KUALA LUMPUR - Asia's first Legoland theme park, dedicated to the popular toy bricks, will open in Malaysia in September, several months ahead of schedule, the company said Wednesday.
Siegfried Boerst, general manager of Legoland Malaysia, said more than 35,000 annual passes had already been sold for the park featuring more than 40 roller coasters, race cars and other attractions in southern Johor state.
Of those, more than one third had been sold in neighbouring Singapore.
About one million people are expected to visit the 76-acre (31-hectare) park in the first year.
The park is already 75 per cent complete with most of the rides and infrastructure in place. Contractors will begin next month to install the Lego models made out of more than 50 million bricks, Boerst said.
When completed, Legoland Malaysia will be the sixth of its kind in the world featuring the Danish toy bricks after those in Denmark, Britain, California, Florida and Germany.
A Legoland Hotel, also Asia's first and the world's fourth, is to open next to the Malaysia park in 2014. Groundwork began last month.
Legoland will be one of the main attractions of Iskandar Malaysia - a dedicated economic development zone that plans to attract more theme parks.
The park borders Singapore, which opened Southeast Asia's first Universal Studios entertainment complex in 2010.
But developers say the new park would complement Universal Studios Singapore rather than compete with it for customers.