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    @gourmetdyy on Twitter is reporting that the Zootopia-themed area will be opening in 2021 in celebration of Shanghai Disney Resort's 5th anniversary

    Also Disney Parks Blog said the following about the area's main (and possibly only) ride:

    a new major attraction that will seamlessly blend Disney storytelling and state-of-the-art technology to bring this fan-favorite movie and its characters to life – including Judy Hopps and Nick Wilde
    Sources: https://twitter.com/gourmetdyy/status/1087882029801197568 and https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2019/01/zootopia-themed-expansion-coming-to-shanghai-disneyland/
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    Here's concept art for the expansion which will include "new attractions, entertainment, shopping and dining options." Construction will begin later this year.



    Source: https://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/rYiYd75alj9dZFtx7BKFdg
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    Brand new photos of Chimelong Marine Science Museum (the steel structure is nearly 80% complete) and a photo pointing straight up at the under construction 26 floor hotel that's attached to the back. Chimelong is still aiming for this to be completed in the second half of the year with an opening during the summer (which would mean July, August, or beginning of September) but I think a completion at some point in 2020 is more realistic.









    Sources: http://zhuhaidaily.hizh.cn/html/2019-01/20/content_150120_902601.htm and https://zhtqbapp.hizh.cn/articles/174/138/170/1547892902909.html and https://m.weibo.cn/1740024174/4331027092422113
  4. Thread: SeaWorld Abu Dhabi

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    - Both of the unnamed roads that crossed through the construction site are now closed and one of the roads has been completely cleared and is now just dirt
    - Groundwork throughout the site is increasingly visible
    - Fence has been going up around the site's perimeter

    SeaWorld Rescue/Research Center still on track for 2021 opening and theme park on track for opening the following year

    General Manager now being hired for the park: https://farah.taleo.net/careersection/ex/jobdetail.ftl?job=1900000T

    Source: https://www.instagram.com/p/Bs3mCekld4c/
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    Great new photo of the resort showing the construction in full swing (click on images to view them in full size)



    Green arrow - Beijing Subway station (set to be completed by end of 2019)
    Yellow arrow - NUO Resort Hotel foundation
    Pink arrow - Park's central lagoon
    Blue arrow - Jurassic World dark ride building structure beginning to rise
    Purple arrow - Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey ride building almost ready to go vertical
    Orange arrows - Steel structure for Kung Fu Panda indoor area
    Red arrow - WaterWorld stadium beginning to go vertical



    In this new satellite image from earlier this month you can see that work has begun on most rides, restaurants and other buildings at the park. Refer to the layout on post #169 (https://www.themeparx.com/universal-studios-beijing/?p=13408#post13408) to get an idea of where attractions are located.



    Quote Originally Posted by Redbeanpaste View Post
    Hey Michael, new to the place and this is amazing! I'm actually going to live in Beijing for a while now, and my friend told me about this upcoming Universal Studio. Being a theme park lover myself, I could definitely run down to the construction site and snap some photos (I wish I had a drone though). And if you ever need some basic translation from the local news I could also help. The only update I can contribute right now is that metro Line 7 and extension of Line Batong, both of which will connect to the transit hub at the park, are slated to open by the end of 2019. Not sure if it will help with the construction in any meaningful way, but definitely better than the park waiting for the transit.
    Any photos you can get of the park being built would be greatly appreciated

    Quote Originally Posted by Guest View Post
    Will it be the same coaster than the new one coming to Islands of Adventure?
    No it will be a different design/layout

    Source: https://m.weibo.cn/6354774432/4330244594789333
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  7. Thread: Ocean Flower Island

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  8. Thread: Atlantis Resort Hawaii

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    I just came across some great new concept art of the resort:







    This design is very different from the earlier concept art that had a more "classic" Atlantis aesthetic. Of course this concept art is not necessarily the final design either. Note that the large waterpark is closer to the street and the resort tower itself is right along the beach. In the first new concept art the beige/tan colored buildings in the back are Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa so the two resorts will be right against each other.

    Facts about the $1.8 billion Atlantis Ko Olina

    - Five star luxury resort with 1400 guest rooms
    - 1,000,000 gallon aquarium + snorkel lagoon
    - Aquaventure Waterpark to feature waterslides, lazy river and wave pool
    - Thirteen signature restaurants

    Sources: http://www.fhkg.com/index.php/Ch/Cms/Industrial/jdgl_xqy/id/67 and https://www.slideshare.net/slideshow/embed_code/key/sMiH2RVubJF0w1
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    On January 15 Qingyuan government officials met with Su Zhigang, the founder of Chimelong Group, to discuss the progress of the resort which they hope will open "as soon as possible." The park's planning and construction has been accelerated and the plan is now for the first phase to open in 2021 (originally the park was supposed to open this year).

    Recently released concept art for the park's entrance and hotel area:





    Sources: http://qc.qyzf.gov.cn/articledo.php?cid=791&aid=15149 and http://www.inparkmagazine.com/aecom-chinese-pipeline-report/
  11. Thread: Six Flags China parks

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    Waterslide supports arriving onsite for Six Flags Hurricane Harbor in Zhejiang





    Source: https://m.weibo.cn/status/4329181380795209
  12. Thread: Wanda Group theme parks

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    Great new photos of Universal Studios Beijing especially this first photo of the work taking place on the Jurassic World-themed roller coaster. The big circular part is the base of the glass dome structure and the area to the left is where the coaster's signature mountain will rise.







