MAPS, the Movie Animation Park Studios located in Ipoh City, halfway between Penang and Kuala Lumpur, was originally planned to open its doors in July 2016, then in December 2016. But it is likely that Malaysia’s newest attraction park launching will again be delayed by a few months. On the website of MAPS, it is still not possible to buy an online ticket or package since a preview ticket sale was launched earlier this year for a special open doors last September. Same story on the page for promotions with only an advice telling visitors to regularly go here for an update…
No information has since been provided by the company about an official confirmed date although the website states “target opening December 2016”.
The construction started in 2014 with an initial investment of US$125 million (RM520 million). It is poised as Asia’s First Animation Theme Park with over 40 attractions in 6 thematic zones. It will include Malaysia’s first DreamWorks Animation dedicated zone with popular animated characters such as Mr Peabody and Sherman, The Croods, Megamind, Casper the Friendly Ghost as well as favourite local character BoBoiBoy, created by MONSTA.
The park is 51% owned by RSG MAPS and 49% by Perak Corp. Bhd. A second phase will comprise hotels, serviced apartments and lifestyle retail and dining concept while a Phase 3 will mostly see the development of a water park in the vicinity. According to RSG MAPS, the park is expected to attract over 1.5 million visitors, of which locals would make up 80% and foreigners 20% of the total.
MAPS will help to further boost the appeal of Ipoh, one of Malaysia’s largest cities with over 600,000 inhabitants but little known outside Malaysia. The city is well known domestically for being Malaysia’s “Hipster Place” as well as a gastronomy paradise. Ipoh benefits now of top transportation infrastructure being served by ETS trains (Semi- high speed rail services) with Kuala Lumpur and Thailand, a dense network of tollways as well as an airport with flights to Singapore/Johor Bahru. Over the last year, total passengers to Ipoh jump by over 120% reaching last year a total output of 222,000 air travellers.