It’s been a busy few years for Common Studios, because the theme park aspect of the corporate (Common Parks & Resorts) continues to increase the scale and scope of operations. As soon as only a backlot tour in Hollywood, Common Parks can now be present in 5 cities world wide, with their newest Beijing location opening throughout the pandemic in 2021.
An extended anticipated third Common park in Orlando, named “Epic Universe” is about to open in 2025, and guarantees to be their largest ever in sheer measurement. And simply this month, two extra initiatives had been introduced by the corporate.
Each function one thing of a brand new idea for the model: take one liked facet of our theme parks, and create a devoted location only for that. One thing of a micro theme park. Too massive to franchise into oblivion (as with some endeavours by a sure rival manufacturing / Theme Park firm), however sufficiently small to sit down alongside current infrastructure.
The primary, in Las Vegas, will function a everlasting vacation spot for followers of the park’s fashionable Halloween Horror Nights. It’s going to sit over 20 newly developed acres of Area15, a just lately opened experimental leisure district one mile west of the principle Vegas strip. It’s right here you’ll additionally discover Meow Wolf, who I featured on the web site final month.
Whereas little particulars are recognized past this, Common have informed us that “this authentic idea will deliver to life Common’s huge library of traditional horror movies and at the moment’s most terrifying tales”, and that the expertise will probably be “an modern, artistic complement to AREA15’s roots in experiential artwork and leisure.”
“AREA15 curates a constellation of best-in-class experiences. Common’s never-been-done-before idea will probably be an ideal match as a result of our friends know they’ll anticipate contemporary, thrilling leisure at AREA15,” stated Winston Fisher, Chief Government Officer, AREA15. “We’re enormously gratified to have a rare firm like Common as our companion as we embark on the following part of development for AREA15.”
The second challenge (pictured within the header of the article) takes us to Frisco, Texas, and appears to concentrate on the household aspect of their theme parks – on a scale seemingly corresponding to Legoland. And if Epic Journey is their largest park, this appears to be their smallest – although it would doubtlessly be related in measurement to Common Studios Singapore (which is about 20 hectares / 49 acres in measurement). This park will sit on 97 acres of land, although may also function a themed resort and room for growth.
The press launch acknowledged the park is “particularly designed to encourage enjoyable for households with younger kids.”
“The brand new park idea, set in a lush inexperienced panorama and that includes immersive themed lands, celebrates Common’s iconic model of leisure, humor and innovation and brings to life its beloved characters and tales in methods that can wow even the youngest theme park goers.”
And as for why North Texas will probably be dwelling for the brand new park, Web page Thompson, President, New Ventures, Common Parks & Resorts, stated, “we expect North Texas is the proper place to launch this distinctive park for households given its rising reputation inside this a part of the nation.”
Whereas dates aren’t recognized for both challenge, one date we do have is for the launch of Tremendous Nintendo World in Hollywood: February seventeenth! The launch marks the debut of a Nintendo land within the US, following the Japan launch in 2021, and forward of its anticipated inclusion in Epic Journey in Orlando in 2025.
And the parks have given us a primary have a look at, and extra particulars about, one of many interactive options of the brand new land: the “Energy-Up Band“.
Just like the wands in Wizarding World of Harry Potter, the Energy-Up Bands will probably be an non-compulsory further, permitting friends the chance to work together with the immersive land round them.
The wristbands will sync with the park’s official app, and will probably be out there in six design choices with character themes, together with Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, Yoshi, Toad and Princess Daisy; selecting a selected character additionally defines which Workforce friends will probably be part of. Every Workforce will work collectively to gather essentially the most digital cash, with the app and Checkpoint Screens across the land exhibiting who’s within the lead.
Friends will be capable to acquire cash when driving the land’s signature attraction, “Mario Kart™: Bowser’s Problem,” by tapping the experience’s steering wheel. Curiously, “the Energy-Up Band will allow friends to get pleasure from “Mario Kart: Bowser’s Problem” again and again in an try to beat their finest scores.”
“Friends may also amass keys after successful Key Challenges from Goomba Loopy Crank, Koopa Troopa POWer Punch, Piranha Plant Nap Mishap and Thwomp Panel Panic – amassing no less than three of them will finally enable entry to the ultimate boss battle with Bowser Jr.”
So, it’s a complete recreation inside a land primarily based on a recreation!
The Bands can be found from February seventeenth, when the land formally opens.
Keep tuned to the AU for extra Theme Park information, and particulars in regards to the new Nintendo themed land. And for the whole lot Common Studios Hollywood, head to their official web site.
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