Theme Parks in Malaysia

Malaysia Theme Parks

Theme Parks in Malaysia have been the new travel trend in the last couple of years with many new attractions opening around Malaysia. This list of theme parks in Malaysia is to give travelers and holiday makers a rough guide on where the parks are located and what they offer.

If you have kids and planning on visiting Malaysia, this guide would be useful in order to help you plan your trip around Malaysia.

All the parks are located in the peninsular of Malaysia and there are no theme parks in Sabah or Sarawak till date.

Most the the parks require a minimum of half a day while some parks need a full day therefore there are hotels or resorts located in or around the parks. The parks here are independently reviewed and written by Malaysia Asia.

Kuala Lumpur Theme Parks

Berjaya Times Square Theme Park - This fun theme park is located inside the Berjaya Times Square Shopping Mall in KL City which is also in the Golden Triangle of Kuala Lumpur. The 133,000 square feet theme park is split into three main levels offering a Fantasy Garden and Galaxy Station.

There is also an impressive indoor roller coaster which is the only one in Kuala Lumpur city. Fun for both family and children. Numerous hotels are available in the surrounding here while there are many other shopping malls in Bukit Bintang to explore. Definitely a must visit if you have kids and are staying in KL city.

Operation Hours:
Mon - Fri: 12 noon to 10pm
Sat - Sun: 11am to 10pm

KidZania Kuala Lumpur - The first all-kids only educational theme park in Malaysia which is housed indoors at the Curve NX building in Mutiara Damansara.Children have the chance of being a pilot, doctor or even fireman here.

KidZania is also connected to one of the cities premier shopping malls called The Curve, IKEA, eCurve Entertainment Center and also Tesco. The Royal Bintang Hotel is also a five minute walking distance. You can take a taxi from KL to here as it is about 30-45 minutes drive.

Operation Hours:
Sun - Fri: 10am to 5
Saturday: 10am - 3pm, 4pm - 9pm
KidZania Website

Johor Theme Parks

                                        Legoland Malaysia

Legoland Malaysia - The most talked about theme park for kids and adults which recently opened in 2012 at Nusajaya, Johor which is the south most state of Malaysia. Bordering Singapore, Nusajaya is part of the Iskandar Development which houses a couple of theme parks and hotels. Legoland Malaysia is also the first international theme park to open and operate in Malaysia.

Minimum time here would be around 4 to 6 hours. There are full facilities around the park with restaurants, washrooms and shops. Soon to open will be the Legoland Water Park and also the Legoland Hotel which is in 2014. There are many tour companies that offer Legoland Packages while for those self driving, it takes about 4 hours from KL and only 30 minutes from Singapore.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 10am - 6pm

                                 Hello Kitty Town in Johor

Hello Kitty Town at Puteri Harbor - Another much talked about attraction for kids and Kitty lovers, this indoor theme park is a favorite among girls and children which is only 10 minutes away from Legoland Malaysia. Fully air-conditioned, the Hello Kitty Town in Johor offers games, rides, a Hello Kitty Museum, an amazing gift shop and even a themed cafe.

The attraction is also shared with the Little Big Club on the top level of the Puteri Harbor Complex located in Nusajaya, Johor. Driving here from Singapore is only 30 minutes while it takes about 3-4 hours from KL.

Opening Hours: 
Mon - Sun: 10am - 6pm

                          Little Big Club in Johor

Little Big Club at Puteri Harbor - This air-conditioned indoor park is located on the second and third floor of the complex above Hello Kitty Town. The place offers rides, shows and restaurants.

More for the under 10 age, there is Barney, Pingu, Bob the Builder, Thomas and Friends like Percy, Mavis, Troublesome Trucks and also Angelina Ballerina. Only 30 minutes drive from Singapore or 3-4 hours drive from KL city.

