San Diego Day 2| Legoland California Resort

Yesterday was our second day in San Diego, and it did not disappoint. The entire reason we came here was because Kyle wanted to go to Legoland for our family vacation this year, so yesterday was the BIG DAY. We were originally going to go to Disneyland, but Kyle came home from school last year with a flyer for Legoland, and BEGGED for us to come here instead. I looked up the prices, and it was $800 for us to stay in the Legoland Castle Hotel for two nights, go to the park one day, and the aquarium the next. Disneyland would have cost us just about double the price, and we wouldn't be staying right next door to the park. Legoland sounded very appealing at that point. 

We started the day with eating breakfast at the hotel, and playing in the hotel courtyard before we could head into the park at 9:30. The courtyard is amazing, with wheelchair accessible playgrounds, tables filled with legos to build on, large Lego bricks that you can build life size towers with, and so much more. The kids could have easily stayed here all day to play.

If you're going to Legoland with someone who has a disability, right when you walk into the park you'll want to head into "Guest Services" directly to your right. Once you're inside, they'll give you a pass to take with you on all of the rides so you don't have to wait in any lines. We chose to come in September because we knew the park would be less crowded, and it was worth it to us to take the kids out of school to come because we knew if we were spending this kind of money, we wanted them to get maximum enjoyment. That being said, there were almost no lines, which made our disability pass almost pointless, but if you're coming in peak travel seasons, it will be totally worth it. 

We spent the morning going on most of the rides in the "Explorer Island, Funtown, Miniland USA, Imagination Zone, and Ninjago World." Kyle and Kinsley were both tall enough to go on all of the rides, and seriously loved going on the rollercoasters. I was so nervous someone was going to have a meltdown at some point during the day, but they were so happy the entire time. It was a total blast. 

Derek and Kyle had watched all of the Star Wars movies together this year, so seeing all the Lego Star Wars sculptures was a huge deal for both Kyle and Derek. They were totally geeking out together, it was super cute! 

After the Star Wars area, we headed to the Ninjago World for Kyle to pickup a new Lego set. He'd been super obsessed with Ninjago on Netflix for the last year, so he was super excited when they had an entire store dedicated to nothing but Ninjago! 

Kyle wanted to push Kinsley around the park in her wheelchair all day long, and I seriously thought it was the sweetest thing ever. I had to snap a picture in case this becomes something he loathes 10 years from now. I need to be able to remind him that at one point he begged to do it ;)

After lunch we headed to Castle Hill where Kinsley went on a horse ride that she was absolutely obsessed with. I was a little nervous because she had to mount the horse and ride the entire ride on her own without an adult, but she did so well, and rode it several times. We also let Kinsley go into the gift shop in this area to pick out her souvenir, and she walked away with a giant unicorn Beanie Boo. She ALMOST got a Disney Frozen Lego set (a practical choice when at Legoland), but once she saw the unicorn there was no convincing her otherwise. It's name is Pixi and will live with us for all eternity. 

After Pixi joined the family we grabbed a snack before heading to "Pirate Shores, and Land of Adventure" to finish off the rides that we didn't get to during the beginning of the day. At this point Derek was feeling a little sick and had to sit out on some of the rides, so he played photographer while the kids and I went on the rest of the ones we'd missed. The kids even made a friend from the hotel and rode one of the last rides of the day with her. I love how she just sat in the middle of Kyle and Kinsley and made herself at home. 

Overall I'm glad we came to Legoland exactly when we did. The minimum height for the roller coasters was 42 inches, and since Kinsley was 43 inches, she got to go on everything. There aren't any huge rides here that were too much for them, but just enough to give them that little thrill. I honestly don't think we'll ever come back, just because I think if our kids were any older they wouldn't love the castle themed hotel room, and the rides might not be as thrilling. I was telling Derek that this trip was so amazing and perfect, that I don't want to come back and think, "Man, it just wasn't as good as the first time we came." I really want to end it on a high note, and I think our kids were the perfect ages to do that. 

Another thing I really loved though was how inclusive Legoland is for disabilities. I'd heard that they were better at inclusion than Disney was, and I totally believe it. It seriously made me so happy to see that they had Lego Figure statues in wheelchairs, both at the hotel, and in the park. They really go out of their way to make sure every person of every shape, size, color, and ability feels represented, which I think is really special. 

Once we were done at the park, we made our way back to the hotel and relaxed for a couple hours before heading to the grocery store, getting some food for a picnic, and we all watched the sunset on the beach together. It was pretty cloudy, so the views weren't amazing, but there were tons of surfers to watch which was super fun! 

Today is our last day here. We're planning on going to the aquarium, and then have some time to kill before heading back to Utah at 8pm. If you have any good recommendations of things we should do, feel free to let us know in the comments!

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