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10 Things to Know Before Visiting the LEGOLAND California Water Park

As LEGOLAND California continues to grow, I’m finding that one day just isn’t enough. This is definitely a destination vacation spot for families! If you’re planning a visit to LEGOLAND California, consider adding an extra day or two to your visit. You’ll be able to spend time in the theme park itself, as well as the attached LEGOLAND Sealife Aquarium and LEGOLAND California Water Park. The water park has recently undergone an expansion and it’s a fantastic place to spend a warm day!

From cool rides, water parks and billions of bricks, here's why you should plan a LEGOLAND California vacation!

The Duplo Splash Zoo at LEGOLAND California in Carlsbad

I am a LEGOLAND ambassador. I have received complimentary tickets to the parks. All thoughts and opinions are my own. There are affiliate links in this post. Purchasing through my link helps me in a small financial way, thank you.

Last year I visited the LEGOLAND water park for the first time. My kids had been with their grandma but this was my first visit. I was really impressed with the variety of play areas for a wide range of kids. I have a 15-month old, 5 year old and two 13-year olds and each of them enjoyed something different at the water park.

I’ve since been able to visit two more times and have truly enjoyed the visit. There are ample seating areas for those not wanting to swim. Areas are spread out to lessen the crowd impact. And I love the diversity of the play areas for a variety of ages.

From cool rides, water parks and billions of bricks, here's why you should plan a LEGOLAND California vacation!

1. Locker Rentals and Changing Areas

You can’t wear your swimsuit inside the LEGOLAND theme park. In the mornings, I’d suggest wearing your suit under your clothing to enter the park. Once inside the water park you can easily remove your clothes, apply sunscreen and be quickly ready to swim!

After you’re done swimming and you need to walk into the theme park again, there are ample changing areas available. I like that I don’t have to stand in the toilet stall to change and that there are roomy private areas to change out of my wet suit.

I highly recommend renting a locker if you don’t have someone to watch your things. Don’t risk leaving your purse on an empty beach chair while you splash; get a locker instead so it’s safe inside.


2. Get Soaked (or Just a Little Wet)

Wanna get soaked? Stand under the Joker Soaker, where over 350 gallons of water drops from the clock tower overhead.

Don’t want to get submerged? At Eglor’s Build-a-Boat, guests can build a LEGO boat and set it free in the rushing water in a CHIMA display.

Planning to include a visit to the LEGOLAND California Water Park in your Southern California vacation? Here are 10 things you need to know before you go!

Joker Soaker dumps buckets of water!

3. Things for Families to Do Together

My three oldest kids (ages 5 to 13) enjoyed a good amount of time in the Lion Temple Wave Pool (over 42″ tall). My preschooler is a tall 46.5″ and the waves were still strong enough to knock him over. Take note if your younger kids aren’t swimming and make sure they’re wearing a life jacket.

The float on Orange Rush can hold four adults and two children (over 42″ tall).

Have a side by side water slide race on the Twin Chasers (over 42″ tall).

Build-a-Raft River. The idea of this lazy river is that you can collect the floating blocks in the water and add them to your raft. Unfortunately there are only a handful of blocks available. Best to just kick back and enjoy the ride!

Planning to include a visit to the LEGOLAND California Water Park in your Southern California vacation? Here are 10 things you need to know before you go!

The lazy river is my favorite!

4. Places for Babies and Toddlers

Duplo Splash Safari has shallow water that’s nice for wading. My baby was able to walk in the water while my preschooler went down the short water slides. There are even wide “family-sized” mini-water slides here so you can splash down together.

From cool rides, water parks and billions of bricks, here's why you should plan a LEGOLAND California vacation!

Babies and toddlers will enjoy the LEGOLAND California water park Safari Splash

There are complimentary life jackets for use in the parks. All babies are required to wear a swim diaper. If you forget to bring one with you, they do have a small gift shop that sells them.

Splash Zoo is specifically sized for babies and toddlers however there were older kids running around here on our visit. The spray from some of the fountains can be rather intense. As you can see, my toddler was none to happy about the sudden squirt!

Planning to include a visit to the LEGOLAND California Water Park in your Southern California vacation? Here are 10 things you need to know before you go!

5. Take Frequent Potty Breaks

Every few hours each of the sections will close. This allows guests to take a break, eat and use the restroom. Signs encourage parents to take their children for potty breaks. Even that might not be often enough, as they did have to close down one section for a “poop evacuation”…yuck! Kids under 3 need to wear swim diapers, so don’t forget to bring them!


