More Than Lego Sculptures, But No Beer
I should note up front that, after one last love affair with Magic Mountain as a teenager in the 1980s, I've gradually become really ambivalent about amusement parks as an adult. It's not the parks per se, but rather the huge crowds and the long lines (for 2-minute rides) that I don't like.
But Legoland has a reputation for being a great park for young kids, and my wife and I have a young daughter. So we finally decided to go. And you know what? I liked it a lot more than I expected.
First of all, the park is much bigger than I imagined. And there weren't that many people there the day we went, so the park didn't feel crowded at all. And the lines for the rides were never longer than 10 minutes.
The park itself was also more elaborate and sophisticated than I envisioned. (My fear was that it would be an endless series of lego sculptures, like 10' tall replicas of the Eifel Tower. But there was mercifully little of that, actually.)
The food was better than I expected, too. We stopped for lunch at a food court in the middle of the park. I was girded for the usual fare at amusement parks: chicken nuggets and hamburgers. But at least here the food was much more varied and, for lack of a better adjective, 'adult.' My wife had a chicken stir fry and I had a steak sandwich.
My only complaint with the food was that neither beer or wine is sold anywhere in the park, apparently. This was a an unwelcome surprise indeed. After several hours walking around Legoland in the hot sun, I really could've used a beer (or two).
My young daughter really enjoyed it, too. Legoland's reputation for appealing to young kids is well earned, I think. But I don't think she would have been as captivated by it if she was 10. And if she was 15, I think she would have sulked her way through the day in histrionic boredom.