Unlike Universal Studios Singapore, which got us so excited and wanting more that we got ourselves long-term passes on that very first visit and made almost weekly pilgrimages thereafter – back in 2014/15 – there has never been the impetus to go to LEGOLAND Malaysia.
Maybe it’s the thought of having to bring so many passports along (and having to keep them close constantly amidst the many bags we already lug along with both kids in tow), the concerns of being potentially being stuck in a jam at the customs especially on a weekend, or just having to navigate on unfamiliar roads away from home. With many friends who’ve been there, sharing with us about the strict height restrictions on most of the rides – which would probably limit Liam to being allowed to go on only a handful of them – we concluded there was no hurry to make that first trip till he was a little older and taller.
That was until I won a set of combo tickets recently.
Having heard many comments on the lackluster food sold within Legoland Malaysia and reading posts on where we could fill our bellies with delicious local fare nearby before starting our day at Legoland, I was filled with excitement thinking of breakfast plans. But of course all the logistics for a road trip that comes with 2 kids got the better of us that morning. So instead, we were off to our usual late start.
Driving to Legoland via the Tuas checkpoint was straightforward. Traffic was good on a Sunday morning at 9.50am, we arrived at the Legoland 15 minutes after passing through Malaysian Customs.
We parked at Legoland hotel (RM50 for the whole day) after failing to get available lots at the nearby Medini Mall. There was also available parking at the outdoor carpark (at RM10) for Legoland visitors, but we decided not to after realizing that the next set of available lots were quite a distance away. With 4 kids and many bags to manage under the scorching heat, the shortest walking distance to the theme park was unanimously preferred.
A note to readers, if you plan to make use of any promotions found on Legoland Malaysia’s Facebook Page or on their website at the ticketing counter, don’t hold your breath. I presented a ‘Buy 1 ticket, get 50% off the 2nd” promotion voucher (which was taken from Legoland MY’s Facebook Page) when our good friends were purchasing admission tickets, and was surprised when the ticketing staff and manager questioned the reliability of my source, claimed that there were no ongoing promotions, and summarily dismissing any requests to verify it. Not wanting to delay the excited kids further from starting their day of fun, my friends went ahead with paying full price.
It was only days after when I grumbled about this incident to a few friends that we realized it was an online-only promotion which was stated in the fine print, buried within the inner pages on the website. So note to self and readers: always read the easy-to-miss fine print when it comes to promotions. While I wished the ticketing staff was more informed on this promotion instead of dismissing us, I’d definitely recommend purchasing any promotional tickets online for less ambiguity and direct entry!
On to the fun! We were told by friends to start from the right side of the park (as you walk in from the entrance) to access the more age/height-appropriate rides and activities for our kids. And so we did, starting with the Junior Driving School at LEGO City.
Being a weekend and the June school holidays, wait time was approximately 30 minutes. And though Ollie was not of minimum height to sit the ride, he was happy just car-hopping from one display car to the next.
As expected, the kids were too restless to stay in the queue to wait for their turn. Thankfully there was a table filled with Lego bricks just next to the queue, which was enough to entertain them for a good 15-20 minutes while us parents queued in their places. A simple and much appreciated thought to keep the kids close and be able to watch over them from the queue.
When the kids finally got behind the wheel, I was surprised to find out that it was just for one tiny round, with one of our kids’ car getting stalled for most of the time. Say what? There was no way I was going to queue another 30 minutes for a second round and I was secretly relieved that the boys were happy to move on to the next ride. The Driving School for the older kids just next to the Junior Driving School definitely looked a lot more decent, so perhaps if we ever do come back – we’ll go for that.
Next, we hopped across to Boating School! Wait time was approximately 30 minutes as well, but this time there was a very spacious outdoor playground (The Shipyard) next door to occupy the kids while us parents stayed in the queue again.
To our surprise, Ollie was allowed to go on the Boating ride (yay!), on condition that he don on a life-vest for the entire duration which made him scream and attempt to squirm out of it when he realized how uncomfortable it was.
Next, we went for Liam’s favourite – the LEGOLAND Express!
Liam, our little train-lover, was so thrilled to sit on the Legoland Express that he started making his own sound-effects throughout the entire duration, and kept asking if we could go on it for another 5 times without getting off. Thank goodness we managed to convince him otherwise because during the second-half of the 10 min train ride, most of us actually felt like this:
With the awful blazing temperature burning through our thickly-layered sun-screened skin, we headed to the nearest eatery for some much needed shade, drink and calories. While we did have our food expectations managed to the usual theme parks’ standard, we definitely didn’t expect the food to be so well themed – ’em vegetables were as hard as lego bricks to bite into. Fortunately there was a saving grace at lunch, which was having a Lego table filled with bricks right next to us to busy the kids after they were done eating. It was nice to relish moments of quiet in between adult conversation for a bit.
Post-lunch, to our horror, we realized we had only covered 1 out of 9 areas in the morning! With 5.5 hours left to visit the remaining 8 attractions, we hurried our way towards LEGO Technic.
Project X was the first ride to catch the attention of Liam, our little adrenaline junkie. However the ride required riders to be at a minimum height of 110cm (he’s currently at 105cm), and so we were turned away at the door. He was disappointed of course, but got excited soon after we checked that he qualified for the minimum height limit for Aquazone Wave Racers (pictured below), which was 100cm.
