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  1. Thread: Studio Ghibli Park

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    The effects of the pandemic will not be delaying the opening of the Studio Ghibli theme park. Speaking at a press conference, Hideaki Omori, governor of Aichi Prefecture (where Ghibli Park will be located) said that while the start of construction has been delayed by the pandemic, builders will be beginning work next month, and still expect to meet their target of the park being ready to receive guests in fall of 2022.
    Source: https://soranews24.com/2020/06/03/studio-ghibli-theme-parks-opening-will-not-be-delayed-by-coronavirus-planners-promise/
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    As The London Resort works towards submitting its final masterplan, public consultations will "be held across August and September"

    Sources: https://www.kentonline.co.uk/dartford/news/theme-park-bosses-announce-digital-consultation-228200/ and https://www.copperconsultancy.com/insight/copper-provides-support-for-a-next-generation-theme-park-the-london-resort/
  3. Thread: Wanda Group theme parks

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    Work has begun and new details have been released regarding Zhongyuan Sunac Cultural Tourism City, which is expected to be open by the end of 2022. Located just north of Zhengzhou, this will be Sunac's thirteenth Cultural Tourism City and the first that was not originally a Wanda development (it was announced on May 25, 2019). Zhongyuan Sunac Cultural Tourism City will include a large indoor snow park, a small scale indoor and outdoor waterpark, sports and recreational activity centers, hotels, and a themed retail and dining area that features a water show.















    Sources: https://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/_qaJFIca081w91S4F5AHuA and https://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/6JR4fQiFCqrruzJglZSFYQ and http://hn.chinaso.com/xx//detail/20200604/1000200033166141591241187115660192_1.html
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    Recent construction inspection taking place at Transformers: Metrobase





    Today Universal Beijing released a bunch of new details and concept art of CityWalk - if you don’t feel like reading the press release below, I recommend you watch the video embedded in the article of Tom Mehrmann, President and General Manager of Universal Beijing Resort, talking about CityWalk: https://m.bjnews.com.cn/detail/159109230715514.html

    Universal Beijing Resort (UBR) today officially released features and details on Universal CityWalk Beijing (CityWalk), the resort’s entertainment center. As one of the iconic features of Universal Beijing Resort, Citywalk will provide guests with a comprehensive and diverse range of entertainment, food and shopping, enhancing their visit with a vibrant and highly interactive atmosphere, giving them the freedom to explore endless possibilities.

    CityWalk is set to open in 2021, together with Universal Studios Beijing, the Universal Studios Grand Hotel and the NUO Resort Hotel, forming Universal Beijing Resort. It is located at the main entrance of Universal Studios Beijing and connects the theme park, parking facilities and subway entrances, allowing guests easy access to the fun excitement without even having to enter the theme park. CityWalk will also feature several new concepts making their first-ever debut, further enriching a unique experience that can be found nowhere else.

    “As the starting point of every guest’s UBR journey, CityWalk provides guests their first glimpse of the beyond-imagination experience they can expect at Universal Beijing Resort,” said Tom Mehrmann, President and General Manager of Universal Beijing Resort. “However, CityWalk is also designed to stand as a destination in its own right, as a new high-quality recreation and entertainment option for residents and tourists in Beijing. We believe CityWalk will drive the formation of a new cultural business center, giving a strong boost to Beijing’s economic development.”

    As a one-stop entertainment center offering high quality dining, shopping and entertainment experiences, Universal CityWalk Beijing is a matrix of 24 venues, including a multiplex cinema, 15 distinctive food and beverage offerings featuring both Western and Asian cuisines, 8 world class retail stores, as well as a diverse range of 11 retail and food and beverage carts. Aiming to bring a fresh and unique experience to local consumers, the debut of CityWalk will center around five highlights.

    Highlight 1: A leading collection of new brands, first stores and flagship stores make CityWalk one of Beijing’s largest centers of the “first store economy”. Universal CityWalk Beijing will see the launch of three new brands – child-friendly Cutie Cones Ice Cream, Southeast Asian-style Neon Street Hawkers and vibrant CITYWALK WUBEI CRAFT FOOD AND BEER. The popular CITYWALK RED OVEN PIZZA BAKERY and The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar in Universal Orlando Resort will mark their first-ever debut outside of the USA. Kakao Friends, the beloved Korean cartoon characters, will also appear in their first flagship store in Beijing at Universal CityWalk Beijing. In addition, the famous trendy toys brand POP MART’s concept store worldwide will also debut in CityWalk. Located at the end of CityWalk, Universal CITYWALK – The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen will be the largest of any Universal theme park worldwide. The 600-square-meter Universal CityWalk Beijing location of Peet’s Coffee, originating in Berkley, California, will also be the largest in Asia.

