Merlin Entertainments plc is a British-based company that was founded in December of 1998. The firm is a leading name in location-based, family entertainment. It is Europe’s Number 1 and the world’s second-largest visitor attraction operator. As of August 2016, Merlin operates 124 attractions, 12 hotels & 4 holiday villages in 23 countries and across 4 continents. The company aims to deliver memorable and rewarding experiences to its almost 63 million visitors worldwide, through its iconic global and local brands.
Merlin has twenty five attractions and two hotels in North America – including two Legoland Resorts – Legoland Florida with its theme park, water park and hotel; and Legoland California theme park with water park and the SEA LIFE aquarium and themed hotel; Orlando Eye; Madame Tussauds celebrity wax attractions in New York; Washington DC; Las Vegas; Hollywood; Orlando and San Francisco; Legoland Discovery Centers in Chicago; Dallas/Fort Worth; Kansas City Missouri; Atlanta, Georgia; Boston; Westchester, New York; Toronto, Canada; a Dungeon in San Francisco; and SEA LIFE aquariums in Phoenix, Arizona; Kansas City, Missouri; Michigan; Dallas/Fort Worth; the Mall of America in Minneapolis; Orlando, Florida and Charlotte – Concord, N Carolina – underlining the company’s position as the world’s biggest global aquarium operator.