At long last, it seems that Universal Studios Beijing has finally been officially revealed! While we got the scoop on this new park ago years ago (literally), today’s announcement serves as more of a confirmation of all that info we’ve shared in the past. As usual, nothing is official until Universal says it is and today? It is! Let’s dive in!
Before we get started, we just wanted to mention again that Fast & Furious: Supercharged will not be opening at Universal Studios Beijing. Considering it’s one of the worst rated new attractions at any Universal Parks in years, it made sense to scrap that idea entirely.
However, there’s still a lot to be excited about. Here’s a snippet from the press release.
Universal Beijing Resort has been widely anticipated, both China and across the globe, ever since it was announced in 2014. The destination represents a historic partnership that has been in the making for more than a decade. Located in Beijing’s Tongzhou District, this phase of Universal Beijing Resort will occupy about 169 hectares (approx. 420 acres) of a 400-hectare (1,000-acre) site in the strategic central area of its Cultural Tourism Zone. Featuring extraordinary entertainment experiences, Universal Beijing Resort will play a key role in helping to elevate the cultural and tourism landscape of Beijing – becoming a tourism landmark for the Beijing sub-center and contributing to a higher level of economic growth and international cultural exchange. Construction work is moving rapidly forward, and all the resort is expected to open in 2021.
The seven highly themed and expansive lands at Universal Studios Beijing theme park will bring popular culture’s most compelling stories and characters to life. Each land will contain a magnificently themed mix of attractions, shows, shops and restaurants. They include: Kung Fu Panda Land of Awesomeness, Transformers: Metrobase, Minion Land, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Jurassic World Isla Nublar, Hollywood and WaterWorld.
Kung Fu Panda Land of Awesomeness
Now according to the press release this will be the first land themed to Kung Fu Panda. That would be true if motion gate Dubai didn’t exist. I digress. Here’s a snippet from the press release.
The completely indoor experience is set in “Legendary China,” and is poised to become the world’s first theme park land created with the Kung Fu Panda theme. Visitors will be thrilled by the numerous Chinese-themed locations featured throughout the environment, including many of the franchise’s most beloved icons, such as the Jade Palace, the Panda Village, and the Peach Tree of Heavenly Wisdom. With its stunning Chinese architecture, festive decor, delicious food and captivating performances, this unforgettable, one-of-a-kind experience promises to transport Universal guests “through the movie screen” and into the majesty and grandeur of the movie.
This new land has a clone of the Hulk coaster found at Islands of Adventure. Plus it will feature another Transformers: The Ride found at other Universal Parks. From the press release:
An expanded story was specifically developed for the character Metrobase, who is a Titan, a robot the size of a city. In conjunction with top Chinese scientists, Metrobase selected this Energon rich site just outside the city of Beijing to serve as the N.E.S.T. Beijing headquarters– a top-secret, technologically-advanced zone where an alliance between humans and Autobots developed to protect the Earth. The land is filled with Cybertronian architecture and advanced technology that creates an immersive experience that brings “guest agents” into the world of Transformers like never before.
Inspired by Illumination Entertainment’s Despicable Me franchise, Minion Land is an exciting, fun-filled world that is alive with characters and scenes from the films. It is a place where children and adults can see exciting new shows, meet their favorite characters, and enjoy interaction with the mischievous Minions everywhere they go! Scenes from the films come to life, inviting visitors to play along in an immersive land that is fun for the whole family.
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
You know it, you love it. It works. Expect to see a nearly identical copy of what is in Universal Studios Hollywood and Islands of Adventure. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!
Jurassic World: Isla Nublar
Yes indeed, this will be the first entire land dedicated to Jurassic World (and not just a retrofit from an old attraction). It will feature an entirely new dark ride that will be the crown jewel of Universal Studios Beijing. It will not be a water ride. However, that story is going to have to wait for a future article at Theme Park University. Here’s a snippet of press release.
Universal Beijing Resort has taken the essence of this legendary film franchise and created a larger-than-life destination for our audiences to experience attractions and adventures never seen before. Feel the power of the Tyrannosaurus Rex, Velociraptors, Ankylosaurs, and the fearsome Indominus Rex at Jurassic World: Isla Nublar.
Remember what I said about if it ain’t broke? Yes, the third version of the hit WaterWorld show will also be cloned for Universal Studios Beijing. Why not? It remains one of the highest rated attractions at Universal Studios Hollywood.
In addition to all this, there will be a unique entry way into the park as well as their own version of CityWalk and an onsite hotel. While there are several clones from other attractions headed to Universal Studios, there are a few unique attractions headed to the park we will share with you ahead of opening in 2021. Your thoughts?
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