If the delicious food isn’t enough to tempt you, there is now another valid reason for visiting Ipoh.

Asia’s first animation theme park, Movie Animation Park Studios (MAPS), opened its doors earlier this week (Monday, 26th June). According to reports, over 7000 visitors turned up at the RM520 million theme park.

Movie Animation Park Studios
Source: NST/Abdullah Yusof

Located at Bandar Meru Raya, fans of popular cartoon characters like The Smurfs, Mega Mind, The Croods, and Casper the Friendly Ghost, as well as local hero BoboiBoy, can now experience their dreams up close. There are more than 40 attractions (some are not fully open yet) across 6 different theme zones.

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With the tagline, “Live Your Dreams!”, the 6 zones include Animation Square, Dream, Blast Off, Live Action, Lakeside, and Fantasy Forest Zones. There is even an exciting 4D motion adventure on the Floating Island.

Movie Animation Park Studios
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This is where visitors will experience not just many of the country’s attractions, but also those from Asia and other parts of the world. MAPS will house Asia’s first Smurfs animation attractions, the world’s first La Cremeria Café, and The Home of BoboiBoy, which is also a first in the world, and South-East Asia’s first permanent car and bike live stunt shows,” said Animation Theme Park Director Ramelle Ramli.

He added, “The Dream Zone will also feature the world’s first Megamind, The Croods, Casper the Friendly Ghost, and Mr Peabody & Sherman attractions. And that’s not all, the Megamind Megadrop, which descends 52m within three seconds, is Malaysia’s tallest drop tower.”

Check out the photo gallery below:

Notice the big red spaceship (above)? That’s actually an outer space themed restaurant that is 3 levels high. Chow down on some delicious food while enjoying the free WiFi with speed up to 1,000Mbps. That’s right peeps, you’ll get to upload all your fun moments on social media instantaneously.

In moving forward, Ramelle Ramli shared that there are plans in the pipeline to add more attractions. At the meantime, The Dream Zone and a few more rides are still under “technical rehearsals”.

For those curious, here’s a short clip to give you a better idea:

The details to Movie Animation Park Studios are as follows:

  • Address: Persiaran Meru Raya 3, Bandar Meru Raya 3, 30020 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
  • Opening Hours: 10.00am to 6.00pm (Monday – Friday), 10.00am to 10.00pm (Saturday, Sunday, Public Holidays, and School Holidays)
  • Contact: +605 501 5666
  • Website | Facebook | Instagram

In conjunction with the Raya promotion/soft opening, discounted tickets for adults is RM131 (original price: RM190), and RM104 for children (original price: RM150). The promo ends on 2nd July.

Sources: The Star (1)(2), NST.

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