Even if you’re not familiar with the multimillion dirham entertainment industry of Bollywood, you’ll enjoy the display on offer at this park. Outside of the grand film sets in Mumbai, there isn’t a space like this anywhere in the world, where the biggest movie stars and their cinematic endeavours come to life.
Bollywood Parks is themed around nine of the Indian movie industry’s most popular films: Rock On!!, Don, Lagaan, Sholay, Dabangg, Mughal-e-Azam, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, RA.One and Krrish. A sculpture of three dancing hands sits at the regal white, palatial entrance and Hindi pop tunes welcome you into the park, where there is plenty to explore…
THE RIDES There are six rides at Bollywood Parks, all built with the purpose of transporting you to the action-filled world of six of the most popular movies from Mumbai. The rides here aren’t about the sharp drops; they’re more about getting behind-the-scenes with India’s superheros – Krissh and Ra.One – or taking on Bollywood’s most notorious villain, Gabbar, at Sholay’s Ramghat station. Can you handle him? In Dabangg, more than 1,000 fans will sit on bleacher-style seats a matter of metres from the action as this live, intense stunt show flashes by, featuring cars, high-wire tricks and more.
THE FOOD The Juhu Juice Bus parked at Mumbai Chowk serves fresh sugar cane juice and coconut water. There’s also a chaat corner, a Spicy Dhaba and other pop-up stalls selling street food. For something high-end, there’s Mughal-E-Azam, the park’s only fine-dining restaurant. One of the signature elements, is a recreation of Victoria Station, with three giant train carriages outside a restaurant, from the roof of which regular music and dance performances will take place.
THE PERFORMANCES There are five zones in the theme park, with each section hosting its own pop-up, ten-minute choreographed dance routines to Bollywood songs, performed all day. But the jewel of the park is the Rajmahal Theatre, a state-of-the-art indoor arena that can seat 850 people. It will host the region’s first Broadway-style, Bollywood-themed musical, Jaan-e-Jigar. The 120-minute show will include drama, romance, action and comedy. What else would you expect from Bollywood? The music includes hits from Bollywood movies, as well as original tracks.
THE NIGHTLIFE You can enter Rock On, a lounge with live music, and quite literally rock on, without having to buy a ticket for Bollywood Parks.
Dhs285 (adults) Dhs250 (kids aged three to 11). Daily noon-8pm; Rock On daily 2pm-2am. Rajmahal Theatre tickets sold separately. Opens Tue Nov 15. www.bollywoodparksdubai.com. Annual pass Dhs755 or Dhs985 with waterpark access.