By Cailey Rizzo
May 23, 2019
This rendering released by Lionsgate shows the atrium of Lionsgate Entertainment World, a virtual reality-heavy theme park set to open in July on Hengqin island in Zhuhai, China. The park will feature rides, shops and attractions set in the worlds of popular Lionsgate films including "The Hunger Games," "Twilight" and "Escape Room."
Lionsgate via AP

Things were simpler in 2012. We didn’t have Laurel or Yanny. The most decisive debate was Team Edward or Team Jacob. And now the debate is about to be reignited.

The world’s first vertical theme park will open in China this summer, featuring attractions from “The Hunger Games” and “Twilight” franchises.

Lionsgate Movie World will be a 10-story attraction in Zhuhai, featuring 25 rides and virtual reality experience from the Lionsgate Studio universe. Inside the theme park, visitors will be able to virtually ride a motorcycle like they’re Jacob from “Twilight” or make themselves over with hair, makeup and manicures in The Capitol lobby from the “Hunger Games.”

“We created experiences that are immersive, that tell stories and are organic to the brands,” Jenefer Brown, senior vice president of Global Live and Location Based Entertainment at Lionsgate, told the Associated Press. “It’s a mix of all the cutting-edge attractions that you’ll find in entertainment right now.”

“Twilight” fans who side on Team Edward can board Bella’s Journey, an indoor ride that will highlight key moments from the series, including Bella’s relationship with her vampire husband.

“Hunger Games” fans will be able to ride The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Flight Rebel Escape. The 3D motion simulator ride will take fans through the streets of the Hunger Games world to a hovercraft that flies over The Capitol. Themed restaurants will immerse guests in the unique visuals (and taste!) of the franchise.

The studio chose Zhuhai as the location for its theme park because of its proximity to Macau, often called “China’s Las Vegas.”

The park expects to welcome 1.5 million visitors by the end of the year after its summer opening.  

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