Took my parents and five-year-old daughter to Legoland, and my friends with children were right: it's not for kids older than five. My daughter has been to many amusement parks, and the only thing she found interesting enough to do more than once was this wall climb (fire-fighting rescue, I believe). All the other attractions for her height and weight were milder forms of rides she has been on elsewhere.
We also had tickets to the water park, and the line to enter was at least 45 minutes long, even with prepurchased tickets. I understand that it was hot for Carlsbad, but with one ticket machine out of service and the lone ticket checker struggling to keep up, this is a pretty poor way to keep happy customers. And the water park itself was nothing special; what I did notice was every 20 to 30 minutes, the lifeguards would clear all the pools at the exact same time for at least 10 minutes. So just when you are used to the water (appeared to be heated, which is a plus), you had to get out and shiver.
Overall, even with the free kids ticket from a McDonald's promotion, I don't believe it's as good a value as a comparable amusement park. A little too crowded with subpar line management capabilities.
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