KidZania KL to reopen after RMCO

The edutainment theme park reminds parents to remain vigilant and maintain good personal hygiene practices at all times

by NUR HAZIQAH A MALEK/ pic credit: kidzania.com.my

KIDZANIA Kuala Lumpur (KL), which has been closed since the beginning of the Movement Control Order (MCO), will be opening again once the recovery phase is over.

The interactive learning edutainment’s theme park consumer protection supervisor Tan Soon Chee said operations will be announced on its official website and social media.

“In essence of the MCO presented by the prime minister, we are temporarily closing our park from March 18 until further notice and we plan to open once the Recovery MCO (RMCO) ends.

“KidZania KL would like to remind parents to remain vigilant and maintain good personal hygiene practices at all times,” he told The Malaysian Reserve (TMR).

An international brand with 29 facilities located in 22 countries, all KidZania facilities worldwide are currently closed except for KidZania in Egypt, Japan, Korea, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (Dubai).

Since the Covid-19 outbreak, only the South Korea and Japan facilities remained open.

Earlier last month, Khazanah Nasional Bhd’s leisure and tourism arm Themed Attractions and Resorts Sdn Bhd was reported to be mulling the reopening of the centre post-Covid-19 or closing it for good.

According to the report, sources said it was “not profitable and that its cumulative losses had been increasing since the MCO took place”. Therefore, the management is looking for an immediate solution.

The centre was first opened to the public back in 2011 at the Curve NX in Mutiara Damansara, with a total cost of investment totalling approximately RM80 million and has since increased over the years on upgrading works.

KidZania Singapore was also operated by the same body, and was previously located in Sentosa before it was closed down permanently after four years of running, noting that it had been a challenge for the theme park to achieve the returns needed for the years.

It was said that due to the temporary closure since early April from zero ticket revenue, its commercial partners had also reduced participation on the back of financial constraints and cost-control efforts, thus, impacting its overall revenue.

The edutainment park project marked the sovereign wealth fund’s second investment in theme parks following its earlier investment of RM750 million for the Legoland development in Iskandar Malaysia, Johor.

The brand has been franchised to an 80:20 joint venture between Khazanah and Boustead Holdings Bhd via Rakan Riang Sdn Bhd in Malaysia.

No other comments were provided by Khazanah or Themed Attractions when contacted by TMR.