Finally my first post for 2012. More than halfway through the year. I’ve always wanted to post a lot of my (mis)adventures for this year but laziness among other things got ahead of me. But this recent trip we went to shouldn’t be left unblogged. *Drumroll* The newly-opened Legoland Malaysia! Located in Nusujaya, Johor, Malaysia, it opened last September 15. Roughly 30 minutes from Singapore via bus, Legoaland Malaysia, is the First Lego-themed themepark in Asia. First built in its hometown in Billund, Denmark, Legoland has several other parks in Europe (Germany and UK) and two in US (Florida and California).
Our adventure started last week, when my friend, Bullet, from the Philippines came to Singapore for a vacation to celebrate his birthday. Luckily, I was on leave that Tuesday so instead of showing him around Singapore, we decided to go to Legoland. From Singapore, there are two ways to reach Legoland. One is from Johor Bahru Sentral, located at the northern part of Singapore and the other one which is closer to my place, CIQ (Customs, Immigration & Quarantine Complex) 2nd Link on the west side. Bullet stayed at my place on Monday night, just a station away from Jurong East where we will be taking the bus to CIQ 2nd link. Bus departures from CIQ to Legoland are limited (6 trips per day) so I advise you to plan your timing.
From Singapore to CIQ 2nd Link:
– Jurong East Bus Interchange: CW3 & CW4
– Boon Lay: CW6
Bus departure CIQ 2nd Link to Legoland: 08:30, 10:30, 12:30, 15:00, 17:00, 19:30
LEGOLAND Malaysia (Return): 10:05, 12:05, 14:35, 16:35, 19:05, 21:35
We were supposed to take the 1030 am bus from CIQ, but the CW3 bus from Jurong East to CIQ arrived late. We cleared immigration around 1045 and missed the 1030 bus. Worried that we will be wasting time waiting for the 1230 pm bus, I asked around for an alternate route. We were advised to take the bus to Gelang Patah, then from there, wait for the JPO2 bus stopping by Legoland.
We arrived at around 1130. Just outside Legoland, we ate our lunch at the Medini Mall. Most shops are still under construction. Another ongoing project is the Legoland hotel, estimated to be completed by 2014. Despite the sweltering heat of the midday sun on that cloudless day, we got our tickets (MYR 140 for a day pass, mine is an annual pass valued at MYR 270) and entered the massive compound of Legoland. The park is initially divided into 7 distinctly-themed areas.
The park is mostly decorated with countless different Lego designs ranging from small rats to the gigantic Egyptian mummy and bust of Albert Einstein! Most of the rides were really suited for the kids, but these won’t stop the young-at-heart to experience the thrill of the attractions. My personal favorites were the Project X (Lego Technic zone), The Dragon (Lego Kingdom Zone), and The Dino Island (Land of Adventure).
What really caught my attention is the Miniland area. The centerpiece attraction of Legoland Malaysia where several Asian landmarks are presented at scale built ENTIRELY using LEGO bricks. Complete with animatronic people, trains, buses, and ships, the experience is simply unexplainable. I was surprised more when they also featured Philippines in one of their displays. One can really be amazed at the complexity and the closest resemblance (including color) at all the structures.
Overall, the experience was one-of-a-kind. I would definitely go back there soon with my wife, other friends or family. It’s a recommended place for families to bond.