Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Legoland Malaysia

Yup, as you can guess from yesterday's post, we went to Legoland! This was two weekends ago. We drove up to Malaysia with Alicia's and Shann's families and hit Legoland on Saturday. On Sunday, we went to a farm, which I will post about separately.

The first thing I wanted to mention is that the drive from Singapore to Legoland is very smooth and straightforward. We went in three cars and we had absolutely no problems, even though none of us had been there before.

The next thing I want to mention is the heat. We got there just after 10 am and the sun was already at its best. I dressed Ryan in long sleeves and tights to prevent sunburn. Rachel was well protected in her stroller and had a small battery-operated fan blowing at her all the time, so she was happy. Shann also bought battery-operated fans for each of the older children. The women and the older children had their hats on (Rachel had her little bonnet) and some of us had sunscreen. Believe me, all of it helps. Of course, the husbands went without hats and all, but that's only because guys don't want to look like their wives. To paraphrase Baz Luhrmann, "If I could offer you only one tip for [Legoland], sunscreen would be it."

Legoland is the nucleus of a development which is still being constructed. At the moment, there is only a pedestrian mall and Legoland, but in time to come, there will also be a hotel and some other community features, like housing, international schools, etc.

Here we are, walking through the pedestrian mall to get to Legoland.

Legoland Malaysia has seven themed areas of attractions: The Beginning, Lego Technic, Lego Kingdoms, Imagination, Lego City, Land of Adventure and Miniland. It is quite a large park although it can be covered in a day, especially if, like us, you skip most of the rides.

There are about 40 rides. The first ride we attempted to get on was this boat ride. Unfortunately, it proved to be the most popular ride in Legoland - the queue was horrendous and, while we didn't mind queueing up (in the shade!), we knew it would be impossible to keep the three children entertained during that time. So we had to skip this.

We went across to a small driving circuit, where each child could drive their car around. There is a "senior" circuit and a "junior" circuit. Our three year olds were only good for the "junior" circuit. In fact, it was the first time Ryan had ever operated one of these cars. (If you are a long-time reader of this blog, you'd know that, when Ryan gets on those coin-operated rides at the malls, he is happy enough just to sit there without it moving!) He understood that he needed to step on the pedal to make the car go but he didn't use enough strength to keep the pedal down, so he didn't make it around the circuit even once! His pal, Brayden, on the other hand, was a pro! Sorry, no photo but I have it on video and will share when I edit that.

After that, everyone (except Rachel and I) went on the Legoland express, which is a 12-minute train ride around the park. Sorry, no photos again but yes, I have a video of it - will share when I edit that.

After that, we had lunch - pizza, pasta and fruit for dessert. The men did a great job of organising everything for us - one guy got the table and seats ready, one guy queued up for the pizza and one guy queued up for the pasta. As usual, the camera didn't appear until the food disappeared, so no photos.

There are a lot of Lego sculptures dotted around the park. I was curious enough to try to pry some bricks off them but, nope, I'm happy to report that they are solidly resistant to vandals.

The children went for a ride on this little train three times. Ryan was almost delirious with happiness.

We tried our luck at some rides meant for taller children and got duly turned away. Oh well. This one with the horses seemed pretty interesting for the children. The boys went two rounds on it.

After a short break for ice-cream and fries, we took a walk through Miniland, which is where they have miniature versions of Asian landmarks. You can see some shots of the Miniland structures in yesterday's post. This was the most interesting part of the park for me and I wish I could have lingered a little longer. Also, the sun was less oppressive at this time.

As we walked out of Miniland, we came across this fellow walking over to his phototaking spot! What great timing!

We ended the trip with a whirl through the very crowded souvenir shop.

The theme park certainly has something for everyone, enough to make the drive there worth it. There are loads of photos on the internet and on other blogs, so do check those out if you are interested to see what the park looks like. There is a lot to entertain you, little Lego surprises here and there to see, the staff is generally helpful and friendly, and the place is very clean. A couple of not-so-good things - there could have been more seating areas for people who are waiting for their friends/family taking the rides and I wish the restaurants were less crowded. Nevertheless, all in all, it was a very enjoyable trip.


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