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Old July 20th, 2009, 05:27 PM   #21
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An eye-opener for visitors
2009/06/09

THE Iskandar Malaysia Open Day which was held in Johor Baru recently was an eye-opener for all. "All" includes not just the visitors alone but also the organiser and exhibitors. The look of disbelief and wonder etched in the faces of visitors as they toured from booth to booth viewing the impressive models on display would not have gone unnoticed by the organiser and exhibitors.

But probably more shocking were the questions posed, which revealed how ignorant some visitors were on Iskandar Malaysia or Johor in general.

When I asked a friend manning the Port of Tanjung Pelepas (PTP) booth about the public response at the end of the three-day event, he replied, "Many asked me what is PTP?"

I burst into laughter. Maybe the PTP acronym has too many references, or maybe nobody knew about PTP at all. So, who is to be blamed for asking such a question?

In another corner, I overheard a person asking: "Is this another Mapex (Malaysia Property Exhibition)?"

Well, I could forgive him for asking that question. After all, I got the same impression, judging from the decorations at the Johor Baru City Square atrium. There were two to three developers capitalising on the Open Day to promote their products.

So, the organiser and exhibitors must be having a tough time briefing visitors on what Iskandar Malaysia is all about.

The Iskandar Regional Development Authority showcased an eyecatching model of the futuristic Danga Bay waterfront with its state-of-the-art high-rise buildings and marina.

I, for one, couldn't take my eyes off this dazzling model of glass buildings with its glittering lights.

I couldn't help noticing the looks of disbelief written on the faces of the visitors. Some felt that they might not live long enough to see the model turning into reality.

For me, the timeline for completion of Iskandar Malaysia is just too long. Maybe I would have retired by the time the buildings come up.

The Open Day was not just meant for adults. The organiser had painstakingly set aside a corner for children to play with Lego blocks.

Obviously, this was to promote and provide a good preview of the upcoming Legoland theme park in Nusajaya for children.

But by then the children would have grown up and the Legoland no longer suitable for them.

I am not sure if the Open Day attracted the intended crowd of traders, entrepreneurs and investors. It would be sad if the visitors were just window shoppers.

Nevertheless, the exhibition was well-planned, judging from the great lengths exhibitors went to impress the crowd.
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Old July 20th, 2009, 08:45 PM   #22
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Building model citizens of the future
2009/06/04

ISKANDAR Malaysia's recent open day at City Square Johor Baru not only attracted adults, but also the young ones who joined in the activities that gave them glimpses of their future in the growth corridor. One of the main attractions for children was the Legoland Creative Kids Model Builder Competition.

The participants were encouraged to use their creativity to build houses, cars and animals using Lego bricks.

The competition's organiser was Iskandar Investment Bhd (IIB), which is the co-developer of Legoland Malaysia.

A RM750 million joint venture with Merlin Entertainments, Legoland Malaysia is part of a 58.68ha development project that will comprise a shopping centre, offices, hotels and residential units in the northeast corner of Medini Malaysia in Nusajaya.

The theme park will be the first Legoland to be built in East Asia. It is expected to be completed in 2012.

The competition was a hit with the children. Those taking part were enthusiastically scrambling to construct their designs within the 30-minute timeframe.

Parents lent encouragement as their children tried their best to put together the multi-coloured miniature bricks into the desired shapes.

The prizes were RM100 MPH book vouchers, and that, combined with the inherent fun of the competition, were enough to motivate the children into doing their best.

The children received a pleasant surprise at the end of the competition when they were told that they could keep the packs of Lego bricks that they used.

There were six winners in the competition. Four were Malaysian students -- Muhammad Aliffuddeen Ishak, 10, of SK Taman Perling 3; Fatin Nuraigah, 10, of SK Taman Daya 1; Nurul Fadlin Adlina, 10, of SRK Bukit Mutiara; and Kh'ng Xin Yi, 11, of SJK(C) Nam Heng.

The two other winners were Angie Chua, 11, and Aslam Shah, 12, both from Singapore.

IIB president and chief executive officer, Arlida Ariff, announced that a 1,207 sq m shop to produce most of the 15,000 Lego models that will make up Legoland Malaysia will be set up at the southern industrial and logistics clusters of Nusajaya.

