Heading to Kuala Lumpur and looking for an awesome day of fun? Looking for a KL Airport stopover alternative? Seen Sunway Lagoon advertised in a zillion places in Malaysia and wondering what it is?
Then this Sunway Lagoon blog review can help you!
The Sunway Lagoon Malaysia Theme Park is a large theme park located in Bandar Sunway (Sunway City) which is about half an hour from the centre of Kuala Lumpur or 45 minutes from KL Airport. This makes it an easy place to visit from Kuala Lumpur or when travelling around Malaysia.
If you are looking for an easy place to visit to have lots of fun, particularly for families, then you should definitely consider a day at Sunway Lagoon KL. From splashing in the Water Park to taking a Sunway Lagoon roller coaster to seeing white tigers, there are many things to do in Sunway Lagoon.
In this Sunway Lagoon review, I share with you what to do in Sunway Lagoon Kuala Lumpur Malaysia as well as give you information about how to go to Sunway Lagoon, where to stay and the best Sunway Lagoon promotion for the cheapest tickets. I also share my thoughts about whether you should visit Sunway Lagoon as well as tips so you have the perfect Sunway Lagoon trip.
Spoiler alert: Yes, I think you should visit Sunway Lagoon!
Although if you are travelling alone, I would not recommend Sunway Lagoon. It’s not really a theme park made for solo travellers – more about this below.
It’s also worth considering Sunway Lagoon as an alternative to a Kuala Lumpur stopover if you are stopping in this area for a couple of days. There are many hotels attached to the Sunway Lagoon Park Malaysia as well as a huge Sunway Lagoon shopping mall with activities and we have had fun three day breaks here.
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This review was first written in 2019, but has been fully updated after another visit here in October 2023.
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Sunway Lagoon Review
Sunway Lagoon Theme Park Kuala Lumpur Essential Information
Where is Sunway Lagoon located?
Sunway Lagoon Address: 3, Jalan PJS 11/11, Bandar Sunway, 47500 Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia.
Sunway Lagoon opening hours: 10am – 6pm daily
The Sunway Lagoon Resort Theme Park consists of seven different lands with a variety of Sunway Lagoon activities. Below, I step through each land one by one sharing the highlights and Sunway Lagoon attractions at each to help you decide if this theme park is for you!
You can find a full Sunway Lagoon map here:
Note that although seven lands can feel like a lot, they are generally on the small side and we found one day was enough to visit all of them and go on everything on our Sunway Lagoon rides list. In fact, on a non-busy day, you could probably do everything you want to do within half a day.
I would call Sunway Lagoon primarily a water park. It has other attractions too, but its water park areas are where this park stands out. The other areas are quite minor.
When you enter the theme park, check out the big sign for the times of any special shows during your visit.
Here is what was available during our most recent visit:
We visited Sunway Lagoon with kids.
Amusement Park Sunway Lagoon
The Sunway Lagoon Amusement Park starts near the Sunway Lagoon entrance so it’s a logical place to start a visit, especially since I think it makes most sense to do the dry attractions first then switch to swim wear and spend the rest of the day getting very, very wet.
When I first came to Sunway Lagoon, this was a bigger area with a Wild West theme and some other rides tacked on.
Now, it is has somewhat been split into two lands – this Amusement Park and the Night Park (coming up). So there is not all that much in this land and it’s not for younger kids as the two main rides have a 1.4 metre height limit (outside of this area, most height limits are 1.1 metres).
It’s a fun place to start the day with some spinning Apache Ports, a fun ferris wheel (called Wagon Wheel) and a carousel the whole family can enjoy.
For older kids and adults, definitely head to the roller coaster Sunway Lagoon, Lost City of Gold Scream Coaster. Unfortunately, I always seem to be here with kids under 1.4 metres so I haven’t been able to try this, but it looks fun!
There is also the Sunway Lagoon pirate ship here. It’s not the usual pirate ship deal which rocks back and forth. It does do this, but it also goes all the way around in a 360 degree loop. Fun!
Finally, there is also the Sunway Lagoon suspension bridge that takes you right over the lagoon part of the park to the other side when you are ready to hit the water attractions. It gives you great views of the park and claims to be the longest suspension bridge in the world. It’s definitely worth walking over.
