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LEGOLAND® Waterpark

Want to make the most of your time at LEGOLAND® California? Filled with amusement rides, a separate waterpark and even a two-story aquarium, there are plenty of things to do at this Southern California theme park. Follow these tips to maximize your time at LEGOLAND®, all while building memories with your family!

1) Optimum Water Park Hours: Visit the LEGOLAND ®Waterpark early to avoid the crowds. I recommend arriving before 11am to avoid long lines, especially for the popular CHIMA Waterpark area. Another option is to visit the waterpark after 3pm, as crowds tend to dissipate around that time.

2) Make the Most of Ride Swapping: As a family, you probably have kids of different ages which means one or more of your kids might not be able to ride certain attractions. Families can do a “child swap,” though, which allows one parent to ride with the older child and then swap with the other parent immediately after the ride. This way, families can enjoy all the park has to offer without any hassle!

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LEGOLAND® App

3) Use Package Pick-up Service: You’re at LEGOLAND® with your kids. Let’s face it – you’re going to buy some LEGO bricks. To avoid carrying your purchases around all day, use the free package pick-up service. Simply leave your purchase with the attendant at the store and you can pick it up in the Market at the end of the day.

4) Download the Free LEGOLAND® App: The app features up-to-date ride wait times for each attraction so you can plan your day accordingly. Skip the busiest rides, like Sky Cruiser and Treasure Falls, and come back when the app shows a shorter wait.

5) Avoid Long Lines: Along with the LEGOLAND® App, which will help with avoiding those long lines, you should arrive early to avoid the long lines. Start in the back of the park then work your way forward. Rides like Safari Trek, Coastersauraus and Fairy Tale Brook can be skipped initially when crowds might be high. Come back for those rides around 3pm for hardly any wait at all.

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LEGOLAND® Mindstorms

6) Schedule Time to Build a Robot: Have a child 9 years or older? They can build a computerized robot at the Mindstorms center in the Imagination Zone. Stop by when you first arrive at the park to make a reservation for later in the day, as the activity books up fast.

7) Check Out the Baby Care Center: If you’re traveling with a little one, you know how vital a top-notch baby care center can be. At LEGOLAND® they have a premium Baby Care Center. It is equipped with bottle warmers, a microwave, refrigerator, rockers for nursing moms, high chairs and a changing station stocked with diapers. Plus, it’s one of the best quiet locations in the park for when your baby needs a break from the hustle and bustle of the theme park.

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LEGOLAND® Waterpark

8) Bring Bathing Suits: You might not plan on visiting the LEGOLANDÊ Waterpark. Even so, it’s a good idea to bring the kids’ bathing suits for those warm summer days. There are water features located throughout the main LEGOLAND® California park. The Pirates Shores water play area can get kids pretty soaked, so it’s nice to have a change of clothes.

9) Pack Snacks: LEGOLAND® allows you to bring in snacks and a water bottle, so you can stretch your hard earned dollars. Pack a few snacks and water bottles to keep the kids from getting hungry or thirty before you have an actual meal at the park.

10) Plan Your Meal Times: If you want to dine at the park, be sure to plan your meal times. Restaurants and cafes within the park have different operating hours than the actual park. Generally, they open later and close earlier. Therefore, don’t plan on trying to eat at the park an hour before it closes. Most sit-down spots will already be shutting down.

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LEGOLAND® Miniland Cruise

11) Skip Preferred Parking: The parking lot at LEGOLAND® California is fairly small. Thus, there’s no need to pay the extra money for preferred parking. At the most, your walk to the entrance will take a few minutes more.

12) Stay Protected: You’re in California. At a theme park. Under the hot sun. Bring sunscreen and reapply often to avoid any chance of sunburn, otherwise known as the “vacation ruiner.”

13) Don’t Pay Full Price:  Reserve your LEGOLAND® California tickets in advance to save your hard-earned money.  Reserve San Diego offers value-priced LEGOLAND® tickets with discounts ranging from $9-17.

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LEGOLAND® Express at Duplo Village

14) Make time for Miniland: One of the most popular areas of the park is Miniland. Set aside 30 minutes or so to walk among the LEGO bricks. They are designed as impressive models of iconic cities such as San Francisco, New York, Las Vegas and Washington D.C. There are even models of each episode of Star Wars. Kids will feel like giants as they view these models up-close and parents will marvel at the detail. To see all of the Miniland LEGO models, take the Coast Cruise ride.

15) What to Do if you’re Two: This is one of the most frequently asked questions of parents visiting the park with young children. Luckily, LEGOLAND® has a downloadable guide for parents of toddlers. It includes information such as rides with no height restrictions and shows designed for younger guests. Two toddlers based areas include Duplo Village and Dino Island, so definitely plan on visiting those areas.

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