9 Of The Best Theme Parks In Malaysia
The year 2020 proved to be quite challenging, to say the least, and we think it’s high time for all of us to catch a break. If you’re looking to let loose and forget your worries for a while, here are some of the best theme parks in Malaysia that are fit for a fun-filled family excursion or a great time with friends.
Berjaya Times Square Theme Park, Kuala Lumpur
This theme park is located right smack in the city centre, all you have to really worry about is beating the traffic! Once there, start by taking the kids to the Fantasy Garden, where they can have a go at the Flying Bumble Bee ride, and then buckle up for a bumpy ride with Honey Bump, where the little ones can put their pedal to the metal as they hop aboard the adorable bumper car.
It’s not just for little ones, though, as the theme park also has something in store for the adrenaline junkies. The Supersonic Odyssey at Galaxy Station is an extraordinary, multi-inverted roller coaster, capable of hitting up to 80km/h and leaving you at the edge of your seat, quite literally. The Spinning Orbit also proves to be a worthy contender, as it rides up to 30 meters above the ground and rotates at 10 rounds per minute that makes for a dizzying good time.
Sunway Lagoon, Subang Jaya
Receiver of numerous awards from pre-eminent attraction aggregator Trip Advisor from 2016 util 2019, Sunway Lagoon Theme Park is undoubtedly one of the best theme parks in Malaysia, if not the best. Swathes of weekenders flock here to cool down, and it is also the go-to spot for families to unwind especially during school holidays. Kids will definitely love the interactive water playground, Little Zimbabwe at the Water Park. Adults, on the other hand, can dive straight into the exhilarating Vuvuzela, which is famous as the World’s Largest Vortex Ride.
Apart from the Water Park and splashing good fun at Spongebob Splash Adventure in the Nickelodeon Lost Lagoon area, you can also bring your family to the Amusement Park zone, where they can ride the Carousel, or appreciate a bird’s eye view of the downtown skyline from the Pedestrian Suspension Bridge. Speaking of birds, you can also check out the Wildlife Park there. Get up close and personal with more than 150 species of animals, and you might even get a chance to meet the park’s resident pair of white lions, Zola and Zuri.
LEGOLAND Malaysia Resort, Johor Bahru
Should you decide to spend the school holidays in the southern state of Johor, then it’s highly recommended to squeeze in this popular theme park into your itinerary. LEGOLAND Malaysia Resort first opened in September 2012, and since then has been one of the best theme parks in Malaysia to have witnessed throngs of tourists eager to experience the excitement there.
Aside from the park’s famous rides, such as Dragon’s Apprentice and LEGO® NINJAGO® The Ride, there are also other attractions here worth visiting with the whole family. For instance, check out Miniland, where you can find an array of miniature versions of Asia’s famous landmarks such as the Petronas Twin Towers of Kuala Lumpur, the Merlion in Singapore, India’s Taj Mahal and many more. Kids can make the most out of their trip by swinging by the creative workshop, LEGO® Mindstorms. There are 7 different workshops for you to choose from, and the kids are free to use their creativity to the fullest as they build their very own LEGO® robots.
Lost World Of Tambun, Ipoh
So you want to bring the whole family on a chill getaway up north? Among one of the best theme parks in Malaysia, we think that it’s worthwhile for you to add the Lost World Of Tambun as one of your pitstops. The overall calming greenery of this location will take your mind off the hustle and bustle of the city. Let your hair down with the various activities and attractions available here and just have fun!
One of the can’t-miss rides here includes the Adventure Express at The Lost World Amusement Park zone. It takes you on a journey through the intriguing ruins and majestic nature of the theme park. Not a big fan of locomotives? Then buckle up for a wild ride on Dragon Flights for a frenzied spin up in the air. After all the rides have been ridden, spend the rest of the evening at the Lost World Petting Zoo. Certainly an enlightening and educational experience that will delight even the small ones!
ESCAPE, Penang and Petaling Jaya
Hungry for a good thrill? ESCAPE theme park probably tops our list of places to go to when you’re in the mood for games and adventure galore.
Let’s start with ESCAPE Penang. We dare you to come forth and experience the longest water tube slide here, so long that it even made it to the Guinness Book of World Records! The slides are built amidst a tropical rainforest and it doesn’t get any more refreshing than this. Other outdoor activities here such as the Slingshot, Jungle Swingers and Flying Lemur get the job done for those who are really into monkey mischief, while A-MAZE takes hide-and-seek to another level as you get the opportunity to bond with your kids, exploring the dark maze together.
