Monday, August 26, 2019

Favorite rides at LEGOLAND California with little ones

Thank you to Legoland for gifting us tickets to visit your park last May! I wrote this blog just for fun to help you plan your  Legoland trip.

We visited Legoland California for the first time for all of us in our family this past May. It is located in Carlsbad California which was only about an hour from Anaheim. We did Disneyland the day before. Our toddler was three and half years old at the time and 40 inches tall with his light up sneakers, he could ride a lot of fun rides.

Here are our favorite rides for toddlers who are 40 inches tall:
(some have shorter requirements/age requirements)

-Beetle Bounce
-Cargo Ace
-Coast Cruise: our nine month old baby rode this one
-Dune Raiders
-Duplo Playtown: our baby played here
-Junior Driving School
-Lego City Deep Sea Adventure: our baby rode it with us
-Lego Ninjago The Ride
-Legoland Express: our baby rode this train
-Lost Kingdom Adventure
-Mia's Riding Camp: our baby rode this one
-Royal Joust: Must be 4 years old to ride this one 
-Safari Trek
-Sky Patrol

Our family had such a great time visiting Legoland. Since we had just gone to Disneyland the day before we asked our son which park was his favorite. To our surprise, he said Legoland. I would have to agree that it was a wonderful day. We love Disney, but this was a very pleasant change to what we are used to expect from a trip to Disneyland. We never had to wait for more than 10 minutes to ride anything, the park wasn't overly crowded, and we have also grown to really enjoy all the different variations of Lego shows and toys. There are things to do for kids of all ages and even for the adults as well. My mother in law spent two hours in Miniland USA just looking at all the recreations of cities and famous landmarks. We are excited to go back next year when they open the new Lego Movie World section of the park. 

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Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Best Hotel Walking Distance To Disneyland

A few weeks ago we had the most magical stay at a Disneyland Good Neighbor hotel: Courtyard Anaheim Theme Park Entrance. Thank you so much for hosting us and making our vacation unforgettable. They just won the 2018 Hotel of the Year for ALL (GLOBALLY) Courtyards! 

South Harbor Boulevard in Anaheim. It only took us nine minutes to walk to the entrance of the Disneyland parks!! We even waited at a light that didn't work had to wait for the red light to cross to the parks. We were so impressed! There was no line at security when we arrived.

We stayed in a 2 queen & bunk guest room with a water park view which included a balcony. We absolutely loved how big the rooms were! They can sleep up to six people! 

Twin bunk bed: 
They are included in EVERY room! Our toddler Henry said it was the best hotel ever! He slept in the top bunk the first night and the bottom bunk the second. I love how safe they were and there was no way he would roll off.

Seating Nook: 
We loved being able to sit here with our toddler and have breakfast there. Courtyard Anaheim' s team was so sweet to include treats for us and their surf side stuffed whale. Henry still sleeps with it every night. 

More features: 
Our room had a balcony with a view of the water park and Disneyland.
A flat screen TV with access to our favorite shows (Disney channel for our toddler) & Netflix
Mini Refrigerator 
Kuerig Coffee machine 

Before a late dinner we enjoyed the Disneyland fireworks outside on the terrace. It was so magical.

Boutique Gift shop: 
Cutest Disney souvenirs, snacks, pharmaceutical products, and drinks. This store gave away our Disneyland surprise to our toddler. He walked in and said "Are we going to Disneyland too?" haha too cute!  

Portable cribs: 
They provide pack and play cribs and it was amazing not having to pack one!

You can see the Matterhorn from our room! Our toddler still didn't know we were going to Disneyland that morning. He saw the mountain and said " I want to go there for our adventure today!"

Large family restrooms: 
All rooms include two showers.With a shower/tub combination & a stand alone shower
Dual sink bathroom vanity with a lighted mirror 

Surfside Waterpark: 
As soon as we arrived that first night we headed to the water park. We loved the slides for the little ones, the kiddie pool and then finished our night in the heated pool.
If you have older kids it includes the 'tube' from thirty feet up on the 'Trestles' and 'Rincon; which are two thrilling slides.

The Bistro: 
Before beginning our Disneyland day we headed here for a quick breakfast. They serve Starbucks which was amazing! We all grabbed a bagel and cream cheese and walked to Disneyland.
The night before we had dinner here too and it was delicious!

Our delicious dinner!

We watched the fireworks here the first night while sitting by the fire.

Fitness Center: 
The Our LIFE FITNESS center is open 24 hours a day to keep up your fitness goals away from home.

Boarding Pass: 
Their business center offers 3 i Macs and the ability to print

The Lobby/front desk:
I loved the beach theme and decorations. Every employee at the Courtyard Anaheim went above and beyond. They have the best customer service!

Our experience:
It was our first time staying at a Disneyland good neighbor hotel and wow! We were so impressed. Courtyard Anaheim Theme Park Entrance is the best hotel and being able to walk to Disneyland was the best bonus. Our room was spacious, clean and I was obsessed with the ocean image on our wall. The beds were so comfortable that we slept in until 8:30 the day after Disneyland. We will be coming back to his hotel for years to come. Thank you for having us!
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If you have any questions about our stay let me know!

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