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California LEGOLAND Resort

The LEGOLAND California Resort is a one-of-a-kind theme park and vacation destination built for kids ages 2-12 and their families. Located in Carlsbad, California, just 30 minutes north of San Diego, the Resort includes the LEGOLAND California theme park, LEGOLAND Water Park, and SEA LIFE Aquarium. With over 60 rides, shows and attractions, it’s an interactive and imaginative world made entirely out of LEGO bricks.

From driving LEGO cars to riding rollercoasters, every experience is hands-on and designed around the thrills and fun that kids enjoy most.This family guide will provide an in-depth look at everything the California LEGOLAND Resort has to offer. We’ll cover all the rides and attractions in the theme park, character meet and greets, shows and entertainment, on-site hotels, dining options, ticket pricing and packages, tips for visiting, and more.

Use the table of contents below to easily navigate to the sections you’re most interested in. Whether you’re planning your first visit or are a seasoned LEGOLAND traveler, this guide has all the information you need to build your perfect LEGOLAND California vacation!

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Dragon Coaster

Rides & Attractions

With over 60 rides, shows and attractions spread across different themed lands, LEGOLAND California offers interactive fun for kids of all ages. From driving schools to live shows to rollercoasters, every experience is centered around hands-on play. The most popular rides and attractions are:

Roller Coasters

  • The Dragon – An indoor/outdoor rollercoaster located in the medieval-themed Castle Hill area. Riders soar in and out of the castle on this kid-friendly coaster.
  • Coastersaurus – A prehistoric-themed rollercoaster that zips around a giant LEGO dinosaur.
  • Technic Coaster – A wild mouse-style coaster that’s the fastest ride in the park. With sharp drops and turns, it’s a more intense thrill ride.

Driving Schools

  • Driving School – Kids ages 6-13 can drive speed-limited electric cars through an interactive driving course to earn their own LEGOLAND driver’s license.
  • Boating School – Kids pilot LEGO boats through a lazy river, keeping clear of “whirlpools” and “rocky waters” along the way.
  • Flying School – Riders pilot their own plane on this aerial adventure, controlling the plane’s height and tilt along an undulating track.

Dark Rides

  • The Great LEGO Race – Hop in a LEGO race car and speed through scenes from popular LEGO themes in this indoor dark ride.
  • Lost Kingdom Adventure – Journey through ancient Egyptian ruins in a laser-shooting dark ride in search of lost treasure.
  • Fairy Tale Brook – Float along this indoor boat ride through scenes, sounds and animatronics from classic fairy tales.

Interactive Attractions

  • MINILAND USA – Marvel at miniature LEGO versions of iconic American landmarks like the White House, Golden Gate Bridge, Las Vegas strip and more.
  • LEGO Clubhouse – Kids can meet Master Model Builders, attend building workshops and play with tons of LEGO bricks.
  • DUPLO Playtown – Toddlers have their own dedicated play zone with DUPLO building blocks, playhouses, slides and climbing areas.

Ninjago Character Meet n Greet

Meet & Greets

In addition to rides and attractions, LEGOLAND has scheduled opportunities to meet and take photos with LEGO characters around the park. Popular meet and greet characters include:

  • LEGO Friends – Olivia, Emma, Stephanie, Andrea, Mia
  • LEGO NINJAGO – Kai, Jay, Nya, Lloyd
  • The LEGO Movie – Emmet, Wyldstyle, Unikitty
  • LEGO City – Police officers, firefighters

Meet and greet times and locations vary daily. Check the daily entertainment schedule on the LEGOLAND app during your visit for details on character appearances.

