A major new cinematic attraction has opened in the central Chinese city of Wuhan.
Developed by Dalian Wanda Group, the Wanda Movie Park is being billed as the “world’s only indoor movie theme park”, and includes six film-based attractions – a 4D cinema, 5D cinema, flight theatre, immersive theatre, interactive theatre and space theatre.
All rides at the park are original creations that have developed in partnership with special effects teams. For example, visitors to the ‘Hubei in the Air’ attraction can experience a simulation of a flight over Hubei province, while ‘Ultimate Energy’ is a 5D cinematic experience that integrates 3D projections with live actors, props, stunts and special effects.
There is also a ‘Journey to the West’ ride, based on the legendary Chinese story of the Monkey King.
The Wanda Movie Park cost CNY3.5 billion (US$569 million) to develop and is one of two major new cultural attractions in Wuhan, along with the Han Show Theatre – a new show that celebrates the history of Han Chinese culture.
Wang Jianlin, chairman of Dalian Wanda Group, said the two attractions are “important contributions to China’s cultural industry”.
“They both represent the direction that China’s cultural industry is heading in and are destined to become emerging global entertainment brands,” he added.
The Wanda Movie Park and Han Show Theatre are located at opposite ends of the Wuhan Central Cultural District – a major CNY50bn development project in downtown Wuhan. Both buildings were designed by Stufish Entertainment Architects – a company founded by Mark Fisher.