Today, Fox announced the name and broke ground for a theme park in Malaysia. Twentieth Century Fox World will open at Resorts World Genting in the southeast Asia nation in 2016.
The Resorts World brand ought to be familiar to theme park fans — Universal Studios Singapore is part of Resorts World Sentosa, another major casino resort development affiliated with Malaysia's Genting Group, which has developed casino resorts around the world under the Resorts World brand.
Genting Malaysia Chairman Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay said that the company will invest US$300 million in building the park, which will stand on 25 acres in the resort. (For comparison, Universal Studios Singapore is 49 acres.) Fox and Genting promise 25 rides and attractions in the new park, including ones based on Alien vs. Predator, Ice Age, Night at the Museum, Planet of the Apes, and Rio.
If you'd like to parse the concept art for additional clues about the park and its prospective line-up, here's a high-res version of the Twentieth Century Fox World concept art.
Fox previously had a Fox Studios Baja park in Mexico, a tour attraction located at the filming site for James Cameron's Titanic.Tweet
Given that, I also see several flat rides in the concept art: a carousel, a wave swinger, a "Dumbo" spinner. Those can be bought off the shelf for relatively little, freeing more money for the themed rides.
The layout looks to me a little like USS without the lagoon, or the Waterworld spur. (The Titanic even is in the same place as the Madagascar ship.) It's a compact, urban park. If it comes off as well as USS, it should do nicely.
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25 acres is a postage stamp compared to other parks. The waterpark alone at SFGA Gurnee sits on 16.5 acres.....
The numbers just aren't jiving considering they want to have as many rides as stated in the article.