Visiting with a Preschooler? Check out my post about LEGOLAND California on Traveling Mom.

6. Rent a Cabana

A total of 35 standard, premium and deluxe premium cabanas are located all over the LEGOLAND Water Park. Cost is dependent upon the season and can be found HERE.Planning to include a visit to the LEGOLAND California Water Park in your Southern California vacation? Here are 10 things you need to know before you go!

7. Surfers’ Cove is Coming Soon

Opening very soon is Surfers’ Cove. In Surfers’ Cove, kids will be able to race their friends at Riptide Racers timed water slides and enjoy an epic splash-ground at Wipeout Lagoon.

Riptide Racers will be a competitive water raceway designed for children to jump on a mat and race down one of six slides with family and friends for the fastest time! Each slide stands 17 feet high and is more than 100 feet in length. Wipeout Lagoon is a “spray ground” with multiple water jets splashing on and off and plenty of new LEGO® models like a surfing dog to create a fun place to cool off this summer.


Check out this post for 5 reasons to plan a LEGOLAND California vacation!

8. Swimming Makes Me Hungry!

Big appetite? There are some truly tasty and hearty dishes to order here. I had a chicken and avocado burrito on my last visit and it was big and delicious.

When Surfers’ Cove opens you can eat like native Southern Californians at the new Beach Street Tacos. My family got a “sneak taste” of the tacos and they were deliciously authentic. I still can’t decide which were my favorite – carnitas, carne asada or the fish!

From cool rides, water parks and billions of bricks, here's why you should plan a LEGOLAND California vacation!

Amazing street tacos will soon be offered at the LEGOLAND California Water Park

Legoland California hosts Brick or Treat Party Nights during Halloween.

9. Park Hours & Ticket Information

Hours of the LEGOLAND Water Park vary, depending upon the season. Be sure to check the guide to make sure it will be open when planning your visit.

Unfortunately there is only one entrance to the LEGOLAND Water Park and it requires a regular LEGOLAND theme park ticket to enter. This means you can’t plan a visit only to the water park. You’ll need a theme park admission to get to the water park. Upgrading your theme park ticket to included the water park is $30.

Planning to include a visit to the LEGOLAND California Water Park in your Southern California vacation? Here are 10 things you need to know before you go!

10. What to Bring with You (And What to Leave at Home)

Bring:

  • Your swimsuit
  • Towel
  • Sunscreen
  • Flip-flops (especially important when you need to use the restroom!)
  • Wet/Dry bag to hold suits when you go into the theme park
  • Water shoes are allowed (except on slides).

Leave:

  • Beach chair
  • Umbrella
  • Outside food

Planning to include a visit to the LEGOLAND California Water Park in your Southern California vacation? Here are 10 things you need to know before you go!


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5 Reasons to Plan a LEGOLAND California Vacation

We’ve been LEGOLAND California guests since shortly after the park opened in 1999. I appreciate that it’s a park for a good variety of ages, with places for toddlers to roam, rides geared just for preschoolers and adventures for older kids too. These are my 5 reasons why I think you should plan a LEGOLAND California vacation!

From cool rides, water parks and billions of bricks, here's why you should plan a LEGOLAND California vacation!

I am a LEGOLAND ambassador. I have received complimentary tickets to the parks. All thoughts and opinions are my own. There are affiliate links in this post. Purchasing through my link helps me in a small financial way, thank you.

Why You Should Plan a LEGOLAND California Vacation

Like the versatile LEGO play sets, the LEGOLAND California park is constantly reinventing itself. Over the last few years LEGOLAND has been consistently adding new and exciting pieces to their theme park. New sections like Ninjago World, Star Wars to Miniland USA and LEGO Friends Heartlake City have rejuvenated areas of the park. Additions to the resort like Sea Life Aquarium. LEGOLAND water park and the Resort hotel make LEGOLAND California a true family vacation destination.

From cool rides, water parks and billions of bricks, here's why you should plan a LEGOLAND California vacation!

Waiting for the water park to open at LEGOLAND California

1. LEGOLAND Water Park

Last year I visited the LEGOLAND water park for the first time. I was so impressed with the variety of play areas for a wide range of kids. There is a Duplo-inspired Splash Safari and Splash Zoo for toddlers & preschoolers. My kids liked the wide “family-sized” short water slides here. There are plenty of big-kid water slides too with lots of interactive ways to get wet. I’m partial to floating in the Build-a-Raft River.

