42 a.m. Mark Splashtacular Says...

Happy to hear that LEGOLAND California Water Park has reopened.

In this blog, the answers of all the questions are clearly told, everyone who wants to know...

Thanks for the updates.

Nov 30, 2021 at 8:45 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Thanks for hopping by, Mark!

Stay cool!


Aug 16, 2021 at 7:59 p.m. Amber Says...

Do you feel the waterpark is a full day activity in itself or should we do 2nd day of LEGOLAND and then go to the waterpark?

Aug 17, 2021 at 2:56 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Amber!

Currently, the CHIMA Water Park section is closed for the season, but the original LEGOLAND Water Park area is still open. It's possible to spend several hours in the water park, so if you really want to take your time with doing everything that LEGOLAND has to offer, as well as the water park, then we'd recommend spreading it all over two full days. However, you may not need a full day at the water park, so it just depends on how much time you want to spend in LEGOLAND (either about half a day versus a full day and a half).

Stay cool!


Jul 24, 2021 at 1 a.m. Ruth Sitts Says...

Hi!! Do you know if the cabana attendant will bring food from Ninja Kitchen into the water park for us? I know it's a huge walk!!

Jul 26, 2021 at 11:29 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ruth!

There is a special cabana food menu available, and the service is limited to those options.

Stay cool!


Apr 24, 2021 at 9:12 p.m. Mary Says...

Can you take your own water goggles?

Apr 29, 2021 at 9:32 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mary!

You sure can! Have fun.

Stay cool!


Aug 12, 2019 at 10:55 p.m. Sid Says...

The Legoland website says you get 6 bottled waters, but it does not say anything about towels or a family locker. Did you have to buy a special package to include those?

Aug 19, 2019 at 8:57 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sid!

We chatted with LEGOLAND and they said they no longer include lockers or towels, but towels are available for purchase. A safe is provided in the cabana for valuables. A locker is available for rent. A single locker is $12 and a family locker is $16. They could not provide price of towels, unfortunately. We've updated this post accordingly.

Stay cool!


Aug 3, 2019 at 3:58 p.m. Machelle Says...

Which cabana area would you suggest for the 6-10yr olds who will be on the bigger water rides. Grandparents prefer a cabana close to that area. Thanks! enjoy your blog.

Aug 5, 2019 at 3:11 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Machelle!

Thanks for the compliment - we're so glad you hopped by! If you can get a cabana near the main water park near Orange Rush, Splash out and Twin Chasers, those are the biggest rides for that age group (but still pretty gentle). The Build-a-Raft River is in that area as well. The Surfers Cove is across from there and also pretty centrally located. The Chima area has a wave pool, but it is also the farthest away from everything else.

Stay cool!


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