School of Spinjitzu

Shows & Entertainment

From live stunt shows to musical dance parties, LEGOLAND puts on entertaining performances throughout the day. Popular shows include:

  • Once Upon a Brick – Comedic musical retelling of classic fairy tales with LEGO twists, performed on the Castle Hill stage
  • School of Spinjitzu – Learn ninja moves from the LEGO NINJAGO characters in this interactive martial arts demonstration
  • Benny’s Space Squad – Join Benny from The LEGO Movie and his astronaut crew in this high-energy, space-themed musical show
  • LEGO Friends to the Rescue! – Help the LEGO Friends save the day in a show featuring acrobatics, music and dancing

Show times vary daily. Check the park map and entertainment schedule on the LEGOLAND app for performance times during your visit.

Hotel

Hotels

The LEGOLAND California Resort includes two on-site hotels right at the entrance of LEGOLAND California Park for ultimate convenience:

LEGOLAND Hotel

The 250-room LEGOLAND Hotel offers rooms decorated from floor-to-ceiling in colorful LEGO theming. Family amenities include:

  • Separate sleeping areas for kids with bunk beds, TV, LEGO play bins and gaming stations
  • Complementary LEGO gifts and scavenger hunts for kids upon check-in
  • Character meet and greets, dance parties and performances in the lobby at night
  • Complimentary breakfast buffet
  • Outdoor swimming pool, playground and game room

LEGOLAND Castle Hotel

The Castle Hotel features 250 rooms with medieval LEGO theming, knight and princess suites, and unique amenities like:

  • Family suites feature separate kids sleeping quarters resembling castle towers
  • Nightly pool parties, dance parties, and story time with LEGO wizard characters
  • Complimentary breakfast buffet
  • Indoor heated pool with slides and play areas
  • Castle-themed lobby with interactive play elements like secret passages and a slide

Both hotels offer early entry into LEGOLAND California Park and are just steps from the main entrance gate.

Everything is Ramen

Dining

LEGOLAND California has over 25 eateries located throughout the park with family-friendly dining options to suit every taste, including:

Restaurant Cuisine
Castle Burgers Burgers, chicken, salads
Fun Town Hot Dogs Hot dogs, brats, chicken tenders
Pizza Mania Pizza, pasta, salads
Smokehouse BBQ BBQ ribs, chicken, pulled pork
Granny’s Apple Fries Sweet apple fries, caramel dipping sauce, ice cream
Churros Factory Freshly-made churros, frozen lemonade

See the in-park guide map or LEGOLAND app for locations and menus. Character dining with the LEGO Friends is also available for purchase at Castle Hill Grill.

Annual Pass

Tickets & Passes

LEGOLAND California offers a variety of 1 to 3-day ticket options, annual passes, and vacation packages bundling park admission with a hotel stay. Current ticket pricing is outlined below:

Single Day Tickets

Ticket Ages 10+ Ages 3-9
1-Day Ticket $95 $89
2-Day Ticket $120 $115
3-Day Ticket $140 $135

Annual Passes

Pass Ages 10+ Ages 3-9
Silver Pass $199 $179
Gold Pass $279 $259
Platinum Pass $379 $359

Discounts are available for advance online ticket purchases. Special promotional tickets are also offered seasonally.

Minifig Building

Tips for Visiting

To make the most of your LEGOLAND California vacation, keep these tips in mind:

  • Arrive early – Be at the entrance gate 30 minutes before opening time to take advantage of early hotel guest access and shorter wait times for popular rides first thing in the morning
  • Pack snacks – Bring small snacks and water bottles to save money on food
  • Download the app – Use the LEGOLAND app to check wait times, see entertainment schedules, and track ride closures
  • Check height requirements – To avoid disappointment, make sure kids meet the minimum height requirements for rides they wish to go on
  • Take a break – Plan to head back to your hotel in the afternoon for a recharge break, then return to the park re-energized
  • Visit guest services for help with any questions, dining reservations, disability access, lost items and more

Cabana

Water Park

Right next door to LEGOLAND California is the LEGOLAND Water Park, open seasonally from March through October. Spanning over 10 million gallons, it’s perfect for cooling off on hot sunny days. Notable attractions include:

