By Rachel Chang
Sep 20, 2021
THE NEWEST UNIVERSAL THEME PARK is finally open. Universal Beijing Resort includes the flagship Universal Studios Beijing theme park, as well as Universal CityWalk Beijing and two hotels on its property, The Universal Studios Grand Hotel and NUO Resort Hotel. The amusement park features 37 rides and attractions, plus 24 shows and performances in seven lands, all dedicated to popular movie franchises.
While the Chinese location will have favorites from its other locations — most notably fourth location of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter — it will also feature the first themed lands for Kung Fu Panda, Transformers, and Waterworld, as well as the largest Minion Land in the world and a new experience called Jurassic World Isla Nublar. Among the rides will be Transformers: Battle for the AllSpark, Kung Fu Panda Journey of the Dragon Warrior, Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, Despicable Me Minion Mayhem, and Jurassic Flyers.
Single-day tickets will have four tiers based on seasonality. Low season tickets start at 418 RMB (about US$65), while special holiday dates will go up to 748 RMB (about US$116). Tickets are available for purchase via the Universal Beijing Resort mobile app (including on Alibaba and WeChat), as well as through the resort’s Fliggy flagship store and 21 other official partners.
The park started doing trial operations earlier this month, only for invited guests. “During trial operations, invited guests will experience selected rides, attractions, shows, and dining services throughout the Universal Studios Beijing theme park on designated dates,” the park said in a release. “Based on feedback and comments from invited guests, Universal Beijing Resort will look to adjust operational practices and service details in preparation for the upcoming grand opening.”
In particular, they were looking closely at the safety measures put in place during the pandemic, as they’ve been working with the country’s Center for Disease Control and Prevention “to formulate a detailed plan and enforce the protocol in face of normalized situation of epidemic prevention and control.”
“Universal Beijing Resort has always put our guests and team members’ safety as the priority and will closely monitor the developments of the pandemic situation to adjust the opening activities and the related preparations in a timely and appropriate manner,” Universal Beijing Resort said in a release. “If necessary, the grand opening date will be adjusted accordingly, and ensure guests can be informed [of] the adjusted date in advance.”