Mar 6, 2018

Marriott International Announces The Luxury Collection's First Los Cabos Property, Solaz Resort to Open in June 2018

The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts today announced the brand’s first hotel in Baja California Sur with the opening of Solaz, a Luxury Collection Resort, Los Cabos in June 2018. Operated by Quinta del Golfo de Cortez (QGC), Solaz Resort is a beachfront oasis featuring a 128-room luxury hotel and 21 extravagant residences. Nestled on a coveted 34 acres overlooking the Sea of Cortez, Solaz Resort highlights The Luxury Collection’s impressive expansion in Mexico, where the brand now boasts a total portfolio of seven hotels throughout Baja California Sur, Campeche, Mexico City, and Yucatan.
Terrace.jpg“The debut of Solaz Resort marks The Luxury Collection’s seventh hotel in Mexico; an important milestone for the brand as we showcase our commitment to expanding our footprint in this remarkable destination,” said Mitzi Gaskins, Global Brand Leader, The Luxury Collection. “Solaz Resort will offer global explorers a new gateway to the Baja California Peninsula and deliver unparalleled travel experiences signature to The Luxury Collection.”

Sophisticated and modern, Solaz Resort’s spacious guest rooms, residences, spa and wellness center, and on-site dining experiences will appeal to couples, families, and discerning travelers who seek an authentic resort experience in Mexico. Whether guests wish to improve their culinary prowess through a private cooking class with the chef, combine adventure and gastronomy by fishing on a private yacht with the chef preparing the catch, or immerse themselves in local history with a journey to see legendary cave paintings, the experiences are endless.

“Our hotel is the latest, luxury beachfront hotel to hit the Cabo market, offering luxury global travelers and locals alike an architectural masterpiece overlooking the beautiful Sea of Cortez.” Said Giuliana Torres Schernthaner, General Manager of Solaz, a Luxury Collection Resort, Los Cabos. “We are thrilled to debut Solaz Resort as part of The Luxury Collection, officially joining the brand’s portfolio of world-renowned hotels and resorts. As the brand’s seventh hotel in Mexico and first in Los Cabos, we are proud to be a key player in The Luxury Collection’s fast-growing portfolio.”

The Resort
Solaz Resort pays tribute to its destination through both design and guest experience, which celebrate the magnificent landscape and cultural marvels of the region. Designed by renowned architectural firm Sordo Madaleno, the resort’s cascading terraces blend desert vegetation with quarry stone, granite, marble and wood to create an architectural “sculpture” of breathtaking design amidst desert landscaping. Each masterfully designed guest room and suite at Solaz Resort features a private entrance and patio; custom, contemporary furnishings; and original art. Floor plans blur the lines between indoor and outdoor space, as private terraces provide unobstructed views of the Sea of Cortez.
Celebrating art and design at every turn, Solaz Resort features original works throughout — all masterfully created by famed Mexican artist César Negrete, who travelled throughout Baja for years, studying the region’s natural history and folklore. El Gabinete “Del Barco” is an indigenous gallery featuring regional artifacts and open spaces to walk through while enjoying breathtaking natural scenery. Viewed through the eyes of Baja California explorer Miguel del Barco, exhibits include a 43-foot-long whale skeleton suspended from the ceiling, a historical original map collection, and more.

Culinary offerings at Solaz Resort will be as authentically inspired as the property itself. Six unique restaurants and lounges are designed for visitors with discerning palates. Executive Chef Pedro Joaquin Arceyut and his team will present freshly caught fish and seafood at Al Pairo; traditional and contemporary Baja fare and tapas at Cascabel; and a “Dinner Grill” featuring dry-aged steaks, local live lobsters, and the sea’s freshest fish at Mako. Those looking for lively libations can enjoy perfectly paired cocktails and an impressive wine program at La Cava, the ideal place to cap off the day with a selection of more than 2,500 vintages — many of which are local to the region.

