DUBAI PARKS & RESORTS
Dubai Parks & Resorts LLC, a Meraas Holding company
Amusement Resort complex featuring the Riverland Dubai retail / dining area, the Lapita Hotel, and several theme parks:
MOTIONGATE Dubai (Opening Dec. 16, 2016)
BOLLYWOOD PARKS Dubai (Opening Nov. 15, 2016)
LEGOLAND Dubai (Opening Oct. 31, 2016)
LEGOLAND Water Park (Opening Nov. 15, 2016)
and now under construction to open in 2019 - SIX FLAGS DUBAI
Resort News - (3/13/17) TravellerCzech reports that the Kung Fu Panda themed Unstoppable Awesomeness attraction at MotionGate Dubai is now open. You travel through a well themed queue and through two pre-show rooms before boarding the 3D simulator ride themed as a wild boat ride. Follow the link to see photos and more details about the ride hardware.
(2/18/17) According to a tweet from Travellerczech, the Cloudy with a Chance of Meat Balls River Expedition ride at Motiongate Dubai is now open.
(2/15/17) According to a press release from DXB Entertainments PJSC and Merlin Entertainments Group, the Dubai Parks and Resorts project will soon be home to a LEGOLAND Hotel. The new 250-room hotel will be placed next to the new LEGOLAND Dubai theme park and feature Lego themed rooms, a Castle Play Area and more. The deal is described as a 60/40 joint venture (with Merlin being the 40%), but Merlin will also be in charge of the operations of the hotel as they are with the LEGOLAND parks.
(1/18/17) An impressive picture of the Capital Bullet Train (Hunger Games) themed coaster under construction at Motiongate Dubai was posted on Twitter yesterday. Check it out below. NOTE - Just a quick note that the photo we found posted to Twitter showing off the latest look at the Hunger Games coaster was actually lifted from the ThemeParks.ie Facebook page. Just giving credit where credit is due.
(1/8/17) Motiongate Dubai has opened their DreamWorks Zone and TravellerCzech was on hand with camera to show it all off for us. Unfortunately not every ride or attraction inside the indoor DreamWorks area was up and running yet, with some still very much under construction apparently. They report that the How to Train Your Dragon area is still under construction and closed off from view, but Shrek, Madagascar and Kung-Fu Panda areas were open... but again, not all the rides and attractions are operational yet include the Kung Fu Panda Unstoppable Awesomeness (4D Simulator) and Shrek's Merry Fairy Tale Journey. Based on the photos however, the themeing inside this all indoor attraction zone is really top notch looking and worth taking a look at. They also described the Madagascar Mad Pursuit ride (a launched indoor dark coaster) as being "easily the BEST RIDE of the park."
(12/28/16) A new collection of photos from the Dubai Parks & Resorts area (and a video) has been posted to ThemeparX this week.
(12/22/16) According to a news report the CEO of DXB Entertainments, the operator of the Dubai Parks attractions, claimed that while they had just broken ground on Six Flags Dubai they already had plans in the works to add a fifth theme park in the future. No further details were given, other than it was still in the concept phase at the moment. Currently all three of the resorts theme parks are open and the plan is to try and open Six Flags Dubai by late 2019.
According to the latest bit of info from Motiongate Dubai, the Sony themed area of the park has switched over to use the Columbia Pictures name instead. And for those interested in the dark rides open at the park, I'm told that all three (Smurfs, Ghostbusters and Hotel Transylvania) appear to use the same style slow moving ride system. Unfortunately the early word is that all of them are fairly basic in execution, including the early touted Hotel Transylvania ride which was reported as having lots of detail, but so far appeared to have virtually all static figures. That said, I did hear a report or two claiming to have seen what looked like some exposed wiring awaiting something in a few scenes so perhaps the ride is not 100% complete just yet, with other additions still on the way in the future to enhance the ride experience.
Special thanks for TravellerCzech.com for letting us borrow of few of their photos of the Hotel Transylvania dark ride experience with otherwise seems to have nailed the characters pretty spot on with the figures they do have.
(12/12/16) While Motiongate Dubai wont officially open to the public until December 16th, they have quietly opened up for some special previews of TravellerCzech was there and has posted tons of photos, video footage and some information about what the new park is like in their latest update. Not all the attractions were open during the visit... well... most of them were still closed actually, including the Hotel Transylvania dark ride, the Dreamworks indoor land, and so on. Oh, and the entire highly-anticipated Lionsgate land (with two Hunger Games attractions) wont be ready to open until sometime in the first-half of 2017. Follow the link to see what it looks like now and how things are shaping up ahead of the official grand opening.
