We entered the park through the special entrance that is for hotel guests for our first glimpse of the park. The SEALIFE Aquarium sits to the left of the Main Gates with the Hotel to the right. You can literally throw Lego bricks and hit front gate from the hotel!
We headed to the Snowplay area where there were two areas that grabbed our attention. The free snow-tubing area had fresh snow and plenty of runs that were run smoothly and quickly by competent staff.
Next to the Snow-tubing area, was an area that allowed everyone to build snow people, sled, build snow forts with Lego brick molds and our favorite, a target practice for throwing snowballs. My four year old thought this area was great especially when the staff made perfectly round snowballs using a snowball tool(I must get one for the mountains this year!).
Surrounding the Snowplay area, is a beautifully decorated courtyard filled with decorations solely made of Lego bricks! The most notable item was a record breaking, 30 foot tall Christmas Tree! You can usually find "Santa" in this area ready for photo ops with your family.
We went on a TON of rides, the kids favorite being the Royal Joust on Castle Hill. This area had a large variety of rides and activities that we enjoyed. As real gold prospectors, we had to try the gold panning area where the kids could pan for fools gold. Mini-Golf and the Dragon Roller-coaster were close favorites. We went on the Dragon 5 times!
We played around the park for about 3 hours before having lunch with other bloggers at the Fun Town Market. We enjoyed a wonderful authentic German fare of bratwurst, potatoes, sauerkraut, and my favorite, churros with chocolate dipping sauce! Yummm!
In the afternoon, we got a chance to check out the new Legoland Hotel. The first thing that you notice when you walk in the hotel is that there are Lego bricks EVERYWHERE! Yes, I know that it is Legoland, DUH! Really, they are in the floor, walls, ceilings, and even a castle built completely of Lego bricks where kids(and kids at heart) can build to their hearts content.
There is a bar/cafe next to the Castle so you could even relax while the kids played. The Bricks Family restaurant had adorable Lego Chefs that overlooked the diners. Across from the restaurant lies the Skyline Cafe with a full bar for the adults with an awesome "view" of a downtown skyline.
I had heard about the 250 themed rooms. You have a choice of 3 different themes, Pirates, Kingdom or Adventure(think Indiana Jones). There are deluxe and regular rooms that all include 2 separate sleeping areas. The kids bed area include bunk beds with a trundle. Sleeping comfortable 3-6 children plus the 2 adults in the Queen size bed.
The Disco Elevators had us laughing and dancing as the music rocked and the Disco lights twirled.
I took a sneak peak into the banquet room held up to 100 people and felt very spacious.
Unfortunately, my family had to leave by 4:00PM due to my husbands work. I hope to come back soon and try out the water park and pool. I think we could easily spend a whole weekend at the park and Legoland has great packages that help us do just that. The packages for a family of 4 staying one night, starts at about $500. This includes a 2 day park-hopper to Legoland, SEALIFE Aquarium AND Legoland Waterpark(on-season) for all four of you! This is a MUCH cheaper option than the other local theme parks.
I recommend Legoland CA for families with children 2-12 with plenty to do for all! The Snowy Days and Winter Nights will be going on until December 31, 2013. There are several annual passes to choose from if you would like to make the best deal. Check them out here.
Our family had a great day in sunny California playing in the snow and enjoying a new(to us) theme park.
DISCLAIMER: My family received tickets to enjoy Holiday Days at Legoland CA. All thoughts and ideas are my own. Do not use any pictures without permission.
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