  • CHIMA Water Park – A water play zone themed after the LEGO Legends of CHIMA with water slides, splash cannons and hands-on activities
  • Orange Rush – A family raft ride where groups of up to four race down a 312-foot long water slide
  • Joker Soaker – A colorful, interactive playground structure with tipping buckets, water jets and slides
  • Build-A-Raft River – A lazy river where kids can build their own LEGO raft creation and float along

Cabana Rentals

  • Cabanas can be rented for the day for a private, shaded space for families to relax. They include amenities like lounge chairs, personal host service, towels, water bottles, and storage.
  • There are three types of cabanas:
    • Standard Cabanas for up to 6 guests ($299)
    • Premium Cabanas for up to 8 guests ($399)
    • Deluxe Cabanas for up to 12 guests ($499)
  • Cabanas should be booked in advance online. Same-day rentals may be available at the Water Park Guest Services window, sometimes at a discounted rate in the last 2 hours before closing.
  • Standard cabanas are located throughout Surfer’s Cove and the LEGO Chima Water Park. Premium cabanas are near Cragger’s Swamp and the Lion Chi Temple. The Deluxe cabana has a private gate near the Joker Soaker.

VIP Host

VIP Tours & Experiences

For families and groups seeking a more private, guided experience, LEGOLAND California offers VIP tours and specialty adventures add-on options including:

  • VIP Experience Tour – A personal guided tour with front-of-line access to rides, reserved seating at shows, and exclusive behind-the-scenes looks at attractions.
  • Friends Character Meet & Greet – Enjoy one-on-one time with the LEGO Friends characters, take photos, and receive a themed gift.
  • Friends Dance Party – An exclusive dance party with the LEGO Friends just for your group.
  • Master Model Builder Workshop – Build and take home LEGO creations alongside an expert Master Model Builder

Pricing starts at $89 per person depending on experience. Reservations required.

Hours

Operating Hours

LEGOLAND California’s standard operating schedule is:

  • March-May: Open daily, hours vary
  • June-August: Open daily from 10AM to 8PM
  • September-October: Open daily, hours vary
  • November-February: Open Fridays-Sundays only, hours vary

During peak spring and summer seasons, the park may offer extended hours until 9 or 10PM. Hours vary daily so check the LEGOLAND site for the operating schedule during your travel dates.

Power Tower

Height Requirements

Many rides at LEGOLAND California have minimum height requirements for safety reasons. Ride restrictions are:

  • Under 34” – 14 rides
  • 34” to 48” height – 24 rides
  • Over 48” height – 8 rides

See the ride restrictions guide on the LEGOLAND app or posted height check signs at each ride entrance. Riders may be asked to remove shoes for accurate measurement.

Plan your visit

Accessibility Information

LEGOLAND California provides a Rider Accessibility Guide outlining accommodations and policies to assist guests with disabilities, including:

  • Boarding passes for alternate ride entrances where waits may be longer
  • Wheelchair and ECV rental
  • Companion restrooms
  • Service animals welcome
  • Sign language interpretation available with minimum notice
  • Sensory guides for guests with sensory processing disorders

Visit Guest Services inside the park entrance for the Rider Accessibility Guide containing full details on services offered.

Lego Movie

Services & Amenities

Convenient services and amenities at LEGOLAND California Resort include:

Park Services

  • Stroller & wheelchair rental
  • Lockers rentals
  • Lost & Found
  • Free WiFi
  • Family restrooms
  • Nursing stations
  • First aid
  • Pet kennels & areas
  • ATMs
  • Guest Services desks

Mobile App

Mobile App

LEGOLAND’s free mobile app allows guests to:

  • View park hours & maps
  • Get ride wait times
  • See entertainment schedules & character appearances
  • Access mobile food ordering
  • Find park locations
  • Save digital photo pass photos
  • Play games & build LEGO creations
  • Scan tickets

Stroller

Stroller Rental

Stroller rental information:

