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Legoland opens in Malaysia

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FUN TIMEGuests walk past a giant giraffe made by Lego bricks at Legoland Malaysia.Photo: AP
FUN TIMEGuests walk past a giant giraffe made by Lego bricks at Legoland Malaysia.Photo: AP

Asia’s first Legoland theme park opened to packed crowds on Saturday in southern Malaysia.An eager crowd of 10,000 people visited the 76-acre theme park in Johor state – across a narrow waterway from Singapore – which features a variety of rides and thousands of Lego models made out of the popular toy bricks.

The visitors were greeted by costumed characters as confetti and balloons were launched into the air amid a special performance by a marching brass band from Denmark.

In 2011, earthmovers had flattened a vast expanse of oil palm-covered hills to make way for the 31-hectare theme park, one of the main attractions of a new city.

European visitor attractions operator Merlin Entertainments, whose stable includes Madame Tussauds, the London Eye and SEA LIFE, is the operator of Legoland Malaysia.

Sixth of its kind

With the opening, the theme park will be the sixth of its kind in the world after those in Denmark, Britain, California, Florida and Germany.

Most rides are for children under the age of 12, but the theme park also has a variety of attractions for the whole family like the “4D Lego Studios” and the “Miniland” – featuring recreated Asian landmarks like Cambodia’s Angkor Wat and Petronas Towers, the world’s tallest twin towers.

John Jakobsen, managing director of Legoland Parks for Merlin Entertainments, expects the new park to be a “great success” owing to its proximity to Singapore.

The park will target two million visitors a year from markets across Asia including India, China and Hong Kong.PTI



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