From cool rides, water parks and billions of bricks, here's why you should plan a LEGOLAND California vacation!

The size of the LEGOLAND water park is impressive as well, with the addition of the Chima section. This includes a more slides and the Lion Temple Wave Pool. And the water park is about to get even bigger!

Opening next month is Surfers’ Cove. In Surfers’ Cove, kids will be able to race their friends at Riptide Racers timed water slides, enjoy an epic splash-ground at Wipeout Lagoon and enlighten their taste buds with the new Beach Street Tacos. My family got a “sneak taste” of the tacos and they were deliciously authentic. I still can’t decide which were my favorite – carnitas, carne asada or the fish!

From cool rides, water parks and billions of bricks, here's why you should plan a LEGOLAND California vacation!

Amazing street tacos will soon be offered at the LEGOLAND California Water Park

Riptide Racers will be a competitive water raceway designed for children to jump on a mat and race down one of six slides with family and friends for the fastest time! Each slide stands 17 feet high and is more than 100 feet in length. Wipeout Lagoon is a “spray ground” with multiple water jets splashing on and off and plenty of new LEGO® models like a surfing dog to create a fun place to cool off this summer.

The LEGOLAND Water Park is open seven days a week starting Friday, May 26 2017.


From cool rides, water parks and billions of bricks, here's why you should plan a LEGOLAND California vacation!

The Duplo Splash Zoo at LEGOLAND California in Carlsbad

2. LEGOLAND Hotel and Castle Expansion

My older two kids stayed at the LEGOLAND Hotel with their grandma a few years ago and I’m jealous! This hotel is jam-packed with fun (if a disco-ball in the elevator and a treasure hunt in the room is any indication!) Check out this enormous pirate play house in the hotel lobby.

From cool rides, water parks and billions of bricks, here's why you should plan a LEGOLAND California vacation!

This big pirate ship play area is inside the LEGOLAND California Resort Hotel lobby

LEGOLAND Castle Hotel has already broken ground and is slated to open in 2018. Given the popularity of the LEGOLAND Hotel, I’d expect this new hotel to be equally fantastic!

3. LEGO Fun for Babies

With all the bright colors and interactive elements, LEGOLAND California includes things for baby as well. Sweet and slow rides like Fairy Tale Brook and Coast Cruise are appropriate for baby to enjoy. There are baby-friendly splash pad areas in Pirate Shores and Heartlake City (just be sure to bring swim diapers & a towel).

From cool rides, water parks and billions of bricks, here's why you should plan a LEGOLAND California vacation!

Babies and toddlers will enjoy the LEGOLAND California water park Safari Splash

There are some rides that I would have thought would be okay for babies to go on (like Safari Trek) but my 14-month old wasn’t tall enough. Make sure you check the height requirements before getting in line.

My baby’s favorite place in all of LEGOLAND is Duplo Playtown. She enjoyed walking around the playhouses, playing with the blocks and riding the LEGOLAND Express train. My preschooler was able to climb and explore in this area as well.

Book a stay at the LEGOLAND Hotel and you can return to the room mid-day for a nap then return to the park later in the day.

From cool rides, water parks and billions of bricks, here's why you should plan a LEGOLAND California vacation!

Riding the LEGO Express Train in Fun Town

4. The Perfect Park for Preschoolers

Coastersaurus is a great first roller coaster. Mia’s Riding Camp is a cute carousel. Every preschooler loves the Royal Joust which takes kiddos on a LEGO horse ride through the “countryside”. Junior Driving School is a can’t-miss attraction for kids 3-5 (they can drive their own LEGO car!)

From cool rides, water parks and billions of bricks, here's why you should plan a LEGOLAND California vacation!

Preschoolers will love to drive their own car at LEGOLAND California Junior Driving School.

I love that there are places in many of the queue for little ones to play with LEGO blocks while parents wait in line. You can simply scoop up your kids before boarding the ride!

The 4D movie experiences are short films that preschoolers will delight in (3D glasses and quirky interactive moments will make preschoolers giggle!) Leave time in your day for a visit to Sea Life Aquarium. This area is nicely geared for preschoolers, with plenty of hands-on activities in this LEGO-splashed space.

Check out my TravelingMom post for all the reasons to take preschoolers to LEGOLAND.


