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LEGOLAND Malaysia Water Park + Hotel 2014
(3 Jan 2014 - 4 Jan 2014)

 

Day 1

Johor - LEGOLAND Malaysia Water Park (3 Jan 2014)

 

 




Good Morning Singapore! Rise and Shine, the weather is fine! On our 14th anniversary of our dating aka “Pak Tor” 拍拖  (in Cantonese), HamHamFarm decided to visit the LEGOLAND Malaysia Water Park and Hotel that officially opened on 21 Oct 2013 and 29 Nov 2013 respectively.


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Located just 18km from Singapore's Tuas 2nd Link Checkpoint, take the 2nd link expressway and exit 312 Nusajaya (You will see the LEGOLAND Malaysia Resort signage) and you’ll reach LEGOLAND in no time J

Vance: We spent more time trying to clear the traffic jam at Tuas area (morning rush hour) than the journey to LEGOLAND after crossing the checkpoints! So do time your departure timings to be outside the morning rush hours.

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We parked at the basement car park of LEGOLAND Malaysia Hotel. Warning : For those not staying in the hotel, the parking fee is RM30 per entry! So do park elsewhere (e.g. the adjacent Medini Mall) if you are not staying in LEGOLAND Malaysia Hotel. Parking is complimentary for hotel guest, but do validate the parking coupon at the hotel reception before exiting. Ensure that you leave the car park within 10 mins after validation.

Vance: Caution also for vehicle entry into the LEGOLAND Hotel car park, the ramp down (and up) the car park is flank by very tightly lined concrete kerbs on the sides which will scratch (badly) your car rims. I'm not sure how bad the rims of other cars are scratched, but the kerbs looks very be quite badly damaged!


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LEGOLAND Malaysia Water Park is the largest LEGOLAND Water Park that span across 300,000 sqm, is an extension of LEGOLAND Malaysia’s theme park which opened on 15 Sep 2012. With various water rides and slides to choose from, LEGOLAND Malaysia Water Park is the perfect get away destination for families with children.

Vance: And Children-wannabes... like us!


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There’s quite a number of reviews/blogs on this brand new LEGOLAND Malaysia Water Park but we’re proud to say that our reviews are definitely unbiased (since we’re not sponsored nor invited by LEGOLAND Malaysia). Photos for this remaining blog entry are categorised into their respective zones.

Vance: Actually hor, I don't mind helping to write a biased one... at least we could get entry to the park, lockers and meals FREE.. maybe they will throw in some LEGO sets as souvenirs!!!! Please, let us write a biased BLOG entry.. please, please, please :P


Entrance

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The entrance to LEGOLAND Malaysia Water Park can be found to the left of the LEGOLAND Malaysia Hotel.


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Tickets to the Water Park can be purchased at this ticketing counter. However, our recommendation is to buy the tickets online as there's 20% discount discount for bookings made 7 days in advance of visit date. The downside would be that the tickets are valid on the specified date of visit only. Date change is not allowed after booking confirmation.

Vance: At the time of this blog entry (Jan 2014), Malaysia's MYKAD has also 20% discount at the ticketing counter. So if you could not buy it online before hand and you have, or have someone in your party who is a MYKAD holder, remember to use this option!


Facilities
 
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There’s ample lockers right near the entrance of the water park but they do not come cheap. Rates @ RM20 (small) and RM40 (big) for multiple access within the day. The lockers are accessed electronically, without the hassle of a physical key. There are 2 ways to unlock the rented lockers. Firstly, via the fingerprint (Do ensure that your hands aren’t wet for seamless operation). Otherwise, get your DOB + favourite colour ready to access the lockers.

Vance: The lockers are unlockable via a central computer terminal located sparsely around the locker room. The fastest (and safest) way to get access to your locker would be to have one person to go through the unlock process at the terminal and the other waiting at the locker itself. This will ensure you do not get timeout (locker re-locks itself) or someone else tries to access your locker before you do.

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Shower and changing rooms are located in the same building as the Lockers room and they include larger-than-usual family shower rooms (located in the respective male/female rooms). On our visit, I was shocked to see an adult male guest in the family shower room located in the female changing cubicle. It certainly something misleading for visitors that the management should address.

