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Re: NEWS: Universal Studios plans to build park in Beijing

Postby SharkTums » Sun Jan 05, 2014 1:47 pm

^Ah, ok thanks.

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Re: NEWS: Universal Studios plans to build park in Beijing

Postby gerstlaueringvar » Sun Jan 05, 2014 9:24 pm

Jew wrote:^Here's the Wikipedia map of that whole district:

" It is located in southeast Beijing and considered the eastern gateway to the nation's capital. Downtown Tongzhou itself lies twelve miles due east of central Beijing, at the northern end of the Grand Canal (on the junction between the Tonghui Canal and the Northern Canal) and at the easternmost end of Chang'an Avenue."

Haha the closer it gets to the center, the worse it get. Have I mentioned the worst traaffic jam you can find anywhere in the world that shows up in Beijing every day? Not to mention the air pollution.

Seriously why can't Universal choose Guangzhou area? Good traffic, low land prices, little to no air pollution; People in Canton area would like to spend more money on parks than the rest of China and they accept new things much easier. Probably the only competitors are Chimelong Paradise, Happy Valley Shenzhen, Ocean Kingdom, Ocean Park and Disneyland that I think Universal can easily beat them all.

Sorry, I just can't find the benifit to build a park in Beijing... :Pr

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Re: NEWS: Universal Studios plans to build park in Beijing

Postby larrygator » Sun Jan 05, 2014 10:21 pm

^Universal must be looking at the number of foreign visitors to Beijing and hoping that a "famous name" amusement park can draw enough people. It's also difficult to ignore such a large population base (even if most residents can't afford a day Universal).

Someone at Universal made the decision to not go head to head with Disney by avoiding Shanghai and the south of China
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Re: NEWS: Universal Studios plans to build park in Beijing

Postby Kumba9 » Wed Mar 05, 2014 10:23 am

here is the latest on the $2 Billion Universal Studios-Beijing Park

8:23 PM PST 3/4/2014 by Clifford Coonan, Alex Ben Block
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Universal Studios looks to Beijing?
Located in a suburb of China's capital city, Universal Studios Beijing will be the company’s third facility in Asia after Singapore and Tokyo.

Universal Studios is planning to open a Hollywood movie theme park, Universal Studios Beijing, in the suburbs of the Chinese capital in collaboration with a local state tourism company.
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The news was released on the website Sina's property pages, and spread quickly online, with much excited chatter on China's Twitter, Weibo.

The facility will cover a 51-acre site and the total budget will be 12 billion yuan ($1.95 billion). Construction is due to start in the fourth quarter of 2014, according to the local media report.
A report in Shanghai Securities News, cited by the Shanghai Landscape Architecture Design Institute website, said officials from the National Development and Reform Commission had filed an application to begin construction, and the demolition of existing buildings was ongoing, with the aim of opening the park in January 2018.

The Universal Creative division of Universal Parks and Resorts has also been advertising for Mandarin Chinese-speaking staff.

When contacted by The Hollywood Reporter, Universal declined to comment on the various reports.
The Chinese partners, Beijing Tourism Group, which is part of the capital's municipal government, will provide the land and an unspecified part of the investment, while Universal Studios will be responsible for branding, intellectual property, technology and management of the park, Sina reported.

In a separate report, the Global Times daily reported that municipal authorities are planning to build a monorail in Beijing, with the terminus in the new Universal Studios in the southeastern suburb of Tongzhou.
The Beijing resort will bring the number of Universal Studios that the company operates in Asia to three, with Universal Studios in Singapore and Osaka. Both facilities are massively popular with Mainland Chinese tourists, as is the Los Angeles Universal Studios.

There is considerable amount of activity in the theme park area in China right now. The Walt Disney Company has Hong Kong Disneyland and is building a $4.4 billion Disneyland Shanghai project that is due to open at the end of 2015, as mainland China's first Disney resort.

DreamWorks Animation's China unit, Oriental DreamWorks, is developing a $3.1 billion cultural and "entertainment destination" in Shanghai with a trio of Chinese partners -- China Media Capital (CMC), the Shanghai Media Group and Shanghai Alliance Investment.

The Chinese real estate group, Dalian Wanda, which owns AMC, is building a theme park project called Wuxi Wanda City, while Chinese production company Huayi Brothers has been building a resort on the holiday island of Hainan, which takes the films of top director Feng Xiaogang as the theme.


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Re: NEWS: Universal Studios plans to build park in Beijing

Postby gerstlaueringvar » Mon Oct 13, 2014 1:24 am

The park's plan is officially approved by Chinese government on Sept 25th, USB is surely a go and will open in 2019.

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Re: NEWS: Universal Studios plans to build park in Beijing

Postby gisco » Mon Oct 13, 2014 8:28 am

Looking forward to seeing some of the detail of the park. Hoping they will be adding something new and not just copying the other parks.

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Re: NEWS: Universal Studios plans to build park in Beijing

Postby gerstlaueringvar » Mon Oct 13, 2014 8:33 am

gisco wrote:Looking forward to seeing some of the detail of the park. Hoping they will be adding something new and not just copying the other parks.

This is the area where the park will be at, they are keeping this in DL because the government doesn't want the nearby real estate price to increase like Blue Fire clones.

They are adding Chinese elements to the park like Shanghai Disneyland.