Construction of the shop will begin in August and the first phase will be completed two months later.

Six pioneer apprentices will be selected and sent to California for training.

Upon their return, they will assist in training 40 others to work on the models at the shop.
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Old July 20th, 2009, 09:20 PM   #23
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Asia's first Lego model shop here soon
2009/05/22

SINGAPORE: Iskandar Malay-sia will house Asia's first Lego's Model Shop to design and make models for the Legoland in Nusajaya.

The model shop will produce 15,000 models that would make up the country's first Lego theme park in Medini Iskandar.

The theme park, the fifth of its kind in the world, is scheduled to completed in 2012.

Iskandar Investment Berhad president and chief executive officer Arlida Ariff said the construction of the model shop, with a total floor area of 2300 square metres (25,000 sq ft), would begin in August.

"The first phase of the Model Shop's construction will be done in October. It is located at the southern industrial and Logistics Clusters in Nusajaya," she said on Wednesday.

Arlida also said the Model Shop would begin recruiting apprentices and the final assessment would be in July.

Six qualified apprentices would be short-listed and sent to California, the United States, in August for training.

She said the six would assist the Lego Master Model Builders, who are Lego certified professional designers and artists, to train another 40 apprentices who would join the Model Shop in October.

"Aspiring model makers must possess sound technical knowledge or background in steel works, design reading and actual brick building experience," said Arlida.

Legoland Malaysia is expected to create about 1,000 jobs in the park, while up to 5,000 jobs will be created during its construction, as well as in the related retail trade, hospitality, services and food and beverage sectors.

The entire project will include a shopping centre, offices, hotels and residential units costing a total of more than RM3.5 billion to develop.

The country's Legoland, which will be designed and operated by the Merlin Entertainments Group Ltd, was announced in December with a planned investment of RM750 million.

Its location -- 20 minutes from the Second Link -- is expected to draw tourists from Singapore.
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IIB mulls over three theme parks for Iskandar Malaysia
Tuesday August 4, 2009
By ZAZALI MUSA

JOHOR BARU: Iskandar Investment Bhd (IIB) is looking at having three theme parks in Iskandar Malaysia, including Legoland Malaysia, said president and chief executive officer Arlida Ariff.

Legoland will be the main theme park with the other two supporting parks, she said.

“Different theme parks cater to different segments of visitors as this will be better rather than just having one park in our development,’’ Arlida told reporters recently after announcing six successful applicants hired as “model shop associates” at Legoland Malaysia in Nusajaya.

The model shop associates will help build Lego models at the park.

Arlida said the company had been discussing with several foreign theme park operators to set up parks in Iskandar Malaysia but declined to elaborate further.

IIB had taken into account past failed attempts by local operators to set up theme parks, she added.

“We ran a feasibility study and market research before announcing the project (Legoland) and the same things apply for the other theme parks,’’ she said, noting that Legoland Malaysia catered for children aged between two and 12 years.

IIB senior vice-president Muhammad Zainal Ashikin said work on Legoland Malaysia would start next March with the project expected to be completed by the first quarter of 2012.

He said the company planned to have a tie-up with major airlines and travel operators from the region as part of its strategy to attract visitors to the park.

The US$200mil park, to be built on a 23ha site, is a joint venture between Merlin Entertainment Groups and IIB. It will be the first Legoland park in Asia.

There are currently four Legoland parks around the world – in Billund (Denmark), Windsor (near London, Britain), California (United States) and Deutschland (Germany).

The six successful Legoland Malaysia model shop associates announced by IIB are Lee Khai Yuen, Pang Chueng Shuong, Ahmad Yazid Sumisdan, Khadzlan Hairani Ali Omar, Mohd Firdaus Rahiman and Khairunadia Kamarudin.

They were selected from 84 shortlisted candidates from all over the country in competition and interviewing sessions conducted by Merlin Entertainment Group last month.

All six will undergo a 10-week training programme in California from Sept 1, and upon returning they will assist master builders build Legoland models at Legoland Malaysia.
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Legoland Malaysia is Underway
August 3rd, 2009

Although Legoland is well known in the UK, as well as the United States, besides that not too many people know of the joy that is Legoland. Well soon Malaysia will know of Leogland as well. This is because the Legoland Malaysia theme park project is closer to realization than ever before. This new breakthrough happened when the first batch of model builders were chosen for the park.

