Merlin Entertainments has announced Legoland Shanghai Resort is expected to open in 2024. The building of what will be one of the largest Legoland’s in the world is due to start in 2021.

Legoland Shanghai will feature a 250-room, fully themed hotel upon opening. Leading creative, design and construction teams will work together to create an immersive theme park, which will be centred on the scenic spots of Shanghai, the Jinshan District and the town of Fengjing.

The theme park will be located in the Jinshan District in south west Shanghai.

China is a focus of development and investment for Merlin Entertainments. Since 2018, the company has opened five attractions in China, including the first Peppa Pig World of Play in Shanghai and the Little BIG City in Beijing.

Nick Varney, chief executive of Merlin Entertainments, said: “China represents a great opportunity for strong global brands and I am delighted to work with our partners to bring one of the world’s largest Legoland Resort to Shanghai, which builds on the other attractions we have developed in this exciting part of the country.

“The Shanghai Legoland Resort will be a must-visit destination for playful learning experiences for the millions of people who live in the vicinity and beyond. The Merlin team looks forward to working with our partners to develop the creative concept design for the resort and making it a reality, marking a significant milestone for Merlin’s presence in the Chinese market,” Varney continued.