Universal Studios Russia - will it happen?
Published: April 12, 2012 at 11:26 AM
The Orlando Sentinel's Jason Garcia has what few details are available about the plan - which includes a water park and CityWalk-like shopping complex. At 37 acres, the theme park portion would be the smallest of the Universal theme parks, 12 acres smaller than Universal Studios Singapore, which is part of the Resort World Sentosa development in that southeast Asia nation.
No details yet on what will or will not be in the park, through Garcia reports construction could begin in 2014 with an opening in 2018.
Universal now has traditional, outdoor parks in Hollywood, Orlando and Osaka, Japan, as well as in Singapore. Universal's been part of announcements for theme parks at two other sites in recent years, in Dubai and South Korea, but both project seem now to be stalled, at best.
So if the Russia park happens, it would be Universal Studios'
first second* theme park in Europe (*update: Universal used to own a stake in Spain's Port Aventura), a market that's been led by Disney and Merlin Entertainments theme parks in recent years.