Legoland Malaysia Resort

Legoland Malaysia Resort is Malaysia's first international theme park, which opened in Iskandar Puteri, Johor, Malaysia on 15 September 2012 with over 40 interactive rides, shows and attractions. It is the first Legoland theme park in Asia and sixth in the world upon its establishment.[2] The official opening of Legoland Malaysia was made by Sultan Ibrahim Ismail, Sultan of Johor on 22nd of that month.[3]

Legoland Malaysia Resort
Legoland Malaysia Resort.svg
Entrance Legoland Malaysia.jpg
LocationIskandar Puteri, Johor, Malaysia
Coordinates1°25′30″N 103°37′38″E / 1.42500°N 103.62722°E / 1.42500; 103.62722Coordinates: 1°25′30″N 103°37′38″E / 1.42500°N 103.62722°E / 1.42500; 103.62722
ThemeLEGO
Operated byMerlin Entertainments
Opened15 September 2012; 7 years ago (2012-09-15)[1]
Operating seasonYear-round
Area76 acres (310,000 m2)[1][2]
Attractions
Total20
Roller coasters3
Water rides2
Websitewww.legoland.com.my
StatusOperating

HistoryEdit

 
Signage of Legoland Malaysia, with Legoland Hotel on the left.

Groundbreaking for the theme park was held on 2 December 2009, hosted by site developer Iskandar Investment Berhad (IIB).[4] Site operator Merlin Entertainments had signed an agreement with IIB to build Legoland Malaysia in December 2008.[5] Merlin signed another agreement with LL Themed Hotel SdnBhd to develop and build the Legoland Hotel in April 2012.[6]

Besides the Legoland Malaysia theme park, other resort attractions include Legoland Water Park (opened in 2013), which is a Lego-themed water theme park, and The Legoland Hotel (first half of 2014), a Lego-themed hotel, which is also the first to open in Southeast Asia. The hotel was built under a management agreement between the Company and LL Themed Hotel SdnBhd, a joint-venture company owned by Destination Resorts and Hotels Sdn Bhd and Iskandar Harta Holdings Sdn Bhd.[7]

The cost of Legoland Malaysia and the water theme park was RM720 million, while The Legoland Hotel cost RM190 million.[8]

When Legoland Malaysia opened in 2012, it targeted 1.5 million visitors[9] and expected to generate more than RM100 million in the first year of its operation.[8] In September 2017, Legoland Malaysia Resort appointed global digital marketing agency VML to handle all aspects of digital marketing.[10]

According to reports, In November 2017, Legoland Malaysia Resort launched the world's first Lego virtual reality roller coaster.[11]

LayoutEdit

Themed areas and key locations within Legoland Malaysia Resort

Legoland Malaysia is divided into several major areas, each featuring attractions sharing a common theme. Starting from the entrance (themed The Beginning) on the park's eastern edge and proceeding clockwise, they are Technic, Kingdoms, Imagination, Land of Adventure, and City; in the centre of the park is MINILAND.[12][13] NINJAGO World was added to Land of Adventure in 2016. The Water Park was opened on 21 October 2013, on the park's southeastern edge, as the largest LEGOLAND water park in the world and requires a separate admission fee;[14] the SEA LIFE Malaysia aquarium was officially opened on 28 June 2019 near The Beginning and also requires a separate admission fee.[15]

The BeginningEdit

 
Ticket booths at The Beginning (2015)

The Beginning includes the park's welcome sign, admission ticket sales and entrance gates, and several shops specializing in LEGO bricks and sets, LEGO-themed merchandise, and visitor supplies. There are also several restaurants and snack stands in this area.

