Even though Legoland is actually very near to Singapore and it’s already opened for months (a year, maybe?), but last Saturday was the first time that we finally visited this very famous theme park in Malaysia.
After reading so many reviews, I was actually afraid of the heat, the sudden rain, the crowd, and the long queue. So that what was hinder us from visiting this theme park. Well, after so many considerations, I finally booked 3 tickets for us to Legoland. Lil boy was very happy and said that everybody in his class had visited Legoland except him, and I said “Hmmmm………….really???”. Then he said “Well, almost everybody…………………”. Anyway, he was very happy and to maximize the visit, we read some bloggers recommendations and tips of visiting the park before the d-day. And yes, we planned our visit to make sure that we could cover all the excitement and attractions in one day.
We bought the tickets via the Legoland website, and got 20% discount for 7 days advance booking. Besides the discount, the good thing about buying the ticket online is that we don’t have to queue in the ticketing counter. We just needed to walk straight to the turnstiles, scanned the barcode, and voila…………..we were inside the park. The staff would come to us to do some verification before we enter, but it only took less than 1 minute.
For us who only rely to GPS because we are not familiar with Johor Area, we chose to enter via Tuas Second Link. The queue in the immigration clearance in both countries was absolutely not as bad as Woodlands Checkpoint. It is also the easiest and nearest route to Legoland. From Tuas Check Point, just follow the direction (the signage are very clear) and exit at 312 (do not exit at 312D). From there, just follow the sign board to Legoland. It only takes about 15 to 20 minutes to Legoland. For easier access (and cheaper), we park in Zone 2. Parking fee in Zone 2 is RM7 per entry, and can be paid with Touch n Go Card when exiting the park. If you don’t have this card, just pay in the parking kiosk before leaving the car park. From Zone 2, we walked for about 5 minutes under a shelter area to Legoland Theme Park.
Although it was very hot, but we found the heat was still manageable, simply because we were all too exiting to worry about the hot sun. Lil boy had a very strong determination to cover all the attractions in one day, so the heat was no big deal for him. He even refused to wear his hat and sunglasses and insisted that it wasn’t that hot! I guess he was in another different dimension at that time………………Although there are no big trees to shelter us from the sun, but most of the queuing are done under the shelter, some rides are indoor and even with air con. ………and even though some rides are outdoor (like roller coaster or something related to water that can make us wet), I think we won’t feel the heat at all since it’s gonna be windy high above the ground or the water will cool the heat (or maybe I was too scared on the sky that I didn’t feel the hot sun at all………………….). I even wished the sun would shine as hot as it can be since my clothes were all wet after playing “Dino Island”.
When we arrived at 9.15, there was already many people there, and there were some groups visit too. It was intimidating for us since we were afraid that the queue would be very long inside. So we lined up at the first place in front of the turnstiles and lil boy decided to run to the first place that he already planned before.
Surprisingly, the queue and the crowd weren’t so bad inside. I think it was still ok for me (not for the kiddo and he kept complaining about the queue…….). I think because it was Saturday, but the school holiday wasn’t started yet for Malaysia, Singapore, and Indonesia. I chose to go just one week before Singapore school holiday started (assuming that the crowd wouldn’t be that terrible). It was a good decision after all. Or maybe, it was because we already prepared our own strategy to explore the whole park in a day.
We decided to explore the park in anticlockwise direction, started from Lego City. We went to the Driving School first as advised by previous visitors since the queue will get worse by noon. We were number two to arrive, and yes it was a good advice since we saw a very long queue at about 4 to 5 pm.
It looked like other people were turning left to go for the extreme rides first (such as roller coaster or Dino Island), so the queue in the Lego City, Land of Adventure, and Imagination (on the right from entrance door) was not so bad. It was a good strategy for us.
The rain did finally come at about 3 pm, and the outdoor rides were closed for about an hour or more. It was very disappointing for us. The best thing we could do was to sit down and relax, eat, recharge the energy, or play in the indoor area. Thankfully the rides were all opened again at about 4 or 4.30 pm…………………..and here was the surprise…………………….where was everybody???? Seriously, the queue was like gone and even if we did queuing, there were only few people in front of us. This allowed us to ride some rides again and again. Even the staff offered the children to go for one more round it there was no queue at all. So, my suggestions is to spare the extreme rides until after lunch or after 4 pm (or even after the rain)………………when the queue is usually decreasing by that time.
We decided to save Miniland for the last time, since it could be done even under the rain or before we got home. It is said that all the attractions will be closed one hour before closing hour (but all the attractions were still opened when we finally got home at 7 pm), so yes it is better to explore Miniland at the very last time.
