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Universal Studios Beijing Set for Soft Open in Early 2021

July 16, 2020, 4:16 PM · Universal Studios Beijing will be completed by the end of 2020, with trial operations set to begin in the first half of next year, local officials have reported.

China Daily quotes a Tongzhou official as saying that the park's main structure has been completed and that ride installation should be finished by the end of the year. The Universal Beijing Resort will include the theme park, a CityWalk, and two resort hotels.

A waterway will connect the hotels with the theme park and CityWalk, as is the case at the Universal Orlando Resort. That waterway is expected to be complete by November, the official reported.

The resort last month announced its CityWalk lineup, which includes Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen, Red Oven Pizza Bakery, and Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar as well as Asia's largest Peet’s Coffee and Chinese restaurant chain Grandma's Home. The Universal Studios Beijing theme park will feature five themed lands: Transformers: Metrobase, Jurassic World Isla Nublar, Kung Fu Panda Land of Awesomeness, Minion Land, and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

An official opening date for the resort and the park will be announced next year. Universal Studios Beijing will be Universal's sixth theme park worldwide, following Universal Studios in Hollywood, Florida, Japan and Singapore, plus Islands of Adventure in Orlando. A seventh park, Universal's Epic Universe, has been announced but is now on hold at Universal Orlando Resort.

Replies (4)

July 16, 2020 at 8:31 PM

Am I the only one astounded by the lack of originality? Harry Potter, Minions, Jurassic World, Transformers, and Kung Fu Panda all have their own attractions - in fact, you can find them all at USH.* In my ideal world, the new park would be like the Shanghai Disneyland of Universal, creating new, inventive experiences and not just creating clone after clone after clone, which both Disney and Universal do; it's like a Clone War. All I can say is that since they keep replicating the same rides that are great, but not fresh over and over again, I'm starting to think their creativity isn't so universal.

*In my opinion, they should rename is Universal Studios Hollywood: Excellently Rolling, so the abbreviation can be USHER. Just some food for thought... although I'm not sure anyone was hungry.

July 17, 2020 at 2:31 AM

While the franchises exist elsewhere, Jurassic World and Kung Fu Panda are completely new lands in Beijing with unique attractions.

July 17, 2020 at 9:10 AM

@welcomeme2RadiatorSprings --- What are you talking about?? Universal Beijing is way different with its ride line up. The Transformers land, Kung Fu Panda and Jurassic World lands are going to be unique. Same with the minions land! True there's some cloning as well but so does Shanghai Disneyland!

I absolutely can't wait for the Jurassic World ride. I really hope its scary and not too "family friendly".

July 18, 2020 at 5:45 AM

There will be brand new attractions based on King Fu Panda, The Great Wall and two Jurassic World E tickets. They put the biggest IPs that could to open up this park with.

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