I have been transiting through Singapore almost every time I travel around Asia. Therefore, I think it is safe to say that I have seen the best (and worst?) of it. On my recent trip to Indonesia, with a couple of days stop over in Singapore, I decided to go OUT for a change. I have two of my bestest friends who are now based in Singapore to travel with me to Johor Bahru, a neighboring Malaysian city, where Legoland is.
It took us under 2 hours only to travel to Johor Bahru with most time spent clearing immigration and changing buses. We spent the first day exploring the area and feeding ourselves with delicious, cheap Malaysian food (laksa, still dreaming of you <3).
The next morning, everyone woke up with excitement. We were all eager to play kids for a day – forgetting about adulting stuffs and responsibilities.
We stayed near JB Sentral so finding a bus going to Legoland was relatively easy. Terminal signage were pretty straightforward and accurate. We found a whole bay of buses going or passing through Legoland with varying prices according to the type of bus. We took the RM4 bus which is similar to Singaporean buses. It was a smooth ride which passes by the high way with views of mid to high rise condos. Finally after a little over 30 minutes, we reached Legoland. It is past the mall arcade with food and coffee shops. We were welcomed by this grand facade.
First of all, in Legoland Malaysia, there are two separate theme parks – Legoland Water Park and the main Legoland Theme Park. You can go to either or both depending on what ticket you buy. It’s cheaper to buy a single park, single day ticket but you can also buy a combo ticket which gets you into both parks. Buying entry tickets was quick and easy. Check recent prices here.
We had a single entry ticket for Legoland Theme Park only therefore I can only tell you about this park. There are six different lands in this theme park and each land has its own theme, look, feel and attractions.
From the main facade, we followed the curve to the right which led us to Lego City. We are way overage and over height for the Driving School (oops) so we decided to proceed to Boating School instead. Each boat can accommodate up to 2 people, one captain and one passenger. Small kids are required to be accompanied by an adult.
Our next stop was Miniland which is probably the most interesting lego diorama I’ve ever seen! This is like a mini Asia with amazing Lego replicas of famous landmarks across Malaysia and Asia. It is simply amazing. It’s just so detailed and intricate and it’s incredibly cool that Lego can be used to do so much.
There are amazing replicas of Tiananmen Square, Taj Mahal, Angkor Wat, Singapore and many others. My favorite is the replica of the Karaweik Hall from Myanmar. I just love the teeny tiny details on the boat, walls and roofs.
Then, we moved to Land of Adventure. It has two different themes – Egyptian and Dino Island. The centerpiece of the Dino Island area is the splash ride. It starts slow as log boat ride that sails past the animated Lego dinos and crashes down into ‘dangerous’ waters with huge splash. Staying dry would be a challenge.
We found the Egyptian area a bit boring with just shooting stuffs to get scores, nothing special for us so we moved to Imagination.
We were exhausted from the heat and humidity, so we decided to take something indoor this time. Watching a 4D movie was perfect! The 4D cinema shows a film every 30 minutes and Spellbreaker was coming up so we lined up immediately. For me, you can’t go wrong with 4D. I love the sweet fusion of virtual and reality.
After the show, we skipped the Build and Test area for Observation Tower. It is a rotating, indoor platform that goes from ground level to high up in the air. It offers great views of all Legoland and Legoland Water Park.
Then, we moved to Lego Kingdoms which is full of castles, knights and dragons. I am sucker for Medieval times so this was really exciting for me.
We took the Conquer the Dragon Roller Coaster which looked really subtle and not at all scary. We were all braved up yet relaxed. But, we had no idea what we were up against. The ride was relatively short however, it was full of twists and turns. By the end of the ride, we were all weak in the knees and palpitating. Darn, that was heart pumping! Kids (and adults, especially adults haha) be warned.
To calm ourselves down, we went in to Star Wars Land. This is part of the miniland but it is fully dedicated to Star Wars figures. I am not a big fan of Star Wars but I was really impressed by the intricate details on each lego figure. I can only imagine the amount of work and time consumed to accomplish a whole lego scene.
We still haven’t fully brought our heart rate down when we moved to Lego Technic and yet we were welcomed by the massive roller coaster called Project X so we decided to pass (please don’t judge us haha) plus we need to catch the bus back to JB Sentral and travel back to Singapore (excuses haha) for my flight back to Cebu.
So, to answer the title question, a big YES! Legoland can be fun for adults, also. Who would have thought that 3 adults in their mid-20s could enjoy a theme park for kids. 🙂 After all, we are all kids at heart.