Universal Parks & Resorts will open a 300 acre theme park in Beijing. The theme park is set to open in 2019 after 13 years of negotiations and planning.
The Universal studio will be the biggest and will contain specific attractions created for China. Attractions based on movies “Transformers”, “Despicable Me” and “Harry Potter” are rumored to be part of the theme park.
Currently, Universal Parks & Resorts have similar theme park in Los Angeles, Orlando, Japan and Singapore.
The theme park in Beijing will feature the first ever Universal-themed resort hotel and Universal CityWalk retail, dining and entertainment.
Tom Williams, chairman and chief executive of Universal Parks & Resorts:
“China remains a vital part of our company’s film business. We will work together [with Shouhuan] to create experiences based on China’s best-loved stories and centuries-long rich cultural heritage.”
With the plan for the theme park underway, Universal Pictures is also about to open a film office in Beijing which will focus on the production and collaboration of movies with the Chinese partners.
A few problems have been listed during the planning process such as climate change and the severe air pollution of the country. Williams said the company will also focus on building attractions which are suitable during winter and as for the air pollution, he has faith that the Beijing government will solve it.
59 other theme parks are expected to be completed by 2020 in China according to industry analyst AECOM.
Shanghai Disney is set to open in late 2015 and Dream Works Animation’s entertainment complex is in progress in Shanghai. Six Flags also plan to build several parks in China in the next decade with one in Tianjin which is set to open in 2018.