Asia is becoming home to a growing number of major theme parks as the region’s wealth and leisure time grows. This is good news for families based in Asia who used to have to travel as far afield as Orlando to get their theme park fix. Now, the likes of Universal Studios, Disneyland and Legoland are on their doorsteps with more to follow.
One of the more exciting projects will see Disney build its first theme park in China with a £2.3bn resort in Shanghai opening at the end of 2015. The Shanghai Disney Resort is expected to feature a Disneyland, two themed hotels and an 11 acre green space.
While Hong Kong already has two major theme parks – Disneyland and Ocean Park– it is spending hundreds of millions of pounds expanding them to keep up with the rising numbers of visitors and competition.Last year, Hong Kong Disneyland made a profit for the first time since opening in 2005 as visitor numbers rose 13 per cent, highlighting the growing demand for theme parks in Asia.
This could put names like Warner Brothers and Fox in the frame to enter the Asian theme park scene as a way to promote their film and television productions. Last September Legoland opened its first Asian theme park, located in southern Malaysia, just a short ride away from Singapore. It was the most successful launch out of the six Legoland parks dotted across the world, with more than 1 million visitors in the first month.
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