While the focus of the Hollywood-inspired motiongate Dubai will be thrill rides and roller coasters, Bollywood Parks leans heavily on the tradition of bold and colourful entertainment, bringing a wealth of Broadway-style shows, street performance and fully-immersive experiences based on iconic productions.
In the video released over the weekend, General Manager for the site, Thomas Jellum leads a camera crew through the construction site while highlighting key elements of the park.
We are first shown the Bollywood Boulevard, the home of “fun, light and colour”. The central area houses numerous restaurants, shops and performance areas, the largest of which is Desi Emporium, an elephant-fronted retail spot. There’s also Rock On, one of the park’s leading live music venues.
As the video continues, we are led to Mumbai’s iconic Victoria Station, where an exact replica of the terminus has been created and the roof of one of the trains turned into a stage.
In terms of ‘rides’, the video also reveals details of ‘Don’, a chase-based immersive experience in which the rider is led through the streets of Dubai. There’s also family-fun shooting-experience in ‘Sholay, and a dedicated ‘fun fair’ venue known as Rustic Ravine. It houses a carousel, ferris wheel and simulator, all taking inspiration from legendary Bollywood movie Lagan.
Other films to feature in the park include Dabanngg (“a spectacular stunt show”), and Krrish and Ra-One (both part of ‘Hall Of Heroes’ thrill ride). Further announcements about ‘Cinemagic’, a DIY movie-maker experience, and ‘Mughal-e-Azam’, hailed as a “Royal dining experience”, ramp the excitement up a few more notches.
The video ends, though, on a pièce de résistance, the Rajmahal Theatre, a Taj Mahal-looking structure which is to house five Broadway-style shows every day at the park. It also appears from the video to be the most complete of anything we have seen yet at Dubai Parks And Resorts.
Stay close to Time Out Dubai this and next week to discover more from the most exciting opening in the region for years.