The Newest Universal Theme Park Is Set to Open in China Next Year

Universal Beijing Resort just revealed exciting details about the upcoming theme park.

Universal Beijing Resort rendering
Photo: Universal Studios

Universal Beijing Resort finally revealed details about its upcoming theme park resort, unveiling the lands, rides, attractions, and experiences in store for future guests. Set to open next year, the Universal Beijing Resort will include the Universal Studios Beijing theme park, Universal CityWalk Beijing, and two hotels — the Universal Studios Grand Hotel and NUO Resort Hotel. It will be the third Universal theme park resort in Asia, following Universal Studios Japan and Universal Studios Singapore.

In a statement shared with Travel + Leisure, Tom Mehrmann, the president and general manager of Universal Beijing Resort, said, "We and our local partners, including Beijing Tourism Group, are creating one of the most magnificent theme park destinations ever built — right here in Beijing."

Avid theme park fans know that an all-new Universal theme park means we'll get to see new interpretations of favorite lands plus exciting, unique additions that are exclusive to this resort. According to a statement shared with T+L, this resort will have a collection of experiences that include popular Universal attractions and Chinese cultural heritage. Universal Studios Beijing will include seven themed lands — Kung Fu Panda Land of Awesomeness, Transformers Metrobase, Minion Land, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Jurassic World Isla Nublar, Hollywood, and Waterworld — all packed with a thrilling roster of attractions and experiences.

Transformers Metrobase will be the world's first Transformers-themed land, complete with rides like Decepticoaster — the park's most exhilarating roller coaster — and Transformers: Battle for the AllSpark. Over in Kung Fu Panda Land of Awesomeness — Universal's first land themed to this film franchise — guests will find a flume ride called Kung Fu Panda Journey of the Dragon Warrior. Meanwhile, in Minion Land, guests can interact with the little yellow characters at the Despicable Me Minion Mayhem attraction. A fan-favorite land at other Universal theme parks, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter will also open at Universal Studios Beijing with the immersive Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey ride and plenty of Butterbeer. And in Jurassic World Isla Nublar, guests can see dinosaurs for themselves on the Jurassic World Adventure ride.

Of course, there will be a number of shows that give guests a look behind the scenes into the movie-making magic. Lights, Camera, Action!, featuring Steven Spielberg and Zhang Yimou, will feature special effects, while the Waterworld stunt show will demonstrate how impressive movie stunts are really pulled off.

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Beyond the exciting rides and attractions, the park combines Eastern and Western cultures to create a theme park experience unique to Beijing. John Gentile, senior director and executive producer of Universal Parks and Resorts, said in a statement shared with T+L, "This is a story of designers of different cultures thinking and working together to collaborate, impact, and co-create. Based on the co-creation and our persistence in detail, we have brought something spectacular to life and put our guests in the story. I'm sure you will share in the amazement as you experience the park that has benefitted from the creative input of so many people and so much remarkable effort."

Elizabeth Rhodes is an associate digital editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her adventures on Instagram at @elizabetheverywhere.

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