Trading minifigures is a fun activity at Legoland, but did you know that you can collect and trade pop badges too? Legoland pop badges can be found at rides and attractions throughout the park.
Ready to start your pop badge collection? This guide (UPDATED FOR 2022!) will help you find all the Legoland pop badges available!
Note: this guide is based on what we have found at Legoland California. Our visit to Legoland Florida produced very few pop badges and we were told they were being phased out there.
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What are Pop Badges?
Pop badges are circular plastic badges that have a back that “pops” off, allowing you to wear the badge on your shirt or a lanyard, or any material thin enough that it can be squished between the front and back of the badge. While lanyards can be purchased at Legoland, you can also pick up some less expensive generic lanyards from Amazon before your trip. (Looking for more money saving tips for Legoland California? Check out my post here!)
At Legoland, the pop badges have pictures of various minifigures on them, each representing a different ride/accomplishment/holiday, etc.
Where can I find Pop Badges?
Legoland Pop Badges can be collected all over the park, including Sea Life Aquarium and the waterpark. You just have to ask the ride operators or the employees working in a certain area.
Similar to minifigure trading, if an employee is wearing a pop badge, they will trade with you! It’s a great way to get really unique badges or badges from challenges you may have missed.
Speaking of challenges, that’s the other way to get Legoland pop badges. More info follows but basically Legoland has pop badge challenges throughout the year that awards badges for completing small tasks.
Pop badges can also be found at Legoland Discovery Centers. We’ve found that these are popular for trading with employees because many have never seen them before. So if you have a Legoland Discovery Center near you, ask for them at their retail shop!
New! 2022 Pop Badges
Here are pictures of the pop badges we were able to find most recently at Legoland California (as of July 2022). We found most of them at the hotels, and yes you can go into the hotel without being a guest! At the front desk of the Legoland Hotel there was a basket full of pop badges, and we were told to also get one from the Bricks Family Restaurant. The Castle Hotel also has new ones shaped like a shield and they are scratch and sniff! Yes! They smell like vanilla!
The one thing I tell everyone looking for pop badges is, just ask! Ask employees at the hotel, at rides, at restaurants, and attractions. You never know who might have some!
Pop Badges at Rides and Attractions
Several of the rides in the park give out Legoland pop badges before or after you ride. Here’s a list of rides where you can collect them:
Ferrari Build and Race – new 2022 Ferrari Build and Race badge
Lego Ninjago the Ride – Ninja in Training badge (this one may be retired, haven’t seen it in a while)
Coastersaurus, Technic Coaster, The Dragon – My First Coaster badge
Deep Sea Adventure – Deep Sea Adventure badge
Fun Town Police and Fire Academy – Fun Town Hero badge, Fire Safety Hero
Lost Kingdom Adventure – High Score Hero
Sea Life Aquarium – Jr. Aquarist badge (as you are exiting, answer a question about what you learned in the aquarium to earn this badge)
Legoland Waterpark – Legoland Waterpark badge and Jr. Lifeguard (ask at entry/exit turnstiles and at waterpark ticket counter)
Funtown Stage – varies. Good place to find new general Legoland badges and/or badges related to whatever show is playing here. Ask an MC after the show!
Pop Badges at Legoland Guest Services
Membership Services – 1st Visit to Legoland badge, Premium Merlin Annual Passholder (for passholders only), Legoland Platinum Pass Member, Legoland Awesome Awaits, Happy Brick-day, It’s My Birthday.
First Aid – Legoland Bravery badge
Security – Jr. Officer badge
Pop Badges at Legoland Hotels
Legoland Hotel – Legoland Hotel badge, Have a Magical Stay badge. Recently the Legoland Hotel also had a few badges that we could find around the Legoland Theme Park, so just ask for any pop badges they might have!
Legoland Partner Hotels – Legoland Vacations badge (when you book with a partner hotel though Legoland Vacations)
Legoland Hotel Restaurants – Jr. Chef
Pop Badges for Legoland Experiences
VIP Experience – Legoland Ultimate VIP Experience badge, Happy Brick-day from VIP Team
Buddy VIP Experience – Legoland Buddy VIP Experience badge
Ultimate VIP Experience – Legoland Ultimate VIP Experience badge
Merlin’s Magic Wand – Merlin’s Magic Wand badge
Reserve N Ride – Reserve N Ride badge
Employee Only Pop Badges
These Legoland pop badges are worn by employees (Model Citizens) for the service they provide or for an honor they have been given. But, if you have the gift of gab like my husband does, you may just be able to convince a Model Citizen to let you have it!
I Made My Opinion Count – worn by Model Citizens that have taken an opinion survey
Legoland Food Services Employees – we have seen two badges worn by Model Citizens working in food services. One is a female chef with a pie and the other is a male chef with a steak.
Legoland Hotel Food Services – this badge can be found on employees working in hotel restaurants. It says Legoland Hotel and features a male and female chef.
Product Excellence Superstar – this badge is one most Model Citizens won’t part with. It means they have provided excellent service and they can turn it in for a special award.
Merlin Safety Week – I’m Supporting Safety Week badge
Pop Badge Challenges
Another way to collect unique pop badges are during pop badge challenges that Legoland has throughout the year. Challenges tend to occur around holidays or special events. We have collected badges during Halloween Brick or Treat nights, Legoland Holiday Weekends, and even a few random challenges to celebrate certain events.
In the summer of 2022, Legoland California celebrated 90 Years of Play with five new pop badges that showcased all the different ways to play with Lego! While this challenge ends in early August, you may still be able to find these pop badges around the park. Make sure to ask back in the Lego Life building since that’s where you could find them during the challenge. Pro tip: ask Renata!
Exclusive Pop Badges
The biggest, most exciting pop badge challenge of all is an ongoing search for the elusive Mr. Gold. Named after the highly sought after minifigure from many years ago, this Mr. Gold badge can only be found ON park employees. That’s right, you have to catch an employee wearing one in order to add this special badge to your collection.
Only about 10 Mr. Gold badges go out each day, so you really have to keep your eyes peeled. Yes, we have collected a few thanks to my eagle-eyed husband, but it’s the kids that need to approach the employee and ask. They won’t hand them to an adult.
Pro Tip: the badge could be worn by any employee of the park, and we have found more than one on a VIP tour employee. Also be sure to check more than just their shirt! We found one being worn on the pocket of an employee’s cargo pants.
The best part is, if you find Mr. Gold, you can turn him in at Guest Services for a special prize (
spoiler alert: it’s a free ticket to Legoland). In 2021, Mr. Gold is worth either a new, unwrapped minifigure polybag or 2 “skip the line” passes for any ride. Or, you can just keep Mr. Gold and wear him around Legoland to amaze everyone standing in line around you.
Update: While Mr. Gold was on vacation during the pandemic, as of September 2021 he was making a comeback! AND he’s also hiding gold envelopes around Legoland that contain a variety of souvenirs! The envelopes we have found contained Legoland pop badges, brick key chains, and minifigures.
These special gold envelopes can be found anywhere around the park, hiding behind or on large Lego builds (ahem, Pizza guy at Pizza Mania) or sitting on signs or decorations (try the sign outside Planet Legoland).
So there you go! A comprehensive guide on where to find all of the collectible Legoland Pop Badges! Will you collect them all?