This article will highlight a brand new park under construction in the Jiangsu province of the People’s Republic of China. The park is located in Nanjing, just a few hours west of Shanghai. This park, once opened, will be quite accessible for foreign travelers seeking to venture beyond the Shanghai bubble. Below we’ll take a look at some of the fascinating concepts for this giant park.
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Dragon Valley was born out of the idea of following a Dragon’s Journey and with a size of 648 acres, will be the largest comprehensive indoor park in Asia. However, the park does have several major outdoor attractions. While the idea was born from dragons, as the name implies, the park will bring together themes of the beach, rainforest, future and caves.
The park is currently still under construction but is expected to open in 2022, the below construction image of the project does a nice job showing the massive size, as well as how large the indoor portions truly are.
Dragon Valley Town
Guests will enter Dragon Valley at Dragon Valley Town. From here they have the option to immediately venture outside, or to head to Fantasy Future by taking a left turn, or towards the massive water park Storm Beach on the left.
The first area of the park, located on the right side of the entrance, is Fantasy Future. This area clearly still draws inspiration from a dragon theme, but applies it to a colorful futuristic environment. The attractions found in this area include two outdoor coasters (per the concepts), a Skyloop and a racing family coaster from Jinma Rides (construction for this coaster has been completed).
Indoor attractions focus heavily on flat rides and digital experiences and definitely remind us from indoor attractions we’ve seen throughout China. This area seen below (loosely translated) is the Multidimensional Space and Time area, which focuses on future-ecology such as space travel, sustainability, etc. This is where the “Crossing the Stars” Skyloop roller coaster is part of,
Rain Forest Secret Realm
Lost Oasis – Miracle Island will be a bioluminescent themed area, home to the Rain Forest Secret Realm’s center piece tree. The tree is named Tree of Life and will house an elf-themed walk through. The area’s big ride is a rapids ride (slow version) that will navigate the lush landscape. Very unique is the area’s floating restaurant on the center lagoon below the Tree of Life.
The park’s crown jewel experience however, will be the mega Vekoma launch coaster named Dragon in Jungle. This Vekoma Shockwave coaster is the Rain Forest Secret Realm’s outdoor attraction and will feature several inversions, tunnels, water effects, lagoons, etc.
The park’s center is made up of Cave Wonderland, an indoor/outdoor thematic experience with a shoot the chute water ride, massive walkthroughs and rockwork to admire. The exterior of the building is wrapped in giant dragon sculptures to make for a gorgeous center piece to the park.
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