Merlin Entertainments opens children’s immersive indoor attraction in Shanghai
Merlin Entertainments, the biggest owner of visitor attractions in Australia and New Zealand and one of the world's leading visitor attraction operators, has now extended its Chinese portfolio with the opening of Shanghai’s Peppa Pig World of Play, a unique indoor attraction.
As reported by Travel Trends in October last year, Divisional Director, Rob Smith considered Merlin’s local growth to be largely predicated on the health of Asian inbound tourism market, in particular from India and China.
Shanghai’s Peppa Pig World of Play now offers a unique indoor attraction. The bright and colourful space features ten play areas, each inspired by instantly recognisable locations from the Peppa Pig TV series.
There is also a screening theater to enjoy episode screenings, a dedicated Peppa Pig World of Play gift shop, story times and arts and craft sessions alongside facilities for families to eat, relax and play.
Yuna Wang, Manager of Shanghai Peppa Pig World of Play , commented "we’re delighted to have officially opened the doors to our Peppa Pig World of Play in Shanghai and it’s a pleasure to see the smiles on childrens’ faces as they step into the world of Peppa Pig.
“Peppa Pig World of Play is a play centre like no other and has been carefully designed to bring to life the magical and much-loved world of Peppa Pig. The attraction is packed full of activities that will provide our youngest of visitors with a truly memorable first experience of location-based entertainment and we are confident that it will soon become a must-visit destination for families in and around Shanghai.”
Steve Blackburn, Merlin Entertainments New Brand Global Operation Head added, “following the launch of the inaugural play centre in Shanghai, further Peppa Pig World of Play launches will follow closely behind in Dallas and Beijing over the next two years.”
Peppa Pig World of Play, Shanghai will be open all year round and extends Merlin's participation in the pre-school market.
John Jakobsen, Merlin's Chief New Openings Officer, concluded "China is an important market for Merlin as Chinese consumers are seeking a more interactive, immersive and quality entertainment experience.
"It provides great opportunities for us to develop existing attraction concepts, as well as introduce new brands."
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13th April 2018 - Chinese Government looks to slow theme park development boom
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29th May 2017 - Dalian Wanda Group to build new central Asian theme parks
25th January 2017 - Shanghai Disney welcomes close to six million visitors in seven months
15th November 2016 - Investments in China’s theme parks driving Asian tourism
27th April 2016 - Merlin Entertainments marks five years of operations in Australasia
31st July 2015 - Accesso signs global deal with Merlin Entertainments
4th July 2013 - Merlin looks to major growth in Asia
11th April 2012 - Merlin predicts dramatic growth in Asia-Pacific region
11th January 2012 - Merlin to open permanent Madame Tussauds in Tokyo
1st July 2011 - Merlin Entertainments looks to protect global brands
5th January 2012 - Merlin names Nagoya as chosen site for Legoland Japan
2nd May 2011 - Merlin reveal attractions at Legoland Malaysia
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