This thread is simple! Rather than having a million little threads about everything that goes on at Legoland Malaysia, this thread is designed to consolidate it all into one user-friendly thread. Feel free to use it to post updates, trip reports, questions, comments, and of course, general discussion.Legoland Malaysia Official Website
Below are some links to past updates from the park, you may be interested in. Enjoy!
November 16th, 2010 - Legoland Malaysia announced! - SEE BELOW!2011December 11th, 2011 - Legoland Malaysia coming together brick by brick2012February 12th, 2012 - Legoland Malaysia park map revealed!March 25th, 2012 - Legoland Malaysia construction updates postedApril 1st, 2012 - More park construction photosApril 3rd, 2012 - Legoland Hotel & Water Park coming in 2014April 26th, 2012 - Legoland Malaysia to open September 15th, 2012September 3rd, 2012 - Legoland Malaysia offers first guest & media previewSeptember 25th, 2012 - Merlin to increase share in park ownership to 20%December 19th, 2012 - Park to limit attendance capacity during peak periods
In Robb's in-depth coverage of IAAPA, I saw that S&S is contracted to work on Legoland Malaysia. This was announced a while back but we have not discussed it on TPR yet. Here are a couple of articles.http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/southeastasia/view/1068540/1/.htmlNUSAJAYA, Malaysia : Asia's first Legoland targets to attract 1.5 million visitors when it opens its doors at the end of 2012.
Located in Nusa Cermelang industrial park, within the Iskandar New Economic Region, the theme park will boast the tallest lego model in the world.
The backgrounds of the 22 young Malaysians - pioneer model builders for Legoland Malaysia - are diverse, coming from engineering, architecture, and fine arts.
They beat over 800 other job seekers at a recent hiring contest.
In the first round, contestants were given 25 minutes to copy a model of a seahorse.
"It was not difficult to find the people. We were amazed. What we really looking for is creativity obviously, but more so it's teamwork, it's the passion and the attitude that the people bring in to their role. That's what we're really looking for," said Tim Burnell, Production Director, Merlin Entertainment.
25-year-old Mohd Firdaus was among the top six, who've returned from a short stint at the mother of all Legolands, in Billund, Denmark.
It's a dream come true for the mechanical engineer, who had his first lego set when he was four.
Over 30 million bricks will go towards making 15,000 models that will be scattered across the 26-hectare theme park.
Being the first in Asia, it will feature many iconic buildings and structures familiar to the region, and in particular to Malaysia.
Work is also in progress to build the tallest model in mini land, but the exact details are still under wraps.
Already its developer, Iskandar investment, is excited. The CEO said when Legoland Malaysia is ready in 2012, it will offer a different experience from other theme parks, including Universal Studios in neighbouring Singapore.
"It would not be seen in competition with attractions that Singapore has, (which) deal with young adults-type of attractions. This is more family-based," said Arlida Ariff, President/CEO of Iskandar Investment Berhad.
"It inspires people with a toy, and when they go away, they can build what they like with them (lego bricks). It's a lot more interactive; there will be lego in queue lines and kids can play with it as they go along," said Burnell. - CNAhttp://www.asiaone.com/News/Latest%2BNews/Relax/Story/A1Story20100829-234453.htmlLegoland Malaysia taking shape, brick by brick
Sun, Aug 29, 2010
New Straits Times By Syed Umar Ariff
WOULD you like to build Lego models for a living? Many people, especially the young-at-heart, would consider this a dream job, possibly even better than food-tasting or being the caretaker of an island paradise.
Which was why, when Legoland Malaysia announced recently that it was hiring 22 local Lego model builders, more than 1,000 candidates turned up to apply for the job.
But only a few had an idea what the job was all about - that, as a model builder, they would have to create over 15,000 Lego models for Legoland Malaysia. They would also be Asia's pioneer batch of Legoland model builders.
Some of the candidates who turned up were those with engineering, chemistry and architecture backgrounds.
They were taken aback when the job "interview" was actually in the form of a competition. They had to undergo three phases of model-making challenges to gauge their creativity, technical and building skills.
"Well, the main point here is for everyone to have fun. But the truth is, it is not easy," said Merlin Entertainments production director Tim Burnell when met during one of the interviews.
The six successful candidates from the first hiring competition attended a 10-week overseas training programme at Legoland California and Legoland Billlund.
There, they learned how to build models designed to meet the highest international quality and safety standards.
As of now, they are working to build Lego replicas of national and state landmarks for Legoland Malaysia at its Model Building Centre at Nusa Cemerlang Industrial Park in Nusajaya, Johor.
The prowess and skills exhibited by our own model builders is extraordinary. The detailed design of the Sultan Ibrahim Building for example, was made up completely by Lego blocks.
Even Johor Menteri Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman was impressed by the models built by the local talents.
"To see the landmarks of Johor Baru being replicated is breathtaking," he said.
One of the model builders, former receptionist Noor Amyee Suratman never thought that her hobby would one day become her "real job".
"I was a receptionist-cum-administrative clerk at a construction company. That is certainly a far cry from my current job," said the photography and creative imaging graduate from Johor Baru.
As for 30-year-old Beijing Central Academy of Fine Arts graduate Tan Yi Chuan, his skills as a sculptor proved to be useful as a Lego model builder.
"I can create sculptures from metal, wood and even bronze and playing with Lego bricks has always been my pastime.
"Now, I am working in my dream job as I get to sculpt as well as play with Lego," he said.