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Spur of the moment trip to LegoLand California

So I am in San Diego for an exam and realized I am 30 minutes from LegoLand California. I decided to go for a few hours today. To study. :-)

Any thing that at is a "must not miss" spot? I live close to LegoLand Florida, but have never been here....


  • NatebwNatebw Member Posts: 339
    Well, I will answer my own question:

    The set of the Lego Movie.
  • Gooker1Gooker1 Member Posts: 599
    Make sure the park is open!!! Fall schedules are funky. Big Shop should be open though.
  • NatebwNatebw Member Posts: 339
    Yeah, I got lucky that the hotel concierge knew off hand that it would be closed on Tuesdays so I went yesterday. Glad I did.
  • margotmargot Member Posts: 2,308
    I hope you visited the Big Shop. :-) Did you have fun?
  • NatebwNatebw Member Posts: 339
    I did have fun. I got et a bunch of stuff for my kids that said LegoLand California. And took a bunch of pictures.
  • legogallegogal Member Posts: 754
    Sounds like a good visit. Glad it worked out. I enjoyed that Park last October, too. There were lots of elementary aged school kids on field trips there the weekday I visited. Are they lucky or what! What did you think of their Miniland compared to the one in Florida?
  • NatebwNatebw Member Posts: 339
    Well, San Francisco was under construction and to renovate it. Of course, I missed the Florida stuff: Key West, Tampa, Miami. A lot less water, generally.

    I was looking if they did the small Halloween changes like the witch splatted on the Washington Monument, which they did.

    I know it isn't about Lego but I was just fascinated by the topography - that different section where higher and lower than others. That is really differen than han Florida and enjoyable.
  • NatebwNatebw Member Posts: 339
    Oh, and one more thing.

    We have a more fun entrance in Florida.
  • plasmodiumplasmodium Member Posts: 1,956
    Glad you enjoyed it! I've always wanted to go once more to Legoland Windsor (Less than an hour from where I live), but I've heard it's not as good as it used to be since it was taken over by a third party. They've let the Miniland rather fall into disrepair, and focused more on paying rides and merch.
  • LegonizerLegonizer Member Posts: 39
    I've been to Legoland California four or five times, Florida once, and Billund once, and each park was a different experience from the others. I haven't been to the California one in a few years, but last I checked all the LEGO models were in disrepair, which was a little disappointing. I went to Florida about a year after it opened, and everything was newer and prettier, but the models both inside and outside of miniland were less intricate and interesting. In both American parks, minilands are exclusively American cities (plus star wars and pirates themed minilands), But in Billund I was surprised to find mostly European cities and little American representation. Also, the models were nicer in Billund, likely because the main model shop is on site, making it easier to restore the models. However, in both California and Billund, almost none of the animatronic, interactive models were functional.
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