Theme parks in South-East Asia: The HoneyKids guide to Legoland Malaysia

Just a stone’s throw away from the Tuas checkpoint, Legoland Malaysia has quickly become a hot favourite with Singaporeans. Here’s all you need to know about how to get there, things to do and where to stay – plus our insider tips on how to conquer the theme park!

Legoland Malaysia needs no introduction to families in Singapore. If you have kids (or a husband) crazy about all things LEGO, this is one pilgrimage you must make. We went to the park ourselves to give you the inside scoop on how to have a great visit with the family – just a drive across the causeway, with loads of fun for both children and adults (and doable in a day), you really can experience theme park fun in a jiffy. There are gravity-defying roller coasters, lazy rivers and all the themed zones your kids could possibly dream of, so be warned: you may have a tough time getting the family to leave!

Pssst… if you want to spend a couple of days over the border, don’t forget to check out our guide to more kid-friendly activities in Johor Bahru, and bargain shopping in JB to make the most out of your trip!

How to get there

Car:
Definitely the most convenient way, especially with kids in tow. Factor in around 1.5 hours driving time, without traffic; then a swift 10 minutes from Tuas Second Link. Parking will cost you RM10 per entry. The benefit of going by car is that while the queues for cars can be longer than the bus queue at immigration, your kids may be more comfortable and can stay put. Consider renting a car, or hiring a door-to-door car service – look for a service that is inclusive of toll fees.

Bus: Hop on a direct coach service that departs from the Singapore Flyer and enjoy the express lanes at immigration. Services run every half hour in the mornings and afternoons, and a return journey will cost you from SGD 24. A hassle-free option if you don’t drive in Singapore!

 

Legoland's 4D Studios and Project X Rollercoaster

Don’t miss Legoland’s 4D Studios and Project X Rollercoaster.


Our top three attractions
There’s just so much to see and do at Legoland Malaysia. An impressive theme park and a water park welcome you at the resort in Nusajaya, Johor. Opening hours are from 10am till 6pm daily, with longer hours on weekends and during school and public holidays. My kids tried mapping out their day (in the effort to cover all rides in sequential order) but ended up screaming and running towards whatever caught their fancy! (Note: Kids tend to forget all disciplinary rules when here). With 70 hands-on rides, slides, shows and attractions, which are the ones not to miss? Here’s our list of the top three attractions:

1. Project X Rollercoaster
If you’ve got a brave bunch, you’re on the right track to one of the greatest action experiences in Legoland. You sit in a Technic-inspired cart and hurtle around a decently sized roller coaster. My son absolutely loved the part where we experienced a stomach-lurching drop. Compared to the other rides in the park, this is easily the most impressive, especially for adrenaline junkies.

2. 4D Studios
Take on wind, smoke, and water in this exciting 4D movie adventure at Lego Studios. Your little ones will love this experience (while you can enjoy the 15 minutes of air conditioning). Different shows are screened at different times – we got to catch World of Chima, where powerful tribes of animal warriors fight over the precious energy source, CHI. Our tribe was fascinated by the special effect of snow – leaving us a tad bit wet.

3. Boating School
Minimum age: Eight years (one to seven years allowed with adult company). One of the longest queues in Legoland (we stood in queue for an hour), it’s worth the wait. Your little captains can take the wheel of their very own battery-operated boat. There’s a pre-defined route to follow and kids must watch out for cool Lego figurines as they steer.

 

Boating School, Legoland.

The Boating School was a firm favourite.

 

Where to eat
There are six restaurants and three food kiosks to choose from when you need to make a food stop. From pizzas, to burgers and shakes, kebabs, local delights and fried chicken, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Do pack water bottles though to keep the kids hydrated at all times. Check out the restaurants Legoland has to offer if you want to plan ahead.

 

Legoland Hotel's Pirate-themed room.

Enjoy a night of swashbuckling fun in Legoland Hotel’s Pirate-themed room.

 

Legoland Hotel
Why not stay the night so you can enjoy exploring the park at your own leisure? We did that! Located right on the grounds of the resort, one look at the Legoland Hotel and you’ll feel like you’re part of LEGO world. From the moment you arrive at the spectacular dragon-guarded entrance, you’ll be soaking in the atmosphere – think interactive LEGO features, themed play areas, kids’ entertainment and a family restaurant with LEGO models all over! The kids will go crazy just taking all that in.

With three themed rooms to choose from (Pirate – our pick – Kingdom or Adventure) you’ll find a private kids area with a double-decker bunk bed, television, a LEGO box filled with bricks (of course) and a treasure chest which children will need to unlock by solving a puzzle sheet. Imagine your kids’ excitement when they step into such a room – this was hands down my boys’ favourite hotel stay ever! After a long day of rides, we sent our junior shipmates to their cabin while us parents found time to unwind in our king-sized cabin, just a sliding door away.

The swimming pool is another sight to behold. With the open-air concept, and LEGO decor all round, the children spent hours there, accompanied by big LEGO bricks in the water – a swim with a difference, we say!

Room rates: Kingdom/Pirate/Adventure/Ninjago themed rooms start from RM670 per night. Click here to book your room.

 

Even the swimming pool offers loads of LEGO fun!

Even the swimming pool offers loads of LEGO fun!

 

Tickets and parking
A combo ticket for both the theme and water park will cost online from RM156 per adult and RM124 per child (age three to 11 years).  Click here to purchase tickets and find out more about annual passes (if you decide to make many trips there, this is well worth the investment).

Insider tips to make your trip awesome!

  • Visit the park on a weekday – the park sees about 5,000 visitors a day and about 20,000 on a weekend. Also the queues for rides start getting longer on weekdays from 1pm to 5pm.
  • Watch your (kid’s) head – the staff at quite strict on the height limits for children, which are indicated on the boards. You don’t want to be walking off in a huff when your baby isn’t up to the height mark, so do check prior to queuing.
  • Don’t spread yourself too thin – the park is pretty large, so if you can, give yourself two days to cover it. If you don’t have more than a day, than choose to explore three out of the seven sections – you can always come back for round two!
  • Be prepared for the weather. Rides shut down during wet weather (and no refunds!), so pray for a sunny day. Do remember to pack and slap on sunscreen, and bring along towels if you don’t like getting wet much (the water park has rides that will splish and splash). Some visitors bring along their own ponchos.
  • The rides are free with the entry cost, but the food isn’t. The retail offerings are a test of your kids’ willpower even if you’re not planning on adding to your LEGO collection. The Big Shop has an impressive range, and prices are lower than what you will find in Singapore retail stores.

The writer was a guest of Legoland Malaysia

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