Who's ready for a 'Twilight' theme park land?

December 14, 2018, 5:07 PM · Lionsgate's first "theme park" will open in the first half of next year, the park's developers announced this week.

We told you a couple of years ago about Lionsgate Entertainment World, an "indoor interactive experience center" that will be located just over the border from Macau in Zhuhai, China. The five-and-a-half-acre installation will include attractions, dining, and retail themed to Lionsgate franchises popular in China, including The Hunger Games, Twilight, Divergent, Now You See Me, and Escape Plan.

Forks, from Twilight
"Twilight"'s city of Forks, Washington. Concept art courtesy Thinkwell Group.

That's quite a bit smaller than a typical theme park, but plenty of space to create immersive themed areas. Developers promise 30 attractions in the space, including media-driven simulations and virtual reality experiences. Los Angeles' Thinkwell Group, which recently completed Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi, is designing the project and Australia's Village Roadshow Theme Parks will manage the operations.

A magicians' storeroom from the "Now You See Me" films

As the price to compete with a world-class theme park continues to grow, business leaders in many established and emerging markets who might not be able to justify the investment for a fill-sized theme park are turning toward smaller-scaled (but still pretty big!) experience centers to bring themed entertainment to residents and tourists in their area.

Lionsgate Entertainment World will be located in the Novotown, an integrated entertainment destination in Hengqin, located about five minutes from Macau. More detail, ticket prices, and the specific opening date will be announced later.

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