    Highlight 2: The largest commercial IMAX screen in Beijing will provide the remarkable IMAX with Laser experience for local moviegoers, which also marks the first resort destination IMAX theater in China. Reflecting the important role of movies at Universal Beijing Resort, the state-of-the-art Universal CITYWALK Cinema is located at the center of CityWalk, set to become one of the most distinctive high-end cinemas in Beijing. Including 11 theaters and 2000 seats, the Cinema is specially designed to host premieres and VIP events, with the largest commercial IMAX Laser theater in Beijing.

    Highlight 3: In addition to offering unique shopping and dining choices, CityWalk will also provide guests with diverse interactive experiences and high-quality services. CityWalk’s one-of-a-kind restaurants are more than just a place to eat, they are fully immersive entertainment offerings that seek to make every guest say not just “yum”, but “wow”. Universal CITYWALK – The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen will feature an enchanting steampunk atmosphere, based around the story of Professor Doctor Penelope Tibeaux-Tinker Toothsome and Jacques the Robot, who appear onsite as they interact with guests in the restaurant. At The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar, guests will not only be able to enjoy a surprisingly delicious combination of hamburgers and sushi, but also connect their phones with a smart app in the waiting area to draw their own pictures on the big screen of the waiting area. Peet’s Coffee will include a bakery, retail area and hand-pour experience zone, allowing customers to enjoy a unique coffee experience in an unmatched setting. CITYWALK WUBEI CRAFT FOOD AND BEER, a craft beer restaurant combined with more traditional Chinese sights, sounds and tastes, will feature an exciting live music lineup at night. Blazing with neon lights, street signs, posters, and all the storefronts of a bustling local marketplace, Neon Street Hawkers brings the energy, glow, and taste of a Southeast Asian night market to Beijing. In addition, musicians and performers will make a regular appearance on the streets of CityWalk, while seasonal entertainment programs will be hosted in CityWalk’s riverfront park.

    Highlight 4: In addition to the arrival of many new overseas brands, CityWalk will also feature innovative upgrades of numerous Chinese brands familiar to local consumers. Popular eatery Grandma’s Home will be reimagined in an exciting “Grandma’s Travel Home” restaurant, which is being introduced to Beijing for the first time, joined by several local well-established brands, which will be announcing their innovative upgrades of new concept stores. With the unmatched location of UBR and innovative presentation of CityWalk, the inclusion of these local brands is set to give a strong boost to their wider market presence, while providing guests with yet another unique experience brought by cultural fusion at UBR.

    Highlight 5: The overall design concept of CityWalk blends traditional Chinese and cutting-edge modern design, drawing on Chinese culture and Asian aesthetics to present a fantastic destination for excitement and exploration. Featuring exotic elements and modern, bright and celebratory motifs, including several buildings in a Chinese style, CityWalk leads guests into the theme park, with architectural styles and the overall atmosphere gradually evolving along the journey. Red and gold colors run through the entire CityWalk before finally meeting the iconic Globe of Universal Beijing Resort at the plaza in front of the main entrance of the park, forming an image calling to mind two dragons embracing a pearl.

    As a new center of Beijing’s nightlife, CityWalk will feature long operating hours to ensure the best services are always available for both early-bird tourists and nightlife fans. From a relaxing cocktail to an incredible feast or unforgettable shopping and entertainment, CityWalk will provide a full range of choices for Beijing’s nightlife, to ensure that there’s something for everyone, from an exciting night out to an evening of family fun.




























    Sources: https://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/9gZSWa8NWnP9H5lae53IgA and https://www.universalbeijingresort.com/en/news/12.html and https://m.weibo.cn/status/4511648272373282
  5. Thread: Legoland New York

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  6. Thread: Hainan Ocean Paradise

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    Construction update part #5:

































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  11. Thread: Ocean Flower Island

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    On May 31 the steel structure of the mountain range at Snowberg Water Kingdom was successfully completed. The mountain's tallest point is 65 meters.









    Sources: https://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/7N5EFDUtQyj367xQoND7qA and https://m.weibo.cn/status/4510893415153090
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  13. Thread: Six Flags China parks

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    Not everything is clear/confirmed yet but apparently Sunac will now be involved in the development of at minimum Six Flags theme park Six Flags Hurricane Harbor in Haiyan, Zhejiang. The resort destination might be rebranded to Haiyan Sunac Cultural Tourism City (???????). It is assumed right now that the Six Flags name/rebranding will remain so Six Flags and Six Flags Hurricane Harbor will be located within/a part of Haiyan Sunac Cultural Tourism City. Construction has officially resumed on the parks in Zhejiang and Sunac plans to first open the waterpark in July 2021.

    Newly released generic concept art of Haiyan Cultural Tourism City:



    Sunac's involvement in the other Six Flags parks planned for Chongqing, Nanjing, and Fuzhou are not confirmed but likely. If Sunac does end up developing the parks in Chongqing, they will be about a half hour drive from the Chongqing Sunac Cultural Tourism City which is about to open.