A restorative travel destination, Solaz Resort features 50-meter infinity pools lining 1,246 linear feet of white sand beaches overlooking the Sea of Cortez. Each pool incorporates butterfly green granite, which emulates and seamlessly merges with the Sea of Cortez’s tranquil turquoise waters. State-of-the-art exercise facilities feature Technogym® equipment and group or personal fitness instruction, and the 10,000 sq. ft. Ojo de Liebre Spa offers 10 private treatment rooms and two VIP double rooms, along with a full range of services like Alo Therapy (Himalayan Salt Igloo) and Thalasso Therapy — the later only available in Baja California at the Ojo de Liebre Spa. A full-service salon provides manicures, pedicures and other amenities. Families visiting the resort can also take advantage of the children’s club.

For business and social functions, Solaz Resort offers 20,000 sq. feet of meeting, wedding and event space that can accommodate up to 1,000 guests, and includes a 3,500 sq. ft. ballroom and 11,000 sq. ft. outdoor deck. A team of expert event planners ensures attention to every detail for intimate or grand-scale events.

The Residences
Twenty-one exclusive residences at Solaz Los Cabos present the ultimate indulgence to those who enjoy the privacy of a home combined with The Luxury Collection’s bespoke amenities and services. Ranging in size from approximately 5,000 to 11,000 sq. feet, three-bedroom and three-and-a-half bathroom residences offer indoor/outdoor living with wrap-around terraces featuring Jacuzzis; floor-to-ceiling panoramic views of the Sea of Cortez; a chef’s kitchen; European-designed furnishings by Kettal®; master baths with travertine marble bathtubs and spa-inspired showers; separate laundry and pantry; private elevator access and designated underground parking.

Solaz, a Luxury Collection Resort, Los Cabos is located at Corredor Turístico s/n, Km 18.5, Cabo Real, 23405 San José del Cabo, B.C.S., Mexico. For more information, please visit:

About The Luxury Collection® Hotels & Resorts
The Luxury Collection®, part of Marriott International, Inc., is comprised of world-renowned hotels and resorts offering unique, authentic experiences that evoke lasting, treasured memories. andt global explorer, The Luxury Collection offers a andt to the world’s most exciting and desirable destinations. Each hotel and resort is a unique and cherished expression of its location; a portal to the destination’s indigenous charms and treasures. Originated in 1906 under the CIGA® and as a andtion of Europe’s most celebrated and iconic properties, today The Luxury Collection and is a glittering ensemble, recently surpassing 100 of the world’s finest hotels and resorts in more an 30 countries and territories. All of these hotels, many of them centuries old, are internationally recognized as being among the world’s finest. For more information and new openings, visit or follow Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. The Luxury Collection is proud to participate in the industry’s award-winning loyalty program, Starwood Preferred Guest®. Members can now link accounts with Marriott Rewards®, which includes The Ritz-Carlton Rewards® at for instant elite status matching and unlimited points transfer.
About Quinta del Golfo de Cortez
Quinta del Golfo de Cortez (QGC) is a hospitality group founded in 1994 devoted to developing unique destination experiences in the Los Cabos area. Other QGC projects have included Hacienda del Mar, featuring The Sheraton Grand Los Cabos, two of Mexico’s most renowned golf courses, and abundant residential offerings. Invested in and committed to luxury tourism and residential development, QGC is slated to open a St. Regis Hotel & Residences in 2021 as well as a new Town Center, Tennis Stadium and Athletic Sporting Center in Los Cabos by 2020.
About Marriott International, Inc.
Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, and encompasses a portfolio of more than 6,500 properties in 30 leading hotel brands spanning 127 countries and territories. Marriott operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts all around the world. The company also operates award-winning loyalty programs: Marriott Rewards®, which includes The Ritz-Carlton Rewards®, and Starwood Preferred Guest®. For more information, please visit our website at, and for the latest company news, visit In addition, connect with us on Facebook and @MarriottIntl on Twitter and  Instagram.

