Legoland vs. Disneyland – the best of California

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

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

Puneeta Chhitwal-Varma<br/><small>Photo by Tanvi Madkaiker</small>
Puneeta Chhitwal-Varma
Photo by Tanvi Madkaiker

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15 Comments

  • I hope I get to visit BOTH parks one day. We have Disneyland Hong Kong and Legoland Malaysia in our part of the world here in Southeast Asia. I remember going to Euro Disney and Disneyland Hong Kong and having memorable times in both! But I was single then, now I have kids to bring around!! This post reminds me that it’s time to plan another trip!

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  • LEGO! My kids love Lego! They used to anyway because now they are more into games their classmates play.

    I love Lego because they bring out creativity. I was constantly surprised by the things they could create and they learned more watching tutorial videos on YouTube.

    As for me, I had better appreciation after watching a documentary on Lego. How they design and make those bricks is truly the best in their industry.

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  • I absolutely love lego, this looks like an incredible day!

    Between you and I, I’m looking forward to having children so I can play with them again! 😉

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  • I was always fascinated by those sculptures made of LEGO and how realistic they look. I’ve never been to LEGOland but it’s definitely on my bucket list!

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  • Being in California, I would definitely have chosen Legoland myself and that is simply if I was going to go to Disney I would want to go to Disney World in Orlando, Florida. I have always wanted to visit Legoland and my son and daughter would love it also.

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  • Legoland looks fun! The pictures of those things made of lego are surprising. I never really heard of legoland. I prefer Disneyland because it’s something I would love to go to for long time!

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  • We are always asking this question when we go to California. We still have not made it to Legoland but I am hoping this year will be the one where we will be able to go! My kids love legos and I love what it represents and how it uses their minds. Great review!

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  • I’ve heard so much about Disneyland – obviously – throughout my entire life. Although I’d still really want to visit that place someday, I think Legoland is such an interesting trip as well! Honestly, I didn’t even know there was one, haha. But I’d be glad to add this to my bucketlist! 🙂

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  • Lego is one creative thing that doesnt have any competitor in the world yet. My son is Lego fan and this has brought his creativity to the next level. A place i must bring my kids to. Thanks for sharing.

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