The thing about Legoland is that — you have to seriously consider about going there. Read all the reviews and opinions to make up with your decision. But in short words: Don’t go. Unless you’re miraculously happened to have kids to bring along. Otherwise, just save another extra money to visit Universal Studio, Singapore (USS), whereas the games and parks are more adventurous and experiencing. Other than that, the theme park is pretty exciting, fun, cheerful, and warm. You’ll be amazed by the architecture and buildings made with LEGO bricks. are the best words can be described.
It’s a 307 km journey that took about 5 hours to come there, I managed to arrive at 6 in the evening. Plus with a stop at Johor Premium Shopping Outlets (JPO) to my wife’s tantrum. The journey itself was a child’s play when you get used to travel 447 km to Kelantan for 7 to 12 hours.
The Ticket. You can get a ticket from RM114 to RM240, depending on what kind of ticket you want to buy. The Legoland offers 1-day ticket, 2-day ticket, and the grand Annual Pass. Yeah, my big brother — the no.1 Lego fan — bought the grand Annual Pass for his whole family. I was not into the Lego thing, so it’s better to buy 1-day tickets for my whole family. You can buy either over-the-counter (OTC) or online.
It’s nothing wrong if you buy online, but it’s a thumb down on OTC that you can’t buy ticket a day in advance. Well, It’s a surprise actually, judging by the promising theme park that carrying big name like LEGO,couldn’t deliver such simple solution. I tried to wear the saddest look I have ever practiced, but I couldn’t glamour them. Believe me, it’s better to buy online than queuing up in a long line, but I got kids-go-free vouchers, which was invalid on the net. I had no idea why they won’t allow to redeem online. Without a clear clarification from the staff, I dragged my own frustration to my budget hotel and bought the tickets first thing in morning.
The Morning. I got a fresh mind and body. Thanks to a good night sleep. That’s a good thing about a budget hotel. It had nothing to offer but a place to sleep. So, we’re off to the Legoland after having a breakfast and I was a little proud as I discovered that we’re the third family to arrive at Legoland (by counting the car parked in the parking lot). The ticket counter opened at 9am but the theme only releases its gates at 10pm. There’s no one but us. So we killed the time by taking photograph at the archway.. It’s like we owned the Legoland.
The gate had opened and they’re welcome you with great countdown from 10 and the kids were loudly screaming in excitement. Both of my kids didn’t waste the excitement, jumping up in the air. We managed to get all things we need like the map, the food, where to go first.
In general, there were 78 spots with 35 games, 7 places of food to bite, and 17 the landmarks inside the Miniland.
The Games. My first game I was forced to play by my son was the Twister. It’s a simple game swinged you in 360 degrees in chaos formations. It was fun for warm up session before I got thrilled by the rollercoaster.
The Roller Coasters. The roller coaster — called The Project X — was quite enjoyable. I gave me an amount of hair-raising scary kind of adrenaline but I couldn’t reach my satisfaction. Although I gave me the scream of enjoyment, I shake my head, keep telling myself that I needed to go USS. Again. Because You would find the roller coaster performance was average. It couldn’t take my breath away once I left the seat. Well, I guess because the Project X were not enough G-force and kinetic energy that drive the adults tremendously scary and exhilarating at the same time, like the USS had.
I was kinda okay with that if my children okay with that. And since I heard the happiest screaming and saw excitement curved in their face, I couldn’t complain much. I’d really feel sympathy for those who came without kids. They might get frustrated with the ride. I’d rather say the amusement is not for adult enjoyment but rather for kids.
Speaking of kids, Amirul cried a lot. He said didn’t want to ride anymore. I guess he got the taste of hair-raising scary kind of adrenaline. Now, I had to face the dragons in the Dragon’s Apprentice alone, without my sidekick.
Lego Studio – The 4D Cinema. As usual, the Lego representative set the motion inside the cinema with formality speech and the story rolled on. All the stories were presented in 15 – 20 minutes length. It actually gave me a place to break or may be take a nap if you have an unstoppable little kid like my daughter. I was falling asleep for the first show. I resented myself and swore to watch the next show, and I did.
It was quite a show. The 3D CGI animation was okay. It was not like the Disney Pixar rendering sharpness, but it was watchable and relaxing. Although, I had a little problem sometimes, seeing ghosting frames in milliseconds when big action scenes happened on screen. Its like something incomplete in FPS (Frame Per Second). I didn’t know whether it’s the problem with the 3D glasses or the animation. But it needed to be fixed. Otherwise, it was super cool.
The 4D effects were simple but it gave a deep impact. I was caught by surprised when snowy whether experience on screen can deeply transferable from where I sat with glistering particles rained all over the place. Then, the effects were completed with spraying water, stormy wind, raging fire, and smoke.
