In the land of Legos…….. there is now a legendary LEGOLAND Hotel.
Hey, try to say that five times fast. Ha ha.
*Edit- This post was started yesterday morning. I am currently working on it yet again approximately 26 hours later. Lovely. I do not have the gift of writing quick posts (or short ones for that matter).
I’m starting this post early on a Saturday morning.
Judah and I have been up since 4:45 am and by 5 he was begging for hot cocoa and Pirate Booty. Lovely.
I let him help me make a very strong almond coconut mocha instead.
Aren’t I nice?
I can’t believe I haven’t written about our amazing overnight stay at the LEGOLAND Hotel yet. The boys still talk about it every single day and keep asking when we’ll be going back.
So hey, here we go.
Hmm… funny that our trip to the hotel started with a little coffee too.
I guess all great things start with coffee actually, right?
The brand spanking new LEGOLAND Hotel is in Carlsbad.
It’s just a short drive for us and the boys and I got there later in the afternoon.
Heck yes they were wearing their LEGO-looking shirts on purpose.
We had intended to go into the LEGOLAND park itself while we waited for STUFT Daddy, but the hotel had so many amazing things that we entertained ourselves for quite awhile just while waiting for our room. It was like a mini amusement park all in itself.
There is a huge LEGO playing area just in the lobby and close by there is a big interactive pirate ship. The boys were in heaven.
As a parent I was very appreciative of how close everything was together. I felt like I could keep an eye on the boys while waiting in the reception area
and chatting it up with some important radio folks.
And yes, we were at the hotel before the actual grand opening so we were there with all the important media and news crews.
We thought we were so cool.
Oh, and Joaquin thought he’d test out everyone’s patience and get into anything and everything he could in the shortest amount of time possible.
Keeping up with that guy is no joke.
Our favorite discoveries were these. We loved them so much we had to make videos for you. Enjoy.
STUFT Daddy finally showed up and we had to show him all.
STUFT Daddy was fast to discover the outside patio area that was right up at the LEGOLAND entrance.
We followed him outside of course.
See that cool dragon taking a bath? Well, someone decided to kick her a bit and you know what?
She totally talked and said “Please stop kicking me.” It was awesome. Andrew had to show me that there was a lady sitting at a table with a microphone and a control who was doing the talking. She also made the dragon squirt water at different times. Pretty funny stuff.
Obviously we had to show STUFT Daddy our favorite guy
and make him dance with us in the disco elevator. No video this time though.
We made our way to our room. They have three different themed floors and rooms (Kingdom, Adventure or Pirate).
We chose a pirate one of course. The entire hallway is even decorated.
Oh the room.
There are separate sides. One side for the parents.
The other side for the kiddos.
Each one with it’s own flat screen TV. This was the boys’ TV.
The bathroom was so clean and cute too. (I’m a hotel bathroom snob.)
My only complaint was that I found a spider on the wall.
But, they had Bath and Body Works lotion, soap and hair supplies so that made up for it.
Thumbs up for the cool ice container and the Honest Tea apple juice too.
We got a special VIP bag and badges for the boys when we checked in.
Complete with drink tickets
and a cool claw pen.
So with the pirate room you get to go on a special treasure hunt to figure out the code to open the treasure box.
We were all about that. I actually may have been a little more excited than the boys.
There was some simple counting around the hotel room involved to figure out the code. Luckily we could handle it.
Luckily Joaquin didn’t figure out that the coins were chocolate.
Hmm… wait, come to think of it I have no idea where those coins are now.
Since we had drink tickets and all we headed downstairs to put them to good use at the Skyline Café.
There was an indoor and outdoor patio area. We sat outside by the fire so we could check out the pool.
Obviously we picked out the most expensive glass of wine we could find to redeem our tickets.
Ahhh…….. the good life.
After our drinks we headed to Bricks Family Restaurant for dinner. It was conveniently just across the hall.
It was the perfect restaurant for families. There were tables you could draw on.
They have all kinds of yummy food choices (both kid and adult friendly).
Although they didn’t have any hot sauce that I noticed, they did have some low calorie dressing.
I went with some salad and tried both types of the roasted chicken.
I was saving room for dessert. It was hard to choose since they had so many good ones.
I had to try a little of everything of course. My favorite was the frozen yogurt.
Oh and those cookies. They were out when I went up for dessert so this guy saved the day and brought out a new tray. How nice.
We also taste tested the cheesecake
and the apple pie.
As cool as the rooms were, I knew it might be a little tough to get the boys to sleep in their bunk bed.
They were in there for approximately 20 minutes before STUFT Daddy snuck out and they both crawled into bed with me.
I didn’t sleep very well, but it was fun to snuggle.
Wouldn’t you know though they were all about getting back in their beds to watch cartoons in the morning.
They even requested hot cocoa in bed.
Oh, yes, there is a trundle bed under the bottom bunk so three kids could comfortably sleep in that room. Pretty cool.
Before we left we hit up Bricks Family Restaurant for breakfast.
It was just the boys and I so I couldn’t snap as many pictures. Trying to take two toddlers to a buffet by yourself is not the easiest things friends.
They did have kid friendly breakfast food- scrambled eggs, French toast sticks, pancakes, fruit, yogurt, cereal, etc.
They also had good coffee and an omelet station for mama.
They totally took care of my high maintenance order and did egg whites only with no oil.
I took care of spicing it up with some hot sauce and crushed red pepper I just happen to have in my purse.
And the boys and I took care of sampling pretty much every single muffin and pastry they had to choose from (they had a lot). The scones were our favorites though.
And, well, our trip came to an end way too quickly.
We had to leave the magical land of LEGOS. It was a little sad to leave and head back home to real life.
Oh goodness. So there you have it.
We went to the aquarium too. It was awesome. Let me know if you want to hear more about the park itself or the aquarium and I’ll write a review on those too.
If you come into town for a visit, let me know. They boys and I could always use an excuse to come meet you at the park or just meet you to do some damage at the buffet. He he.
Hope you’re enjoying your weekend. Sorry this post is so lengthy, I just didn’t want to leave anything out.
A HUGE thank you to LEGOLAND for letting us come visit, stay the night and act like VIPs for a bit.
Have you ever been to LEGOLAND?
Has anyone been to the Water Park there? We want to go there next.
What’s your favorite family trip you’ve ever been on?