Public Gets First Look at Universal Studios Beijing

August 21, 2021, 4:39 PM · Universal Studios Beijing has expanded its soft opening to the public, allowing people outside of Universal and the resort to get their first look at Universal's newest theme park.

Universal Studios Beijing features seven themed lands, including Universal's first-ever indoor Kung Fu Panda land. Transformers, Minions, and Waterworld also get their own lands here, joining The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Jurassic World, plus the Hollywood Boulevard entrance plaza.

If you want an overview of the park from local media, here's a link, if you want to run it through your favorite browser translator, assuming you do not read Mandarin. Here's a nice video overview of the park from local media, as well.

The top new attraction in the park are the Jurassic World Adventure, a motion base ride, and Kung Fu Panda Journey of the Dragon Warrior, an indoor boat ride. On-ride POV of Jurassic World Adventure are showing up on Chinese social media already, but I am still looking for a good POV of the Kung Fu Panda ride.

Here is an overview of what's available at Universal Studios Beijing, along with some opening photos from the park and visitors.

Hollywood Boulevard

Decepticoaster

Transformers Metrobase

Kung Fu Panda Land of Awesomeness

Kung Fu Panda Land of Awesomeness

Waterworld

Waterworld

Jurassic World

Jurassic World

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Minion Land

Minion Land

Obviously, getting into China right now is, uh... an issue, given the pandemic. But a visit to Universal Studios Beijing and a full trip report for you is definitely on my to-do list for whenever it's possible for American media to get over there.

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Replies (8)

August 22, 2021 at 1:46 AM

So...

I wasn't expecting the Jurassic World ride to be basically Spiderman but putting you inside the first Jurassic World film? It starts in broad daylight and then two seconds later it's night... ????

I know it's in Chinese and all but this takes incoherence to a new level. Probably technically brilliant but................

August 21, 2021 at 6:33 PM

The Jurassic World ride looks...okay but I don't know, the screens just not the same effect as the AA dinos coming at you.

August 21, 2021 at 10:44 PM

Even without the glasses on, I could see that sequence backing away from the approaching Dino was pretty impressive! I wonder when/how many times they manage to squirt water on you.

August 22, 2021 at 12:36 AM

@david brown

It’s not Japanese, it’s mandarin. They speak mandarin in China.

August 22, 2021 at 12:39 AM

@MikeW

Most of the ride is animatronics. The I-Rex attacking you in the beginning, the chase sequence, and squaring off the T-Rex, all of those are full size animatronics.

August 22, 2021 at 12:39 AM

JWA seems like a good addition to universal's Dark ride lineup. Several impressive AA's, including that chase sequence, but I personally feel they took too many liberaties with the story to make it flow, and the ending is rather goofy and lackluster compared to the movie. But I'd give it a 7/10 solely because of the AA'S

August 22, 2021 at 1:47 AM

@AgustinMacias
I know that! I mis-typed as they say. It's corrected now.

August 22, 2021 at 11:01 AM

Ah, looked more screen effects, that's much better.

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