If you follow my blog, you will know that I’m a huge Hello Kitty Fan. This year alone, I had Hello Kitty ice-cream at Swensen’s, visited Hello Kitty Cafe in Taipei and attended Hello Kitty Go Around Singapore event. Hello Kitty Town in Puteri Harbour, Malaysia, is just a short drive from Singapore. You can imagine my excitement when it opened 3 years ago – to have a Hello Kitty Town *almost* at our doorstep!
I remember I was pregnant with MY then and MF was still a toddler. I dragged my heavily pregnant tummy and the toddler across the causeway to visit Hello Kitty Town shortly after it opened. However, it was SO crowded then, I didn’t even manage to get a decent photo. Hence, a blog post about the park never materialized.
3 years later, I was delighted to receive an invitation to visit Hello Kitty Town again for the launch of a new attraction – Hello Kitty in Oz. Knowing how crowded and congested the park can get on weekends, we visited on a non-holiday weekday this time round.
Overview of Hello Kitty Town Puteri Harbour
Hello Kitty Town Puteri Harbour is an indoor theme park, occupying the second floor of the building it is in. It is totally air-conditioned, making it a great place to visit rain or shine or haze!
Although it is a sort of theme park, please do not expect automated rides like roller coasters and stuff. There was only ONE ride in Hello Kitty Town – a spinning tea cup ride. The ride was included in our entry fee and we could go on it as many times as we wanted.
Hello Kitty Town was more of an activity-based park. Each paying guest receives an activity card upon entry. This card allows you to participate in each activity once. Your card is chopped when you participate in an activity, and after that you will not be able to repeat the activity.
Activities in Hello Kitty Town
First, let me show you the activities that require your activity card (i.e. you can only do them once during your visit).
Hello Kitty in Oz
This is the newest attraction that just opened last month.
There are fixed time slots to enter. When we were there, the available timings to enter were:
Since there was a limit to the number of people who could enter at each time, it was advised that we started queuing at least 5 minutes before the scheduled time to enter. You CANNOT enter on your own in between these timings and have to follow the group.
Each of us received the kawaii Hello Kitty above which would be used to activate the games and record our scores.
We were given a quick briefing that there were four games to play inside and we were left to explore on our own. We took our own sweet time to go around taking photos.
We had to enter via a small mirror maze. MF ran in while we were still taking photos and couldn’t figure the way out, panicked and cried.
MY, on the other hand, managed to find the exit pretty quickly.
Once past the mirror maze, we were wowed by the game area.
The kids played the games, under the assistance of the staff. The games in general were too difficult for young children to manage on their own. I would say kids aged 5 and above should be able to appreciate the games better.
Since there were queues to play the games (remember we had to enter in batches?), we went around taking photos while waiting. There were plenty of photo opportunities, so you won’t be bored.
Once we completed all 4 games, we headed for the exit where they scanned our Hello Kitty to see how many games we won.
We each received a postcard with our results printed on it and happily them kept as a memorabilia. Just the postcard, not the Hello Kitty okay? That one had to be returned.
On the way out, we passed through a souvenir shop selling limited-edition Hello Kitty in Oz merchandise!
Hello Kitty House
Just like at Sanrio Puroland in Tokyo, there was a Hello Kitty House inside Hello Kitty Town.
There were various rooms with plenty of custom-made furniture and decoration.
I thought it was nice that we were allowed to sit on the furniture and touch the decoration.
The kids sure knew how to make themselves at home!
There were some computer stations along the way with games to play. The first one we came across was spoilt, but the one near the exit was working.
You can take as much time as you need to explore Hello Kitty House at a leisurely pace. But remember once you exit, you cannot go back in again.
There were two sections at Wishful Studio with two activities in each section. Once you enter each section, you will need to complete the two activities inside before coming out because you cannot go in again. So plan your time carefully since some of the activities are quite time-consuming. The activities we did in this visit were different from the ones available when we visited 3 years ago. So I’m not sure how often they change their activities.
The first section we entered were for costumes dressing up and coaster making. For dressing up, they had both kids and adult costumes and you can dress up as Hello Kitty, My Melody or Bad Batz Maru. The kids weren’t interested in dressing up, so we only did coaster making, which took quite a long time.
The kids did not have patience to complete the whole coaster (though MF lasted much longer than MY). I had to complete all the coasters eventually, and the kids were thrilled by the final product! MY brought his Bad Badtz Maru for a spin.
In the other section, the activities were cookie decoration and badge making.
For cookie decoration, we were given a Hello Kitty shaped cookie each with red gel, chocolate chip and sprinkles to decorate them.
