Talk about JB and a few things have probably crossed your mind: discounted shopping outlets, cheap seafood restaurants and even cheaper massages. But if you’re a big fan of LEGO and theme parks or have kids in tow, then a trip across the causeway usually includes a day spent at LEGOLAND Malaysia.
From thrilling roller coasters to intriguing themed attractions and even a water park, here’s how you can unleash your inner bricklayer and satisfy your love for LEGO – and not just at a LEGO store.
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Unlike most theme parks, LEGOLAND Malaysia sets up souvenir shops right at the entrance selling everything from Lego merchandise and bricks to toys.
At The Beginning, you’ll be able to buy tickets while your children hoard bags of toys even before entering the park. To prepare you for a day running after your kids around 8 massive themed zones, pick up a coffee and some pastries at The Cafe at The Beginning on the way in.
Once you skirt past the shops and the lines if you’re coming in the weekend, you’ll probably want to check out the roller coasters at LEGO Technic first.
Known as the world’s first VR high-speed ride, The Great LEGO Race lets you blast through a LEGO world and outrun a group of brick characters. As for the Technic Twister, think Spinning Tea Cups – except that you’re in total control of your speed. You know, in case you get dizzy and need to take a break.
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Kids who aren’t into rides can still have a blast at other attractions like LEGO Mindstorms and Academy, where they get to build robots and attend workshops.
Must ride: The Great Lego Race and Technic Twister.
Kids who have a soft spot for cars, boats, trains, and planes will find their happy place at LEGO City. But if you’re way into adulthood, you can still make a pit stop at this themed zone in order to pick up extra driving and navigating skills.
Here, children of all ages can hop on the Duplo express train ride, swerve around an easy driving track at the Junior Driving School, and crawl through a ship at The Shipyard. Parents can join in on the fun as well at the Boating School where everyone gets to drive a battery-powered boat.
Must ride: Boating School
As its name suggests, LEGO Kingdoms is dedicated to beloved fairytale characters such as knights, witches, and dragons.
Thrill-seekers usually flock over to take a twisted trip around the Kingdom Castle on the Dragon’s Apprentice, an enchanted horse ride through the medieval forest and a wild spin on the Merlin’s Challenge. After you’ve conquered these bumpy rides, take it to the obstacle courses and treetop climbs at The Forestmen’s Hideout.
Don’t forget to catch princes and princesses as they dance and sing at the Castle Stage throughout the day.
Must ride: Dragon’s Apprentice
If you think the LEGO Starwars Snow Troopers at Resorts World Sentosa is magnificent, then Miniland and the many life-sized Asia landmarks built from LEGO blocks will blow your socks off.
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Snap pics with the LEGO replicas of the Forbidden City in China, the Merlion in Singapore, the Taj Mahal in India, and the Angkor Wat in Cambodia – among many other historical sites all around Asia. These intricate LEGO designs took over 2 years to be put together and make great photo ops.
Fun fact: The entire space was built by a group of over 100 LEGO pros from all around the world.
Must see: Forbidden City in China, Angkor Wat in Cambodia and Merlion in Singapore.
On deck at Imagination are a child-sized LEGO town, a car-building zone, a 4D movie theatre, and 2 fun rides – the Kids’ Power Tower and the Observation Tower. Plus, this zone is entirely indoors, so if it’s sweltering hot outside or raining, you know you and the kids have a cool air-conditioned haven to retreat to.
Go on a ride at the Kids’ Power Tower.
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Toddlers and younger children can run free around the LEGO town and check out the animal farms, vehicles, and play structures. After that, head straight to the Observation Tower for a panoramic view of the surrounding land before winding down at the 4D cinema or the Build & Test corner. This is where you’ll get to DIY a LEGO car and test run it.
Must ride: Kids’ Power Tower
Land of Adventure is all about the kid-friendly hair-raising rides that will leave your palms sweaty. Keep in mind that there’s a height requirement for most rides, with the exception of the Pharaoh’s Revenge foam ball shooting game.
