Tuesday, June 16, 2015

The Legoland Hotel...yes, it was AWESOME!!!

We absolutely LOVED the Legoland Hotel. I highly recommend staying there at least one night if you ever have the chance. It was the best hotel, theme wise, I have ever stayed in!!!

Right when we walked in the lobby we saw this guy...

There are three floors all with a different theme. We stayed on the Adventure floor which had an Indiana Jones feel. The other two floors were Castle and Pirate.

There are lego figures all over the place! This one was outside the elevator on our floor. Many of them also "talk" when you get near to them. They play a recorded message which was so fun.

This huge thing of legos was right in the lobby. It was neat but check out the surfer dude and surf board on top made of legos.

This is right behind the check in desk. There are tons and tons of mini lego figurines on the wall. Then that bike with magnifying glass wheels goes back and forth showing the figures larger behind the wheels as you can see here.

These pictures show the ship and castle area where there is a moat of legos.

The lobby bathroom...

My absolute favorite thing was the elevator. I almost hate to give it away here in case you ever stay there but I just have to share in case you don' t. We got on the elevator for the first time and it was playing typical "elevator music". The door closed and all of a sudden a disco ball in the ceiling started going round and round and the music got loud playing fun dance songs like Dancing Queen, YMCA, Everything is Awesome, etc. The people on the elevator, if they were sports, would start dancing and having fun for the short elevator ride. When it stopped at the selected floor the music would change back to the mellow stuff and the lights would go out and everyone would just walk off the elevator like nothing had ever happened. It was soooooooooo cute!

It hard to see it here but in each hotel room there is a treasure chest with a lock on it. Kids are given an easy scavenger hunt type activity that when you answer all of the questions the code unlocks the treasure chest and you get to take whatever is in there. The kids got mini lego figures and chocolate coins. The questions were things like "how many lego figures are in the bathroom?" or "how many lego waiters are in a certain restaurant in the lobby?". The kids loved that and it was such a fun way to get in to the action right when we checked in.

The rooms all have a separate little sleeping area for the kids with bunk beds and also a trundle under the bottom bunk so three kids could easily sleep in one room. The parents' bed was just around the corner. Here the kids are showing what they found in the treasure chest.

Each room has a bucket of legos for the kids to play with and a couple of complimentary water bottles and juice drinks.

And how cute is the ice bucket?!

There were lego figures all over the walls too...

This was at night when the kids had gotten in bed...

The kids area also has its own TV.

But we before bed time there was a lot more fun to be had. We grabbed a light dinner in one of the restaurants. Lego displays EVERYWHERE!

Then there were kids activities scheduled in the lobby all evening. Legoland park closes around 5 (at least it did the time of year we were there) so they have activities to keep the kids entertained at the hotel. We were given a list of the events when we checked in. There was a neat stage area with a big ship and castle type stage and the kids all sat down around the stage while there was a lounge with chairs, etc where the parents could watch and hang out. The first show was a game competiton between the floors. It was super fun and cute. Then later there was a lego building competition where kids could use all the legos around in the lobby to build something. They would call them up on stage to describe their creation and then pretend that judges were up in the rafters (there were windows up to the left of the stage and they would have the kids hold up their creation to show the judges and the sound guy on the floor would play a canned clapping and whooping clip each time, so fun).

Later there was a pj party with dancing etc. The kids went to all three of the events and we felt comfortable letting them be down there by themselves part of the time but of course you would need to use your own judgement. Our kids are 8 and 10 so we were fine to give them a little freedom. Of course we weren't far and checked in often. We also had fun watching a lot of the goings ons.

The next morning we had breakfast in the Bricks Family Restaurant. It's a buffet and the breakfast comes with your stay. We got down there early thinking it wouldn't be that busy but it was already teeming with people. The buffet was really delicious but the atmosphere was the great part. There were characters who visited tables to chat a bit. This guy was so nice. He also gave us some good tips on the park which we were headed to that morning.

This restaurant was SO cute. I just can't say enough about the theming of this hotel...

All of these displays are made of legos...

There was a great pool with a lifeguard at the hotel but we didn't even use it. We only stayed the one night. If you're only going to stay one night I recommend checking in and taking advantage of the fun in the hotel. Then the next morning as a hotel guest you can enter the park a half hour earlier than the official opening time. I will blog about Legoland itself next time. The hotel is right on the grounds of the park so you literally walk around the building and enter the park. We were able to leave our car in the hotel parking lot all day while we were at the park and just head out when our day was finished at the park.

We had such a great experience and even said if we were leaving the next morning and not even going to Legoland the stay would have been enough.

If you aren't convinced at how much fun this place is by now I will leave you with this...

***NOTE*** We stayed at the Legoland Hotel in California. I understand the Florida one recently opened. I have no idea if it is anything like this one but I would bet it would be as great or better since it's brand new and there are likely updates and improvements over the CA one!

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