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More of Legoland, Waterpark and Hotel

13 Jan
One of my favorite displays in Legoland Hotel Malaysia was the 12,000++ Legoman figurines on the Reception Counter Wall

One of my favorite displays in Legoland Hotel Malaysia was the 12,000++ Legoman figurines on the Reception Counter Wall

Feeling really excited to be in Legoland Hotel. OK, I was trying my best to control my super excitement.

Feeling really excited to be in Legoland Hotel. OK, I was trying my best to control my super excitement.

Day 3 – SUPERCALIFRAGILISTICEXPIALIDOCIOUS day 🙂 Everybody was up and ready in their swimming attire by 8am. We drove up to Legoland Hotel foyer to deposit our bags at the concierge as their check-in policy is strictly at 4pm and check-out is at 10am. I find it totally absurd especially if your rooms are priced nothing less than RM1000/night! Even Disneyland Hotels follow the standard policy where guests check-in at 3pm and check-out by 12noon.  Read here if you have missed my post on Hong Kong Disneyland. Oh well, after pre-check-in, we spent more time at hotel lobby playing Lego bricks, huge Lego bricks and admiring all the decorations made from Lego. If you love Lego art then I would strongly recommend that you check out Nathan Sawaya’s work. Aufa and I were privileged to experience his work when The Art of the Brick was displayed in Singapore ArtScience Museum in December 2012. It was truly inspiring and fresh.

Even the hotel lobby carpet got me excited already.

Even the hotel lobby carpet got me excited already.

One good thing about Legoland Hotel Malaysia is it is located next to the theme park. You can actually see both the waterpark and dry park clearly and walk to the park compared to other theme park hotels. Sunscreen applied and we were ready to hit the Legoland Waterpark at 10am. Identify a spot where you would like to have your towels and stuff to be stationed. They have Cabanas for you to rent for about RM300/full day or RM200/half day. It will be worth to rent if you want some privacy, sense of security for your belongings, free bottled waters and 2 Legoland Waterpark towel souvenirs. Ours was near Joker Soaker as it was not exposed to human traffic but close enough to toddlers play area such as Duplo Splash Safari, Imagination Station and to certain extend the Build-A-Raft River and Joker Soaker.

Another mandatory photo spot - Legoland Waterpark entrance which was just a few steps away from our hotel.

Another mandatory photo spot – Legoland Waterpark entrance which was just a few steps away from our hotel.

Daddy seen chilling at Joker  Soaker. I'm so happy he came with us. Such a cool Dad!

Daddy seen chilling at Joker Soaker. I’m so happy he came with us. Such a cool Dad!

Similar tips to my 1st Legoland blog post, it would be best to go straight to the rides which will have the longest queue first. In this case it will be the Lego Slides Racers for the older children. The children were very lucky to be able to ride a few times before the crowd started building up around noon. It was Aufa’s first time at a waterpark and I was really surprised at his energy level going up and down the staircase. Obviously Aufa, Aydin & Ipin were really thrilled from all the adrenaline rush. By noon, everybody was starving and we quickly headed to the Beach N Brick Grill next to the wave pool. The kids were enjoying the wave pool followed by more Joker Soaker.  I really love Joker Soaker but when there are too many people, do be extra careful with your steps and little ones. By the time we were all done with Waterpark, our Kingdom Themed Suite was already waiting for us on the top most floor 🙂

The view of Legoland Malaysia from our Kingdom Themed Suite

The view of Legoland Malaysia from our Kingdom Themed Suite

Ayfaa our in-house barista

Ayfaa our in-house barista

As if the the waterpark was not enough, Aydin, Arif and Aufa had a great bubble bath in the bath tub while Ayfaa was preparing coffee from the coffee machine for the adults. Once the kids were ready, we had fun solving the in-room puzzle to unlock the treasure chest to win some Lego prizes.

Aufa unlocking the treasure chest

Aufa unlocking the treasure chest

We really love the Kingdom Themed Suite bunk beds and free Duplo set to play with
We really love the Kingdom Themed Suite bunk beds and free Duplo set to play with

Even the hotel lifts has each different theme

Even the hotel lifts has each different theme

The children were really having a great time playing with their Lego and cool bunk beds. I was just so totally immersed into the whole super awesome suite with the view of Legoland until my Dad broke the silence and said “I want to get on that roller coaster lah”. How can we say no to roller coaster ride and without wasting any seconds, we were back in Legoland for Project X. Next, we headed to the Lego City Stage for some Ninjago Acrobatic Performance. Other than being exhilarated by their long-awaited popcorn, the children also took part in the Ninjago performance. Last but not least, it was time for Lego shopping before park closes at 8pm. There were Lego storage boxes, Hero Factory, Chima, t-shirts, coin box, keychains, ice-cube molds, mugs, stickers and many more. As usual, the children were too tired for dinner but was full of energy the moment we got back to our suite. Before we knew it, the toys were all over the room! But hey, who is complaining? This IS a family holiday and we ARE in Legoland. Honestly, my eyes were already seeing everything being Lego-lised.

