Legoland

Hiya Escapees! Its been awhile. I won’t lie to you lately my passion to write has fallen. But I felt inspired this last weekend. As a San Diego native and a life long Lego lover you may think I’ve been to Legoland at least once in the 18 years the park has been open. Well you would be mistaken.

Lego and I have this odd relationship. They make awesome sets that weren’t available to me as a child and now as an adult I can’t afford to buy their awesome sets. Man, I want Lego AT-AT. I think if they ever made a Lego Voltron I would actually kill for it…

I recently had the opportunity to visit Legoland. As someone who has made many trips to Disneyland (seriously like 60 +, those annual passes man!) I wondered how it would compare. Would it be as packed and expensive? Would I be forced to wait hours in line?  And probably most importantly was that ride they always show in the commercial where the people are in pirate ships spraying each other with water really that fun!? Lets examine all of that.

Prices

When visiting the park in addition to your admission fee you can expect to also pay for parking. They have two different sets of parking theres your standard parking which will set you back $18 and then they have Preferred Parking which will run you $25. As near as I could tell Preferred Parking only got you a parking space that is closer to the gate and its not that much closer really. Pocket the extra money unless you really can’t stand the idea of walking the extra 500 feet.

Admission into the Park itself depends on what you want to do. If you just want to see Legoland then its $95 for an adult. If you want to see the waterpark attached to it then you gotta pay a little extra I don’t quite recall the price but it wasn’t that much more.

The thing I found most interesting here were the annual pass prices. I’ve held an annual pass to Disneyland twice. My last annual pass was pretty close to a $1000  for the year, I didn’t have the highest tier pass and still had blackout dates. A Legoland unlimited annual pass is MUCH cheaper. The highest level pass for Legoland is $279. If you really like Legos and are local it maybe worth your time to pick up.

The Crowds

The last time few times I went to Disney there were long lines of people just waiting to get past the bag check. Once through the bag check you then had to walk through metal detector. It was pretty annoying and leads to a long line of people just trying to get to a point where they can buy tickets. Legoland does not have this same practice yet. Theres still a back check but the crowd heading to Legoland is alot smaller so theres a very small line and no metal detectors.

The crowd at Legoland is pretty different from Disneyland too. Legoland seemed to really just be for familys with small children. Not that Disney is not a family place but I think at Disney you are more likely to find people from all walks of life whether that’s two people on a date, a family or even just a group of guys hanging out trying to get on Star Tours.  

Part of the reason you see more familys at Legoland is that the rides are more similar to the Buzz Lightyear ride in Tomorrowland so they are geared toward younger children and it makes it very family friendly. No large coasters like Space Mountain here.

Attractions


Well I did not get to experience the pirate water splashy ride. The ride was down that day so I didn’t even get to see others having fun on it. I actually got on very few rides. By far the funnest attraction I was on was “Police and Fire Academy Rescue”, a ride where you and your group (I mean really it would be your kids) pump a lever up and down, jump out and shoot a water gun at a building with a picture of a fire on it then you race back to the starting point using the pump on the fire truck again.

I also rode the “Dragon” and “Technic Test Track” roller coasters. The Dragon ride is definitely meant for younger children. It’s a pretty slow moving ride and  takes you through a small area made to look like the interior of a castle.

The Technic Test Track would probably be for slightly older children around 10ish. It’s a faster moving ride than the Dragon and has one slightly larger dip.

Otherwise my favorite area was Mini land. In this area Lego engineers, I don’t know if they’re called that, have recreated things like the Las Vegas Strip, New York and scenes from Star Wars.

Some parts of these recreations are actually interactive. You can press buttons next to the exhibit and some parts will start moving. For example they have recreated Luke’s famous Death Star trench run in his X-wing. If you press the button here Lego turrets start moving around and make laser fire sounds. So in case your wondering Lego Mini Star Wars land was my favorite.

Should you go?

So should you head out to Legoland? I think it’s a great local spot to take your kids and they will love you for it.  It has alot of stuff for your kids to enjoy.

