First Look at Universal Studios Beijing

Word on Universal’s first theme park in China has been fairly silent so far. Reports say that Universal Studios Beijing should open in 2020. Or at least the first phase.  A few things to keep in mind as we go through the concept art for Universal Studios Beijing. 

First of all, everything posted in this article remains unofficial until Universal says otherwise. These images were screen captured (and heavily watermarked) by a Chinese theme park blog.  They were later reposted on a forum to ThemeParkX.com. So all credit goes to them.

Second, even though these images seem to line up with everything we have heard going into Universal Studios Beijing thus far, it could be out of date. We don’t know when this video was made, whether it was just a “taste” of what is to come, or a guideline for what will eventually end up in the park and on the property. In other words, don’t count this as the gospel just yet. However, there is a solid chance that most, if not all, of these concepts will end up in the finished project.

Not a surprise to anyone familiar with Universal Parks, it looks like Universal Studios Beijing will also have their own Hogsmeade. But will it be an exact copy of other Hogsmeades and attractions found in all other other Universal Parks around the globe?

Based on this image, that answer looks to be yes. As the Flight of the Hippogriff coaster is to the right and Hogwarts Castle is to the left. Most likely, it would be home to a Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey attraction.

Moving around the corner, it looks like Transformers: The Ride is not only going to be in Universal Studios Beijing but getting its own land. More importantly, if you’re wondering if The Hulk coaster from Islands of Adventure is in the background of the above image?

Yes indeed, it looks as if they have taken a clone of the Hulk coaster and transformed it. Eh? See what I did there? But seriously, they don’t have the rights to Marvel characters beyond Islands of Adventure, so this makes sense.

Also, not a surprise but Jurassic World looks like it will also have its own unique land in the park. Will there be a new and improved version of Jurassic Park: The Ride? Maybe. But so far, all we have is this image of one seriously pissed off dinosaur.

Despite Waterworld being one of the biggest movie flops of all time, the stunt show that originated in Universal Studios Hollywood still lives on.

Apparently, they are cloning one of the longest running stunt shows in the world here again in Universal Studios Beijing.

Yes indeed, that is the same show alright. On the other hand, the park won’t be all clones. Now that Universal owns Dreamworks, it seems that they are designing new lands to feature some of their most popular franchises.

Yes, it looks as if Kung Fu Panda will have a land dedicated to one of Dreamworks most popular film franchises.

What attractions could live inside? Based on the image above, we aren’t sure. However, this makes a lot of sense to feature an Asian-inspired animated film within Universal Studios Beijing.

Finally, it looks as if Despicable Me will have it’s own indoor mini-land inside the park as well.  It doesn’t look as if the coaster on top of the building will be rideable. I assume that is just to accent the building.

Also worth noting, it looks as if there will be several hotels located just outside the park.

Could some of these concepts wind up in the United Stated counterparts? Absolutely. Especially the hotels. More on that later though. For now, what are your thoughts? Do you think this will be a good first step into the Chinese market for Universal? What other attractions do you think might end up in the park?

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