I’m still trying to catch up on my posts… here’s one that I started in May:
We brought C & G to Legoland Malaysia during the Vesak day long weekend in May. We had heard pretty good reviews of the theme park from our friends, so decided to make the trip across the causeway.
Although the theme park opened at 10am, we set off bright and early at 7.30am, hoping to avoid the traffic at the customs checkpoint. It looked like everyone had the same idea though, because we were caught in a 2-hour jam. After clearing the customs, it took an easy 15minutes drive to get to Legoland.
Tip: For Singaporeans, it’s easier to enter via Tuas checkpoint. After clearing the Malaysian customs look for Nusajaya exit. Take the Nusajaya exit, head straight and look out for the signs to Legoland.
We reached Legoland at 9.50am, just before it opened. Although we were early, there were already long queues at the ticketing booths. We skipped the queue since we had bought the tickets online. Yay!
Tip: If you intend to visit, do buy the tickets at least a week early to get a 20% discount. Tickets will be sent via email to be printed.
It started to drizzle when we arrived. Fortunately we went prepared with raincoats and umbrellas. Though the rain meant that the photos would not turn out well, the weather was cool and C was still able to enjoy her rides in her raincoat!
Tip: Bring ponchos in case of wet weather. The kids will still be able to take the outdoor rides in their raincoats. The park is very open and there is not much shelter. Of course, in hot weather, be prepared with hats, umbrellas and lots of sunblock!
I did some research prior to our visit. The park is divided into several sectors – The Beginning, Lego City, MiniLand, Land of Adventure, Imagination, Lego Kingdom and Lego Technic. For young children 6 and below, it was recommended that we started with Lego City. It turned out to be a great decision!
The first rides we saw at Lego City were the driving schools where kids above 3 years old got to drive their own motorised cars. C drove a little Lego car at the Junior Driving School (for 3 to 5 year olds) in a miniature circuit. She even got her own license! She insisted on coming back after her birthday, because she wanted to try the bigger circuit at the Driving School (for 6 year olds and above). G was rather disappointed that he couldn’t go in, and had to make do with the stationary cars outside.
The Boating School was located just beside the driving school. Both of them got to try piloting a boat (with us sitting beside them of course!) It was great fun, and G enjoyed taking the wheel.
A short walk down from the Boating School was the Lego City Airport, where I got to ride with C on her favourite airplane ride. She had been asking to go on the ride since she knew that we were going to Legoland.
We also took the Legoland Express, a leisurely train ride around Legoland. C wasn’t really interested in the ride (in her words, it’s “boring”), but for the adults it was a good time to rest our legs 😛
Next, we made our way to Duplo Playtown, located near the Imagination zone. The Playtown is a sheltered play area for the younger tots, with lots of colourful play structures, slides, mazes. G was taking a nap then, so we didn’t stop for long. We made a mental note to check it out on our next visit. The baby care area was also conveniently located in the same vicinity.
After Playtown, we took a ride on the Revolving tower for a bird’s eye view of the park before heading to Lego Kingdom.
At Lego Kingdom, C tried her hand at jousting 😉 She really enjoyed going round the track on the mechanical horse. I think she was more thrilled that there was finally a ride that she could do by herself!
We ended our day at the Imagination zone, an air-conditioned area where the kids were given access to plenty of lego blocks. After seeing all the Lego structures within the park, the kids (and myself!) we inspired to build our own creations. I’m not sure what G built… he said it was a robot. C built part of the Great Wall of China 😉
My thoughts on Legoland
In all, we spent 8 hours at Legoland, but we did not manage to cover all the sectors. There were plenty of activities for 5-year old C, suitable for the adventurous (there were mini roller-coaster rides), and the not-so-adventurous (slower train rides, boating, driving). There were also rides for older children and adults in the Lego Technic area, which we didn’t explore.
For 2-year old G, there were limited rides and areas where he could play, but considering that he got in free, it was worth the trip. Overall, I would say that the park would be suitable for children 2 years old and above.
Although I did not touch on food in my post, there were various eateries inside the theme park, offering meals at pretty reasonable prices (RM9.90 upwards). I did not see much food suitable for younger children though, so for those visiting with 1-2 year olds might want to bring some snacks along. For more food choices, there is also a new mall just outside Legoland, with some food outlets (KFC, Burger King, Thai food, etc).
The staff were friendly in general, and washrooms were clean. There were also family washrooms where we could wheel the stroller in. Parking spaces were readily available (RM7 per entry; free for annual membership holders)
Overall, we had a good time at Legoland, and we decided to top-up for an annual membership (which pays off after two visits, so it was a good deal!) 🙂 We’ll be back!
Note: We did visit MiniLand too, which will be covered in a separate post 🙂 Here’s a sneak peek:
Do you like Lego?Legoland Malaysia
Address: 7, Jalan Legoland, Bandar Medini, 79250 Nusajaya, Johor, Malaysia
Opening hours: 10am to 6pm on normal days, 10am to 8pm on weekends, public holidays and school holidays.
Adults: RM140 (1-day tickets), RM275 (annual membership)
Children (3-11) and Senior Citizens (60 and above): RM110 (1-day ticket), RM210 (annual membership)
Note: You can choose to buy a 1-day ticket, then top-up for an annual membership at the guest services counter later.