(11/28/16) A nice collection of sneak preview images shot inside the new Motiongate Dubai theme park ahead of a soft opening event have been posted to ThemeparX this week.
(11/24/16) While Motiongate Dubai wont open until December, the park has posted a video preview of their "Step Up Dubai, All In!" show production. Check it out below.
(11/7/16) Photos from a special in-park preview of the new Bollywood theme park in Dubai were posted to Travellerczech this week.
(11/2/16) A couple of videos showing off the inside of the new Legoland Dubai theme park can be seen below giving you a quick overview of the park's lands and attractions.
(10/31/16) Taken just a couple of days ago, several pictures of people previewing the Dubai Parks & Resorts attraction area have been posted to Travellerczech.com with a good look inside the Legoland Dubai theme park, as well as a look around Riverland and even a peek at the Hunger Games themed Capital Bullet Train coaster ride (from Mack) which is still very much under construction at this point.
(10/13/16) A collection of more preview pictures of the Motiongate Dubai theme park were sent our way from the park itself. Check them out added to the thumbnails below.
(10/12/16) Time to clear up a little confusion about the previously mentioned opening of Dubai Parks & Resorts at the end of the month. It turns out that not everything will be ready to open at that time… and that includes all three theme parks. According to a press release from Dubai Parks & Resorts only the following will be open on Oct. 31st: LEGOLAND Dubai and the Riverland Dubai retail / dining area.
Bollywood Parks Dubai, the LEGOLAND Water Park and the Lapita Hotel will open on November 15th.
The Motiongate Dubai theme park will open on December 16th.
Oh… while we’re talking about Motiongate Dubai, an anonymous reader sent in some interesting behind the scenes photos they managed to grab inside the park over the summer of a few attractions while everything was still very much under construction. Check them out.
Meanwhile TravellerCzech has posted their own sneak peek images taken recently of the Riverland Dubai retail area and the outside of the Polynesian themed Lapita hotel.
(9/21/16) The Riverland part of Dubai Parks & Resorts is now in the process of being filled at last, ahead of the resorts grand opening in late October. They've released a few new pictures of the Riverland showing off the buildings and water slowly filling up the river.
(9/14/16) An insightful article posted to BlooLoop talks about the creative process that took place with the development of the Dubai Parks & Resorts project that will open a hotel, retail zone and three theme parks all at once next month: Motiongate Dubai, Bollywood Park Dubai and LEGOLAND Dubai. The project has also broken ground on a 4th theme park as well this year to open in the future... Six Flags Dubai.
Make the jump to give it a read, see some great pictures of the project and find some new details on a few specific park attractions.
(9/8/16) According to this article at Attractions Management Triotech is making an interactive dark ride for Bollywood Dubai that will be based on "Sholay", a 1975 adventure film.
Meanwhile another article described another one of the park's attractions as a 4D Flying Theater ride called Krrish: Hero's Flight, themed to the Bollywood film, Krrish about a masked superhero style character.
(8/25/16) A big congratulations to John Hallenbeck who has been chosen to serve as the general manager overseeing the new Motiongate Dubai theme park. Hallenbeck's previous experience comes from a long history spent at the Universal theme parks as VP of Attractions at Universal Studios Singapore and before Director of Attractions at Universal Studios Florida plus time spent in rolls at Orlando's Islands of Adventure park as well as Universal Studios Japan.
(8/15/16) Dubai Parks & Resorts has announced that the multi-theme park complex will open for guests on October 31, 2016.
(8/8/16) Dubai Parks & Resorts has released an animated video showing off "All the Wonders of the Universe", the new official theme song of the resort and theme parks, created by Alan Menken. It clocks in at just over 8-minutes long, so settle in and give it a watch.
(7/16/16) A little more information has been released about another Motiongate Dubai attraction, this one called Ghostbusters: Battle for New York. The ride will feature trackless cars and take you on a ghost hunt through various locatiosn in New York which seems to be having a huge increase in supernatual activity. A great picture of the ECTO-1 themed ride cars was posted to twitter.
(6/28/16) The Smurfs have arrived to take up residence at Motiongate Dubai this week who released a little more details about the Smurf themed area of the park. "In total, there are five family-friendly rides and attractions including: Smurfs Studios Tour, an interactive ride which takes guests behind the scenes of the Smurfs movie set; Smurfs Village Playhouse, a one-of-a-kind theatre show where kids can interact with an animated Smurf; SmurfBerry Factory, a soft-play area filled with foam Smurfberries; Woodland Play Park, an outdoor adventure play area and Smurf Village Express,the perfect first-time roller coaster for young ones. Finally, keep your eyes out for local residents Papa, Smurfette, Brainy and Vanity as they parade the village, spreading Smurfy cheers to fans while posing for keepsake photos."
