It’s great to see a park taking theming with thrill rides to the next level. This type of park, like IoA, has the potential of blowing the competition of the water here in the U.S. Better thrill rides than Disney, including grander theming, and it leaves Six Flags and Cedar Fair looking a little boring.
I mean if a park like this was in the Northeast, why would folks prefer to go to their old standbys like Doney, Great Adventure, or even Hershey? BGE still would have an edge because you can't buy that kind of landscape. But even those who aren't big fans of theming can't say this doesn't look fun.
Maybe someday when parks look to be profitable in the U.S. again some big new corporate player will invest in this grand, over the top theming, thrill-park strategy which I predict will be more successful than even Disney. Then we may see these types of parks popping up in the states.
Then again I bet labor costs are quite a bit cheeper in China than here. Too bad theme parks can't be imported.
Looks like a blast! Very jealous... *** Edited 7/26/2006 3:09:51 PM UTC by rc-madness***
It looks great. But I wouldn't say they are out-doing Universal or Disney. Look closely at the facades. The rockwork in particular. It just doesn't compare to the likes of Everest, or most other Disney mountains. And I think the design is very busy, the layout just doesn't seem to flow like IOA. Just my opinion, this is still a wonderful move for theme parks and tourism in China, and I hope to see more.
I agree that the quality and the detail may not meet Disney or Universal standards (probably because they are paid more) but I'm not sure I've seen the scale of theme to be so huge. As themed as Hulk and Dueling Dragons is, it's mainly the gates and lifts of the rides that are themed. I've never seen a coaster of this size so engulfed by artificial rock walls and castle structures.
Well, Expedition Everest maybe on this scale; such the cool ride. *** Edited 7/26/2006 6:14:17 PM UTC by rc-madness***
Actually you can get around pretty well without knowing Mandarin. The park itself has most of its signs in English also. Most decent hotels will have a concierge that speaks passable english and can write down for you the name of the place you want to go in Mandarin for the cab driver. With food and other things, there's always the point and mime method of shopping :).
I spent almost 4 weeks there on the controls for the flyer. If not for that darn work thing everyday, I'd say I actually really enjoyed Beijing.