The builders that will help to create Legoland Malaysia for tourists all over the world, will first have to complete a 10 week training course in California. The resorts director, Zainal Ashikin Muhammad Rejab, said that the selection of model builders was another step towards the realization of the park. Right now the new park has a completion date of early 2012.

He went on to say that they feel very optimistic about reaching their deadline for opening up the new theme park for tourists. The overall master plan has already been completed for the park, and the overall groundwork for the park is going to start this November.

Of course, he also wanted to note that this is just the first round of models. The second round of model builders for the Leogland park in Malaysia will be recruited in November when the groundwork for the park is underway.

This Legoland park is set to be located at Nusa Cemerlang Industrial Park. Here it will be the very first Legoland ever to be located in Asia. More information will come out about this new Legoland after its launch.
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Legoland hires new Master, Associate Builders
By Ryan McClung | Filed under News on Jun 27, 2009
http://www.lifthill.com/news/legolan...iate-builders/



Legoland California recently ended their hiring competition that saw Lego builders from across the nation compete for Master and Associate Builder positions with Lego. Legoland received about 150 applications for the positions, but only 18 finalists were invited to compete. By the end of it, five new Master Builders and four new Associate Builders were hired.

The newly hired Master Builders will be tasked with creating large, specialized pieces destined for use in the new Legoland park in Malaysia opening in 2013. The Associate Builders will be copying existing Lego designs and performing more routine jobs such as gluing pieces together.

Erik Vanderhagen, one of the applicants/contestants speaking of the unusual interview process, told the North County Times: "I didn't expect this ... Even if I don't get the job, this has been a lot of fun."
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Iskandar Invt to award RM2b jobs next year
By Chong Pooi KoonPublished: 2009/10/01

Iskandar Investment Bhd, a government company tasked to build catalytic projects in Iskandar Malaysia in Johor, will give out RM2 billion worth of contracts next year.

The contracts include jobs to build hotels and a shopping mall surrounding the Legoland theme park, president and chief executive officer Arlida Ariff said.

She said the company has awarded over RM1 billion worth of construction jobs before this and it is stepping up the development pace at Iskandar Malaysia. WCT Bhd, an infrastructure firm, had in July won contracts valued at RM767 million to build roads and sewerage there. Property and construction firm Mitrajaya Holdings Bhd has also won jobs from Iskandar Investment.

"We've spent the last few years planning and firming up deals, now it is time to convert those investments into activities that will stimulate more works on the ground," Arlida told a media briefing in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.

Next year's contracts are mainly for the construction of buildings that include a medical school and student residences, residential units within the Medini cluster, and amenities around Legoland.

The completion date for Legoland has been brought forward by about a year and it is now scheduled to be ready by April 2012, Arlida said. At least one hotel in that area and a shopping mall, will be ready by the time the theme park opens its doors, she said.

There will be a four-star business hotel and another resort hotel around Legoland, she added.

Arlida said Iskandar will bring in partners, both local and foreign, to work on some of the projects.

"Towards this year-end and into next year, we hope to announce at least three more partners and bring in three more universities into Educity (within Iskandar Malaysia)," she said.

"The next two months are very busy for me. I'll be travelling to five countries to finalise deals." She will be travelling to Dubai, the UK, Australia and India in the next two months.

"It's time to expand beyond the current markets and partners that we have now. There's still a lot of room for growth," she said.

Iskandar Investment's reputation and credibility is more solid now that it has awarded a big sum in contracts, she remarked. "We have given out over RM1 billion contracts. This is an affirmation that the project is for real."
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Khazanah to invest over RM1b in theme parks
By Rupinder Singh Published: 2009/11/06

The projects will kick off in phases from next year and the first one should open by end-2011.

State investment agency Khazanah Nasional Bhd plans to partner foreign firms and invest more than RM1 billion to build six theme parks nationwide next year.

Themed Attractions & Resorts Sdn Bhd (TAR), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Khazanah, said the projects will kick off in phases from next year. The first one should open by end- 2011.

"We have identified several viable projects to implement.