MY’s cookie turned out looking more like a Koala Bear than Hello Kitty, but whatever. The boys were more interested in eating the cookie than decorating them.
We moved on to badge making which was pretty simple. We just had to colour a picture of Hello Kitty and pass it to the staff who would make it into a badge.
The kids proudly wore their badges for the rest of the day at Hello Kitty Town! 🙂
Other than the activities and spinning teacups rides, there was a small indoor playground within the park called Friendship Land. There was no limit to entry at Friendship Land, so the kids ran inside to play on and off.
The main highlight of the playground was to put the foam balls into a machine which would bring the balls up to a basket on the ceiling. After some time, the basket would tilt over and foam balls would come raining down! The kids were not new to this since we do have this in some indoor playgrounds in Singapore, but they were amused by it nevertheless and never got bored of it. It kept them occupied in between the shows and activities.
There was only one cafe inside Hello Kitty Town – Cinnamoroll Cafe.
There was Cinnamoroll everywhere in the cafe – the wall, the tables etc.
Food was served in Hello Kitty Town paper plates.
And a theme park visit is not complete without some themed food – so we ordered a Hello Kitty waffle!
There were 3 performances held at Purrfect Stage during the day. Here’s a quick snippet from one of the performances.
Hello Kitty’s Heartful Journey
This performance involved Hello Kitty and Dear Daniel going around the world, joining in the dances in various parts of the world.
And if you are quick enough, you can get a chance to get up close with Hello Kitty and Dear Daniel at the end of the show before they disappear behind the curtains.
Hello Kitty Starlight Sing-A-Long
This performance was much shorter than the Heartful Journey. After a song by Hello Kitty, the kids were invited to join in for a quick dance.
And who doesn’t love a parade? After parading across the park, Hello Kitty, Dear Daniel, My Melody and Bad Batz Maru goes onto the stage and invites all the kids to form a circle.
My Melody and Bad Batz Maru came down to join the crowd in a simple dance. I love the interactive nature of the parade – versus the usual parades where guests had to stay behind barricades and watch the characters walk by.
Meet and Greet
Meet and Greet sessions took place at Dream Photo Garden near the entrance. Since we were there on a quiet weekday, there was barely any queue to take photos with our favourite Sanrio characters! And they allowed us to use our own cameras – awesome.
You can also choose to purchase their professionally taken photos and have them made into canvas or keychains etc.
As we exited the park, we passed through the large souvenir shop. This souvenir shop was outside the ticketed area. Since it was a combined souvenir shop for both Hello Kitty Town and Thomas Town, the shop didn’t just sell Sanrio character products and you can find Thomas, Bob the Builder, Pingu etc merchandise.
There were little tables and chairs for kids to sit around while parents did their shopping.
Red Bow Cafe
Also outside the ticketed area was a cafe called Red Bow Cafe. The food sold was similar to Cinnamoroll Cafe inside Hello Kitty Town.
Since we only visited Hello Kitty Town, we arrived at 1pm and had more than enough time to go through all the activities, watch all the shows and meet all the characters at a leisurely pace. It also helped that we were there on a weekday with no queue for the activities. This was how we spent our time:
- 1 pm: Hello Kitty Heartful Journey Show
- 1.30pm: Meet-and-Greet My Melody
- Visit Hello Kitty House
- 2.15pm: Hello Kitty in Oz
- 3pm: Hello Kitty Starlight Sing-A-Long Show
- Wishful Studio (coaster making)
- 4pm: Meet-and-Greet Hello Kitty & Dear Daniel
- Wishful Studio (cookie and badge making)
- 4.30pm: Meet-and-Greet Bad Badtz Maru
- 5pm: Happy Carnival
In between the activities when we had time to spare, we would be at Friendship Land playing or Cinamoroll Cafe snacking.
Most guests also visit Thomas Town on Level 3 and 4 with a combined ticket, so they were going up and down for the shows in both parks. (Click here for entertainment schedule at Thomas Town.) You will definitely need the whole day from opening to closing if you plan to cover both parks. But for Hello Kitty Town alone, the 4+ hours we were there was sufficient.
Information on Hello Kitty Town
Address: Persiaran Puteri Selatan, Puteri Harbour, 79000 Nusajaya,
Johor Darul Takzim, Malaysia
Getting There: Click here
Tel: 1300 88 FAMILY (326459)
- RM80 for Hello Kitty Town only
- RM117 for Hello Kitty Town + Thomas Town
Same admission price appears for both adult and children. Children above 3 years old OR 90cm in height requires a ticket.
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