On a recent trip to Southern California we had a very difficult decision to make.

Legoland or Disney?

Legoland vs Disneyland | Best of California Sights | Maple and MarigoldThe answer: well, there’s no clear answer – it depends on what you want out of the trip. Big rides, bigger fireworks; every night? Are you looking for an experience on steroids amplified by the presence of every character that your child has ever loved? Then Disneyland is the one for you.

On the other hand, if you’re looking for a place where the rides are great fun for ALL  ages, and if your kids like the Lego Movie or perhaps just plain like Lego, then Legoland is the one for you. Because here EVERYTHING IS AWESOME!

Our consideration was dependent on our itinerary – we had only a few days in San Diego. That meant it was impossible to cover both parks, and we had to choose one. Legoland vs Disneyland | Best of California Sights | Maple and Marigold

LEGOLAND or Disneyland

It was November so the Chima Water Park at Legoland was closed but for the same reason we knew we’d get lucky with the crowds. With no line-ups we could get on a ride easily, and if we loved it (which we did) we could go back again. And we did – Dragon Roller Coaster – again and again.

At Disneyland, on the other hand, there’s no off peak! The last time we were there it was March, the week in between all the spring breaks in the USA and Canada. We did our research and thought we had picked the best time and it was low-season. It didn’t feel like it. I remember standing outside Ariel’s Grotto with my daughter  for 45 mins to meet the red-haired mermaid. Afterwards my daughter wanted to know why it took us so long. She still remembers giving Ariel a hug though.

Legoland vs Disneyland | Best of California Sights | Maple and Marigold

So this time time around we ended up choosing Legoland. And what was so awesome you ask? Well everything!

LEGO – everything interesting was made from Lego. Taking a car through the jungle, there were the animals. Walking past the lake, what do we see? Elephants and boats and a bridge made from Lego bricks.

The Rides – Roller Coasters, and the laser cars at the Lost Kingdom of Adventure. The thrill of the single car Technic and the Splashers. Love them. And with no line-ups let’s go back again!

The Driving School for Kids – with Lego cars, where the driving was real as were the STOP lights and the accidents! One could pay an extra fee ($12) and receive a driver’s licence. This was the cheapest souvenir available one my kids hold onto even today. And of course there is the joy of going up to the kiosk and taking, and re-taking their photos.

The Pizza and Pasta Buffet – where kids eat free after 3 pm. I have never been so disappointed in my life – I didn’t know about this one, and so I’m glad I’m able to share this with you. My kids would have made their parents proud at an eat-all-you-can buffet. So sad we had dinner plans and had eaten a late lunch 🙁

San Diego is one of our favourite destinations by far and LEGOLAND is a big reason why. Proof still everything is awesome when there’s LEGO around.

Legoland vs. Disneyland – the best of California

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