Pop quiz time: What did one Lego minifig (short for minifigure) say to the other? Answer: “Life in plastic, it’s fantastic!” And yes, it truly is, at the first and only Legoland in Asia.
Here’s the low-down: Legoland is conceived for children aged between two and 12. If you’re a daredevil seeking extreme rides that push the envelope and go close to breaking the sound barrier, this is not the place for you. If you list Lego lingo as one of the languages that you speak, dream in brick formation, and have a Lego fig with your name on it, this will be your dream destination. Just remember to pack your hats, sunglasses, sunscreen, brollies, and other weather protection. It is hot, hot, hot!
Yes, there are age and height limits. Generally, those above 120 cm can ride to their heart’s content. Children between 100 cm and 120 cm tall can go on most rides, some only with parental supervision. Those between 80 cm and 100 cm can enjoy less rollicking rides like the Royal Joust, Boating School, and Junior Driving School.
Yes. The littliest of the littlies can play here, at Duplo PLaytown. Bottle warmers, high chairs, rockers for nursing moms, baby change facilities and a microwave are available at the baby care centre. All male and female restrooms have diaper change tables. Family restrooms are also available.
There are seven food and beverage locations scattered around the park, serving Asian and Western delights. Kids’ meals at the Market Restaurant come with a Ribena drink and a fruit cup.
Here’s what else you can look forward to.
Passing through the entrance brings you to The Big Shop, which has the largest selection of lego toys in Asia. Immediately on your right is the First Aid Station and the guest services area. Strollers can be rented for a fee at the Mini-Market by the entrance.
Over 30 million bricks were used in the creation of Miniland, which features highlights from 17 Asian countries (including the Petronas Twin Towers, the Merlion Statue and the Taj Mahal). Get the kids to look for and push the buttons that bring these intricately-pieced models to life. Older children can also try to identify the places modelled.
Best for little ones. The shaded Duplo playtown is a child-sized city complete with a maze, vehicles that make true-to-life sounds, and its very own kids-only Duplo Express. This is also where budding engineers can create their own vehicles and pit them against other wheeled contraptions. This is also home to the Lego Studios and the Observation Tower. Older kids can pull their own weight – literally! – at the Kids Power Tower.
Older kids can enjoy high speed thrills and spills: Project X is a wild ride on a switchback track, Technic Twisters make the world spin, while Aquazone Wave Racers allow spectators to trigger water bombs and get racers wet! Children aged eight to 12 can also cool down by doing a Lego Mindstorms project here. These last 45 minutes and must be booked. Younger ones can build a Lego model at Lego Academy just next to the Mindstorms rooms.
Hoist an imaginary sword and march into the land of myth and legend. Younger ones with a thirst for speed can ride the Dragon’s Apprentice or rock upon a Lego horse at the Royal Joust. Older ones can go full speed ahead on the Dragon roller coaster.
Land Of Adventure
Bounce up and down with Beetle Bounce, hunt for treasure in the Lost Kingdom, and prepare to get wet on a thrilling adventure to the peak of an ancient volcano.
Where kids can drive a Lego car, power a Lego boat, put out the flames in a Lego fire engine, lift off in a Lego aeroplane,and tour the town in the Legoland Express. It’s a transportation dream come true!
Operating Hours in 2012
10 am – 6 pm. Closed on Wednesdays. Longer hours apply on weekends, school, and public holidays. Attractions (except MINILAND) close one hour prior to park closing-time. Restaurant and shop hours may vary due to visitor appearance.
RM140 for a one-day adult ticket (age 12-59); RM110 for a one-day child ticket (age 3-11); RM110 for a one-day senior ticket (age 60+). Annual passes are available.
From Singapore via the Tuas Second Link: Proceed until you see the Nusajaya EXIT 312 > follow LEGOLAND Malaysia signage. Non-drivers can choose from the available bus services between Singapore and LEGOLAND Malaysia. These are quick, convenient, and enable you to avoid checkpoint jams!
And of course, there’s more to look out for…
The Legoland Water-park in 2013, and the Legoland Hotel in 2014. Woot! We’ll update as soon as we get the details!
*Most pictures courtesy of Legoland Malaysia.