Cruising on roller skates at RollerWa

When I read about RollerWa, an indoor roller skating rink in 1 Utama originating from South-Korea, I got quite excited about the possibility of reliving part of my happy teenage years!

The RollerWa skating experience is inspired by the K-pop culture and I don’t know much about K-pop, but it was the thought of roller skating itself that got me going. Standing in front of the RollerWa rink in 1 Utama, the first outlet in Malaysia, I could feel the high buzz-level of this place: the minimalist decoration with its sleek and bright neon signs that adorned the walls both in and outside, the impatient young crowd wanting to go in, and the hip music beats coming from inside.

As I peeked through the glass window, the roller skate arena looked like a dimly-lit disco floor with catchy K-pop videos in the background. Slightly timid now, I joined the queue with my 10-year-old.

Off we go!

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We paid at one of the self-service machines with the help of a staff member. With no skates of our own, we paid RM40 for a child and RM50 for an adult including skates and safety gear for two hours. Armed with a wristband, we made our way to the skate rental area. We received our skates fairly fast and prepared our safety gear. This is optional to wear and includes helmets, elbow, knee and wrist protectors. You can also rent a skate aid for an additional RM20. There are lockers on-site for a RM10 deposit to store your valuables.

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Holding hands, my daughter and I wobbled our way onto the roller skate area. There are clear signs on the floor to guide you which way to go, to avoid any collisions. In the centre there is an area surrounded by benches where beginners can practice, while on the outer ring of the benches you can skate at your own speed and follow the flow of people.

Great vibes at RollerWa

As we moved around, I got the hang of it and relaxed a little. I noticed everyone around us was having a good time with surprisingly no injuries and bad falls happening. The really fast ones smoothly bypassed us, while beginners were holding onto the support rails placed along the walls. Others were having a rest on the benches or were snapping pictures at the many Instagram-worthy spots this place holds. There was an easy and light vibe to it all. If you need a snack-break, the Disco Café serves drinks and snacks like corndogs.

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When the two hours were up, we were slightly disappointed to leave as we were having an amazing time! I did feel my upper legs aching though, while my newly skating daughter didn’t mind standing on her feet again, after ending up flat out on her bum a few times. I would highly recommend RollerWa if you are looking for an indoor activity which is fun for the whole family or with friends.

Tips and useful info

  • Kids aged five years and up are allowed to skate.
  • We chose the two hours option, but other options include a non-skater entrance ticket (RM12) and a one-day ticket (RM70 for a child and RM80 for an adult). If you bring your own skates, you get RM3 off the entrance fee.
  • Card-payments only (although we did pay cash for the deposit which you will get back at the end of your session).
  • You can bring your own socks, or you can purchase a pair for RM5.
  • Safety gear is included.
  • You cannot enter the rink without putting your skating gear on and you need to wear your wristband at all times.
  • Walk-ins only.

There are three outlets of RollerWa in Malaysia at 1 Utama, IOI City Mall Putrajaya and LaLaport BBCC. RollerWa at 1 Utama is located at level 1, 1UE, 1 Utama Shopping Centre, Petaling Jaya. As 1 Utama is quite big, best to park in the old wing.

Operation hours are from Monday – Thursday 10am – 10pm, and Friday and Saturday 10am – 10.30pm.

If you’re looking for more things to do, read indoor activities in KL!

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