Opening Hours: 
Mon - Sun: 10am - 6pm

                                       Wet World Batu Pahat

Wet World Batu Pahat, Johor - Another water and theme park in the state of Johor which opened in the year 2000 under the Wet World Group. The entire park can accommodate up to 20,000 people at one time with an overall area of 44 acres.

The water park alone is 12.5 acres with a wave pool, spa pool, waterfall, Dino land, water slides, restaurants and many more. From the main PLUS highway, just exit the Ayer Hitam Toll Plaza and follow directions there.

Opening Hours: 
Mon - Fri: 1pm - 7pm
Sat - Sun: 10am - 7pm
Closed on Tuesdays except public or school holidays

Selangor Theme Parks

Sunway Lagoon Theme Park
Sunway Lagoon Theme Park
Sunway Lagoon - Malaysia's premier theme and water park located in the state of Selangor has been around for many years now. Branded as a multi-park, this popular destination for tourist and locals offers a man-made beach, surfing pool, water rides, Amusement Park, Extreme Park, Scream Park, Wildlife Park and many other entertainment facilities.

Sunway Lagoon is also connected to one of the top shopping malls in Petaling Jaya, Sunway Pyramid Shopping Mall and also the Sunway Resort Hotel. Everything is walking distance and convenient for families and adults. Driving is about 30-40 minutes from KL City and 10-15 minutes from the Subang SkyPark Airport.

Opening Hours:
Mon - Sun: 10am - 6pm

                               iCity Theme Park in Shah Alam

iCity Shah Alam - One of the new additions in the theme park and water park category, iCity in Shah Alam offers locals and visitors a unique experience at their City of Digital Lights where hundreds of led lighted trees decorate the entire area at night.

A Snow Walk house offers visitors a chance to experience the winter while the newly opened Water World at iCity promises an exciting time for the family and kids. The water park also has the first Tornado Ride at Water World here.

This is also the first theme park to open until 1am for some of the attractions. It is located along the Federal Highway to Klang Town and is about 10 minutes drive from Subang Jaya or 30-40 minutes drive from KL city.

Opening Hours:
Waterpark: 9am to 6pm daily
Snowalk: 10am to 1am daily
Theme Park A&B: 6pm to 1am daily

Wet World Shah Alam Water Park - One of the oldest water parks in the state, Wet World continues to thrill locals and foreigners at their flagship park at Section 2, Shah Alam. Recently upgraded with more thrilling rides, check out the Monsoon Buster Adventure, Caribbean Rider, Super Hurricane and Thunder River.

They have a kiddies pool, water slides, adults game area and various restaurants and fast food stalls here. This park is about 15 minutes from the SkyPark Airport in Subang and about 45 minutes from Kuala Lumpur.

Opening Hours:
7 days a week: 10am - 6pm
Closed on Wednesdays except public and school holidays

Desa Water Park - This is another family entertainment part that boasts of an exciting variety of water rides and slides. It also houses the longest Master Blaster in Asia called the “Thunderbolt”. The place also has ATV rides, a flying fox and an archery arena at the brand new Extreme Park.

Desa Waterpark is located along the turn off from the Sungai Besi Highway into Petaling Jaya. From KL, it is only a 10-15 minute drive there. There are no hotels in the vicinity.

Operation Hours:
Mon - Sun: 10am - 6pm
Closed on Wed except public and school holidays
Desa Water Park Website

Asian Water Sports Village Puchong - Another new player in the theme and water park business, the Asian Water Park opened in 2012 in the township of Puchong, Selangor.

Everything related to water sports is featured here while there are also other activities like sand sculpting, kayaking, fish feeding, swimming and self-activities like barbecues. Motorized sports like the GX4, EvoPro 3, Graphic Deck, Banana Boat, Aqua Fly, Fifty Four, Turbo Blast and Fly Fish will keep your adrenaline pumping if you are a water sports lover.

Plus they also have a private beach at the place. To get here, the best is to use Google Maps by keying in the water park name as it is a little complicated to explain. It is about 30-40 minutes drive from KL city and about the same from Petaling Jaya.

