Legoland Malaysia is, obviously, an outpost of the international theme park based on the small plastic block everybody hates to tread on. Situated just outside Johor Bahru in Nusajaya (a smoke free city, apparently), this park is popular with locals, tourists and day trippers from Singapore. It has the expected miniature village made of Lego, but with an Asian focus. These are pretty impressive, with a lot of intricate detail, and include some local Johor and Selangor landmarks. Oddly, the models of the KL tower and the Petronas towers aren’t there – I was told they burned down and would take 5 years to rebuild, though I don’t think I believe that.
In addition, there are a few small roller coasters aimed at kids (though they’re too unpleasant for me!), various fairground type rides, a 12m log flume, a ‘4D’ cinema (like 3D, but they spray you with a bit of water), a live stage show of the Lego series Ninjago, an observation tower, a train ride, and a new exhibit which showcases all (at time we visited) 7 Star Wars films in miniature. There are also a lot of shops selling Lego sets, including the ‘Big Shop’, the largest in Asia and with the biggest range. Alternatively the mall opposite the park has Asian brand non-Lego plastic building blocks for less than a quarter of the price…
One highlight for kids will probably be the chance to get their ‘driving licence’ – it looked like RM35 to get a photo taken then drive some small Lego cars around a circuit (3-5 year olds) or a mock town (6-13 year olds), at the end of which you get a fake licence.
Price is RM180 for non-Malaysian adult, RM144 for Malaysian adult (only available by presenting MyKad on the day), RM145 for kids – missed the Malaysian kids’ price but I guess 20% off like adults, so about RM116. If you have a Maybank credit or debit card it’s RM117 per adult, wherever you’re from.
As ever, they don’t want to bring your own food in. Inside the park they gouge you a little, but not as much as I expected (burger, fries, coleslaw, drink for RM25 – including a veggie burger; small pizza, soup and drink for RM35; pastries RM6-10), and it’s not too bad either with the potato curry puffs being quite spicy. There are lockers to keep stuff in for RM5 an hour or RM20 all day.
Annoyances and other miscellany: the car park seems a long way from the gate (more than 1km by road, though there is a walking short cut which isn’t well indicated) and is pretty run down. The ticket machine wasn’t working properly which was a bit annoying when we tried to leave. Car park charge RM10 per day. Tickets are single entry only, so you can’t escape the expensive food to go the mall opposite, and then return. There are drying machines for you to use after the flume, but they cost RM10 – instead, simply remember you’re in the tropics and will dry off in 30 minutes anyway. I didn’t use it, but there is a family toilet which might be helpful to you if you have small kids. Do take lots of suncream etc, as the shade is patchy. I got burned on a cloudy day, trying to stay in the shade… Open 10-6 normally, 10-7 on special days such as school holidays. You can check the website for confirmation of hours.
There is also a water park – we didn’t visit but I intend to in future. It costs an extra RM58 per person, or you can pay a standalone price.
Address: 7 Jalan Legoland, Medini, 79250 Nusujaya, Johor