California Dreamin’ on Vacay

Want to go on a dream vacation loaded with LEGOs or have tea with your American Girl doll? My family and I went to California in August. We visited Legoland in Carlsbad and the American Girl Store in Los Angeles. I had the time of my life and it was the best summer “vacay” to date.

We visited Legoland for two days. Thousands, maybe billions of LEGOs were all around. It was a dream come true. The first day we rode all the rides and saw the exhibits. I recommend a Reserve N Ride pass for shorter wait times. We had a map of the park and hit every ride! My favorites were the roller coasters: Technic, Coastersaurus and The Dragon.

Another ride called Knights’ Tournament was really wild. It twisted and turned you like the sword of a fighting knight. It was a tummy turner so use caution! The most surprising was Pirate Reef. You must wear a bathing suit for this one unless you don’t mind being sopping wet for the rest of the day. It’s a log ride that soaks you to the bone. A little scary but so fun! 

Around the park are LEGO displays that are life-size and great to pose with for pics. The Star Wars exhibit was incredible. There were re-creations of Star Wars movie scenes with a larger than life Darth Vader you can stand next to. So surreal! Minitown was a huge display of places like Washington, D.C., New York City, the Eiffel Tower and more.

The next day we went to the waterpark, which was awesome! Two big slides let you race your buddy to see who’s fastest­—so cool. A raft ride down a chute was exciting. There are water play areas and a lazy river for those who want to chill. There are splash pads and a wave pool along with restaurants to satisfy your hunger. A whole day is best to enjoy this place.

Next stop, Hollywood! The American Girl Store is at The Grove. This place has all kinds of designer stores. There’s also a Farmer’s Market next to the mall. Everything is so dreamy. I recognized some the places from movies and TV.

The AG Store is doll heaven! I purchased a Truly Me doll and named her Sarah, just like me. They come in all likenesses so you can pick one that matches you. After shopping to doll up my doll, it was time for lunch in the AG Café. I read that actor Brad Pitt took one of his daughters there so I was excited to see it. The café was awesome! It was decorated like a café in Paris. The waiters sat us with a chair for my doll. She even had a small cup and saucer! AG really made me feel special. It was an experience of a lifetime!

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