The last time we went to Sunway Lagoon near Kuala Lumpur, Ale was barely 6 months old. That was back in 2011 and since then, a lot has changed within Sunway Lagoon... like adding a certain yellow sponge character to the mix.
That's right, Sunway Lagoon is home to the first Nickelodeon themed attraction in Asia, Nickelodeon Lost Lagoon - a brand new water theme park! That brings the total of theme parks within Sunway Lagoon to SIX.
Comprising of an Amusement Park, Water Park, Wildlife Park, Extreme Park, Scream Park, and Nickelodeon Lost Lagoon, Sunway Lagoon now offers a flat admission fee for visitors. I remember when I last visited in 2011, we had to purchase various bundles for the individual theme parks. Now, it cost RM153 (S$50) per adult and RM126 (S$42) per child, which is pretty value for money considering the number of attractions on offer.
For the monkies, the water theme park of Nickelodeon Lost Lagoon was undoubtedly the star attraction.
You know you have arrived when you come across all things Spongebob.
Located between the Wildlife Park and Extreme Park, Nickelodeon Lost Lagoon is home to colossal water rides, water playgrounds, canopy walks and meandering pathways.
Set amidst 10 acres of lush tropical rainforest and boasting a water playground for kids and six water slides, the water park promises to be kids' dream right from the start. Especially if they are fans of Nickelodeon's SpongeBob SquarePants, Dora the Explorer, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Okay okay, I admit. I was extremely excited when I first saw the colourful water slides too!
But first, we had to make a pit stop at Spongebob Splash Adventure... because which kid can resist a humongous water playground???
Comprising a combination of tall, short, covered and open water slides, the water playground is much like most kids' water playgrounds found in most water parks.
The difference? In true Nickelodeon fun, kids can look forward to SLIME TIME at 4pm everyday when green water pours down instead of normal water!
Granted that it is just green-coloured water instead of the famed green gooey slime, but try telling that to the hordes of kids (and adults) waiting in anticipation below the giant bucket.
If you prefer to stay by the sidelines, there are ample tables and chairs plonked right beside the water playground.
For younger kids, they can head to Splish Splash which is also situated beside the seating area.
With multiple water features that combines to create interactive water spray experience, the area was a great respite from the thrills and spills of the water playground...
At least that was until the monkies clamoured to go onto the main water slides!
If you are looking for good, fun and exciting slides that get your blood running but won’t give you a heart attack, head for Primeval where THREE water slides await.
Take your pick from Cobra Creek, Boa Constrictor and Crocodile Gully which are a different water slide experience on its own. Each water slide has its own twists, turns and drops along the way but I have to say the Boa Constrictor one stands out as the most thrilling of the lot.
One ride that the monkies - especially Ale - could not get enough of is Jungle Fury.
Do not be put off by its intimidating name. The ride is actually pretty mild (which explains why Ale loves it so much!), which consists of a family tube where up to four people can ride together down a curving track. With mild twists and turns, and absolutely no plunging drops, this ride is suitable for younger kids.
In fact, it was so fun for the monkies that we went on it 6 times!
If you prefer something much much much more adrenaline-inducing, then Monsoon 360 is the one you are looking for.
This is one slide where the person stands in the top of the slide, wait in anticipation for the trap door to open below and then descend into a vertical free fall!
We were all too chicken to try it out, so you will have to make do with a photo taken from Sunway Lagoon's website. LOL.
I don't think I will be able to bring myself to try that.
Luckily, there was still a pretty thrilling ride in the form of the Kubarango.
This is one ride where we experienced an exhilarating combination – rafting, a mega drop, a vertical burst and even weightlessness! Our dual raft was unleashed into a steep drop before shooting up and pausing momentarily... finally, gravity took hold for one last thrill and dropped us down with a giant splash!
And in an attempt to calm our hearts down, we headed to the main entrance area for the mandatory Meet & Greet.
Because what is a theme park experience with snapping photos with colourful and larger-than-life mascots, no?