"We are also continuously seeking local and global partners to be part of the innovative themed attractions and resorts, such as indoor theme parks, cultural-based attractions, children's attractions, among others," TAR chief executive officer Datuk Tunku Ahmad Burhanuddin told reporters at a briefing in Damansara yesterday.

Each project will cost between RM200 million and RM300 million.

"We may go a for a debt-equity mix to raise funds for the projects," said Tunku Ahmad Burhanuddin, adding that TAR hopes to carry out all six projects simultaneously.

It expects each project to make money two to three years after completion. Out of the six projects, half will be in Iskandar Malaysia, Johor.

TAR, incorporated in June this year, will develop and operate the themed attractions and resorts.

It has already started on two projects.

The first is a children's role-playing theme park, KidZania, which will open in 2012 in a new retail mall in Mutiara Damansara, Petaling Jaya.

The second is a family indoor theme park at Puteri Harbour in the vicinity of Iskandar Malaysia.

The landmark deal is to be signed tomorrow. According to a foreign news report, TAR has roped in three global brand names to participate in the project.

Among the partners speculated are Time Warner's Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon and Disney.

Iskandar Malaysia is slated to have its first theme park in 2012 when Legoland opens a RM750 million entertainment park, the second such project outside of the US and Europe.

Legoland operator Merlin Entertainments will hold 20 per cent interest in the project, with the balance owned by a consortium led by Iskandar Investment Bhd.

Tunku Ahmad Burhanuddin said there was vast potential to grow the leisure and tourism industry in the country to meet the diverse needs of visitors.

The theme parks will target tourists from all over the world, business travellers, day trippers and travellers who stop over in the country.

They would include people from countries like China, India and the Middle East.
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Ground-breaking ceremony: Legoland park to be ready by 2012
2 December 2009

The 22-acre Legoland theme park under construction in Medini Iskandar, Nusajaya, is expected to be ready by 2012, a year ahead of scehdule, said Johor Menteri Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman.

He said the theme park in Iskandar Malaysia would be the first in Asia, and the fifth in the world.

"This Legoland park is built under a concept suitable to its location in a tropical country like Malaysia," he told reporters after attending the ground-breaking ceremony at the Legoland Malaysia project site today.

Also present was Iskandar Investment Bhd president and chief executive officer Arlida Ariff and Legoland Development Merlin Entertainment general manager, John Ussher. -- Bernama
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2012 opening for Legoland
By ZAZALI MUSA



From left: Arlida Ariff, John Ussher and Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman
looking at a Malayan Tiger made from 2,500 pieces of Lego bricks.


NUSAJAYA: Iskandar Investment Bhd (IIB) is targeting April 2012 as the opening date of the Legoland Malaysia – the first Legoland theme park in Asia.

The other Legoland theme parks are Legoland Billund, Legoland Windsor, Legoland Deutschland and Legoland California.

IIB president and chief executive officer Arlida Ariff said the 26ha theme park would be the centrepiece of the 59ha site in Medini North dedicated to lifestyle development.

To be known as Legoland Malaysia Resort, the project would also comprise a retail mall, themed hotel, business hotel as well as office and residential areas.

“We will start promoting the theme park a year before the opening date,” Arlida said at the project groundbreaking by Mentri Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman yesterday.

Arlida declined to divulge details on the entrance charges and the target number of visitors to the park, adding that IIB was still studying the matter.

She said the RM700mil theme park would offer 40 interactive rides, shows and attractions targeted at families with young children between two and 12 years old.

Arlida said Legoland Malaysia would have miniature replicas of iconic buildings and structures across Asia including the Petronas Twin Towers, the tallest twin buildings in the world.

“The project will be funded via RM500mil borrowings from local banks and the balance of RM200mil through internal funding,” she said.

IIB had in December 2008 signed an agreement with Merlin Entertainment Group, which will design and operate the theme park.

Moving forward, Arlida said IIB would be looking at a third theme park in Iskandar Malaysia catering for young adults.

Meanwhile, Legoland Development general manager John Ussher said the main challenge in developing the park in Malaysia was the “sun and rain”. He said unlike the other Legoland theme parks, Legoland here would operate all-year round.