Queen's view from King-size bed-room

Queen’s view from King-size bed-room

Breakfast Buffet at Bricks Cafe

Breakfast Buffet at Bricks Cafe

Our breakfast just got tastier from the creative Lego decos

Our breakfast just got tastier from the creative Lego decos

Everybody will be occupied with Lego at every corner in Legoland Hotel

Everybody will be occupied with Lego at every corner in Legoland Hotel

Day 4 – We were up and ready to indulge on Bricks Cafe Breakfast Buffet at 7am. Since we were the first few there, we got the chance to take more photos, run around and actually enjoy the food. You should have seen the crowd at 9am on that day and the day before. The guests were queuing for tables until the hotel’s souvenir shop. It was unfortunate too that the swimming pool is only open from 10am – 6pm. Again I think this is ridiculous. I have never been to any hotels where the swimming pool opens any later than 8am in my whole entire life! The swimming pool is just mediocre but the kids and I certainly would not mind jumping into the pool one last time despite splashing time we had at Legoland Waterpark and room bath tub the day before that if the hotel did not have such a ridiculous swimming pool opening hours and check-out time.

Despite all that, each and everyone of us brought home happy and beautiful memories. Ayfaa will be looking thru Legoland photos and videos day & night every day since we got back until today. For that, we would like to spread the joy and love of Legoland to all Happy Hippie Avenue readers. Do LIKE, SHARE and write to me in the Comment section below on WHY you would like to be Lego-lised at Legoland Malaysia. Winners will at least win yourself a 1-day Combo ticket for adult worth RM175 each. Let me know if you think you deserve to win more than 1 ticket because we would be more than happy to give you more in the next couple of hours. Happy 2014 again 🙂

My Dad is seen kissing goodbye to Legoland…BYE-BYE!

My Dad is seen kissing goodbye to Legoland…BYE-BYE!

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We have been Lego-lized at Legoland Malaysia

11 Jan
The boys are all excited to travel together to Legoland Malaysia

The boys are all excited to travel together to Legoland Malaysia

2013 has been a challenging year and there was no better way to close the year with a family holiday. This time I was really fortunate to be able to enjoy it with not only the Ariffins but with my dearest Dad and my 2 comical nephews. Like any other family holidays which involves young children (and a senior citizen), I had to make sure that I plan out the details well to avoid any frustrations. Furthermore entering an amusement park during peak season like Christmas can be quite challenging.

My Dad with his 4 cucu getting ready to conquer the Legoland Malaysia.

My Dad with his 4 cucu getting ready to conquer the Legoland Malaysia.

Day 1 – we took the minivan with us from Kuala Lumpur to Johor Bahru. It managed to fit 4 adults and 4 children aged between 2 and 8 years-old comfortably. Throughout the journey we went thru some basic ground rules, schedules and what to expect for the next 3 days. After dinner in JB, we checked into our favorite boutique hotel – Zoom Inn in Danga Bay. By 9pm the lights were off to make sure that the kids will wake up early and happily the next day.

I think it is almost a mandatory for every visitor to mark their Legoland Malaysia experience at this spot.

I think it is almost a mandatory for every visitor to mark their Legoland Malaysia experience at this spot.

Day 2 – Legoland Dry Park Day. We all had our cereal and Milo for breakfast on the go even though it only takes about 15 minutes from our hotel to Legoland Malaysia in Medini. It is best to arrive there by 9am so that you get to park your car closest to the Medini Mall and to be the first few in the queue for park tickets. While waiting for the park to open at 10am, you can either choose to have breakfast at the Medini Mall or for us, we decided to check out the Legoland Hotel which has just been opened. Frankly, I feel that the park should be opened earlier like 8.30am or latest 9am in Malaysia and during school holidays because the weather is scorching hot between 12noon and 5pm. Let the early risers like us enjoy the park in the morning breeze. What do you think?

I've been to a few themed hotels and I personally feel that Legoland Hotel has the coolest hotel lobby!

I’ve been to a few themed hotels and I personally feel that Legoland Hotel has the coolest hotel lobby!

Killing time in Legoland Hotel lobby while waiting for the park to open was really awesome. If you really love Lego, it’ll be like a dream come true and you get to play with thousands of Lego bricks for unlimited time. Before the kids knew it, it was time to enter Legoland park already. Sunscreen applied, hats on and we were ready to rumble!

