Legoland Discovery Centre Toronto is located in Vaughan, Ontario. They first opened their doors in 2013 so it is fairly new. I have always been intrigued to see what Legoland was all about and thought this would be great for us to do on one of our family’s staycation days this summer.
So that is exactly what we did and after feeling a little overwhelmed with our trip to Legoland, I thought it would be great to put a few tips together for other families with toddlers who may want to visit.
- Purchase Tickets in Advance
It is highly recommended to purchase your tickets in advance as the website states that it is the only way to guarantee entry. There are two types of tickets, Online Saver Ticket ($15.40 CDN each person) and Flexi Ticket ($24 CDN each person). With the online saver ticket you need to select the date and time of your arrival and the Flexi ticket does not restrict you to a particular day and time. There is also the option of the Annual Pass which I would recommend if you are planning to visit often. Children 2 years old and under are free.
With a toddler it can be difficult to select a definite time and therefore we went with the Flexi Ticket as it offered us the flexibility that we needed.
- The Layout
Not sure why I was expecting anything in particular with regards to the layout of the centre but I did and felt overwhelmed with it. When you first arrive you need to check in and then you have the option to take a photo that you can later purchase as a keepsake.
You then enter Legoland and you first start off in a room where you are greeted by a staff member. There are some displays in this first room and then the first line-up to the very first ride begins. After this ride, you will see the photo booth where you can purchase your photos (you may also get a picture from the Kingdom Quest Laser Ride).
The neat part after the photo booth is Miniland which was my favourite as it was a mini version of Toronto’s landmarks made by Lego. After travelling through Miniland, you have arrived at EVERYTHING!
Everything else is all in one big room which was the overwhelming part for us and of course for our toddler who didn’t know where to go first.
Therefore be prepared for this type of layout as it may save you from being disappointed.
- Check the Map before Arriving
The website provides a map and overview of all of their activities/attractions. I recommend to check it out first to see what they have to offer. It can also help guide you when you get there as not all activities are available for toddlers as there are height requirements. Here are some attractions with restrictions to be mindful of: Kingdom Quest Laser Ride child must have the ability to walk unassisted and children over 130cm may ride without an adult. Melin’s Apprentice child must be at least 90cm and must be accompanied by an adult. Children over 120cm may ride without an adult. Lego Fire Academy & the Lego Construction Site child must be between 90cm and 140cm to enter. All children must also wear socks in this attraction.
- A must visit, Duplo Village
Duplo Village takes up a tiny section of Legoland and is the area that seems to really cater to toddlers from 1 to 5 years of age. The blocks are big to build with and there is a slide in this area that they can go down.
This area would be a recommended spot for toddlers as it will be fun for them.
These are my four top tips on visiting Legoland with toddlers. Overall, our daughter did have fun but to say that we would go again, not likely. Maybe when our daughter is over 90cm tall she may enjoy it more as there will be a lot more that she can do.
In the meantime, we will enjoy other activities that will be more accessible for her age and height. Legoland might be great for older children and children who love lego. It just wasn’t good for us at this time but maybe it will be one day.
Until next time…..Happy Parenting!
– Momma Braga