My daughter kept wearing on and off the glasses. She seemed to wonder in disbelief whether the lego cartoons in front of her were actually real or not. You should see her behaviour. I was holding my breath, trying not to laughing out loud. Kids were really enjoy it.
I was kinda missing the photographic moment of my wife’s screaming at the USS when the 4D effect of a swarm of spiders creeping under the seat, but she didn’t in Legoland. The show had almost gave her the surprising element. But it failed.
The Boating School. The Boating School was another exciting game crowded with people. Thank god, it was weekday because I’d imagine I might gave up hope graduating the Boating School, seeing a long and snaky queuing and all. I tell guys, I was fun. I found myself exuberant with laughter riding the boat with my son. I guess because the boating was much more difficult than driving a car. You have to predict the direction of your steering — left OR right — before you could even begin to follow your own intended path, or else, your kid started to throw tantrum on you. Like what happened to my wife: a period of gloomy and bad-tempered silence treatment she got from our son. Having outmaneuvered by several boats, going around in circle, sidelined and stranded, and finally got dragged by the Lego staff because the water traffic get congested. All because of her.
“Tak nak kawan Mami. Tak nak naik bot dengan Mami dah lepas ini”.
My kids Played Twice. AQUAZONE Wave Racer was the game Amirul wanted to play twice. To add the spice of excitement, the water splashed and blown in the air, ignited from people outside the game. It made him crazy. While waiting in line, he would knee-jumping whenever someone ignited the water splash. He loved riding the boat racer that went around in circles, making a great wave on its path. But I had to turned him down when he asked for the third time. The queueing was not long, however, but it took about 15 – 20 minutes to wait.
They Played By Infinity. Other notable games that my kids enjoyed were Build & Test, DUPLO Playtown, DUPLO Express, Pharaoh Revenge, LEGO City Airport, LEGO Rescue Academy, Basketball Games, Junior Driving School, Remote Control Board, The Shipyard. They did a little or nothing significant at all. But those games offered the same gameplay experience they always have on common playground. So, they took several seconds to familiar with and they played all day long. As they seemed to have an unlimited energy, my body was feeling fatigue and my energy was depleting, I caught myself falling asleep and making head-banging movement while standing. I needed to find a food to bite.
She got a new friend. A sister maybe.
The case with Royal Joust. Before I go on writing about the food, I have one case I’d like to raise. My daughter has the eagerness about riding horse. I was once had brought her to riding horse session, somewhere at Damansara. And she rode about 20 rounds and ended up crying when I was about to go home and told her we could go riding the horse for the next time. Her enthusiasm curved to no end.
It happened in Legoland. Only this time, she wasn’t allowed to riding horse the Royal Joust, the plastic horse that moves on a railway, surrounding by beautiful flowers and garden. But, it’s not as beautiful as it seemed when Widad crying out loud because she didn’t get to ride at all. Not because she didn’t fit the rules. She’s over the height and she’s 3 years old. I’ve read the rule. But, the staff didn’t allow her anyway. I think he hadn’t enough time to read properly, thoroughly, or he just wanted to piss Widad off. I didn’t want to make any parent-versus-staff drama so I left the scene without objection. But, the drama with my kid still went on as she’s crying even louder.
The Food. Don’t ask me about it or I punch you in the face. And you know why? Because the sambal wasn’t enough for my Nasi Lemak. I had to asked six additional sambals and still not enough. The portion was too small. And the price was way up high it couldn’t define the size of meal I got. It’s RM9.90, where I could get RM1.50 in my neighbourhood.
If you could find a way to bring your own food inside, just do it. Regardless of the policy. I’m not asking you to violate the policy, but it’s expensive. It’s not worth your money. Find another place, go outside to have a decent lunch.
I didn’t check the other restaurants whether their offered good foods and services, I knew they were bad. I didn’t know if the statement was true, but that single restaurant I’ve visited concluded the others. Why they should put the price so high? Haven’t you charge us enough high-priced ticket already?
The Miniland. The Miniland is the landmarks of Asian country: Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines, Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar, Indonesia, China, India, Brunei and Laos. Every landmarks offers unique views and perceptions. The art and architecture of characters and buildings are super awesome. I’d really enjoy watching the twin tower KLCC made out of Legos. It was 9 meters tall and it looked like real when someone put the picture together side by side. The replica was great and I guess they took a nice time building it with careful planning, designing and analyzing. And none of this was involving kids especially my daughter Widad, or else, it would be like 50 years to construct.
Try not to value only the buildings and architecture. Try beyond that. If you can precisely look and see at the LEGO people around the buildings, you’d see there’s a sense of dramas, emotions, and intensity in the atmosphere. As if you can imagine movements around them: how the people talk each other, running around the garden, fishing at the lake, and loitering while watching the lion statue.
