A new theme park project of interest to Star Trek fans is getting closer to becoming realized.
The Final Frontier coming to China
A Paramount theme park announced two years ago for Kunming China just got a big boost. This week Chinese authorities announced (as reported by Variety) the project is moving forward with $8 billion in funding for a large development that will include a 643-acre Paramount resort.
The project is owned, funded and operated through Chinese institutions, with a license from ViacomCBS to use theme assets from Paramount and other properties.
The proposed Paramount Park Kunming will include six themed area including a “Final Frontier” area themed around Star Trek with a number of different attractions. The other areas of the park would be: Paramount Boulevard, Adventure City, Wonderland, a “Peanuts” area, and a “Dinotopia” area.
Construction has yet to start on the project, but there is a targeted opening date of June 2024.
Viacom has been mostly out of the themed attractions business since selling off their Paramount Parks division in 2006. The Las Vegas-based Star Trek: The Experience closed in 2008.
In the ensuing years a few licensed projects (like the Paramount Park Kunming ) have been announced around the world that would use Paramount franchises, including Star Trek, yet so far none have been realized. Some have fizzled out, including one in Murcia Spain, and another in Jordan. There are still a couple of others that may still come to be. A UK project formerly called Paramount London has been renamed The London Resort, but it is still expected to include some Paramount-themed attractions for its planned 2024 open. And Paramount Movie Park Korea was announced over a decade ago, with the latest opening target set for 2025.
Currently, the only operating Trek-themed attraction in the world is the Star Trek: Operation Enterprise roller coaster at Movie Park Germany. This ride also includes a Star Trek-themed “Federation Plaza” in front of the coaster’s entrance.
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