“We will provide shades and canopies using tropical trees and will maintain the natural topography of the area,” said Ussher.
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It's a green world in Johor Legoland
2009/12/03

NUSAJAYA: The biggest challenge in building the first Lego theme park in Asia is its tropical setting.

Legoland Development general manager John Ussher said the RM700 million theme park over 26 hectares of land here will feature plenty of shade for visitors.

"Although Legoland Malaysia will be similar to the company's four other Legoland parks, the tropical climate poses a bit of a challenge for us to design the landscape. It will be very green, and the natural hills will be retained.

"We have already placed orders for saplings, so when the park is ready, the saplings will have grown into full trees," he said after the ground-breaking of Legoland Malaysia by Johor Menteri Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman yesterday.

The park, scheduled to open in 2012, will provide a full-day theme park experience with more than 40 interactive rides, shows and attractions mainly for families with young children aged 2 to 12.

On the competition from Universal Studios Singapore which will open next year, Iskandar Investment Bhd president and chief executive officer Arlida Ariff said the two theme parks offer a different experience.

"It would only give tourists more reason to extend their stay in the region as they would want to visit both theme parks," she said.
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Old December 16th, 2009, 06:39 PM   #37
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Iskandar attracts RM51bil in investments
Thursday December 3, 2009 By ZAZALI MUSA



NUSAJAYA: Iskandar Malaysia has attracted RM51bil of cumulative investments to date despite the global economic crisis.

Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman, who co-chairs Iskandar Regional Development Authority (Irda), said of the total sum, 35% had already commenced work on the ground.

Some 44,000 jobs have been created since Iskandar was launched in 2006, he told reporters at the ground-breaking ceremony of Legoland Malaysia in Medini near here on Wednesday.

The RM700mil Legoland Malay-sia on a 26ha site in the 59ha Medini North near here is the first Legoland theme park in Asia; other Legoland parks are in Bil-lund, Windsor, Deutschland and California.

April 2012 is the targeted opening date. The park will offer 40 interactive rides, shows and attractions for families with children aged between two and 12.

Also present at the event were Iskandar Investment Bhd president and chief executive officer Arlida Ariff and Legoland Develop-ment general manager John Ussher.

Ghani said of the RM51bil cu-mulative investments, 40% were from local investors and 60% were foreign direct investment (FDI) including RM2.6bil from Singa-pore.

“Johor has received RM8bil in FDI for this year and for 2010, we are hoping to maintain the figure or at least see some increase in the flow of FDI,” said Ghani.

He said the RM8bil constituted about 20% of the total FDI received by Malaysia, adding that Johor always remained one of the country’s top three destinations for FDI.

Meanwhile, incoming Irda chief executive officer Ismail Ibrahim will be taking over from Harun Johari in January 2010.
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Old December 28th, 2009, 07:23 AM   #38
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Theme park developers focus on Asia now
Monday December 28 2009

SINGAPORE, Dec 28 — The global downturn has put some US theme parks into bankruptcy and upended grand plans for new ones in the Middle East.

Varied concepts: The Universal Studios theme park at Singapore’s Resorts World at Sentosa (above) will open early next year, while Legoland Malaysia in Johor is slated to open in 2012 But in Asia, a development boomlet is under way as operators race to roll out parks and add attractions to draw in the region’s growing middle class.

Across the border in Malaysia, ground has just been broken on the first Legoland in Asia, to open in 2012.

In Hong Kong, the roughly US$750 million (RM2,573 million) redevelopment of Ocean Park is to be completed in 2013, while Hong Kong Disneyland Resort recently began a US$465 million expansion to add three areas by 2014. Last month, Disney finally won approval from the Chinese government to build a theme park in Shanghai. It is expected to open in 5-6 years.

In Singapore, a Universal Studios is to open early next year at Resorts World at Sentosa (RWS), a vast integrated resort (IR) development that includes a casino.

“Even with the economic hardship the world has been feeling, there is still stability in this part of the world, and people are still looking to do things that are out of the ordinary,” said Tom Mehrmann, chief executive of Ocean Park in Hong Kong.

Overall attendance at the world’s top 25 theme parks has declined over the last couple of years, according to a report by Economic Research Associates, a consulting firm, and the Themed Entertainment Association, an international industry association.

