IMG Worlds of Adventure, the world’s largest indoor theme park, in the City of Arabia, Dubai, part of the Dubailand entertainment complex has finally opened on 31 August 2016.
The park is divided into four zones each based on a different theme, and will contain various leisure attractions including roller coasters, a 5D cinema and retail areas.
Lennard Otto, Chief Executive Officer of IMG Worlds of Adventure, said: ‘We are excited about launching the world’s largest indoor theme park which will be a major tourism attraction for Dubai, the surrounding regions and the rest of the world.
We have partnered with some of the biggest global brands in the industry, including Marvel and Cartoon Network and we have secured exceptional sponsors. "
Spanning 1.5 million square feet, equivalent to 28 football fields, IMG Worlds of Adventure is the first global theme park to bring international brands Marvel and Cartoon Network together, in addition to two proprietary brands IMG Boulevard and Lost Valley - Dinosaur Adventure. IMG Worlds of Adventure will also feature a unique array of roller coasters and attractions, complemented by 28 F&B and 25 retail outlets.
Many spectacular one-of-a-kind rides and attractions have been developed specially for the theme park. The Ultimate Fast Track pass, will provide priority access to the rides and attractions.
Tickets for entry to the park from 31st August onwards can be purchased now at www.IMGworlds.com
A recent report projects the theme park market in the UAE could double to 45 million leading up to the World Expo 2020, of which 30 million will come from international visitors.
With up to 20 theme parks planned for the UAE, IMG Worlds is just the first in a wave of theme parks planned in Dubai over the coming years.
This October, Motiongate Dubai, a 1.9 million square foot theme park (that’s the size of 24 football pitches, is opening its doors to the public.
Alongside the rides there will be comedy, music and kids shows. Guests can experience all this through five different zones, featuring titles from three major film studios: Lionsgate, DreamWorks and Sony Pictures. (Not surprisingly for Dubai, this is the first time that this has been done anywhere in the world. The park will be open all year long, rain or shine; staff are even being trained to deal with sand storms.
Motiongate is part of the Dh10.5 billion project, Dubai Parks and Resorts. The area, located in Jebel Ali between Dubai International Airport and Abu Dhabi International Airport, will also feature Legoland Park, Legoland Water Park, Bollywood Parks Dubai, Riverland Dubai (a walkway of shops and restaurants) and Lapita Hotel, a Polynesian-themed resort that should also open in October.
It’s not to be confused with the 20th Century Fox theme park to be opened sometime before Expo 2020 by Al Ahli Holding Group.
Listed are the five zones and what you can expect at each one:
The entry point into the theme park, Studio Central replicates a New York City movie set — from the architecture to the costumes. Early birds will be welcomed with a song-and-dance Broadway-style show, taking you into the golden age of Hollywood.
You might even be scouted and cast in an interactive roaming show by what they call the Backlot Crew. Beware of the eccentric director.
On a more practical note, you can grab strollers, cameras, batteries, sunscreen, souvenirs and a bite to eat before you head in.
Sony Pictures Gate - attractions: 7
The Green Hornet — High-Speed Chase: A super speedy, super twisty roller coaster — a classic.
Ghostbusters: Battle For New York: If you’ve ever wanted to shoot up ghosts, this is the ride for you.
Hotel Transylvania: A dark and chaotic ride through the world’s only monster hotel.
Zombieland: Blast Off!: A 58-metre free-fall ride.
Underworld 4D: A multi-sensory theatre experience in 4D, so that you can experience vampires and werewolves with practically all your senses. Effects include seat vibration, air blasts, mist, wind and a light show.
Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs: River Expedition: A ride for the whole family
Flint’s Imagination Lab: For those who want to play at being scientists for the day.
Smurfs Village - attractions: 5
Smurfs Studio Tour: Get behind the scenes of a working Smurfs studio with this family ride.
Smurfs Village Playhouse: Kids and animated Smurfs in this interactive, live theatre show.
Smurfs Village Express: A mini roller coaster for first timers, scaredy-cats and children alike.
Woodland Play Park: What’s better than an old-school playground to keep the kids happy?
Smurfberry Factory: Large foam Smurfberries roaming around for you to play with.
Dreamworks - attractions: 12
Shrek’s Merry Fairy Tale Journey: A dark ride that tells the love story of ogres: Shrek and Fiona.
Swamp Celebration: Get inside this family-friendly, hollowed-out log that spins and slides.
Madagascar Mad Pursuit: One of the fastest roller coasters in the theme park with some turbulence. A windy ride full of sharp turns.
Melman Go-Round: Join the Madagascar characters on this animated carousal ride.
Penguin Air: Rotating, hang glider aircraft. Another one for the whole family.
Kung Fu Panda: Unstoppable Awesomeness: Inside the Valley of Peace, you’ll find this multi-sensory theatre experience. The film, in 3D, is being made especially for the UAE.
Mr. Ping’s Noodle Fling: The good ol’ teacup ride, except this time with noodle bowls.
Kung Fu Panda Academy: Learn kung fu fighting with the help of Po, live and interactive stage show.
Dragon Gliders: Inside the Village of Berk is this suspended steel roller coaster, attached to the roof, so that you can fly over tree tops..
Camp Viking: A water-play fortress that’s moored on the banks of a lake inside the village.
Swinging Viking: Another classic — a swinging Viking ship that will rock you up and down.
Fountain Of Dreams: Multimedia fountain and your favourite DreamWorks characters.
Lionsgate - attractions: 3
Capitol Bullet Train (Hunger Games): An explosive roller coaster ride that goes backwards and takes you on a 360-degree turn. Not for the faint of heart.
Panem Aerial Tour: A 3D, state-of-the-art simulator ride that will recreate the feeling of riding in a soaring hovercraft.
Step Up Dubai: All In!: Taking place inside of a 1,000 capacity venue, a stage show featuring hip-hop dancers, pop singers and rap stars.
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