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Wanda closes theme park for "upgrades and renovations"

08/04/2016| 4:32:28 PM|

Wanda Group closed its theme park in Wuhan for “upgrades and renovations.” The conglomerate plans to build another 14 parks across China by 2020.

Wanda Group said this week that its indoor movie theme park in central Chinese city Wuhan, which it opened in late 2014 with great fanfare, has been closed for “upgrades and renovations.” No reopening date was given.

When the theme park opened, the company said it expected 3 million visitors in the first year. But the Chutian Metropolis Daily, a local newspaper, quoted a former Wanda employee as saying it was only attracting about 200 people per weekday. Four hundred people came on Sunday, the paper said.

In late May, Wanda opened a USD 3.3-billion attraction called Wanda Cultural Tourism City in Nanchang, a city of 5 million in the southeastern province of Jiangxi. Wanda said at the time it had more than a dozen other theme park and entertainment projects in the works and slated to open by 2020. 

The opening of the Nanchang complex was hit by controversy when reporters invited to the opening noticed a number of employees dressed up as Disney characters.

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