In our Lego family, we call Legoland “our happy place.” We find it to be not only fun but relaxing, never a stressful experience like so many other larger theme parks can be. Since we are frequent visitors, we have collected some excellent Legoland California insider tips to share with you! Read on!
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Download the Legoland App! First thing, or even before you get to the park, download their app. I can’t even tell you how much money we saved with it! There are offers for discounts on food, shopping, and even their Reserve ‘N Ride system (their version of the fast pass). The best deal we used over and over on our last visit was kids eat free after 5pm with purchase of adult entrees at several of the restaurants in the park. Hello super cheap dinner!
These are fun collectible badges that you can earn by going on certain rides, visiting areas like the Sea Life Aquarium or the water park, or by participating in certain challenges. We found a firefighter badge at the Fun Town Police and Fire Academy, and a First Coaster Ride badge at the Technic coaster. Pop Badge challenges run at certain times throughout the year, so stop by guest services when you come in and see if they have one running. On our last visit there was a Mr. Gold pop badge challenge, and the goal was to find an employee in the park wearing the badge. We found one on a VIP tour employee! You can keep it, or as we found, trade it in for a free Legoland ticket!
Pop Badge Trading
Not only can you earn pop badges but you can trade them with park employees! Just like with minifigures, some employees have pop badges on their shirts and they are happy to trade with you. Pop badges can be found all around the park as well, on rides and lots of other places you can read about here. Tip: if you plan to collect pop badges, you may want to purchase a lanyard to keep them on!
Beer and Wine
Beer and now wine (yay!) is sold at the Knight Smokehouse BBQ in Castle Hill. This is a great place to grab an adult beverage while the kids have a go on The Royal Joust.
Bring in Food
You can bring in your own food. Although it is discouraged on their web site, as long as you bring small snacks in a backpack or keep your food in a 12″ x 10″ soft-sided cooler like this one, you’re golden. Of course, I personally think the food inside is some of the healthiest and best-tasting food I’ve ever had at a theme park, but if you are looking to save some money, this is a good tip.
TOP SECRET MEAL TIP!
Healthy meal swaps! Adults and children can swap their chips for a piece of fruit. Children’s meals usually include either a box of raisins or an apple/orange, but if you’d rather skip the chips you can get another piece of fruit instead.
Annual Pass holders get a 10% merchandise discount and a 20% discount on food. We have also been able to convince some employees to let us use our Lego VIP discount (5%) in addition to the 10% on merchandise (ahem, Big Shop). It doesn’t hurt to ask!
Birthdays and First Visits
Birthday and First Visit Pins are available at the front gate or at info stations around the park.
Check Legoland Hours
Don’t forget to check Legoland hours! The park closes on certain weekdays in the winter, and the water park has seasonal hours.
Minifigure trading! My kids really look forward to this when visiting Legoland. We usually buy a few minifigures from Target before we go, since we have the Target debit card we get a 5% discount. For us it’s cheaper than buying them in the park. My big tip here is to skip trading with employees and head straight for the info desks or the shops, where the choices of minifigures are much better. For whatever reason most of the minifigs the employees have are missing hair (maybe it falls off too easily?) Top Secret Tip: We found that the lady who works at the info desk near the Driving School is awesome at putting minifigs together and they always include an accessory!
I hope these top secret tips help you on your next visit to Legoland California!