LegoLand Malaysia [2012]

WARNING: this is a blog post that is full of photos and videos! For best viewing experience, do use the computer to check out this blog entry! Hello Everyone,

I am sure everyone's waiting for this blog post and I just can't wait to show you all the beautiful pictures that we took at LegoLand Malaysia.

However, before I begin this blog entry proper, I would like to take this opportunity to thank M for linking me up with the PR Company [Bell Pottinger] to attend the exclusive media invitation to LegoLand Malaysia. Also, I would like to thank LegoLand Malaysia and Bell Pottinger for the warmth hospitality and welcome when we were at LegoLand.

Well, ever since Baby and I heard about LegoLand Malaysia a few months back, we have been thinking of making a trip down to check out what Legoland Malaysia has to offer. A 1-day adult [ages 12-59] ticket cost RM 140 and a 1-day child [ages 3-11]/senior [ages 60+] cost RM 110. Here's one piece of very good news; if you book your tickets online 7 days in advance, the adult and child/senior ticket will cost ONLY RM 105 and RM 75 respectively!

To get to LegoLand from Singapore, you can either drive there or take the public buses! For both Baby and I, we decided to utilise the public buses. Here's how you can get to LegoLand Malaysia via public tranportation.

First, you will have to take the MRT train to Jurong East Station. Once you have reached, head to the Jurong Bus Interchange and look out for CW3 or CW4 buses. These buses go to CIQ 2 [Malaysia Customs] via the Singapore Customs and the trip in will cost you SGD $4.

This is how the Causeway Link buses look like.

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The interior looks very much like a tour coach bus.

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The bus will reach the Singapore Customs in Tuas and you will have to alight the bus to clear immigration. Once that is done, board the same bus [CW3/CW4] and it will take you to CIQ2. After you get your passports stamped at CIQ2, you will have to board a separate bus [JPO2] to LegoLand Malaysia. This will cost you RM $2, so be sure you have small Malaysian currency notes on hand. By the way, JPO2 also goes to the Johor Premium Outlets; so if you fancy some shopping after checking out LegoLand Malaysia, you can do so at your convenience. However, do note that the frequency of buses are unlike that of Singapore's; so please plan your trip properly before you go to LegoLand. For information regarding the busing details, you can check out http://www.legoland.com.my/Plan/Bus-Services/

This is the interior of JPO2, very much like the buses in Singapore but much more comfy.

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The bus journery from CIQ2 to LegoLand will take about 20 minutes.

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From LegoLand Malaysia Media Invite 2012

About 50 schools from Johore were invited to LegoLand Malaysia yesterday and though it wasn't crowded, we had to queue for certain rides and attractions at LegoLand. Looking at the cheerful and joyful children certainly reminded us of our pre-school times!

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Baby posing for a photo with the children.

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The children were really so excited about going to LegoLand and here they are waiting just behind the entrance gates for it to open.

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You can choose to purchase your tickets on the day you're visiting but I would strongly recommend you to get your tickets online as you will enjoy great discounts. But well, if you're a ticket collector, then you can purchase the tickets from the ticketing booths.

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Here's even more exciting news for you. LegoLand will be opening a water theme park next year and in 2014, they will have a LegoLand Hotel too! During the media briefing session, I overheard a conversation that a Hello Kitty Land is in the pipelines as well but I can't be too sure how reliable this news is.

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From LegoLand Malaysia Media Invite 2012

Check out the colourful entrance of LegoLand Malaysia!

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After obtaining the media passes, we entered the main gates and were ushered to the Market Restaurant where the media briefing was to take place.

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From LegoLand Malaysia Media Invite 2012

Check out the menu being offered at Market Restaurant

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Here's the media registration booth that was setup by Bell Pottinger

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There I was checking out the press kit to see if I had any questions for the "Q&A" session.

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Baby went around taking photos of Market Restaurant.

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The Market Restaurant has a lot of food choices where you can choose your appetisers, main courses, and desserts. It has a large seating capacity and an alfresco dining area.