Feb 26, 2018


CARLSBAD, Calif. (February 26, 2018) – LEGOLAND® California Resort is the place where you ride your first roller coaster, get your first drivers license and go down your first water slide…notice what’s trending here? The family theme park also wants to be the home of your first job. The time is now to apply for a job at LEGOLAND California Resort as Spring Break recruitment has already begun!
The Resort is hiring Lifeguards for LEGOLAND® Water Park to start as soon possible for the start of the season on March 10. No experience is needed to apply as the Resort provides full and extensive Lifeguard training, including CPR, First Aid, and Oxygen Administration. Choose from unique, full-time Monday through Friday lifeguard roles, as well as our very flexible seasonal lifeguard opportunities that work around school schedules. Joining us NOW for spring break means you guarantee a summer of working with the Park, experiencing fantastic social events and be well placed for promotion opportunities to grow a career internally. Employees, or Model Citizens as LEGOLAND California Resort refers to them, celebrate ‘the love of fun’ every day in creating memorable experiences for their guests.
Career opportunities are at an all time high at LEGOLAND California Resort with LEGOLAND®Castle Hotel opening April 27. There’s approximately 30 leadership positions available such as Food and Beverage Manager, Restaurant & Bar Manager, Front Office Manager, Housekeeping Manager, Head Chef and more. Supervisor positions are also available such as Front Desk Agents, Housekeeping, Bell/Valet, Bartender, Server, Busser, Host, Steward and Cook. Whether you’re starting entry level or looking to further your experience in the field, the perfect position for you awaits at LEGOLAND Castle Hotel.
To discover job opportunities for LEGOLAND California Resort, LEGOLAND Water Park and LEGOLAND Castle Hotel, please visit:

Feb 23, 2018

Where To Stay In Palo Alto – A Review of The Clement Hotel

Where To Stay In Palo Alto – A Review of The Clement Hotel

The Clement is definitely where you need to stay when planning your getaway to Palo Alto, San Jose or San Francisco! My son, age 9, and I spent the whole weekend here. The Clement is a luxury hotel with a boutique style located near Stanford Mall in Palo Alto CA. This makes it quite an ideal option for travelers who want to explore Palo Alto, shop and be pampered.

The Perfect Location
The Clement is in a location where it is extremely convenient to get around the city. If the weather is nice, you can easily walk to many nearby stores. We didn't pack a bathing suit but was able to walk about 2 blocks away to grab swim suits from the local shops, and also grab a Jamba Juice and pick up some eye drops at CVS.
If you’re going somewhere nearby and don’t want to enjoy the stroll, just stop at the concierge and ask for a courtesy lift around town. There is valet parking only so please keep that in mind when parking and getting things out of your car, as the garage is off limits. When you arrive at The Clement just pull up on the side and someone will be right out to help you with your bags and park your car for you.

The location is totally secured and you have to be let in the door to gain access. Once you have you room key you don't have to worry about being locked out of the hotel because it gives you access to the front door.

Enjoy The Comforts of Luxury

Although you may want to explore Palo Alto as soon as possible, The Clement offers a conference room, beautiful pool, a fitness center and fine dining all on site. Each room is equipped with a  coffee machine with complimentary coffee pods to get you going first thing in the morning. The mini fridge is stocked with your requests before you arrive. There is also A/V connections for those that want to bring their video games and connect to the massive flat screen TVs in the suites.

You won’t need to pack a hair dryer, beauty mirror, flat iron, soaps, q-tips, cotton balls, make up removers because the bathroom vanity is completely stocked with your needs. 

Suite Treats
We were upgraded to a Suite, Suite #34, by the staff who were very attentive and polite. The 1 bedroom king suite has a bed that is quite comfortable, remote controlled windows and blinds, heated floors, an $8,000 toilet room, and plenty of space to unwind and relax.

When you stay at The Clement you will enjoy complimentary WiFi, newspapers, and magazines.

Little Luxuries

One of the first things I noticed when I walked into the bathroom, other than the heated floors, massive bathtub and gorgeous walk in shower, were these adorable little toiletries.

What a cute little surprise to see a welcome basket and stationary with my name on it! The Clement really knows how to make a girl feel special!

What's for Breakfast!

