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What's the deal with this article? As far as I'm aware, Wanda Group and Disney are competitors…
Could a Disney Theme Park Be Coming to Australia?Source:According to rumors, China’s richest man and chairman of Wanda group, Wang Jianlin, is in talks with the Queensland State Government about the possibility of opening a new theme park and some are speculating it’s a Disney one. The potential location would be in Coomera, Queensland, near many of the other continent’s major attractions.
The aquarium is home to bottlenose dolphins, sea lions, whale sharks, and more
In case anyone thinks Wanda is not opening enough theme parks, they announced their 11th for China
China’s property to entertainment empire, Dailan Wanda group has started construction of a cultural tourism center near Guilin, in the Guangxi region. Cost of the project is pegged at $2.46 billion (RMB16 billion.)The Guilin Wanda Cultural Tourism City, in China’s southwestern Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, will include an amusement park, a film park and an ocean park. The 200 hectare site, with a built out area of 1 million square metres, will also find room for five and six star hotels, retail and leisure facilities, a stage show and amusement park rides.
The mega-project is the 11th large-scale location based entertainment facility for Wanda in China.Source: http://variety.com/2016/biz/asia/wanda-theme-park-in-guilin-1201779671/The opening is scheduled for 2020 and Wanda is forecasting 20 million visitors in the first year. It says they will bring in annual $770 million (RMB5 billion) of tourism income.
The official statement from Wanda Group:
Source: http://www.wanda-group.com/2016/latest_0520/1187.htmlWanda is breaking ground on a major tourism project in China's southwestern Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region on May 20. The mega-project, the 11th of its kind for Wanda's large-scale cultural tourism projects in China, is a 16 billion RMB cultural tourism investment in Guilin and is the largest investment in Guangxi to date.
Called Guilin Wanda Cultural Tourism City, the project spans 200 hectares -- the size of some small European villages, and has a gross floor area of 1 million square meters. Guilin Wanda City boasts an amusement park, a film park and an ocean park. Many of the attractions, such as the film and ocean park, are indoor and open year-round. A shopping center is also open all four seasons and tourists can lift their spirits on bar street, which features 20 renowned foreign and domestic bars.
For more entertainment, Guilin Wanda City is full of high-tech amusement park rides, as well as a stage show highlighting Guangxi's local traditions and culture. Guests can stay in a hotel river resort with five and six star accommodations.
Guilin Wanda City aims to open in 2020 and is projected to reach 20 million visits in its opening year, while creating 20,000 jobs and 5 billion RMB in tourism revenue.
Guilin is one of the world’s most famous tourist towns and in 2015 it drew more than 42 million visitors. Wanda intends to turn it into a world-class tourism base that will fill the gaps in the city's tourism industry.
The Group’s Chairman Wang Jianlin expresses that Guilin Wanda City’s construction will promote Guilin and Guangxi tourism. It will change the development path by upgrading sightseeing, transforming holidays and building overall world-class tourism.
Wanda City is Wanda’s new, innovative world tourism brand and is the most advanced global commercial business model in the industry.
I found a better news about the opening of Wanda Nanchang theme park... but in French.
Some screenshots I took from a news clip:
Wanda Nanchang Outdoor Theme Park Officially Opens --- On May 28, a team from FORREC, including President and CEO Gord Dorrett, attended the opening ceremony for this FORREC-designed theme park. The park reflects the rich historical and cultural content of the JiangXi region of southern China. FORREC used some of Jiangxi’s favourite stories to create immersive experiences that take guests through five zones, celebrating the porcelain industry, ancient poetry, famous architecture, fairy folklore, life on the water and natural splendor.
Has anyone found video or a large collection of pictures of the aquarium in Nanchang? I saw renderings of it back in 2015 and it looked like it was going to be very impressive. Thanks in advance!