Soft Opening of Universal Beijing Resort and Trial Operations Announced
It looks as though the highly anticipated Universal Beijing Resort, which is set to be the largest Universal Studios theme park yet, is getting ready to open its doors.
It was initially reported that the resort would start its trial operations during the early half of 2021, and while the theme park was completed in December 2020, it’s safe to say that due to COVID-19, we are no longer surprised when dates are altered or postponed.
However, it looks as though the resort is finally moving forward, and while we still don’t have an official opening date, a soft opening that initially began in May for just the resort’s team members has now been expanded to the public, allowing them to take a look at the theme park. On top of this, trial operations are set to start on September 1.
After three months of internal pressure testing, the resort’s trial operations period will “proceed with the operational testing and rehearsals on the basis of strict control of daily visitation volume in line with pandemic control requirement.”
During trial operations, invited guests will experience selected rides, attractions, shows and dining services throughout the Universal Studios Beijing theme park on designated dates. 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.
To ensure the safety of all visitors, the resort has been working closely with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, creating plans and protocols to help control the spread of COVID-19. These measures include reinforcing the screening, social distancing, and sanitization and disinfection throughout the resort. On top of this, guests will be temperature checked on arrival and required to wear face masks and maintain social distancing throughout their visit.
Universal Beijing Resort will contain seven lands: Hollywood, Jurassic Park Isla Nublar, Kung Fu Panda Land of Awesomeness, Minion Land, Transformers Metrobase, WaterWorld, and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
Inside the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, there will be a replica of Hogwarts containing Dumbledore’s office, the Defense against the Dark Arts classroom, the Gryffindor common room, and the Room of Requirement. It will also include the attractions: Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, Flight of the Hippogriff, “The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle,” and the Three Broomsticks.
We’re very excited to hear more about the resort as it continues its soft opening and begins its trial operations. In the meantime, have a watch of Xinhua correspondent Li Chunyu’s sneak peek of the Universal Beijing Resort, which includes a magical trip to the resort’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter.