Sunday, September 22, 2019

Universal Studios Beijing To Open in 2021 + Latest Construction Photos and Hotel News

We haven't checked in on one of Universal's largest projects in quite some time, that being the Universal Studios Beijing Resort.  First announced back in 2014, the theme park and resort was originally scheduled to open around now, but we know how that often goes with massive construction projects.

Last week the project announced that it will officially open in 2021, though no exact date was given just yet.  Still, that's progress and it's nice to have a final timeline to look at.

© Universal Studios Beijing
The park, said to be Universal's largest, was announced without an official ride roster published.  There are a lot of attractions that were originally identified on the concept art (above) that was released.  These include rides based in a Wizarding World of Harry Potter area, Minions, Jurassic Park, Water World, Kung Fu Panda, Transformers and more.  Granted that concept art is around 5 years old, so that is all subject to change.  One item I'm quite curious about is a new Jurassic Park roller coaster they appear to be working on.

We can be sure on a few rides, though.  Recent construction photos posted to ThemeparkX show a Hulk clone now completed, the Wizarding World castle going up and a family roller coaster in place next to it.

© Universal Studios Beijing
The park also recently made the announcement that the resort will open with two hotels - above is The Universal Studios Grand Hotel, which sits right at the theme park's entrance.  It will be the first Universal themed hotel and offer a "contemporary interpretation of the Hollywood golden age."  Filled with theming set to film and movies, its 800 rooms will also have direct access to the park.

© Universal Studios Beijing
The second hotel is the NUO Resort Hotel, the first hotel created by NUO, one of China's "first homegrown luxury hotel brands."  Contained in a setting reflecting "the beauty of China's ancient royal garden," the property will celebrate traditional Chinese culture and artistic achievements with a modern yet simplistic design.  It will sit alongside the park's waterway as a private retreat, with around 400 rooms.