The first destination was the Driving School followed by the Boating School at LEGO City section as the queue can grow pretty long fast. You would not want to be stuck in a long queue especially with young children. Compared to other big amusement theme parks like Disneyland and Universal Studios, Legoland Malaysia do not offer Express Pass. However, they do have Duplo section at most of the rides queue area where the kids can play while the parents queue for their turn. Great idea but once you have 10 kids playing there, it can get congested already. My advise is to PLAN your ride route carefully to save time and avoid exasperation.

My 2.5yo Ayfaa loves her yellow car but 5yo Aufa feels that his car deserves more speed.

My 2.5yo Ayfaa loves her yellow car but 5yo Aufa feels that his car deserves more speed.

I’m not sure about your amusement park style but we prefer to have the kids enjoy as many rides while they have the energy and check-out the scheduled shows or the souvenir shops later. Since we have 4 young children, it was handy to have a light stroller with us to mobilize any of them when their energy level gone low. Always keep them hydrated with plenty of water throughout the day. Leave the flavored drinks for bonus hour. Another thing I like about Legoland Malaysia is for every theme section, they would have a play area for the toddlers as some rides are safer for older children. I was surprised at myself for being OK for not being able to get on most of the rides for the first time in my life. Perhaps it was compensated by “Legoland is AMAZING!”, “This is so much FUN”, “I LOVE the ride” from my 4 children (and the other 3 adults too) followed by warm and sincerest hugs.

This is my hand sign 'L' for LEGOLAND!

This is my hand sign ‘L’ for LEGOLAND!

By the time we reached the Imagination section, it was already 11.45am and we decided to have early lunch at Pizza Mania. We were lucky to find a comfortable corner to fit all 8 of us right before the rain and lunch crowd gushing into the restaurant. It was also the perfect time for Pee-break and change of diaper for the littlest one. I have to say this that Legoland’s Baby Care room is nicely done, decorated and well-equipped. Any mothers would feel at ease to do all the diaper change and feeding.

The play area for older children while waiting for their mummies to attend to their younger siblings in Baby Care Room.

The play area for older children while waiting for their mummies to attend to their younger siblings in Baby Care Room.

The Build & Test is also one of the most perfect place to be when the sun is on top of your head. It is indoor area where the kids get to build towers using Duplo and test the stability on a moving platform. The race car inventors would love this section too where they get to design their race cars and race against other inventors on race track. Got the little boys’ mind boggling when we challenged their knowledge on drag & friction for their car design. It was a piece of cake when they have been exposed to Lego Education much earlier at The X-Factory classes and Kids Creative Hour camp back in KL.

Ayfaa testing her Duplo tower with Tok Ku

Ayfaa testing her Duplo tower with Tok Ku

Arif & Aufa busy assembling their Lego race car before big race on the ramp.

Arif & Aufa busy assembling their Lego race car before big race on the ramp.

Next, we moved to the Lego Kingdoms section taking us back into the Medieval time. We would suggest that you stick to Dragon’s Apprentice roller coaster ride and skip THE Dragon ride if you have back problems and do not fancy too much of heights & speed.

By the time it was 4pm, we have reached the Lego Technic section. Unfortunately Lego Mindstorms and Lego Academy activities were mainly for children age 8 and above. We wished they had some Lego Mindstorms demonstrations or shows for the children to get intrigued about robotics and programming. Oh well, the kids were a great sport and after some water splashing at the Aquazone Wave Racers, it was time to recharge again at the Robot Kitchen. Honestly, I was not too impressed with Robot Kitchen food selection available at that time, the portion and quality of the food. So if you have that extra energy to walk a bit further like to Medini Mall, you would not be too disappointed.

My handsome boys on Legoland Express

My handsome boys on Legoland Express

Since it was the Christmas eve, the park hours were extended till 8pm. So we still had the extra time to get onto Legoland Express, watch Legoland and Medini town during sunset from the Observation Tower and admire those intricate work put together by Lego artists in Miniland. The Miniland was so impressive. It brought back lovely memory I had with my family in Modurodam, Amsterdam about 20 years ago and again 8 year ago.

Our last pit-stop in Legoland was The Big Shop and all the other souvenir shops. It was a good thing that shopping was left till the end of the itinerary as the children did not have anymore energy to choose toys or souvenirs to buy. My shopping tips would be : don’t bother checking out the other little souvenir shops in Legoland Malaysia as they have most of the stuff in The Big Shop. By 8pm, everybody was dragging their feet back to our car to hit the sack but still excited for Legoland Waterpark and Hotel stay the next day. Stay tune 🙂

p/s: leave me a message on comment section below with your email if you are interested to check out Medini Iskandar official corporate video which we have produced for them. It was launched at the World Islamic Economic Forum 2013 in London.