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

by Tad on June 5, 2019 San Diego

'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. So get those goggles ready! Here are the answers to your key questions about LEGOLAND California Water Park.

LEGOLAND California Water Park - Entrance

LEGOLAND California Water Park Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get to the LEGOLAND California Water Park?

You enter the LEGOLAND California park and make your way to the back to Fun Town. You enter the water park gates from within LEGOLAND park. You are free to enjoy both parks throughout the day. The water park does require a water park hopper ticket. You can purchase a water park ticket at the water park entrance, but you can save if you buy LEGOLAND California discount tickets from us.

What is the right age for LEGOLAND Water Park?

LEGOLAND California Water Park - Play Area

LEGOLAND 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. The newest area is Surfers’ Cove, 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 toddler and preschooler water play areas.

When is LEGOLAND Water Park open?

LEGOLAND Water Park is open during every day in June, July and August. It is open some days in March, April and May, and then usually just weekends in September and October. The hours are seasonal, so be sure to check the website for operating hours before you visit. It usually opens at 10 a.m. in summer. LEGOLAND hotel guests get early access at 9:30 a.m. 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.

Why might I rent a cabana?

LEGOLAND California Water Park - Cabana Food

Cabanas are not cheap (prices are seasonal), but they do have several benefits. Basic Cabanas come with a refrigerator filled with drinks (bottled water, juice, sodas, milk). There are different levels of cabana that come with different benefits. The most basic cabanas allow six people (you can add two more for $10 each) and come with two chaises, two chairs, a small table, two souvenir LEGOLAND beach towels, a LEGOLAND souvenir beach bag, 10 cold drinks, a cabana host to bring you food (though the food itself is an additional cost), a family-size locker rental, DUPLO bricks for play and wristbands that allow you to skip the line in the lazy river and Pirate Reef. 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.

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

Be sure to 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. 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?

LEGOLAND California Water Park - Heartlake

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! Pirate Shores and LEGO Friends Heartlake City are two water play areas in LEGOLAND park. You may not wear just a bathing suit elsewhere in LEGOLAND park. You 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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