  • Strollers can be rented directly at LEGOLAND California Park on a first-come, first-served basis. The rental location is at The Marketplace in The Beginning area of the park.
  • Rental pricing is $20 for a single stroller, $25 for a double stroller, and $25 for a wheelchair. Electric convenience vehicles (ECVs) are $65 to rent.
  • You can also bring your own stroller or wagon into the park.
  • The on-site LEGOLAND Hotels do not offer stroller rentals. Rentals are only available inside LEGOLAND California Park.
  • Some third-party companies like Cloud of Goods also offer stroller rentals that can be delivered to hotels or locations near the park entrance.
  • Most areas of the park and standard doorways accommodate double strollers. However, some attractions may restrict certain large double jogging strollers.

Locker Rental

Locker Rentals

Here’s how you rent a locker:

  • Lockers are available to rent inside LEGOLAND California Park near the entrance at Minifigure Market, as well as inside the LEGOLAND Water Park.
  • Lockers come in different sizes. Rental prices range from $12-16 per day depending on locker size.
  • The lockers use a secure, keyless system with unlimited access using a wristband during your rental period.
  • No discounts are offered on locker rentals, including for annual pass holders.
  • Lockers should be used to store any valuables or belongings you don’t want to carry around. The park is not responsible for lost or stolen items.
  • Locker rentals are only for the same day. Overnight storage is not permitted.
  • Smaller lockboxes are also available to rent with cabanas inside the Water Park.

Package Pickup

Package Pickup

  • Complimentary package pickup is available for purchases made inside LEGOLAND California Park when using a reusable bag.
  • Make purchases, drop them off to be held, and pick up at Minifigure Market in The Beginning area 2+ hours later.
  • Hotel guests can also have purchases delivered to the front desk of the on-site LEGOLAND Hotels.

Personalize Bricks

Personalize Your Bricks

  • Guests can personalize LEGO bricks and souvenirs with custom engraving at the Awesome Shop in The LEGO Movie World area of the park.
  • Items like LEGO brick keychains, mugs, and more can be engraved with names/words of your choice for a unique keepsake.
  • Engraving is subject to size limits and other restrictions, with pricing starting at $6.99 per engraved item.
  • Personalized orders are non-refundable once placed.

Charging

Portable Chargers

  • Battery pack portable chargers can be rented for $10/day at Minifigure Market, Pirate Shores, Technic Coaster exit, and LEGO Ideas Shop inside the park
  • Chargers can be returned to any charging station location in the park or hotels
  • Additional charging stations are located inside both the LEGOLAND Hotel and Castle Hotel

Cashless

Cash-to-Cards Kiosks

  • LEGOLAND California Resort is a cashless facility that only accepts credit/debit cards
  • Cash-to-card kiosks allow guests to convert cash into prepaid debit cards to use for purchases
  • Kiosks located at LEGOLAND Hotel lobby, outside Main Gate exit, in Castle Hill, and in LEGO Movie World near Awesome Shop
  • Minimum amount is $1, maximum amount per card is $500
  • Balance can be checked at kiosks, online, or by calling number on back of card

First Aid

First Aid

  • A first aid facility is located inside LEGOLAND California Park between The BIG Shop and LEGO NINJAGO The Ride in The Beginning area near the entrance.
  • Medics and first aid staff are available during all park operating hours to provide basic medical assistance and care.
  • Additional amenities at the first aid facility include medication refrigeration and a quiet space with ear plugs available for sensory needs.
  • For serious injuries or illnesses, medics may be brought to the guest’s location in the park if the guest is unable to walk to the first aid facility.
  • If first aid is required, guests should notify the nearest park employee or Model Citizen and a medic can be dispatched.
  • Wheelchairs and electric convenience vehicles (ECVs) are available to rent if needed for medical reasons.

