Legoland in Johor, Malaysia is the first Legoland's first foray into Asia. As a Lego fan-girl of sorts, how could I have missed it? Weeks after Legoland's opening, I organised a group of friends to purchase some Groupon deals available and went out on a day trip to check things out.
The bus brought us through the Second Link that connects Singapore to Malaysia via Tuas. It was a Saturday when we went, but the Customs was cleared relatively hassle-free and we were on our way to Legoland!
It took a pretty long walk from the bus stop to Legoland's entry and the theme park looks pretty out of the place where it was. It was as if someone looked at a map, realised that there was lots of open space, pointed at it and said "That's it! That's the spot where Legoland will be!". Legoland is strangely surrounded by lots of greenery around it. There is hardly anything built up around it at all.
I felt like a kid in a candy store.... wait, toy store... when I walked in. My friends and I were greeted by the many miniature Lego buildings. There were so many Southeast Asian places featured such as Petronas Tower and Singapore's Merlion Park. Wait a second, there's even a water canal where the quay cranes are unloading containers! The robotics was excellent.
Since we were in a theme park, surely we must take the rides. My friends, who had been to more exciting theme parks in the US, were sorely disappointed. The rides were too small and too slow for them. The key thing is that the target market for Legoland Malaysia was mainly the children and children, we must be.
One of our favourite interactive Lego games was being a firefighter. We formed small groups trying to put out a "fire" by pumping the fire truck into action and controlling some fire hoses. It was great fun.
The fun didn't last too long, as it rained! It was fairly disappointing as we didn't bring our umbrellas to walk around. Pity. Perhaps the Lego folks should consider building more shelters.
We got ourselves a bite at one of the two cafes operated on site. The food was as pricey as we imagined, not the best tasting Malaysian food that we had.
But overall, it was a great day out with mates. The bus came soon enough and picked us up for dinner at a local restaurant. It was a day outing for less than SGD$40, due to the Groupon. I can't say that it was the best, but hey, it sure was worth the money!
Take kids next time. We went over last year about a month after opening. We were in Singapore and took the day trip over the border to Lego Land. The kids loved it and that is what it is about - THE KIDS. Our two boys (9 & 7 years old) got a legoland licence after driving around the Lego Cars and this is something that adults were not allowed to do. If anybody reading has kids then I suggest you do not be put off as our kids loved it. Might be boring for Adults on their own or teenagers but kids up to say 12 or 13 will love it. And who cares about the rain, it gets so hot that the rain was very welcome.