From cool rides, water parks and billions of bricks, here's why you should plan a LEGOLAND California vacation!

Preschoolers can gallop on a LEGO horse at LEGOLAND California

5. Stuff for LEGO-Loving Tweens and Teens

My teens love taking in all the brick-by-brick details of Miniland USA. The Star Wars section is of particular interest! The scenes replicated from each of the Star Wars movies are crazy-detailed and impressive (1.5 million LEGO bricks were used!)

There aren’t any wild thrill rides at LEGOLAND California but unique and clever wins over thrills in my book (The Technic Coaster, Knight’s Tournament and Ninjago the Ride are all cool for tweens & teens).

From cool rides, water parks and billions of bricks, here's why you should plan a LEGOLAND California vacation!

LEGOLAND California features amazing Star Wars displays in Miniland

LEGOLAND California is also a foodie paradise as far as theme parks go. There are a great variety of flavors represented here, from Japanese style ramen bowls, smokehouse ribs and Bánh Mì Vietnamese sandwiches. Of course there are the traditional pizza and burgers too. For dessert Granny’s Apple Fries are a can’t-miss. Your tweens & teens could happily eat there way around the park and be quite content!

From cool rides, water parks and billions of bricks, here's why you should plan a LEGOLAND California vacation!

Inside the LEGOLAND California Resort Hotel

Have you ever been to LEGOLAND California? Would you consider a vacation here? Share in the comments!

 

What’s New at LEGOLAND California?

Find out What's New at LEGOLAND California, including the innovative NINJAGO World

I was able to take my little guy for the day a few months ago and we were able to play in the park together and experienced the newest film, ‘The LEGO Movie 4D: A New Adventure’. However since baby girl has arrived, I’ve not been able to visit again. My mother-in-law was happy to take my son to LEGOLAND recently and they enjoyed the theme park and water parks on their visit. The new NINJAGO World area was all he could talk about and I can’t wait to experience it myself soon!

So what’s new at LEGOLAND California?

Find out What's New at LEGOLAND California, including the innovative NINJAGO World

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NINJAGO World

NINJAGO The Ride uses “cutting-edge Maestro hand gesture technology”. This enables guests to throw fire balls, shock waves, ice and lightning to defeat villains during the ride, collecting points along the way. Their scores are displayed when the quest is completed. Special effects like heat, smoke and wind are incorporated, giving guests an interactive 4D experience. My four-year old delightfully reenacted his hand gestures for me when he came home!

This ride is the center of NINJAGO World. In addition there are 22 new LEGO models, a retail outlet and and a dining option, Ninja Kitchen. LEGOLAND chefs serve up Asian street food like pork belly sandwiches on steamed Bao Buns with crispy pork belly, lemongrass chicken or baked sweet chili tofu.

Two 4D Films

My son and I were able to attend the red carpet premiere of ‘The LEGO Movie 4D: A New Adventure’, the fast-paced story of Emmet, Wyldstyle and friends from the popular feature-length movie. My son and I loved the humor and silly special effects (you will get wet!)

‘LEGO NEXO KNIGHTS: The Book of Creativity’ is  the newest film that combines LEGO Nexo Knights in a 4D world of wind, water and smoke! This new 12 minute film was created especially for LEGOLAND Parks and LEGOLAND Discovery Center and is a way for children to interact with the NEXO KNIGHTS world. Guests can go on a quest of their own to discover six shields hidden across the Resort to unlock exclusive ‘power ups’ for the LEGO® NEXO KNIGHTS Merlok 2.0 mobile app. I’m sure my kids would love this one too!

I recommend Park Savers for purchasing discount LEGOLAND California tickets (affiliate link)

We received complimentary passes to experience NINJAGO World at LEGOLAND California. All thoughts and opinions as an official LEGOLAND Blogger are my own.

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LEGOLAND California – A New Adventure is Here!

LEGOLAND California is Perfect for Preschoolers

Lots of new things going on at LEGOLAND California this year which makes it the best time to plan your SoCal visit! We’ve always loved LEGOLAND for the ability to entertain everyone from a toddler who wants to drive his own car to the grown-up who is fascinated by the Star Wars MiniLand exhibits.

Ninjago World rides are being assembled as we speak, the LEGOLAND water parks will reopen for the warm weather season in March and there is a fun new show, The LEGO® Movie™ 4D -A New Adventure!

