May 302014
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During our recent trip to California, we got to spend an entire day at LEGOLAND®.  It was something that I have always wanted my kids to experience and I was so happy that I had the opportunity to take them. We actually went on Easter Sunday and I am glad that we chose that day because the park was not as crowded as it probably normally would have been on any other Sunday.

We had an awesome day, but today I am going to share a little insider tip with you if you are planning on visiting a LEGOLAND park. Trading minifigures is a big part of the fun of visiting LEGOLAND, although I don’t think many park-goers even know about the tradition.

Guests who bring a minifigure from home (or buy one in the park) can trade it for any of the minifigures that the park employees wear on their name tags.

Even though this was our first trip to LEGOLAND, we were told in advance about minifigure trading, so each of my boys brought a few Lego guys from home to trade.  And trade they did:






Trading is easy, too!  Here’s how it works: 1. Bring or purchase a complete LEGO Minifigure (hair or hat, head, body and legs) 2. Approach a Model Citizen (LEGOLAND Employee) with a Minifigure you would like to trade 3. Ask to trade 4. The new Minifigure is yours to keep . . . or trade again and again!

lego trading collage

Minifigures must be traded in complete form – hair or hat, head, body and legs.If accessories are included, you are in luck! There’s no limit to how many minifigures you can trade, either, so bring as many as you’d like!

Have you ever heard about Minifigure trading at LEGOLAND?

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  101 Responses to “Minifigure Trading at LEGOLAND”

  1. I have never heard of it, but it sounds fun! James said he would trade one of his clone troopers for a Darth Vader. That would be a fair trade, right? 😉

  2. That’s a great thing to add in to Legoland, I bet that is so much fun for the kiddies to swap and trade.

  3. This is a great idea and adds so much to the experience

  4. Cute idea and sounds like a lot of fun for the kids 🙂

  5. My kids love this, last time we went my son got Emmit from the Lego movie before the movie even came out — he was SO excited!

  6. I had no idea you could do this at legoland! What a fun little incentive for the kids.

  7. What a neat tradition. I never heard of that. Nice to know,

  8. Really great idea. Unfortunately, all my son’s lego guys are mixed in a huge tub.

  9. How fun! I didn’t know they did that! I’ll keep that in mind if we ever make it there!

  10. I love this idea, when we went to the one in Orlando I didn’t see this. Maybe when we go back next time, my kids would have fun trading!

  11. What a fun lego adventure, thanks for sharing!

  12. That looks like so much fun. I know my son would love to visit Legoland and especially trade his minifigs.

  13. We live near Orlando FL and love Legoland! Had no idea that you could do this so I’m excited to tell my grandkids about it!!!

  14. Perfect timing for this post! We are planning to take my son to the Orlando Legoland in June and I had no idea they did this. SO we need to bring some for him to trade. Thanks for sharing!

  15. My kids did this whenever they went to Legoland Florida and had an absolute kick trading them all. I will have to remember for her to bring ones from home to trade as well!

  16. Now that is super fun! Though I don’t know if my boys would like to trade haha. They would probably miss their old ones too much. But if you bought some just to trade I don’t think that would be as bad!

  17. GREAT TIP! I had no idea, kinda like pin trading at Disney…..

  18. That is pretty neat! It’ll be fun for my kids when they are a little older 😉

  19. What great tips. I don’t think their is a child or parent alive who would not benefit from Legoland. What fun.

  20. What a neat idea! I had better start stocking up on these little guys now for when we finally make the trip.

  21. That is just about the coolest thing ever! Really a great plus to add to the park experience!

  22. How cool is it that they can trade for a figure they’d rather have! That’s a great perk!

  23. This looks like so much fun! I would love to take my family here as I know my son and daughter would love it.

  24. I haven’t heard of that. How cool! Mica would be in heaven there!

  25. Wow that sounds like so much fun. It looks like your boys really enjoyed it. I love parks that make interacting with the employees fun.

  26. Not until I went to LegoLand in TO. It was fun and the girls loved it. They got mini-figures they liked!

  27. We have friends who are really into these figures. They bought a bunch and taped them to the fridge. Then if/when the kids come home with strong report cards, they can pick one from the fridge. The others wait until the next incentive comes up!

  28. this is awesome! They do such clever, fun things to keep the kids engaged.

  29. I’ve never heard of this; sounds like a lot of fun though! When my son gets a little older, we will have to go to Legoland!

  30. Oh that’s cool! I didn’t know Lego land did that.

  31. I know there is pin trading at another large park. I didn’t know they traded figures, they’re cute!

  32. No I never heard of minifigure trading at LegoLand…thats a thing? Whoa! Thats awesome if I ever get an opportunity to take my nephew I will let him know of this little tip! Thanks!

  33. That’s really awesome. I have never been to LEGOLAND before but now that I have two boys that love Legos I think that this is going to have to be a trip we make. Thanks for the heads up with trading lego figures. 🙂

  34. My son has always love to trade and collect things. He would have really gotten into this when he was younger.

  35. How cool! I didn’t know Legoland had a trading thing similar to the Disney trading pins that I love. This is a fun way to get so many unique mini figures.

  36. This reminds me of the Disney Trading Pins that I got into the last time I went to Disney World. We are planning another trip and Legoland is on our list of places to go. I’ll have to get my kids started so they can trade minifigures too. So cool!

