Hello Kitty Town in Johor, Malaysia will be the first Sanrio Hello Kitty Theme Park outside of Japan. It is also scheduled to be open by late 2012 at the Puteri Harbor Indoor Family Park which is in the Nusajaya district near Legoland. The theme park is also strategically located in between both causeways to and from Singapore making it easy to access. The current tentative date for opening was also set to be on the 26th October 2012 but come back here to check for any updates.
This 60,000 square feet indoor facility is one of the 5 flagship zones in Iskandar Malaysia and will comprise of The Little Big Club that is designed around HIT Entertainment's popular characters namely Thomas & Friends™, Bob the Builder™, Angelina Ballerina™; Barney & Friends™ and Pingu™. A unique themed family restaurant by popular local Malaysian cartoonist, Lat is also one of the attractions here where you can savor local Malaysian delights.
The four storey entertainment centre in Puteri Harbor which cost about RM350 million to build will host walk-through attractions, play structures, various interactive activities and a Hello Kitty-themed rides.
For activities, there will be many interesting things for kids and parents to participate together which includes jewellery-making, throwing a costume party, nail painting or even try your hand at cookie baking at Wishful Studio. For photography, everyone can have the opportunity to get their pictures taken with Hello Kitty and friends which will be around the entire theme park. For those wanting to celebrate birthdays or special occasions, there are options available at the Apple and Strawberry party rooms.
You can also get a little more information from the Themed Attractions and Resorts Website on offers or announcements for the openings.
From Kuala Lumpur: Take the North South Plus highway, take exit 253 to Senai Airport/Tuas and proceed to Exit 311 showing way to Kota Iskandar. Continue towards Kota Iskandar and proceed to Puteri Harbour.
From Singapore: Use the second link at Tuas, proceed towards Kota Iskandar. Take exit 312 which will take you to Kota Iskandar. Thence, look for direction to Puteri Harbour.
From Johor Bahru (JB): Take the new Coastal Highway to Kota Iskandar after passing Danga Bay. Follow the sign towards Puteri Harbour.
If you are heading to this part of Malaysia, you will also be please to know that you and your family can easily spend two to three days here just visiting the many other international attractions here like Legoland Malaysia and also the Johor Premium Outlets or JPO, Malaysia's first official factory outlet. There are numerous hotels available in the area while everything is located in the Iskandar District of Johor.
For the Sanrio fans, this will probably be your wildest dream of visiting a theme park dedicated to all your favourite characters. It will also be every little girl or teenagers wish list to make that pilgrimage to the very first Hello Kitty Town in Johor, Malaysia.
Simon hcvvorld of Travels and Photography says: August 25, 2012 11:18 PM Reply interesting..and the price is also good RM50 for Malaysians..that's what I'm looking forward to :D Diana Diane Teo says: August 26, 2012 5:42 PM Reply Another reason for me to visit Johor besides the Premium Outlet and Legoland. David Jr says: August 26, 2012 6:06 PM Reply Yes, this is for real. Official website is also up plus I hope it opens on time.