In addition to Spongebob and Patrick, there are Meet & Greet sessions with Dora, Boots, and the pizza-loving Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Of course, there are ample opportunities to take home a Nickelodeon souvenir too.
Food-wise, there are food kiosks, serving a range of food from burgers and pizzas to rice dishes.
The Nickelodeon Lost Lagoon is a great addition to the existing them park experience rides at Sunway Lagoon, and best of all, there is NO extra charge! A good balance of exhilarating water slides (Monsoon 360, I'm looking at you) and family-friendly attractions (wading pools & small slides for younger kids kids), it makes for the perfect excuse to head to Sunway Lagoon!
Oh, and there is a new ride that is still under construction while we were there. What's that, you ask? A water roller-coaster! I think the monkies will be eagerly waiting for that to open.
Check out all the fun the monkies had at Nickelodeon Lost Lagoon in a brief video clip that I had compiled:
A fave of the boys back in 2011, the spinning Cowboy Boot ride found a new fan in Ale. As for the boys, they were found whizzing down the Colorado Splash flume ride. Yes, they simply could not get enough of water.
We made a brief stop at Extreme Park, which is dedicated to all adrenalin junkies, thrill seekers and extreme sport fans. Not surprisingly, most of the activities found here cater to older kids and up and activities like the Flying Fox, Bungy Jump, ATV and Go Kart require additional fees.
At least the Paintball Shooting was free for everyone.
We gave the Scream Park, which featured a walk-through Ghostbusters Adventure experience, a miss because well... the monkies were not fans of being scared. Heh.
And before Nickelodeon Lost Lagoon, there was original Sunway Lagoon Water Park. Here, you can find the perennial favourites of a lazy river, wave pool, water playground and of course, plenty of water slides.
I was glad that we were able to go on the Vuvuzela, the world's highest and largest vortex water slide. Yes, that's the orange and yellow structure in the photo.
This is by far the most thrilling water ride I have been on. It is tough to describe how the ride is exactly... but think of it like a Pirate Ship ride, where the raft slides up and down like a pendulum along the sides of the slide. The pacing of the ride is great and the tremendous drop into the funnel rivals that of many roller-coasters!
If you do go to Sunway Lagoon, make it a point to go on that slide. The queue can be unbearably long, so we waited until it was 30 minutes to closing time and we only had to queue for 10 minutes!
The Wildlife Park is also not one to be missed, especially if you have young kids with you.
Billed as the first and only fully interactive zoo attraction in Malaysia, visitors can get up close and personal with more than 150 species of animals from around the world. From a journey of learning through its unique Wildlife Encounters, to getting entertained by talented animal stars in the Wildlife Theatre, the Wildlife Park has loads of educational and interesting activities for the entire family.
But perhaps, the star attraction for the monkies had got to be the Pet Village.
Here, they got to dabble in some longkang fishing, feed guinea pigs and even cuddle some cute rabbits!
I am not kidding when I say Sunway Lagoon packs a lot of excitement into one location. With 6 theme parks to cover to cover at Sunway Lagoon, how can one get bored? In fact, I would say one day is hardly enough!
Accommodation-wise, choose from three options - Sunway Resort & Spa, Sunway Pyramid Pyramid Hotel and Sunway Clio Hotel. All three are located beside the theme parks, and connected to the iconic (AND HUGE) Sunway Pyramid Shopping Mall.
We stayed at the newly refurbished Sunway Clio Hotel (formerly known as Sunway Pyramid Hotel West), with its guest rooms reflecting fresh details and textures with a contemporary functional design concept.
Overall, I had no complaints about the room - it was clean, functional and comfortable.
Address: 3, Jalan PJS 11/11, Bandar Sunway, 47500 Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia
GPS Coordinates: LATITUDE: 3.07199 ; LONGITUDE: 101.60515
Operating hours: 10am - 6pm daily
Online rates - Adult RM153 | Child (12 & below) & Senior Citizens (60 & above) RM126
Walk-in rates - Adult RM170 | Child (12 & below) & Senior Citizens (60 & above) RM140
Accommodation: From RM380 per night (Sunway Clio Hotel's website)