As an alternative to Disneyland we decided upon going to Legoland in October, 2013. It was a pretty good stay in my estimation. First of all, October is the off-season, so there were no lines or hassle during check-in. We got our requisite packages and key entry cards, which the kids promptly lost and checked into our room. We booked the castle-themed room, which were on the first floor. I was initially concerned that it was on the first floor and that noise would be a problem, but it was not a problem during the stay. The lobby is full of Legos for the kids to play with. The hotel is also full of little jokey touches, like in the public bathroom on the first floor or the trigger for the gas (bowel) sounds. But hey, it's a kid's hotel, right? The room was pretty nice. There was the main room with the bed and bunk beds off in an alcove-like space. There is a desk across from the bed and a couple of chairs. And did I state before that the room has a castle-like theme? That primarily involves the space that the bunk-beds are in.
The primary advantage of staying at the Legoland hotel is the proximity to the park. You just open a gate and you're at the entrance. Unfortunately, there is no special private entrance like the Grand Californian has at Disneyland. But it was October and the crowds were pretty light during the week. You also get to go in early so you're able to ride some of the rides early before the general opening. But in late October, there were days mid-week where we would pretty much have the park almost all to ourselves. It was a great experience for the kids. Plus, Halloween. It got more crowded then. They had trick-or-treat in the park. Sugar and kids and amusement parks.. but what can you do, right? They also had a pretty elaborate interactive show where you could win prizes in the hotel lobby on Halloween. Plus a treasure hunt ... and more trick-or-treat goodies. My kids had huge hauls by bedtime.
The buffets are OK. The food isn't bad and it's to most chldren's tastes, ie, chicken nuggets, hot dogs, pancakes, etc. Nothing that would offend young picky palates. I think there were princesses making the rounds in the morning (Lego princesses?) buffet. The only complaint I had was that they probably need more seating. Even in October the lines could be long for breakfast.
Overall, if I had to visit Legoland again, I think this would be my first option.
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