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What to Expect at the Reopened LEGOLAND California

The San Diego County theme park offers lots of ways to play with peace of mind

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Another brick of California’s continued reopening has been put in place. After more than a year of closure, LEGOLAND California—the Carlsbad theme park resort that includes two hotels, LEGO CHIMA Water Park, and SEA LIFE Aquarium—reopened April 16. 

As with other California theme parks, all admission tickets to the San Diego County park must be booked online with a reservation to accommodate reduced-capacity limits. You can book dated tickets now online, or buy a hotel-plus-tickets package at either the LEGOLAND Resort Hotel or the LEGOLAND Castle Hotel. If you have an unused ticket from the closure period, you just need to reserve a day to use it. If you worry about committing to a date now for a future visit, check out the resort’s Peace of Mind Policy and its reopening page. 

More exciting news: The park's LEGO Movie World area, with six new attractions, will debut on May 27. Here are more essential building blocks for your visit:

For now, admission is for California residents—as well as fully vaccinated out-of-state residents. Out-of-state visitors will be required to show valid ID and proof of COVID-19 vaccination that has been completed at least 14 days prior to arriving at the park. When buying tickets—linked to your credit card’s billing address—you will also list the names of each person in your group, which can consist of up to three households.

At the park, pay with plastic. No cash is accepted inside the park, so bring a debit or credit card. 

Built-in protocols offer a lot of space. The park has laid out its own distancing and cleanliness protocols on its safety page. For instance, upon arriving, you’re asked to leave a space on either side of your car in the parking lot.  Rides have roped-off rows and seats so that there’s always room around you and your family. And buffet-style dining options have been replaced by grab-and-go service. 

High-touch areas are getting extra cleaning. Some of the park’s signature hands-on areas, such as brick pits, are closed for now. But in other areas—such as Coast Guard Build-A-Boat—kids will be given individualized trays of LEGO bricks, which will be returned to a staffer and sanitized afterward.

Many rides are open. During the first weeks, that includes the Dragon Coaster, Driving School, and Lost Kingdom Adventure. Some rides and features are closed for now, like LEGO CITY: Deep Sea Adventure. For now, the line-jumping feature Reserve N Ride is available in a limited capacity.

Staying at the hotel provides extra benefits. The two hotels have always offered perks such as nightly entertainment and in-room LEGOs. These days, being a guest also gets you priority access to the theme park, as well as reservations at the water park and SEA LIFE during your stay. 

The water park has a few of its own protocols. You’ll need to bring your own towel (or buy one at the park’s Big Shop), and you can’t come and go from the water park during a day—just one time in, one time out to maintain capacity limits. Once inside, face coverings are required except when you’re in the water, eating, or walking directly to and from a water attraction. (And for now, some slides will be unavailable). Another piece of reassurance: According to the CDC, there is no known transmission of the COVID-19 virus through chlorinated water.

Definitely download the app. The GPS-enabled LEGOLAND App is key for checking wait times, pre-ordering food, and getting walking directions to attractions throughout your day. The app also features times and locations for character meet-and-greets, as well as dive and feeding times at SEA LIFE.

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