When I did our Singapore itinerary, a LEGOLAND
side trip wasn’t included. To be honest, I’ve read in some forums that it wasn’t worth it. In fact, it wasn’t also highly recommended by our guesthouse
based from feedback of their previous guests. But my companions were eager to visit it because, as they said, we’re there anyway…and it’ll be an additional passport stamp, too.
I know it would be a lot cheaper to take public transportation from Singapore to Johor Bahru, but to save time and for the convenience of the elders hehe, we availed of the bus services of WTS Travel & Tours
per head (exclusive of the LEGOLAND day pass at RM140). By the way, the price also includes a RM5 food and drink voucher. I chose this agency primarily because the pick-up and drop off point is the Singapore Flyer. That way, we’re hitting two attractions in a day. But if you still prefer to DIY, you can download the directions here
Malaysia’s first international theme park and the first LEGOLAND Park in Asia
I think the reason why most people get disappointed and think that LEGOLAND is not worth it is because they compare it with Disneyland or Universal Studios. First off, it’s very clear that this park doesn’t have any cartoon characters that we all grew up with nor does it have extreme rides and characters based from box-office Hollywood movies. Having said that, I feel it’s unfair to pit it against those two.
Mom and me with the snoring LEGO guy
My camera was just a month old then so I was super excited to use it and practice my (non-existent) photography skills. Nevermind that it seemed like 40º that day. Armed with my hat and sunnies, I started snapping away. To my horror, out of 300+ pictures, the photo above is the only picture of me in LEGOLAND -_-
We lined up for half an hour, if not more, for a 2-3 minute train ride. So yeah, they weren’t kidding when they say ‘express’.
Undoubtedly, the park’s centerpiece is Miniland. These are recreations of Asian landmarks (on a scale of 1:20) made using 30 million LEGO bricks! Each landmark has an info box, and with just a press of a button, watch as some parts ‘come to life’. Some of my favorites are the Bollywood dance scene in the Taj Mahal, the dragon dance in Beijing, and water spouting from the Merlion.
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TOP LEFT: Taj Mahal, Agra, India
TOP RIGHT (clockwise): Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque, Brunei; Angkor Wat, Cambodia; Tanah Lot, Bali, Indonesia; Hall of Supreme Harmony, Beijing, China
BOTTOM RIGHT: Karaweik, Myanmar
BOTTOM LEFT (clockwise): Patuxai, Laos; Merlion Park, Singapore; Hoi An, Vietnam; Wat Arun, Thailand
Kuala Lumpur, MalaysiaOther Malaysian landmarks: Putrajaya, Kuala Lumpur International Airport, and Port of Tanjung PelepasPirates! Arr!
I think I spent probably an hour or more just taking pictures of MINILAND. If you take a closer inspection, you’ll be doubly impressed. Even the tiniest details are just amazing.
Reminds me of Enchanted Kingdom’s Jungle Log Jam :p
Moving on to explore the rest of the park, we passed by the Land of Adventure which consists of Egyptian- and jungle-themed attractions. I’m not a big fan of theme park rides so forgive me if I can’t share information about that. Let’s just say do not set your expectations too high. Definitely not as extreme as the ones in Universal Studios, but at least the whole family can enjoy it. 🙂
Imagination – this area is more for the true blue LEGO fans. You can build and play with LEGO bricks here.
Okay, so this is the part where I lost my companions…or as my mom puts it, uhm…they lost me because I was too busy taking pictures. They were ahead of me and I know where they were headed so I was surprised when I got to the Observation Tower and they were not there. Well, I waited for half an hour or so but saw no signs of them so I just went on exploring the park on my own.
I went to LEGO Kingdoms since this was just beside Imagination. Strolled for a few minutes and when I didn’t see them there either, I figured I better go back to the Observation Tower before going back to the entrance.
360º view of LEGOLAND
TOP: The Dragon – probably the most ‘extreme’ ride in the park.
Lower right: Project X – this one boasts of an 18-meter high drop.
Some of my favorite LEGO creations
Still no signs of my companions, I had a snack at The Cafe then strolled again. This time around, I found some of them and got told that my mom was waiting for me at the park entrance. So I went back to ‘The Beginning’ where I saw her speaking to a Park Ranger. She was asking for a public address system because I was ‘lost’ BAHAHAHA! Needless to say, she looked worried and furious at the same time.
If you’e like me who grew up with toys like Play-Doh (oh, how I love Play-Doh!)and LEGO bricks, then better bring your kids here. Those days, kids’ toys were meant to encourage and develop kids’ creativity and imagination, unlike in today’s world where kids are so used to ‘playing’ with just their…uhm, index finger.