Merlin Entertainments, a global leader in branded entertainment destinations, have this week showcased details of the eagerly awaited LEGOLAND® Shanghai Resort at the China International Import Expo (CIIE), revealing the first exciting features of the family-focused international IP-based resort.
In a demonstration of how international theme park excellence combines with local culture throughout the park, LEGOLAND® Shanghai Resort unveiled an Fengjing Water Town Model, which will be stationed in the themed area of the park's MINILAND. MINILAND is the heart of every LEGOLAND® Park, and the design of MINILAND at LEGOLAND Shanghai Resort is a tribute to iconic landmarks and unique local life scenes, celebrating the natural splendour and urban street scenes of the Yangtze River Delta and the broader China region.
Merlin’s global Master Model Builders and dedicated Merlin Magic Making teams have collaborated to create the Fengjing Water Town Model, which is made from 36,000 LEGO Bricks, and serves as a tribute to the park’s geographic location, interweaving regional architectural elements and the cultural tapestry of Jiangnan.
Visitors to the China International Import Expo also had the opportunity to step foot in an immersive experience of the park’s classic Dragon Coaster, one of the most popular rides in LEGOLAND Parks, using virtual reality. Officials from the Shanghai Municipal Administration of Culture and Tourism and Jinshan District Government, executives from LEGOLAND and LEGOLAND Shanghai Resort, as well as shareholder representatives were all present, adding to the significance of the unveiling ceremony, and the excitement of what’s still to come for Merlin Entertainments’ first LEGOLAND Park in China.
“Merlin is the go-to partner for IP owners to bring brands that people love to life, and we’re thrilled that LEGOLAND Shanghai Resort will be the new Branded Entertainment Destination for the LEGO brand in China. At the China International Import Expo, we are excited to unveil the amazing architecture of the Yangtze River Delta region in LEGO form, in our brand new MINILAND for LEGOLAND Shanghai. With the esteemed LEGO brand at the forefront and the invaluable support of the local government and Shanghai-based partner, we are excited about transforming LEGOLAND Shanghai Resort into a cultural tourism landmark. China is an important growth market for us and look forward to expanding our presence here with this important next step in our growth strategy.”John Jakobsen, Chief Operating Officer of LEGOLAND® Resorts
Earlier in September, LEGOLAND® Shanghai Resort announced the completion of piling and the start of its main construction, marking a new milestone for the project as the project progresses.
Situated in Fengjing, Jinshan District of Shanghai, LEGOLAND Shanghai Resort stands as the Yangtze River Delta’s first family-centric, international IP-based resort and hotel destination, tailored for families with children from 2 to 12. Comprising a LEGOLAND theme park and a themed hotel, LEGOLAND® Shanghai Resort theme park will consist of eight themed areas covering most of the signature and popular attractions and rides of LEGOLAND Parks around the world, which include LEGOLAND CREATIVE WORLD, BRICK STREET, BRICKTOPIA, LEGO® CITY, LEGO® FRIENDS, LEGO® MONKIE KID, LEGO® NINJAGO® World and LEGO® CASTLE, creating a diversified and immersive theme park experience for both local families and tourists. The project has been incorporated into Shanghai’s 14th Five-Year Plan Outline, featuring prominently in the city’s major initiatives and the roster of significant foreign investment projects.
“At LEGOLAND Shanghai Resort, we hope to maintain the core authentic experience and standards of global LEGOLAND parks while ensuring that we integrate Chinese traditional culture, Shanghai local features and Jiangnan water town elements, to provide a unique international yet localized immersive experience for visitors from all over the world. The Shanghai Resort will serve as a much-needed family centric, internationally recognised destination in the region, and we believe these incredible creations such as the new MINILAND will enhance the enjoyment of both children and adults of all ages, making their visit truly unforgettable.”Siegfried Boerst, Managing Director of LEGOLAND Resorts in China
China is the second largest themed entertainment market in the world, and its impressive growth is set to continue. As experts in location-based attractions, and with 13 other Chinese attractions including four LEGOLAND® Discovery Centres, five Madame Tussauds, SEA LIFE aquariums, The Dungeons, and Peppa Pig World of Play, Merlin Entertainments has a deep understanding of Chinese consumer needs and is at the forefront of emerging trends, including immersive experiences with brands families love, learning through play, and the fusion of culture and creativity.
LEGOLAND Shanghai Resort aims to gather the most recommended elements of the Yangtze River Delta region to be built in LEGO form and installed in their MINILAND, through public participation via an online campaign. The campaign enjoys the endorsement of the Shanghai Municipal Administration of Culture and Tourism, Shanghai Jinshan Urban Construction Investment Group (JUIG) and Travel Times.