As a new Official LEGOLAND Blogger, my preschooler and I were recently treated to a special event in honor of the new 4D film being shown exclusively at LEGOLAND. What a special evening, complete with character meet n’ greets, a red carpet and fun foods. And don’t you know, 3-D glasses make everything awesome!

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The film was fantastic too; really cool special 4-D effects, fast paced and humor interjected throughout. It’s under 15 minutes long, so anyone 3+ would love it!

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Be sure to check out my newest post at TravelingMom about this Park, LEGOLAND California – a Delightful Amusement Park for Preschoolers.

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Free Things for Families in San Diego’s Balboa Park

Free Things for Families in San Diego's Balboa Park

Free things for families to do together is always great, right? And in a location with a 100+ year history that’s full of outdoor hiking trails, culture, playgrounds, museums, art, music and dancing? It’s the perfect place for learning and exploring…or even just a simple picnic and a nap on the grass!

Check out my top 21 things to do in San Diego’s Balboa Park that are completely free. Please stop over at TravelingMom to find out more!

I’m an Official LEGOLAND Blogger!

My family and I have been visiting the LEGOLAND California Resort since shortly after it opened in 1999. I’ve written about it here on my own blog as well as on the Traveling Mom website. We were annual pass holders for several years. My kids love to visit, whether it’s for the rides, attractions, water park, shows or simply to wander through Miniland and recreate the scenes at one of the many building stations.

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I’m proud to say that I’ve just been given the title of Official LEGOLAND Blogger! So, what does that mean? As a LEGOLAND Insider, that means I’ll be able to share with you some of the cool new rides and attractions that will be coming to the LEGOLAND California Resort, including the highly anticipated Ninjago The Ride. The ride vehicles were just delivered to the Park last week and are getting ready for the grand opening this spring.

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According to the LEGOLAND Calfornia Resort, “NINJAGO World features LEGO® building stations, a game to test reflexes, spinners to test balance, Asian cuisine and a new shopping venue.” Sounds like another winning addition to this already action-packed resort!

I’m looking forward to this new opportunity and to bring you more news of this fun resort in the San Diego area.

Have you ever visited the LEGOLAND California Resort? What’s your favorite part?


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SoCal Guide – Hands-on Fun at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center

Ever visited the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park? There are tons of hands-on science-minded activities for kids and adults alike. The IMAX movies are fantastic in the dome theater. We especially like visiting if it’s a rare rainy San Diego day because there is enough here to fill up the entire day.

Stop over at the Traveling Mom’s website and read my newest article, Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in San Diego -100 Ways for Kids to Learn and Play.

Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in San Diego

Thrill-Seekers Guide to the Disneyland Resort

Thrill Seekers Guide to the Disneyland Resort - What are the most thrilling rides for the most seasoned as well as beginning thrill seekers? Follow this guide to the Disneyland resort.

Disneyland has something for everyone, thrill seekers included! The thrills here are just as visual and cerebral as they are tummy-tickling which makes them great for a wide variety of ages. I’ve included big thrills as well as mini-thrills for thrill seekers in training.


Big Thrills at Disneyland Park 

When looking for thrills at Disneyland, look no further than the mountains…namely Splash Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, the Matterhorn and Space Mountain.

Splash Mountain is a mostly tame log ride that takes you through the story of Song of the South inside Critter Country. However the sweet fun inside culminates in a five story drop down a waterfall that will tickle your tummy. Many kids will balk at riding this one because you can’t miss seeing guests being hurtled down the flume at the ride’s entrance. And you will get wet (possibly soaked), so keep that in mind and switch your walking shoes out for plastic flip-flops. (40″ or taller)

Big Thunder Mountain in Frontierland is one of my favorites, but you’d never have guessed when I was younger. My parents quite literally dragged me on, crying! This is one of the rides that I like to go on twice; Once in the daytime and again at night because the experience changes. You’ll sit inside a train car and be treated to fast speeds and dips as the runaway train blasts through this “wildest ride in the wilderness”. Watch out for that dynamite! (40″ or taller)

Thrill Seekers Guide to the Disneyland Resort - What are the most thrilling rides for the most seasoned as well as beginning thrill seekers? Follow this guide to the Disneyland resort.

