BBRRRIIIINNNNNNG! (alarm buzzing) I rubbed my sleepy eyes and jumped in the shower to give my aching body a bit of a kick-start, I needed it! I hurriedly packed our bags and gently tried to wake the kiddies. “It’s Legoland Day!” no response … “C’mon guys – time to wake up – we’re going to Legoland today!” Still no response – Geez we really must have pushed them yesterday!
Now, Legoland is in Malaysia and we were still in Singapore so we needed to organize a border crossing, as well as the transport there. In all my ‘fantastic’ itinerary organizing I just assumed that it’d be as simple as grabbing a driver and ‘Bob’s your uncle!’ we’d be at Legoland – Ummmm, NOPE – not quite that easy. Firstly, the super efficient and super money orientated Singapore government have stopped Malaysian taxi drivers entering into Singapore unless they have a specific license, and even then there is only one depot in the whole of Singapore that they are allowed to stop at, which as we found out, not many people even know about – including the taxi drivers! In short, we had just started our journey to the Malaysian border where we would swap taxis and another driver would take us the rest of the way, when our Singaporean driver phoned the Malaysian driver to confirm the details. After an extremely animated and very loud exchange between drivers we did a quick u-turn and arrived at the ‘only station’ 10 minutes later. We could quite as easily kept en route and thrown the whole day out. OMG – That’s a totally devastating thought!
The reason I’m sharing this is not so much for the story but to give a word of warning to anyone considering taking this journey. We saved a heck of a lot of time and about $100AUS with this little u-turn! (Email me for more details if you need to!)
So … both drivers were great, the first for actually checking details and the second was just a good guy! He took us out for breakfast at a local Indian eating house which was delicious, and refused to let us pay – now how’s that for service!
Then, with much anticipation and excitement we arrived at the Legoland Hotel – Yes, just to add to the whole Lego experience we had booked a night at the themed Legoland Hotel, where everything … and I mean everything was Lego! (Even the dunny doors – *Aussie word for toilet!)
The kids were totally over-awed, and I thought my heart was going to burst right on out of my chest. I couldn’t wipe the smile off my face and there was a spring in my step that resembled that of a 5 year old! Liam’s smile became even bigger – if that’s at all possible – and I could see from his expression that he, too, thought that this was a great idea … and we hadn’t even got beyond the foyer yet!
Only downfall of the hotel is that the check in wasn’t until 4pm but that didn’t really matter when today was our day for Legoland. We stacked our luggage into the storage room, grabbed the camera and ran towards the theme park entrance. Perfect timing as we got there just as they were opening the gates, and just as the staff were performing their spritely and simply choreographed ‘welcome’ dance to the tune of the Lego Movie – and right in the middle was ‘Emmet & Wild Style” J&D were in their element!
After posing for a family photo with Emmet, (cos that’s what you do at Legoland ) we had a quick pause which consisted of a much needed coffee for Mum, then Jed’s mapping skills came out again, and off we went.
First stop was the ‘racing cars’ where Deni showed her natural talent behind the wheel and her newly discovered ‘need for speed!’ She was so happy in her little car, Jed took a while to co-ordinate himself but once on track they both had a ball!
Then we went on all things that GO! We puffed along on the Lego train, captained a Lego boat, we rode a Lego fire engine (where team Smythie whipped the opponents!) and piloted a Lego airplane. Then Jed and Deni galloped on the Royal Joust and then had my own heart thumping while they screamed their way around the Dragon Roller Coaster! (I’m not one for roller coasters so became the official photographer, yes –a total cop out, I’ll admit that!)
When we could finally drag our littlest speed demon off the rollercoaster we had a great time shooting Fire laser blasters at targets to protect an ancient treasure and all of us got drenched to the bone on a crazy water raft ride. We watched a 4D movie and got spat on by a Lego monster, then got snowed on, which was a welcoming relief from the steamy weather outside! BUT without a doubt, the star of the park … the hands down favorite ride was … the Project X ride. It looked mild, cute little cars in bright primary colors possibly for the littlies, The Wiggles would look good in these, I mean how bad can a little Lego 4-seater car be right?, Yes, I lined up with my 2 little speed demons – all wide eyed and super proud of their Mummy, jumped on … the ‘harmless little car’ kicked to a start and off we went … up up up, the DOWNNNNNN, EEEEKKKKKKK, around a razor sharp corner – ohhhhhhh NOOOOO – another corner, and another and another…. I think my heart actually stopped for the whole entire ride. I looked at my 2 little kids and their big big smiles and wondered when did they get so brave? The next half a dozen rides I took the job as photographer again!
There was so much more to see and do, a ‘Miniland’ that was exactly what I had expected to see. Replicas of lots of famous landmarks and historical icons all made out of actual Lego pieces. There was the Taj Mahal, Angkor Wat and the little town on Hoi An, we even spotted a landmark from our beloved Bali – Purah Tanah Lot, which even had a little piece of grass to replicate a part of the golf course that sits just beyond the temple, and one that my brother had recently played on. The Malaysian Legoland is also home to the biggest ship ever made out of actual Lego pieces, fit with working cranes and all! Pretty impressive stuff.
It was a BIG day at Legoland and time to get back to our ‘Adventure themed room’, just in time to shower and prepare for dinner at the ‘Bricks Restaurant’ (well … what else would it be called?) I’m not a smorgasbord chick but the kids had a ball and the dessert section – well … their little eyes, which were now just about hanging out of their sockets – almost popped right out of their sweet little heads! Chocolate fondue with marshmallows … bowls of chocolate coins (Imoma – we thought of you!) chocolate brownie cakes, ice-cream, pink sponge cake …… and on and on and on.
… We let them sleep-in the next day!
Day 2 was the day for the Water Park, which is attached to the Legoland theme park. To be honest, coming from a day at WaterBom in Bali it was a bit of a disappointment, but for anyone that’s experienced WaterBom it’s pretty hard to beat. So, not to waste an opportunity for fun, we tried out all the rides anyway, some a few, then went out for a bite to eat, then back to Legoland for more rollercoaster fun! Good thing our tickets were open and allowed us the flexibility to move from one park to another.
All in all … we HAD A BALL! The decision to take the side trip was a good one, and I’m pretty sure it’s going to be a memory that will stay with our darlings forever, it sure will be for me!