(6/16/16) More details about the attractions within the Bollywood Dubai theme park were released and can be found here. A few items of note: Guests will enter into Bollywood Boulevard which will give access to four other themed zones: Mumbai Chowk, Rustic Ravine, Royal Plaza and the Bollywood Film Studios. A highlight of the Mumbai Chowk area will be “Don: The Chase”, an effects ride that will bring the car-chase from the film to life. An area called “Lagaan corner” will look like a carnival with a ferris wheel and midway games, and will also feature an interactive ride called “Sholay The Hunt for Gabbar” where the riders will be able to fight the “bad guys”.
(6/1/16) Dubai Parks & Resorts has raised Dhs 1.68 billion in funds needed to develop their planned Six Flags Theme Park expansion, which they hope to have ready to open by the end of 2019.
(5/23/16) When Motiongate Dubai opens this fall the Dreamworks area will include an indoor themed area to Shrek, which will allow guests to "Go Beyond The Screen" and celebrate Shrek's 15th Anniversary through a variety of experiences. "Now, for the first time fans will have the chance to visit Shrek’s Swamp and play the hero – be it journeying through two fun-filled rides, posing with the sword-bearing Puss in Boots, or indulging in some fine ogre fare at The Candy Apple."
You can experience Shrek's Merry Fairy Tale Journey, an interactive ride that will retell the story of how Shrek meets Fiona for the first time, "reincarnated as puppets and animated figures". There are character meet and greet areas as you wander through Shrek's Swamp and the rest of the Land of Shrek. You can also dine in The Candy Apple, which will be Dubai's only full-service sit-down restaurant to serve British-American fare.
(5/7/16) A new video showing off Dubai Parks & Resorts footage about each of the theme parks was posted this week. I’m not sure how much of the footage is ‘new’, but it does cover quite a bit about the entire resort and three theme parks. We also get to see the Riverland dining, entertainment and retail area that will exist between the parks along with the Lapita resort hotel.
One of these days I’d really like to visit this area of the world in person to see how things in Dubai really are with my own eyes after reporting on it for so long. It likely won't be anytime soon, as international travel isn’t in the budget right now (nor is a passport…), but hopefully one of these days.
(4/26/16) Dubai Parks & Resorts has announced the details for their new Annual Pass program, with options to buy a pass to see everything, or individal passes to just Bollywood Parks, just Motiongate Dubai or just Legoland Dubai, or upgrades to each of the individual parks that will also get you into the Legoland Waterpark. You can see the details and prices here.
New Theme Parks, Attractions and Resorts - (5/4/16) To date we really haven’t heard much about exactly what attractions will be included inside the new LEGOLAND Dubai theme park opening this fall. According to this article we know of at least one large ride that will be there… a copy of the chain’s popular “Lost Kingdom Adventure” interactive dark ride, taking riders on an adventure through the ruins of an Egyptian temple in search of the lost treasure of the Pharaoh. This will be placed in the “Adventure” section of the park.
It is worth mentioning that the park’s official website is also now open which confirms that the park will have six lands and has confirmed a few attractions so far:
Factory - Park Entrance area, full of shops, but no attractions listed.
LEGO City - The Shipyard, Boating School, Driving School, Junior Driving School, LEGO City Airport, Rescue Academy, LEGO City Stage, Police Headquarters
Imagination - Kid Power Towers, LEGO Technic Twister, DUPLO Express, LEGO Studios 4D Theater, a Build & Test area, LEGO Masters Builder Academy, LEGO Mindstorms, DUPLO Playtown and LEGO Friends Clubhouse.
Kingdoms - Castle, The Dragon (coaster), Dragon’s Apprentice, Merlin’s Challenge, Merlin’s Flying Machines, Builders Guild, and the Castle Stage.
Adventure - Submarine Adventure, Lost Kingdom Adventure, Beetle Bounce, Wave Racers, The Secret Chamber of Amset-Ra and Pharoah’s Revenge.
Miniland - Explore Miniland, no other attractions here.
(4/29/16) A fun new behind the scenes video all about Motiongate Dubai was posted last week, showing off more details, artwork, animation and construction footage of the park.
