Genting Malaysia's Resorts World Genting (RWG) is gearing up to launch its US$800 million movie-inspired theme park, Genting SkyWorlds, in mid-2021.
Despite the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and movement control order in Malaysia, RWG's head of business operations and strategy Lee Thiam Kit said that the group is committed to opening the park this year, according to a report by Malay Mail.
“Going forward, when we open, there will be jobs created and the park will add economic activity directly and indirectly as well as a boost to tourism in Malaysian and Pahang,” said Lee in a virtual press conference on 23 February to give a sneak preview of the park.
Genting SkyWorlds will feature 26 rides and attractions based around 20th Century Studios films, including Night at the Museum, Ice Age, and Planet of the Apes.
There will be nine movie and adventure worlds: Rio, Central Park, Liberty Lane, Andromeda Base, Ice Age, Epic, Robots Rivet Town, Studio Plaza, and Eagle Mountain.
RWG head of theme parks Gregory Pearn said that these worlds will be accompanied by intellectual properties (IPs) from 20th Century Studios as well as original IPs from Genting.
“Having Genting SkyWorlds as the hero of the product gives us the chance to be more creative with the proposition and allows us more freedom with what we want to introduce at a later stage,” Pearn was reported to say.
The development of the long-awaited theme park had previously faced a stall when differences arose with a group of entertainment providers, including 21st Century Fox and its parent Walt Disney Co. Genting Malaysia had also indicated that the park will be changing its previously chosen name, 20th Century Fox World.
To avoid long queues at the destination, the theme park has partnered Alibaba to implement virtual queue technology and enable guests to pre-book their spot on rides and attractions.
RWG, which has resumed operations on 16 February, is partnering Alibaba to implement virtual queue technology and enable guests to pre-book rides and attractions at the theme park.