LEGOLAND Hotel at LEGOLAND California is fun for the whole family. Photo courtesy LEGOLAND California
LEGOLAND Hotel at LEGOLAND California is fun for the whole family. Photo courtesy LEGOLAND California

Elevator music plays softly as my son and I step into the elevator at LEGOLAND Hotel. It’s a soft tune you barely notice. You know the kind I mean. A family with three small children joins us at the last minute and then the door closes.

Suddenly a disco ball starts spinning above us and Abba’s Dancing Queen fills the air. It’s the kind of song you have to dance to, and the little ones jump with glee. The adults can’t help but join in. Even my 17-year-old laughs.

Then we arrive at our floor and the dance music stops. The elevator music returns as the doors open. The dance party is our little secret. The preschoolers can’t hide their giggles, and they skip down the hall. Here at LEGOLAND California, even the elevators are child’s play.

Most families traveling to Southern California are on their way to Disneyland, but LEGOLAND is a must-visit for families with kids ages 2 to 10. LEOGOLAND and its adjacent LEGOLAND Hotel have been designed to delight younger children. But that doesn’t mean that adults and older kids can’t have a good time too.

There are some 30,000 LEGO® models throughout LEGOLAND® California Resort created out of more than 60 million LEGO bricks. Photo courtesy LEGOLAND California
There are some 30,000 LEGO® models throughout LEGOLAND® California Resort created out of more than 60 million LEGO bricks. Photo courtesy LEGOLAND California

LEGOLAND for Families

I had first brought my son Matthew to LEGOLAND California when he was eight, and I still remember his wonder at the buildings, models and play areas all made out of LEGO. There are some 30,000 LEGO® models throughout LEGOLAND® California Resort. For a kid in love with LEGO, that is almost heaven.

Matthew had skipped from ride to ride (there are 60 rides, shows and attractions, including three rollercoasters), but what had really captured his attention were the detailed models in the park. Many of them have moving parts – boats that float across the tiny lakes, trains that run and much more. I have to admit, they captured my attention too.

But my son is no longer 8 years old, and I am curious to see his reaction as his 6’1” frame lumbers into the park with the other families in our group. Evidently, the kid in him still lives on. He walks straight for Miniland USA, where seven areas of the USA have been recreated in miniature with more than 20 million LEGO bricks.

The detail is incredible – the streets of Las Vegas, the nation’s capital, the alleyways of New Orleans. We could spend several hours and not see half of it. But that’s when Matthew sees the STAR WARS area. Yes, LEGOLAND has created Episodes I to VI in LEGO. There’s even a detailed model of the Death Star. For a teenage boy, this is about as “awesome” as it gets – and he goes from model to model, posting pictures of them to Instagram.

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