Those who are close to me very well know that I am a HUGE Hello Kitty fan. I love collecting Hello Kitty (original Sanrio or Sanrio licensed) items. Heck, when you come into my room right now, it’s Hello Kitty themed.
Imagine the joy I felt when I got invited to go to Sanrio Hello Kitty Town in Puteri Harbor, Johor to check out their latest attraction, the “Hello Kitty in Oz”. I was practically jumping with happiness, thrilled and uber excited!
It was October 30th, 2015. I was one of the lucky few who got to experience this new themed attraction first before it was open to the public on October 31st. From KL to Johor, we travelled 5 hours in a bus and was graciously accommodated by Hotel Jen Puteri Harbour, which was just a walking distance to Sanrio Hello Kitty Town.
I dressed up as Dorothy (kitty version) of Wizard of Oz (sans the red shoes). Before proceeding we were given badges and a cute purple wizard hat.
Upon entering the venue, we noticed that the whole venue was dark, all the lights were closed, then out came the host who briefed us that there will be a lot of surprises in store for us that night. Needless to say, I was so stoked.
“I am very honoured and thrilled that Hello Kitty in Oz is finally here at SANRIO HELLO KITTY TOWN. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is a timeless classic that has brought joy and magic to countless lives and to have it adapted to Hello Kitty is truly something to celebrate. This will be a permanent addition to SANRIO HELLO KITTY TOWN, and I am sure that this will be an experience that will excite children and adults alike as this is the only Hello Kitty in Oz attraction in the world,” said Fahruddin Najumudeen, General Manager of SANRIO HELLO KITTY TOWN and The Little Big Club.
After the opening remarks of Mr. Fahruddin, a wonderful mini musical performance of Dorothy singing “Climb Every Mountain” and “We’re Off to See the Wizard” commenced the event.
We were taken to a room where a Librarian narrated “The Lost Chapter” to us…
Hello Kitty in Oz: The Lost Chapter takes place after Dorothy defeats the Wicked Witch and returns home. There have been widespread rumours that the Land of Oz is ending and Hello Kitty the Great Witch is very worried. In a decision made with a heavy heart, she removes a chapter from the Great Book of Oz hoping to alter the ending. However, her actions proved to be detrimental as the Emerald City Machine malfunctions and Oz is plunged into chaos. To help her on her quest to save Oz, she calls on her brave heroes to band together to save Oz.
We then entered a mirror maze that leads us to the first phase of the Hello Kitty in Oz.
The Hello Kitty in Oz attraction features four interactive games that will help Hello Kitty and her Heroes of Oz save the magical Land.
Then I went to Hello Kitty’s life-sized house where I did a fun artwork that I was able to keep as a souvenir.
Of course, the best part of the event is seeing Sanrio’s well-loved characters: Badtzmaru, Hey Melody, Dear Daniel and of course Hello Kitty! I couldn’t contain my happiness that I kept hugging the mascots… I felt like a kid again. A happy kid at that.
Then I just went around to take pictures around the Sanrio Hello Kitty Town.
To culminate the event, there was the awarding of Best Costume, wherein the winner gets an exclusive item from the ‘Oz World Alley’, a retail outlet carrying an exclusive line of Hello Kitty in Oz collectible merchandise. Momma Jane won with her awesome witch costume.
There were also 5 lucky winners from their Trivia Quiz Game and I was one of the lucky ones who won exclusive items also from the “Oz World Alley”.
And of course, the trip will not end with me not having to buy any HK item… so, I went back to their Hello Kitty shop to purchase original Hello Kitty items. HAPPY KID!
So, to all the organizers and to my lucky angel… thank you so much for making me part of this trip. You just brought out the child in me again.
For more information on Hello Kitty in Oz, please visit SANRIO HELLO KITTY TOWN’s Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/SanrioHelloKittyTown) or visit the official Instagram page https://instagram.com/sanrio_hellokittytown/.