Universal Beijing Resort Unveils Remarkable Theme Park Entertainment Experiences Within Blockbuster Resort Destination
UNIVERSAL BEIJING RESORT UNVEILS REMARKABLE THEME PARK ENTERTAINMENT EXPERIENCES WITHIN BLOCKBUSTER RESORT DESTINATION
First-ever reveal of details behind the amazing lands, rides, shows, attractions, and dining experiences at the heart of the destination experience
BEIJING (October 20, 2020) - Universal Beijing Resort today unveiled jaw-dropping details of the multiple entertainment experiences available for guests at its expansive destination resort.
Universal Beijing Resort features the Universal Studios Beijing theme park, Universal CityWalk Beijing and two extraordinary hotels, The Universal Studios Grand Hotel and the NUO Resort Hotel. The widely anticipated resort has now revealed even more exciting details for guests.
The Universal Beijing Resort experience is unique to China – representing a collection of Universal’s most popular attractions from around the world as well as specially themed experiences reflecting China’s rich cultural heritage. An enchanting waterway connects all key locations. Guests enter the dazzling CityWalk entertainment complex and approach the magnificent Universal Grand Hotel, which serves as gateway to the entire park. Once inside, seven immersive and expansive, themed lands unfold around a central lagoon.
The seven spectacular themed lands include Kung Fu Panda Land of Awesomeness, Transformers Metrobase, Minion Land, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Jurassic World Isla Nublar, Hollywood and Waterworld. These magnificent lands are at the heart of the guest experience, bringing some of popular films' and pop culture’s most compelling stories and character to life.
Each land is a collection of immersive experiences, including themed rides and attractions, shows, entertainment, shops and restaurants with incredible food and beverages. They are expansive and stretch beyond the limits of imagination. Within them are dozens of blockbuster attractions and entertainment experiences, dozens of themed restaurants and food and beverage venues as well as many specialty merchandise and retail locations.
“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,” said Mr. Tom Mehrmann, President and General Manager of Universal Beijing Resort. “It is the fruit of co-creation, merging Universal’s decades of global theme park experience with our partner’s deep insights on China. Over 100,000 constructors, more than 500 designers and artists, and more than 500 suppliers and partners from around the world jointly made the project possible, and we can’t wait to unveil this dream destination to the world next year.”
Bringing the Movie World to Life and Creating the Immersion Beyond Imagination
Walking into the themed lands, guests will find themselves in unforgettable movie scenes, experience replicas of the movie world, enjoy wonderful adventures with customized storylines, and completely immerse themselves in multi-sensory stimulation and story-driven experiences.
Today, Universal released the exclusive details on some of the products being developed, including a few iconic landmarks and the most anticipated rides in these theme lands of Universal Studios Beijing, through inspiring conceptual images and videos. Some highlights are:
Encountering the Unique Entertainment Beyond Expectation
With 24 shows and entertainment experiences, Universal Beijing Resort blurs the lines between stage and cinema in first-ever entertainment experiences utilizing live performers, interactive props and unique sets. Universal Beijing Resort unveiled two unique shows today: Lights, Camera, Action! featured in Hollywood Boulevard and Waterworld Stunt Show.
Featuring world-renowned directors, Zhang Yimou and Steven Spielberg, Lights, Camera, Action! merges both Western and Eastern popular culture, leading guests into the behind-the-scenes glitz and glamour of film special effects. In addition, Universal Studios Beijing will offer Waterworld Stunt Show in the first land dedicated to Waterworld. Guests will join in an immersive adventure and experience a thrilling water battle that gives them an up-close look at the stunt show of water motorboats, high-dives, gunfire, explosions, as well as a plane crash with great sensory stimulation.
A Place Born from Craftsmanship and Co-creation
Behind the blockbuster-sized entertainment of Universal Beijing Resort is the dedicated craftmanship of more than 500 artists from China and the world.
