Thursday, June 04, 2015

Movie Animation Park Studios

Movie Animation Park Studios Perak

A new attraction is being added to the list of family travel in Malaysia where the all new Movie Animation Park Studios in Ipoh, Perak will be the first animation theme park in Asia and is expected to be ready by March 2016, July 2016, postponed to December 2016. (According to a forum, in December 2015, the construction is about 80% done, but again fine tuning, testing and many other factors may delay the launching slightly to another date in 2016. I just saw in the newspapers that the park is scheduled to open by June this year - Update 19 January 2016)

The majority of the theme park will be indoor, air-conditioned or undercover, shielding guests away from Malaysia’s hot, wet and humid weather. The park will also have Malaysia's tallest drop tower, a thrilling live car stunt show and many more designed for families and people of all ages. There will also be a variety of themed food & beverage and retail outlets throughout a 52-acre site.

Movie Animation Park Studios Attractions
Attractions at Movie Animation Park Studios
What most people would want to know is what rides and attractions are available so here they are;

The Movie Animation Park Studios theme park will feature over 40 Rides including Malaysia’s first DreamWorks Animation dedicated zone with popular animated characters like Mr Peabody and Sherman, The Croods, Megamind, and Casper the Friendly Ghost. Joining animation characters from DreamWorks is also the local favourite animation character, BoBoiBoy created by MONSTA.

The theme park also cost around RM450 million to build and is located at Meru Raya, Perak and is expected to attract 1.4 million visitors in its first year of operations of which locals would make up 80% and foreigners 20%.

One of the highlights is the appearance of the Smurfs, who have been around for the last 57 years and will be featured at Movie Animation Park Studios in shows, costumes characters and also merchandising.

Artist impression of MAPS in Ipoh, Perak
Artist impression of MAPS in Ipoh, Perak
Movie Animation Park Studios Phases

Phase One - Consists of the main theme park, which is currently around 40-45% completed.

Phase Two - Comprises hotels, serviced apartments and lifestyle retail and dining concept.

Phase Three - Comprises a unique water park.

Movie Animation Park Studios Malaysia
Other attractions at MAPS Perak
Movie Animation Theme Park (MAPS) Zones:

Animation Square Zone
• BoboiBoy 4D Adventure
• BoBoiBoy Animation and Sound FX
• Animation Square Stage Show
• Cartoon Factory

DreamWorks Adventure Zone
• Mr Peabody & Sherman Adventure
• Casper's Spooky Mansion Dark Ride
• The Croods Coaster
• Megamind MegaDrop

Indy's HQ Treehouse Perak
Artist impression of Indy's HQ at MAPS
Fantasy Forest Zone
• Indy's Treehouse HQ
• Upsidedown Pyramid
• Red Barron Flyer
• Wet Play Area
• Forrest Carousel
• Fun Factory

Blast Off Zone 
• The Starship
• MAPS TV Live Broadcast
• Live Animation Theatre
• Space Bandits Ride
• Bumper Cars

Lakeside Zone

Movie Animation Park Studios Stunt Legends Zone
One of the stunt cars to be used at the Stunt Legends Zone
Stunt Legends Zone 
• Alpha Force Stunt Show
• Bravo Force Stunt Show
• Delta force Stunt Show

Smurfs at Movie Animation Park Studios
Officials with The Smurfs
Movie Animation Park Studios Address and Location
Persiaraan Meru Raya 1,
Bandar Meru Raya 3,
Ipoh, Perak
Website: http://www.mapsperak.com/

MAPS Perak Opening Date
Tentatively set to open on March July 2016
Update February 24 2016 - Movie Animation Park Studios Opening 

Movie Animation Park Studios Map

How to go to Movie Animation Park Studios Ipoh

For those driving, it is just after the main Ipoh Toll. You need to exit the toll and get in the Meru Highway or Lebuhraya Meru and then find Persiaraan Meru Raya 1.

From Kuala Lumpur (South)
► Get on the PLUS Highway and head North to Ipoh/Penang
► Exit at the Ipoh Utara Toll (Ipon North Toll)
► Follow the Lebuhraya Meru and keep left
► Turn left at Persiaraan Meru Raya 1 and keep going
► Movie Animation Park Studios is on your left

From Penang (North)
► Get on the PLUS Highway and head South to Ipoh/Kuala Lumpur
► Exit at the Ipoh Utara Toll (Ipon North Toll)
► Follow the exit to Jalan Chemor (A1) and turn right
► Follow Jalan Chemor till you see the Meru Raya Fire Station on your left
► Another landmark is the Mydin Mall Meru Raya on your right
► Exit Jalan Chemor and turn right after the fire station
► Follow Persiaraan Meru Raya 1 all the way pass a huge roundabout
► Keep on this road and Movie Movie Animation Park Studios is on your right

Movie Animation Park Studios Photo
Dreamworks Adventure Zone at Movie Animation Park Studios 
Hotels near Movie Animation Park Studios

At the moment, the nearest hotel to MAPS is Casuarina at Meru which is a very short drive to the theme park. The hotel offers 146 guestrooms and suites and is a business hotel. Room rates are from RM200-300 per night.

Casuarina at Meru
No. 1-C, Jalan Meru Casuarina,
Bandar Meru Raya, 30020 Ipoh,
Perak, Malaysia
Telephone: +60 5-529 9999

Casuarina at Meru Hotel Ipoh Perak
Casuarina at Meru Hotel
Other hotels around Ipoh to choose from range from luxury to budget and below are some of them;

• The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat
• MH Hotels Ipoh
• Hotel Excelsior Ipoh
• Heritage Hotel Ipoh
• Cititel Express Ipoh
• Tower Regency Hotel
• Syuen Hotel
• Ipoh French Hotel
• WEIL Hotel
• M Boutique Hotel, Ipoh
• Best Westin Premier The Haven Ipoh
• ibis Styles Ipoh
• Regalodge Hotel Ipoh
• Ritz Garden Hotel
• Golden Roof Hotel
• Lost World Hotel
• Symphony Suites

Map to Movie Animation Park Studios Ipoh
Movie Animation Park Studios Map 
Movie Animation Theme Park, the developer, owner and operator of MAPS, is also collaborating with PCB Development Sdn Bhd and Sanderson Project Development Malaysia Sdn Bhd. The park is 51% owned by RSG MAPS and 49% by Perak Corp Bhd.

MAPS or Movie Animation Park Studios in Perak, Malaysia
MAPS Perak or Movie Animation Park Studios in Perak, Malaysia
This massive project will add on to the list of Theme Parks in Malaysia by offering something new and different compared to the usual styled theme parks. While this park will open before the much talked about 20th Century Fox Theme Park in Genting Highlands, the two are totally different and will offer Malaysians and foreigners a great choice for family fun. 

MAPS Perak Update August 2016: The theme park opening has been postponed to December 2016 according to the theme park website. Right now in Ipoh, there is only the Tambun Lost World Water Park and the Movie Animation Park Studios will be the second world class theme park in the state of Perak, Malaysia.

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