I have been playing with Lego since my childhood. The tiny bricks that are hard to step on (and painful to your feet), it is the toy of dreams.
I still remember one of the earliest video games that I have played was Legoland. Similar to other theme park tycoon games, this was where I had to build a Legoland theme park from scratch, adding attractions and shops to attract visitors. The game also displayed the real life Legolands, including that in Billund, Denmark and Windsor, UK.
It has been my childhood dream to visit a Legoland, especially to see famous buildings recreated using these plastic bricks. So, when I had an opportunity to visit one such Legoland, in Johor, Malaysia, I was excited. This Legoland was the real deal—fully licensed, and my expectation was high.
I was wrong, though.
I visited Legoland Malaysia and was bitterly disappointed. From a name as prominent as Lego, I had high expectation for this theme park. Yet, I left the park after barely three hours with playing only one or two attractions and visiting the miniature world.
Speaking about the miniature world, while some of the buildings are quite awesome when created with Lego, the area was way too small to justify the existence of this feature across all Legolands. Yes, the Petronas Twin Towers, Taj Mahal, Singapore River, they were all nice, but that was all.
The attractions were relatively bad and was geared more toward very little kids—even the 12-year old may find them boring.
The relatively empty park should have been a telltale sign for me. It was hardly crowded—especially considering that it is the Legoland. The queue was relatively empty, and I was slightly saddened to see a family, holding the VIP pass, cutting through an empty line to one of the attractions. They might as well wonder why did they purchase the pass at all.
Also disappointing is the “biggest Lego store in Asia”, which sold no rare item, and very limited 16+ items. I was looking for some items that I had in my mind, and sadly, none of them existed.
Again, I left the park saddened. It was definitely not a visit for a second time. This Legoland was might as well dilapidated, and to bear the great Legoland’s name is a bit shambolic. Unless it really improves its offerings, it may well be difficult to sustain the park at all.