    According to the article that these photos are from Universal Beijing Resort's general manager was quoted as saying the following (paraphrased translation):

    The development of Universal Beijing Resort has always been highly anticipated by the peers and consumers in China's tourism industry. As all projects progress smoothly according to the established schedule, we look forward to in the near future sharing more exciting milestones about Universal Beijing Resort. We have reason to believe that Universal Beijing Resort is bound to become a world-class theme park entertainment destination with leading standards in China and around the world.
    Source: https://economy.china.com/industrial/11173306/20190114/34989748.html
  14. Thread: Wanda Group theme parks

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    Wuxi Sunac Wanda Cultural Tourism City



    https://m.weibo.cn/status/4327688292752005
  15. Thread: Ocean Park expansion

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  16. Thread: Ocean Flower Island

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    New photos of the waterslide installation taking place at the island's upcoming waterpark







    Source: https://m.weibo.cn/status/4327594905704154
  17. Thread: Hainan Ocean Paradise

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    Great new aerial photos!















    Though the parks will not be opening till later this year, a recent article about Hainan Island's ocean park industry already mentions Hainan Ocean Paradise's plans for an area themed to the future of ocean conservation which will be eventually opening as part of the project's second phase: http://www.bbtnews.com.cn/2019/0103/280970.shtml

    Source: https://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/b1PZRgEsCnWSFvUwVFfC7Q
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  19. Thread: Atlantis Resort Sanya

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    Atlantis Sanya just announced that the resort's Dolphin Cay Theatre will finally be opening with the debut of "The C" during the Spring Festival festivities on February 5, 2019!



    Details about The C:

    - Name will be written in Chinese as "奇遇海豚湾" (Adventures in Dolphin Bay)
    - "Hainan's first water, land and air 3D water stage semi-open theater" (the dolphin stadium has a roof but is open air on the sides)
    - "Composed of an international performance team, a master-level dance visual plan, a lively and interactive experience, and an unprecedentedly high-level acrobatic performance"
    - 1800 seats in the stadium with designated sections for VIP seating
    - Dolphin Cay Theatre is "equipped with world-class lighting, sound, video and special effects equipment"
    - Show pool is 7000 cubic meters which is equivalent to four Olympic swimming pools
    - A "drone show" will somehow be a part of the performance
    - Backdrop includes 15 meters tall, 300+ square meters LED removable video wall
    - Custom-designed costumes and props that are "inspired by the elements of the ocean, and made of special fabrics" for the use in the water
    - Ten puppets designed and built by Michael Curry

    Paraphrased translation of the show's storyline: At one time, Atlas, the son of the ocean, saved Nadia, the forest princess who was cursed by the sea monster and turned into a swan. The two fell in love. However, the evil sea monster cast a curse and left with Nadia. With the help of his companions and various animal partners, Atlas embarks on a journey to find love. After many obstacles, can Atlas win over and save Nadia? What has happened in the mysterious Atlantis world?



























    Have you missed the frequent Atlantis Sanya photo updates? Here's some great new photos of the resort for you to enjoy:













    Sources: http://www.898.travel/news/166675.html and http://www.anjusanya.com/usdrr/c_5942.html and https://m.weibo.cn/status/4326366470305060
  20. Thread: Wanda Group theme parks

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    New photos showing the theming being added throughout Guangzhou Sunac Wanda Cultural Tourism City’s outdoor theme park:















    Source: https://m.weibo.cn/status/4325794426131905
  21. Thread: Legoland Korea

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    Merlin Entertainments announces agreement to open LEGOLAND Korea
    South Korea’s first LEGOLAND Park scheduled to open by 2022
    Local government to provide significant funding and infrastructure support
    The total cost of the resort, including the on-site accommodation, is expected to be KRW 290 billion (£205 million1). Merlin will invest KRW 210 billion (£148 million) into the development of the resort, which will be fully owned and operated by Merlin.
    The remaining funding of KRW 80 billion (£56 million) will come from LL Developments, the investment arm of Gangwon Province. Additionally the funding for necessary additional infrastructure adjacent to the resort will be provided by national, regional and local governments.
    Nick Varney, Merlin’s Chief Executive Officer, said:
    “It’s been long in gestation, but I’m delighted that we are now in a position to move forward with opening LEGOLAND Korea Resort. We know Koreans love theme parks and love LEGO, and together with the Gangwon authorities, we have already established an attractive and well-connected site in Chuncheon. We look forward to accelerating progress with our partners who have contributed significantly with funding and infrastructural support, and to welcoming our first guests to LEGOLAND Korea Resort.
    We remain excited about the potential of LEGOLAND Parks, the roll out of which is a strategic growth driver for Merlin, and we continue to look at opportunities for further sites around the world.”
    As part of the ongoing relationship, the Korean Government, Gangwon Province and Chuncheon City have already invested in the construction of a new bridge to Hajungdo island and undertaken groundworks on the site. Further retail and complementary leisure offerings are planned as part of the island’s overall development.
    Source: https://www.merlinentertainments.biz/50C75DFF-C4B2-4DAB-953E-7989CD511372.CFILE
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    Quote Originally Posted by Disneyparklover View Post
    Did it just open?
    No I think the photo is from last week’s New Years Eve festivities at Genting Highlands…
  23. Thread: Robot Land Korea

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    Recent construction photos of Robot Land Masan which is opening in the first half of this year









    Source: http://news.hankyung.com/article/201812289343Y via https://www.facebook.com/VHCoasters/posts/1972739159698139
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    Yesterday morning, January 4, Universal Beijing celebrated the successful hoisting of the first steel structural column for the indoor Kung Fu Panda area!







    Also yesterday was the opening day for the Beijing Tongzhou District Sixth People's Congress Fifth Meeting during which it was revealed that the first phase of Universal Beijing Theme Park and Resort is set to open in 2021.

    Sources: https://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/yASEOiNsKKJrzG3GCj3SUA and http://bjrb.bjd.com.cn/html/2019-01/05/content_571252.htm
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