“A 100cm ride Mummy! That’s a 100cm ride! I can take a 100cm ride!” he yelled in jubilee as he skipped to queue with the rest of the kids. And this is when I wished Legoland, being the kids friendly theme park that they portray to be, exercised more sensitivity and consistency. Liam was about to get on the ride with his papa when a staff decided to ask how old he was. Seriously? Just when he is about to get on the ride? Why wasn’t he asked when he was being measured before being allowed through?
And of course, our son, thinking that the staff just wanted to engage in friendly conversation replied enthusiastically: “4! I’m 4 years old!”.
What happened next sent our son into a meltdown. He was asked to get off the ride because he had to be 6 years and above to ride it (what? on a ride that spins round and round at a moderate speed, that’s parent-accompanied, and doesn’t even go up in the air?) and was visibly shaken when he saw other kids of similar build and height getting through without being asked their age.
As though that wasn’t enough to break Liam’s cheerfulness, yours truly puncture his unhappiness further by proceeding to sit on the very same ride he was denied only because our friend’s kid wanted to go on it, and insisted that I accompanied him. I couldn’t bear to disappoint another kid consecutively and so I ended up pissing my own even more. Best mum of the year, I know.
“I don’t like you, mummy. Go away, mummy. I don’t want to see you, mummy”, I heard him scream, as I was spun round and round, getting drenched by water sprayed from all directions.
But of course, a huge apology coupled with lots of tight cuddles and promises not to go on another ride without him again returned all smiles and cheer back into my little man almost immediately.
I was tempted to dry my soaked overalls in the body dryer but decided the RM10 (per use) was better spent on getting the boys cold milo to quench their thirst instead. Plus, the afternoon sun did a good job of drying my clothes up quickly at no cost.
After exiting the LEGO Technic sector, we arrived at the Star Wars attraction, which was a much welcomed stop because… AIR-CON.
Air-con jokes aside, fan girl here was very impressed by the various scenes built to such intricate details coupled with lights, sound and action. I was tempted to purchase a few boxes of Star Wars Lego for the fan husband, but no. Not till we get ourselves a Lego table in our new home.
LEGO Kingdom was probably the most exciting spot for Liam, because he could finally sit on ’em roller coasters. While he met the height limit for both The Dragon (the bigger, taller and more exhilarating roller coaster of the two) and The Dragon’s Apprentice (a junior version of The Dragon), he was denied entry to The Dragon as the minimum age required was 8 years old. At least they asked for his age and denied him entry at the door and not when he was about to board the ride!
He did manage to have fun with The Dragon’s Apprentice roller coaster, which was similar to the ‘Enchanted Airways’ roller coaster at Universal Studios Singapore, and made the most out of it by getting his papa to go on with him for another 4 times – each time on the front row seats! So proud of my boy, and am happy that I managed to capture this shot via the iPhone too:
Royal Joust was another ride which the kids enjoyed too that they went on it twice.
And while the older boys were enjoying galloping on their mechanic horses round a decent sized track, I decided to indulge Ollie at Duplo’s Playtown. I thought it was very considerate of Legoland Malaysia to carve out a rather big section just for the little ones who weren’t tall enough to go on most rides to play here. There was even a mini train ride available but Ollie wasn’t interested because there was just so many other things to check out!
I also liked that the entire Duplo’s Playtown was toddler safe with its fully padded flooring. I didn’t have to worry about over-excited Ollie tripping over himself, which happened a few times.
With slightly under 2 hours and 2 more sectors left to explore – Land of Adventure and Miniland, we rushed over to Land of Adventure, which was another favourite among the kids.
The bigger kids went wild at the Beetle Bounce and Lost Kingdom rides while Ollie was happy to park himself at the Pharaoh’s Revenge playground, playing with the other kids and picking up balls from the ball canon. My only gripe was the poorly maintained floor which looked like it was in dire need of repairing, especially when shoes were not allowed in the area.
With 45 minutes to closing time, we ran back to LEGO City after realizing that the LEGO City Airport ride was located there.
This ride was quite a highlight for Ollie because he met the minimum required height and it was his first “above ground” ride ever! He got so excited as our plane “lifted” off and went higher that he chuckled joyfully all the way!
Ollie loved the ride so much that he demanded to go on it for a 2nd time, while the rest of us gave the fire station across a quick visit, only to have the dads regret it big time because they ended up doing all the manual labour in order to move the fire engines and police trucks from one end to another!
We spent the last 15 minutes prior to closing at MINILAND, our last stop!
Ollie liked MiniLand so much, he couldn’t resist squeezing himself through the barriers when we were all busy photo-taking, to play with everything! Didn’t help that everything in MiniLand looked like it was perfect for his size too! Thankfully nothing was damaged or broken apart from the already worn-out state on some of the models.
While Legoland Malaysia didn’t blow me away on my first visit (not enough for me to commit to a long term pass on the spot), it definitely made a very good impression on Liam despite being turned away undesirably at one of the rides. He enjoyed himself so much that he’s been asking when we can go back again. While I’m unsure if I’d want to pay full price tickets (approx. $79/adult) for a return visit unless another good promotion comes along (and this time round I’m so booking online) or new rides unveil, we might make another visit if we can get availability at the Legoland hotel for the legendary $500/night stay and take the opportunity to visit the water park as well. This first trip was such as exhausting one for all of us, I reckon visiting Legoland Malaysia over a span of two days would be more enjoyable.
Do let me know if you come across any good promotion on admission tickets and Legoland Hotel stay!