  37. What a great idea! Even my girls would love this!

  38. I have not heard of this tradition before but how cool! What an all around fun experience 🙂

  39. OMG my kids would love this so much!

  40. This is such a great idea! I had no idea they did minifigure trading (or that it was a “thing.”)

  41. My Son Is Going To Love This Looks Like Fun!!:)

  42. I’m picturing all of those characters interacting in the Lego Movie. We are so stuck on it, and it’s hilarious!

  43. That’s so neat that you can do the trading thing! New toys are always fun 🙂

  44. That is like the pin trading at Disney son enjoys doing that.He has collected a few rare pins trading with cast members.

  45. That is so cool! I had no idea you could do this there.

  46. I had never heard of minifigure trading at Legoland before! I have to keep this in mind in case we go.

  47. This place looks awesome- my kids would love it here!!!

  48. I’ve been there but never even heard about the trading until now. How cool! Seems like your boys had a blast!

  49. That’s such cool thing to do! The place sounds even more fun now!

  50. I have not heard of minifigure trading. Looks like fun!!

  51. That’s a new one to me! I knew about the pin trades at Disney, but not this. Very cool!

  52. I never heard of mini trading at Legoland-but then I have never been there! It sounds like a cool place to spend the day.

  53. I think that would be fun. The little mini Lego people are my favorite kind of Legos.

  54. My kids would love that, they have so many mini figures!

  55. That is such a cool idea. My nephew would love to trade!

  56. I had no clue you could trade these… what total fun. Thanks so much for letting me know

  57. My kids would flip for something like this. So much!!

  58. Now that sounds like fun! I have been thinking about your tip on buying Disney pins on Ebay to trade when we go back this fall. You could probably get a bunch of cheap Lego figures there to trade too. What a cool thing to do!

  59. sounds like a fun thing to get some new ones – cool idea 🙂

  60. Oh that would be loads of fun! My kids love trading things ALL the time!

  61. It’s so embarrassing, but I’d be like the only 40 something woman running around the park trading mini figures. 🙂

  62. Thanks for letting me know! I had no idea. My kids would love to do this.

  63. My kiddos are still not into the little Legos. I will keep this in mind for when they do!

  64. That is so cool, I had no idea they did that there!!

  65. Your boys are really into this. I think mine would be too. Was it hot that day?

  66. I had never heard of this trading. I think it would really add to the whole Legoland experience and give your kids something to look forward to and talk about for years afterwards.

  67. You learn something new everyday, my bestie is a fan of legos and now I have some info I’m sure she has no clue about =)

  68. What a great idea – I can image it would be really easy to get the same figures 🙂 X

  69. First I’ve heard of this! Like pin trading, only much cooler!

  70. I’m sure you had a great time with your family. I love Legos. They are educational and fun at the same time. I would really like to be there one of these days. 🙂

  71. Legoland is on my list of MUST VISIT! Thanks for sharing!

  72. What a cute concept. I have never head of lego figure trading, but next time our family goes, I will be sure the kids brings some legos to trade.

  73. How awesome is that! I’m trying to plan a trip to Legoland now. I think my kids would have an absolute blast!

  74. All of your Legoland pictures have me dying to go!! This might have to be a summer trip!

  75. My son would love to visit LegoLand some day. Thanks for the tip. I’m sure there are a lot of cool figures that the employees have!

  76. To be honest I have never heard of the mini trading figures. Seems like you can trade just about anything these days. My boys would so love to do that though.

  77. This is awesome and I love that they do this. We buy our little guy lots of figures and end up with duplicates sometimes.

  78. We will totally be going there. Reminds me of Disney and pins!

  79. I had no idea about the minifigure trading! We’ve never been to Legoland but I know my guys would love to visit. Hopefully one of these days we’ll make it there. AND we’ll do some trading!

  80. I’ve never been to Lego Land yet. I have stepped on many a Legos and almost busted my buns though.

  81. That’s a neat little idea! Great way to converse with the workers

  82. I’ve done the pin trading, but never figure trading. My kids would go nuts for this.

  83. I have heard so many great things about Legoland. I would love to take my son when he’s older. Looks like you all had a fine time!

  84. I had no idea you could do this! So remembering this for our October trip!

  85. I hadn’t heard about this! What a fun tradition!

  86. My nephew would love this. What a fantastic idea! Thank you for sharing.

  87. That sounds like so much fun. I think trading pins was one of my son’s top five favorite things to do at Disney World, and he’s even more into minifigures.

  88. I cannot imagine any person from 8 to 80 who would not find something to enjoy at Legoland. It is a place where you can let your own personality run free and create the adventure you want.

  89. That is sooo cool! I told my husband about this and he now wants to go lol.

  90. I didn’t know they did this there. Emma loved pin trading in WDW.

  91. This is so cool! If we ever make it there, we’ll definitely be doing this!

  92. How fun is this, you are always doing the coolest things!

  93. That Wonder Woman is just too cute! I would love to have one of those.

  94. Wow! Lego fans are really into them. Reminds me of how I was with comics. Great hobby! (Btw, my oldest was a Lego fan, youngest not so much)

  95. What a cool tradition. Sure beats buying a souvenir at the gift shop!

  96. I’ve never been to LEGOLAND although I think it’d be fun to attend. That added part of being able to trade figures would be fun for young’uns to participate in.

  97. Very cool! And they can’t say no? That sounds like fun.

  98. That is pretty awesome! My son would have a field day there.