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Asia is a major travelling hub thanks to its unique food, customs, traditions and people. But that’s not the only reason why many people love Asia so much.

Asia has plenty of attractions, and believe it or not, one of them are the theme parks. Sure, in Europe they have plenty of those too, but if a Disneyland or a Universal Studio were to open in Asia, everyone around the world will be flocking to the place.

Why? For those residing in Asia, it is a lot nearer and closer to home, while for the Europeans, it is a lot cheaper!

And guess what? In the next five years, you will get to see the unveiling of 8 new awesome theme parks in Asia, so better start saving your money now and mark your calendars, ‘cos here is a list of some of the best theme parks in the region coming to you in the near future!

Movie Animation Park Studios (MAPS) – Malaysia 
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Poised as Asia’s first theme park which focuses on animation, Movie Animation Park Studios is a joint-venture between PCB Development Sdn Bhd and RSG MAPS Sdn Bhd. The theme park features over 40 attractions in 6 thematic zones, and some of the animation movie-themed rides include “Mr Peabody & Sherman”, “Mega-mind”, “The Croods”, “Casper The Friendly Ghost”, “BoBoiBoy” and “The Smurfs”.

When: December 2016
Where: Ipoh, Perak

20th Century Fox World – Malaysia 
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This highly-anticipated theme park will be the first 20th Century Fox theme park in the world! The theme park would be replacing the Genting Outdoor Theme Park and will be competing against nearby movie inspired theme parks like Universal Studios Singapore, Hong Kong Disneyland and the newly opened Shanghai Disneyland. Expected rides of the theme park include “Ice Age”, “Rio”, “Alien vs. Predator”, “Planet of the Apes” and “Night at the Museum”.

When: Late 2016 or Early 2017
Where: Genting Highlands, Pahang

Atlantis – Sanya, China 
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Following the success of Atlantis Bahamas and Dubai, the Greek-themed water theme resort and park is being developed by Fosun International and Kerzner International Holdings. The main attraction is the Aquaventure, a large water park filled with maze-like waterslides, ancient temples, and also exotic marine exhibits.

When: Tentatively 2017
Where: Hainan Island

20th Century Fox World – South Korea & Dubai
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As we await the opening of 20th Century Fox’s first theme park in Malaysia, a second and third Fox World parks are reportedly already in the works. The Korean park will be operated by Australian theme park company Village Roadshow Ltd, while the other one in Dubai will be built by Al Ahli Holding Group.

When: Tentatively 2018 for both
Where: Yeongjong Island (Korea), Dubai Outlet Mall (Dubai)

Universal Studios – Bejing, China & South Korea 
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Beijing will be Universal Studios’ third theme park in Asia after Singapore and Osaka, and also the fifth in the world. It was also reported that Universal Studios in South Korea is currently in development. The project in Korea was previously ran by Lotte and was then cancelled, but now the GyeongGi province government has announced that the project has been revived once again.

When: 2019 (Beijing), 2020 (Korea)
Where: Tongzhou District (Beijing), Hwaseong (Korea)

Ubisoft Theme Park – Malaysia 
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The first of its kind park will be an indoor complex featuring rides, shows and other attractions related to Ubisoft’s games and characters like “Assassin’s Creed”, “Far Cry”, “Ghost Recon”, “Just Dance”, “Rainbow Six”, “Prince of Persia” and more. The park will be run by Malaysian theme park developer RSG.

When: 2020
Where: Kuala Lumpur