Operation Hours:
Mon-Sun: 10am - 7pm
Asian Water Sports Village Website

Melaka Theme Parks

A'Famosa Theme Park - Located in Alor Gajah in Melaka, this pioneer water and theme park caters to families and tourist from the lower southern region of Malaysia.

The theme park offers complete resort styled atmosphere with a water park, safari park, cowboy town and various sports and recreational activities apart from hotel resorts, accommodation and golfing while they also cater to MICE, weddings and events.

Afamosa is also two hours drive from Kuala Lumpur or three hours from Singapore. Exit the Alor Gajah/Simpang Empat Toll on the North South or PLUS Highway. It is about 2.5 hours drive from Singapore and Kuala Lumpur.

Operation Hours:
Daily: 9am - 5pm
A'Famosa Theme Park Website 

Melaka Wonderland - A theme and water park located 15 minutes from Melaka town and next to the Melaka Zoo on the Ayer Keroh main road. A full fledged water park with boat rides, slides, wave pool and even ATV buggy rides.

Great for families and kids as there are many other attractions in the vicinity here. Driving from a hotel in Singapore will take you about 2-3 hours while it is the same from KL city.

Operation Hours:
Tues - Fri: 11am - 7pm
Sat - Sun: 9am to 7pm
Closed on Mondays except Public or School Holidays
Melaka Wonderland Website

Perak Theme Parks

Lost World of Tambun - Located in Sunway City, Ipoh, this theme park, water park and spa is the most popular in the state of Perak, Malaysia. Managed under the Sunway Group, the Lost World of Tambun theme park offers a resort hotel for those planning to stay there to experience the many attractions including an amusement park, petting zoo, tiger park and tin valley.

Getting here is quite simple as you drive along the PLUS Highway towards Ipoh and then exit at Tambun. From there follow the directions to the theme park.

Operation Hours:
Mon - Fri: 11am - 6pm
Sat - Sun: 10am - 6pm 
Lost World of Tambun Website

Bukit Merah Laketown Theme Park - This is another unique theme park and resort in Perak where thy offer a water park, eco park and an Orangutan Island. Yes, an island where Orangutans live and you can visit them. 

The resort also offers a mini zoo, chair lift, restaurants and accommodations. Getting here is via the PLUS Highway where you exit at Bukit Merah which is after Taiping or Ipoh. Driving here from KL will take you about 2-3 hours while from Penang it will be only 1.5 hours.

Operation Hours:
Mon - Fri: 12noon - 7pm
Sat - Sun: 10am - 7pm

Bukit Merah Laketown Resort Website

MAPS Perak (Movie Animation Park Studios) - Another massive international theme park project which was scheduled to open in mid 2016 was also delayed to December 2016 2017.

MAPS Perak will offer more than 40 attractions in six themed zones and this park has collaborations with DreamWorks therefore a lot of people are waiting for this to happen. As of 15th December 2016, there has not been any official announcement, but we are speculating that Movie Animation Parks Studios will open in 2017. 

Negeri Sembilan Theme Parks

                           Wet World Air Panas

Wet World Water Park Air Panas - Part of the Wet World chain, this water park in Negeri Sembilan offers a unique natural hot spring apart from the water slides and rides.

There is a wave pool, children's and adults pool and also a spa pool. To get here, you need to exit the Senawang Toll on the PLUS Highway heading south or north.

Opening Hours: 
Mon - Fri: 1pm - 7pm
Sat - Sun: 10am - 7pm
Closed on Tuesdays except public or school holidays

Pahang Theme Parks

Genting Highlands Theme Park (Closed) - The countries oldest, largest and most popular theme park built on top of a mountain which is part of the Resorts World Genting. This stunning theme park offers more than 40 rides in total at the outdoor and indoor park.

They also have a water park with heated pools and rides. The list of attractions are too many to list here therefore, visit the website for more information.