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The star of the show here is definitely the Dino Island ride, where you get to ogle at LEGO dinosaurs and glide around the volcanos before swooshing down a massive water slide. Beware: the chance of getting soaked is high so it’ll be a good idea to put your phone away.
If you’re still game, swing by the Lost Kingdom Adventure for some laser shooting in a haunted Egyptian tomb and hop on the terrifying Beetle Bounce drop tower.
Must ride: Dino Island ride & Lost Kingdom Adventure
The Lego Ninjago series, with 13 seasons, has taken the world by storm since its release in 2011. Since then, many variations of the show have been invented, like the blockbuster with the same name and even a whole themed park – the LEGO Ninjago World.
Get ready to relive the show by embarking on the Ninjago The Ride, which is an interactive 4D adventure that takes you through 13 locations including the Ninjago training temple and the various dojos.
Once you’ve completed the ride, head over to Cole’s Rock Climb to test your rock climbing skills, Kai’s Spinner to master your balancing skills and Zane’s Temple Build to build a monastery from LEGO blocks.
Must ride: LEGO Ninjago The Ride
Just when you thought you have seen it all, you’ll cross over to Water Park and spend another few hours slipping and sliding down water slides.
At Water Park, you’ll find younger kids frolicking at places like the Splash Safari water playground while the older ones and even grown-ups swirl around the tubes at the Tidal Tube and accelerate down the slides at the Twin Chaser.
While you’re at it, check out the 11 different zones at the SEA LIFE Aquarium. Expect to find schools of rare fishes, colourful coral reefs, a sunken shipwreck, and even an underwater restaurant where you get to indulge in a 4-course meal under a dome of sea creatures.
Roller coaster rides and attractions aren’t the only reason you should pay LEGOLAND a visit asap. There are also live shows and themed performances throughout the year.
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LEGO DREAMZzz, for instance, is a 4D movie that lets you join the adventure of 2 heroes – Izzie and Mateo – as they journey through Dream World to rescue their friend Z-Bob. There’s also the Splash Carnival where kids and adults can participate in a host of activities like a LEGO boat race and underwater treasure hunt.
Come Halloween and Christmas, there’ll also be seasonal activities such as the spooky Brick-Or-Treat and the impressive 9m-tall LEGO Christmas tree.
If you feel peckish, hit up Snack Corner for some classic amusement park grub like hotdogs, Asian Deli for filling chicken curry rice, Burger Junction for juicy burgers, and King’s Grill for tender steak and sausages.
The options for affordable luxury hotels in JB are endless. But if you’re set on staying at the LEGOLAND Hotel, we’re not going to stop you. We’ll even provide you with the necessary information on room themes and packages.
While the Pirate room resembles a ship filled with treasure chests, the Kingdom room – with its stone castle vibe – might make you feel like true royalty. Other themed rooms to KIV include the Ninjago room and the Adventure room. Not to mention, hotel facilities such as the elevators, the restaurant, and the pool are all decked out in LEGO motifs.
When you book a room, you’ll instantly gain access to a slew of benefits such as discounted tickets to LEGOLAND, a daily meet and greet with LEGO characters, and even gifts. Breakfast is also included in the room.
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By now, you’ve probably already realised that LEGOLAND isn’t just for kids, but also for grown-ups who share a love for colourful blocks. Given the short distance from Singapore to JB, plus a nifty JB travel guide, a trip here can be fuss-free and doesn’t require much planning.
Keep in mind that you’re still required to show proof of vaccination in order to enter. Tickets can be purchased at the door but consider buying them online for a smoother entry. Other safety measures such as height restrictions for certain rides are applied.
Amusement parks are a dime a dozen. But if you’re not looking to spend a bomb on flight tickets, LEGOLAND Malaysia is just a causeway away.
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