Universal first announced in 2014 plans to build a theme park in the Chinese capital, officially signing off on the project in 2015. Concept art for the park included the Incredible Hulk Coaster, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter (Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade), Revenge of the Mummy, Jurassic Park, and Universal Studios Singapore's Shrek and Madagascar lands. But no attractions had been confirmed for the park until Universal Creative executives announced last week at the Fast & Furious Supercharged premiere in Universal Orlando that that attraction would open in Beijing, as well.
With the budget for the project growing from an estimated US$3.3 billion to US$6.5 billion, Universal is said to be adding lands and improving attraction plans for the park, as well as expanding retail and entertainment space. In addition to the theme park, the Universal Studios Beijing project includes a CityWalk shopping and entertainment district as well as the world's first in-park, Universal Studios-branded hotel.
So what will the new park really include when it opens? It's doubtful that the original concept art faithfully represented the actual plans for the theme park. And the announcement of Fast & Furious and the reported budget increase confirm that the plans have shifted from whatever they might have been in 2014. Post your guesses and wishes in the comments.
Universal Studios Beijing will be the company's seventh park worldwide, following Universal Studios Hollywood, Universal Studios Florida, Universal's Islands of Adventure, Universal Studios Japan, Universal Studios Singapore, and Volcano Bay. Universal announced last year that it has hired former Knott's Berry Farm and Ocean Park (Hong Kong) executive Tom Mehrmann as President and General Manager of Universal Studios Beijing. Universal has not yet confirmed an opening date for the park, which was originally announced as 2019 and now appears to be slated for 2020.Tweet
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