Let's Look at the Attraction Line-up for motiongate Dubai
April 12, 2016, 5:06 PM ·
With new virtual reality roller coasters and a new Harry Potter land, 2016 already has seen some exciting new additions to major theme parks around the world. And the rush of new attractions will continue in the weeks ahead, with the opening of Ninjago: The Ride at Legoland California next month, Skull Island: Reign of Kong at Universal Orlando's Islands of Adventure in June, and new Frozen attractions at Walt Disney World and Disneyland later this spring and summer.
But we've got two entire new major parks debuting in 2016, as well. You probably already know about Shanghai Disneyland, so let's take a few moments to introduce you to motiongate Dubai.
Opening in October, motiongate Dubai will be a movie-themed park with franchises from DreamWorks, Lionsgate, and Sony, including The Hunger Games, Underworld, Ghostbusters, Zombieland, The Green Hornet, Hotel Transylvania, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, The Smurfs, Shrek, Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda, and How to Train Your Dragon.
The park is the flagship of the new US$2.9 billion Dubai Parks and Resorts in Jebel Ali and will be operated by Parques Reunidos, the Spanish theme park company that runs Kennywood and Lake Compounce in the United States, among many other parks around the world. Given the often, uh, challenging heat in the United Arab Emirates, the majority of motiongate Dubai's attractions will be located indoors, opening some interesting creative theming opportunities for the park's designers.
The park will be divided into five themed lands, with three of the five devoted to the three participating movie studios. Let's take a look at the attraction line-up, starting at the entrance and moving counter-clockwise:
Park entrance plaza, with dining and shopping
Sony Pictures Studios
Hotel Transylvania (Dark ride)
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs: River Expedition (Rapids ride)
Flint's Imagination Lab (Playground)
Zombieland: Blast Off (Drop ride)
Ghostbusters: Battle for New York (Shooter ride)
The Green Hornet: High Speed Chase (Roller coaster)
Underworld 4D (4D show)
Smurfs Studio Tour (Family ride)
Smurfs Village Playhouse (Theater show)
Smurfs Village Express (Family coaster)
Woodland Play Park (Playground)
Smurfberry Factory (Kiddie playground)
Shrek's Merry Fairy Tale Journey (Dark ride)
Swamp Celebration (Spinner)
Madagascar Mad Pursuit (Roller coaster)
Melman Go-Round (Carousel)
Penguin Air (Swing ride)
Kung Fu Panda: Unstoppable Awesomeness (4D show)
Mr. Ping's Noodle Fling (Teacups)
Kung Fu Panda Academy (Theater show)
Dragon Gliders (Suspended coaster)
Camp Viking (Water playground)
Swinging Viking (Swinging ship)
Capitol Bullet Train (Roller coaster)
Panem Aerial Tour (Motion simulator)
Step Up Dubai, All In! (Musical show)
The park will offer nine themed restaurants across the five lands, as well. Here's a preview video tour from the park, with a look at the current status of construction:
In addition to motiongate Dubai, the Dubai Parks and Resorts complex will include two other theme parks: Legoland Dubai and Bollywood Dubai. We'll be writing more about motiongate Dubai in the weeks leading up to its opening.