Shower cream cum Shampoo (2-in-1) are provided in each bathing cubicle. For ladies with long locks, I do recommend that you bring along hair conditioner as long hair can easily become tangled if it is not cared for, especially so after a dip in the Water Park.

Do remember to bring along your own towels, unless you are prepared to rent one at RM20 (Each towel comes with a complimentary knapsack bag).

Vance: There's no warm water for showers too (not that its really needed in a hot day, which is the case usually in tropical climate), but I thought it would be great to provide that option...


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Cabanas (READ : Expensive Shades/Tents) are available for rental at the Water Park on a first-come-first-serve basis. Full-day rental fee is RM300 while half-day (from 2pm onwards) rental fee is RM150 and each cabana fits up to 4 guests. Each cabana has two deluxe chaise lounges, two seating chairs, two complimentary towels, safe deposit box and one table with DUPLO bricks for play. A host is available to assist with Water Park needs and food orders. Ten complimentary mineral water bottles will also be provided in the mini-fridge within the cabana.

Vance: For privacy, you could close the curtains as well... in case one needs to change a baby's diaper or something? *shrugs*


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Worry about losing your shoes, just 'deposit' them in the shoe racks provided round the Water Park.

Vance: They could still be stolen though! But surely a neat way to maintain orderliness in the park overran by kids! :)


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Want to dry up fast? Step into this body drying machine at a cost of RM10 per use.

Vance: Actually on a really hot day, you can save that RM10 for a cup (or 2) of Soda drinks by lying around one of the bench chairs to dry yourself! (Or use the dryer in the shower room :P)


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We are all ready to get drenched at the sparkling new LEGOLAND Malaysia Water Park! J


DUPLO Splash Safari

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 The DUPLO Splash Safari is a large wading pool with shallow water which is perfect for toddlers (Just like DUPLO - the Lego product range that’s designed for younger kids). There are 3 short slides (red, yellow and blue) here as well as interactive and larger-than-life DUPLO creatures (The polar bear, crocodile, elephant and giraffe) that are actually water fountains that come alive with a twist of a handle.

Vance: Readers, have you notice the water in the pool seems to be much lesser with Fiona wading inside???




Build-A-Raft River
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Build-A-Raft River
is a lazy river essentially, meandering through a variety of lush landscape built with lots of colourful LEGO bricks, that will leave visitors soothed and invigorated. The twist is the ability to design and build guest’s own unique LEGO raft using the floating LEGO bricks (while floating along in the river). However, there is only one entrance and exit point for this lazy river so it can get a bit crowded and messy at times.

Vance: Look out for kids who hogs ALL the available LEGO bricks and they seems to be like building a REAL LEGO Boat or something?!? We encountered one that wipe clean the bricks all along the river! That is really a bummer!



Joker Soaker

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The Joker Soaker is a fun, interactive and brightly coloured playground located in a swimming pool complete with various lengths, heights, types of slides and water cannons. There are various corridors with hidden water bobby traps waiting for unsuspecting “victims” and dangling ropes with a surprise (Vance: AKA pails of water or water hoses!) at the other end that are not possible to resist pulling. Kids can also wade in the surrounding ankle-deep pool.

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Beware of the 2-metre Lego Joker (above) that dumps 350 gallons of water every few mins.
(Warning : You would be (very) drenched!)




LEGO Wave Pool

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This wave pool has a LEGO dolphin flanked by two LEGO mermaids as its centrepiece. Only 1.4m at the deepest end, the pool has gentle to moderate intensity waves. Unlike some other wave pools (that you find in Singapore like Jurong East Swimming Complex or Wild Wild Wet) where the waves can get really high and choppy, the waves here were simply too mild (for us). Absolutely kick-less if you are expecting the excitement of the surf under controlled conditions.

Vance: Actually this is good for us sitting at the ends of the pool and have some nice time together chatting while being rocked by the gentle waves :) [Remember we are celebrating our 14 year DATING anniversary! And if you notice, it got a little cloudy [in the pictures] (but not raining) so its something nice and cooling to do that at _noon_ time!


Water Slides
Proper swim wear is required on all attractions, but we do witnessed visitors entering the pool/rides with just T-shirts and shorts (which are not really classified as proper swim wear). Swim wear with exposed zippers, buckles, rivets, or metal ornamentation are also not permitted. Do remove your watches/other form of jewellery as they are not allowed to be worn when going down the slides.