When it’s time to eat The Clement offers up fine cuisine with elegant décor. You can also order in-room dining if you’d like to take it easy. We decided after the long 7 hour drive that we would order in. Egg white omelettes, bagels, muffins, juice, was the choice fit for our day in Palo Alto. We made out selection the night before and opted to have breakfast served at 7am, and exactly at 7am was a doorbell ring and our food had arrived.

You can also have dinner in the dinning area and can see your food being prepared by the chef. Plus if there was a particular food item that was not on the menu the staff at The Clement will do everything possible to make sure your needs are met.

I bet you didn’t know that The Clement has a rooftop patio, sauna, and pool where you can eat under the stars in a canape or by the fire place.

The details

Staying at The Clement will give you luxuries that you may not have considered before. Such as UV ray sunglasses available to you by the pool, guitars in the dinning area to play, a gym with a treadmill facing the sunrise. The small details were considered for the occupants at The Clement that you will want to return again and again. You will also receive a survey before you arrive to let the staff know of any special requests and what you want your mini fridge stocked with, we opted for Sprite and Cola because we don't drink but wine is a good option.


Staying at The Clement Palo Alto was a great experience and I highly recommend them for your Bay area travel plans. The location is perfect for exploring the city and the service will make you feel very welcome that you wont want to stay any place else. My 9 year old enjoyed his stay because of all the cartoon options on the TV and the free WiFi.

Feb 16, 2018

Harlem Globetrotters call for NBA All-Stars to repeat STAPLES Center catwalk shot

The Harlem Globetrotters 92nd Anniversary World Tour will be coming to town.

High among the Los Angeles Lakers championship banners and retired jerseys, Harlem Globetrotters star El Gato Melendez made an epic shot from the catwalk of STAPLES Center.  El Gato accomplished the feat as the renowned arena is set to host the NBA All-Star Game this Sunday and the Globetrotters’ tour on Feb. 25.   (courtesy Harlem Globetrotters).

More info:
The Globetrotters are preparing to bring their “Amazing Feats of Basketball World Tour” to the Los Angeles area from Feb. 17-25, highlighted by their game at STAPLES Center on Sunday, Feb. 25 at 2 p.m.  The full LA-area schedule and ticket information are available at

When releasing the trick shot video this afternoon, the Globetrotters’ Instagram account stated: “Calling all NBA all-stars! Let’s see someone else knock down this shot at @staplescenterla this weekend!”

As the first and only Puerto Rican-born Globetrotter, El Gato played college basketball for the storied North Carolina Tar Heels and appeared in two Final Fours.  He has also played with the Puerto Rican national team.

I purchased my tickets on Groupon for an added discount on Magic Tickets. I decided to attend the Anaheim show and not the Staples Center. I will let you all know how it was and I hope to see you there.

Feb 13, 2018

Explore the World's Most Romantic Vacation Spots – Your Way, Your Pace

Explore the World’s Most Romantic Vacation Spots – Your Way, Your Pace

Self-guided tours in the dreamiest destinations in the world offer couples privacy and romantic exploration along with complete peace of mind

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Country Walkers, an award-winning provider of walking adventures worldwide, is offering several self-guided tours in 2018 to explore some of the most romantic regions around the globe. Perfect for honeymoons, milestone anniversaries, or simply the chance to cross off a bucket-list destination, the tours offer privacy and exploration along with complete peace of mind, providing the chance to “live like a local” and the liberty to explore at one’s own pace, plus high-end, authentic accommodations in each region.

Destinations include walking the Lubéron in Provence, France; Italy’s Amalfi Coast and the Cinque Terre, exploring the wilds of the Great Ocean Walk in Victoria, Australia; and wandering Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia.

Country Walkers.ProvenceFrance: Provence & St. Remy
Open ridge walks along the Alpilles and Lubéron mountain ranges provide sweeping views over the southern French landscape as travelers explore picturesque hilltop villages including Gordes and Bonnieux. Follow in Van Gogh’s footsteps in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, stopping in the exact spots where he painted. Accommodations offer signature Provençal hospitality and style, as well as the flavors of local cuisine and fine wine. Each season offers different highlights: from cool nights and mild walking weather in the spring to street festivals in early summer to bountiful harvest markets in the fall. Tour prices start at $2,698 per person, double occupancy.

