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Lionsgate theme park prepares to open in China, but scraps New York

Lionsgate theme park prepares to open in China, but scraps New York
Ready to step into the dystopian worlds of The Hunger Games and Divergent? You'll be able to by the end of this month at a new Lionsgate-themed park in China, but you can scrap plans to visit previously announced, similarly themed experiences in New York and Spain.

Lionsgate Entertainment World will open on July 31 in Novotown Hengqin on Hengqin Island in Zhuhai, China. The Thinkwell Group-designed indoor, multi-story "vertical theme park" will include attractions, dining, and retail themed to Lionsgate franchises popular in China, including The Hunger Games, The Twilight Saga, The Divergent Series, Now You See Me, Gods of Egypt, and Escape Plan. Village Roadshow will operate the park.

Meanwhile, Parques Reunidos announced that it has cancelled plans for three Lionsgate Entertainment City projects, including ones in New York City and Madrid, Spain. Those developments had been announced to include experiences based on The Hunger Games, Divergent, John Wick, and Mad Men. Parques Reunidos pulled out after several indoor entertainment centers it opened in Spain under different themes failed to meet expectations.

The China project will give fans an opportunity to see a fully developed version of an entertainment concept once proposed by Walt Disney. Back when Disney was considering how to follow the successful opening of Disneyland, one of the concepts he and his team considered was an indoor, multi-story theme park in St. Louis — Riverfront Square. Whether due to August Busch Jr. mocking Walt for designing a "dry" theme park or the city not providing a requested subsidy, ultimately, Disney chose to buy property in Central Florida and proceed with what became the Walt Disney World Resort instead.

Lotte World in Seoul, South Korea also includes attractions on multiple levels indoors, though that park also includes an outdoor area.

With limited space, the attractions in the new Lionsgate Entertainment World will lean on simulators and virtual reality.

  • Divergent – Fear Simulator: A walk-through virtual reality attraction
  • Divergent – The Chasm Challenge Course: A multi-level climbing course
  • The Escape Plan – Prison Break: Escape room attraction
  • Gods of Egypt – Battle for Eternity: A VR roller coaster
  • Hunger Games – Mockingjay Flight Rebel Escape: A motion simulator ride
  • The Twilight Saga – Midnight Ride: A multi-player VR simulator ride on dirt bikes
  • The Twilight Saga – Bella’s Journey: A multimedia dark ride

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