Unlike many theme parks, we visited here on a weekday and did not line up for anything so it was easy to go on everything we wanted.
Sunway Lagoon Scream Park
The Scream Park Sunway Lagoon Theme Park Malaysia is where adults should head to scream their heads off!
Located in the middle of the Amusement Park, this area primarily consists of a huge, haunted house (Zombie Lockdown) with some Ghostbusters theming. Although walking through here felt like I was in the TV show, The Walking Dead, with zombie actors ready to eat us at every turn!
The zombies do a great job and even though I mostly found it funny rather than scary, I still screamed a few times! It was different for my 8 year-old who was terrified, and it was a mistake to take her in.
The main attraction in this area is Sharknado Alive, based on the films by the same name. There are a few parts to this attraction from feeling like sharks are attacking you as you walk through a tunnel in 3D glasses to a shark dunk tank.
There is not much else here.
Sunway Lagoon Night Park
A new addition since I last visited is the Night Park. This is advertised as being open after 6pm, but I was happy to find that the standard amusement park rides, like the Grand Canyon River Rapids ride, the Alamo plane ride and a fast spinning ride are open during the day.
These rides are great for kids who miss out on the 1.4 metre height requirement for some of the rides in the Amusement Park, and we had a lot of fun here.
Warning: I did get quite wet on the river rapids ride so maybe put your swim suit on first!
It has a fun, Wild West theme.
I find it a little confusing how this park works and whether a regular day ticket allows you to stay. It seems you need a separate ticket – you definitely did when we were here. It all looked quite terrifying actually and not for me. If you have been to the Night Park, please contact me and let me know your thoughts so I can update this with more information.
Sunway Lagoon X Park (Formerly Extreme Park)
The X Park Sunway Lagoon is for teenagers and adults. It has more thrilling Sunway Lagoon facilities like the chance to go bungee jumping Sunway Lagoon, kayak, learn archery or go on a flying fox Sunway Lagoon.
You can also drive an ATV or go kart Sunway Lagoon.
A popular choice for people who really want to get the heart thumping is the G Force X Sunway Lagoon. You sit in a small capsule as you are propelled from 0 to 120 kilometres/hour in two seconds! It’s Asia’s highest sling shot ride and I’ll have to let you work out if this is awesome or not for yourself – I am too scared to try the Sunway Lagoon G Force X 🙂
The downside is that most of these attractions cost extra like the G-Force X and Bungee Jump. They aren’t cheap either with activities such as go karting starting at RM35. It seems a lot when you’ve already paid to enter the park.
Sunway Lagoon Wildlife Park
If you need a moment to catch your breath after the rides in Sunway Lagoon Resort Malaysia, head to the Wildlife Park Sunway Lagoon. This is a small area but there are quite a few animals – with over 150 species.
The highlight of the Sunway Lagoon zoo is definitely the white tigers. These are albino Malaysian tigers and, at feeding times, you can see them up close behind a glass wall.
It’s worth looking at the feeding times on arrival at Sunway Lagoon in Malaysia so you can try to make some of them as this is when you get a really great view of the animals. The enclosures are on the small side but the animals seem well treated,
In addition to the enclosures, there is also a petting zoo area and a daily animal show.
While this area wasn’t as appealing to us as the Sunway Lagoon Theme Park rides and the Sunway Lagoon Water Park Malaysia, it is worth a walk through.
Sunway Lagoon Water Park
The Malaysia Sunway Lagoon Water Park Kuala Lumpur is lots of fun and the perfect way to cool down after a busy morning exploring the rest of the park.
There are fun and thrilling Sunway Lagoon slides as well as a big Sunway Lagoon surf beach where waves appear for an hour in the afternoon when we visited. You can try some actual Sunway Lagoon surfing here!
The Sunway Lagoon wave pool is a fun place to hang out when you want a rest from walking around. My favourite part is the sandy Sunway Lagoon beach here. There’s plenty of shade and facilities so you can relax and enjoy. If you need them, there are also plenty of choices for a locker Sunway Lagoon and plenty of Sunway Lagoon food if you get hungry.
The big downside is that, unfortunately, the waves only are turned on for an hour in the late afternoon. It seems such a waste! I like a wave pool and wish they ran this regularly throughout the day.
The slides are fun though – you can race your friends, shoot down 15 metre drops and go on Malaysia’s longest water ride on the Vuvuzela with rapids and a launch from a tower 11 storeys high. More relaxing is the lazy river ride although this was disappointing because the tubes to float in cost extra and there is no current to push you around. I don’t think the park planners understand what a lazy river ride is!
The Water Park Sunway Lagoon is probably the best part of the theme park and there are other pools in addition to the wave pool. For younger kids, there are also two water playgrounds. These look great but my 7 year old was disappointed as the slides don’t have water running down them – so they hurt to use. This seems like a silly oversight.
We did very much enjoy the slides though and went on most of them. The downside is that all but one require you to have a friend over 1.1 metres to go on them with. They require you to carry a two person raft to use and there must be two of you. An exception is the fabulous Vuvuzela which takes up to six riders, and they will sit you with other people.
There’s no easy way to buddy up with someone if you are travelling alone or in an odd number, and this can be quite annoying. This is also an issue in Sunway Lost Lagoon (coming up), and why I don’t recommend coming to Sunway Lagoon if you are alone. Since it’s primarily a water park, it’s going to be very disappointing if you are only able to go on a couple of slides.
Another fun attraction here is the 5D cinema. Make sure you only enter this in your swim wear as it is very wet with water coming from all angles!
I absolutely loved it but my kids under 8 have found it scary each time we have come, so I don’t recommend you take younger kids in. It’s lots of fun for older people though.
Sunway Lost Lagoon
The Sunway Lost Lagoon (previously Nickelodeon Lost Lagoon) is a must visit place on a Sunway Lagoon family day especially if you didn’t get wet enough at the Sunway Lagoon Water Theme Park! This was our favourite area with our family.
The Captain’s Splash is a particularly fun water playground, although if you have a young toddler, the Splish Splash playground area is shallower and may work better.
There are also Sunway Lagoon water slide options in this area which are more kid friendly (so less thrilling for adults), although there is also Monsoon 360 which takes you on a vertical free fall!
On our first visit, our only complaint was that we visited this area with one adult and two kids. One kid didn’t want to do the rides which meant our daughter needed to do them alone. She was big enough for this but the slides all required 2 or 4 person minimums.
My 7 year old and I on our most recent visit were able to find another twosome to go on the Jungle Fury which has the 4 person group size. It’s a shame the park staff don’t just sort this out for you though. For this ride, they wouldn’t even let you join the line unless you had a foursome.
In better news, there is a new roller coaster here that looks family friendly and lots of fun that was about to open when we visited. I look forward to trying it next time.
Sunway Lagoon Ticket Promotion
It’s easy to buy tickets on arrival at Sunway Lagoon but a much better option is to buy a Sunway Lagoon ticket online as it is much cheaper to buy a ticket through Klook before going.
Klook has the best Sunway Lagoon online ticket promotion.
You can also buy an express pass with your Sunway Lagoon cheap ticket on Klook (called a Quack Xpress) which gives you the right to skip the line on 20 attractions and rides. I recommend this if you are visiting on a weekend or during Malaysian and Singaporean school holidays.
If you are coming from Kuala Lumpur and would also like transfers, you can buy Sunway Lagoon discount tickets here that come with transfers.
Food And Drinks (And Other Costs)
You aren’t allowed to take food and drinks into the park and they do check bags. However, they had no issues with our water bottles.
There are many food and beverage outlets across the park and you never seem to be far from one, so it’s not hard to get something to eat. Prices aren’t crazy either for an amusement park.
You’ll also need to hire a locker which was a little crazy at RM25 for the day for a small locker which didn’t fit much.
Hotels Near Sunway Lagoon
As mentioned above, Sunway Lagoon is like its own city (and in fact the area is called Sunway City). There is a range of hotels right by the theme park and staying here is the best way to have an awesome time at the Sunway Lagoon Resort Kuala Lumpur.
There is the big Sunway Lagoon Pyramid Shopping Mall here with many restaurants as well as entertainment like ice skating and a cinema so it is a really easy place to stay as well.
