Legoland Hotel, which opened in April, sits just
outside the entrance to the theme park in Carlsbad,
Calif., and is a hit with kids -- and tired parents.
Calif. ó Itís mid-afternoon on a hot summer day. After
a full morning at a theme park, energy is running low.
While the adults are ready to leave the fun behind for a
few hours rest, there are many in the party who donít
want to leave.
has come up with a solution.
Legoland Hotel, which opened in April, sits just outside
the entrance to the theme park. The three-story, 250-room
hotel is an explosion of primary colors made to resemble
the colorful structures that can be made using the popular
toy bricks. Itís not unusual for hotels to have a decor
that continues the theme of an amusement park. But the
Legoland Hotel was been designed as if it was part of the
the Kingdom-, Pirate- and Adventure-themed rooms to the
Lego bricks found from the lobby to your room, leaving the
park doesnít mean leaving the fun behind.
wanted the hotel to continue the theme we have here in the
park of promoting interaction, promoting creativity,
inspiring kids to use their imagination," says Jake
Gonzales, a spokesman for the park and hotel. "Itís
about kids. This isnít a park built for adults using a
kidís theme. This is a childís park that adults can
enjoy, too. The hotelís the same way."
are designed to give adults and children their own space.
Bunk beds are situated in an area where children can play
with Legos, watch TV (that only shows kid-friendly
channels) or figure out the combination to the in-room
safe where kid treasures await.
lot of things in the rooms were designed just for kids,
such as a peep hole low in the door and a training seat in
the toilet," Gonzales says.
attention to young park visitors doesnít end in the
room. There are more than 3,500 Lego models in the hotel
ó created from more than three million bricks ó and
seven are animated. In the main lobby, kids are urged to
build with Legos while their parents check in. And each
restaurant has kids in mind, including Bricks Family
Restaurant where a buffet station designed at a height
they can reach.
main attraction is the 128-acre theme park created by
Danish toy maker The Lego Co. It offers more than 60
interactive rides, shows and attractions, as well as
restaurants, shopping and more than 27,000 models created
from some 57 million Legos.
Southern California attraction opened in 1999, the third
LEGO park built and the first outside Europe. Itís
divided into nine areas: The Beginning, Dino Island,
Pirates Shores, Miniland USA, Duplo Viillage, Castle Hill,
Imagination Zone, Fun Town and Land of Adventure. The
Sealife Aquarium opened in 2008 and two years later the
Legoland Water Park was added.
majority of the attractions are aimed at visitors 2-12.
Gonzales says that itís just an urban myth visitors canít
get into the park without being accompanied by a minor.
can come without a child. In fact, we have a lot of adults
who grew up playing with Legos. Even if the adults donít
want to ride the rides, you definitely can come and walk
the grounds," Gonzales says.
of the models in the park or hotel have been made from
molds. The only material used thatís not a Lego brick
and glue is a steel frame used to support the model.
Because the park is designed to be interactive, the models
must be strong enough to withstand the assault of young
and old visitors.
model has individually been made by the craftsman on the
park grounds. No spot in the park shows the skill of the
model makers more than Miniland USA, which features famous
communities such as New York and San Francisco made from
millions of blocks.
D.C., features faithful recreations of the White House,
U.S. Capitol, Smithsonian, Washington Monument and
Jefferson Memorial and parts of Georgetown. An animated
marching band parades in front of the Capitol as a new
president is sworn in. Tiny cherry trees blossom every
you prefer worlds that exist in a galaxy far, far away,
the Lego Star Wars Miniland model display includes
everything from a life-size model of Chewbacca to scenes
from Tatooine and Hoth.
newest attraction in the park is the Lego Movie
Experience, where one of the sets from "The Lego
Movie" can be seen. It took more than 2,000 man hours
by 11 builders, under the guidance of Master Builder Paul
Chrzan, to build.
One Legoland Dr., Carlsbad, Calif.
Hours: Hours vary. Call (760) 918-LEGO or visit