Beijing, December 31 - Universal Beijing Resort announces the completion of major construction on the theme park, and is now moving full-speed ahead in preparation for the highly anticipated grand opening in 2021.
Taking to the stage at this year’s BRTV (Beijing Radio and Television) Global New Year Ice and Snow Night Gala (BRTV New Year Gala), Universal Beijing Resort dazzled viewers with a splendid first-ever view unveiling parts of the resort’s signature attractions and landmarks, as well as extraordinary themed programs with popular IP characters on stage. It was a special occasion for Universal Beijing Resort representatives, including executives and construction teams, as they announced the major milestone on stage together, and expressed sincere respect and gratitude to more than 100,000 construction workers for their concerted efforts day and night.
Universal Beijing Resort representatives, including executives and construction teams witnessed the milestone of major construction completion and now in preparation for full operation on stage together.
Start from third from left: Jerry Guo, Deputy Executive Project Director of Beijing International Resort Co. Ltd.; Xu Liping, Senior Government Affairs Director of Beijing International Resort Co. Ltd.; Tom Mehrmann, General Manager of Beijing International Resort Co., Ltd., Theme Park and Resort Management Branch; Bai Fan, General Manager and Deputy Party Secretary of Beijing Tourism Group; Wang Tayi, General Manager of Beijing International Resort Co. Ltd.; Qian Bin, Executive Project Director and SVP of Beijing International Resort Co. Ltd.; Mike Hightower, Project Executive Director and SVP of Universal Parks and Resorts
“Under the guidance and strong support of the Beijing Municipal Party Committee and the Municipal Government, after several years of high-level and high-quality construction work, the major construction of Universal Studios Beijing theme park and resort’s facilities have been completed,” said Wang Tayi, General Manager of Beijing International Resort Co., Ltd. “With the joint efforts of the China-US team on construction, design, engineering and technological innovations, Universal Beijing Resort is committed to creating a destination as a new landmark of Beijing, with rich cultural heritage and promoting the integrative development of culture and tourism.”
“Thanks to the diligence from all constructors and creatives in achieving the construction completion, we are now entering the stage of full operations preparations, to ensure a one-of-a-kind experience for guests from China and beyond as we prepare for the opening in 2021,” said Tom Mehrmann, General Manager of Beijing International Resort Co., Ltd. Theme Park and Resort Management Branch. “We put significant thought into the experiences we create for our guests, and we look forward to creating unique and contemporary experiences for millions of guests. We are presently working hard on delivering on our promise, ensuring guests will have the best time of their lives.”
During the next operational preparation phase, the entire operations team will continue to prepare to deliver a high standard of guest service. Interior details including detail work on themed settings, rides and facilities testing, digital system implementation and guest-facing system testing, as well as entertainment talents casting, training, and rehearsal are also underway. Service and security training will be completed during this time to refine and perfect the overall guest experience after grand opening.
Universal Beijing Resort represents a historic partnership that has been in the making for more than a decade. More than 100,000 construction workers, more than 500 designers and artists, and more than 500 suppliers and partners from around the world jointly made the project possible. Engineering and technological innovations had also been created and leveraged throughout these several years of high-level and high-quality construction work.
Several entertaining highlights of Universal Beijing Resort were featured during the BRTV New Year Gala. From a glamorous bird's eye view on the New Year Eve night, the Gala showcased Universal Beijing Resort’s first look from Universal CityWalk Beijing to hotels and several signature attractions and landmarks in several of the seven lands, including The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ and Transformers: Metrobase. Inspired by spectacular themed stories and characters, audiences also enjoyed themed performances within the themed locations and alongside popular characters such as Transformers, Illumination’s Minions, DreamWorks Animation’s Kung Fu Panda and more.
2021 BRTV Global New Year Ice and Snow Night Gala’s stages in Universal Beijing Resort
Expected to open in 2021, Universal Beijing Resort is set to provide unique, extraordinary and thrilling experiences for visitors from China and from around the world. Universal Beijing Resort will feature the Universal Studios Beijing theme park, the Universal CityWalk Beijing retail, dining and entertainment complex and two hotels when it opens, and featuring an experience that 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. The seven spectacular themed lands include Kung Fu Panda Land of Awesomeness, Transformers: Metrobase, Minion Land, The Wizarding World of Harry PotterTM, Jurassic World Isla Nublar, Hollywood and WaterWorld, bringing some of the most beloved films' and pop culture’s most compelling stories and characters to life. Guests will enjoy wonderful adventures with customized storylines and experience the infinite extraordinary journey the resort has to offer.
The New Year will mark a new, exciting chapter for Universal Beijing Resort as it steadily progresses towards its grand opening in 2021. Now with the main construction completion, guests can look forward to the attractions at this thrilling entertainment destination. All eyes are set on the upcoming opening as Universal Beijing Resort revs-up preparations to welcome guests from around the world to this dream vacation destination when spring meets summer.
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 & Resorts will jointly invest in Universal Beijing Resort with extraordinary design, technology, creativity and environmental protection. Beijing Tourism Group was founded in 1998 and has become a top tourism services company. It is among China’s top 500 companies and among China’s top ten tourism groups. Headquartered in Beijing, the Group’s six sectors include catering, staying, transporting, traveling, shopping, recreating – with businesses including catering, hotels, transportation, travel agency services, retail and more. Beijing Shouhuan Cultural Tourism Investment Company is a holding company of Beijing Tourism Group.
About Universal Parks & Resorts
Universal Parks & Resorts, a unit of Comcast NBCUniversal, offers guests around the globe today’s popular entertainment experiences. With three-time Academy Award® winning filmmaker Steven Spielberg as creative consultant, Universal’s theme parks are known for immersive experiences featuring highly thrilling and technologically advanced film- and television-based attractions. Guests of all ages enjoy encounters and adventures with popular characters and well-established brands in entertainment. Comcast NBCUniversal wholly owns Universal Studios Hollywood, Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Japan and has a license agreement with Universal Studios Singapore.