We left the house at 9:30am hoping to beat San Diego rush hour traffic at the end of the long drive. The drive was very uneventful but we did listen to the Old Yeller audiobook, which the girls loved. At some point around lunchtime, we pulled off to use the bathroom and then sat in a random parking lot in our car and had a picnic. It seems like we were near El Centro when this happened.
We made it to the I5 North in San Diego in decent time and then sat in the last 10 miles of awful traffic for about an hour around 3pm. Needless to say, we were pretty tired by the time we arrived to the hotel.
There were no problems with check-in. We got the room I had requested, a King bed and a sofa bed. The room was really small but that was ok. It was clean. Except for the carpets really needed a good shampoo, which I didn’t notice until much later in our stay. This is the website’s picture of the room and aside from the weird angle indicating the photographer was perched like a bug in a crack in the wall to make everything look more spacious, it’s pretty accurate.
After we got settled a bit, we headed over the the grocery store, picked up some deli chicken and sides and various snacks to bring into the park, and went back to the room where we ate dinner.
I thought the kids should move around and get some of their car energy out so we went to check out the pool and spa. I sat in the spa for a bit while the girls went back and forth between spa and pool for about 30 minutes. Dad joined us toward the end and then it was back to the room for pajamas.
We all got settled into bed. Maurice found a movie and turned it on and I don’t even remember what movie it was because all of us fell asleep really early while watching tv.
The hotel was very quiet at night. We could hear the large semis driving by on the close freeway but it wasn’t loud and it didn’t keep us awake or wake us up.
Because we went to bed so early, Ellie and I were up really early. The hotel breakfast starts at 6:30 so we went down there together and had waffles, eggs, juice, coffee, cereal and all kinds of great treats we never eat at home. By the time we made it back to the room, Dad and Rosie were just leaving to come find us so we went back down with them so they could eat.
Back in the room, we got dressed and were at the park by 9:30.
The park was open at 9:30 (scheduled to open at 10) but many of the rides were not. We headed off to the right and found Ninjago Land open! It was supposed to open mid-2016 but then Ellie told me she heard it was not open yet and we were bummed we were going to miss it during our annual pass year. But, sure enough there it was.
The little area was small and Dad was not impressed. But the girls seemed excited. On the way into Ninjago, the girls saw a carnival game to bounce a ball off a board and into a basket to win a prize. Rosie wanted to try and Granny had given each of the kids $20 spending money before we left. We had been in the park less than 5 minutes and Rosie was ready to spend. You could get 1 ball for $3 and Rosie said she only wanted 1 ball to try the game. Dad said nobody wins these but Rosie was insistent. And then she won. A huge stuffed ninja penguin.
We took him on the ride in Ninjago Land, which was some kind of video game ride similar to the one in Adventure Land.
Then Rosie took him on this little playground.
The stuffed penguin took a rest so the girls could climb the rock wall.
There were some cool Lego builds in Ninjago Land.
And that’s about it.
From here walked around and the kids played a couple more carnival games. By this time, we have several items to keep track of and it’s getting annoying. I tell them no more carnival games and dad takes them to do some rides while I take all of the stuffed animals back to the car. It took me a few minutes but nothing like the walk/tram if we had been and Disneyland.
Because it was a Friday and school was back in session around the country, I felt like we had the park to ourselves. We noticed Asians and a lot of people speaking Spanish so perhaps there were school holidays happening other places but it was really nice to beat the crowds and feel like we had the run of the place.
We ate at the BBQ place from last time in the Kingdom Land. It was good, for theme park food.
These pictures came out very dark because we were inside but of course Rosie wanted a picture with the Lego penguin.
On the way out of the park this day, Dad wanted to pick a ride and so we did one of our favorites. It’s also the only time I end up in a picture at Legoland, aside from the one Maurice took on the way in at the start of the day.
The park closed at 5pm this day so we continued around riding rides until then and then headed back to the room. We had the fixings to make bean burritos in the room so that was dinner. After eating we all laid down. The entire family was asleep before 8pm.
Saturday morning breakfast started at 7am and we all went downstairs together. Everybody was fairly rested from falling asleep at a ridiculous evening hour. We were at the park again by 9:30 and I had packed a separate bag of our swimsuits, towels, etc. We did rides as we slowly made our way to the waterpark, which opened at Noon.
Maurice walked around the park while the kids and I went to the waterpark to play. The girls met some local girls their same ages and they played until 3pm. I finally told them we had to get dressed and go spend some time with dad.
It was too late for lunch so we wandered, rode some rides, and looked at Lego builds.
We stayed until the park closed at 6pm and then went to Kings Fish House (where we went when the entire family came with us last October) for dinner. It was nice and relaxing.
This evening we also spent some time at the hotel pool. There were a couple of families with kids swimming so the girls played for awhile and then we headed upstairs for bed.
At 7am we went down for breakfast at the hotel again, packed up the car, and drove home. We left Carlsbad around 10 and ended up back at home about 4pm. We didn’t stop for lunch and just went straight through, stopping for sandwiches in Phoenix to take home for dinner.