Traveling with kids in Legoland pt3

Legoland pt3

project xWith the ride-of-all-ride broken (X Project), we decided to stop for food. It’s one of the rules. Avoid empty stomachs. Even if going on a rollercoaster next.

It’s hard to eat healthy in legoland.

There’s not a lot of good choices. Not a lot of apples (though there are apple fries) or carrots or salads. We did find the latter though in the pizza emporiu, but we also found, you know, pizza. The Prettiest-girl-in-the-world ate salad while the boys and I piled pizza and onto our plates like we were never going to be fed, again.

My excuse? I can’t eat much with my teeth being so sore. Crunchy salads just can’t be done, yet. Yeah, you heard me. Can’t be done. In a few days, maybe, but not now. However, had I been able to eat a salad, the truth is, I doubt I would have.

It’s vacation.

Have fun!

IMG_3400While I stuffed my face, the Prettiest-girl-in-the-world re-focused the boys. What did they REALLY want to see and do? How could we best use our time here? Where are the bathrooms?

After all, it was closing at 6. By the time we finished lunch, it was 1. That left 5 hours (and at least 30 min of that would have to be spent in the lego store.)

So we had to get our butts in gear.

Here is the adventure in pictures…


First, the oldest and I explored the ruins of ancient lego-egypt via a minecart with a laser, (where, I might add, using said laser – a common weapon of that time – I scored the HIGHEST total on our little mining cart where the goal, for some reason, was to shoot everything in sight), while the youngest and the Prettiest-girl-in-the-world went on a plane ride, and elevator ride.  We had lineups, they had none, but fun was had.


Then Joe discovered he’s a hat guy. It wasn’t even his hat. He stole it from the oldest and refused to give it back.

He also began talking about himself in the 3rd person. The appropriate authorities were contacted.

But Legoland had something great in store for the boys…

Chewie waited for them at the entrance to the path of star wars. Rorrrrraah

The youngest wanted to shake hands with every lego star wars character. How cool was that? I was just glad they’d Kragle’d the pieces together. The boy’s got a strong grip.


I’ve fallen and I can’t get up. Ok, you saw that joke coming, but make no mistake, this recreation of the battle on Hoth was amazing. The boys told me about every model on this battlefield.

IMG_3418The mighty Sith lord, Darth Vadar met us outside the sunglasses shop. I have no idea why he was hanging around there, but the oldest had to see how he measured up.


We got a chance to see New Orleans, Chicago, Vegas, Washingon, DC, San Francisco, Naboo, LA, and the boy’s favourite, NY city. One day, they hope to see the Empire State in person.

They even made friends with lego people who watched us ride the Power Tower, (where we hauled ourselves up a huge tower by a rope), and eat chips while the wind tried to blow away our napkins.


We stopped for food before the boys went off to get their driver’s licenses. It was cold. It was windy. And someone, I’m not saying who, managed to make his face all orange with cheetos dust.

The boys successfully got their driver’s licenses. I don’t know why, but this terrified me. But of all the kids, they were the best drivers. By far. IMG_0195


I’m not kidding.


Watch the video.

So far, I think we all had fun! Epic fun.

But the Prettiest-girl-in-the-world? Well, she was so very patient, so keen to let her boys do what her boys wanted to do and asked only one thing…

About Joe Cummings

Aquarius. Traveler. Gamer. Writer. A New Parent. 4 of these things are easy. One is not. But the journey is that much better for the new people in my life. A life I want to share with others, to help them, maybe, to make them feel less alone, sure, to connect with the greater world, absolutely.
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12 Responses to Traveling with kids in Legoland pt3

  1. Paula Third says:

    Hey! I think I got those same Dean Martin hats for our Bocce team… the kind where you sing: “When da moon hit yo eye like a big pizza pie, dat’s amore….”

  2. Last year, I did two Legoland vacations with my husband and two young step-children in England ( Legoland Windsor). It was very cool for the first few days, when everything was new to us, but even though the kids loved it, it grew old fast. I love theme parks, but I’m really hoping to avoid Legoland on our upcoming trip to the UK!

    • Joe Cummings says:

      Thanks for commenting, Karen. I think Legoland is worth a good day or two. Disneyland is a different story, though. At least 4 days there, especially you add universal studios.

      • Agreed. For many years I had AP at both Disneyland and WDW. I’m also a former Universal Studios Hollywood employee. I absolutely love theme parks. Really, I thought Legoland was well done. We killed it though when we decided to stay in a Pirate Room at the Legoland Hotel. It was cool at first, but then it just overwhelmed us all.

      • Joe Cummings says:

        One thing we thought would be pure torture for the employees at Legoland was listening to the same music over and over, again. Hard enough to say the same things about a billion times a day, but that music, it would make my eye twitch after 15 min.

      • I spent many years working on the Jurassic Park River Adventure and I can attest that you very quickly tune out the music and queue videos. I also had an office in the Back to the Future building. Not only did I have to contend with “The Power of Love”, but the building shook every few minutes. I completely tuned out both, except when we had an earth quake and it shook differently!

      • Joe Cummings says:

        I survived numerous years at Toys R Us, but I cannot imagine hours after hours of “The Power of Love.” You know, there should an a medal for surviving what you went through.I may have hired a car and driven out to Huey Lewis’ house and left a pile of flaming poo on his doorstep.
        Thanks for sharing!

      • And my four year old stepson was terrified of the pirate monkey in our room…it was right by his bed and he couldn’t sleep. This spilled over to the super cheesy pirate stage show that freaked him out and he couldn’t watch it. We stayed in the Pirate room, because he was going through a “love everything pirate phase”. Legoland killed that!

      • Joe Cummings says:

        Poor little guy. I hope he gets back to the pirate phase.

      • Me too! It was very sad. We thought that the Pirate Room would be the highlight of the trip. Truthfully, it was a cool room and Legoland had put a lot into making it a great stay for kids, but he just freaked out over it.

  3. Lily says:

    Joe – You’re looking like a right hipster with that hat on! What you do for the love of kids! Special!

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