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Splash 'N' Swirl (The orange slide) is a bundled whirl of excitement as riders power through twists and turns before shooting out onto a huge dish, going in circles while edging closer to the centre and finally, spilling out into a splash pool below. Riders can opt to go solo or in pairs (on a Figure-8-float).


Brick Blaster (The red and yellow slide) requires the use of a water raft which can seat up to 3 persons. Vance solely lug the heavy green raft up the stairs to get to the slide! *Bravo to the Hairy Porter once again* Blast down the slide and hang on tight as the raft will careen through 2 huge barrel-like contraptions at a blazing speed!

Vance: Luckily Fiona didn't asked to do it again!!


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Red Rush (The red slide) requires minimum of 3 person to go. Hence we joined another 2 strangers on this slide. This is a family tube slide where up to six people can ride together down a curving track. This is one slide that has less twists and turns and absolutely no plunging drops.


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The Lego Slide Racers allow up to 6 riders to race through a tube and down the slide and see who earns the bragging rights at the bottom. Experience the speed, bumps and high-speed splashes as you glide face down in the dark tunnels before seeing light. Given my weight, I was the last to finish! Wahahaha!  
Vance: "You are last to finish".. is it because you are too heavy? "Wahahahahaha"! :P


Lifeguards are stationed in almost every corner of LEGOLAND water park. Just look out for the men in white.


Imagination Station

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At the Imagination Station, kids can use DUPLO bricks to create their own structures and use water jets to test them to destruction. Definitely interactive, educational and imaginative fun for the younger ones. There are two interactive tables. On one, kids can build bridges, dams and cities out of DUPLO bricks and test them against the flow of water. On the other, they control the flow of water by creating patterns out of LEGO elements. In another area, a musical water stand with a series of holes on top that squirt water allows kids to become conductors of their own water symphony as they cover holes creating new music notes.


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There are 2 dining options within LEGOLAND Water Park (Outside food are not allowed in the water park). The main cafe being Beach 'N' Brick Grill, located beside the Wave Pool. We had the Roasted Chicken Leg with Fries (Combo Jumbo) at RM25. Note : It was not possible to swop the fries with onion rings. Our recommendation is to go for the Combo that comes with a drink and fruit cup for additional RM3. Normal fast food on the expensive side by Malaysia Standard.  
Our lunch was late (at 2.50pm) and we had to queue for about 20 mins to be served (with only 2 customers in front of me) as there was only 1 cashier. Singaporeans, don't expect that kind of efficiency that you are used to be showered upon. Nevertheless, I think LEGOLAND should fix this problem quickly as hungry people can be really become angry people :P

The other eatery, Brick Bay Cafe, is located near the Joker Soaker and serves finger food and sandwiches.


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No amusement park would be complete without the souvenirs shops. Located next to the locker and changing room is this cozy gift shop. Forgotten your swimsuits, towels or sunblock? This little shop has almost all what you need (at a expensive price of course).


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The Splash Down Photos booth (that sells the developed photos taken by the official photographers of LEGOLAND) offered a package of RM200, which includes a personalised LEGO brick wall photo, one 8R photo + one wallet size photo/keychain. To get the LEGOLAND Picture Frame - Malaysia Edition (40081) that comes with the photo taken by the official photographers, visitors need to top up another RM100 (on top of the RM200).
Tips : We got the same LEGOLAND Malaysia entrance photo frame from Brickwater Beachwear at RM69.95 (Savings of RM30.05) and we are going to recreate the same by developing our own photo :P


Other Comments
We felt that floors in the Water Park can get really rough especially if you intend to walk from Point A to Point B with bare foot. Some areas can be quite slippery too, particularly on the pathway leading up to the tower with the Brick Blaster and Splash ‘N’ Swirl. So parents, do watch out for your kids on these sloped steps.






 
Having visited both LEGOLAND Water Parks in California (in Aug 2012) and Malaysia, how does LEGOLAND Malaysia’s Water Park fare against the Water Park in California? Is the grass always greener on the other side? 外国的月亮真的比较圆吗?

