The Hunger Games are coming to a neighborhood near you.
This week saw the opening of Lionsgate Entertainment World, Asia’s first movie-themed vertical theme park. But you will never guess where it is: in Hengqin, the future Orlando of China.
The park is part of a much bigger resort being built in Hengqin, not far from the special economic zone’s new border crossing into Macau. Novotown, as the project is called, will start opening in phases, with Lionsgate coming shortly before the rest of Phase 1 opens in the second half of this year.
Novotown is an investment of the Hong Kong-based Lai Sun Group. It was chosen as a venue by Lionsgate to transform some of its wildly popular movie franchises into immersive entertainment experiences within an indoor theme park.
Spanning 22,000 sqm of premium indoor space, the theme park highlights six global film franchises and Chinese box office hits, including the Hunger Games franchise, the Twilight Saga and the Divergent series.
The company said in a statement that the park is designed to complement other attractions in the Greater Bay Area. Targeting mainly domestic leisure travelers, the park is expected to draw about 1.5 million visitors during the first year of operations.
It is open, and you can check out the park’s attractions and rides as well as the dining outlets and retail shops this weekend yourself! They include:
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Flight – Rebel Escape
With a pair of 3D glasses, you take flight alongside the rebellion on this action-packed adventure through the world of Hunger Games.
The Twilight Saga: Bella’s Journey
A multi-player interactive virtual reality (VR) motorcycle simulation experience. Inspired by the conflict between the vampire family and the werewolf in the movie series, you will join the werewolves and go deep into the forest to chase the vampire and drive him out of the town of Forks.
God of Egypt: Battle of Eternity
A VR roller coaster through Egypt. Soar like a god in the high-speed roller, experiencethe thrilling journey across the bottom of the pyramids and fly over the shrines and dunes.
This can be scary. Imagine yourself trapped in a prison, but not any ordinary one. It took Stallone and Schwarzenegger awhile to get out of this one in the original movie. How do you do it? Take the challenge and find out.
Chasm Challenge Course
Did you watch the movie? Fancy yourself as a member of the Dauntless faction? Then this is the experience for you.
The Twilight Saga: Midnight Ride
Fans of the series will remember the thrill of the chase between werewolves and vampires. Here you can live out the fantasy.
While cutting-edge technology will be leveraged to immerse “Explorers” into the films, guests will also be transported through unique dining and retail experiences themed around these global film favorites. Tourists can also try on a variety of extravagant formal wear and enjoy the finest culinary masterpieces in Capitol club, with breathtaking views overlooking the Capitol.
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