Jingkids brings you the inside scoop on Universal Studios Beijing, before it’s open to the general public. Here’s a look at each of the lands inside the park and tips to make the most of your visit to Universal’s largest theme park ever! Check out our WeChat official account to see them all!
Tip 1: Universal Beijing Resort has announced its grand opening will be Sep 20! That means it’s just a few short weeks until Beijingers and folks from all over China descend on the park, plus its two resident hotels – Universal Studios Grand Hotel and NUO Resort Hotel – as well as CityWalk which will require no admission ticket.
Download their app from either the iPhone or Android app store by searching 北京环球度假区 (Běijīng huánqiú dùjià qū), or access their mini program via WeChat (ID: gh_51d217a531b6) to purchase tickets.
Jurassic World Isla Nublar
For anyone who’s ever watched a Jurassic Park movie, Jurrasic World Isla Nublar is like stepping into those iconic scenes. And just like in the movies, there’s something for visitors of every age.
Click to tour Camp Jurassic
If you’re visiting with smaller children, a trip to The Aviary is a must. There you’ll find Camp Jurassic, an indoor playground with a ropes course and slides for kids to climb and explore. It’s also air-conditioned and has plenty of seating for parents to rest their tired feet.
When the park opens, one of the rides that’s expected to have a particularly long line is Jurassic Flyers, the land’s signature roller coaster. Beginning in The Aviary, riders soar out into the park, through mountains, and over the lake. This ride won’t be for everyone though, as all riders must be at least 100cm to board.
While Jurassic Flyers is sure to be a fan favorite, Isla Nublar’s most popular attraction will certainly be Jurassic World Adventure. Judging by the queue itself, folks can expect to wait more than an hour (on a good day) for this one. But there’s plenty to keep you entertained while you wait, such as Hammand’s Creation Lab and clips from the latest Jurassic Park movies. The ride itself takes visitors aboard the A.T.L.A.S., the vehicles made for exploring Jurassic World Isla Nublar (much like the gyrospheres in Jurassic World). Of course, though, this wouldn’t be Jurassic Park without some serious twists, turns, and giant dinosaur chases!
If you’ve got a little dino lover in tow, then there’s no shortage of souvenirs to take home. As you exit Jurassic World Adventures you’re led into Jurassic Traders where you’ll find plenty of plushy dinos, Jurassic-themed apparel, and dinosaur toys.
All the dino swag you could ever want
However, if it’s epic photos you’re after, then a trip to the Raptor Encounter is a must. Their team members kept reminding everyone that it’s not a show, so we feel that we must also inform you that this attraction is more photo-op than show.
Birds of Prey Cafe – Casual quick dining. Hammond’s – Elegant table service (tip: their steaks and burgers are supposedly delicious). The Overlook – Casual dining with a spectacular view. Amber Ridge – Casual dining.
Souvenirs can get really expensive really fast. If you’re looking for some Universal Studios Beijing swag for cheap, there are super adorable Minion pop boxes, Universal Studios Beijing bottles, and Butterbeer mugs that can be purchased from carts throughout the park. They’re less than RMB 100 each and come with snacks.
Stroller rental is available at the park. From the looks of the blue rentals, they’re pretty comfortable for the kids to take a quick nap in and can also help carry the many, many bags that you need to bring along with you. RMB 100/day for single. RMB 130/day for double.
Wheelchair rental, lock service, and luffa storage are available on CityWalk. Wheelchairs are RMB 100/day.
All the bathrooms are kid-friendly and clean. However, since we went before the park officially opens, we don’t know if they’ll be selling feminine products and diapers in the dispensing machines in the bathrooms. If your kid still wears diapers, it’s best to bring a few extras. There might not be a place available to purchase them in the park.
Bring a water bottle (or buy a reusable souvenir one). There are water fountains throughout the park and even in the queue lines of popular attractions. Stay hydrated!
Water fountains are everywhere
Like in high school, a bathroom pass is a thing. If you’re in the queue and need to use the facilities, be sure to get a bathroom pass from a staff member before you hop out of line. They’re big on not letting people cut the queue, so if you leave without one, there’s a chance you’ll lose your spot even if you have people waiting in line with you.
Handwritten bathroom passes
Outside food is allowed in the park. Having some cookies in your backpack is a great idea for those long queues.
If you’re visiting with young kids, a micro luggage scooter is a good idea for long queues. Strollers are not allowed to be taken into the queues since they snake over and over again. But a small suitcase that doubles as a seat for your child is allowed.
Micro Easy Ride 2in1 Scooter
If you’re a Potter fan, you’re going to want to buy everything in Hogsmeade, especially the sweets at Honeydukes. But before you get carried away and load your bag with chocolate, remember that keeping chocolate in your bag all day will probably get gross. We heard some people complain about their chocolate frogs melting in the bags. Instead, wait till you’re on your way out and hit up the shops in Hollywood. They’ve got the same candies and you won’t have to worry about them getting squished or melting.
Every night there’s a parade in Hollywood. If you don’t care much for parades, this is a good time to hit up the super popular rides. Since the parade itself is a recommended must-see attraction, most park-goers will be in Hollywood watching that, leaving you with short queues in the rest of the park.
Get connected to the free WiFi.
Images: Mina Yan, Billy Jin, Vivienne Tseng-Rush, Uni You