Your hotel options are:
- Sunway Hotel Resort And Spa – This is the premier hotel option with a 5-star rating. It’s absolutely fantastic. Read our full review here.
- Sunway Lagoon Hotel – The 4-star Lagoon is a great option attached to the shopping centre.
- Sunway Pyramid Hotel – Recently refurbished, this is another top 4-star hotel option.
Click on the hotel names above for the latest prices. All of them are a good standard and will help you have a great time at Sunway Lagoon in Kuala Lumpur!
If you would prefer to not stay at Sunway Lagoon, Kuala Lumpur is just a short drive away and you can find more accommodation options here.
How To Get To Sunway Lagoon
It is easy to get here thanks to the Sunway Lagoon location being a short drive from both Kuala Lumpur and the airport. There are more details on exactly how to get from KL to Sunway Lagoon and the airport below.
From the shopping mall, Sunway Pyramid to Sunway Lagoon, the main entrance is just a short walk. This is the same if you are staying at any of the hotels listed above. They are all connected to the shopping mall with escalators to take you down to one of the park entrances.
You can also do a day tour to Sunway Lagoon to make it super easy! Click here for more details.
Sunway Lagoon Map
The map Sunway Lagoon below shows the location of the theme park as well as the surrounding Sunway Lagoon hotels and shopping mall.
Kuala Lumpur To Sunway Lagoon
To get to Sunway Lagoon from KL, the easiest option is to take a Grab taxi or drive yourself. Any taxi in Kuala Lumpur should take you. There is plenty of Sunway Lagoon parking at the Sunway Pyramid shopping centre and at Sunway Hotel Resort.
You can also take public transport. Depending on where you are in Kuala Lumpur, this can take a lot longer and I recommend a taxi if you can afford it or the shuttle service here.
You can take the KTM Komuter train from KL Sentral to Setia Jaya station and then take a bus on the BRT Sunway Line to Sunway Lagoon. The train takes about 21 minutes and runs about every 15 minutes. The bus is quick.
To make things extra easy, you can also do a full day Sunway Lagoon tour which includes transfers from KL and back again as well as theme park tickets, all for a discounted price. Click here for more details.
KL Airport To Sunway Lagoon
From KL Airport, the best way to Sunway Lagoon is to take a taxi. There are coupon taxis that are easy to find and take. We took a Grab taxi on our most recent trip from the airport, and it cost RM65.
On public transport, it is possible to take a train or bus to KL Sentral (more information about this here) and then take the train and bus as recommended from KL above.
Our Sunway Lagoon Theme Park review found a very fun theme park! We had a great time exploring all the different lands.
The rides are fun but the highlights are definitely the water park areas at the main Water Park and Sunway Lost Lagoon. We could have easily spent the day in just those sections and they are the highlight.
The amusement park areas are good too, but nothing that special in my opinion. I recommend you go through them quickly and give yourself plenty of time for the water areas.
Sunway Lagoon is perfect for families and we enjoyed it a lot with our younger kids. I think it’s also great for adults, and we did skip many of the attractions because they weren’t suitable for our kids – but there was still plenty for us to do so this is not a complaint, more just shows how much there is for all ages!
The only really big problem with Sunway Lagoon is that only a couple of the water park slides are suitable for solo travellers. If you are solo or a group with an odd number or some smaller kids, this is going to be tricky. It’s a shame it’s not like water parks in other parts of the world where they will combine groups and people to make it work.
One day is enough to visit all the main attractions as long as you aren’t stuck in lines. If you are going on weekends or school holiday periods, you may want to consider getting the express pass. You can buy this on entry even when you have already purchased a discount ticket with Klook.
The Theme Park Sunway Lagoon is also very well presented with plenty of greenery which keeps things cool as well as pretty. It did not feel like we were in the middle of a huge metropolis at all. It’s also definitely worth taking a walk over the suspension bridge for views over the whole park.
All in all, this is a great theme park for all ages and we highly recommend it!
If you are looking for more interesting tours from Kuala Lumpur, find our list here. If you’re looking for other theme parks around KL, read our Genting SkyWorlds review here. Plus if you are in the Ipoh area, consider visiting Sunway The Lost World of Tambun theme park described here!
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