Country Walkers.Amalfi CoastItaly: The Amalfi Coast
The Amalfi Coast dazzles with colorful villas, fragrant lemon groves, and elegant seaside towns. Romance beckons as guests wander through the region’s many pastel-colored villages and climb hillside trails to stunning cliff-top promontories offering dramatic views of rocky shores, terraced olive groves and lush gardens. Explore the dramatic isle of Capri and follow narrow walkways to the Belvedere delle Noci viewpoint. Enjoy spectacular coastal views from the hotel terrace and savor the region’s acclaimed cuisine while dining in local restaurants and trattorias. Tour prices start at $2,798 per person, double occupancy.

Italy: Genoa & the Cinque Terre
The Mediterranean region is renowned for beautiful sights, delicious food, and slow, easy living. Cinque Terre is a standout, with its candy-colored houses piled high in layers across the cliffs. This unique itinerary visits the acclaimed Cinque Terre National Park and beyond to discover windswept landscapes with endless coastal views. Explore the terraced vineyards of Corniglia (Cinque Terre’s most rural village), the seaside cliffs of Vernazza, and lively Portofino. Thanks to the extensive rail system and ferries lacing the entire region, travelers enjoy tremendous flexibility in setting their own schedule. At the end of the day, partake in the freshest seafood and local pesto before relaxing at comfortable hotels with access to the Riviera’s iconic, colorful villages. Tour prices start at $2,598 per person, double occupancy.

Country Walkers.Australia.12ApostlesAustralia: The Great Ocean Walk
The wild coast of Australia’s state of Victoria is an unspoiled green ribbon of rolling hills unfurling between the scenic Great Ocean Road and the tempestuous surf of the Southern Ocean. Adventurers experience the primitive and pristine beauty of this beautiful corner of Great Otway National Park, exploring almost 60 miles of untouched wilderness, from sea cliff trails to beach hikes alongside crashing surf. From the charming village of Apollo Bay to the famed Twelve Apostles sea stacks, this is some of the most remote and remarkable terrain many are likely to traverse. Rustic, homestead-style lodgings in sparsely populated seaside towns offer a base, while during the day, travelers marvel at heathlands ablaze with vibrant wildflowers and lush wetlands where rivers and waterfalls meet the sea. Tour prices start at $3,948 per person, double occupancy.

Nova Scotia: Cape Breton Island
Below the windswept headlands of Cape Breton Island, the iconic Cabot Trail showcases the Nova Scotia everyone imagines: a land of bald eagles, wild blueberries, foraging moose, and 350-year-old sugar maples. Experience walks in Cape Breton Highlands National Park, soak in the view from the top of Burnt Mountain, or go for a refreshing swim in Bras d’Or Lake. Along the way, spot rare songbirds, go whale-watching, unwind at a spa, or explore the coast via kayak. At night, savor quaint and comfortable accommodations in timber-frame lodges, clapboard inns, and a grand ocean-view resort. Tour prices start at $1,998 per person, double occupancy.
Visit or call 800-234-6900 for more information.
For over 38 years, Country Walkers has provided active, experiential, and stunning travel experiences on five continents. Based in Williston, Vermont, our unique adventures and insider access bring the beating heart of a destination to life with well-crafted itineraries for Guided Walking and Self-Guided Walking. All of our walking trips highlight local cuisine, authentic accommodations, and immersive cultural experiences. Country Walkers is recognized as one of the leading providers of Walking Adventures worldwide, having garnered countless awards including National Geographic Traveler’s “50 Tours of a Lifetime” and Travel + Leisure’s “World’s Best” Awards.

Oct 16, 2017

West Inn and Suites Review (Room 115)

OMG we have found a perfect hotel for our Legoland travels and it's West Inn and Suites. For Brick or Treat at Legoland CA we stayed here to avoid driving back home tired at night and it was the best decision I made with hotel stays this year.