The Matterhorn Bobsleds, the ride many guests love to hate. I will confess that this was a favorite when I was younger and my dad would encourage us to lean into the curves to make our bobsled zip faster. It’s another ride that is great to ride in the day and at night. Unfortunately since the bobsleds have been redesigned, I’m not a fan and the Matterhorn ride is extremely uncomfortable and painful to my back. Those bobsleds definitely need more padding! With the addition of new Abominable Snowman, I’m excited to give this Fantasyland ride another try on our next visit. (42″ or taller)

Thrill Seekers Guide to the Disneyland Resort - What are the most thrilling rides for the most seasoned as well as beginning thrill seekers? Follow this guide to the Disneyland resort.

Space Mountain, the fastest of all coasters inside the Disneyland Park will take you to the edges of the universe on a high-speed adventure. Guests board what looks like a rocket inside this Tomorrowland thrill ride that combines darkness, planetary lights and stars and a rockin’ soundtrack. If you’ve never ridden this one before you might find yourself feeling a bit dizzy after the many swirling circles that your rocket takes. (40″ or taller)

Indiana Jones Adventure inside Adventureland is dark, mysterious and not for the faint of heart. You’ll board a 12-person vehicle that takes you on a bumpy journey akin to what Indiana Jones would experience (snakes, booby traps, lava, mummies, etc). Pay attention to the ride warnings on this one as the ride is very rocky (secure your possessions!) (46″ or taller)

It’s a race through the universe in Star Tours: The Adventures Continue, a thrilling motion-simulator ride. Don your 3-D glasses and step inside the “Starspeeder 1000″ for a trip to one of six planets in one of fifty possible scenarios. This exciting flight simulator also includes animatronic characters and adventure to the far reaches of the galaxy. (40” or taller)

Mini-thrills at Disneyland Park

A great warm-up for the bigger thrill rides, these mini-thrills will give you a little tummy tickle but would be unlikely to cause any fears or upset stomachs.

Thrill Seekers Guide to the Disneyland Resort - What are the most thrilling rides for the most seasoned as well as beginning thrill seekers? Follow this guide to the Disneyland resort. Thrill Seekers Guide to the Disneyland Resort - What are the most thrilling rides for the most seasoned as well as beginning thrill seekers? Follow this guide to the Disneyland resort.

Astro Orbitor – this is Dumbo the Flying Elephant for the big kid set. Board a rocket that spins you around in a circle and use the joystick to raise and lower. This one is especially cool at night with the lights of Tomorrowland twinkling around you.

Gadget’s Go Coaster – a great beginner’s coaster set inside the whimsical Toontown. Guests only need to be 35″ so many three-year olds are old enough to ride. It’s only one minute long (just a climb, drop and a few quick dips and it’s over), so the ride is over quickly. Perfect for first time thrill-seekers!

Pirates of the Caribbean – it’s dark and somewhat spooky in here! With realistic animatronic pirates, skeletons and a short water drop your little one might be trembling a bit but it’s all a yo-ho good time in the end.


Thrill Seekers Guide to the Disneyland Resort - What are the most thrilling rides for the most seasoned as well as beginning thrill seekers? Follow this guide to the Disneyland resort.

Across the esplanade at Disney’s California Adventure Park, there are thrills of another kind.

Big Thrills at Disney’s California Adventure Park

Drop in for a scream of a time at the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror! I will confess that this ride is the only attraction I’ve never set foot on. I’m always worried it’s going to induce a headache with those random drops. It’s also a bit spooky, as I’ve gleaned from the images online. My stepdaughter has walked in and walked out in the past, saying she’s too scared to ride. Perhaps next time I’ll gain the courage? (40″ or taller)

Thrill Seekers Guide to the Disneyland Resort - What are the most thrilling rides for the most seasoned as well as beginning thrill seekers? Follow this guide to the Disneyland resort.

There is one ride at the Disneyland Resort that will literally turn you head over heels and that’s California Screamin’! Set back in the Paradise Pier area, you can’t miss this one…just follow the screams! Though it looks like a rickety coaster of old, it’s actually a very smooth ride, full of dips and twists and one big loop-de-loop! (48″ or taller)

Thrill Seekers Guide to the Disneyland Resort - What are the most thrilling rides for the most seasoned as well as beginning thrill seekers? Follow this guide to the Disneyland resort.  Thrill Seekers Guide to the Disneyland Resort - What are the most thrilling rides for the most seasoned as well as beginning thrill seekers? Follow this guide to the Disneyland resort.

