Everyone’s favorite toy building blocks have gotten a whole lot bigger! In celebration of the ever-popular Lego building bricks, Legoland California opened its gates in March of 1999. Now your little ones have the opportunity to stretch their imagination and share in the creative construction fun at Legoland! The park boasts over 5,000 Lego creations including a 19-foot Tyrannosaurus Rex and model replicas of San Francisco, Las Vegas, New Orleans, New York, Washington D.C., and Los Angeles! The park consists of nine themed areas, with attractions for kids ages 2-12.

Tickets:
Legoland offers different ticket prices depending on the length of your stay. Purchasing “park hopper” passes grants you admission to both Legoland and either of the two water attractions — Legoland Water Park or the Sea Life Aquarium. Regular admission to Legoland costs $69 for adults and $59 for kids ages 2-13.

Buying your tickets online can not only help save you money on admission, but it minimizes your wait time at the park entrance!

Discounts:
AAA: 10% off ALL adult/child ticket types when members show their valid AAA membership card (valid for up to six guests).

Airline Employees: Commercial passenger airline employees are eligible for a 20% discount on up to 6 tickets per visit. Must show valid employee airline ID to obtain discount.

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Military: Active military personnel receive a 10% discount on one-day admission tickets at the ticket booths and Guest Services with valid military ID.

Tour Operators: Receive 2 admission tickets at a 50% discount OR up to 6 admission tickets at a 20% discount when a valid imprinted business card and photo identification are presented at any Legoland ticket window.

Travel Agents: Travel agents can receive either 2 admission tickets at a 50% discount or up to 6 admission tickets at a 20% discount when a valid IATA card or an imprinted business card and photo identification are presented at any Legoland ticket window.

Twilight Rate: Two hours prior to the Park’s scheduled closure, guests may purchase one-day admission tickets to Legoland California for 50% off each full price admission. Note: The Twilight Rate is not available on Saturdays in October.

Insider Tip: Driving to the park? Volvo drivers receive preferred parking (normally $20) at the regular parking rate ($12).

What to Wear:
Like most amusement parks, expect to do a lot of walking around, so comfortable shoes are a must. Strollers are available for rent if your little ones need a lift. The park does see quite a bit of sun during the day (with higher temperatures during the summer months) so think about packing a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen if you plan on going any time between May and August.

Legoland also has a newly added water park where kids can swim and splash around a 45-foot water tower and giant Lego models spray and soak guests. If your kids want to join in on the fun, they are going to need a swimsuit, towel, and a change of clothes.

What to See/Do:
There is no shortage of structures and models to admire in the many themed areas of the park. However, if your little ones are anxious to go on a few rides, know that Legoland does have height restrictions for many of their rides. Take a quick look to make sure your little ones are big enough to enjoy the coasters.

DUPLO Village – Designed for the park’s little guests, this village allows your kiddos to explore buildings, fire and police stations, and even go on a safari. See life-sized giraffes, gorillas, and elephants up-close and personal!

Miniland USA – This truly is the heart of Legoland! With over 20 million bricks used, this exhibit is filled with 1:20 scale models of seven different areas of the United States. Stop by the Model Shop to see the Master Builders working on new models for the park!

Are your kids as excited about Star Wars as we are? Then do not miss the Lego Star Wars models in Miniland USA. Even the littlest Star Wars fans will recognize the famous scenes from the six live-action Star Wars movies, as well as a scene from the animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars all made out of 1.5 million Lego bricks. Be sure to snap a quick photo shoot with life-sized models of Chewbacca, R2-D2 and Darth Vader.

Fun Town – Fun Town is particularly good for families, with rides like the popular “Police and Fire Academy” testing your family’s speed and teamwork and “Kid Power Towers,” which grants you an awesome view of the park–your kids are sure to love it!

Got tots? Legoland provides a special list of what to do for guests under 2.

Where to Eat:
There are tons of places to grab a bite within the park, but the eateries at Fun Town offer a great selection for even the pickiest of palates.

Insider Tip: Some restaurants in the park offer free meals for kids after 5:00 pm. If you’re in the park in the evening, ask if any spots will let your little ones eat free.

That about wraps up this Insider’s Guide to Legoland California. We hope you have a great visit with your family. Be sure to leave us a comment below telling us your favorite tips and tricks for navigating Legoland!

– Scott Wardell