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Legoland Malaysia Discussion Thread

Postby larrygator » Tue Nov 16, 2010 9:40 am

Hey everybody!

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!

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2010
November 16th, 2010 - Legoland Malaysia announced! - SEE BELOW!

2011
December 11th, 2011 - Legoland Malaysia coming together brick by brick

2012
February 12th, 2012 - Legoland Malaysia park map revealed!
March 25th, 2012 - Legoland Malaysia construction updates posted
April 1st, 2012 - More park construction photos
April 3rd, 2012 - Legoland Hotel & Water Park coming in 2014
April 26th, 2012 - Legoland Malaysia to open September 15th, 2012
September 3rd, 2012 - Legoland Malaysia offers first guest & media preview
September 25th, 2012 - Merlin to increase share in park ownership to 20%
December 19th, 2012 - Park to limit attendance capacity during peak periods

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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/.html

NUSAJAYA, 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. - CNA


http://www.asiaone.com/News/Latest%2BNews/Relax/Story/A1Story20100829-234453.html

Legoland 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.
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Re: Legoland Malaysia

Postby MayTheGForceBeWithYou » Tue Nov 16, 2010 11:21 am

Comsidering that all the Legolands have attractions that are unique to each park, I wonder what Malaysia's will turn out like. :roll:
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Re: Legoland Malaysia

Postby LoopLover » Tue Nov 16, 2010 3:24 pm

Legoland really seems to be picking up now! i mean they are adding new rides at old parks and building new ones! catching up with Disney!

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Re: Legoland Malaysia

Postby Sir Clinksalot » Tue Nov 16, 2010 4:44 pm

I really wish some major park chain would make it's way into the Philippines. When I was there, Star City was pretty crowded, I can just imagine what a halfway decent park would pull in.

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Re: Legoland Malaysia

Postby BarryH » Tue Nov 16, 2010 5:51 pm

I wonder what massive humidity does not Legos? :)

So is a TPR trip to Malaysia in the works for, say, 2013?

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Re: Legoland Malaysia

Postby Erik_73 » Sun Nov 21, 2010 6:16 am

Sir Clinksalot wrote:I really wish some major park chain would make it's way into the Philippines. When I was there, Star City was pretty crowded, I can just imagine what a halfway decent park would pull in.


I don't think that will happen soon while the amount of phillippinos that are whelty enough to be able to pay the entrace fee. The phillippines don't attract a lot of tourist that are into themeparks eighter. Even a small decent park like Enchanted Kingdom seems not able to get enough visitors in to be very profitable. The Iskandar aria is in between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur; these are big whelty cities with enough potential visitors for Legoland Malaysia.

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Re: Legoland Malaysia

Postby jedimaster1227 » Mon Dec 12, 2011 12:35 am

http://www.nst.com.my/streets/johor/legoland-park-to-offer-seven-themed-areas-1.16781

LEGOLAND Malaysia is coming together, block by block. From its agreement signing ceremony between Iskandar Investment Bhd and Merlin Entertainments in December 2008 to its groundbreaking ceremony a year later, the 31ha theme park, built to the tune of RM720 million, recently saw the unveiling of the RM13 million steelworks for its roller coaster. When completed, the roller coaster is going to be one of the main attractions of the theme park, which is targeted to pull in approximately one million visitors during the first year of operation.

The entire project is currently 40 per cent complete, according to IDR Resorts Sdn Bhd chief executive officer Muhammad Zainal Ashikin Muhammad Rejab who said that all construction work and manpower recruitment are on schedule for next December's opening.

IDR Resorts, a member company of Iskandar Investment Bhd, which is developing the project with Merlin, is confident the theme park, when completed will offer fun and adventure for the whole family, especially those with young children.

The theme park will be home to 40 rides, with more attractions to be added within the next 10 to 15 years. It will be divided into seven themed areas, each designed for participants of all ages to explore, have fun and learn from the experience. The theme areas are "The Beginning", "Lego City", "Miniland", "Land of Adventure", "Imagination", "Lego Kingdom" and "Lego Technic".

"The Beginning" is the entrance area where the adventure begins. There will be a Big Shop located here to offer the largest selection of Lego toys.

"Lego City" is where kids get to captain a boat and check out the junior driving academy where they will get to drive their own Legoland cars.

There is also the Rescue Academy, where the entire family can race in Lego fire trucks to hose down a building which is "in flames".

Another attraction will be "Miniland", where millions of Lego bricks will be used to build replicas of some of the most prominent landmarks such as the Petronas Twin Towers; the Angkor Wat (Cambodia), the Merlion (Singapore) and Taj Mahal (India), among others.

At the "Land of Adventure", visitors will get to journey through forgotten cities' ancient temple ruins to recover a pharaoh's stolen treasure while Dino Island will test the courage of the bravest families.

"Lego Kingdom" is where one will get to protect their kingdom by conquering the dragon and romp through the hideaways and do battle in the Royal Joust.

"Imagination" is the perfect haunt for a true Lego fan as everyone in the family can build and play with Lego bricks. Here, one can find the Kid Power Towers where one can climb up and enjoy a view from the top before dropping to the ground. One can pull oneself up again, thus proving that there are no limits to one's imagination.

Meanwhile, the "Lego Technic" is where one can find the test track which offers one a thrilling ride on the roller coaster. While here, visitors may check out Aquazone Wave Racers where one can try the power ski and dodge water blasts.

Creation of the 15,000 Legoland model structures at the Model Building Centre in the Nusa Cemerlang Industrial Park is also progressing smoothly.

Legoland Malaysia is the first Legoland in Asia and the sixth in the world. Other Legoland are found in Denmark; United Kingdom; Germany; Florida and California, both in the United States. In the pipelines are plans to bring Legoland to South Korea, Australia and Japan.

IDR Resorts is now offering early annual passes at discounted rates on its website. They are priced at RM195 for adults and RM150 (child). The normal price for the annual pass is RM275 for adults and RM210 (child). The pre-opening annual passes will be valid until end of 2013.The gate prices for MyKad holders are RM140 for adults and RM110 (child), with a RM30 rebate for both.
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Re: Legoland Malaysia

Postby SharkTums » Mon Dec 12, 2011 7:33 am

Awesome! Can't wait for the TPR Southeast Asia trip to finally check this area of the world out!

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Re: Legoland Malaysia

Postby XYZ » Mon Dec 12, 2011 9:44 am

I'm wondering why the lego minifig's face looks different in Malaysia than in the US/Europe.
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Re: Legoland Malaysia

Postby gisco » Mon Dec 12, 2011 10:11 am

This thing seems to be flying under the radar with the opening just 12 months away.
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