We attended LEGOLAND Malaysia's Grand Opening 3 weeks back, courtesy of Maybank Malaysia. Obviously the monkies shot through the roof upon knowing this. Even more so when they found out that the invitation came with a 2-night stay at the Puteri Pacific hotel at Johor Bahru!
We were the only ones from Singapore who were invited along for this experience, with the rest of the other bloggers coming from Malaysia.
And on Opening Day, together with other invited bloggers, we were ferried to LEGOLAND Malaysia where everything has been set up nicely to await for the big moment.
The wifey and 3 monkies had stayed behind at the hotel first as they would only be joining me when the park officially opens. This allowed me ample time to capture the sights and sounds of the opening festivities.
And my word, the excitement was certainly building up. The LEGOLAND Malaysia staff were all pumped up and ready to welcome the first visitors. And just for that extra special touch, the Billund Marching Band, all the way from Denmark, kicked off the morning festivities!
The staff then all congregated to perform a mass dance routine, or 'The Power Dance' as it was dubbed. And it was so infectious that I had half the mind to put away my camera and join in all the dancing!
And with that, the park was declared officially opened!
The anticipation had definitely built up to fever pitch and to say that the entrance was teeming with people who were waiting to get in would be an understatement.
As expected, huge crowds swarmed the rollercoaster rides almost immediately.
And I don't blame them one single bit, for the Project X at LEGO Technic and the 2 Dragon rollercoaster rides at LEGO Kingdom were the most exhilarating ones that my monkies and I have ever gone on.
My family soon arrived and the monkies couldn't wait to get started!
The first ride that they clamoured to go onto was Merlin's Challenge!
The Merlin's Challenge is essentially a high speed carousel which gives its passengers a good spin. Ale wanted so much to join her brothers but alas, she didn't meet the minimum height requirement (100cm). So she did the next best thing - pose for my camera.
But she did get her way after that, as she coerced her eldest brother into boarding the DUPLO Express Train.
As well as wrecking havoc at the DUPLO Playtown play area.
The DUPLO Playtown is truly a haven for younger kids, especially for those aged 3 and below as most of the rides at LEGOLAND Malaysia cater to kids aged 3 and above.
And best of all, the entire playground is sheltered. So come rain or shine, it truly makes for an ideal child-sized city for all kids to explore.
All this while, Ayd was soaking in the cool comforts of air-conditioning in the Build & Test facility.
He had long wanted to try his hand at creating something out of LEGO bricks, ever since the last time we were there for the Preview. And this time he got his wish to create something to see if it will really work.
At this particular station, the monkies were hard at work to construct a racing vehicle. And once completed, there was a race ramp where all kids (and adults) could pit their vehicles against one another to see who would earn the bragging rights.
Even Ale couldn't resist joining in the Grand Prix!
We then had a quick lunch at Pizza Mania, which served rather decent pizzas and pasta dishes. Quick was the order of the day, as the boys couldn't wait to get back to hopping on the rides!
And they even successfully dragged their Mummy onto some of them too!
There are still 2 rides that we have yet to challenge at LEGOLAND Malaysia due to the extremely long queues, and those are the Dino Island water flume ride at Land of Adventure...
...and the Boating School ride at LEGO City.
But no matter, there were still the super fun playgrounds that we loved.
Not to mention the fact it would give us the perfect excuse to pay LEGOLAND Malaysia another visit! And somehow I highly suspect that would happen sooner rather than later. Heh.
Thanks Maybank Malaysia and LEGOLAND Malaysia for having us, and also for the wonderful LEGO gifts!
See our complete review of LEGOLAND Malysia here: http://www.cheekiemonkie.net/2012/09/legoland-malaysia-review-part-1.html
LEGOLAND Malaysia is now officially open! For details on its opening hours, click HERE. For more information on ticket prices, click HERE.
How to get there:
From Johor Bahru / CIQ / Singapore via the Coastal Highway
- From Danga Bay, proceed straight via the Coastal Highway > Proceed all the way to Nusajaya > LEGOLAND Malaysia will be seen before reaching Kota Iskandar.
From Singapore via the Tuas Second Link
- Proceed until you see the Nusajaya EXIT 312 > You will see LEGOLAND Malaysia signage.
GPS: 1º 26’ 14" N 103º 37’ 2" E
There are BUS services plying from Singapore Flyer and Tuas Second Link as well. For more details, please click HERE.