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So Universal Beijing is going to kind of be a mixture of all of the best attractions from the Universal Parks, I kind of like the concept. The studios park in Florida always felt like it was kind of missing something to me, maybe the Potter section has filled that but taking the best attractions from Studios and sticking them into an Islands of Adventure style park should be pretty nice.

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It's probably worth noting that it's just concept art and that there's a solid chance half of those attractions will come in totally different forms, like Singapore's rapids ride instead of Orlando's boat ride or Battlestar: Galactica instead of Hulk.

 

This. Most of, or at least some of these rides in the concept art are likely to be placeholders until the official rides are announced. I somehow doubt that the Hulk coaster will make it into the final park, but I think it's a safe bet that we'll see Harry Potter come to Beijing. As far as the JP ride goes, I think it might be a possibility given that the new Jurassic World film comes out next summer. They could be waiting on the Chinese box office sales for the film before they decide on whether or not to add it in.

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Looks like they're taking a bit of the Tokyo Disneyland approach - looking to make the park a kind of "greatest hits" of the existing parks in the USA that provide the initial inspiration for content and design.

 

I've never really felt that way about Tokyo Disneyland, all the different Disney parks seem to share so much as well as having a mix of their own unique stuff that i've never really felt that any one of them could be labelled "greatest hits." I think the only park i've ever really walked into and thought that it had a real combination of being a "greatest hits" park combining some olden ones you can't find anymore with some present rides and some unique ones of their own was Universal Japan.

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Looks like they're taking a bit of the Tokyo Disneyland approach - looking to make the park a kind of "greatest hits" of the existing parks in the USA that provide the initial inspiration for content and design.

 

I've never really felt that way about Tokyo Disneyland, all the different Disney parks seem to share so much as well as having a mix of their own unique stuff that i've never really felt that any one of them could be labelled "greatest hits." I think the only park i've ever really walked into and thought that it had a real combination of being a "greatest hits" park combining some olden ones you can't find anymore with some present rides and some unique ones of their own was Universal Japan.

 

That's the best way to describe Universal Japan, which is a park that I like quite a bit. At least they still have Jaws and two unique coasters (Hollywood Dream and Space Fantasy).

 

I think it's a smart plan. Feature a number of "classic" attractions for folks who may never get the chance to visit the original parks, then throw in some attractions unique to the new park.

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I like the format this park may emulate: Islands of Adventure layout with Studios rides and some IOA rides. It looks like they are taking the "greatest hits" park format to the next level by giving it the IOA design. Hopefully public transportation to the park from central Beijing and the airport will be good. The air pollution and cold winters will be an issue, and Shanghai seems like a lot cooler and "happening" city in China to visit, but I can understand why they chose Beijing: massive population base (3rd largest city in the World, although Shanghai is 1st), lots of cultural attractions already in place to draw visitors including Forbidden City and Great Wall, and Disney already building a resort in Shanghai.

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I like the format this park may emulate: Islands of Adventure layout with Studios rides and some IOA rides. It looks like they are taking the "greatest hits" park format to the next level by giving it the IOA design. Hopefully public transportation to the park from central Beijing and the airport will be good. The air pollution and cold winters will be an issue, and Shanghai seems like a lot cooler and "happening" city in China to visit, but I can understand why they chose Beijing: massive population base (3rd largest city in the World, although Shanghai is 1st), lots of cultural attractions already in place to draw visitors including Forbidden City and Great Wall, and Disney already building a resort in Shanghai.

I don't understand why they didn't choose Canton area. Population is much bigger than Beijing-Tianjin-Tangshan area, weather is warm so rides can operate year-round, air is very clean and the locals are much more likely to spend a lot of money in park visitings. Not to mention the much better public transportation systems, higher development in service business, much much much better local food etc. I think wherever Universal Studios goes, the local parks won't be good enough to compete with them. Disneyland and Universal Studios have different visitor groups so they really aren't going to influence each other's business too much. They can even form a large group with Chimelong parks, OCT parks and sell group tickets to improve their attendance. Orlando parks do this and seems like it's a successful move. I think Canton area could be the next Florida TBH. Not to mention Chimelong already started their third major resort in Qinyuan which is also in Canton area.

 

Sure, Beijing lacks parks and Happy Valley Beijing is crap. But seems like Universal Studios only found a Beijing local group that was willing to cooperate with them so they kinda have to put their park in Beijing. Not sure if this is an accurate information but I think it's possible.

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^ Chinese people don't travel around the country for parks as much as Americans. Japan and Singapore are not big enough for this case. The park visitors are mostly locals with Ocean Park and HK Disneyland being the two exceptions. Not to mention Beijing's air pollution is scaring a very big amount of Chinese people away.