Here’s our comparison between the two at a glance :
  LEGOLAND Water Park (Malaysia) LEGOLAND Water Park (California)
Admission Water Park ticket sold separately, i.e. you can access the Water Park without going into LEGOLAND Theme Park. Great for those who have previously visited LEGOLAND.
The Water Park is only accessible through LEGOLAND. Therefore, visitors must also purchase an admission to LEGOLAND in order to access the Water Park.
Cost
(Infor as of Jan 2014) 
Adult (12-59): RM105* Child (3-11) / Senior Citizens: RM85*
Toddler (< 3) : RM10

*20% discount for bookings made 7 days in advance of visit date.
Adult (12-59): US$92* Child (3-11) / Senior Citizens: US$82*
Toddler (< 3) : US$5

*Includes LEGOLAND California admission
Parking Prices (Cars) 
RM 7 for parking above 4 hours US$15 per entry
Water Rides & Slides  (1) Slide Racers
(2) Wave Rider
(3) Brick Blaster
(4) Splash & Swirl
(5) Tidal Tube
(6) Twin Chasers
(7) Splash Out
(8) Red Rush
(9) Joker Soaker
(10) Built-A-Raft River
(11) Imagination Station
(12) LEGO Wave Pool
(13) DUPLO Splash Safari
(1) Built-A-Raft River
(2) Splash Safari
(3) Splash Zoo
(4) Imagination Station
(5) Joker Soaker
(6) Kid Creek (Built-A-Raft River for the younger kids) (7) Orange Rush (Equivalent to Red Rush in Legoland Malaysia Water Park)
(8) Pirate Reef
(9) Splash Out
(10) Twin Chasers

The LEGO Legends of Chima Water Park is coming to LEGOLAND Water Park (California) in Summer 2014.
Cabana Rental  Full-day rental fee @ RM300; Half-day rental fee @ RM150 Full-day rental fee between US$99.99 – US$189.99; Half-day rental fee not available.


Tips that we would like to share on visiting LEGOLAND Malaysia Water Park :-
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Go on a weekday to avoid the crowd. Weekdays in the state of Johor means Sun to Thu, weekends refers to Fri and Sat. See this news article “Johor Sultan decrees weekends will be on Fridays and Saturdays”;
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Bring your sunblock, caps, fans! There is limited shade available within the Water Park (same applies for LEGOLAND Malaysia Theme Park). Slap on copious amounts of sunblock lotion and do reapply constantly throughout the day so as to prevent “lobsterfication”;
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Remember to bring enough water supply (unless you don't mind paying for the overpriced drinks inside the waterpark). Previously in 2012, I made a comparison between LEGOLAND California and LEGOLAND Malaysia. I commented that there’s no water cooler in the whole of LEGOLAND Malaysia. Till date, the situation has not improved (not surprisingly) i.e. they still want people to die from heatstroke??!!;
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For those who refuse to pay extra for the costly food/beverage within the Water Park, have your lunch/break at adjacent Medini Mall. Do remember to get your hand stamped for re-entry and be careful of the ink of the re-entry stamp (Unless you don’t mind the stamp ink to stain your clothes);
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Lockers accept cash only and exact amount is required. So get the ringgit ready;
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For those whose thinking of packing both the LEGOLAND Theme Park and Water Park into the same day, our advice is that it may a bit rushed, especially since there might be queues at each of the attraction plus the fact that the water park is only opened from 10am-6pm (daily). There is simply too much to explore for a first time visit! To get the most out of the experiences, we recommend one park at a time for a less hectic schedule;
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Bring your own towel (as mentioned in the “Facilities” segment above; and
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Enjoy the ultimate LEGOLAND experience by spending the day at the LEGOLAND Theme Park/Water Park and stay overnight at the brand new LEGOLAND Hotel, so that you can walk right back to your hotel room after a fun-filled and sun-soaked day.


Our Overall Verdict :
Rather than catering to individual adrenalin junkies (like Universal Studios), LEGOLAND Water Park feels like a place that was built for families to enjoy together. These water-based rides and attractions cater mainly to younger children, and can be surprisingly fun even for adults. Farewell LEGOLAND Water Park (Malaysia)! We had a really good time here! <


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Vance: It got a little cloudy then and I refuse to photoshop/edit my pictures, so please make do with the (slightly) dark and gloomy pictures! :P

Folks, stay tuned for our blog entry and reviews on the newly opened LEGOLAND Malaysia Hotel J

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