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.

 

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7 Responses to “We have been Lego-lized at Legoland Malaysia”

  1. Naifeen Al-Hinai July 23, 2014 at 10:53 pm #

    Thank you so much for great info on Legoland and wonderful tips! Enjoyed your journey 🙂
    Was a pleasure meeting you and your lovely daughter! Wishing you and your Family Eid Mubarak.
    Warmest Wishes from Naifeen (Oman)

    • kureen July 24, 2014 at 10:29 am #

      I’m so happy that you like it, Naifeen and hope that you’ll benefit from it. Happy Eid Mubarak to you too and do come over to our house with your family for Eid if you are in town 🙂

  2. assya January 11, 2014 at 6:18 pm #

    totally agree that the park should be opened at 830am.
    and yes definitely shopping at the very end. semua dah kong.

    • kureen January 13, 2014 at 6:48 pm #

      I really hope that more people will voice their opinion and Legoland Malaysia will open at 8.30am daily, sooner than later.

  3. Jiju January 11, 2014 at 11:38 am #

    Thanks for the write up, girlfriend! Will definitely need these info for our upcoming visit!! *excited*

    • kureen January 13, 2014 at 6:49 pm #

      Always happy to share, girlfriend! Enjoy yourselves next week!

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