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  1. Michael is offline themeparX Top Investigator
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    The design and planning stages for Universal Beijing Resort's first phase (2 hotels, parking garage, CityWalk, and Universal Studios theme park) has been completed and comprehensive construction is now in full swing!

    A new post online from China Metallurgical Group Corporation, the company building Universal Beijing, includes photos that show concept art and the layout for the Transformers-themed area of the theme park. I believe these photos were taken at the park's onsite offices.

    Unfortunately the resolution on all of these images are very low but we see most notably the roller coaster and dark ride, plus plenty of future expansion space. Note that any of the following layout and concept art is potentially out of date.

    Layout:



    Roller coaster concept art:



    Small circular flat ride in front of dark ride building concept art:



    Sources: https://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/U2K_5-RAw6Xuf3MnP66vUw and https://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/KAYVFuNrb3r7st5H5dV-QA

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    New satellite imagery from two weeks ago shows us what's being worked on at the park. The outlines of the buildings for Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, Kung Fu Panda, and the Jurassic World dark ride can all be pinpointed in this imagery:



    In this overview of the entire resort work can be seen on the transit station, the first parking garage, major roads, and the central river:



    Concept to reality in the making:


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    Today I came across this image showing the design of one of Universal Beijing's most unique and highly anticipated rides - the Jurassic World-themed roller coaster:



    For the first time this image gives a good look at the backside of this ride. If you look closely you can see that the coaster track does in fact go into the glass dome. In addition to being part of the coaster experience the glass dome may also serve other purposes but that is unclear right now. The flat building part of this image in the front is likely to be a restaurant.

    The elaborate rockwork that this ride will feature will be visible across many areas of the park and will serve to at least some degree as one of the park's centerpieces, comparable even to Krakatau volcano at Universal's Volcano Bay in Orlando.

    Note that since this image was posted online the design of this attraction may have changed...

    Source: http://bbs.zhulong.com/106010_group_3000048/detail31172423

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    Construction of the transit station being built at Universal Beijing is coming along nicely. The main frame of the steel wavy design is expected to be completed on October 20 and the transit station is scheduled to begin trial operations at the end of 2019. The transit station is connected to CityWalk which leads to the theme parks, waterpark, and hotels.

























    Sources: http://www.bjtzh.gov.cn/n95/n534/n710/c16809580/content.html and https://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/wlm2EWWVgr6NzyNI1DxxTw

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  6. Michael:
    Thank you for the confirmation. If you or anybody else reading this is able to, I have two questions that I would love to have answered:


    1. In addition to Minions, what other IPs are going to be featured in the Z7 area? Trolls? Hello Kitty? Spongebob?

    2. How many rides will be in the Jurassic World area (Z2)?
    1.) 2 Rides are planned.

    2.) Not that I can remember specifically but there are 2 rides and a show.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Guest View Post
    This matches the drawings I worked on.
    Thank you for the confirmation. If you or anybody else reading this is able to, I have two questions that I would love to have answered:

    1. In addition to Minions, what other IPs are going to be featured in the Z7 area? Trolls? Hello Kitty? Spongebob?

    2. How many rides will be in the Jurassic World area (Z2)?

  8. Michael:

    Based on everything that has been posted on this thread so far, my best guess for the identity of each of the areas is as follows:

    Z1: Entrance Plaza/Hollywood
    Z2: Jurassic World
    Z3: WaterWorld
    Z4: Kung Fu Panda
    Z5: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Hogsmeade
    Z6: Transformers
    Z7: Minions plus additional IPs
    Z8: Support Facilities, Warehouses, etc.
    This matches the drawings I worked on.

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    It's time for another big Universal Studios Beijing update!

    First, some new construction photos:









    More significantly, we have a new look at the layout of the park's lands and a detailed layout of the park's "The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Hogsmeade" area:



    Based on everything that has been posted on this thread so far, my best guess for the identity of each of the areas is as follows:

    Z1: Entrance Plaza/Hollywood
    Z2: Jurassic World
    Z3: WaterWorld
    Z4: Kung Fu Panda
    Z5: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Hogsmeade
    Z6: Transformers
    Z7: Minions plus additional IPs
    Z8: Support Facilities, Warehouses, etc.

    The white area in the center of the park is a lagoon.

    Let's take a closer look at the layout for The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Hogsmeade:

    The light blue is what you have to pay attention to. Hogsmeade Village, Flight of the Hippogriff and the ride building for Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey can all be clearly identified. This layout is nearly identical to the layouts of the the same areas at Universal's parks in Orlando, Hollywood, and Osaka.



    Next, let's take a look at a different view of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Hogsmeade's layout:



    The area is divided into three sections. The middle and biggest section is where Hogsmeade Village, Flight of the Hippogriff and Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey will be located. The two smaller sections on either side are designated for future expansions to the land. What could those future expansions be? Based on the size of the bottom section and its location relative to the rest of the land, I believe that section can fit the same roller coaster being built right now at Islands of Adventure in Orlando. As for the smaller expansion section at the top, it could potentially be the future train station for the Hogwarts Express train ride, but I don't know if the train could get around the park all the way over to the second planned theme park where Diagon Alley would likely be located.

    Lastly, the environmental impact report was recently released for the river that just like Orlando will run through Universal Beijing Resort. Below is the layout and concept art of the river:



















    Sources: https://m.weibo.cn/status/4274650806529269 and http://www.cisec.cn/kindeditor/attached/file/20180730/20180730135737_1748.pdf and http://www.qgyhbs.com/images/tzgg/2018/07/16/16140805B8FB5974A7B64F08CC1E43DED29B52F0.pdf

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