Mickey’s Fun Wheel in Paradise Pier has two sections; one is a stationary gondola that turns just as any ordinary Ferris wheel. Choose the second gondola and you’ll enjoy a perilous swing each time the Ferris wheel rotates. Neither of them are appropriate if you’re afraid of heights (myself included!). Try it at night when the wheel is lit. (No height requirements)

Thrill Seekers Guide to the Disneyland Resort - What are the most thrilling rides for the most seasoned as well as beginning thrill seekers? Follow this guide to the Disneyland resort.

Race into Cars Land for a turn on the high-speed Radiator Springs Racers! Part slow dark ride, part roller coaster, this one is 100% can’t miss. Six guests ride inside their race car which competes against other car in a race to the finish through the Ornament Valley. (40″ or taller)

Thrill Seekers Guide to the Disneyland Resort - What are the most thrilling rides for the most seasoned as well as beginning thrill seekers? Follow this guide to the Disneyland resort.  Thrill Seekers Guide to the Disneyland Resort - What are the most thrilling rides for the most seasoned as well as beginning thrill seekers? Follow this guide to the Disneyland resort.

Mini-Thrills at Disney’s California Adventure Park

Goofy’s Sky School – This one in Paradise Pier is zippier than it first appears. The tiny cars quickly cruise across the track, blindly turning sharply and dipping up and down. (42″ or taller)

Grizzly River Run – What seems at first like a float down a lazy river soon becomes a spinning trip down the Grizzly River, full of dips, drops and a good soaking! This is another one where I’d recommend changing your shoes and socks for flip-flops before. (42″ or taller)

Thrill Seekers Guide to the Disneyland Resort - What are the most thrilling rides for the most seasoned as well as beginning thrill seekers? Follow this guide to the Disneyland resort.

Jumpin’ Jellyfish – Float up and down gently 40″ high in your two-seater jellyfish bench. Not scary unless you’re afraid of heights (ahem!) (40″ or taller)

Silly Symphony Swings – Sit in an individual swinging chair, which raises and lowers, dipping up and down while simultaneously spinning. It’s a classic and great for young ones (you can even choose a side-by-side double swing). (40″ or taller)


Thrill-Seekers Must Haves

Thrill-seekers are used to be turned head over heels! Nothing kills the thrill-buzz though like losing your car keys in the upside-down loop of California Screamin’. Girls should secure everything in a zippered bag like the LeSportsac Tink Hobo Bag and guys can store it all in a Star Wars Force Awakens BB-8 Backpack.

Capture your thrills for all time with a cool camera that goes anywhere like the Panasonic HX-A500 4K Point-of-View Wearable Action Camera Camcorder  or the Nikon COOLPIX S33 Waterproof Digital Camera.

Kick start your day bright and early by being ready with Park tickets in hand before you arrive. I recommend purchasing Park tickets through Park Savers to save a few dollars and time in line at the gate.


If thrills are your thing but your body doesn’t always cooperate, make sure to take a peek at my post with Top Tips for Avoiding Nausea at Disneyland so you’ll know how to deal with any motion sickness ailments.

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What’s your favorite Disneyland thrill ride?

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Magical DIStractions Post – Radiator Springs Racers in Cars Land

I have a post up at Magical DIStractions today, stop over and share it.

Radiator Springs Racers – Why a Trip to Cars Land is a Must!

Radiator Springs Racers – Why a Trip to Cars Land is a Must!

 

Disneyland Hotel – Classic, Classy and Character-Kissed

Welcome to the next stop on the Magical Blogorail. Today we are discussing some of the best Disney resorts around the world.

Disneyland Hotel - Classic, Classy and Character-Kissed

 

The Disneyland Hotel at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim California is the first hotel to bear the Disney name. It opened in October of 1955, nearly 3 months after Disneyland opened. There were 100 rooms in five two-story guest room complexes. Guests could book a night for $15.00. Today none of the original hotel buildings from 1955 remain standing however the entire resort has recently undergone drastic remodel that makes it shine brighter than ever.

Disneyland Hotel - Classic, Classy and Character-Kissed

I’ve stayed at the Disneyland Resort with my family countless times over the years. Since we live in San Diego, a drive to Disneyland only takes about 90 minutes so our trips were generally just one day and we didn’t often stay overnight. Staying at the Disneyland Hotel was, and still is, a special treat for us. Even though there are technically closer hotels to the Park entrances at much cheaper prices (see my post Disneyland Resort VS. Good Neighbor Hotels), there is just a magic that envelopes you when you stay at the Disneyland Hotel.