Although every scene of minis mesmerized me by how awesome they laid out, the star wars minis looked a little bit dull. It’s quite interesting by putting voice of Luke Skywalker in a waste disposal area inside the Star Destroyer. But the repetition annoyed me. It didn’t really make any sense. I’d really wanted to make it stop. Another thing, I was having a hard time taking photograph because most of the Star Wars Lego character were shielded inside a glass. It really made the experience a bit unimaginative, less a sense of drama.
But this was cool fighters-vs-x-wings chasing scene
By the way, Widad, my lovely daughter got stung by a bee. It happened when I was busy taking photograph of mini KLCC and praised about that monumental building they’ve crafted without left any retarded corners or shape. I was about to finish counting the level of mini KLCC when I heard Widad screaming in terror like having an endless nightmare. It startled me and I started running toward her, noticing that there’s a bee sting buried inside her neck. Most of it. Widad couldn’t stop screaming as it seemed the burning sensation were lasting about several minutes before it wore off.
It really paid off to bring all the camera gadgets. I brought a backpack that weighted around 5 kgs with 1 DSLR body, 2 camera lenses, 2 iPads, and 1 speedlite. My god it’s heavy. My energy has been depleting nearly to zero and only to realize it’s only been half of our journey inside the Legoland. I’ve never been this fatigue and exhausting.
Fun Facts About The Miniland. The Malaysian Meanders said it took 3 years and 3 millions LEGO bricks to construct including manufacturing overseas and assembling at local.And how I valued that? By taking over a hundreds of photos.
“Oh, wow” with the details and all those little things. It gave me peace of mind by just sitting there, enjoying the warmth of the evening sun, heard the clicks of the pictures taken everywhere. Some people made a dare jump to sit on the grass inside the mini building area just to take a perfect picture, which is okay for me. As long as I got permitted to enjoy the spirit of their smiles lured upon their faces, posing in front of the camera before the security yelled to get out of it. It’s the moment of the day.
The Merchandise. I’d been contemplating the price of the toys, and my demanding kids. I’d love to buy the best toys for both of my kids but the price was very expensive for me. I don’t know if everyone else felt the same. I don’t blame the price completely. It was an imported, branded kind of thing. But I was not up to that. So I presumed it was expensive.
But when it came to selections, there were a vast of Lego product lines in that store, from an item as small as keychain to as huge as the Star Wars’ Star Destroyer. If I were a Lego nerd, I would definitely maxed up my credit card because there’s a very few selections of toys if you seek outside.
I had seen several families were taking the toys and merchandises to the counter like buying groceries. May be their pay scale were a thousand times higher than mine. Or maybe I was too bitchy to burn every Sen I’ve earned on the toys and merchandises. Whatever it was, I only bought 2 Lego Star Wars keychains for both of my kids. I told them, “We’ll buy a lot of legos the next time we visit a garage sale”.
Our last game was Junior Driving School and it was 7.30 in the evening, and we’re off to our budget hotel. But, we’re craving for some fried chicken so we made a stop at KFC before we went to bed.
Words For Everyone. Playing every game inside the Legoland promises quite an experience. What matters the most is having fun with your family. Extreme theme park enthusiasts who need extreme G force and energy might find it disappointing. This theme park is meant for kids and young adult. I went from KL with a happy thought and came home with a happy experience, except for several minor dissatisfactions I’ve mentioned earlier.
Here I’d like to remind you to prepare a few things to prevent any glitch when you come visiting Legoland.
The Food. The food is expensive and bad. What they serve doesn’t qualified with the price. No doubt about that. I strongly suggest that you would like to have meals outside the theme park. Bring your own food inside if you like, but don’t blame me if you get caught.
The Weather. Check the weather of the day you want to visit. For your info, they close the outdoor games momentarily if the rain is falling. You have to wait for maybe several hours in frustration before they resume the games. Don’t forget to bring a raincoat or an umbrella. And you also use the raincoat for Dino Island because that game will totally get you wet. There’s a drying machine and it costs you about RM10. Finally, may I remind you that it’s not worth your money if you go there on the monsoon season.
The Map. You need the map of Legoland if you are a first timer. You might be missing several important games after you complete the circle. The map is instructive and easy to understand. I suggest you should start with the last point stated on the map. Go backward instead of forward to avoid congestion, long queueing, and overcrowded. The Boating School is a good start.
Stay healthy. Take a good night time and eat healthy breakfast. Staying hydrated will help you enjoy the games. If you want to stay overnight, I suggest you log on to Agoda website and find a nice hotel to fit your budget.
And Good Luck.