VIDEO: Inside Riverland at Dubai Parks & Resorts

The theme park news for Dubai just keeps coming. Today, Dubai Parks and Resorts uploaded a behind the scenes look at Riverland, which is still under construction. It will be the main dining and retail destination at the park.

Klaus Assmann, VP of hospitality and retail at Dubai Parks and Resorts, says, “Your experience at Dubai Parks and Resorts really starts at Riverland, and from Riverland actually you can reach all our theme parks.”

The river is 5.5 metres deep and will have boats to drive you from one part of the park to another, while explaining all about the destination.

French Village offers a medieval experience, which will have a watermill as the central focus. “This is our real replication of a beautiful watermill, which actually will spin the water underneath the bridge into our beautiful river,” Assmann explains.

India Gate is themed around 1920s and 1930s India, providing an entry into Bollywood Dubai as well as offering plenty of Indian restaurants.

There’s also a boardwalk which takes you back to the fabulous 50s with icons such as Elvis Presley and Marilyn Monroe.

Dubai Parks and Resorts is set to open on October 31. The biggest theme park in the region will be made up of Motiongate, Bollywood Parks & Resorts, Legoland, Legoland Waterpark, Riverland and Lapita Hotel. However, according to the CEO, we shouldn’t expect the whole park to be open in October.

“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.

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