But visits to the 10 most-visited Asia-Pacific parks have continued to increase, albeit at a slow pace. With this upward trend expected to accelerate, developers are focusing on the region.

The industry anticipates solid growth in Asia, even though over the last six years, the number of what Mehrmann calls “world-class parks” in the region has risen to more than 35 from about 15.

“What it says is that the market is growing, the middle class is growing, discretionary time and money is growing,” he said.

Ocean Park had a record 5.03 million visitors in the fiscal year that ended in June 2008 and registered a small drop to 4.8 million in its fiscal 2009. But Mehrmann said attendance had started to rebound in August.

Recent signals from big industry players point to a bleak near-term picture worldwide. Revenue at Walt Disney’s parks and resorts dropped 7 per cent, to US$10.6 billion, in the fiscal year ended in September.

Universal Studios theme parks (which General Electric sold along with NBC Universal to Comcast) have also been struggling this year although, according to GE, the company has been able to partly offset attendance declines with cost-cutting.

Meanwhile, Six Flags, which owns 20 amusement parks, mainly in the United States, filed for bankruptcy protection in June, burdened by high debt and declining attendance. It is working on a restructuring plan with creditors. Dubailand — which was to include Paramount, Marvel and DreamWorks Animation theme parks among various attractions — is now only a distant dream.

But some investors see opportunities in the downturn. Apollo Global Management said last week it would acquire theme park operator Cedar Fair in a deal worth about US$2.4 billion, including assumed debt. Cedar Fair’s properties include Cedar Point in Ohio, Canada’s Wonderland near Toronto, Dorney Park in Pennsylvania, and Knott’s Berry Farm and Great America in Southern California. Cedar Fair said attendance had dropped by 1.2 million visitors during the first three quarters.

The deal follows an agreement in October by the Blackstone Group to buy Anheuser-Busch Inbev’s 10 theme parks in the US for US$2.7 billion, including the SeaWorld parks in Orlando and San Diego and Busch Gardens in Tampa, Florida, three of the most-visited theme parks in the world.

Blackstone already has a majority stake in the Merlin Entertainment Group — which owns Legoland, among various parks — and the Anheuser-Busch assets will make the private equity firm the second-largest company in the theme park business, after Disney.

John Ussher, general manager of Legoland development at Merlin, said his company wanted to roll out the brand across the globe.

“We’ve had a good year, we’ve weathered the storm well throughout our parks in Europe and the US,” he said, while declining to provide attendance numbers. “We feel very strongly about the potential of the new park in Malaysia. The region has terrific potential.”

The company is also working on a Dubai Legoland, although Ussher said the project had been delayed and the new expected opening date was 2015.

He said Legoland was also looking for sites in South Korea and Japan and would be interested in developing a park in China. — NYT
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Danish Legoland to Expand in Malaysia
11 Jan 2010
http://travel.latimes.com/daily-deal...expand-w-6198/

Legoland’s parent company, Merlin Entertainment, plans to add a water park to the new Legoland Malaysia park opening in 2013, said Lego water park designer Bill Vollbrecht.

The Lego water park that will debut at Legoland California this summer could end up at theme parks around the world within the next few years, officials said.

Part of a $15-million expansion at the Carlsbad kiddie park, the separate-admission Lego water park will feature twin water-slide towers, a lazy river, toddler water play areas and 20 squirting and spraying life-size Lego characters.

According to travel.latimes.com, Legoland’s parent company, Merlin Entertainment, plans to add a water park to the new Legoland Malaysia park opening in 2013, said Lego water park designer Bill Vollbrecht.

If the California and Malaysia projects prove successful, Lego hopes to turn the concept into a global brand, adding water parks at Legoland theme parks in Britain, Denmark and Germany, Vollbrecht said.

Vollbrecht said the Lego water parks could also show up at Merlin’s other theme park properties — Alton Towers, Thorpe Park and Chessington World of Adventures in Britain, Heide Park in Germany and Gardaland in Italy. The existing water parks at Alton Towers and Gardaland might be rebranded with a Lego theme, Vollbrecht said.

Legoland Malaysia is planned to open in Nusajaya, Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia under the Iskandar Malaysia in 2013 as the first Legoland in Asia.Danish Legoland to Expand in Malaysia
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