    Sources: https://m.weibo.cn/status/4511335709629998 and https://baijiahao.baidu.com/s?id=1653065117167425790&wfr=spider&for=pc and https://finance.sina.com.cn/chanjing/gsnews/2019-12-16/doc-iihnzhfz6287338.shtml and https://www.hotbak.net/key/%E8%9E%8D%E5%88%9B%E5%B0%86%E5%8F%82%E4%B8%8E%E5%BC%80%E5%8F%91%E6%B5%B7%E7%9B%90%E5%B1%B1%E6%B0%B4%E5%85%AD%E6%97%97%E9%A1%B9%E7%9B%AEZAKER%E6%96%B0%E9%97%BB.html and https://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/tGG8y4KzGGG_Uj5jQDImig and http://zjrb.zjol.com.cn/html/2020-06/02/content_3334996.htm
  14. Thread: Wanda Group theme parks

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  16. Thread: Six Flags China parks

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    Six Flags Zhejiang has new tenders submitted for pile pipes for foundations so construction could be potentially happening sooner than later…

    Source: https://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/hNNovhxcRpyt1DRrN3Z-IQ
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  18. Thread: Hainan Ocean Paradise

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    One of Hainan Ocean Paradise's flagship rides named 'Barracuda' - an Intamin Vertical Lift Coaster, has completed track installation today! As a bonus, check themeparX's Twitter (@themeparX) for a video clip of the track installation.







































    Source: https://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/kxmtlw2mzxnq_CakWT81Tw
  19. Thread: Paramount Park Kunming

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    Paramount Park Kunming has been planned for at least a year and a half and just this month the Environment Impact Report has been posted on the Kunming government website revealing the full plan for the park. This park will be located right near Dian Lake on land that currently has flat farm land and a small old village. The park will cost 4,988,523,400 Chinese Yuan and construction is scheduled to begin January 2021 with a completion date of June 2024.

    The park is divided into six themed areas, plus a central lagoon:

    Paramount Boulevard - the park's Hollywood-themed "main street" entrance area with stores and restaurants




    Adventure City - features Paramount's action movies, such as Mission: Impossible and The Italian Job




    Peanuts Township - based on the Peanuts comic strip which for some reason has a generic design in both the concept art and layout and is named "Wonderland" - also interesting to note is that the generic Wonderland design is also shown in concept art for Paramount Park Korea




    Lost Kingdom - features a water ride that takes place on the "Motagua River" and a coaster named "Escape from Emerald Mountain"




    Dinosaur Empire - based on James Gurney's "Dinotopia" fantasy book series in which humans live in harmony alongside intelligent dinosaurs




    Final Frontier - based on "Star Trek" in which guests are recruited to "boldly go to places where no park guests have gone before"




    Sources: https://www.ynhouse.com/news/view-206768.html and http://dianchi.km.gov.cn/c/2020-05-19/4290551.shtml and http://ghj.km.gov.cn/c/2019-03-28/2955338.shtml and http://dianchi.km.gov.cn/c/2020-03-03/3974380.shtml and http://baijiahao.baidu.com/s?id=1660761427130635687 and http://dianchi.km.gov.cn/c/2020-03-03/3974380.shtml
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    A nice rainbow over Universal Beijing Resort







    Source: https://m.weibo.cn/5607355495/4509633563277288
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    The layout of Fantasy Springs can be seen on a sign at the construction site - starting at the top left (near 931) and going clockwise a general overview of the area is Frozen ride, Arendelle castle (restaurant), Tangled restaurant, Tangled ride, entrance/exit to the land, Peter Pan ride, Tinker Bell ride, and luxury hotel.



    Something of interest to note is that the Tinker Bell/Pixie ride was supposed to be a flat ride but it doesn't appear that way in the layout shown here:



    This is a stretch but an early concept for the Fantasyland expansion at Magic Kingdom included a pixie-themed boat ride. Could this be some version of that?



    Sources: https://twitter.com/pomemaru_d/status/1266216831611621376 and https://twitter.com/kabapark_rc/status/1266220265534447617 and https://www.scotdrake.com/?lightbox=dataItem-k8swvdf28
  22. Thread: Wanda Group theme parks

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    Video of Guilin Sunac Cultural Tourism City: https://www.weibo.com/tv/v/J3Kl0rbrK?fid=1034:4508930987196422
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    Source: https://www.instagram.com/p/CAtWkMBHnjj/

    Older but high quality aerial images of Super Nintendo World are available on Getty Images: https://www.gettyimages.co.uk/detail/news-photo/in-this-aerial-image-the-construction-site-of-new-news-photo/1199538015

    Update: Attractions Magazine had the Instagram user send them a few other images which show slightly different angles:



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  25. Thread: Hainan Ocean Paradise

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    Only one piece of track left until installation is complete!























    Whale shark tank



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