Opening date for UAE's biggest theme park revealed!
The wait is (almost) over! The biggest theme park in the region is set to open on October 31, it has been confirmed.
Dubai Parks and Resorts – which is made up of Motiongate, Bollywood Parks & Resorts, Legoland, Legoland Waterpark, Riverland and Lapita Hotel – is located on Sheikh Zayed road towards Abu Dhabi, on the Ghantoot exit.
"We plan to launch with full experiences for Bollywood Parks Dubai, Legoland Dubai and Legoland Water Park, Lapita Hotel and Riverland Dubai, while a significant portion of Motiongate Dubai will premiere on 31st October, work on some of the attractions will be ongoing to create the very best experience for guests,” said Raed Kajoor Al Nuaimi, CEO of Dubai Parks and Resorts.
The price for a day pass hasn’t been revealed yet, but unlimited ticket prices were announced in April. You can get year-round access to the park – which includes Bollywood Dubai, Motiongate, Legoland and Riverland – for AED2,495, along with a discount on food and retail, as well as exclusive invitations. There are over 100 rides spread across the mammoth-sized theme park, so you’ll need plenty of time to pack them all in.
If that sounds a bit too pricey, there are eight different kinds of annual passes to cater to most budgets. Single park passes start at AED755 (Bollywood Dubai) and go up to AED865 for Motiongate.
Motiongate is a Hollywood-inspired park, with rides from three massive film studios: Sony Pictures Studios, DreamWorks Animation and Lionsgate. One of the biggest rollercoasters will be the Green Hornet, which is described as “fast, fast, fast” in the video. There’s also a nail-biting 58-metre freefall attraction themed around Zombieland, as well as an experience that’s “not for the faint of heart” at Underworld 4D.
The park comprises of around 27 main attractions, with five large rollercoasters, catering to most ages and adrenaline levels. There are two attractions for The Hunger Games, and we don’t know much about them, other than that they are a “world’s first” and that The Capitol Bullet Train is said to be an “adrenaline pumping roller coaster which launches guests through 360 degrees of thrill.”
Lionsgate Entertainment Zone will be home to a 1,000 seat multi-purpose theatre that will be home to a show called Step Up Dubai. And the indoor fun doesn’t stop there. Dreamworks Animation is totally equipped for the summer months, being a 45,000 square metre theme park in a box. Inside they’ve recreated the village from How to Train your Dragon, and made a forest area for Shrek fans complete with its own restaurant.
On entering the Bollywood Dubai visitors are greeted by Bollywood boulevard, which has street performers and one of the biggest shops in the resorts. Nearby is Rock On, a large entertainment venue that will put on performances including live music, dancing and DJs.
As for the rides, they look every bit as exciting as you’d expect. ‘Don’ is based on the movie, but is instead set on the streets of Dubai where visitors are involved in a car chase. The ‘Sholay’ ride is also a driving experience, but this one is more for the family.
Details of ‘Dabangg’, a spectacular stunt show, are also revealed – the park was recruiting some of the best performers in India late last year to take part in what promises to be an impressive show. In Bollywood Film Studios you can even make your own Bollywood movie and star in the film yourself.