You can control almost everything when it comes to planning your Legoland vacation. One thing you can’t control?
A rainy day.
Is there anything you can do when it’s a rainy day at Legoland?
Yes, there are plenty of things to do even when it rains at Legoland! There are a ton of rainy day activities, from indoor rides and shows to educational classes!
We just returned from a trip to Legoland where the weather was cold, cloudy, and rainy. But, we made the best of it and even discovered some new rainy day activities in Legoland that we had never known about before.
So what can you do when it rains at Legoland?
Light rain doesn’t slow down all the rides, mostly just the big coasters. In light rain these rides will still be open: Ninjago the Ride, Aquazone Wave Racers, Deep Sea Adventure, Lost Kingdom Adventure, Beetle Bounce, Skipper School, Driving School, Jr. Driving School, Queen Watevra’s Carousel, Legoland Express, Fairy Tale Brook, and Coastersaurus.
If the rain does become too heavy and Legoland closes a portion of their attractions for a period of at least two hours, they may enact their “Rainy Day Promise.” This basically allows you to turn in your ticket from that designated rainy day for another ticket to come back within a year.
On our last visit to Legoland a brief thunderstorm rolled through and everything except the games and shows shut down. But we stuck it out and while most everyone else left, we hung out at some of the places mentioned below. The storm passed, the rides opened up, and since so many people had left we had the rides to ourselves! The most popular rides had five minute wait times. We even rode the Dragon three times in a row without getting off the ride!
So when it rains at Legoland, try to wait it out and you might get the best reward of all — no lines!
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Indoor LEGOLAND Rides
There are several rides that are mostly indoors, and although the line might wind its way outside, I can almost guarantee that the crowds will be light on a rainy day so you probably won’t have to wait outside.
Head over to Ninjago the Ride, Lost Kingdom Adventure, Deep Sea Adventure, or Emmet’s Flying Adventure.
Note: they will close these rides as well if there is lightning in the area!
Indoor LEGOLAND Attractions
Lego Mindstorms Robotics Classes
This visit we discovered that guests can sign up for free robotic programming courses in the Imagination Zone area of Legoland. The boys took two different classes and really had a blast. Kids in the class computers to program
I know, when we are on vacation we try to get away from screen time but when it’s raining this can be a good diversion. Lego video games (Batman, Lego Movie, Ninjago, Jurassic World) are set up for play at several stations. If you want to limit the game play, you can always use the “let’s let some other kids have a chance” excuse.
Lego Life Building
The Lego Life building at the back of the park has a lot of fun building opportunities for the kids. It’s also connected to the Lego Factory Tour which is another good hideout on a rainy day.
The bricks and giant planet from Lego Rebuild the World: Planet Legoland recently moved into the Lego Life building. Not sure if this will be it’s permanent home but it’s a nice upgrade to this area!
This tour doesn’t take too long but it is indoors and it’s very interesting to see how Lego is actually made. They have a machine that is actually molding Lego bricks as you watch. The tour empties out into the Lego Life building, so it’s kind of like a two-for-one of indoor entertainment.
There’s nothing like a scavenger hunt to keep kids busy on a rainy day. Inside the Adventurer’s Club kids have to find seven keys all hidden in different rooms. Each room represents a different part of the world — the jungle, pyramids of Egypt, and Antarctica. It’s also located just a short distance from the Factory Tour and Lego Life, so you won’t get too wet running from one to the next!
Build Watevra You Wa’na Build
Build Whatevra You Wa’na Build is an open-air but fully covered area where your kiddos can build to their hearts delight with lots of brightly colored Lego. There is even a display wall to encourage kids to share what they have built.
This small covered area in the Castle Hill section is another great place to hide from the rain in Legoland. Grab some apple fries and take advantage of a place to charge your phone too! The kids will have fun building while you rest and stay dry.
LEGO® DOTS Build Your Art Gallery
Located next to the Gamespace in the Imagination Zone, the Lego Dots gallery allows kids of all ages to grab a base plate and create their own unique art using Lego Dots. Kids can display their masterpieces on the gallery wall when they are done!
The Shows Must Go On
On our last rainy day visit I was surprised to see that the show at Castle Hill still went on as planned! So if you don’t mind getting a little wet or you’re lucky enough to have an umbrella, go give these enthusiastic performers an audience!
Other Indoor Options
If you happen to have a Merlin Annual Pass, you can take refuge in the Sea Life Aquarium and wait out the rain. And don’t forget the hotels, Legoland Hotel and Castle Hotel. They both have restaurants that are open to the public, and honestly you can hang out in both without being a guest. Just be on your best behavior!
So don’t let rain ruin your Legoland parade, just find a cozy space and wait it out. Besides, any day in Legoland sure beats a day at work or school, right?