Dearest Husband took the liberty of arranging an ad-hoc vacation just before our planned 1-week vacation to Langkawi. We’ve never been Legoland since Seri was too small to enjoy it all. At the beginning, I thought she was not at the right age yet to go to Legoland, and it was most likely to rain in November.
But who am I to rule out the master’s desire to go on holiday. Kecik-kecik main hujan okay jer!
The plan was to drive to Johor, and the next day to Legoland, and the 3rd day on our way back to shop at JPO (Johor Premium Outlet) YEAY!
Although I was pretty apprehensive about the financials being a burden for 2 vacations within a month. I was easily appeased by him, through his ‘Make Memories’ motto.
“The money will run out whether or not we go. It is not ours to keep, but to provide value to others and collect significant memories for ourselves. Don’t worry, our rezeki is determined by Allah”
OK, SOLD! Let’s GO!
Where We Stayed
We stayed in a 2 bedroom apartment in Gelang Patah which was a 9 minutes drive from Legoland. 1 room for the 3 of us, and a room for Tiyah. But most of the time, Seri gets ready in Tiyah’s room, so that I can get ready too simultaneously.
The Apartment Name has slipped my mind, but it had a kitchenette, fridge, kettle and some dishes and glasses. I wonder why they have a stove when there’s no pots or pans.
- An infinity pool with a view of rooftops
- Simulation Golf for RM30/hour
- Wifi in the Lobby only
Didn’t matter much to us as we didn’t spend that much time indoors, except for sleep & shower.
Where to Park
We arrived in Legoland around 9 am after having breakfast at Warung Saga in JB which unfortunately was a 22 minutes drive from our apartment, and surprisingly there was ample of parking space despite it being the schools holidays. I trust SFM would park as close as he could to the entrance. It was an RM10 outdoor parking and we were high in spirits and loads of energy to toddler sprint our way in.
It was also raining drizzly. Bummer. But as expected. Bring an umbrella.
Let me tell you this, there is an option to park in Medini Mall or Hotel which is SO MUCH NEARER. In the beginning, you won’t think it matters to be so close by to the entrance/exit gate, and you would rather save your ringgit.
But it does matter:
- AFTER you’ve spent the day at Legoland and you’re all drained. May not apply if you’re still in your 20s. We’re definitely not.
- When you’re dragging a bunch of exhausted kids. We only had 1 kid, most of the torture was carrying our own weight and wet towels & swim clothes. But I was walking along a lady carrying a sleeping baby and her husband dragging along 2 sons. We were both huffing and puffing our way back to our cars and wailed together “Why did they have to make this path so far???”
I googled afterward that Parking in Medini is around RM2 for the first 2 hours and RM2 for each hour subsequently.
And if you stayed at Legoland Hotel, parking is obviously FREE.
Don’t Forget to Bring the Stroller
I’m not too sure at which point of time, that Tiyah’s and my brain decided to be in sync. We both forgot the stroller. My SSC was in the car, but at the age of 2 years old, Seri enjoys walking and running around, and I don’t really enjoy carrying a wiggly girl.
For the sake of both parents and child, DON’T LEAVE THE STROLLER BEHIND like we did.
Sure, you have the option of rental at previously RM30, now RM56. It didn’t look very comfortable for a child to sit or sleep in.
We mostly need the stroller to carry our bags, umbrella and only when Seri is sleeping. And because we left the stroller and our brains back in PJ, we had to pay for a locker to keep the towels and wet clothes and carry Seri whilst she’s asleep.
This would be the longest time she sat still other than sleeping
Bring or Buy a Poncho
If you’re like me, who detest carrying an umbrella and would rather risk fever and flu then carry one. I suggest you bring a poncho. If you buy it ahead of time and at a hardware store, you could get it for less than RM5. As we didn’t, we bought a poncho at the Legoland Shop for RM12.
But it was worth it watching the cute little lass enjoying her bright yellow poncho.
Food is Expensive
As per normal requirements, outside food is not allowed in Legoland. But the security didn’t seem too strict about the bag search. We had a pack of Oreos and drinks for Seri.
The fries were at RM7 which was pretty steep for me, nevermind other heavier options. So we decided to have lunch out of Legoland after we were done with the Water Park and trotted our way to Medini Mall and found The Chicken Rice Shop not too far.
Study the Maps & Rides
As of all the things in this world, ‘Preparation is the Key to Success’. So read and understand the map and rides requirement beforehand and you would save a lot of energy and time about deciding where to go.
I made the mistake of not doing that because we had such a short time prepare, we missed out on areas that Serie would have enjoyed first and by the time we got there she was fast asleep. There are some areas you can totally skip if you are just bringing a child below 3 years old, and some you should totally get on board before the child kaput.
Even though maps are provided at the entrance, my brain just found it harder to compute when hungry and tired. And I’ve come to realize when it comes to directions, most of the time (not all) I should never totally rely on Le Hubs. Especially when he’s hungry too!
To book tickets online, you have to book 7 days in advance. We were asked to purchase at the counter because we only decided to go to Legoland like a day ahead.
We purchased combo tickets for both park and got additional 50% discount for subsequent tickets.
When we arrived, we were advised to go the water park first since it was drizzling with rain.
The ticket was Free for Seri because she was under 3 years old, but we had to pay RM11 at the Water Park entrance and received 2 disposable swim diapers.
I don’t think it was a good idea to cram everything into a day, we found out too late. I could feel sleep beckoning to me, by the time we were done at the waterpark. And this was coming from someone who has a hard time falling asleep anywhere. I can just imagine how the others felt. If only we took the Legoland Hotel… sigh….
Next time, I would prefer to go to each park on separate days so we have enough time to enjoy it fully.
My Verdict of Legoland
Compared to Disneyland or Knotts Berry Farm, California which both SFM and I went to on our Honeymoon, Legoland is pretty mild and does not provide the adrenaline rush that you would want if you were in your 20s.
However, since we have Seri, traveling as a family, and in our late 30s (old) it is pretty fun to explore for the first time. I do want to come again, probably with a bigger group, more days and Seri gets to enjoy more rides. We missed out on checking out the Technic section as it was already getting dark and we were all drained out.
Thankfully, it was the monsoon season and provided us with quite a cooling weather instead of the hot & humid which would have been even more tiring for us.
This was definitely more tiring then Jungle Gym Atria
Immediately the next day, we went to JPO, and because we were exhausted from Legoland the day before, it wasn’t at all fun as we would have expected. And unlike the day before, the weather was terribly hot. Not a single purchase was made, except for our unappetizing lunch.
Wished we could go back to PJ in a blink of an eye instead of the drive back.