(3/30/16) According to a press release Dubai Parks & Resorts has tapped The Producers Group to help bring the Bollywood action film "DABANGG" to life at the new Bollywood theme park.
“Bringing the elaborate Dabangg movie stunts to a live show is a challenge requiring precise choreography of live actors with high-end gear, special effects and complex technical integration,” said Dubai Parks & Resorts Chief Technology Officer Matthew Priddy. “We selected The Producers Group because they have the technical skillset as well as the experience of keeping this kind of unique project moving with an international team on a tight schedule.”
To be brutally honest, I get MotionGate, I get Legoland Dubai... but "Bollywood" is something I have no experience with at all. I guess I was always under the impression that all "Bollywood" films were some kind of musical productions, but based on the tailer for the first Dabang film (watch here) this definately looks more like a stylized action film... almost like an India made version of Robert Rodriguez' Desperado, with some choreographed musical scenes mixed in.
So what is Dabangg? According to the press release the first film came out in 2010 and they are currently working on Dabangg 3 at the moment, so this is a very current film series. The live stunt show will go into the park's Rustic Ravine zone.
(3/23/16) MotionGate Dubai sent Screamscape a great new document with details all about the park's entire slate of 27 new rides and attractions to share with everyone. By the numbers, the park will feature the works of three different Hollywood studios: DreamWorks Animation, Sony Pictures Studios and Lionsgate, with 27 rides and attractions (including 5 coasters) divided into 5 themed zones.
Zone: Studio Central (2 Live Entertainment Shows)
Opening Ceremony - A daily song and dance production featuring favourite Hollywood characters to welcome guests into the park.
Backlot Crew - A roaming interactive show led by a quirky film director character and his comedic film crew.
Zone: Sony Pictures Studios (7 Attractions / 6 Live Entertainment Shows)
Hotel Transylvania - A frenetic, fun dark ride inside the world’s only hotel for monsters.
Cloudy with a Change of Meatballs: River Expedition - A splashing water rapids family ride, where guests voyage through Swallow Falls aboard an inflatable raft.
Flint's Imagination Lab - An interactive and experimental play lab with larger than life foam food objects.
Zombieland: Blast Off - A 58m drop tower that blasts guests up, down and more!
Ghostbusters: Battle for New York - An interactive dark ride and shooting game where guests can shoot at various targets for points.
The Green Hornet: High Speed Chase - A fast-paced roller coaster that sends guests speeding through sharp turns and dizzying drops.
Underworld 4D - A multi-sensory experience with 4D theatre effects including seat vibration, air blasts, mist, wind and lighting effects.
Backlot Beat - A group of young artists dancing and singing the top hits of yesterday
Ghostbusters - The Ghostbusters as a singing, dancing boy band.
Hotel Transylvania - Count Dracula and his family of monsters perform song and dance numbers.
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs - Curious young inventor Flint Lockwood and Sam Sparks meet with fans.
The Green Hornet - The Green Hornet The Green Hornet and Kato share crime fighting tips with guests.
Underworld - Selene, the vampire heroine of the Underworld poses for photos.
Zone: Smurfs Village (5 Attractions / 1 Live Entertainment Show)
Smurfs Studio Tour - A family ride that takes guests behind the scenes of the Smurfs working studio.
Smurfs Village Playhouse - A live theatre show where guests can interact with animated Smurfs.
Smurfs Village Express - A family-friendly roller coaster journey through Smurfs Village.
Woodland Play Park - An adventure playground with rope bridges, slides and mushroom- shaped houses.
Smurfberry Factory - An interactive soft play area with large foam Smurfberries.
The Smurfs - Character encounters with the colony of little blue friends.
Zone: Dreamworks (12 Attractions / 4 Live Entertainment Shows)
Shrek’s Merry Fairy Tale Journey - An interactive dark ride which revisits the story of how Shrek and Fiona met in a memorable way.
Swamp Celebration - A family ride where guests sit in a hollowed out log that glides and spins.
Madagascar Mad Pursuit - A white knuckle roller coaster ride that takes guests on a windy course filled with sharp turns.
Melman Go-Round - An animated carousel family ride featuring Madagascar characters.
Penguin Air - A family ride where guests ride on rotating hang glider aircrafts.
Kung Fu Panda: Unstoppable Awesomeness - A 3D multi-sensory theatre experience with special theatre effects.
Mr. Ping’s Noodle Fling - A classic teacup ride, but in whimsical noodle bowls where guests can control how fast they spin.
Kung Fu Panda Academy - An interactive, live stage show, where participants can learn the art of kung fu from the masters.