ESCAPE Petaling Jaya, on the other hand, features myriad indoor and outdoor activities befitting one of the best theme parks in Malaysia in a more urban setting. Take the Gecko Tower for example. Think of it as rock-climbing, minus the rock. Instead, you climb a replica of what seems to be a colonial tower – of course, with a harness on. There’s also the luge-esque Zoom Bug, which is something you could try out with the entire family, and Monkey School, a course designed to stimulate whole-body coordination skills, especially for growing children.
KidZania Kuala Lumpur, Petaling Jaya
It’s fair to say that any kid would squeal in delight at the thought of going to KidZania. Why, you ask? Because this theme park is a dreamland where they can let their wildest imagination run wild.
Built around the idea of nurturing children to explore their interests and ambitions, KidZania hosts an extensive list of role-playing activities for kids to take partake in. There is a wide selection of jobs and adult-like experiences in the interactive city, from policemen to manicurists and even environment officers. KidZania has teamed up with respective market leaders to deliver an authentic, unforgettable experience that inspires children to realise their full potential. At KidZania, children can explore the exciting careers paths offered there based on their interest (or try them all!), while you sit back and relax in the parents’ lounge.
SuperPark, Kuala Lumpur
This all-in-one indoor activity park is worth bookmarking if you’re looking to bring your family on a fun day trip in the city. You’ll find that there is something in store for everyone at SuperPark. There are amazing deals to choose from, with different sessions all offered under one roof.
The Finnish chain indoor park is divided into three different zones; Adventure Area, Game Arena and Freestyle Hall. Adventure Area is more suited for the younger ones, with activities such as Sliding Mountains, Kid’s Gym, Pedal Car Track and Ninja Track. Meanwhile, Game Arena promises never-ending fun, with an assortment of games such as Street Basketball, Super Bowling and the highly interactive iWall, which combines gaming and exercise set in a virtual race across multiple cities. There is an ice rink at Freestyle Hall, and you can have a go at skateboarding here, too. Then, practice your jumps and acrobatics a the dedicated gymnastic arena.
Jump Street Asia
Another indoor urban playground that should be on the list of the best theme parks in Malaysia is Jump Street Asia. Banking on the novel attraction of trampolines, the park draws visitors who are very much interested in defying gravity. Here, a vast area of interconnected trampolines spread across the floors await your jump!
Nit just limited to trampolines, there is an assortment of activities to try out here. Take the Velcro Fly Wall for example. The aim is to jump onto the trampoline and bounce as high as you can onto, get this: a Velcro Wall while wearing a Velcro suit. Meanwhile, another highly competitive game you could try out is Jump, Tap and Score. The fastest participant with the correct tapped buttons on the wall wins – will it be you? All in all, this is a great way to spend an afternoon in the city.
Adventure Waterpark Desaru Coast, Johor
There is no such thing as too much of a splash, and no one does it better than Adventure Waterpark Desaru Coast. In fact, here lies one of the biggest wave pools in the world. Tidal Wave Beach holds more than four million gallons of water, over nearly 1.3 hectares. The waves come lapping in every 30 minutes, as it makes its entrance along a 170 metres manmade sandy beach. Try as you may, but it’s really hard to resist the urge to ride the wave.
Adventure Waterpark Desaru Coast also shines in the children-friendly attraction department. Let’s start with Kids Ahoy, which is an age-appropriate play area for younger kids. It features multiple play equipment and an astounding total of 13 different water slides. Then, there’s the Penawar River. Feel free to stay adrift here for an hour or two. Meanwhile, the long and looping lazy river is meanders amidst the refreshing scenery of the riverbank. It’s the perfect place for you to just chill with your entire family under the sun!
Seeking fun for the whole family at the best theme parks in Malaysia is really not that hard. Just be sure to plan ahead and plan accordingly, and above all, stay safe.
Izzat is your regular 20-something, currently trying to navigate his way through the murky waters that is adulting. When he’s not hunched in front of the computer trying to catch deadlines, you’ll find him buried under the sheets watching films, or doing what he does best, which is sleeping.