Wyatt Design Group Provides Master Planning for Theme Park Development at Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

Wyatt Design Group have provided the master planning and art direction for a new theme park and leisure destination project at UNESCO world heritage site Ha Long Bay, Vietnam for International Theme Park Services (ITPS) and Sun Group.

With the first phase set to open in 2015, the development, themed around local Vietnamese culture, will feature rides and entertainment, a beach, hotels, a marina, a world showcase international village, a giant 115-meter wheel, and a 1.5 km free-span gondola ride across Ha Long Bay.

The 345-acre oceanfront to mountaintop site will comprise a theme park, water park, family entertainment center, event pavilions, Japanese gardens, an aquarium, dolphin show arena, a giant Ferris wheel, a wax museum, a Vietnamese-themed fishing village with shopping and dining, a world showcase international village, and a double deck gondola cable car ride.

Wyatt Design Group (WDG) acted as master planner and art director for all elements of the project working under the leadership of Theme Park Services (ITPS), the Project Manager for the client, JSC Sun Group of Vietnam.

The WDG design team was responsible for story development, environmental theming, attraction content, area development design, and art direction of all elements from Blue Sky Concept through Schematic Design.  WDG used Hetzel Design to provide Architectural Design, 3D modeling, and digital illustrations.

Commenting on the announcement, Larry Wyatt, Principal of WDG said, “We very much appreciated the opportunity to work with ITPS and Sun Group on this outstanding project at Ha Long Bay.  This was our first experience in Vietnam, and our client could not have been more thoughtful and kind throughout the process.  We also had fantastic support from one of our frequent collaborators and long-time friends, Hetzel Design.  Sun Group envisioned a diverse program for this extraordinary site with dramatic views of this stunning World Heritage site. The pace was frantic—-they were literally driving piles as we were delivering our final design package, but Dennis Speigel, Pam Westerman and the team at ITPS provided strong project leadership in programming, operations, and overall project management that kept things on track.  It was a fantastic experience and we look forward to new adventures with ITPS and Sun Group in the near future.”

Dennis Speigel, President of ITPS, added, “All of us at ITPS very much enjoyed our working relationship with Larry Wyatt and his team, as well as the Hetzel Design team, on this highly unique project.  Yes, the pace was frantic, but our talented team once again delivered a world-class project.”