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Merlin identifies Belgium as next location for potential Legoland theme park

Legoland Belgium could become a reality after Merlin and public investment fund Sogepa confirmed feasibility studies were currently underway for such a project




Merlin is looking to expand its presence in Europe with a new Legoland theme park   Credit: Merlin Entertainments

Merlin Entertainments has confirmed that the company is actively working with public investment fund Sogepa to look at the feasibility for building the first ever Legoland theme park in Belgium.

With three existing theme park locations across Europe in England, Germany and Denmark, as well as a Legoland waterpark At Gardaland in Italy, Merlin is hoping to extend its presence in Europe, especially in the Benelux/Northern France area.

A new Lego theme park has not come to Europe for nearly two decades, with the last to open being Legoland Deutschland in 2002. Merlin says that after reviewing a number of options, priority has been placed on the Gosselies section of the Charleroi within the Walloon region.

The operator says that it will perform a number of feasibility studies on the preferred site, working in close collaboration with Sogepa, which owns the land.

The proposed development would take up two thirds of the 70 hectare site, with the remainder considered a possible area for future expansion or a green zone.

“We’re actively looking at the prospect of bringing a potential Legoland Resort to the many Lego Fans in Benelux and Northern France,” said John Jakobson, COO of the Legoland Resorts Group.

“The potential project has received a warm welcome from the leaders of the region. We will continue to work with all the key players in the region, including Sogepa, and we will make a definitive decision on the project, when the effects from the pandemic have passed.”


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Merlin identifies Belgium as next location for potential Legoland theme park

Legoland Belgium could become a reality after Merlin and public investment fund Sogepa confirmed feasibility studies were currently underway for such a project




Merlin is looking to expand its presence in Europe with a new Legoland theme park   Credit: Merlin Entertainments

Merlin Entertainments has confirmed that the company is actively working with public investment fund Sogepa to look at the feasibility for building the first ever Legoland theme park in Belgium.

With three existing theme park locations across Europe in England, Germany and Denmark, as well as a Legoland waterpark At Gardaland in Italy, Merlin is hoping to extend its presence in Europe, especially in the Benelux/Northern France area.

A new Lego theme park has not come to Europe for nearly two decades, with the last to open being Legoland Deutschland in 2002. Merlin says that after reviewing a number of options, priority has been placed on the Gosselies section of the Charleroi within the Walloon region.

The operator says that it will perform a number of feasibility studies on the preferred site, working in close collaboration with Sogepa, which owns the land.

The proposed development would take up two thirds of the 70 hectare site, with the remainder considered a possible area for future expansion or a green zone.

“We’re actively looking at the prospect of bringing a potential Legoland Resort to the many Lego Fans in Benelux and Northern France,” said John Jakobson, COO of the Legoland Resorts Group.

“The potential project has received a warm welcome from the leaders of the region. We will continue to work with all the key players in the region, including Sogepa, and we will make a definitive decision on the project, when the effects from the pandemic have passed.”


 



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