Tuesday, March 08, 2016

Legoland Theme Park & Waterpark 2016 Johor

Back when Legoland just opened in 2012, we went to visit with my daughter and we couldn't finish the place in one day due to the heat (and rain) plus the long queues. Now that she is 6 years old, we find that the trip is more enjoyable and worthwhile because she is able to try out most of the rides. There is a height limit to most of the rides, and my poor 2-year old son couldn't get on some of the rides while big sister fully enjoyed all -- including multiple times on roller coaster rides and more.

To sum up our 2016 experience:

1. Definitely you must try to go on a weekday. It's awesome to be able to hop on any ride you want and go multiple times. No queue, no crowd. Just utter enjoyment of a huge theme park or water park all to yourself! It was also an easy drive from Mont Kiara KL to Johor. 

2. Stay at Legoland hotel - the easy access to the hotel is wonderful especially for the kids. The room could fit up to 5 people! We brought our helper along with the 2 kids. The room had a king bed with sliding door. The kids had their own little corner bunk bed, and at the bottom it has a pull out. They also have their own TV entertainment. They literally jumped for joy when they saw the room. Of course, there was a box of lego in the room for kids to enjoy. And also we found it interesting that there was a treasure hunt map which we had to solve, and when we were able to open the magic chest, there was a gift for the kids! WOW. They also enjoyed the disco lights inside the elevator, and of course the giant lego castle and ship (at the lobby of Legoland).

3. Take one full day for the Theme Park and another full day for the Water Park. If you have young children with you, you will not be able to finish off both locations in one day, though they do sell combo tickets which allows you access to both parks in a day.

4. Book early to get discounts online!

5. For something to eat nearby at Legoland (and you don't want to eat at the hotel on certain days), I know you will have kids with you so you won't want to drive far... so my best recommendation will be:

Chinese Food (non-halal) : HOOK SANG HOME COOKING 
38 Jalan Indah 15/1, Taman Bukit Indah, 81200 Johor
Tel. 07-2341781

We found this place by accident -- and we were so happy and satisfied that we ate there twice. The place is air-conditioned, well-lighted and clean. Good service. Some of the staff speaks English (in case you're an expat like me, that comes in handy). And best of all -- food is great! We utterly enjoyed all the dishes we ordered with special highlight on the Shrimp Sweet and Sour, the salted fish fried rice, and the bitter gourd soup with some meat inside. Families will surely enjoy eating at this place -- whether you like meat or seafood. 

Pork-Free, Pizza-Pasta Place : MARCO POLO CAFE www.themarcopolokitchen.com.my
35 Jalan Indah 15/2, Taman Bukit Indah, 81200 Johor (very near by Hook Sang, lots of parking space)

It's a typical cafe that serves up lots of options for coffee and tea. They also had some cold-pressed juices. The highlight for us (and the kids) were the quality pizza that they served. I can't comment on the pasta dish as we tried the ravioli (which was ok, plain, could be better). The pizza were awesome. Service was good, too, mostly Filipino staff around). It's super nearby the Chinese restaurant. In fact there is a pool of F&B around that area, but these two places will be the one that we will go back to if ever we will be back to Legoland with the kids.

We visit in March of 2016 -- and the weather is awesome. Hot, no rain, pure sun and sky. We will definitely recommend this to everyone. Again, go on a weekday!

Now, it's time to let the photos speak for itself. 

Legoland Hotel - a grand and colorful welcome as you drive in 

A giant ship greets you at the reception counter -- filled with Lego!

The happy faces when they discovered they had a bunk bed for the rest of the stay!

Easy access to the hotel -- you can enter / exit at your convenience and easy to reach the theme park or water park

Super yum coconuts  at Hook Sang Home Cooking 

Awesome place -- must really visit this clean restaurant with delicious food. Good price too!

Hook Sang Home Cooking interiors

Lotus Root Soup and Stewed Pork

We loved, loved, loved the Salted Fish Fried Rice

More of the salted fish fried rice please!!!

I really enjoyed this Sweet and Sour Shrimp

Bitter-gourd soup with pork -- clear soup which is oh-so-yum!

Little one enjoying the soup as well!

Black Pepper Crab -- not too spicy. Just right for us!

Evenings - outside Hook Sang Home Cooking, they started to set up tables for al-fresco dining.

Marco Polo Kitchen

Cozy Cafe at the Nusajaya Johor - The Marco Polo Kitchen

Lots of options to choose from -- bread, soup, risotto and more...

A lot of pasta choices!

The pizza we ordered were all very good - thin crust. The way we like it!

Date pudding with Ice Cream

The rides - thoroughly enjoyed by 6-year olds and above!

Legoland Visit 2016 --- expats from KL!

Enjoyed building a raft using Lego to move around our kids in their giant pool!

The end of a wonderful 3-nights stay at Legoland Hotel. Adios!

Legoland Malaysia
    Address: 7, Jalan Legoland, Medini, 79100 Nusajaya, Johor, Malaysia


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