1. Movie Animation Park Studios (MAPS)

1. Movie Animation Park Studios (MAPS)

The long-awaited opening of Asia’s first animation theme park, Movie Animation Park Studios (MAPS) finally arrived yesterday. I, along with other Annual and Perak Pass holders, had waited with bated breath for over a year.

2. walkway from entrance to main attraction

2. walkway from entrance to main attraction

3. gateway to the main attraction

3. gateway to the main attraction

Now that the RM520 million mega theme park on 52 acres of land is ready, I’d say it was well worth the wait because MAPS is a magical fantasy park like no other.

4. Starship

4. Starship

5. be greeted first by the Information Counter

5. be greeted first by the Information Counter

Do take note that yesterday’s opening of doors to the public was a soft launch and there are still some sections of the park that are undergoing technical rehearsals, namely: The Dream Zone, Blast Off Zone, as well as The Adventurers’ Cartoon Factory.

6. MAPS Snaps

6. MAPS Snaps

7. Tok Aba Kokotiam

7. Tok Aba Kokotiam

When the entire park goes on full swing and the eventual date of the park’s Grand Launch will be announced in due time. At this moment, there are more than enough attractions to keep us entertained.

8. The Pitstop Café

8. The Pitstop Café

9. Stunt Legends Arena

9. Stunt Legends Arena

Conservatively, I would say that it takes a minimum three hours for a brisk walk through the park. However, for those of you who really indulge in all the rides and other attractions, it would take you at least six hours to enjoy them all. Yes, even at this stage!

10. 4D Adventure Theatre

10. 4D Adventure Theatre

11. go on an adventure with BoBoiBoy in the 4D Adventure Theatre

11. go on an adventure with BoBoiBoy in the 4D Adventure Theatre

So, is it an appropriate time to visit now? I don’t see why not. Admission on opening day itself (yesterday) exceeded 7,000 visitors. MAPS is suitable for kids three years and up, so bring your child and don’t forget your inner child.

12. exit the 4D theatre to Tok Aba

12. exit the 4D theatre to Tok Aba

13. entrance to Fantasy Forest

13. entrance to Fantasy Forest

There may be quite a bit of walking to do but prams are available for rent, so there’s no fuss. Besides, as most of MAPS is covered, it is a rather weather-friendly park.

14. attractions within Fantasy Forest

14. attractions within Fantasy Forest

15. some of the rides in Fantasy Forest

15. some of the rides in Fantasy Forest

Over the past few months, scores of people have enquired if they are still able to secure Annual or Perak Passes. Sorry to say, these are no longer available.

16. Coral Kingdom

16. Coral Kingdom

17. What's happening at Centrestage?

17. What’s happening at Centrestage?

What’s for sale now is the Daily Pass, at RM190 (standard adult) and RM150 (standard senior / child / OKU). MyKad and MyKid holders pay RM148 and RM117 respectively.

18. Best Friend stage performance

18. “Best Friend” stage performance

19. Space Face - face painting parlour

19. Space Face – face painting parlour

But worry not! Those who purchase online at www.mapsperak.com will enjoy a special discount. Moreover, there is a soft opening promotion and a Hari Raya offer, so don’t procrastinate in catching these deals. With your admission ticket, all attractions within the park are free-of-charge. You only have to pay for parking (after 2nd July, 2017), services and dining as and when required.

20. first Nestlé La Cremeria F&B outlet in the world

20. first Nestlé La Cremeria F&B outlet in the world

21. MAPS Emporium - souvenir store

21. MAPS Emporium – souvenir store

If you purchase a Day Pass latest by 30th June, 2017, you will receive a complimentary entry ticket to enjoy the park for a second visit. This ticket is valid until 30th Sept, 2017.

22. sweet pastel-coloured façade

22. sweet pastel-coloured façade

23. The Smurfs Theater

23. The Smurfs Theater

What about holders of the Annual or Perak Pass? As you may already know, the clock starts ticking for these passes from the day the park is in operation.

24. The Smurfs Partyland

24. The Smurfs Partyland

25. Smurfybites

25. Smurfybites

The good news is that holders are rewarded with an extra month, so these passes only expire 13 months from yesterday, thus are valid until 25th July, 2018.

26. The Smurfs Village Retail

26. The Smurfs Village Retail

27. The Smurfs merchandise

27. The Smurfs merchandise

During this soft opening period until 2nd July, 2017, the first 1,000 Annual or Perak Pass holders will enjoy the following:

1) 50% discount at MAPS F&B outlets with purchase of RM50 and above in a single receipt.
2) Two complimentary Day Passes with combined F&B receipts valued at RM400 and above. Currently, the F&B outlets that you can dine in are The Pitstop Café, Coral Kingdom Café and Starport Café.
3) Special edition MAPS t-shirt or cap by visiting the park with your family of four persons. Gifts are available on first come, first served basis.
4) Get bottomless carbonated drink refill with any purchase of two MAPS tumblers at RM50 or two MAPS mugs at RM30.

28. photoshoot with the gorgeous Smurfette

28. photoshoot with the gorgeous Smurfette

29. another section of the park

29. another section of the park

Anyway, for detailed information about park attractions, ticket prices, promotions and other updates, log on to MAPS website or official Facebook Page. Live your dreams!

30. Asteroid Attack

30. Asteroid Attack

31. The Adventurers Bumper Blast

31. The Adventurers Bumper Blast

Movie Animation Park Studios (MAPS)
Add: Persiaran Meru Raya 3, Bandar Meru Raya 3, 30020 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Web: http://www.mapsperak.com/

Opening Hours:
Soft opening: 10am – 10pm (26th June – 2nd July, 2017)

10am – 6pm (Mon – Fri)
10am – 10pm (Sat, Sun, Public holiday & School holiday)

32. Park crew promotes MAPS water bottles - RM50 for two, with free unlimited refills throughout the park. This price is a limited-time offer.

32. Park crew promotes MAPS water bottles – RM50 for two, with free unlimited refills throughout the park. This price is a limited-time offer.

Event: Soft Launch of MAPS
Venue: Movie Animation Park Studios, Ipoh
Date: 26th June, 2017
Time: 10am

 33. MAPS is like a fantasy land

33. MAPS is like a fantasy land

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