In my opinion, Legoland Theme Park is not sooo……big, but just fit for us especially with young children. It was easy to jump from one land to another and we were not too tired after walking and playing the whole day……………which means no cranky child, happy parents, happy family. The distance within each attraction is also very close so we didn’t need to walk very far.
There are restaurants in each land, so food is actually very easy to get. The food is varied from pizza, burger, nasi lemak, and so on. The staff are friendly and helpful, so it was a plus point for us. Another plus point is the clean toilets and they even have family toilet in each land.
What to wear? Use comfortable wardrobe and footwear in the park. Don’t forget to bring flip flop for your children if he’s going to play in the wet area like Dino Island or Wet Racer or Water Splash. Bring extra clothes, socks, towel, umbrella, poncho,hat, and sunglasses. Pack lots of water and some snacks too. I chose not to bring and eat fried food and chips since they would make us very thirsty. I brought hotdogs and bread which were easy to eat while queuing or walking to save time.
Also to save time, one us us (parents) would usually run to the nearest attraction to queue (if there was long queue) even before the kiddo finished his previous ride.
And yes, that was how we conquered the park in one day. Well, actually if we didn’t finish the park in a day, my kiddo will be asking again and again and again and begging and begging to come again…………….(imagine the cost for the three of us……so I insisted that he played as long as he wants so he won’t ask for another visit to the park. I mean, with the same amount of money, we better go to another new places).
1. LEGO CITY
From the Shipyard Playground, lil boy insisted that he wanted to visit Land Of Adventure because he wants to play in Dino Island (yeah, like he knows what is Dino Island…………….). So we skipped the other rides and came back again in the evening.
2. LAND OF ADVENTURE
Then we went ahead to Land of Adventure…………..
After he saw this, he “screamed”………”I wanna ride this………….I wanna ride this………….” OMG! Daddy raised his hands and gave up. So I had to volunteer myself to accompany him sliding down in this scary vertical slope and get wet at the end.
Even before our clothes got completely dry in the body dryer, lil boy “scream again”………….”Again, Again…….I want to ride again”. Oh gosh……………not again!
Well, actually lil boy said “Again, but this time I want to sit at the front”.
And my reaction was: “What, are you kidding me??? No way!”
So yeah, I “dragged” him to the nearest toilet before he changed his mind and insisted on doing another free fall…….
By the way, there are photo booths in every extreme ride and photo can be purchased at RM50 each. Too expensive for us!
4. LEGO KINGDOM
My happiness didn’t stay for too long…….because kiddo decided to run to the next ride, and that was……….
Lil boy rode this rides three times! He said: “I like the adventure…………………” After the third times I decided that we had to stop because I was so dizzy and I had a bad headache…………(it must be something to do with old age). I told daddy later that I was so brave in riding roller coaster when I was in college, but it’s now completely different.
5. LEGO TECHNIC
Actually, after the rain stopped, kiddo run to this attraction first before going to wave racers:
Phew………he insisted that he wanted to try! Daddy said there was no way that he would ride that. I said I wouldn’t either, and kiddo looked very disappointed. So it melt my heart (wrong decision!) and I said I would go with him. I planned to seat at the backseat, but we accidentally ended up at the front seat (which made kiddo happy, but not me…..). I screamed so loud that the father and little son who sat behind us got extra entertainment from me, hahaha………..Daddy said he could hear me clearly from the street below……
Lil boy said later (at home) that he just rolled his eyes up and down when I screamed and said I was kind of silly screaming like that! Seriously??? After what I’ve done up there??? My body was shaking when we finally finished the ride.
Kiddo insisted that we skipped this. What??? No way……so we made a quick stop in Miniland, took some photos, but we were not able to find out what those places are one by one. So here are the lists and the photos…………..
Lil boy wanted to skip this because he couldn’t wait to go to the Lost Kingdom again and ride The Dragon roller coaster again!!!
It was so strange that he was actually afraid of height and always refused to ride on the roller coaster (even the small one) when he was smaller, but now he’s a roller coaster mania…………….
We were having a great time in Legoland and we still talk about it even until now. My boy can tell a story of what he did during the day from beginning to end in chronological order………..I guess Legoland has really impressed him a lot.
The best ride for kiddo (in order): The Dragon, Lost Kingdom Adventure, Driving School, Dino Island, Project X, Wave Racers. Wow……………we certainly are having big generation gap in da house!
I guess I should check before taking him to another park whether they have extreme rides or not. If yes, we should skip that since I don’t want to volunteer myself again, hahaha………….