Thousands of visitors flooded through the gates of Legoland Malaysia on its opening day this past Saturday.
According to an AsiaOne report, some 10,000 people attended the launch of the 76-acre theme park in Johor, the first of its kind in Asia. They were welcomed by costumed characters and a performance by a marching brass band from Denmark.
Located within the Iskandar Malaysia economic zone, the attraction is the sixth Legoland in the world, along with those in Denmark, Britain, Germany, and California and Florida (US).
Legoland Malaysia offers various rides for children up to 12-years old and family attractions such as the "4D Lego Studios" and "Miniland" - which has miniatures of Asian landmarks like Singapore's Merlion.
Approximately 15 million Lego bricks were used to create 15,000 Lego models. The theme park is divided into seven zones, including "Lego Kingdom", "Lego Technic" and "Lego City".
"It's incredible to see Asia's first Legoland Park come to life," said John Jakobsen, Managing Director at Legoland Parks for Merlin Entertainments, the operator of Legoland Malaysia.
He added that up to two million visitors are expected annually, mostly from Asia.
Visitors to the park were full of praise. Jason Ng from Singapore said: "Everything looks so colourful and the designs make me want to come back again soon."
Nur Sakina Jamaludin, also from Singapore, added: "It's not just an attraction for kids. There are many activities for the adults too...in short, it's for everybody."
Meanwhile, Siegfried Boerst (pictured), General Manager at Legoland Malaysia, said the smiles and laughter from guests are the reason they built the theme park, adding that they chose Johor "because we are confident about Iskandar Malaysia's economic development".
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