Dragon Gliders - An exhilarating suspended roller coaster that soars high above.
Camp Viking - An interactive, adventure water play area for families with wet and dry areas.
Swinging Viking - A classic swinging ride on a Viking ship which glides back and forth.
Fountain of Dreams - A multi-media fountain with water and light displays which showcases some of DreamWorks’ favourite characters.
Shrek - Shrek, Fiona and friends meet and greet fans.
Madagascar: King Julien’s Side Show Café - King Julian and the characters from Madagascar put on a comedic show for diners.
Madagascar: King Julien’s Side Show Café - Captain Chantel DuBois entertains diners as she hunts the escaped Zoosters.
How To Train Your Dragon - A not-to-miss photo opportunity with a larger-than-life Toothless and his friends Astrid and Hiccup.
Zone: Lionsgate (3 Attractions)
Capitol Bullet Train (The Hunger Games) - An adrenaline-fuelled roller coaster experience which launches guests in all directions.
Panem Aerial Tour (Hunger Games) - An immersive 3D motion simulator where guests ride a soaring hovercraft.
Step Up Dubai, All In! - A high energy stage show featuring live hip hop dancers, pop singers and rappers.
2019 - Six Flags Dubai - Under Construction - (8/25/16) According to the latest word hitting the various news sites, Six Flags Dubai is being planned to become home to the world's biggest rollercoaster when it opens. If I had to guess, I wouldn't be surprised to find a slightly bigger / faster version of Six Flags' Kingda Ka coaster build here. Kingda Ka stands 456 feet tall and hits a top speed of 128 mph in 3.5 seconds. If they really wanted to push things they could try to break the Formula Rossa speed record of 149.1mph as well, but that might require a significantly taller structure.
The park will feature 27 rides and attractions spread across six themed zones, the names of which will sound familiar to many US Six Flags fans: Thrillseeker Plaza, Magic Mountain, Fiesta Texas, Great Escape, Great Adventure and Great America. While the details are not ready for release, they say that the park will feature at least three world-record breaking rides in addition to 6 coasters, 4 "aerial attractions", a 350-meter River Rapids ride and 3 performance spaces for live entertainment.
(7/22/16) According to an article at BlooLoop, FORREC is acting as the Lead Design Consultant for the new Six Flags Dubai theme park project that just broke ground a couple of weeks ago. Follow the link to learn a bit more about the details of this new park development.
(7/4/16) Dubai Parks & Resorts has confirmed that they have officially broken ground for the new Six Flags Dubai theme park. This marks the official start of construction for "Phase 2" of the Dubai Parks & Resorts project, with a late 2019 opening date for the resorts 4th theme park.
(5/19/16) A new video showing off artwork of the proposed Six Flags Dubai park can be found over at Travellerczech this week.
(5/5/16) A new piece of aerial concept artwork for Six Flags Dubai was released this week, showing off the design of the park, some of the likely major attractions and an new main gate concept for Six Flags. The entry of the park appears to be entirely indoor, where I believe they will likely also have a number of shops and food options, along with one coaster that runs around just outside entry plaza area. The press release does mention that the indoor promenade area will give guests direct access to three different attractions from inside the plaza.
Inside the park, major attractions spotted include a pair of S&S style drop towers, what looks like a custom RMC style wooden coaster with inversions, a large Sky Screamer (Funtime Star Flyer), a S&S 4D Freespin coaster, as well as a copy of Mack's new innovative Power Splash water shuttle coaster concept, the first of which is just getting ready to open at Walibi Belgium as Pulsar.
With some available indoor space you may be thinking that the park will likely get a Justice League: Battle for Metropolis attraction, but I don't believe this will be the case. There is the matter of WB using all their own DC Comic heroes and villains down the road in Abu Dhabi in their indoor Warner Bros. World park, which will likely prevent Six Flags from using the characters in the area. The press release does however promise that the park will feature a "next-generation 4-D interactive dark ride" of some kind however when it opens in 2019.
(3/29/16) While Dubai Parks & Resorts is busy finishing up their huge 3-park resort project in time for an October opening, it seems this hasn't stopped them from already working out a deal to build a Phase 2 expansion. While the deal still has to be voted in by the shareholders in April, the proposed plan would then begin work on a $454 million expansion that will include a "Six Flags Dubai" theme park open as the project's 4th gate by late 2019.
The timing for the expansion is also critical, as the Dubai Parks & Resort property is located very close to the planned location of the 2020 World Expo site in Duabi.