August 31, 2016, 12:43 PM ·
The world's largest indoor theme park opened in Dubai today. IMG Worlds of Adventure fills 1.5 million square feet with attractions themed to Marvel, Cartoon Network, dinosaurs, and more.
The park's management has ambitious goals for the development. "We are excited to have launched the world’s largest indoor theme park today, which will be a major tourism attraction for Dubai, the surrounding regions and the rest of the world," Lennard Otto, Chief Executive Officer of IMG Worlds of Adventure, said in an opening statement. "As the first international theme park to open in Dubai, we expect to host over 4.5 million people in our first year of operation, transforming the entertainment and leisure industry forever."
An annual attendance of 4.5 million would put the park right on the edge of the world's Top 25 most attended theme parks last year, as reported by the annual TEA/AECOM analysis. That also would have put IMG Worlds of Adventure in the top five most-visited parks in the Europe and Middle East reporting region, edging Walt Disney Studios in Paris and coming in behind Disneyland Paris, Europa Park, Tivoli Gardens, and Efteling.
Here's a promo video from the park, of today's opening:
And here is the park's line-up of attractions:
Avengers Battle of Ultron: 3D dark ride. Min height: 41"
Hulk Epsilon Base 3D: 360-degree 4D theater. Min height: 39"
Spider-Man Doc Ock’s Revenge: Spinning coaster. Min height: 41"
Thor Thunder Spin: Top spin
Avengers Flight of the Quinjets: Another spinner. Min height: 41"
The Powerpuff Girls – Mojo Jojo’s Robot Rampage!: Interactive spinning ride. Min height: 53"
Ben 10 5D Hero Time: 4D theater show
Adventure Time - The Ride of OOO with Finn & Jake: Overhead ride. Min height: 41"
The Amazing Ride of Gumball: Shooter ride. Min height: 41"
LazyTown: Play area
CN Live Stage Show: Live show
The Velociraptor: Roller coaster with a 0-62 mph launch in 2.5 seconds. Min height: 51"
Forbidden Territory: Track ride through dinosaur exhibit. Min height: 41"
Predator: Roller coaster. Min height: 49"
Dino Carousel: As the name implies...
Adventure Fortress: Play area
The Haunted Hotel: Walk-through haunt-style maze. Minimum age: 15
The park is open 365 days a year, with initial operating hours posted as noon-10pm daily. Adult tickets are US$82.69, at today's exchange rate and can be bought on the park's website. "Ultimate Fast Track" passes are an additional $53. Annual passes are $679.36. Parking is free.
With Ferrari World in neighboring Abu Dhabi and Motiongate, Bollywood Park, and Legoland Dubai opening in the Dubai Parks and Resorts complex next month, the United Arab Emirates soon will have five world-class theme parks, including IMG Worlds of Adventure.