Artists have worked to create and perfect every single detail of the guest experience. They have carefully combined Western and Eastern culture inspirations to create a world full of surprise and amazement. For example, just for one attraction, Peach Tree of Heavenly Wisdom, located in the center of Kung Fu Panda Land of Awesomeness, changes seasons continually through winter, spring, summer and fall. To achieve this, artists created 58,000 hand-made blossoms which were then paired with 360-degree projection and other artistic technologies to achieve the magical transformation effect. Another example is from Transformer Metrobase, which features an expanded and completely fictional story with China as the background. In the creation of the storyline and the experience, international designers carefully studied Chinese culture, such as Flying Fairy, Armillary Sphere and water ink painting, skillfully integrating the inspiration and working closely together with their local counterparts during the design process.
John Gentile, Senior Director & Executive Producer of Universal Parks and Resorts, said: “This is a story of designers of different cultures and thinking 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. We are very proud to be part of this great journey.”
About Universal Beijing Resort
Universal Beijing Resort is a widely anticipated theme park destination that will feature the Universal Studios Beijing theme park, the Universal CityWalk Beijing retail, dining and entertainment complex and two hotels. The hotels include the Universal Studios Grand Hotel, the first-ever Universal-themed resort hotel, and the first NUO-branded resort hotel from Beijing Tourism Group. The Universal Studios Beijing theme park will feature seven highly themed and immersive lands that include several all-new attractions along with the selected Universal rides, shows and attractions from around the world – plus specially created experiences designed to reflect China's cultural heritage.
Universal Beijing Resort is developed, constructed and operated by Beijing International Resort Co., Ltd., a joint venture that is 70 percent owned by Beijing Shouhuan Cultural Tourism Investment Co., Ltd., and 30 percent owned by Universal Parks & Resorts, a business unit of Comcast NBCUniversal.
Beijing Shouhuan Cultural Tourism Investment Company, Ltd. (BSH Investment) was founded to support the investment of Universal Beijing Resort. Under the guideline to, “drive the development of an industry and a region with a project,” BSH Investment and Universal Parks & Resort will jointly invest Universal Beijing Resort with extraordinary design, technology, creativity and environmental protection.
About Universal Parks & Resorts
Universal Parks & Resorts, a unit of Comcast NBCUniversal, offers guests around the globe today’s most relevant and popular entertainment experiences. With three-time Academy Award winner Steven Spielberg as creative consultant, its theme parks are known for immersive experiences that feature some of the world’s most thrilling and technologically advanced film- and television-based attractions. Universal Parks & Resorts in the U.S. are Universal Studios Hollywood, which includes Universal CityWalk Hollywood; and Universal Orlando Resort, a destination resort with three theme parks (Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure and Universal’s Volcano Bay water theme park), eight resort hotels, and Universal CityWalk Orlando. Around the world, UP&R includes Universal Studios Japan in Osaka, a license agreement with Universal Studios Singapore at Resorts World Sentosa, and a theme park destination being developed in Beijing called Universal Beijing Resort.
Universal CityWalk Partners with the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk to Serve as an Official Vote Center for the General Election
General Election 2020: Cast Your Vote
Universal CityWalk Partners with the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk
to Serve as an Official Vote Center for the General Election
Early Voting at CityWalk Begins on October 24 and Continues Through Election Day on November 3
Free Self-Parking Available to All Voters
Universal City, California, October 19, 2020 – Universal CityWalk is teaming with the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk to serve as an official voting location for the upcoming General Election. Any Los Angeles County voter can securely cast their ballot in-person beginning Saturday, October 24 through Tuesday, November 3, 2020. Free self-parking will be available to all visitors during this voting period.
The Vote Center at Universal CityWalk will also serve as a Vote by Mail Drop Box for all voters who prefer to return their voted mail-in ballot in-person.
Voting will take place in an area of the Jurassic Parking structure. All visitors arriving to vote will be required to wear face coverings. Voting details are as follows:
Early Voting: October 24 – November 2 - 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Election Day: November 3 - 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
“We’re proud to partner with the Los Angeles County Registrar Office to engage L.A. county residents in the election process as they cast their ballots and make their voices heard,” said Karen Irwin, President and COO, Universal Studios Hollywood. “As one of L.A. County’s diverse cultural epicenters, we are thrilled to have Universal CityWalk be a Vote Center for residents to fulfill their civic duty.”
