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Everything is Awesome for Lego Fans of All Ages

by Elyse Glickman

Jun 2, 2018

© Sandy Huffaker/Legoland California

Age Specific / Kids

If the hit Lego movies prove anything, it’s that nobody gets tired of seeking how far those brightly colored building blocks can take them. No matter what comes along in the world of high-tech toys, the nearly 90-year-old institution is the original “click and play” pastime for kids of all ages. Just ask Will Ferrell’s super Lego fan character, Vitruvius (a.k.a. Morgan Freeman), and the Lego Superfriends who have done their bit to remind us how we can make any universe our own with a lot of imagination, a sense of humor and the power to adapt that world any way we choose.

With Lego theme parks still going strong around the world, the LEGOLAND Castle Hotel, opened April 2018 in Carlsbad, Calif. (just outside San Diego), takes the ageless play sets’ appeal to the next level, much like the Lego movies and theme parks around the world. The property comes on the heels of the first park-adjacent Carlsbad LEGOLAND Hotel, opened five years ago.

Castle Media Hotel grand opening

© Sandy Huffaker/Legoland California)

The LEGOLAND Castle Hotel is built around an overriding fairytale/royalty theme, which, by happy accident, coincided with the buzz leading up to the royal nuptials of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. However, the three main storylines — Royal Princess, Magic Wizard and Knights and Dragons — ensure the core audience of kids ages 2 through 12 (and their nostalgic parents and grandparents) will find something they can relate to inside the palace. A towering LEGO wizard (with a similar commanding presence to the movie’s Vitruvius) greets arriving guests. He stands among 2,100 models crafted from more than 3 million bricks.

Castle Media Hotel grand opening

© Sandy Huffaker/Legoland California)

The fantasy continues seamlessly into public areas. The Royal Courtyard immerses children in their own customizable fairytale, via numerous play areas for different age groups, a giant movie screen, a resort-style pool with interactive water features and hot tub and a tented stage for live plays and shows. Eye-catching interactive elements throughout the hotel include a knock-knock door, a royal throne that makes silly noises, LEGO caricatures to build upon, a self-playing piano and a slide from the first floor to the lobby. All these elements together give the term “funhouse” a new meaning.

LEGOLAND California

© Sandy Huffaker/Legoland California)

Individual family suites, meanwhile, are outfitted with a children’s sleeping area fully loaded with bunk beds or a trundle bed, their own television, a LEGO building station and shooting stars illuminating on the ceiling. Adult sleeping areas are equally magical, with LED light-adorned headboards, a canopy sparkling with twinkling lights or shelves filled with potions and a magical bubbling illuminated cauldron-based room theme.

The Royal Princess rooms’ mood, with feminine flourishes, revolves around girl power, with the princess plotting with her jester friend to sneak into and compete with the boys in a grand tournament. In the Knights and Dragons rooms, young heroes are on a mission to defend the castle and protect its treasure. In the Magic Wizard rooms, wizards of all genders work their magic to ensure all goes well and a happy ending is ensured.

Even with the obvious kid appeal inside the Dragon’s Den sit-down restaurant, parents of the royal guest of honor will appreciate the fact there are some adult-friendly items on the menu (including vegan and gluten-free choices) made from local produce and the fact that breakfast, including both made-to-order items and the buffet, is included in the room charge. Better still, there’s no commuting time to the branded theme park, water park and Sea Life Aquarium, and vacation packages incorporating hotels and parks can be purchased online.

 

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