Get set for the ride of your life. Motion picture giant Twentieth Century Fox is going to set up its first international theme park at Genting Highlands.
Blockbuster films like Ice Age – with its characters like Diego the sabre-toothed tiger, Sid the sloth and Scrat the sabre-toothed squirrel – Alien, Predator, Life of Pi and Rio will all come to life with rides and attractions based on these movies.
The Genting outdoor theme park will be closed from Sept 1 to facilitate the construction of the theme park. The projected soft opening is scheduled for 2016.
Resorts World Genting yesterday signed an MoA with Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products to develop the American film corporation’s first theme park.
Genting Malaysia Bhd, which owns and operates Resorts World Genting, expects to spend at least RM3bil over five years to revamp the country’s sole casino resort and the theme park.
Genting Malaysia chairman Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay said the partnership with Twentieth Century Fox would propel Resorts World Genting to another level in family entertainment, making Genting Highlands one of the world’s top holiday destinations.
“Last year, our five hilltop hotels achieved a consistent overall occupancy rate of 95%. The encouraging response and growth are indicators of strong support from our customers and this will continue to spur our commitment towards enhancing our properties by offering exciting attractions to our guests,” he said at the signing ceremony at Wisma Genting here.
Genting Malaysia will add 1,300 rooms at the resort with attractions to include a “Dream Parade” – a one-of-a-kind animatronics parade based on all the characters featured at the theme park.
The theme park, to be developed on a 10.12ha plot, will feature more than 25 rides and attractions, from media-based rides, thrill rides and dark rides to children’s and water rides.
Twentieth Century Fox consumer products president Jeffrey Godsick said: “This theme park marks the launch of our global location based entertainment strategy.”
Godsick signed on behalf of Twentieth Century Fox while Resorts World Genting was represented by Datuk Lee Chong Yan, who is president and chief operating officer of Genting Malaysia.
Last year, Resorts World Genting attracted 20.5 million visitors. Other movie companies that have theme parks include Disney and Universal Studios. One of Universal’s theme parks is at Resorts World Sentosa in Singapore.