Day one started with some Star Wars fun.
The kids love checking out all of the items in Miniland.
Our kids met several important heights this time around... Amelie was just over 100 cm (41 in.), which meant she could go on all but the big roller coasters with an adult, Jake was just over 120 cm (48 in.), so he could go on nearly every ride, and Charlotte and Toby are both over 140 cm (57 in. and 56 in.), so they could go on every ride in the park- without an adult.
We rode nearly every ride (we skipped one that we didn't like when we were here two years ago)- some 3 times over the course of 2 days. Jakey drove me around the pond in this boat. (He was really driving it, they only go slowly, but are not on a track or anything.)
While Amelie and Rob drove this one as a team.
Ninjago-land was new this year and had a couple of fun things. Here Rob and Amelie are testing their Ninja reflexes by hitting the lights when they light up.
We liked this dragon outside the Ninjago 4D ride. The ride itself was interesting. You had to move your hands over a sensor to fight the bad guys, and we didn't do so great at that. The second day I rode it with the big kids again though and Jake KILLED all of us, scoring 145,500 points!! For comparison, I scored 80,000 points, and only after realizing he was doing so great and copying his technique.
It was a hot, HOT day in Germany- over 90 degrees. We stopped for a late lunch at the pizza place after playing in Duploland, which has a splashpark. Amelie came very close to falling asleep while waiting for her pizza and fruit, but her stubborn desire to not miss anything won out.
Sometimes I forget how little my kids still are, because they are physically so big.
Amelie wanted to meet Kai, but she didn't want him to touch her.
When it was time for the park to close (it closes early- rides shut down at 6 pm, and the gates close at 7 pm) we drove over to the Legoland resort. We ate dinner at the buffet and settled in to our castle themed cabin for the night. The kids love that there is a bin of Legos to play with in the room, but we were all sad that there was no air conditioning. We left the windows open and it did cool down eventually, but nobody slept very well.
We got up early the next morning though, enjoyed breakfast, checked out, and were waiting at the gate when the park opened at 10 am.
We walked directly to one of our favorite rides- the Flying Ninjago ride, and Rob, Charlotte, Toby, and I rode it a few times before there was a line to wait in.
Amelie and Jake both said their favorite ride was the small dragon roller coaster, so next we rode that a few times. This silly catapult photo op is right next to that.
The log flume probably had the longest lines both days we were there, because it was so hot out. We did ride it a couple of times though- Jake and Amelie really did great for a 5 year old and a 3 year old! I know I wouldn't have ridden some of these rides as a kid, but they wanted to go on every ride they could.
Day two we ended up leaving the park a bit earlier because we were soooo tired, and hot, and had really done the whole park. So we headed on the 2.5 hour drive home and stopped at McDonald's for dinner. I have to say, it wasn't the grown-ups favorite weekend ever, but the kids LOVED it. Maybe we'll go back one more time before we move. Maybe.