TechnicEdit

The Technic-themed area includes some of the fastest rides in the park.[16]

Attraction Added Mfr. Image Description
Aquazone Wave Racers 2012   Includes 4 water cannons arrayed around the twin circle tracks for spectators to splash water on the 12 riders.[13]
The Great LEGO Race 2017 Mack Rides, Samsung (headsets) World premiere of the first LEGO-themed virtual reality roller coaster; guests wear VR headsets. Later installed in 2018 at Legoland Deutschland and Legoland Florida.[17]
LEGO Academy 2012
LEGO Mindstorms 2012 Robot design workshop.[13]
Technic Twister 2012   Teacup-style ride. Capacity is 60 riders at a time in 12 teacups.[13]

KingdomEdit

The medieval-themed LEGO Kingdom is at the park's southwestern end.[18]

Attraction Added Mfr. Image Description
Castle Stage 2012 Capacity is 500 visitors per show.[13]
The Dragon 2012   Capacity is 600 riders per hour on two separate dragon-themed trains. Maximum speed 60 km/h (37 mph)[13]
The Dragon's Apprentice 2012  
The Forestman's Hideout 2012 Playground with a treehouse theme.[13]
Merlin's Challenge 2012 High-speed carousel, 48 visitors at a time.[13]
The Royal Joust 2012   20 horses, single riders.[13]

ImaginationEdit

The Imagination area includes the Build and Test Centre, where visitors participate in an interactive attraction to build houses, cars, skyscrapers, etc. After building then you can test them out on the earthquake table. The area also includes the Kid Power Towers attraction, a Zierrer junior drop tower ride where visitors pull a rope to propel their vehicle seat upward to the top of tower; once they let go of the rope, they drop down the tower.[13] This area also includes DUPLO-themed attractions for younger visitors.[19]

Attraction Added Mfr. Image Description
Build & Test Centre 2012  
DUPLO Express 2012   5-carriage miniature train, 10 riders at a time.[13]
DUPLO Playtown 2012   Child-size city playground.[13]
Kid's Power Tower 2012   200 visitors per hour; 9 metres (30 ft) ascent.[13]
LEGO Studios 2012   "4D" movie adventure, accommodates 500 visitors per showing.[13]
Observation Tower 2012   Capacity is 1,000 visitors per hour; observation platform is 41 metres (135 ft) above ground level.[13]

Land of AdventureEdit

Land of Adventure is designed to evoke the late 1800s and early 1900s, emphasizing the exploration of ancient civilizations by colonial powers.[20]

Attraction Added Mfr. Image Description
Beetle Bounce 2012 4.6 metres (15 ft) tall drop ride.[13]
Dino Island 2012   Log flume "canoe" voyage featuring a 12-metre (39 ft) waterfall drop. 3,000,000 litres (660,000 imp gal; 790,000 US gal) of water in total.[13]
LEGO NINJAGO The Ride 2016 Triotech Interactive dark ride, using motion-sensing technology.[21]
Lost Kingdom Adventure 2012 Sally Corporation   Interactive (shooting) dark ride; capacity is 1,000 visitors per hour.[13]
Pharaoh's Revenge 2012 Play area.[13]

CityEdit

The City area is designed as a miniature town with attractions and rides controlled by children.[22]

Attraction Added Mfr. Image Description
Boating School 2012   Accommodates up to three riders per boat.[13]
Driving School 2012   Maximum speed of cars is 6 km/h (3.7 mph); guests have full control.[13]
Junior Driving School 2012 Reduced speed, single-pedal control for younger drivers.[13]
LEGO City Airport 2012  
LEGOLAND Express 2012   Capacity is 60 visitors at a time.[13]
Rescue Academy 2012   Includes police and firefighter-themed vehicles.[13]
The Shipyard 2012   Playground.

MinilandEdit

Each LEGOLAND park contains a Miniland; the one at Malaysia reproduces iconic buildings and areas from Asia on a 1:20 scale. The reproduction of the Petronas Towers at Miniland Malaysia stand nearly 10 metres (33 ft) high and contain more than 500,000 LEGO bricks.[13] In total, almost 30 million bricks were used over three years for the initial construction of Miniland.[23] Miniland also includes two fictional areas: one themed for pirates, and another themed for Star Wars; the Star Wars exhibit was removed in 2019.[24]