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From LegoLand Malaysia Media Invite 2012
From LegoLand Malaysia Media Invite 2012
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From LegoLand Malaysia Media Invite 2012

The food prices are quite typical of theme parks and attractions all over the world. So if you're expecting cheap affordable food, I'm afraid you will be in for a disappointment.

Here's Julie Estrada addressing us.

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and here's John Jakobsen [in the middle] and Siegfried Boerst [third from left] hosting the "Q&A" session.

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This gentleman here, Pat, is the brainchild behind the 3D Lego structures/sculptures in LegoLand Malaysia.

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These were what we had for lunch at Market Restaurant.

Fish and Chips

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Spaghetti with Meatballs

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Cold Potato Salad

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Cream of Pumpkin Soup

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Blackforest Cake

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Baby and I having some fun at the entrance of Market Restaurant

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While waiting for the LegoLand Guard Marching Band, Baby and I went around to shoot some photos at Lego City.

A photo at the fountain outside of LegoLand Express

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The colourful and fascinating Lego Express Train!

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A mini carnival game booth at Lego City.

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I believe City Stage is one of the attractions in Lego City but when we were there, it was still under maintenance.

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The Rescue Academy at Lego City.

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From LegoLand Malaysia Media Invite 2012
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The Fire Academy is a rather interesting attraction as it requires the park guests to form up in groups of 4 to put out the fire in the shortest possible time.

Park guests will have to drive this Fire Truck to the intended destination and seriously, it takes teamwork to have this fire truck driven manually using kinetic energy.

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Here's where park guests will have to put out the fire and it takes team effort to put out the fire because one will have to aim the water hose at the right spot while the rest will have to pump water from the fire hydrant in order to have water flowing to the water hose.

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This was what I meant! Just check out the video below about the Fire Academy Attraction at Lego City.

Here's one of the park rides which is children-friendly.

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From LegoLand Malaysia Media Invite 2012

A photo with the Lego Figurines just outside the City Airport

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Another photo with Lego Figurines at the Lego City

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Its real ground, not those made out of styrofoam!

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We were treated to a splendid performance put up by the LegoLand Guard Marching Band! By the way, they were flown over to Legoland Malaysia all the way from LegoLand Billund Resort in Denmark! The LegoLand Guard Marching Band is a corps of young musicians that marches through LegoLand, spreading smiles and music whenever they go!

Here are photos of us with the awesome young musicians of the LegoLand Guard Marching Band!

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From LegoLand Malaysia Media Invite 2012

A group photo of the LegoLand Guard Marching Band with Siegfried Boerst

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A musician of the LegoLand Guard Marching Band

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And here's a photo of the LegoLand Guard Marching Band Leader presenting a momento to Siegfried Boerst.

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Guess what it was? It was a Lego set of the LegoLand Guard Marching Band!

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I really enjoyed the performance put up by the LegoLand Guard Marching Band and I especially like their drum section! Check out the video below!

After the band performance, we moved on to the Land of Adventure where we saw many other rides and attractions!

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Here's the Pharaoh's Revenge attraction at the Land of Adventure

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From LegoLand Malaysia Media Invite 2012

The Beetle Bounce at the Land of Adventure

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From LegoLand Malaysia Media Invite 2012

Here's us posing for photos with Lego figurines at the Land of Adventure!

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From LegoLand Malaysia Media Invite 2012

Jungle Cafe, a food and beverage outlet in the Land of Adventure.

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Here's Baby queuing up for a ride at the Land of Adventure!

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Sadly, the Dino Island at the Land of Adventure was closed for maintenance during our visit!

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We went on to Imagination after the Land of Adventure and took more photos with the Lego figurines!

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From LegoLand Malaysia Media Invite 2012
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From LegoLand Malaysia Media Invite 2012

Pizza Mania, a food and beverage outlet that serves Pizza at Imagination

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Many theme parks have some sort of a 4D show and LegoLand Malaysia is not an exception. So, Baby and I went to check out their 4D show and sorry to say this, it wasn't up to our expectation.

