It is the creation of Xavier López Ancona, a Mexican entrepreneur that always has had the entertaining and educating children passion. It was founded in 1996 by López Ancona and a Mexican entrepreneur group, KidZania has entertained and cautivated more than 25 million people in fourteen cities all over the world.
Originally, known as “La Ciudad de los Niños”, the first KidZania city opened its doors in Santa Fe, in Mexico City, in September of 1999. In its first year, the company exceeded all expectations and attracted almost 800,000 visitors; up to date, near of 10 million kids have visited this founder center.
The second KidZania city, opened in Monterrey, Mexico, in 2006. The third KidZania city, localized in Tokio, also opened in 2006. This city is constantly attracting crowds that fulfill its capacity. Unlike KidZania cities in Mexico, that are totally private property, KidZania Tokio was the beginning of the company expansion to the global franchises, which has promoted an explosive international growth.
KidZnia Yakarta opened in November of 2007, with a record assistance. In 2009. KidZania centers opened in Koshien (inside the metropolitan zone of Osaka) and Lisboa and in 2010 KidZanias in Dubai and Seúl opened. Two years later, KidZania Kuala Lumpur opened and in 2013 KidZania Bangkok, KidZania Kuwait and KidZania Mumbai.
There are new KidZania cities in construction or development all over the world. KidZania has its headquarters in Mexico City and it's a private property company. Currently, the company gives a job to more than 6,500 people and keeps growing rapidly.