Flames Of Fury: The Wrath Of Zu Rong - Exterior View

In China's remote northeast, construction is underway on one of the world's largest indoor theme parks, Jurassic Dream. It will contain more than 13 acres of attractions anchored by a massive dome-covered atrium. The Thinkwell Group, the U.S.-based theme park design firm behind the park's concepts and attractions, previously worked on projects such as Ski Dubai and Warner Brothers London's Making of Harry Potter Tour. Although the park is immensely ambitious and technically complex, it also serves a unique demographic: Many Chinese visitors, especially in Daqing, may never have visited a Western theme park before.

Dinosaur At The Gates
A lone dinosaur stands guard at the future park entrance. The park's current construction phase will create 13 acres of rides and attractions; upcoming expansions will bring the total size up to 20 acres.
Jurassic Dream Atrium
Due to Daqing's brutally cold winter weather, the theme park is entirely indoors.
Jurassic Dream Model
Jurassic Dream's central atrium is covered by a gigantic dome, with individual rides and attractions housed in connecting buildings.
Scale Model Of Jurassic Dream Water Park
Nothing is better for an amusement park on the frigid Chinese steppes than an indoor water park. A nightly water show will be performed for guests on the lagoon (Thinkwell developed the Universal 360 water show at Universal Studios Florida) and guests will be able to enjoy half-pipes and other water rides.
Lagoon Show
The nightly water show at Jurassic Dream takes its cue from similar displays in Las Vegas, Dubai, and Macao. Manchuria's turbulent geological history and rich fossil heritage are the primary inspirations behind the displays.
Scale Model Of Jurassic Dream
Jurassic Dream's flying roller coaster ride, shown in here in miniature, lets guests ride in individually controlled “flying bird” vehicles that can be either sped up or slowed down.
Flames Of Fury: The Wrath Of Zu Rong
According to Thinkwell's Dave Cobb, attractions, rides, and shows have been tailored towards Chinese culture. This particular attraction, Flames of Fury: The Wrath of Zu Rong, tells the story of the Chinese god of fire.
Mystic Caverns
The Mystic Caverns are an indoor roller coaster that takes guests through a series of caverns and waterfalls.
Jurassic City
Jurassic Dream is attached to a larger development called Jurassic City that will include hotels, restaurants, nightclubs, shops, and housing.
The Nighttime Spectacular: Big Bang
Jurassic Dream is attached to a larger development called Jurassic City that will include hotels, restaurants, nightclubs, shops, and housing.
The Nighttime Spectacular: Into The Blue
Jurassic Dream is attached to a larger development called Jurassic City that will include hotels, restaurants, nightclubs, shops, and housing.
The Nighttime Spectacular: Awakening Earth
Jurassic Dream is attached to a larger development called Jurassic City that will include hotels, restaurants, nightclubs, shops, and housing.
The Nighttime Spectacular: Mag Giants
Jurassic Dream is attached to a larger development called Jurassic City that will include hotels, restaurants, nightclubs, shops, and housing.
The Nighttime Spectacular: Finale
Jurassic Dream is attached to a larger development called Jurassic City that will include hotels, restaurants, nightclubs, shops, and housing.
Jurassic Dream Construction
Piling machines on the amusement park site are laying the groundwork for a massive indoor atrium and the rides to be placed inside it. According to Stefan Oestlundh of Daqing Dream City, Daqing is China's “oil country” with abundant oil fields and virtually no other industries. Although town residents enjoy relatively high incomes, Daqing lacks a cultural life similar to that of Shanghai, Beijing, and other major Chinese cities.
Jurassic Dream: Planned Future Entrance
Piling machines on the amusement park site are laying the groundwork for a massive indoor atrium and the rides to be placed inside it. According to Stefan Oestlundh of Daqing Dream City, Daqing is China's “oil country” with abundant oil fields and virtually no other industries. Although town residents enjoy relatively high incomes, Daqing lacks a cultural life similar to that of Shanghai, Beijing, and other major Chinese cities.

Jurassic Dream: Building A Theme Park In Remote China

In China's remote northeast, construction is underway on one of the world's largest indoor theme parks—and a miracle of modern engineering—for a 2014 opening date. Jurassic Dream, located in the city of Daqing, will contain more than 13 acres of attractions anchored by a massive dome-covered atrium. Daqing has a population of nearly three million and is at the heart of China's oil and natural gas industries; it's also far from the sea and subjected to the brutal wind and cold of the Manchurian steppes. The theme park is being built by workers engaged in continuous construction during the spring and summer—Daqing's ground freezes over in October, making seasonal construction impossible.The Thinkwell Group, the U.S.-based theme park design firm behind the park's concepts and attractions, previously worked on projects such as Ski Dubai and Warner Brothers London's Making of Harry Potter Tour. Although the park is immensely ambitious and technically complex, it also serves a unique demographic: Many Chinese visitors, especially in Daqing, may never have visited a Western theme park before. Thinkwell's creative director Dave Cobb told Fast Company that many local factors, from lack of familiarity with western-style theme parks to different cultural expectations, all meant special challenges in attraction design.From the time the ground thaws in early spring until the great freeze in October, workers are covering multiple shifts to open the park for 2014. Thinkwell's preferred term for it is a "strategic segmented production schedule" and it's part of a much larger construction boom in Daqing—the city's oil fields are the largest in China. The same geological processes that led to Daqing's oil wealth also led to a treasure trove of fossil discoveries (including, of course, dinosaurs) in the countryside surrounding the city. From there, the idea of a dinosaur-themed park came naturally to Thinkwell and developers Daqing Dream City Investment Management.Attractions will include a gigantic walk-through exhibition where guests are "attacked" by animatronic raptors, dinosaur-themed roller coasters, flyable pteranodons, a brachiosaurus half-pipe ride, a nightly Las Vegas-styled water show in a gigantic indoor lagoon, a "fire and water" theme show based on Chinese mythology, and rides for children.A second phase of construction at Jurassic Dream, set to conclude at a future date, will include a surrounding "Jurassic City" with hotels, nightclubs, restaurants, shops, and apartment buildings. The initial construction will make Jurassic Dream one of the world's five biggest indoor amusement parks.

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