It's getting closer to Halloween, Beijng certainly gives a feeling of a city in horror movies.

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Re: NEWS: Universal Studios plans to build park in Beijing

Postby jedimaster1227 » Mon Oct 13, 2014 1:57 pm

After 13 years of negotiations and planning, Universal Parks & Resorts said Monday it would open a $3.3-billion, 300-acre theme park in Beijing. The company and its Chinese partners did not set an opening date, but state-run media said the complex would debut in 2019.

The long-rumored park will be among the company’s largest and include the same kind of movie-themed attractions featured at Universal parks in Los Angeles, Orlando, Japan and Singapore. It will include attractions specifically created for China and plans also call for a Universal CityWalk retail-dining-and-entertainment complex as well as a “first-ever” Universal-themed resort hotel.

The park is to be in an eastern suburb called Tongzhou. Additional phases could see the complex expand to 1,000 acres.

The park’s Chinese partner, Beijing Shouhuan Cultural Tourism Investment Co. Ltd., which was formed in 2013, completed a $300-million deal for the land in March, Chinese media reported.

The park will be jointly owned by Beijing Shouhuan, which is a consortium of four Chinese state-owned companies, and Universal Parks & Resorts.

Universal Parks & Resorts, a division of NBC Universal, signed an agreement to develop the Beijing park in December of last year, the state-run Beijing News said, and the National Development and Reform Commission, which approves such projects, signed off on the plans last month.

Tom Williams, chairman and chief executive of Universal Parks & Resorts, said the Beijing park would showcase some of the best themed attractions to be found anywhere. “We will work together [with Shouhuan] to create experiences based on China’s best-loved stories and centuries-long rich cultural heritage,” he added.

Asked specifically what "Chinese elements" the park would include, Williams refused to offer specifics but said the company had already conducted "extensive research" on this matter and said the park would "pay proper respect and homage to Beijing" and Chinese culture overall.

Williams would not detail what marquee attractions the Beijing park would include either, but rides based on the "Transformers" franchise and the "Despicable Me" series as well as "Harry Potter" seem likely candidates based on those films' popularity in China. The fourth installment in the Transformers series, "Transformers: Age of Extinction," became the top grossing film ever in China this year.

“China remains a vital part of our company’s film business,” added Williams, noting that Universal Pictures is also about to open a film office in Beijing that would focus on movies, including more co-productions with Chinese partners.

Beijing will be the northernmost Universal theme park and the city has a number of climate and other challenges, including snow and severe air pollution. Williams said the company would focus on building attractions conducive to wintertime visitations.

Sidestepping a question about air pollution, Williams said he grew up in Southern California when there were some days that people were advised not to go outside because of smog. Now that's been cleaned up, he said, and he expressed confidence that Beijing too would solve its smog problems.

"There's already been dramatic improvement" since his first visit to Beijing, Williams said, not mentioning that the city just suffered through a three-day stretch of abysmal smog that sent the Air Quality Index off the charts.

In a videotaped greeting played at the press conference, Steven Spielberg, a creative consultant for Universal, said the "Chinese people deserve the very best our creative teams are capable of creating."

Universal does not currently have direct investments in the Universal-branded parks in Japan and Singapore. But it will invest in two joint ventures being established to build and operate the Beijing park.

Universal will have a 30% stake in the construction and ownership joint venture; Shouhuan will hold 70% of that. Universal will own 70% of the management and operations joint venture with Shouhuan having a 30% stake.

“Universal theme parks are the best theme parks in the world today,” said Beijing Shouhuan chairman Duan Qiang, adding that “Chinese people love the movies and exciting entertainment.”

China is expected to build 59 theme parks by 2020, according to a recent report by industry analyst AECOM. The $4.4-billion Shanghai Disney is slated to open in late 2015 with a Magic Kingdom-style theme park, several hotels and a Downtown Disney-style shopping center. DreamWorks Animation, through its China-based Oriental DreamWorks, is currently building an entertainment complex in Shanghai.

Six Flags recently announced plans to build and operate several parks in China over the next decade, with one in Tianjin — an hour train ride from Beijing — expected in 2018.

In 2012 and 2013, 12 new theme parks and one water park opened in China, with capacity to receive 27.8 million visitors a year. By 2020, AECOM predicts China will receive as many theme park visitors as the U.S. does currently.

In 2013, China’s central government lifted a moratorium on new theme park development approvals. Except for very large parks with capital investment greater than about $800 million, approvals can now be obtained at the provincial level, allowing many new projects to move forward.

A conceptual overview of the new park.
A clone of The Hulk coaster from islands of Adventure in Universal Orlando.
Jurassic Park River Adventure and Discovery Center.
Shred-inspired land.
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and the Music Plaza Stage both from the Universal Orlando Resort.
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Re: NEWS: Universal Studios plans to build park in Beijing

Postby rcjp » Mon Oct 13, 2014 2:36 pm

^When I first looked at the picture I thought: Is that a hulk??
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Re: NEWS: Universal Studios plans to build park in Beijing

Postby coasterfreak101 » Mon Oct 13, 2014 4:11 pm

It's probably worth noting that it's just concept art and that there's a solid chance half of those attractions will come in totally different forms, like Singapore's rapids ride instead of Orlando's boat ride or Battlestar: Galactica instead of Hulk.
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