Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar, The Sultan of Johor has officially launched Legoland Malaysia in a grand ceremony at the Park. The catalyst development is the first international theme park in Malaysia and the very first Legoland in Asia. He was joined by the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and hundreds of invited guests. Prior to the launching ceremony, His Royal Highness the Sultan of Johor presented entrance tickets to the Park worth up to RM500, 000 to 17 underprivileged schools and orphanages in Johor.
“Today is an important occasion for Legoland Malaysia, as we are officially opened by His Royal Highness The Sultan of Johor. It’s amazing to think we broke ground for this magnificent family theme park just three years ago,” said Nick Varney, CEO of Merlin Entertainments Group. Legoland Malaysia is operated by Merlin Entertainments Groups, the second largest theme park operator in the world.
“Legoland Malaysia is a key step in Merlin’s continued development as an international, high growth, family entertainment business with strong brands. This is the largest family theme park destination in Southeast Asia and its strategic location in the Iskandar region makes it accessible to local and Singapore residents, as well as international visitors. I truly believe that together with our partners we can bring new investment, prosperity and growth to this region making it the Orlando of Southeast Asia.”
At the ceremony, the Sultan of Johor was presented with a portrait created entirely out of 12,600 LEGO bricks. Similar LEGO portraits were also presented to the Prime Minister and Chief Minister respectively.
“Legoland Malaysia will catapult Nusajaya as a leisure and tourism hub, and help improve the area’s socio-economic environment, by providing business opportunities and human capital development for local talents. TAR (Themed Attractions and Resorts Sdn Bhd) is well positioned to be a catalyst for growth in Nusajaya. We are committed to elevating Nusajaya’s regional appeal and convincing international tourists that Nusajaya is the best place to bring their families for wholesome fun and playtime,” said Tunku Dato’ Ahmad Burhanuddin, Managing Director and CEO of TAR.
TAR is also preparing to launch Puteri Harbour Family Theme Park, which will feature the first Sanrio Hello Kitty Town, The Little Big Club and Lat’s Place. TAR is confident that together, Legoland Malaysia and Puteri Harbour Family Theme Park will provide internationally recognized entertainment for the whole family. TAR is also looking to develop two new attractions, Ocean Quest and Ocean Splash Water Park, located at Desaru Coast. Slated to open in 2015, both theme parks will provide a new dimension in TAR’s offerings, complementing its existing attractions.
Legoland Malaysia is the first Legoland Park in Asia and the sixth in the world. The Park has more than 40 rides, shows and attractions spread over an impressive 76 acres. It offers an interactive and educational adventure for families with children between the ages of 2 and 12. Legoland Malaysia is also the ultimate experience for LEGO fans and is full of models made from more than 50 million LEGO bricks. Future plans are in place for Legoland Malaysia to be the largest family destination resort in Southeast Asia. A Water Park and Hotel are already under construction for opening in 2013 and 2014.
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