If you’re going to visit a kids’ wonderland park like Legoland in Malaysia, go when it’s low season, a school day, and preferably about to bucket down with rain too.
That was our experience when we visited in early March - it was off peak season, a Tuesday and the storm clouds above were always threatening to unleash a shower of warm, torrential rain.
We didn’t have to wait in line anywhere. It was fabulous.
We stayed at the Legoland resort hotel which is just 100 metres from the park entrance. It’s perfect for ducking back for lunch (3 restaurants, reasonable prices), a rest, or to change your entire outfit after visiting Dino Island where a small sign announcing that “you may get wet” seriously underestimates the situation.
Legoland hotel is Lego-themed to the extreme, from our Indiana Jones Lego room (there are 3 different room themes) and disco elevators to the intricate Lego models adorning every surface. Not the mention the giant castle in the foyer with its lego “moat”; we happily lost an hour or 4 playing with the million or so pieces of Lego scattered there.
I now know that there’s such a thing as Lego Masters - certified Lego model builders. These are professional people trained by Lego to build their models. Legoland is full of amazing Lego creations everywhere you look, like the dinosaur above and loads more…
In the middle of Legoland, there are the miniatures model cities of Asia. Famous buildings from the Taj Mahal to Angkor Wat, as well as running trains, ships, cars and even a rooftop band. It’s really amazing. Some are several metres high and all are made entirely of Lego.
Legoland is well laid out with lots of activities for different age groups. All the rides are classed by age and height, so a 6- (or tall 5-) year old can go on everything accompanied by an adult and an 8-year old can go on everything alone. There's also at least 2 playgrounds with slides and climbing equipment, Lego Academy where you can learn to build specific things, and Lego stations where you can just play with Lego.
When we visited there were two new exhibitions, Ninjago, a 4D interactive fighting ride…
… and Star Wars
Legoland also has a water park, with a separate entrance so you don’t have to wear your wet togs through a theme park full (or partly full) of people. There’s slides, a huge wave pool, a little kids pool, and more. It’s a great way to spend a hot, humid afternoon.
At the end of the day, you just want to play with Lego, right? So it’s a good thing that the biggest Lego shop in Asia is right there with a mind-boggling amount of Lego boxes and merchandise, from drink bottles to key rings. Prices are roughly 10-20% cheaper than in Singapore but about the same as Thailand or Australia.
Legoland is the only theme part of its kind in Asia and it really is a great family experience with young kids. I'd absolutely recommend it, especially if your kids are into "boy stuff". There's a hefty number of dinosaurs, pirates, boats, cars, trucks, trains, castles, ninjas, and superheroes vs princesses and girly pink stuff.
In a word, awesome.
We booked a 2-night package deal that included return transfers from Singapore, buffet breakfasts and passes to Legoland for 2 adults and 2 kids. Organised through Legoland directly.