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From LegoLand Malaysia Media Invite 2012
From LegoLand Malaysia Media Invite 2012
From LegoLand Malaysia Media Invite 2012

In imagination, there is an Observation Tower which goes up to about 50 metres in height and you must check this out because it gives you a bird's eye view of the whole LegoLand park! Unfortunately, it was closed for maintenance when we went there.

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From LegoLand Malaysia Media Invite 2012

Here's where you can see inventions come to life in Lego bricks at the Build and Test Centre. We didn't manage to check this out as we were running short of time.

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Here's me posing with a Lego figurine near the Kid's Power Tower.

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I decided to give the Kid's Power Tower a go on my own!

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Check me out in the video below, having some fun on the Kid's Power Tower!

As we were rushing for time, we hurried along to Lego Kingdom and this is perhaps one of the best zones in LegoLand Malaysia!

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Here's the entrance of The Dragon roller-coaster!

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and that's me fooling around with the human catapult! I almost had a heart attack when I heard some sound coming from the catapult and thought that I was really going to be catapulted! Lesson learnt: don't anyhow sit on objects that seem harmless and stationary.

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Here's us at The Dragon!

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From LegoLand Malaysia Media Invite 2012
From LegoLand Malaysia Media Invite 2012

Baby and I wanted to go on a ride on The Dragon roller-coaster but due to the long queues, we decided to forgo it. But do check out the video below to see how the roller-coaster works!

Here are other children-friendly rides at the Lego Kingdom, The Dragon's Apprentice, Merlin's Challenge, and Royal Joust!

The Dragon's Apprentice

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Merlin's Challenge

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Royal Joust

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Here's Baby and I playing around at The Forestman's Hideout!

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Here's us posing for photos along the tracks of LegoLand Express

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From LegoLand Malaysia Media Invite 2012

After checking out Lego Kingdom, we went to check out the Miniland and we were really so amazed at the intricate details that the team at LegoLand Malaysia put together to create Miniland! As we were running short of time, we only managed to shoot some photographs of Singapore's landmarks that were seemingly real!

One Fullerton

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Singapore River Cruise

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The Fullerton Hotel

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The Singapore Flyer

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By the way, Miniland was created using 30 million Lego bricks and the structures were recreated in miniature sizes on a sale of 1:20!

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From LegoLand Malaysia Media Invite 2012

It's really a pity we didn't got much time to check out Miniland. If not, we've more photos!

We quickly moved on to the last zone of Legoland Malaysia and that is Lego Technic!

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For thrill-seekers, Lego Technic is a place you must visit because its rides are perhaps the most exciting ones in the park!

There's the Project X!

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From LegoLand Malaysia Media Invite 2012
From LegoLand Malaysia Media Invite 2012

and there's also the Aquazone Wave Racers where bystanders can have a blast by splashing water at the park guests whom are riding the rides.

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Before ending our day, Baby and I decided to visit The Big Shop and we bought some souvenirs for ourselves!

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Here's what we bought from The Big Shop! Keychains!

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From LegoLand Malaysia Media Invite 2012
From LegoLand Malaysia Media Invite 2012

and we got this keychain for my brother! By the way, the keychains are not cheap and so are the souvenirs! In fact, the 3 keychains cost us a total of RM 59+!

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Here's our parting photos at LegoLand Malaysia!

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From LegoLand Malaysia Media Invite 2012

Baby and I really enjoyed ourselves at LegoLand Malaysia and it was a pity that we didn't have enough time to catch all the attractions and rides as we wanted to catch the 1630 hours bus back to CIQ2. So, we will definitely visit LegoLand Malaysia again and we just can't wait to check out the rest of the exciting park attractions that we have missed.

ps. please pardon us for the laggy videos. it's our virgin experience trying to upload videos and we're still in the midst of learning how to use Adobe Premiere Pro properly. hence, do excuse us if the videos are not up to your expectation!

Stay tuned to more updates from us!

God bless!