Trip Start Jan 28, 2006
2Trip End Feb 05, 2006
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On the way home from Mexico, we stopped in San Diego to visit the Grandparents. Erik's parents live just East of Legoland, so we decided to take Sven there. The tickets are a bit pricey, but I got discounted tickets through work, that came with a 2nd day free. The 2nd day translated into tickets that expired in one week. So, we gave those tickets to a friend.
Legoland is a great place to take younger kids, e.g. age 4. Sven could ride on almost all of the rides, unlike Disneyland, where he would have been too small. Some of the rides required physical activity, which I thought was nice. Sven enjoyed the roller coasters the best - we first tried the Coastasaurus, which was fairly tame. He enjoyed it so much, Erik took him on the larger Dragon ride. There is a height requirement for Dragon of 40 inches, so I think Sven had to stand on tip toe to get in :)
Legoland's main attraction is its Lego sculptures. They were so well done, that Sven didn't realize we were in Legoland for awhile. He thought we were in a nice amusement park. After going on several rides Sven asked us when we were going to Legoland. We then pointed out that almost all the objects we saw were made out of Legos, e.g Lego Darth Vader (his favorite), Lego R2D2, etc. The best sculptures were in Miniland. This was a very impressive collection of Lego sculptures of various locations in the USA - e.g. New York, San Francisco, New Oreleans, So Cal, Mt Rushmore, etc. There was also a replica of the Taj Mahal and the Eiffel Tower. These could be viewed from a boat ride called the Coast Cruise.
We went on a Friday, and it was not very crowded at all. Almost no lines for getting on the rides - this was nice.
For lunch we went to the Market, that was a large self-serve cafeteria that had a salad bar, stir-fry entrees, and other fairly healthy lunch options.
Oh, one more thing, if you drive to Legoland in a Volvo, you can park near the entrance!