There is so much happening in Dubai at the moment that it’s hard to keep up between the new leisurelands and new world’s tallest buildings. With the theme park Dubai Parks and Resorts opening this October we thought it best to deliver everything you need to know about it in dazzling infographics… everything’s better in cartoon format.
So what do you need to know, well firstly Dubai Parks and Resorts will feature three theme parks, a water park, a huge hotel and a central plaza dedicated to shopping, dining and drinking, the resort will total 25,000,000 square feet when completed and have cost Dhs10.5 billion.
It will be split into four distinct zones: Motiongate Dubai, a park made in partnership with three major Hollywood production studios; Bollywood Parks, the world’s first Bollywood dedicated theme park; Legoland Dubai will be the first Legoland in the Middle East and will be attached to Legoland Water Park Dubai. Finally there will be Riverland Dubai, the main shopping, dining and drinking hub that will also feature the Lapita Hotel.
This is a collaboration between three major Hollywood production studios: DreamWorks Animation, Lionsgate Studios and Sony Picture Studios. The park will have 27 attractions that will cover 1,900,000 square feet, making it one of the biggest theme parks in Dubai.
The Sony area contains a thrilling roller coaster based on The Green Hornet, complete with carts that look just like the character’s iconic classic cars. The Sony Park will also cater to children with attractions based on their animated properties, including an experience based on Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and Hotel Transylvania.
There will also be a 4D experience based on the Underworld franchise, where visitors will be shown the history of the war between the vampires and werewolves before taking part in a modern day adventure.
Also aimed at the younger children is Smurf’s Village with soft play areas and a ride they are calling “the perfect first roller coaster.”
DreamWorks will focus heavily on their big four franchises: Shrek, How to Train your Dragon, Madagascar and Kung Fu Panda.
The Shrek attractions focus on family friendly fun, with shows aimed at the whole family, which perfectly fits the new family-ogre that the character had become when we last left him.
Lionsgate is bringing Hunger Games to the them park, which will feature an aerial tour of the series’ Capital City as well as the super-fast Capitol Bullet Train.
Bollywood Parks separates itself from the rest of the parks with its lack of roller coasters and big rides. Instead the park stays closer to the visual medium. Split into five areas, each involving a mix of live dancers accompanied by traditional and contemporary Bollywood songs as well as 3D and 4D experiences that complement the recent explosion of CGI and special effects in Bollywood films.
Legoland Dubai and Legoland Waterpark Dubai
Legoland Dubai is the first Legoland in the Middle East and the first to feature it’s own dedicated waterpark. The park will feature six distinct zones: Factory, Lego City, Imagination, Kingdoms, Adventure and Miniland.
Factory and Imagination bring educational fun to the theme park. There is also a 3D cinema with 4D effects to enliven children’s imaginations, living up to the park’s name.
Three of the other zones are based on classic Lego toy lines. Lego City is a miniature city that allows children to join the City’s emergency services for fun games as well as earn their own Lego City driving license.
Kingdoms is based on Medieval Europe, with rides based on dragons and knights. The zone features a Dragon roller coaster as well as a smaller version for younger children called The Dragon’s Apprentice.
Adventure is the home of the popular Minifigure characters and is based around the idea of Adventurers, and Miniland is a brick by Lego brick representation of the Dubai skyline.
Legoland Waterpark is the first waterpark in Dubai to cater exclusively to children aged 2-12 and has over 20 raft, body and tube slides plus other water based activities.
Riverland, right at the heart of the park, allows access to the other areas. There are no rides in Riverland, instead it is an area to relax in after a day of adrenaline seeking.
The area will include a small number of shops, restaurants and bars, which will be licensed. There is also a Polynesian-themed hotel, The Lupita.
Main Image: Lupita Hotel