It’s not all loop-the-loops and stomach-churning roller coasters…
We’re into the final countdown for Dubai Parks & Resort, the four-theme-parks-in-one project found in Jebel Ali. Legoland will open on October 31, Bollywood Parks and Legoland Water Park will open on November 15, and Motiongate will open on December 16.
Now while there’s plenty for the kids at Legoland – think giant models and gentle rides – the Hollywood-themed Motiongate has thrills like roller coasters and white water rapids.
But if you’re planning on visiting with young ones, fret not – there’s a range of attractions that the whole family can enjoy.
So if your little ones are pumped to go, but – alas – are too little to ride the coasters, then read on…
Sony Pictures Studios
This promises a frenetic, fun dark ride inside the world’s only hotel for monsters (careful, it might be a tad scary for some!).
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs: River Expedition
This is a water-based family rapids ride, where you’re taken through Swallow Falls aboard an inflatable raft. Warning: may get wet.
Flint’s Imagination Lab
An interactive, experimental play lab based on Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, which features oversized foam food objects straight from the movie.
The Sony Pictures Live Entertainment Experiences
There’ll be a range of shows on offer in the Sony Pictures section, including Backlot Beat, featuring a group of young artists singing and dancing to top hits, Ghostbusters, involving the ghoul-fighting group as a singing, dancing boy band, as well as another performance from the Hotel Transylvania crew. There’ll also be crime-fighting tips from The Green Hornet and Kato as well as meet and greets from Flint Lockwood and Sam Sparks from Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and Selene from Underworld.
Smurfs Studio Tour
A family-friendly ride that takes you behind the scenes of a working Smurfs studio.
Smurfs Village Playhouse
A live theatre show where kids are able to interact with animated Smurfs. Talk to them and they’ll answer back!
Smurfs Village Express
As one of the tamer roller coasters in the park, the Smurfs Village Express serves as a nice introduction for first-time thrillseekers, right in the heart of Smurfs Village.
Woodland Play Park
An adventure playground for little ones complete with rope bridges, slides and mushroom-shaped houses.
An interactive soft play area filled with large foam Smurfberries.
Shrek’s Merry Fairy Tale Journey
An interactive dark ride which revisits the tale of how Shrek and Princess Fiona first met.
A family-friendly ride where guests sit in a hollowed-out log that floats around and spins.
An animated carousel ride featuring all the characters from Madagascar.
This promises family-friendly fun as riders fly around on hang-glider aircraft.
Kung Fu Panda
A 3D multi-sensory experience in a theatre filled with special effects.
Mr Ping’s Noodle Fling
A classic teacup ride, but in Mr Ping’s oversized noodle bowls, where it’s up to the guests to decide how fast they spin.
Kung Fu Panda Academy
Learn Kung Fu from Po, the master himself, in an interactive live stage show.
An interactive adventure in a water play area with both wet and dry areas for families.
Panem Aerial Tour
An immersive, 3D motion simulator, where guests ride a soaring hovercraft over the capitol city of Panem from the Hunger Games series.
Step Up Dubai, All In!
A high-energy stage show based on the hit Step Up dance movies, featuring live hip hop dancers, pop singers and rappers.
How much are tickets?
One day pass is Dhs280 for children and seniors.
Dhs330 for adults.
Dhs865 for annual pass.
You can get VIP tickets for Dhs1,500 per day. VIP Tickets will allow you to queue skip, get you a personal tour guide as well as food, beverage and retail discounts.