“I’m grateful to Universal CityWalk,” said Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, “and all our vote centers for providing in-person voting options. Vote by mail is a reliable and convenient option, but for those people who want the experience of dropping off or casting their ballot at a vote center, the new Universal CityWalk vote center is a great additional option for those who live or work near Universal City.”
“I am pleased to announce Universal CityWalk will serve as a Vote Center in the Presidential General Election,” said Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk Dean Logan. “Voters can receive the Hollywood experience as they safely cast their ballot in-person at CityWalk. It’s partnerships like this that strengthen our democracy and community efforts to enfranchise safe and accessible in-person voting.”
For information about voting in LA County visit https://www.lavote.net/.
Universal CityWalk is open daily from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Temperature checks will be required for those voters extending their stay to CityWalk.
Universal CityWalk continues to work closely with local health and government officials to implement new health and safety procedures that include controlled capacity to enforce physical distancing. Health and safety protocols are outlined below, highlighted in this video and detailed on the Universal Studios Hollywood website.
Universal Studios Hollywood remains temporarily closed. Universal Orlando’s theme parks, CityWalk and hotels are now open.
Please visit the Universal CityWalk website or the Universal Studios Hollywood official app for updated information.
More information about Universal CityWalk and Universal Studios Hollywood is available at www.UniversalStudiosHollywood.com. Regular updates can be found on Universal Studios Hollywood’s Twitter @UniStudios, Facebook-Universal Studios Hollywood and Instagram @UniStudios.
Universal CityWalk Health and Safety Guidelines
All Universal guests are urged to follow CDC guidelines and conduct temperature checks prior to their arrival. Guests should evaluate their own risk before they visit, and it is not recommended that older adults or individuals at high-risk with serious underlying medical conditions visit. People who are asymptomatic can still spread COVID-19 if they are infected. Any interaction with the general public poses an elevated risk of being exposed to COVID-19 and Universal cannot guarantee guests will not be exposed during their visit. For information on CDC guidelines, click here. Due to the evolving nature of this situation, details are subject to change without notice.
OPENED OCT 2020 AT THE US OLYMPIC VENUE IN LAKE PLACID, NY.
October 14, 2020 (Cohoes, NY) ADG Mountainsides is proud to announce the opening of their latest mountain coaster at the US Olympic Venue in Lake Placid, New York. At 7,000 ft long, it takes the title of the longest mountain coaster in North America and travels alongside the 1980 Olympic bobsled track. The coaster opened for its first ride on Sunday, October 11 with the necessary COVID precautions in place.
One of the most noteworthy features of the ADG Mountain Coaster includes a timed audio system that allows visitors to experience what it was like to be an Olympic bobsledder during the 1980 Olympic Winter Games in Lake Placid. “When you’re going up, it has audio playing in the mountain coaster, which is the first of its kind for any of the new mountain coasters. The soundtrack is narrated by John Morgan whose voice you will recognize from the popular movie ‘Cool Runnings'” notes Elise Ruocco, Communications at ORDA.
Olympic inspired commentary accompanies riders as they zig and zag their way down the mountain through all the exciting twists and turns that were designed by the track engineers at ADG to replicate the historic bob sled track; with a few additional 360-degree turns were also included into the ride just for fun!
"The Coaster follows the alignment of the 1932 & 1980 Olympic Bobsled track as it descends the mountain. The views are amazing, and the curves get your heart pounding," ORDA President & CEO Mike Pratt said in a press release.
With speeds up to 25 mph possible, and Olympic themed carts designed to seat two riders comfortably and match the look and feel of a bobsled, the driver controls how slow or fast their cart goes down the mountain.
The Cliffside Coaster is one of our latest and most thrilling additions to the Olympic Regional Development Authority venues, and part of our ongoing effort to modernize the entire Mt. Van Hoevenberg complex,” said Governor Cuomo of NYS, “This revitalization is transforming the complex into a year-round provider of excitement and entertainment for both athletes and families, which will attract more summer visitors and provide a critical boost to local businesses as we work to build back better.”
