Legoland Malaysia’s officially opening its doors on 15th September, 2012 but we were lucky enough to take part in their soft launch one week earlier.
I’d like to apologise beforehand for the substandard quality of these photos. DH was unwell and could not come along for the trip that day, leaving me alone with the twins and 4-month old Peanut for most of the day. RoundBoy and OnlyGirl were there, as well, but went with the bigger kids in our group for the roller coaster rides (there were 3!), among other things. As I was saying, I had my hands full and couldn’t put in as much thought and work into composition and camera settings.
This is the ticket counter. Admission that day was free for Legoland’s corporate invitees and their family but normal admission rate is RM140 per adult (12 years old and above) and RM110 per child aged between 3 and 11 years old.
This is one of the three roller coasters in the theme park — Project X, in the Lego Technic area, quite close to the entrance.
OnlyGirl told me that The Dragon was the best of the three and she rode it some 5 or 6 times, partly because it was fun, partly because it was one of the things that older kids can enjoy, and partly because there was practically no queue that day, being a private event with a limited number of guests. Unfortunately, I did not manage to take a photo of The Dragon but this is the castle at its entrance.
There were Lego ‘statues’ all around Legoland — some in the water, in front of the toilets, in front of the entrances to various rides, restaurants, and facilities. They were everywhere!
I can’t imagine how Legoland staff can keep those figures clean considering the dust and humidity of Malaysia, coupled with the sheer number of people getting their grubby hands all over those masterpieces! Case in point: this Lego rhinoceros that the twins are having fun with — Twin1 attempting to ride it, Twin2 pretending to be bitten by it…
…as little Peanut stares curiously at it.
The soft launch was only from 12 noon to 8 pm that day — plus it rained a couple of times that afternoon — thus, we did not get to see everything, such as the Land of Adventure, an impressive-looking Egyptian-inspired part of Legoland. The long queue to get in piqued my curiousity but in the end, I’m glad we didn’t go because apparently, it was only some sort of shoot-em-up game inside that’s more suited for younger children.
Right next to it was the Beetle Bounce, a mild ride that gets your tummy all a-churning, not exactly our cup of tea. Toddlers accompanied by adults could get on this ride that merely got people up, then down, down, up, down, down, up, down….you get the idea. We skipped this ride, as you can probably tell by now.
Not all of the rides were ready yet that day, such as The Tower, a slow steady ride all the way up to the top of this spire, where one can enjoy a bird’s eye view of the entire 76 acres (!) of the theme park.
Dino Island is one ride I’d love to try once it’s operational. The body drying stalls right outside this ride hints at a wet and wild ride ahead for older kids…and kids-at-heart ;)
(To be continued)
Legoland (Part 2)