If your an adult just looking to check out Lego stuff then Legoland is a nice way to kill a day looking at cool Lego exhibits. You can kill a the day here but I don’t think there’s enough here to occupy you for multiple trips in the year. I would probably shy away from an annual pass, unless you really really into Legos.

 

 

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Traveling on Frontier Airlines today.

  

  I’m headed out of town aboard Frontier Airlines this morning, I am actually on the plane now. It’s my first plane ride in almost year.

  Without going into much deatil (you never know who has stumbled across your website). Circumstances beyond my control have forced me into using some of the money I’ve been setting aside and scrambling to find a plane ticket the same week of my departure .

  Here are a couple things that I have learned while making travel arrangements.

  • Frontier Airlines is super cheap

 I generally do a variety of searches before I travel. This time I used kayak, Priceline and Skyscanner to name a few. But I could not for the life of me find a round trip ticket for less than $407 via any of the above. On the recommendation of 2 co-workers and a family member I decided to check out Frontier. 

  The fare to my destination was very cheap. Like $160 for a round trip cheap. The issue here was that this was not the final cost. While the ticket itself was $160, Frontier Airlines makes up for this low cost by charging you additional fees based on where you want to sit in the plane (between  $5 and $30), and charging a $35 dollar fee for carry on bags. You are allowed 1 free item such as a purse or laptop. 

  After all was said and done though my plane ticket was still significantly less expensive than any other option. I spent a total of $250 on my ticket.

  • The flight.

  I am a slightly larger individual, around 6 foot. When buying my ticket I was fairly concerned that my knees would be driven in the passenger seat in front of me as was the case on my last two flights with Royal Thai Airlines and Southwest.

  I choose the standard seating from Frontier as opposed to their strech seating and I was actually pleasantly surprised by how much leg room I had. Not only did my knees not get buried into the seat in front of me but room to shuffle my feet forward (slightly).

  Additionally the selection of in flight food and drink was very limited. I choose their breakfast on the fly combo and was given the choice of coffee or water, chex mix or nuts.

 The only disappointment about the ride was that the seat offers little to no cushion and makes for a slightly uncomfortable ride. 

  On the plus side the Attendants were very friendly and my flight arrived arrived 20 minutes early. We’ll see how the flight is on my return. 

The Mira Mesa D6 Night Market

 

I recently attended the D6 Night Market in Mira Mesa California. D6 is still in its infancy with this being its second year. This year the event took place in the Mira Mesa Community Park and was packed with Asian food vendors with everything from Boba to Okonomiyaki. There were break dance battles going on in some sections of the park, some merchants selling hand made crafts and even a small beer garden.

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My fiancee and I circled the market once before making our first stop to the Okonomiyaki vendor that was next to one of the entrances. I was actually really surprised there was an Okonomiyaki vendor here as most people don’t seem to know what it is and combined with the fact I’ve only found one Japanese restaurant in San Diego that makes it this was a pleasant surprise.

With our hunger satisfied our next stop was to the beer garden. This was a bit disappointing. There seemed to be only 3 vendors who were selling Callahans, San Miguel and Ballast point. Each merchant seemed to only be selling between 2 and 3 different beers and despite signs outside of the beer garden stating that Green Flash and Asahi were being offered I couldn’t figure out who was selling what as only one of the three merchants had a sign indicating what they had. I ended up going with Callahans Blueberry Wheat and then watching a local band play on stage.

I think my favorite moment of this may well have been toward the end of the night. Once it got dark enough was a mini light show to some techno/house music and my friend’s daughter went nuts and danced (she runs in circles, its cute) to the beat.

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Cost wise D6 night market set my fiancee and I back about $40. We purchased 2 Okinomiyakis, 2 beers, 1 boba and 1 beef stick. Not very expensive for a night out.

Overall it was a fun experience and I look forward to seeing this event grow in the future but it definitely had more of a festival vibe than a night market.