SHAH ALAM’S I-CITY LEISURE PARK seemed like a cool idea for the hot weekend, so off we trooped to visit what has been touted as the “Coolest Hotspot in Town” ─ The Snowalk: All 50,000sq ft of Arctic blizzard below 5° Celcius with train ride and tobogganing on ice to boot! Sounded cool enough for us.
i-City is a relatively “new” area although the amusement park itself was opened as far back as 2009. Amazing, isn’t it? It’s been around all this while and we never visited, until today.
Actually, there’s more to i-City than meets the eye. Set this side of the Federal Highway in Section 7, Shah Alam, it is a 72-acre MSC-status cyber-ultrapolis comprising corporate, leisure, residential…you name it… developments designed to be some of the most “intelligent” around. You will see some of these projects, still in the midst of construction as you scroll down to the pictures or watch the videos.
We caught the buildings in the night sky as we rode on the SpaceWalk, one of the rides in the City of Digital Lights. The ride is on elevated rail tracks and traverses Gate A of the amusement park ─ one of the mildest and most enjoyable rides in the park actually.
Outside of the fenced in City of Digital Lights, there are other attractions ─ like the wax museum called the Red Carpet, a House of Horror ─ with not-so-scary elements, a Trick Art Museum ─ a display of 3-D murals for photography, the Snowalk of course, Submarine, Tornado and loads more, all of which you have to pay for separately, ya?
We ended up spending a lot more than we intended to, and encountered a number of hits and misses along the way and didn’t go for some of the attractions and the Water World as we weren’t geared to get wet that day.
So here’s our firsthand experience, plus loads of videos and even loads more pictures. And we’ve included some tips too to prep you up should you decide to go.
First ─ the Ticketing, using the i-Card
Not that you can go in any other way, anyway. In other words, you must buy the i-Card. Every section is facilitated by a Ticketing Counter.
But here is where you will find your first stumbling block:
The staff is very friendly and helpful, seriously, very nice people…chatty, “explainy”, patient and all…well, perhaps a bit too chatty, “explainy” and patient. Doesn’t bode well for efficiency and that results in plenty of human clogging at the counter. Everybody is asking questions and the staff is busy answering all of them and there seems to be many complicated procedures, and they don’t seem to be sure, so you know…it could take forever for one person to buy or top up their ticket. But the good news is ─ there isn’t much of a crowd most times so queues are thankfully short.
But why not buy online beforehand, you might ask? After all, this is meant to be an intelligent city, no? Well, we tried to, a week earlier. But at the time of purchase, they called back and said they were renovating, some rides might not be opened and there might be complications if the card was bought online beforehand. So there you go.
There are not enough Teller Machines around the place ─ there is only Maybank a few blocks away, and Credit Card machines are either lacking, not working or offline at the ticketing counters. Your safest bet would be to carry enough cash, unless you are a Maybank account holder. You really cannot gauge the amount of money you would be using, seriously. We started with RM100 and wound up paying RM150 more, mostly for miscellaneous purchases we could have avoided. But we’ll get into that later as we go along.
The Red Carpet
Once you’ve got the ticketing done, you’re on your way.
First on our list was, of course, the Red Carpet, the wax museum. Here is where the fun starts. So hold on to your hats!
Watch ‘em Wax Figures Move!!
Once you’ve got over your initial shock, you can walk into the halls and have fun.
Did you pee in your pants?
More Waxies for your Eyes…
The Snow Walk
Basically an oversized freezer with some interesting sculptures. It’s very, very cold in there though. And there are some things you can play with. The cameras were frozen!
It’s not cheap going in here. The ticket prices are around RM30 or RM35 (cant remember now) per person but if you come unprepared, there will be extra charges. So here are some tips on how you can save some money.
1) The winter coat will be lent to you for free, it is inclusive in the ticket pricing. But do come wearing long trousers or you’ll be asking for it!
2) Come with socks and shoes, preferably boots or you will be charged RM10 each if you want to rent or buy those socks and boots. The boots are not for sale, only the socks are. Boots are necessary as the ice can be slippery, very slippery.
3) Come with your own gloves. It’s really pretty cold in there and your fingers will be frozen, trust me! If you buy the gloves, that’ll be another RM10.
4) Come with your own beanie or your nose will be frozen off. There is a hood to the coat provided but if you wish to stay warm, a beanie would be a good idea.
5) The good news is, you may come out of the freezer if you can’t stand the cold, then go in again after you have warmed up, as long as you don’t exit the Snowalk building. Ticket prices are for the whole day at Snowalk, if you can stand it.
Inside the City of Digital Lights
At last we get to the City of Lights. For one Ticket Price of around RM15, you get to go on all 7 rides for free, over and over again if you like. Your token can be used for drinks and snacks sold in booths there, by the way.
And here’s a Video of our SkyWalk Ride:
This is a slow train ride all around the amusement park. You’ll see some very pretty lights.
Final ride of the evening: Disco Ride and the Twisting Ship
If the above was a slow train, then here are a couple of quickies…The Disco Ride and the Twisting Ship, with screaming memmees and all…
And that brings us to the end of our night out at i-City Leisure Park. Of course, there are lots more pictures and videos we didn’t include but that’s because we want YOU to try some of the fun for yourself. So, till the next time ─
Hasta laVista baby!