You can control almost everything when it comes to planning your vacation. One thing you can’t control?
So what do you do when you arrive at your destination only to be met with cloudy skies and rain?
Well if your destination is Legoland, I can help with that!
Any day can be a good day when you are visiting Legoland California. We just returned from a trip to Legoland where the weather was, well, not very California-ish. Cold, cloudy, rainy. But, we made the best of it and even discovered some new activities in the park that we had never known about before.
Light rain doesn’t slow down all the rides, mostly just the big coasters. In light rain these rides will still be open: Ninjago the Ride, Aquazone Wave Racers, Deep Sea Adventure, Lost Kingdom Adventure, Beetle Bounce, Skipper School, Driving School, Jr. Driving School, Mia’s Riding Camp, Legoland Express, Fairy Tale Brook, and Coastersaurus.
If the rain does become too heavy and Legoland closes a portion of their attractions for a period of at least two hours, they may enact their “Rainy Day Promise.” This basically allows you to turn in your ticket from that designated rainy day for another ticket to come back within a year.
That being said, it rained quite a bit while we were there and they did not choose to enact the rainy day promise on any of those days. In fact there was a sign out front one day that basically said “it’s going to rain today, if you choose to come in it’s on you, no refunds.” (But in a much nicer way of course.)
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There are several rides that are mostly indoors, and although the line might wind its way outside, I can almost guarantee that the crowds will be light on a rainy day so you probably won’t have to wait outside.
Head over to Ninjago the Ride, Lost Kingdom Adventure, or Deep Sea Adventure.
Lego Mindstorms Robotics Classes
This visit we discovered that guests can sign up for free robotic programming courses in the Imagination Zone area of Legoland. The boys took two different classes and really had a blast. Kids in the class computers to program Lego Mindstorms robots to complete several different challenges. Who knew you could have fun at Legoland and learn something too?
LEGO Showplace Theatre
Duck into the 4D movie theatre for a chance to dry off and catch LEGO Ninjago – Master of the 4th Dimension or The Lego Movie 4D A New Adventure. Each one lasts about 12 minutes but at least you are out of the rain for a little while!
WB Games Family Gamespace
I know, when we are on vacation we try to get away from screen time but when it’s raining this can be a good diversion. There are several stations set up with Lego video games (Batman, Lego Movie, Ninjago, Jurassic World). If you want to limit the game play, you can always use the “let’s let some other kids have a chance” excuse.
Lego Life + Build and Test
The Lego Life building at the back of the park has a lot of fun building opportunities for the kids. A more recent addition is a test track, where kids can build cars and compete against other racers. There are a few other spots for those who are just interested in building and not racing. There is also a small snack shop inside.
This tour doesn’t take too long but it is indoors and it’s very interesting to see how Lego is actually made. They have a machine that is actually molding Lego bricks as you watch. The tour empties out into the Lego Life buidling, so it’s kind of like a two-for-one of indoor entertainment.
There’s nothing like a scavenger hunt to keep kids busy on a rainy day. Inside the Adventurer’s Club kids have to find seven keys all hidden in different rooms. Each room represents a different part of the world — the jungle, pyramids of Egypt, and Antarctica. It’s also located just a short distance from the Factory Tour and Lego Life, so you won’t get too wet running from one to the next!
Heartlake City Stables
Visiting with little ones who love Lego Friends? Heartlake City Stables is an open-air but fully covered area where your kiddos can build to their hearts delight!
Hero Factory is another enclosed space where kids can build with all of the available Lego, just don’t forget that hand sanitizer on the way out! 😉
Other Indoor Options
If you happen to have a Merlin Annual Pass, you can take refuge in the Sea Life Aquarium and wait out the rain. And don’t forget the hotels, Legoland Hotel and Castle Hotel. They both have restaurants that are open to the public, and honestly you can hang out in both without being a guest. Just be on your best behavior!
So don’t let rain ruin your Legoland parade, just find a cozy space and wait it out. Besides, any day in Legoland sure beats a day at work or school, right?