Dubai theme park to have 56m freefall tower called 'Zombieland'

Time Out Dubai has more details around the major new theme park in Dubai, Dubai Parks and Resorts. Find out about the Zombieland and Underworld ride/rollercoaster.

More exciting details of the themepark rides we can expect at Dubai Parks & Resorts have been released.

Following a sneak peak at some designs and themes in September, the specifics of two rides have gone further by explaining what's in store for thrillseekers.

First out the blocks is Zombieland, which, in simple terms, is a 56-metre high free fall tower. Themed around the 2009 Sony Pictures smash hit film of the same name, which starred Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg and Emma Stone, it is set to be one of more stomach-flipping experiences at motiongate, one of six 'worlds' at the whole resort.

According to official information released by the park, 'guests will venture into an abandoned funhouse with barricaded doors, scrawled survival tips, and improvised weapons. As the zombies begin to close in, the only way to escape is straight up'.

Next up is a sensory overload in Underworld. Again based on a Sony franchise, this one from 2003 and starring Kate Beckinsale, a 'supernatural universe will offer a multi-sensory 4D theatre' for guests who are caught up in a battle between vampires and lycans.

The announcement this week comes a month after another Dubai Parks & Resorts 'zone', LEGOLAND Dubai, released images of the resorts first completed rollercoaster. The Dragon, it was revealed, will be the centrepiece of LEGO Kingdom and pass through the LEGOLAND Castle at speeds of 60kph. It is one of 40 interactive rides, show and attractions spread across six LEGO-themed areas which contain a staggering 15,000 model structures made from more than 60 million LEGO bricks.

And in September, Time Out were told the Dhs10.5bn project was still on course for an October 2016 opening, with 11,000 staff actively working to meet the deadline. To that point, 21 million working hours had already been put in.

As well as LEGOLAND and motiongate Dubai, Dubai Parks and Resorts will feature Bollywood Parks, a LEGOLAND waterpark, Riverland area of food, beverage and retail outlets, and Lapita, a Polynesian hotel complex.

Back at motiongate, films like Ghostbusters, Green Hornet, The Hunger Games, Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs, Step Up and Smurfs will all feature, while Dreamworks' dedicated indoor area is large enough to house five A380 planes (45,000 square feet) housing the likes of Kung Fu Panda, Shrek and Hotel Transylvania. In total, motiongate Dubai alone will be 27 attractions.

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