$161 million movie theme park to be ready soon

$161 million movie theme park to be ready soon
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IPOH - The RM450mil (S$161 million) Movie Animation Park Studios (MAPS) project in Meru Raya is proceeding smoothly and is expected to be completed between March and April next year.

MAPS founder and chief executive officer Darren McLean said the projected time of completion had been moved further by three months.

"When we performed the ground-breaking ceremony last year, we expected the project to be completed by the end of 2015.

"The wet weather has set us back a little. But overall, everything is going on smoothly. The equipment for the park rides are being imported and the structures for the buildings are already up," he said.

Built on a 20.8ha site, MAPS would feature attractions based on characters from Dreamworks Studios, including Mr Peabody and Sherman, The Croods, Megamind and Casper the Friendly Ghost.

It will also feature characters from Smurfs and local animated series Boboiboy.

There will be more than 40 attractions, including live-action stunt shows, rides, themed food and beverages and retail outlets.

McLean said there would be a soft launch and the exact opening date for MAPS would be made known by year-end.

"The management staff is in place and recruitment for 460 full-time vacancies will be held six months before the opening," he said.

"All staff will also undergo two to three months of training," he added.

McLean said he expected about 1.4 million people to visit MAPS within its first year of opening.

"We expect 80 per cent local and 20 per cent foreign visitors," he said.

He also said the ticket pricing would be affordable for the whole family.

"Though we have not finalised the pricing for the tickets, the average family will be able to visit the park.

"The tickets will cover admission fee, food, souvenirs and photographs," he said, adding that the people of Perak would get a special rate.

For details, visit www.mapsperak.com.

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