I booked this King Size bed on their website about 3 weeks before our trip. I had never stayed here and I needed something close to Legoland and the freeway. This was perfect.

We arrived after spending our morning at Legoland at 2pm. I know check in wasn't until about 4pm but me and my son needed a break from the walking and the sun. We parked in the back and was greeted by a member of the cleaning staff with a smile and a welcome.

The lobby was so adorable and looked more like a mansion than a hotel. At the front desk was 1 lady on the phone and another welcoming us, Sherrina. Sherrina didn't hesitate to welcome us, ask for my name and saw that there was a room available, no extra charge.. WHAT!!! Amazing. She asked where I parked and I told her I had to use the disabled parking in the back, she said ok, let me get you a room near your car so you wont have to walk far.. WHAT!!! OMG, more amazement.

She went over hotel policy and other options we had during our stay from a shuttle to and from Legoland, dinning options, milk and cookie nights, and the breakfast. We were given room 115, next to the rear door. I thought for sure I was going to hear the door slamming all night long... nope, no issue with noise.

The room was clean, had a clean smell, fresh sheets, a/c set at room temperature, TV with HBO, Sports, OWN, TVONE, TLC, Cartoons and others.

The restroom had a vanity, space to lay out my make up and a lighted mirror. (No bathtub but a shower)

There was a mini fridge with 2 water bottles, microwave, coffee maker, and desk. There wasn't a table for food but a small coffee table and chair.

Back out in the lobby area was a room called The Library. It has a fireplace, flat screen TV (2), tables with benches and tables with chairs. It really does look like a mansion in someone's home. They had a few Halloween pictures up and fall decor but nothing that would scare the children.

Next door was a bistro and a restaurant but neither were open. I believe they didn't open until after 5pm. We would be at Legoland at that time and would miss dinner.

We decided to save the $18 parking fee to Legoland and use the Hotel Shuttle service. You have to book your drop off and pick up times with the front desk. The shuttle is a van, it can hold 2-3 families at a time, so book your times in advance. The shuttle ran from 9am - 9pm on Saturday. Our driver was Shawn and he dropped us off at the Welcome sign at Legoland. I wish they could drop us at the Legoland Hotel area because there is major construction going on and trying to walk around the construction was not fun for someone that is disabled. I ended up hurting my knee from walking up and down the construction hills. My return time was scheduled for 8pm but by 7pm I couldn't take the pain anymore. I called the hotel and told them I hurt my knee and they immediately came to get me and my son. Right away they were offering me ice packs and things to help me, I didn't have to ask for a thing! Their customer service was out of this world.

We arrived on time for late night milk and cookies. It was funny to see all of the adults in line for milk and cookies. We were big kids again. I bet in the winter time they have the fire place going and having milk and cookie nights is a dream.

The next morning, 6:30am, we got our complimentary breakfast and the buffet was packed with food. Again we were greeted by staff saying good morning and welcoming us at every turn, from room service to people setting up the food, everyone had this southern charm about them that I miss so much from living in Mississippi.

We opted for eggs, bacon, muffins, bagels, hot chocolate, passion fruit, and a banana. Sounds like a lot but we ate it all, the food was great and there was plenty of food to go around. They had other items like cereal, toast, oatmeal, coffee, apple juice, orange juice and so on.

They thought of everything when it came to breakfast except an alternative meat. I don't eat red meat but the bacon sure smelled good and my son loved it. I took just a few bites and decided I would try and get in some exercise.

The hotel does have a small exercise room but it wasn't an option for me as a single mom. There was no one to supervise my son so I opted for something we could do together... SWIM. The pool opened at 7am and we were the first people there.

There was a ping pong table but you have to get the paddles from the front desk.

We opted on a much needed muscle relax session in the Jacuzzi. The water wasn't super hot, I could go for hotter, but it was a great way to help my knee and muscles recover from a long day at Legoland. It is big enough for 12 people but I was glad to have the Jacuzzi to myself.

