Today we take a look at one of the foremost attractions in Malaysia – Legoland.
There is nothing much to do in the vicinity except Legoland.
This theme park is located at a newly developed corridor in Southern Johor. Most of its surroundings are still under construction and my guess would be that it would take another five years for the area to be bustling with activity. For now, it’s just Legoland. Unless, you planned on staying at the Legoland Hotel and enjoying Legoland exclusively, there is nothing much left to do in the vicinity.
Be prepared to pay through your nose for a night’s stay at the hotel. If you’re a local, please take note of the various tie-ins throughout the year that Legoland has with other products, they offer a lot of discounts that we could take advantage of. We’ve visited Legoland twice and have made use of discounts including, RM40 off each entry (courtesy of Shell and Tesco), free entry for a child as long as accompanied by an adult ticket (courtesy of Yakult), amongst the few. So if you’re planning on a visit, keep an eye out for these discounts.
Look out for discounts throughout the year!
For foreigners, I guess that the cheaper choice would be to sign up with one of those excursion packages that involves staying at the hotel and entry into the park combo package.
Entry into the park could be made via the hotel or through the shopping complex located next to it. If you’re driving there, you have two options, a shaded parking at the hotel (RM30 per entry) and an open air parking (RM9 or RM2 per hour; depending on which zone you’re at). There are various combo packages in which you could check online at the official Legoland Malaysia website, a general rule of thumb, it averages around RM140-RM160 per person per entry.
My advice would be to get your tickets early and be at the park when it opens to enjoy everything. Most of the rides are short and swift, with waiting times averaging around half an hour to an hour. The longer queues are at the 4D Movie Theatre because of the fixed movie times and at the train station. Being there early allows you to get a headstart at most of the rides and enjoy the rides before the heat of the midday sun gets to you.
Pack up with water bottles. The heat is unbearable.
Dotted around the theme park are various statues and Lego Minifigures, try to spot them! Some are hidden behind bushes, others amongst the tree branches, and some are just standing there right in front of you! Food sold inside the theme park are expensive but they are the only sustenance if you want to last the whole day. For sneaky people like us, we brought along some bread and tidbits inside our bags.
The main attraction would be the mini Asean cities located right in the middle of the park. And to top it all up, it’s basically unshaded. So if you plan on taking pictures of the area, you might need to stay there till the late afternoon to get your shots. Or as I would say, to get a Lego quick fix!
Comparing our visit a year apart, most of the models stayed the same, there were only 1-2 new additions. And you could notice the wear and tear amongst the Lego bricks. My advice? Visit as soon as possible before their colours fade.
The difference between our two visit were the opening of the hotel and the new waterpark addition. You could purchase tickets for both or you could just purchase tickets for either one. I think most family would pay just for the waterpark only. It’s cheaper and much more interactive than looking at Lego blocks or taking one of the rides at the theme park. The scream factor is much higher for the waterpark.
Unfortunately, the weather would dictate whether the waterpark would be opened for the day or not. And there would be certain rides that are cancelled or non-operational for the day. So it’s down to your luck. When we were there, the waterpark was closed for the morning as they had a wasp/hornet/bee infestation. But it reopened in the afternoon.
The waterpark is weather-orientated. Rain means closure. Tickets sold are non-refundable.
This is definitely a theme park for the children and teenagers. Adults are just there to be the guardian and to pay for the tickets. The theme park would probably take 3-5 hours to complete depending on the queue and as for the waterpark, it’s just countless hours of repetitive fun. For those who have never been to the beach, the Legoland waterpark is a good substitute.
The main drawback would be the lack of shade in a country famous for the hot weather. But as long as you rehydrate properly, you are safe. There are also various rooms around the park that provide shelter and a chance to play with Lego blocks while waiting. There are also Lego building classes for the children to while away their time.
Having been there twice, I felt that there was no use for an annual pass. Unless you plan on visiting the waterpark often or planning to buy extra bricks for whatever Lego project that you’ve. There are no new rides, and the Lego stores doesn’t sell anything special, nor do they offer anything special that you can’t find at other departmental stores around the country. At the time of writing, they are opening a new section for Lego Star Wars, which is basically just an additional building added to the park.
My recommendation: If you haven’t been there yet, this is the time to go. But if you have had a visit recently, wait another year or two before going. Let them add a few more rides before paying through your nose for a ticket.