The usual themed areas will have a place in the park including those based on NINJAGO, CITY, Friends and Castle. However, Monkie kid will be one of eight areas with little announced on what attractions and experiences will be located in the land. Images from the announcement from Sina reveal that a concept model uses elements of 80024 The Legendary Flower Fruit Mountain (review), though nothing specific is mentioned in the press release.
“It’s our pleasure to have forged such a strong strategic partnership with the Shanghai Government and Jinshan District Government to build this LEGOLAND Resort,” said Chief Executive at Merlin Entertainments Nick Varney.
“Shanghai was chosen as the ideal destination for our Resort as it offers the perfect mix of Chinese and Western elements and is recognised as the centre of the economy, finance, culture, and trade for China. The official start of construction and this groundbreaking is a great achievement for Merlin Entertainments, and this continues our ambition to bring more memorable experiences to families and visitors in China.”
“We are very pleased to bring a world-class, international theme park to more Chinese consumers,” commented Execute Chairman of the LEGO Group Jorgen Vig Knudstorp.
“The design of the Resort incorporates many of the most iconic LEGOLAND experiences, as well as elements of traditional Chinese and Shanghai culture. We aim to provide visitors with diversified, interactive, immersive and fun theme park experiences that will enhance the connection between parents and their children.”
Nothing has been announced regarding if the Monkie Kid land will make its way to other LEGOLAND resorts around the world, but considering the theme’s ties to eastern culture and legends as well as sets being pulled from shelves in Europe, it may be that any future Monkie Kid expansions are unlikely outside of China.
Another image from the event reveals that the land will be around twice the size of the NINJAGO area. The LEGOLAND Shanghai Resort will open in 2024 as announced previously. Monkie Kid is getting at least one set in 2022 with a spaceship featuring elements from the theme.