The hugely popular LEGOLAND® Malaysia just got even wilder and wetter with the opening of it’s Asia’s first and World’s largest LEGOLAND® Water Park on 21st October 2013. The Water Park has more than 20 unique water based rides and over 70 specially built LEGO models. Situated right next to the (dry) LEGOLAND theme park in Nusajaya – a 40 min drive from the Tuas Checkpoint in normal traffic conditions. You have to purchase separate admission tickets into the LEGOLAND® Water Park. Annual pass holders have the option to upgrade their passes to a Premium Pass that allows unlimited multiple entries to both parks.
We were privileged to be invited for a Media Preview last weekend and we had such an awesome day at the Water Park! Having tried all the rides (yes we did!), we bring to you our ratings of the Water Park’s rides in terms of its Thrill Quotient (TQ) – indicating the amount of adrenaline rush experienced during the ride and Fun Quotient (FQ) – the amount of family bonding and fun it offers. Here we go!
A) Family Rides:
Brick Blaster (Red and Yellow tube)
This is as thrilling as a whole family fun can get where you blast down the slide with 2 or 3 others in a tube and pass through two 2 tunnels of extra fun. Grab a green raft and the entire family can zoom down together this exciting yellow and red tube. Really exhilarating fun as the waters wash into the raft. This is more thrilling than the Red Rush – it delivers an instant adrenaline rush that is speechless but not too scary! Minimum 2 pax to ride, up to a maximum of 4 depending on size and weight.
TQ: 4/5. FQ: 4/5
Splash & Swirl (Big Orange Tube)
Right next to the Brick Blaster this ride is for solo or twin riders. It washes you down the orange tube but mid-span, you spin round and round (like in a whirlpool) and literally swirls into a sink hole just about the width of the tube! That’s the thrilling bit as you are ‘flushed’ around mid-span waiting for the water to wash you into that little sink hole. Now I know how it feels like to be flushed into a sink! Fun Fun Fun!
TQ: 3/5. FQ: 4/5
Red Rush (Giant Red Tube)
This is an introductory ride for the family. Go for this first if you want a taste of how a gentle whitewater rafting experience feels like. You sit on a large raft (minimum of 4 pax up to a max of 6 depending on size) and you swirl down this giant red tube as a family. Great family fun. This is wifey’s favourite ride in the Water Park and we rode on it twice. Must try!
TQ: 2/5. FQ: 5/5
Any water theme park that is worth its weight would have the quintessential ‘float around the moat’ attraction but for the LEGOLAND Water Park, they upped the ante by providing lots of free floating lego bricks for you to grab and build your own unique lego vessel. Surprisingly, I enjoyed this as it offers the family a leisurely and relaxing ride just admiring the amazing LEGO structures as we float along, and then grabbing whatever bricks within our range to build something that, well, looks presentable. This is the essence of LEGO – Creative, Challenging and Fun. It’s ingenious to incorporate it in this river ride. Try having a family challenge to see who can build the most creative or tallest or funniest structure at the end of one round around the moat!
TQ: 1.5/5. FQ: 3/5
B) Fun for all Ages:
The Wave Pool is another quintessential Water Park attraction. This one is not too big and that’s a plus because you wouldn’t want to have to search for your little ones in one the size of an ocean! The waves are quite conservative in size and not too ‘choppy’. Its recommended that any child should don one of the age-specific life vests before venturing into the Wave Pool. Plenty of opportunities to create some family fun as you frolick in the waves.
TQ: 1/5. FQ: 3/5
Imagination Station and Duplo Splash Safari
True to its mission of creative family fun for all ages, LEGOLAND Water Park devoted a sizeable area to the toddlers and younger kids by equipping its park with shorter, broader slides and safe play area and imagination space for everyone to build whatever comes to their mind at the Imagination Station as they engage in creative water play with Lego blocks. Regardless of age, do spend some time there…especially the Imagination Station.
TQ:1/5. FQ: 3/5
Another quintessential feature in any Water Park except here in LEGOLAND Water Park, it incorporated a variety of slides of different heights for the children of different ages. It’s an excellent place for kids to try out some simple tube rides before ‘graduating’ them to the bigger ones. Wonderful water playground for some general run-around fun while getting soaked and….watch out for that huge 300-gallon bucket of water!
