Malaysia sets out credentials as South East Asia’s theme park capital
Malaysian tourism authorities are highlighting how the nation is becoming the 'theme park capital' of South East Asia, with almost 20 theme parks and waterparks spread around the country, and with further attractions scheduled to open in the coming year.
Developing from the amusement parks of yesteryear, Malaysia has come a long way with its adrenaline-inducing attractions and is proud of the rise of the industry.
Berjaya Times Square Theme Park
Located within the Berjaya Times Square Shopping Mall in the Golden Triangle, Kuala Lumpur's shopping and entertainment hub this 12,500 metre² attraction is spread across three levels – including a Fantasy Garden and Galaxy Station.
The country's largest indoor theme park/family entertainment centre (FEC), its star attraction is its rollercoaster (pictured above), which loops and turns around within the mall itself.
For more information go to www.berjayatimessquarethemeparkkl.com
KidZania Kuala Lumpur
An educational theme park for youngsters, KidZania is housed indoors at the Curve NX building in Mutiara Damansara, just 40 minutes or so by taxi from downtown Kuala Lumpur. A children's city built to scale, children can dress up as everything from a policeman or a construction worker through to a chef or a doctor, and ‘get to work’. And while they’re busy, mum and dad can pop in next door for some retail therapy to The Curve, one of Kuala Lumpur's premier shopping malls.
For more information go to www.kidzania.com.my
Asia's first Lego theme park, the award-winning LEGOLAND® Malaysia is one of Malaysia’s most popular destinations.
With an ever-changing host of exciting events and interactive attractions, it is guaranteed to be a crowd pleaser especially for those who have grown up with LEGO.
Part of Johor’s seafront, Iskandar Development, which also includes hotels and several other smaller-scale theme parks, the resort includes a water park and a hotel and is located a four-hour drive from Kuala Lumpur or 30 minutes from Singapore.
For more information go to www.legoland.com.my
Just a 40-minute drive from Kuala Lumpur, Sunway Lagoon offers more than 80 attractions spread over a 36 hectares. The popular attraction features adrenalin rides in its Extreme Park and scare-seekers can test their courage at the Scream Park. For water lovers, there's the world's largest man-made surf beach and the world's largest water ride – the Vuvuzela.
The attraction is also connected to the Sunway Pyramid Shopping Mall and the 5-star Sunway Resort Hotel.
For more information go to www.sunwaylagoon.com
Founded in 1992, A'Famosa offers a waterpark, safari park and Old West theme park, along with a range sporting and recreational activities and backed by a range of hotel resorts and accommodation nearby to suit every budget.
For more information go to www.afamosa.com
Lost World of Tambun
Located in Sunway City in Ipoh 2 hours’ drive north west of Kuala Lumpur, this theme park is the most popular in the state of Perak.
Managed by the Sunway Group, the Lost World of Tambun offers a fantastic array of attractions including an amusement park, waterpark, adventure park, petting zoo, the popular tiger park and tin-mining experience in a nod to Ipoh’s colonial heritage.
One of the highlights here is Malaysia's longest man-made adventure river, measuring 660 metres long.
Aside from the theme park, Ipoh has transformed itself from a tin-mining town built to a popular destination for families offering famous local delicacies, old town houses gentrified with eateries, small boutique hotels along its famous Kinta River, and age-old limestone caves with temples.
The resort also offers the Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat and the Lost World Hotel in the park.
For more information go to www.sunwaylostworldoftambun.com
Bukit Gambang Resort City
What started out many years ago as a simple waterpark has now expanded into a full-scale theme park and resort city catering to locals and international visitors alike. The huge water park covers close to 2 kilometres², and included among its many attractions are a six-lane water slide, the Penguin Island attraction, and Malaysia's largest wave pool.
Next door, Bukit Gambang Safari Park is the country's biggest safari park and home to Malaysia's only pride of white lions. Nearby hotels include the Caribbean Bay Resort, Arabian Bay Resort and the Global Heritage Resort Villas.
For more information go to www.bgrc.com.my
Developed by SIM Leisure, the Escape Adventureplay attraction is a world-leading adventure and recreation attraction with opportunities to climb trees at Go Ape, swing through the air at Tarzan's Rope or embark on the human-powered Zoom Bug go-kart.
On its website, Escape proclaim ‘Growing up is optional’ – a motto which visitors certainly seem to have taken to heart, with people of every age leaping through the air at Atan's Leap, climbing the Gecko Tower, and racing downhill at Tubby Racer.
One of Malaysia’s most popular holiday destinations, Penang offers a huge range of accommodation options on offer from luxury options like George Town’s venerable Eastern & Oriental Hotel through to the family friendly Hotel Penaga, while the island's food, culture and heritage make it a ‘must see’ spot on any trip to Malaysia.
For more information go to www.escape.my
The coming years will see the highly anticipated opening of several new upcoming theme parks.
21st Century Fox Studios is set to open its first ever theme park at Resorts World Genting late next year, with the new and much feted 21st Century Fox World to host around 25 interactive rides and attractions based on some of the Studio’s most popular films including Ice Age, Alien vs. Predator, Titanic, Planet of the Apes and Night at the Museum.
Estimated to cost more than RM2.5 billion (US$560 million), this Hollywood-themed attraction will cover an area of about 10.2 hectares and will replaces the 30-year-old Genting Theme Park, which closed in September 2013 to make way for the new attraction.
Other entertainment-themed concepts in the works include Malacca's Jurassic Park and Ipoh’s soon-to-open Movie Animation Park Studios, touted as Asia’s First Animation Theme Park. Built at a cost RM520 million (US$117 million), MAPS will offer 40 attractions in six thematic zones when it opens later this year.
Meanwhile, video game giant Ubisoft is planning to open a park in Kuala Lumpur by 2020.
For information on Malaysian tourism please contact www.malaysia.travel
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