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I doubt their business plan was based on all locals...

 

This. Universal Studios isnt Chimelong Paradise. Its a globally-recognized brand. The intent is to draw tourists, a park on this scale cannot survive on local populations alone. Tourists are where the money comes from, and Beijing is a larger tourist base. Like the name "Universal Studios", "Beijing" is worldwide.

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^ I think Canton area has more foreign tourists compared to Beijing area. HK, Guangzhou, Macau and Shenzhen are very international cities. Maybe there isn't a Great Wall or Forbidden City and Universal Studios Guangzhou sounds not as "world wide" as Universal Studios Beijing, the tourism market is more mature IMO.

 

Besides, I think China can hold multiple Universal Studios parks, let's just see how USB turns out.

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It appears Universal is ready to get to the ground breaking.

 

http://www.travelpulse.com/news/destinations/universal-studios-to-open-its-largest-theme-park-in-china.html

 

Universal Studios to Open Its Largest Theme Park in China

 

Universal Studios revealed plans Sunday to build the company’s largest theme park in China, with the project estimated to be completed by 2019.

 

In a report from the Business-Standard.com, the new Universal Studios theme park will cost an estimated $7.98 billion (50 billion yuan) and will be built in the east suburban district of Tongzhou in the capital city of Beijing.

 

The facility is expected to encompass an astonishing 2.02 million square meters.

 

The Universal Studios construction project in Beijing will be the sixth park in the company’s portfolio and the third in Asia, and this will be the largest amusement park Universal has ever built.

 

To construct a theme park of this magnitude, the project will have to be split into stages. The first stage involves building the Universal CityWalk retail-entertainment complex and the Universal-themed resort hotel. In the second phase, the company will build another theme park, a water park and five additional resort hotels.

 

According to the Business Standard, the Tongzhou district’s culture and tourism administration bureau is reporting that the park will feature traditional and modern Chinese culture elements to help draw in national and international visitors.

 

In order to help more guests reach the new park, Chinese Subway Line 7 will be extended and put into operation before the facility ever opens its doors to the public.

 

The project was originally agreed upon by the National Development and Reform Commission in September 2014, but Universal Studios and Chinese officials formally put pen to paper on Sunday afternoon.

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Universal Studios has announced details about the upcoming Universal Beijing Resort including news about the seven themed lands it will host, along with resort hotels and a CityWalk.

 

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Today, Universal Beijing Resort announced the creative vision behind its widely anticipated theme park, Universal Studios Beijing – unveiling seven highly themed and immersive lands that will bring incredible experiences to China. In addition to the lands, Universal Beijing Resort will include a signature Universal CityWalk Beijing entertainment complex and two resort hotels. The vision: to become a theme park and resort destination that provides unique, extraordinary and thrilling experiences for visitors from China and from around the world.

 

“We will immerse our guests in incredible experiences that bring their favorite stories and characters to life in entirely new ways,” said Mr. Tom Mehrmann, President and General Manager of Universal Beijing Resort. “Our theme park will showcase the best Universal rides, as well as all-new, unique experiences specially created to reflect China’s rich cultural heritage. We are looking forward to sharing these exciting experiences with millions of visitors.”

 

As part of today’s announcement, celebrities Li Bingbing and Liu Haoran (Turbo Liu) took fans on a specially animated sneak peek journey through the seven themed lands along with CityWalk and the two hotels. International film star Li Bingbing, who made an appearance in Transformers: Age of Extinction and young actor Liu Haoran, who voiced Hiccup in the Chinese translation of How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, led fans on a discovery journey through the park. Video of the tour features guest appearances by Chinese film director Zhang Yimou and Hollywood film director Steven Spielberg, who partnered together to create a behind-the-scenes movie making experience for Universal Beijing Resort.

 

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

 

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Kung Fu Panda Land of Awesomeness brings to life the animated movie series Kung Fu Panda, which follows the adventures of the brave panda, Po, in his quest to become a Kung Fu master. 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.

 

Transformers: Metrobase

 

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Transformers: Metrobase is based on Hasbro’s Transformers franchise and is the first theme park land in the world dedicated to Transformers. 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.

 

Minion Land

 

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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

 

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With the opening of Universal Beijing Resort, Chinese fans will have the opportunity to celebrate the magic of the Wizarding World when they step inside “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade,” an award-winning experience that features multiple groundbreaking attractions, shops, restaurants, entertainment and more. From its snow-capped roofs and cobblestone streets to all the special touches that characterize the whimsical look and feel of the land, “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” will transport guests of all ages to the very places they read about in the stories or watched on the silver screen.