Neverland Pool at the Disneyland Hotel

Yesteryears…the Neverland Pool at the Disneyland Resort (circa 2007)

I’ve discussed on this blog before how much we love the pool at the Disneyland Hotel (see my post outlining all the fantastic Disneyland Resort Pools). Shaded by the three resort towers sits the newly re-themed pool area with three retro-styled pools, water slides, cabanas for rent, the Tangaroa Terrace for lunch and Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar for drinks.

Disneyland Hotel - Classic, Classy and Character-Kissed


CLASSIC

I cherish how the Disneyland Hotel pays tribute to its iconic past. In the remodeling process the three towers that make up the Disneyland Hotel were renamed Fantasy, Frontier and Adventure. We have stayed in two of the three (Fantasy and Frontier) and love the unique lobby theme in each. Even at Christmas, the decorated trees in the individual lobbies were in the theme of the tower.

Disneyland Hotel - Classic, Classy and Character-Kissed

The main lobby and check in for the hotel is inside the Fantasy Tower, which features this enormous light-up map of the Disneyland Park on the wall.

Disneyland Hotel - Classic, Classy and Character-Kissed

Inside the lobby of the Frontier Tower is a scale replica model of the ride, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.

Disneyland Hotel - Classic, Classy and Character-Kissed

The Disneyland Hotel pool is our favorite place to spend an afternoon and I love that even the pool area pays tribute to Disneyland’s roots.

Disneyland Hotel - Classic, Classy and Character-Kissed


CLASSY

Okay, so we’ll probably never have the opportunity to stay in one, but just knowing the the Disneyland Hotel has the amazing themed signature suites available gives me goosebumps! Which one of the five would you choose?

Adventureland, Fairy Tale, Big Thunder, Pirates of the Caribbean or Mickey Mouse Penthouse?

Disneyland Hotel - Classic, Classy and Character-Kissed

Adventureland Suite (Image from Disneyland.com)

Disneyland Hotel - Classic, Classy and Character-Kissed

Fairy Tale Suite (Image from Disneyland.com)

Disneyland Hotel - Classic, Classy and Character-Kissed

Big Thunder Suite (Image from Disneyland.com)

Disneyland Hotel - Classic, Classy and Character-Kissed

Pirates of the Caribbean Suite (Image from Disneyland.com)

Disneyland Hotel - Classic, Classy and Character-Kissed

Mickey Mouse Penthouse (Image from Disneyland.com)

And if you’re done with corn dogs and popcorn, Disneyland also offers upscale dining at Steakhouse 55 for either breakfast or dinner. Mmmm, you had me at prime rib!


CHARACTER-KISSED

Yes, of course the Disneyland Hotel doesn’t take itself too seriously. This is the house of the mouse and you can find him in subtle (and not-so-subtle ways) throughout the resort. The front entrance of the hotel features statues of Mickey and Minnie.

Disneyland Hotel - Classic, Classy and Character-Kissed

The hotel is rife with Hidden Mickeys to find from floor to ceiling and the amazing double headboard houses a magical surprise!

Disneyland Hotel - Classic, Classy and Character-Kissed

Along the pathway from the hotel to the Downtown Disney District is Mickey’s huge sorcerer’s hat, that Tinker Bell illuminates with twinkling lights at night.

Disneyland Hotel - Classic, Classy and Character-Kissed

There are Disney touches everywhere you look, even in these sweet Minnie & Mickey topiaries just outside the pool grounds.

Disneyland Hotel - Classic, Classy and Character-Kissed

Do you delight in dining with a slapstick crew? Then Goofy’s Kitchen is for you! We met at least a half dozen characters including a chipmunk who joined us for dinner!

Dining with Chip (or Dale?) at Goofy's Kitchen (circa 2008)

Dining with Chip (or Dale?) at Goofy’s Kitchen (circa 2008)


Want to learn more about the Disneyland Hotel? Guests 14+ can take this complimentary one-hour walking tour, the Happiest Hotel on Earth Tour and discover how the Disneyland Hotel was a part of Walt Disney’s dream of the “Happiest Place on Earth” (reserve a spot at the Guest Services desk).

For more about the Benefits of Staying at a Disneyland Resort Hotel, click the link where I address Extra Magic Hours, Character Wake-Up Calls and use of an exclusive entrance to the Park.

Disneyland Hotel - Classic, Classy and Character-Kissed


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