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Work starts next year on one of the biggest LEGOLAND resorts in the world

Work to build LEGOLAND Shanghai is set to start in 2021, Merlin Entertainments has announced.

The huge new park is expected to open in China in 2024 and will incude a 250-room themed hotel.

LEGOLAND Shanghai will be opened after LEGOLAND New York – scheduled for 2021 – and LEGOLAND Korea – scheduled for 2022.

The theme park will be located in the Jinshan District and will draw inspiration from the area.

Other businesses are expected to launch in the vicinity as a result, including hotels, retail, sports facilities, offices and high-end housing.

Merlin is investing a lot in China – it has opened the world’s first Peppa Pig World of Play (Shanghai) and Little BIG City (Beijing).

Merlin Entertainments chief Executive Nick Varney said: “I am delighted to work with our partners to bring one of the world’s largest LEGOLAND Resorts to Shanghai, which builds on the other attractions we have developed in this exciting part of the country.

“The Shanghai LEGOLAND Resort will be a must-visit destination for playful learning experiences for the millions of people who live in the vicinity and beyond.

“The Merlin team looks forward to working with our partners to develop the creative concept design for the resort and making it a reality, marking a significant milestone for Merlin’s presence in the Chinese market.”

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Merlin Entertainments announced this week that it has entered into a formal co-operation agreement with the Shanghai Jinshan District Government, CMC Inc. and KIRKBI to develop the resort.

This follows the signing of a framework agreement in November 2019.

A joint venture company is being formed to contribute funding to the construction and development of LEGOLAND Shanghai.

The total project investment is expected to be approximately $550 million.

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