Sadly Thomas Town and Sanrio Hello Kitty Town were closed down permanently on 31 December 2019.
Puteri Harbour Theme Park, just a few minutes away from Legoland Malaysia, is home to two kids’ attractions located in Nusajaya, Johor.
This is a four storey indoor theme park comprising Sanrio Hello Kitty Town, Thomas Town and a range or dining options.
It is really aimed for younger kids, say below age 8, but I took my daughter there when she was 11 since we were in the vicinity visiting Legoland. Here is our review.
(L)Exterior of Puteri Harbour Theme Park with Jen Hotel Behind (R) The Thomas Town Characters
Puteri Harbour Theme Park is in a modern block which resembles a shopping mall or an office complex. It is located in the fast developing Nusajaya district adjoining a new marina and faces Singapore on the opposite bank of the Straits of Johor.
The Ground Floor of the complex is made up of a large merchandise store, the Red Bow Café and the ticketing counters. The shop sells Hello Kitty, Pingu, Barney, Bob the Builder, Angelina Ballerina and Thomas the Tank Engine products.
Escalators lead up the First Floor where Sanrio Hello Kitty Town is located. The escalators continue up to the Second Floor and Third Floors where Thomas Town is located.
On the complex’s pedestrian boulevard and alongside the marina there are around a dozen food and beverage outlets including DC Comics Superhero Café, a New Zealand restaurant (not something you see every day in Malaysia), a Brussels Beer Café, Red Bow Café (cute Hello Kitty style) and many others.
(L)Hello Kitty in the Merchandise Store (R)Entrance to Hello Kitty Town
The main attraction here is Black Wonder, an interactive experience where children can help to find Hello Kitty and Dear Daniel who have been kidnapped. Kitty's House is a Hello Kitty's home complete with bedroom, living room, kitchen and bathroom. There is also an indoor playground, Tea Cups ride, and a stage where Hello Kitty appears in shows and parades.
Kids can have their photos taken with Hello Kitty and get to meet other Sanrio characters. Fun for young kids and big Hello Kitty fans.
(L)Barney mini-show at Thomas Town (R) Angelina Ballerina at her Dance Studio
The Second Floor is given over to Pingu, Barney, Bob the Builder and Angelina Ballerina themed activities while the Third Floor (also part of Thomas Town) is devoted to Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends.
Attractions on the 2nd floor include Pingu's Igloo (which does not contain much apart from Street Basket Ball and Basket Bowling machines), Angelina's Dance Studio (where kids can have their photos taken with Angelina Ballerina), Barney's Playhouse and a Bob the Builder Play Structure. There is a stage for mini-shows and chances to meet and greet the Little Big Club characters.
On the Thomas-themed 3rd floor there are a few tame rides such as the Windmill Ride, Colin Crane Drop Ride, Harold Helicopter ride, Bertie the Bus ride, dodgems and a Thomas train ride. Not at all exciting for my 11 year old daughter but toddlers and young'uns seemed to be enjoying it.
(L)Bumping Buffers Steamies & Diesels Ride (R) Bertie the Bus Ride
Admission charges are as follows:
Sanrio Hello Kitty Town RM 85 (RM68 for MyKad holders). Adults and children are the same price (free for under 3s).
Thomas Town RM 85 (RM 68 for MyKad).
If you want to see both attractions you can buy the 2 Park Pass for RM 125 (RM 100 for MyKad).
1 300 88 FAMILY (326459) Malaysia
+603 2203 9668 Outside Malaysia
You can purchase tickets on their official website.
(L)Windmill Ride (R) Harold's Helitours Ride
Open daily 10am - 6pm.
Coming from the direction of Kuala Lumpur, exit the North-South Expressway at interchange 253. Take the E3 Expressway towards Nusajaya. Leave the E3 at Exit 312 and follow the signs to Puteri Harbour. There is plenty of free parking next to the Theme Park.
You can find the exact location on this map:
Hotel Jen (formerly Traders Hotel) is located right next to the Theme Park and is the most convenient place to stay. They even have some Hello Kitty themed rooms.
Somerset Puteri Harbour Iskandar Puteri is just a few steps away for those travellers looking for serviced apartment accommodation.
Legoland Malaysia is only 10 minutes drive away and it has its own hotel.
Johor Bahru, about 20 minutes drive away, has a wide range of hotels.
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For other top Johor attractions click here.