Every year, it’s my job to plan trips for the family. I’m getting pretty good at it but sometimes things don’t end up as planned. Here’s a candid tale of the fambam’s (mis)adventures in Legoland Hotel and Legoland Park Malaysia.
I must admit we were all pretty excited. We have visited Legoland California twice before and we thought the experience in Malaysia would be similar.I checked the sites, read reviews and got as much information from the net as I possibly could. There were three themed rooms to choose from :Kingdom, Pirate and Adventure. Since it was my daughter’s birthday treat, we all decided on the Kingdom theme suite. After all, our princess deserves to sleep in a castle!
If you read my post “Welcome to Hello Kitty Town!”, I wrote there that we chose Singapore as our entry point and we rented a car going to Malaysia. Our driver Ramli had been taking tourists like us to Legoland Hotel in Johor Baru since it opened. “I don’t want to scare you off but almost everyone I’ve brought to the hotel complained that it’s too small!” We had to see for ourselves.
The lobby had two play areas – a pirate ship and a castle. The reception desk had a lego figure riding a bicycle with magnifying glass wheels. There are hundreds of miniature lego figures on the wall!
No Kingdom, We Ended in Adventure Room Instead
Admittedly. we went during Labor Day weekend which would probably account for the “throng” of visitors. The hotel was fully-booked and we ended getting a Premier Adventure theme room instead.
Upon entering , the first thing that came to my mind was “OMG, it’s smaller than the sala of our room in Marina Mandarin (Singapore).” But the troopers that we are, we just got ourselves settled and started playing “I Spy.” The room had drawings and figures everywhere– from the ceiling, to the walls, to the carpet.
Stuck In The Middle of Nowhere
Write-ups will tell you that the hotel and park is right next to the Mall of Medini. Well, the mall turned out to be a cluster of restaurants in a covered court. We were surprised to see Pancake House there. We entered, ordered, and waited for an hour to be served. My daughter was already bawling from hunger ( she also wanted to go to the theme park already). I don’t know whether to laugh or cry when our orders finally came. The chicken on my plate was as big as three cotton balls stuck together. It was insane! We stood up, left and went to KFC instead. ( Before the trip was over, we ended up having four meals in Kentucky).
Gold for Bricks
We did try the Bricks buffet restaurant inside the hotel . Again, maybe because it was Labor Day weekend, the place was so crammed and noisy. Imagine your high school cafeteria. It was a lot like that. The price was pretty steep, too. (880 rupiah per adult and about 600 plus rupiah for kids) .
The heat was terrible! We had to go back to the hotel after thirty minutes to change our shirts.
THE BQP’S VERDICT
We were supposed to stay for three days in Malaysia but we left after the second day. We were afraid of getting sick and thought it best to spend the last day of our trip back in Singapore. Our tickets allowed us to go to the Water Park but we didn’t even make it there. We really tried our best to enjoy the theme park (we did, for awhile) but the weather really took its toll.
For me, open theme parks work best in cold weather. Our Legoland experience in California was so different from Malaysia. True, we had to wait longer lines in Carlsbad but it was tolerable since we were comfortable. If you want to plan a trip to this particular theme park , I suggest you do it in the cooler months and not during summer.
In the end, we made a pitcher of lemonade when we were handed lemons. Life is such that you can’t plan everything. We decided to have fun despite of the circumstances. Our next stop : Universal Studios , Japan! Hogwarts Castle here we come!
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