Country Added Closed Image Description
  Brunei 2012   Featuring model of Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque.
  Cambodia 2012   Featuring model of Angkor Wat.
  China 2012   Featuring models of The Forbidden City and Great Wall of China.
  India 2012   Featuring model of Taj Mahal.
  Indonesia 2012   Featuring model of Pura Tanah Lot.
  Laos 2012   Featuring model of Patuxai.
  Malaysia 2012   Separate areas for Kuala Lumpur (featured models include Jamek Mosque, KLIA, Maybank Tower, Petronas Towers, Sultan Abdul Samad Building), Putrajaya (Perdana Putra, Putra Bridge, Putra Mosque), and Johor Bahru (Dataran Bandaraya Johor Bahru, Istana Bukit Serene, Larkin Stadium, Port of Tanjung Pelepas, Sultan Abu Bakar State Mosque, Sultan Ibrahim Building).
  Myanmar 2012   Featuring model of Karaweik.
  Philippines 2012   Featuring model of Bolinao, Pangasinan.
Pirates 2012   Fictional scenes based on the Strait of Malacca.
  Singapore 2012   Featuring models of The Fullerton Hotel, Merlion Park, Riverside Point, and Singapore Flyer.
Star Wars 2014 2019   Fictional scenes from the films; removed after Disney acquired intellectual property licence.
  Thailand 2012   Featuring model of Wat Arun.
  Vietnam 2012   Featuring model of Hội An.

Water ParkEdit

 
Joker Soaker (2015)

The water park area includes more than 20 water slides and 70 LEGO models; it incorporates attractions from other Legoland water parks, including Build-A-Raft (a lazy river with platforms to attach soft LEGO-like bricks) and Joker Soaker (a wading pool with a bucket that periodically showers guests with 350 US gallons (1,300 l; 290 imp gal) of water).[14]

Sea Life AquariumEdit

The first admissions to Sea Life were part of a preview weekend held 7–8 May 2019 for season pass holders.[25]

Retired attractionsEdit

Attraction Years Mfr. Image Description
Project X 2012–17   Wild Mouse roller coaster, 15 turns.[13] Each car holds four riders; maximum elevation is 18 metres (59 ft).[16] Replaced in 2017 by The Great LEGO Race.

Roller coastersEdit

Name Manufacturer Model Opened Status Ref
Dragon Zierer Family 2012 Operating [26]
Dragon's Apprentice Zierer 190 2012 Operating [27]
Great Lego Race Mack Rides Wilde Maus 2012 Operating [28]

Public transportationEdit

Legoland Malaysia Resort is easily accessible by bus and taxi.

Bus No. Destinations
CW7L Hotel Ramada Medini ↔ Tuas Link MRT station (Singapore) via Legoland Malaysia Resort
LM01 JB Sentral ↔ Terminal Gelang Patah via Legoland Malaysia Resort/Mall of Medini
IP01 Larkin Sentral (Medan Selera Johor) ↔ Puteri Harbour via Legoland Malaysia Resort/Mall of Medini
IP02 Puteri Harbour ↔ AEON Bukit Indah Shopping Centre via Legoland Malaysia Resort/Mall of Medini
IP03 Puteri Harbour ↔ Rumah Iskandar Malaysia via Legoland Malaysia Resort/Mall of Medini
FC2 Forest City (Johor)AEON Bukit Indah Shopping Centre via Legoland Malaysia Resort/Mall of Medini

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ a b "Legoland, Johor". Tourism Malaysia. Retrieved 25 May 2014.
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  19. ^ "Imagination: Where LEGO® knows no limits" (PDF). Legoland Malaysia Resort. 2012. Archived from the original (PDF) on 3 September 2013.
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  22. ^ "LEGO® City: A LEGO® world where children really take control" (PDF). Legoland Malaysia Resort. 2012. Archived from the original (PDF) on 24 February 2014.
  23. ^ "Miniland: Asia in LEGO® Bricks" (PDF). Legoland Malaysia Resort. 2012. Archived from the original (PDF) on 24 February 2014.
  24. ^ "Visit the LEGO Star Wars Miniland Model Display at LEGOLAND as We Bid it Farewell!" (Press release). Legoland Malaysia Resort. 22 November 2019. Retrieved 22 May 2020.
  25. ^ "SEA LIFE Malaysia is Set to Open on 9th May 2019" (Press release). Legoland Malaysia Resort. 3 May 2019. Retrieved 22 May 2020.
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