20th Century Fox Theme Park Breaks Ground in Malaysia

Tuesday, 17 Dec 2013 03:33 PM

By David Ogul

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Film studio 20th Century Fox has begun construction on a new theme park in Malaysia.

The attraction is scheduled to open in 2016 as part of Resorts World Genting, a casino and resort about an hour outside of Kuala Lumpur, CNN reports. Dubbed 20th Century Fox World, the park will sit on 25 acres and feature more than 25 rides based on Fox films such as “Ice Age,” “Rio,” “Planet of the Apes” and “Night at the Museum.”

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Twenty-five acres, though, is almost postage size compared to some of the world's more successful theme parks. The Disney Resort in Orlando, Fla., for example, comprises 25,000 acres, including the 107-acre Magic Kingdom. The original Disneyland spreads over 85 acres in Anaheim, Calif., while Disney’s California Adventure next door sits on 67 acres of a former Disneyland parking lot.

That hasn’t dampened the enthusiasm at Fox.

“The opening of the first 20th Century Fox theme park at Resorts World Genting takes our rich history of storytelling to a whole new level and will provide an exceptional entertainment experience,” Jeffrey Godsick, president of 20th Century Fox Consumer Products, said in a statement, according to CNN. “People from around the world will gather here in Malaysia to become part of the story and to experience the magic and adventure of their favorite Fox properties.”

Genting Malaysia is investing $300 million into the project, which it says will mostly attract Malaysians. International visitors will primarily come from Southeast Asia and China, according to Genting.

“Having the distinction of being the first of its kind in the world, 20th Century Fox World will be built on a grand scale that consists of unique and creative concepts featuring more than 25 rides and attractions of a cinematic nature,” said Genting Malaysia’s chairman and CEO Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “The theme park will definitely pave the way for continued growth of Resorts World Genting with a next-level family entertainment experience which will attract tourism dollars to Malaysia.”

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