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  1. USHToday is offline Park Investigator
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    Wanda Group has made deals to acquire a majority stake in "Legendary Entertainment", the company who produced Godzilla, Jurassic World, Pacific Rim, and more. It should be noted that Universal Pictures and Legendary Entertainment are partners together as they entered the partnership 2 years ago.

    (...) and we are also excited about what opportunities this will bring to our theme parks around the world," Universal Studios COO Ron Meyer said in a statement.
    That statement brings up a question in my opinion. With Wanda acquiring a majority stake in Legendary, could this mean new theme park attractions based off of their properties?

    The main article doesn't specifically mention theme parks, but that the Wanda Group company has a stake in them.

    MAIN ARTICLE: http://en.yibada.com/articles/99474/20160107/dalian-wanda-group-acquire-majority-stake-legendary-entertainment-big-step.htm

    Your thoughts?

  2. CarlySX is offline themeparX Top Investigator
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    How is this knock-off company thinking it can make so many parks?
    Like many of the theme park operators of modern times they make their money in one entertainment industry and then use the money from that sale to buy in theme park talent to run physical parks. Like a Warner Bros or a Universal you simply run it as a separate business with talent bought from other operators. If you have enough money you can simply get other people to do the leg work for you - you want a Disney style park, just buy some Imagineers and pay them more than Disney will.

    There was an interesting piece recently about how their planned park on the gold coast may damage the Gold Coast existing parks even if it improves the overall tourist attraction of the area. I have linked below to a piece in the Financial Review about their finances and how they could dramatically change the face of current park operations in areas they operate.

    Whether there is longevity in building so many in a short space of time will be the interesting part and if they can produce the quality the markets expect whilst maintaining a profit long term is questionable.

    Source: http://www.afr.com/lifestyle/arts-and-entertainment/film-and-tv/could-chinas-dalian-wanda-bring-jurassic-park-to-australia-20160105-gm02x6

  3. How is this knock-off company thinking it can make so many parks?

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    China's first Intamin Mega Coaster, Havoc in Heaven Palace (Wanda Nanchang Theme Park).

    Simulation video:






    This coaster will boast max speeds of 136kph. Opens on May 28, 2016.

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    The largest (and fastest?) wooden roller coaster in China is the Viper, found in Wanda (Nanchang) Culture Tourism City. Here's an on-seat feel of the first test ride.



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    Sorry that last one should be Wanda Chengdu not Guilin.

  7. @Gutterflower, wow, thank you for the update!

  8. Gutterflower is offline themeparX Top Investigator
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    Quote Originally Posted by Anonymous View Post
    Can we get a list of ALL Wanda theme parks planned and under construction, together with the respective projected opening dates?
    I can try my best

    Here's a list from the Wanda stuff at IAAPA.


    Wanda Xishuangbanna (Opened October 2015)

    Wanda City Nanchang (Opening October 2016)


    Wanda City Hefei (Opening 2016)



    Wanda City Harbini (Opening 2016)



    Wanda City Wuxi (Opening 2017)


    Wanda City Guangzhou (Opening 2017)


    Wanda City Qingdao (Opening 2017)


    Wanda City Guilin (Opening 2017)


    Wanda City Guilin (Opening 2018)


    Wanda Movie Park Wuhan has its own thread on here and is open and Wanda Changbaishan appears to be a ski resort rather than a theme park.

  9. Tala is offline themeparX Top Investigator
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    I got this info from a poorly translated article but to the Chinese-speaking folks out there, I'd like to think these are theme parks in the making.

    As far as I can understand, this entertainment complex will be known as "Wanda Cultural Tourism City".



    1. "Wanda Mao" (Nanning)


    Rendering



    An event last October 25, a "main cap ceremony" as described in the article where I got this pic from.



    Wanda Harbin-mao



    Now, the next pics -- I'm not sure if these are still part of the complex or going to be built in separate places. Please enlighten me here....



    Hefei Wanda Theme Park



    Nanchang Wanda Theme Park

    Thoughts and reactions to this post are welcomed.

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    http://biz.ianjia.com/house/22921.html

  10. Can we get a list of ALL Wanda theme parks planned and under construction, together with the respective projected opening dates?

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