Universal Beijing Resort prepares for full operation

By Zhang Rui
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(Start 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 senior vice president of Beijing International Resort Co. Ltd.; Mike Hightower, project executive director and senior vice president of Universal Parks and Resorts meet on stage on Dec. 31, 2020, to announce the majority completion of Universal Beijing Resort, which will now work towards the grand opening and full operation. [Photo courtesy of Universal Beijing Resort]

On the last day of 2020, Universal Beijing Resort announced the completion of major construction on its capital theme park and it is now moving full-speed ahead in preparation for the much anticipated grand opening in 2021.

Taking to the stage at this year's Beijing Radio and Television Global New Year Ice and Snow Night Gala, Universal Beijing Resort dazzled viewers with a splendid premiere unveiling of parts of the resort's signature attractions and landmarks, as well as themed programs and iconic movie characters.

Several entertaining highlights of Universal Beijing Resort were featured during the BRTV New Year Gala. From a glamorous bird's eye view on New Year's Eve, the gala showcased Universal Beijing Resort's first look of Universal CityWalk Beijing to the park's hotels and several signature attractions and landmarks across several of its seven lands, including The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Transformers: Metrobase. Audiences also enjoyed performances inspired by their related themed locations alongside popular characters from movie franchises such as Transformers, Illumination's Minions, DreamWorks Animation' Kung Fu Panda, and more.

It was also a special occasion for Universal Beijing Resort representatives, including executives and construction teams, as they jointly announced a major milestone in construction, and expressed respect and gratitude to the more than 100,000 construction workers for their concerted efforts day and night.

"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 that is a new landmark of Beijing, with rich cultural heritage and that promotes the integrative development of culture and tourism."

"Thanks to the diligence of all construction crew and creatives in achieving this 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, president and general manager of Universal Beijing Resort and 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 prepare to deliver a high standard of guest service. Interior preparation details including 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 the grand opening.

Universal Beijing Resort is expected to open in 2021 for visitors from China and from around the world. It represents a historic partnership that has been in the making for more than a decade. More than 100,000 construction workers, 500 designers and artists, and 500 suppliers and partners from around the world have cooperated on the project. Engineering and technological innovations have also been created and leveraged throughout several years of high-level and high-quality construction work. Upon completion, the park will encompass the Universal Studios Beijing theme park, Universal CityWalk Beijing retail, dining and entertainment complexes, and two hotels, and provide an experience that is unique to China. This guarantees that the park will feature a collection of Universal's most popular attractions from around the world as well as specially themed experiences reflecting China's rich cultural heritage.

Universal Beijing Resort is developed, constructed, and operated by Beijing International Resort Co., Ltd., a joint venture that is 70% owned by Beijing Shouhuan Cultural Tourism Investment Co., Ltd. and 30% owned by Universal Parks & Resorts, a business unit of Comcast NBCUniversal. 

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