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Robert Niles

Twentieth Century Fox Theme Park announced for Malaysia in 2016

Published: July 26, 2013 at 8:05 AM

The Asian theme park boom continues, as Twentieth Century Fox announced today that it's getting (back) into the theme park business, partnering with casino owner Resorts World, which will develop a Fox-themed park in Malaysia.

The Twentieth Century Fox Theme Park at Resorts World Genting will open in 2016, on the site of the 35-year-old Genting Theme Park, which will close September 1 to make way for the new development. Resorts World will invest US$125 million in the redevelopment of the 25-acre site.

Dato Lee Choong Yan, President and Chief Operating Officer of Genting Malaysia Berhad and Jeffrey Godsick, President of Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products, at the announcement. Photo courtesy Resorts World Genting.

Announced highlights of the new park will include attractions based on family franchises Ice Age, Rio, and Night at the Museum, as well as older-skewing franchises including Alien, Predator, and Life of Pi. The park's press release promises "media based rides, thrill rides, dark rides (and) children's rides and water rides."

Legoland recently opened a new park in Malaysia, and Resorts World Sentosa in nearby Singapore is the site of the Universal Studios Singapore theme park. The Fox park joins a large and growing list of additional theme parks under development in Asia, led by Shanghai Disneyland.

Replies (14)

James Rao

Published: July 26, 2013 at 8:16 AM

Did I read that statement right? $125M to develop the new park? Wow, that is a disappointingly small amount of money. The Wizarding World cost twice that much and it is a tiny footprint with only one new attraction. This park is going to su--! Quality, themed attractions ain't cheap.

Published: July 26, 2013 at 8:17 AM

Great news. Just hope Fox learnt from their mistakes in the now closed Fox Studios Backlot Theme Park in Sydney, Australia.
Ian Robinson

Published: July 26, 2013 at 8:48 AM

Well, I'm certainly not eating at the Life Of Pi themed restaurant...
Rob Pastor

Published: July 26, 2013 at 9:13 AM

Is that 25 acre footprint correct? If so that's smaller than the mostly extinct local amusement parks were. Can't put much in a space that small. Jurrasic Park by itself at IOA is 22 acres.
Robert Niles

Published: July 26, 2013 at 9:26 AM

The acreage is what the release and the article linked above said. That's half the size of Universal Studios Singapore, which packs quite a bit into its 49 acres.
Duncan Henny

Published: July 26, 2013 at 11:47 AM

Here is more info
IGN Article - 20th Century Fox Movie Theme Park in the Works
Mike Gallagher

Published: July 26, 2013 at 1:20 PM

I'd hardly call Rio and Life Of Pi "franchises." To me that implies more than one movie, and I'm reasonably sure we won't see a sequel to the latter anytime soon. Rio? I never saw it, but I didn't read anything that made it seem like anything special.

Dominick D

Published: July 26, 2013 at 4:37 PM

Mike, in addition to that, I don't even see how Life of Pi can translate into a ride. Granted it's an amazing movie, but there really isn't much to work with.
Mike Gallagher

Published: July 26, 2013 at 5:49 PM

^^Might work as a simulator, but that's about it.
Dominick D

Published: July 26, 2013 at 9:10 PM

There probably isn't enough in the budget for that Mike. Probably going to be a really short boat ride with statues of Pi and Richard Parker, and a visit to the cursed island with the meerkats.
Jorge Arnoldson

Published: July 26, 2013 at 10:25 PM

"Rio" is getting a sequel next year, so it can be a viable franchise.

Published: July 27, 2013 at 8:19 AM

You guys have to understand the cost of building in US is far more expensive than Malaysia, also for the land price. So I think 125M should be enough

Published: July 27, 2013 at 10:03 AM

This isn't Fox's first attempt at a studio/park like attraction. Fox Studios Sydney began trying to offer park like experiences (IIRC Titanic was the original drawcard) but fell back to just being a shopping precinct after it pretty much failed.
Mark Kausch

Published: July 29, 2013 at 8:15 AM

Mmmmm, Pi.

Mike, you obviously don't have - or have access to - a 4 year old. I almost know Rio by heart.

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