Miniland

Vacation Planning

Online vacation planning tools help guests:

  • Build vacation packages
  • Make dining reservations
  • Pre-pay parking
  • View resort hotel details
  • Add on water park admission
  • Purchase add-on experiences like tours or workshops

Wizard Room

Vacation Packages

For added convenience, LEGOLAND California offers vacation packages bundling park admission with a stay at one of the on-site LEGOLAND Hotels. Package options include:

LEGOLAND Hotel Vacation

  • 2-night stay at LEGOLAND Hotel
  • LEGOLAND California Park Hopper tickets for your stay
  • Early entry to LEGOLAND California
  • Complimentary breakfast buffet at hotel
  • Exclusive LEGO gifts, hunts and activities

Awesome Adventures Vacation

  • 3-night stay at LEGOLAND Hotel
  • 2-day Park Hopper ticket
  • Early entry to LEGOLAND California and Water Park
  • Complimentary breakfast buffet
  • LEGOLAND Water Park admission
  • Beach entry to SEA LIFE Aquarium

Let It Snow Vacation

  • 2-night stay at the Castle Hotel
  • 2-day Park Hopper tickets
  • Early entry to LEGOLAND California
  • Complimentary breakfast buffet
  • Exclusive winter holiday theming and entertainment

Vacation packages can be booked online. Seasonal packages are also offered periodically.

Castle Courtyard

Unlimited Digital Photo Pass

To easily capture family memories, LEGOLAND offers an Unlimited Digital Photo Pass add-on allowing guests to get unlimited digital downloads from ride photos and pictures taken by park photographers. Pricing is:

  • 1-Day Photo Pass: $39.99
  • 2-Day Photo Pass: $49.99

Photos are linked to guests’ online accounts for 60 days after visit. Prints can also be purchased separately.

Driving School

Parking & Transportation

Parking

Onsite parking at LEGOLAND California Resort is $25 per day for standard sized vehicles. Prepaid parking discounts available online. Parking lots are adjacent to both the main entrance and Water Park entrance.

Getting to the Resort

LEGOLAND offers a nonstop shuttle from Union Station in Los Angeles for $30 per person roundtrip. The shuttle drops off at the entrance to LEGOLAND California.

SEA LIFE Aquarium

Right next to LEGOLAND California Park is the Sea Life Aquarium, an indoor 20,000 square foot aquarium with close encounters and hands-on interactions with sea creatures. Highlights include:

  • Shark and Ray Lagoon – Get mesmerized watching graceful rays swim overhead
  • Giant Pacific Octopus Exhibit – See if you can spot the elusive octopus hiding out
  • Touch Pools – Reach in to touch sea stars, urchins, abalone and other tidepool creatures
  • Coral Reef Tunnel – Walk through an underwater ocean tunnel surrounded by tropical fish
  • Feeding Shows & Talks – Attend scheduled events like shark feedings and educational talks

Sea Life Aquarium is included free with LEGOLAND Hopper tickets. Separate admission is $22. Strollers are not permitted inside.

NinjaGo Ride

Reserve ‘N’ Ride

To skip long waits for rides, LEGOLAND offers a Reserve ‘N’ Ride pass add-on. Guests can reserve ride times on an app and then enter a shorter FastPass queue when it’s time to ride. Benefits include:

  • 3 tiers reducing waits 25-90% depending on level purchased
  • 15 total rides eligible
  • Make ride reservations on app after park opening
  • Present mobile QR code when entering FastPass queue

Pricing ranges $12-15 per ride. Purchase Reserve ‘N’ Ride on LEGOLAND’s site or mobile app.

Conclusion

With rides, shows, attractions, hotels and entertainment options built around thrilling LEGO fun, the LEGOLAND California Resort offers endless interactive adventures for families. This guide covered everything you need to know to plan the perfect LEGOLAND theme park getaway, from ticket pricing to operating hours to vacation package details and beyond. Whether your family loves driving LEGO cars, battling dragons on rollercoasters, or simply seeing iconic landmarks built from tiny LEGO bricks, LEGOLAND California has something for kids and kids-at-heart of all ages. Start building your next memorable trip today!