TQ: 2/5. FQ:3.5/5
C) Solo Rides
These twin dark and light green tubes offer an introductory tunnel ride to the other solo rides. Though it’s relatively low and short, the darkness in the tunnel, guided by faint LED lights, offers a good introductory thrill ride for anyone who craves for that little adrenaline rush in the dark. Try this before the other solo rides.
TQ: 2/5. FQ: 2/5
This blue open tube right looks deceptively ‘tame’. It’s even situated on the same platform as the family-friendly Red Rush. But you kinda get an indication of what to expect when the guide asks you to remove your watch (hold on to it) and other loose items including your swimming shirt (!!). Tops with back zippers are not allowed too. I was also told to “Keep my head down and lie down”. I got to appreciate the rules later. Once you push off, it gathers speed, REAL speed. There are some small bumps and humps along the way as gravity pulls you down. I lifted my neck a little only to get a rude bump on the back (be warned!). Zippers or loose clothing items may risk getting caught in the little joints as you speed along in high speed before the final splash!! This is fast. Be warned.
TQ: 3.5/5. FQ: 2/5
Wave Rider and Tidal Tube
Situated right next to each other, these are the ‘evil cousins’ of the Twin Chasers and Splash Out. The Wave Rider is the blue open tube and it offers the almost the same thrill as the Splash out but it has lesser speed with more turns. Perhaps I’ve been acclimatised by the Splash Out but don’t be fooled. This still packs a punch in terms of speed and turns. Definitely a ride that lasts longer than Splash Out.
TQ: 3/5. FQ: 2/5
The long green tunnel is a LONG GREEN and DARK tunnel. Expect speed, bumps and turns all in almost complete darkness. One of Dana’s favourites but it’s not for the faint-hearted.
TQ: 3.5/5. FQ:2.5/5
LEGO Slide Racers
To me, these six side by side tube ride offers the best of everything a fun water ride could offer but it certainly isn’t for the faint-hearted. Race with your loved ones and experience the speed, bumps and high-speed splashes as you glide FACE DOWN in the dark tunnels before seeing light and then a long bumpy and straight ride down to the finish line! The Red Tube seems to be shorter but picks up speed faster while the Blue tube is longer and enhances your experience in the dark. Whatever it is, you’ll emerge into the light…not into some divine bliss but into a scary high speed plunge chest down, face first! This has a height limit of 1.2m. Dana was at first turned away but we both gave the ‘puss-in-boots’ look and she was allowed to go on it once. It turned out to be her top favourite ride in the LEGOLAND Water Park!
TQ: 4.5/5. FQ: 4.5/5
The LEGOLAND® Water Park is an amazing waterplay themepark for the entire family. What I love is that it remains true to LEGO’s mission to create a wholesome, creative and fun family destination for all.
The rides are not that wild’, not much G-force compared to those found at the Sentosa Adventure Cove Water Park which make it more suitable for families with kids. Here at the LEGOLAND® Water Park, Dana was able to attempt 99% of the rides (whereas in Adventure Cove, it was the reverse)! That being said, although most rides only require a minimum height of 1.02m, this is just a general guide for physical safety. What is more important is your child is mentally prepared to take these water rides as these are after all rides filled with twists, drops and turns with the occasional feeling of capsizing etc…many of which we have no control over. They also need to be physically able to hold on to the rafts during all the swirling and tumbling. So do exercise discretion. You may want to ‘try’ your kids on the ‘milder’ slides at the Joker Soaker – if they can’t take those then don’t traumatize them by persuading them to go on the more challenging rides of which they are not psychologically ready. When it comes to theme parks, safety takes precedence over fun.
Keep a lookout for our second installment where we introduce the amenities and tips to make your trip a fruitful and fun-filled one.
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The LEGOLAND® Water Park opens from 10am to 6pm daily. Do check its official website or facebook page for more information on admission rates, annual passes, driving directions and seasonal promotions. If you plan to visit the LEGOLAND Theme Park on your day out, do hop over to read our 3-part reviews.
Big thanks to LEGOLAND® Water Park for the splosh, splashing fun day!