 

Jurassic World Isla Nublar

 

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Welcome to Jurassic World Isla Nublar. Guests of all ages can explore Isla Nublar, an island of wonder and thrills where Dinosaurs roam the Earth again. 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.

 

Discover More at Universal Studios Beijing

 

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Universal Studios Beijing will also bring Hollywood Boulevard to China. Visitors will feel as if they are living in the Hollywood itself and could encounter celebrities at any moment. Hollywood will feature the “Lights, Camera, Action!” attraction, featuring world-renowned directors, Zhang Yimou and Steven Spielberg. The experience will merge both Western and Eastern popular culture, and will lead visitors into the behind-the-scenes glitz and glamour of Hollywood special effects.

 

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In addition, Universal Studios Beijing will also offer WaterWorld, Universal theme parks’ popular stunt show that allows visitors to experience a one-of-a-kind “battle on water.” The adventure surges to life with thrilling performances and daring stunts, giving visitors an experience beyond their wildest imaginations. Only in Beijing, the experience will expand into a land including dining and other entertainment offerings.

 

Resort Hotels

 

Universal Beijing Resort will debut two extraordinary and world-first, resort hotel concepts: The Universal Studios Grand Hotel and the NUO Resort Hotel – Universal Beijing Resort. The hotels will be destinations unto themselves, offering incredibly immersive experiences through the perfect blending of unique stylish designs and historic and cultural features – bringing entirely new hospitality experiences to life for guests at Universal Beijing Resort.

 

As the first-ever Universal-themed hotel, The Universal Studios Grand Hotel will offer a contemporary interpretation of the Hollywood Golden Age. Designed in classic Spanish architectural style, the hotel’s 800 rooms will be positioned at the entrance to the Universal Studios Beijing theme park and serve as a beacon of relaxation and escape for guests. The Universal Studios Grand Hotel will present an authentic, Universal-themed, resort-style vacation that will immerse guests in the company’s century-long contribution to the film industry and celebrate the glamour of the Golden Age itself. The hotel’s décor and detail will completely surround guests with the world of film and their favorite movies.

 

The NUO Resort Hotel – Universal Beijing Resort will offer a luxurious and picturesque escape, exemplifying the beauty of China’s ancient royal garden. It is the first-ever resort hotel from NUO, one of the country’s first homegrown luxury hotel brands. Inspired by the Chinese traditional cultural and artistic achievements, featuring modern meets simplicity, this hotel will mix business with pleasure and art with technology, as well as sustainability. Located beside the park’s waterway and designed to create the feel of a private retreat, the approximately 400-room NUO Resort Hotel represents a tranquil island amidst the fast-paced energy of the resort. Guests will immerse themselves in rich Chinese culture heritage and modern elegance – in a palatial resort where eastern and western elements are kept in perfect harmony and Chinese luxury hospitality is a priority.

 

Universal CityWalk Beijing

 

Universal CityWalk Beijing will feature vibrant dining and entertainment concepts that will perfectly complement the theme park experience. There will be award-winning restaurants, clubs and a movie theater – and plenty of themed retail and shopping.

 

Universal Beijing Resort will have more exciting news to share with everyone in the future, please stay tuned!

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Thought I'd post a few photos I've stumbled across on Instagram. They show the trains on track (complete with vest restraints) for the Transformers coaster which is a modified clone of Incredible Hulk.

 

They also show ride vehicles for the Jurassic Park dark ride. Originally this was going to be a new ride system but they have opted to use the same tech (and layout) as Spiderman.

 

There are loads of pictures on Themeparkx which I am unable to post here, but it shows how much progress has been made, including on the Jurassic Park powered Mack inverted coaster which I am looking forward to seeing - such a great ride system with so many possibilities.

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Glad to see the Jurassic Park IP is finally getting the usage it deserves with 2 great rides here and the Intamin coaster at Islands of Adventure!

 

B&M vests, on the other hand, I am less excited to see...

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Am I correct from looking at photos that the Hulk clone is pretty much the same except they smoothed out elements (at least the first twist) to reduce forces?

Yep, that's right, I think some of the latter turns have been reprofiled too.

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Glad to see the Jurassic Park IP is finally getting the usage it deserves with 2 great rides here and the Intamin coaster at Islands of Adventure!

 

B&M vests, on the other hand, I am less excited to see...

 

And a highly ranked B&M Flyer in Japan.

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Glad to see the Jurassic Park IP is finally getting the usage it deserves with 2 great rides here and the Intamin coaster at Islands of Adventure!

 

B&M vests, on the other hand, I am less excited to see...

 

Yes, I think Vekoma did a better job with their new "vest" restraints.

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