Sanrio Hello Kitty Town is the purrfect place for fans of the Japanese white bobtail cat. The first of its kind outside of Japan, this theme park is reminiscent of a carnival, with a Ferris wheel, roller coaster, tea cup ride and carousel – the only real difference is that everything is themed along Sanrio characters.
Located in Johor, Sanrio Hello Kitty Town is set to open at the end of October 2012 and can be found within the Puteri Harbour Family Theme Park, the same venue that hosts Legoland Malaysia. Very kid-friendly, the park is dominated by the colour pink and has plenty of costumed Sanrio characters (like Badtz Maru) walking around, ready and willing to take photos with visitors.
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The entire theme park looks a lot like Disneyland, except instead of Disney cartoon characters, you have Sanrio ones. Sanrio Hello Kitty Town’s list of walk-through attractions include the open-air Purrfect Stage where the white cat with a red bow and her friends My Melody, Little Twin Stars and others, put on elaborate daily performances to entertain the kids.
A highlight of Sanrio Hello Kitty Town is the eponymous white cat’s house – a guaranteed favourite with little ones. It is packed with a range of features to excite: from the front door inlaid with stained glass, through the kitchen with hand-carved fixings, and on to the cute but flamboyant bedroom, decorated in several shades of pink. Visitors can even take a peek into Hello Kitty’s wardrobe.
If you would like a more hands-on approach to your experience at the RM350 million Sanrio Hello Kitty Town, head on over to the Wishful Studio. Here you can dabble in jewellery making, play dress-up at the photo studio and even visit a nail salon where you can get unique Sanrio-themed nail art. At the Cookie Studio you can bake Hello Kitty shaped biscuits or make your own Hello Kitty doll.
On your way out of the park is the requisite gift store, and of course it has the cutest collection of Hello Kitty merchandise: there is absolutely no way you can leave without buying something!
A unique feature with a local twist at Sanrio Hello Kitty Town is Lat’s Place, a Lat-inspired restaurant. Lat is a popular Malaysian comic strip about a Malaysian kampung (village) boy. The restaurant has the cartoonist’s works decorating the walls and the food served is local-type specialties like nasi lemak (coconut rice with side dishes) and curry noodles.
Families with little kids should make a mental note to take their tots to the Little Big Club. Adjacent to the 60,000sqft Sanrio Hello Kitty Town, it has attractions designed specifically for toddlers. Its rides are themed along the lines of cartoon characters such as Angelina Ballerina, Barney, Bob the Builder, Thomas & Friends and more. You will not find roller coasters with stomach-turning loops, but there is a Thomas-themed train ride through the park, bumper cars and more. Entrance to this section requires a separate fee.
How to get there
From the Kuala Lumpur Plus highway Sanrio Hello Kitty Town can be reached by taking exit 253 to Senai Airport and then exit 311 to Kota Iskandar: from this road it is a short drive to Puteri Harbour where the park is located.
- Opening Hours: 10:00 – 17:00
- Address: Puteri Harbour Family Theme Park Nusajaya, Johor
- Tel: +603 8775 4666
- Price Range: Sanrio Hello Kitty Town or Little Big Club – RM65 (normal), RM50 (MyKad holders); Sanrio Hello Kitty Town & Little Big Club – RM85 (normal), RM65 (MyKad holders)