ADG Mounainsides™ specializes in the design and build of recreational mountainside attractions that create year-round destination settings for mountain resorts. All of their products and designs, from Indoor and Outdoor Mountainside Waterparks, to Mountain Coasters and Alpine Mountain Slides, have led to industry changing designs and technologies that have quickly become the new standard in mountain recreation. ADG’s products and can be found at top locations across North America, including Killington Mountain, Jay Peak, Purgatory, Copper Mtn, Camelback Mountain, Ober Gatlinburg, Branson, Massanutten and more. ADG Mountainsides is a division of Aquatic Development Group, Inc.
The secret’s out! Stranger Things: The Drive-Into Experience officially opens at Skylight ROW DTLA on Wednesday, October 28. Thousands of cars will travel back in time, embarking on a joyride through 1985 Hawkins, Indiana, and beyond
When: Opening October 28, 2020 through Spring 2021
Wednesday to Sunday from 6-11pm PT
Where: Skylight ROW DTLA
777 S. Alameda St.
Los Angeles, CA 90021
How: Ticket sales have been extended and are currently available for purchase at www.strangerthingsdriveinto.com
● This is not a drive in; it’s a first-of-its-kind drive-into live entertainment event that spans over 400,000 square feet.
● Fans will experience the entire 60 minute live action show from the safety of their car, driving from scene to scene as the story unfolds from all sides.
● Characters will perform exclusive new scenes inspired by Stranger Things 3 and created in partnership with series creators The Duffer Brothers.
● New music from Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein, the series’ composers, has been developed specifically for the experience.
● On the way to the experience, ticket holders can tune into Hawkins Radio via a digital channel to hear 80s classics, strange sonic intrusions, radio hijacks and bursts of information.
● Dressed in their 80s best, fans will pull into Starcourt Mall for a chance to cruise the (drive-thru) food court options before pulling into Lynx Labs where things really turn uʍop ǝpᴉsdn.
Stranger Things: The Drive-Into Experience is co-produced by Netflix and Fever, the premier event discovery platform that enables experience seekers across to discover the best in local entertainment. Creative direction has been provided by Secret Cinema, best known for constructing epically scaled, intricately detailed fan experiences based on popular film and TV titles, including the recent sell-out Stranger Things show in London. ROW DTLA is a 30-acre urban enclave located on the edge of the expanding Arts District. This historic district features acclaimed chefs and restaurants, unique retail shops, creative office workspaces, galleries, event venues, and an abundance of amenities and outdoor space.
To Our Adventureland Friends and Family
With a heavy heart, Adventureland is devastated to announce that we have ended our hopes of having any type of 2020 season. Our outdoor amusement park will remain closed until the spring of 2021, pending guidance and direction from our state leaders.
The safety of you, your families, and our more than 650 employees comes first, as it always has since Adventureland opened 58 years ago. We never thought there would be a season when we could not welcome Long Island into our gates and on to our rides and we hope there will never be one again. Despite our preparedness and our confidence that we can welcome guests into our park safely, as we approach the end of October still without guidance and instruction regarding reopening from our state leaders, Adventureland has no choice but to officially end our hopes of an outdoor season and focus on our 2021 season.
To Our Season Pass Holders
To our 2020 season pass holders—thank you for your patience and patronage. As previously announced, all 2020 season passes will be valid in 2021—this extension is automatic, so there is nothing you need to do.
Drive-In Movies and Drive-In Concerts at Adventureland
Adventureland will continue to bring you safe family fun through our drive-in movies and drive-in concerts throughout the fall. Tickets for our drive-in Halloween Nightmare at the Movies series and our live drive-in concert series are available on our website, Adventureland.us.
We are excited to announce that we have a special holiday surprise in the works for November and December—please follow us on social media and check our website for more information in the coming weeks.
Wall of Support
We have recently launched a Wall of Support where your family can contribute to Adventureland’s future success. With your name on our Wall of Support, you are putting your community first and making sure Adventureland continues to be the best place on Long Island for family fun. To sponsor a listing on our Wall of Support please visit our website, Adventureland.us, and social media pages. Your contribution ensures that Adventureland can continue to bring family memories to Long Island and Long Island families for another 58 years.
Thank you all for supporting Long Island’s only family owned amusement park. Thank you to our staff—you are helping us get through these challenging times, and we are hopeful New York State will help guide us through our 2021 reopening sooner than later.
We wish you all a safe, healthy, and happy rest of the year and we look forward to seeing you all at our park in 2021!