The theme park is split into different areas around the city and there are numerous hotels, restaurants, shopping and entertainment facilities in this one area.

Everything is accessible by foot here.To get here, it is only one hours drive from KL. At the foot of the mountain, there is a cable car system all the way up and down for those not wanting to drive up.

Update Nov 2015 - The former Genting Theme Park has been closed for renovations since end 2013 for the all new 20th Century Fox World Genting theme park which is scheduled to open in late 2016 or early 2016. This will be the world's first 20th Century Fox Theme Park followed by Dubai and then Korea.

Update Dec 2016 - A new article published: 10 Facts About 20th Century Fox World Genting Malaysia

Operating Hours:
Mon - Fri: 10am - 10pm
Sat - Sun: 9am - 10pm
Genting Theme Park Website

Bukit Gambang Water Park - Formally started as a water park in Pahang, the group has now expanded into a theme park and resort city catering to many locals and foreigners. Branded as Bukit Gambang Resort City, they have a massive water park totaling 45.8 acres with multiple attractions.

A 6 lanes water slide racer, largest wave pool in Malaysia, lagoon and Penguin Island are the main attractions here. The Bukit Gambang Safari Park with a total area of 88.2 acres will open somewhere in 2013 too. There are resorts with many other activities available.

To get here, you need to take the East Coast Expressway and exit at Gambang. Follow directions from there. It is about 200 kilometers from KL and 340 kilometers from Johor Baru.

Opening hours:
Mon, Wed, Thurs: 1030am - 630pm
Fri, Sat, Sun: 930am - 630pm

Penang Theme Parks

Escape Theme Park Penang
Escape Adventure Theme Park
Escape Theme Park Penang - This brand new theme adventure park recently opened in Teluk Bahang, Penang in December 2012 near popular Batu Feringgi area. This is also the only theme park in Penang.

Catering to a different kind of experience, you can explore the unique attractions like leaping through the air at Atan's Leap, climb a tower like a sticky gecko at Gecko Tower, race downhill on a tube at Tubby Racer.

Kids can also explore a caving style adventure at Foxy Burrow, climb trees at Go Ape or swing through the air at Tarzan's Rope and even try the human powered go kart called Zoom Bug.

Driving to Penang from KL is about 4-5 hours. Best to fly here and experience the food, culture and heritage in Penang. 

Opening Hours:
Mon - Sun: 9am - 6pm
Ticket Prices:
Junior Kid: 4 - 12 years RM36.00   
Big Kid: 13 - 60 years RM48.00
Escape Theme Park Website

Wet World Wild Adventure Park Penang (Closed) - Also called WWW Adventure Park Penang which is scheduled to open in September 2013 at the seafront of Komplex Bayu Senja near the Park Royal Hotel at Batu Feringgi. This is a mini sea water themed park which charges RM30 for two hours of fun at the place.  Update - Closed! 

WWW Adventure Park Penang Information
Location: Komplex Bayu Senja, near the Park Royal Hotel Penang
Ticket Prices: RM30.00 per two hours per person
Business Hours: 8.00am to 6.00pm daily
Website: None

Update November - This theme park is CLOSED. 

Sarawak Theme Parks

A new addition here has been added and it is from the island of Borneo where in the last couple of years, there has been a couple of new theme parks in Sarawak which opened, but not world class. 

So this makes the list as it covers for the entire Malaysia. Currently, there is one in Miri while the other one is located in Kuching. A third is planned to open in Miri as well. 

There are also a number of new theme parks in Malaysia which is scheduled to open in 2016-2017 and one of the most anticipated and talked about one is no other that the 20th Century Fox Theme Park Genting, Malaysia. Others include The Ocean Quest Marine Theme Park and Air Ocean Splash Water Park at the Desaru Holiday Resort.

Personally, I have been to only half of these places listed above and plan to visit the rest by this year. I hope you enjoyed reading this complete list of Theme Parks in Malaysia and if you have any comments, feel free to leave them in the comment form.