Dubai Parks and Resorts – quite possibly soon to be the coolest theme park in the world, has been in the works for a while.
The multi-theme park destination was meant to open on October 31. However, now only Legoland along with dining and shopping spot Riverland will be.
Bollywood Parks, Legoland Water Park and the Lapita Hotel will open on November 15.
Hollywood-themed park Motiongate will open much later on December 16.
WHAT’S INSIDE DUBAI PARKS & RESORTS?
Dubai Parks and Resorts, a US$2.8 billion project, is not just one theme park, it’s four. Including the LEGO Family Park, LEGO Water Park, Hollywood-themed Motiongate Dubai as well as Bollywood Parks Dubai.
There’ll be over 100 rides and attractions, including, but not limited, to live shows, 3D motion simulators, roller coasters, drop towers, a water park and family zones. All of that, spread out over 25 million square feet of land.
Located close to the Jebel Ali Palm, the absolute monster of a theme park sits within easy driving distance of both Abu Dhabi and Dubai International Airport.
According to their estimates, the park is looking to bring in over six and a half million visitors in just its first year. That’s nearly three times the population of Dubai.
As far as each section of the park goes though, this is what we know:
Split into six zones: Studio Central, Sony Pictures Studios, Smurfs Village, Dreamworks, Lionsgate.
Studio Central takes you behind the scenes and into the Golden Age of Hollywood. Learn all about filmmaking and join in the theatrical opening shows.
Sony Pictures Studios will feature seven attractions, including a roller coaster, white water rapids, a multi-sensory theatre show as well as family-friendly rides. The attractions are based on Hotel Transylvania, The Green Hornet, Zombieland, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Ghostbusters and Underworld.
Smurfs Village will feature a family-friendly rollercoaster for the little smurfs, as well as a play area, theatre show, and a few more rides for the little ones.
Dreamworks will contain 12 different attractions, including roller-coasters, a motion simulator, interactive play areas as well as a theatre show and family-friendly rides. Inspired by Kung Fu Panda, Madagascar, Shrek and How To Train Your Dragon.
Lionsgate plays home to three attractions, including adrenaline-fuelled rollercoasters, as well as a high-energy acrobatics show. Based on The Hunger Games and Step Up: All In.
Here’s a video giving you a 360-degree virtual reality tour of Motiongate (use your mouse to look around, or tilt your phone):
The park will be split up into six sections, with over 40 LEGO-themed rides, shows and attractions in total, including 15,000 LEGO models made out of a total of over 60 million LEGO bricks.
The sections are: Factory, LEGO City, Imagination, Kingdoms, Adventure and MINILAND.
Factory will give you the chance to see how LEGO bricks are made, and you can receive your very own brand new LEGO brick straight from the production line.
LEGO City allows you to become part of the crew aboard The Shipyard, and you can also learn how to drive an electric car and get your LEGOLAND Driving License amongst other things.
Imagination will get your brain buzzing, with a 4D theatre as well as other stimulating attractions including a LEGO Master Builder Academy.
Kingdoms is a medieval land, containing the King’s Castle, along with the dragon that inhabits it.
LEGO Adventure seeks to awaken your inner Indiana Jones, with a Submarine Adventure, Lost Kingdom Adventure, Pharoah’s Revenge and the Secret Chamber of Amset-Ra among others.
MINILAND – possibly our favourite zone. An all-indoor, air-conned area with over 20 million LEGO brick’s worth of miniatures. Includes Dubai’s iconic skyline as well as other key Middle Eastern landmarks.
LEGOLAND Water Park will feature over 15 water slides including family rafters, body and tube slides, with a LEGO Wave Pool and a Build-A-Raft-River where you can build your own custom LEGO raft.
Contains five themed zones with over 16 rides and attractions – split up into the Royal Plaza, Bollywood Boulevard, Mumbai Chowk, the Rustic Ravine and the Bollywood Film Studio featuring Hall of Heroes.
Royal Plaza is at the heart of Bollywood Parks. Around it you’ll find live shows, including the region’s first Broadway-style Bollywood musical.
Bollywood Boulevard is filled with cafes, street style food carts as well as shopping and entertainment. There are plenty of restaurants to choose form, including one inspired by the Bollywood rock musical Rock On!!
Mumbai Chowk takes you to the heart of Mumbai through the famous Victoria Terminus. There’s plenty of live entertainmentas well as authentic street food.
Rustic Ravine seeks to replicate rural India, with cricket-themed attractions inspired by blockbuster movie Lagaan, and you can even track notorious bandits, or be held hostage and then rescued like in movies Sholay and Dabangg.
Bollywood Film Studio allows you to get a sneak peak behind the scenes of Bollywood movie Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara. You’ll also be able to take an aerial tour of India, and jump into a digital adventure while fighting with RA.One.
Riverland serves as the gateway to Dubai Parks and Resorts, split into four different zones:
The French Village is a recreated version of a medieval French town. Expect street performances, outdoor Mediterranean-inspired dining and meandering alleyways.
Boardwalk allows you to relive America in the 1950s, with streets filled with jugglers and live entertainment. You’ll find lofty buildings, palm trees and neon signs galore, coupled with plenty of casual dining options.
India Gate plays home to all things Indian, with a blend of casual dining as well as street-style quick service eateries, with plenty of retail and family entertainment facilities to keep you busy.
The Peninsula is the heart of Riverland, with a concert venue set amongst a 19th century architectural theme. Down on the water’s edge, you’ll find bustling street life with performers, concerts and festivals.
Dubai Parks and Resort’s Polynesian themed hotel resort, adorned with colourful flowers as well as plenty of modernised Polynesian restaurants. They’ve got a rooftop bar, a signature spa, and lagoon-style pools to while away the hours in your downtime.
HOW MUCH ARE TICKETS?
One day pass is Dhs280 for children and seniors.
Dhs330 for adults.
Dhs865 for annual pass.
One day pass is Dhs245 for children and seniors.
Dhs285 for adults.
Dhs755 for annual pass.
One day pass is Dhs250 for children and seniors.
Dhs295 for adults.
Dhs765 for annual pass.
Legoland Water Park:
One day pass is Dhs350 for children and seniors.
Dhs395 for adults.
Dhs995 for annual pass.
Annual pass for all parks is Dhs2,495.
One-day pass for all parks:
Dhs430 for children and seniors, Dhs480 for adults.
Two-day pass for all parks:
Dhs650 for children and seniors, Dhs730 for adults.
Three-day pass for all parks:
Dhs765 for children and seniors, Dhs870 for adults.
Four-day pass for all parks:
Dhs790 for children and seniors, Dhs890 for adults.
You can get VIP tickets for Dhs1,500 per park per day. VIP Tickets will allow you to queue skip, get you a personal tour guide as well as food, beverage and retail discounts.