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Local Name:
北京环球影城
Budget:
6.5B
Announced:
12 Feb 2009
Construction Start:
31 Oct 2016
Opening:
2021
Area:
42 ha
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    BIM model of Jurassic World coaster, aviary, and mountain structure:



    Source: https://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/KG70U73QULvaJUbeO6Pqkg

  3. Yes it's a bit strange. While some bits really do look like they've spared no expense (such as the hotel), most of the park is either copied and pasted from elsewhere (eg, Wizarding World), rethemed from elsewhere (eg, Decepticoaster) or based on an existing ride system (eg, Jurassic Park dark ride).

    I was excited to see what Universal did with the Mack powered invert ride system but for me this appears to be a huge let down - I thought it would be more dark ride than coaster (like Europa Park's Arthur) but it appears it's just their version of Islands of Adventure's Pteranodon Flyers. I'm honestly pulling a blank in terms of flagship rides; Disney bought us Pirates and Tron, but not sure what Universal are bringing to the table here (and I'm a huge Universal fan).

    Another troubling thing is how sloppy the presentation around the park seems to be. The huge showbuilding for Forbidden Journey is there for all to see, no effort to hide the projectors for the nighttime show which are there in plain sight on the roofs of Hogsmede and on several towers around Wizarding World. Elsewhere the corrugated wall behind Waterworld (no effort to make it blend in) and the naked warehouse roof in the Kung Fu Panda area look really cheap when compared to Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi for example.

    Sorry to be negative, but I haven't seen anything to back up the price tag here. I think all it took was one original, unique e-ticket and a bit more work in terms of the presentation and it would be a solid base for a theme park. But at the moment I don't have any yearning to visit which is rare for a mega-park in China.

  4. I feel like the budget for this resort has been overestimated because if the $6.5 Billon cost is accurate it would mean Universal Studios spent more in Beijing than Disney did in Shanghai. This makes no sense since Shanghai Disneyland looks superior to Universal Beijing in terms of both rides and theming.

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