Jayden can't swim. He's 8 and the shallow area to the pool isn't big. It quickly goes from 3 1/2 feet to 5 feet in just a few steps. He did panic because he didn't know it would get deep so fast but I was there to have him grab my arm from outside of the pool. There are no lifeguards so if your kids can't swim please stay with them as I did.

For the most part the steps into the pool is where Jayden played. I did notice how clean the outside was. There were no leaves in the pool, no insects, everything was spotless. The pool towels were also outside and ready for you to use.

Things we noticed

  1. Carlsbad has a train but not much info on how to get from the station to your hotel without calling an Uber. West provided train station pick ups and drop offs. You have to call ahead of time to schedule this shuttle service.
  2. They have underground parking if needed. Go to the back of the hotel and you will find it there.
  3. If you want food like pizza there is an outlet mall near by to grab food from.
  4. The shuttle service to Legoland and back needs to be booked ahead of time. If you are scheduled to ride with other families please be on time so the other families don't have to wait for you.
  5. There is a $100 additional fee that is placed on your credit card at arrive. This charge is a burden but is used from amenities like dinner next door or the snack shack area. We didn't use either and we have to wait 3-5 business day for them to release it and another 3-5 business days for the bank to process it. If you are on a budget this can be a strain.

Brick or Treat at Legoland CA 2017 (Park Tips Included)

Brick or Treat is back at Legoland CA and we didn't hesitate to make arrangements to travel to Carlsbad for this event. It has quickly become a family tradition for us. The decorations or pumpkins, ghost, skulls and other Halloween attributes were in full swing around the park.

The main stage arena for the costume judging isn't used during the day and the other entertainment items in this area were canceled. We made it into our rest stop lol.

At 5pm the Brick or Treat party began but we took advantage of the short lines and got on a few rides. Most people were looking for candy but we a seasoned veterans of Brick or Treat and we knew it was time to hit the rides.

This year Legoland Brick or Treat had serious competion when it came to the costume contest. I think the best one I saw was a kid dressed as the Marshmallow Man, his outfit puffed out and looked full of air. Jayden liked the kid dressed as a Minnion because it was huge and people thought he worked for Legoland. 

This year I really enjoyed that the lines for treats were roped off more than before. Before it was easier for people to cut the line and run and join in but this year the lines were more organized.

We didn't stay long year but after hitting 5 stations here's my candy loot. Not bad. I did pass on the Cliff bars that they were giving out and opted for more candy. I kind of wish I got more Cliff bars because I can put them in my son's lunch bag, ca't really do that with candy.

2017 Tips and Tricks:
  1. If you arrive at the opening time you will not be given a treat bag, you pick them up at the 1st candy station you visit.
  2. If you really want to ride the rides, head to 2 or 3 rides first. Most people are getting candy at this time. Then get candy and return to riding the rides.
  3. To get the most candy... get back in line. It's ok to get in the same line again, it's not ok to cut the line. There were enough candy stations this year so the lines weren't very long.
  4. Arrival, most people are leaving at 5pm from their day at LegoLand so parking can be a challenge. If you arrive at 4pm you will avoid more of the traffic jam of people leaving the park. Although I do suggest taking shuttle.
  5. Please know that the shuttle service provided by most hotels have to drop you off at the Welcome sign. You cannot walk straight across any longer because of the new Castle Hotel construction. You have to go down the hill, around it and up the hill again. Being someone that is disabled I had a hard time doing this and hurt my knee returning to the Welcome sign at the end of this visit.
  6. Costumes. If you didn't come for the competition then keep the costume simple. It's already difficult to keep up with a child, candy bag, the excitement, and add an elaborate costume to the mix can be a challenge for the kid, parent, and people around you. I saw people tripping over dinosaur tails and all night.

2017 Mickey’s Halloween Party Ticket Info

Mickey’s Halloween Party ticket is now on sale!!! I am trying to get tickets now since I am a Disney Visa Card Holder.  Cardmembe...