Bikes and Legoland?

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This past weekend, I went down south with my wife and daughter to complete my life’s prophecy to finally visit Legoland.

Okay, it was for my nephew’s birthday, but people have always thought of me as some sort of a legomanic, so I definitely belonged.
No matter where I am, there’s always that part of my brain that’s thinking, “what do bikes have to do with this?”

Since we were only in the area Saturday and Sunday, I thought that getting there by some type of bike/train combo was palatable.

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I found stroller parking, but none for bikes..

Metrolink is only $10 on the weekends down to Oceanside, but our hotel was further down in La Jolla, a tough bike ride when you’re hauling a child and luggage.

We also had uncertain plans for saturday morning, so we relented to go by car, but still kept an eye out for future reference.

Seeing how Legoland is Danish, I figured the park to be Eurocentric and receptive to cycling. At least I hoped it would be as clean as an Ikea.

Coming off the freeway, there were bike lanes, but right next to 50 mph trafffic. That’s always fun.

When we turned towards the Legoland, it felt like we were headed to an office park, not a theme park unless the fantasy they were trying to sell is Irvine.

On their website, Legoland says that bike parking is FREE, but that’s it on the details

There was a bike path that followed the road part of the way in. It looked a little narrow and the surface looked lumpy. As soon as we got to the back of the park, the path curled behind it and went off somewhere. I took a look on Google Maps and it takes you to the opposite side of Legoland making it a longer journey to get in than by car.

 

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Home of the future Mini-Donald Trump Land

I didn’t quite have the time once we were just outside the park to give a full scan for bike parking spots because I was busy chasing my eager daughter on the way in. Don’t worry, it’s still on my radar.

The park itself was enjoyable. Not as big as Disneyland, nor crowded. There was a lot to do, but I think the park is suited for children that are preteens and below.

It may not have been a highlight for my daughter, but I definitely loved Miniland, which had a bunch of small models of cities across the states.

Of course, I looked closely to see if there were any bikes there! New York City and Washington DC both had cyclists, but no bike share. Maybe I’m getting a little too picky.

 

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Someone’s going to complain over the fallen Legoman not wearing a helmet.

Legoland also had their own version of Disneyland’s Autopia, which now that I think about it, that sounds like a disease. It would have been nice if some of their Copenhagen leanings towards the bike would have been represented, but then how would Legoland make money off of parking?

On the way out, I took a harder look because my daughter was falling asleep in my arms. If there were any bike racks, they were pretty well hidden from view. I also took a look on the park’s trusty map after and didn’t see any indication either.

Despite my cycling slant, I’d still go back to Legoland and I’m sure my daughter is going to make sure of it. Next time though, I hope it gets Copenhagenized!
 
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Update(2:54pm): Legoland responded to no bike racks with this(thank you Jason Hurst):

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  • Walt

    Great response from LEGOLAND.

    Noticed this same problem on a few visits as well. I have on occasion locked up at the handicap parking sign poles in the parking lot. The ride from the Oceanside Metrolink station is a bit of a haul, but pleasant enough with the many paths and bike lanes North County has to offer. The only miserable scary part of the ride is crossing the 5 freeway.

    Technically, there IS a bike rack, but it’s intended for the employees, at the employee entrance, far from where the public might find it. https://www.flickr.com/photos/waltarrrrr/23108070176

    That said, Legoland is the BEST kid-centric amusement park in SoCal. Glad to hear your family enjoyed it.

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