Legoland | Day One
Carlsbad, California: For several
weeks, Lisa and Lenny have been planning a little surprise for Leo. Very much
into Lego, they decided to take their four-year-old son to visit
Legoland in southern
California. Bubba and I were invited to come along, as we would be visiting
for the Thanksgiving holiday.
We said yes.
Photo of a very happy boy
After putting the dishwasher through about five cycles after the Thanksgiving
feast, we were all up early this morning and on the road (south on I-5) to
Carlsbad (just north of San Diego). We checked into our rooms at the
Legoland Hotel and went immediately to the theme park (which is about 100 steps
from the hotel). The hotel have three different room "varieties" - Kingdom
(decorated in a castle theme), Pirate (decorated in a swashbuckler motif) and
Adventure (not sure, did not see this room, but I bet it is adventurous).
Pirate Ship and Castle in hotel lobby. Lego everywhere!
Kingdom themed room: A King bed fit for a King and the
bathroom has a toilet seat inset for wee bums.
Leo was obviously super excited to check out the bunk
No matter the "theme", rooms have the same configuration: A king (or two queen) beds
for adults and a sleeping alcove for the kids with bunks + a trundle. The room
also includes a bathroom with tub/shower, reading chair, desk, big screen TV,
mini-fridge, Keurig coffee maker and safe. Wifi, coffee, tea, bottled water and juice boxes
were free. (Well, not exactly free. This is one of
the most expensive hotels we have stayed in for quite some time... and don't
forget we went to Asia this summer...) Kids
have a second television in their alcove. Dave and I had a Kingdom-themed room; Lisa and Lenny had a Pirate
Leo just loves pirates!
The first thing we did after entering the theme park was have lunch. Traffic had
been terrible (Black Friday shoppers!) on our trek south and we were all very hungry.
Fried ramen noodles with veggies (and a side of kimchee) fueled us and we
were soon ready to explore Legoland.
I am going to post a bunch of photos of (some of the) attractions we visited
We visited the set of the
Leo was so impressed with the movie set display. When asked what he wanted to
do next, he said he wanted to go back to the hotel and build stuff with Lego.
Lucy was pretty impressed with the band wandering around the park
Leo visited the
Junior Driving School (age 3-5) and received his license.
Bubba played with Leo in the snow (real snow!) and helped Lucy build something.
Lisa and Leo went to stand in line for the
Skipper School boat ride, so Dave, Lenny and I had
an hour to spend entertaining Lucy. Legoland has this
down. Everywhere a ride is offered, there is also an
area to entertain younger siblings or aging grandparents
This is how we do Black Friday
Lucy meeting a sailor
Bubba built the Princess a throne with LEGO SOFT Bricks.
Everything is Awesome
Meanwhile, after waiting in the sun forever to get on the boat ride, Mr. Leo was
not too happy to learn it only lasted two minutes. Major meltdown. Poor guy.
Life is so unfair.
Dave, Lenny and Leo spent a little time playing arcade games. Dave should have
saved his shoulder and simply given his cash to the attendant and walked away.
For kids, there is a "everyone is a winner" policy, so our little lefty won a
We were back to the hotel before dark. The hotel has the best set-up for
adults and kids to stay/eat/party together.
Lego for Bubbe; Lisa & Lucy build a house from LEGO Soft Bricks.
The lobby bar has Lego bricks. Lisa is pretty-sure the
LEGO SOFT Bricks are
the best thing ever. Also the most expensive thing ever.
Next to the lobby bar is a huge pirate ship
filled with Lego. Build away. It is impossible to not begin clicking the
The hotel has so many activities in the evening. Character Meet & Greet.
Model building competitions. Kids Pajama Party. Magic show. Swim-in Movie at
the (heated) pool. Disco Dance Party for the kids. Hotel guests also have
early access to the park.
We had dinner at the Skyline Cafe. Pizza, salads and deep fried green beans
with Sriracha mayo. While we were dining, a knight stopped by to have a
chat. Lucy made sure he knew what was what.
Leo danced for over an hour at the dance party after dinner. So. Much. Fun.
My pedometer nearly blew up today. Over 11,000 steps and I did not "exercise".
This Bubbe Business is tough work.
We go back to Legoland in the morning.
Until my next update, I remain, your awesome correspondent.
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