We've seen them open the park twice on screens around the globe, but now a real life Jurassic Park theme park is in the works. Recent news has revealed that China’s richest man, Wang Jianlin, the Wanda chief executive, is planning a multi-billion dollar dinosaur theme park.
The billionaire has flagged building a “major” theme park, and is reportedly chasing a majority share of Legendary Entertainment — the company which produced Jurassic World.
The takeover bid is part of Wanda’s global mission to enter the multi-billion dollar film production and attraction park industry after recently acquiring Hoyts cinema chain and AMC Entertainment Holdings in Australia.
So where would this theme park be built, I hear you ask. Well no other than the Gold Coast, Australia. Already home to other major theme parks such as Movie World, Sea World and Dream World it seems only fitting to build a Jurassic Park theme park in this region.
Citi group equity researchers told the Gold Coast Bulletin the theme park would be a massive tourism drawcard which would potentially boost overall Gold Coast theme park attendance by 10 per cent — to 10.9 million — in its first year of trade.
The city’s business community also welcomed a new theme park.
Northern Chamber of Commerce president Gary Mays said the development would develop “sweeping benefits” to the entire city.
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“If we don’t keep reinventing ourselves, we will be left behind.”
Australian Tourism Minister Kate Jones, who recently visited a Wanda theme park in China, said she wanted to see the city’s home parks go “from strength to strength”.
Wanda Group general manager Xie Hong last year exclusively revealed plans to the Bulletin to build a new theme park on the Gold Coast.
At the time he said the Coast was the “perfect” location.
“Wanda in Australia has already acquired the biggest cinema company in the country and theme parks are one of the things Wanda wants to invest in the future,” Mr Xie said.
“It is Wanda’s intention to set a theme park up on the Gold Coast but this major project is still under negotiation with the State Government.”