Legoland | Day Two
Carlsbad, California: Everything is
still awesome. (If you don't know, Everything is Awesome, is the title
song from the Lego film. I heard it at least a dozen times over the past few
Up early and to the dining room for our breakfast (included in room price). Good
selection of everything except fresh fruit. We are practically in Mexico here.
The weather is warm. No excuse for cubes of cantaloupe and honeydew and bananas.
Just my opinion.
While at breakfast, a strolling minstrel came to our table. I told him Leo was
only a "G" short from being Lego and the entertainer immediately came up with a
song for Leo, adding a "G". So clever.
Hotel guests have access to the park one hour before it officially opens, so we
began our long and busy day.
I would pick his brain, but DT is picking Einstein's nose. The head is built
using over one million Lego bricks! Leo the Lion posing for his Bubbe.
We all climbed on the Coastal Cruiser boat for a ride around
a lake to view hundreds of things made from millions of Lego. Below are
photos of an elephant, the Sydney Opera House, Mount Rushmore (with a work
crew cleaning George Washington's ear with a Q-tip), the Taj Mahal, Eiffel
Tower, Statue of Liberty and the New York skyline (made with over two
I suppose it is someone's job to build with Lego. Leo could have
quite a future.
Next we went to a place where Leo could build a race car and race it down a
track against other kids. Lucy played in the DUPLO area (DUPLO are larger
building bricks for toddlers).
Climbing on a burro and choosing car parts
I love Lucy!
When you are tired, just plop down. Why not?
Dave, Lenny, Lisa and Leo went to a roller coaster. It was a proper roller
coaster too - not a puny thing made for little kids. Leo's hair was a
bit spiky today, so he was tall enough to go on the ride. Lucy and I watched
from a shady bench. Here are 4 hair-raising seconds of my family in a free fall.
(Available in HD!) Leo loved the roller coaster.
Lenny, Leo and Dave decided to go on another roller coaster, so Lisa and I
waited with Lucy. Lucy found a slide and had a fun time playing while her Bubba,
Dad and Brother had an adventure.
I can't handle the cuteness.
Then Lucy fell asleep. For three hours.
Cutest owls - seriously, hundreds of Lego figures
throughout the park
Father-Daughter "Golf Miniature" competition
We walked through an area with cities in miniature - San
Francisco, New Orleans, Las Vegas - and saw a zillion
Star War scenes recreated. Amazing work.
After a lunch break, my family pored over the park map
and a strategy was developed to visit anything we had
missed and to revisit anything Leo wanted to try again.
The last adventure was another boat
ride, where the riders have water cannons to aim at
bystanders... and bystanders have water cannons to aim
at the boats!
I think Lenny really liked this ride,
even though he was unable to drench his favorite
Mother-in-Law. Six-second video, also available in HD:
Leo was very well behaved (most of the
time - come on, he's a 4 year old kid), so was allowed
to choose one gift from the massive gift shop at the
park exit. He chose a kit to assemble. (I hope to not
have to help with that chore.)
What a great two days. I recommend this park for kids
from 4-8, especially if they are at least 40-inches
tall. Most of the rides require 40-to-42-inches. If you
can at all swing it, stay at the Legoland Hotel (it is
crazy expensive, but basically inside the park). Plan
several days as an aquarium and (in season) a water park
are included in a park hopper ticket.
The kids headed back to Los Angeles. Dave and I took the
winding road up over the mountains and dropped back into
the Coachella Valley just at sunset.
Until my next update, I remain, your resting correspondent.
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