Dubai theme park confirms white-knuckle rollercoasters

Time Out Dubai has the latest news from Dubai Parks And Resorts, and more specifically rollercoasters at motiongate, the Hollywood themed Dubai theme park

With just over six months left until doors open at Dubai Parks and Resorts, one of the major attractions within has revealed what thrill-seekers and film buffs can expect.

After a year of teasers, motiongate Dubai has now confirmed exactly how 13 Hollywood blockbusters will be re-imagined.

Madagascar Mad Pursuit will be a “windy course filled with sharp turns” and The Green Hornet: High Speed Chase will have “dizzying drops”. Meanwhile How To Train Your Dragon: Dragon Gliders will be top of the to-do list for white-knuckle enthusiasts. It’s described as “an exhilarating suspended roller coaster soaring high above”. These rides join Capitol Bullet Train, based on The Hunger Games, which was announced in 2015. Beyond that, Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs will be built into water rapids, while one of three Shrek activations will be a log flume, Swamp Celebration.

In total, Motiongate Dubai, itself one of six “worlds” at the Dhs10.5 billion Jebel Ali site, has 27 rides and attractions. Late last year, it was confirmed that an iconic scene from Zombieland – the one in which Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin fend off the walking dead while bouncing on a tower ride – would be replicated as the 58 metre free-fall Blast Off.

Other films to feature include Ghostbusters (“an interactive dark ride and shooting game”), Kung Fu Panda (“classic tea cups”), and Hotel Transylvania (“frenetic and fun”).

It was also revealed that The Dubai Fountain will have some competition from “Fountain Of Dreams”, a water and light show in the heart of the park. Live entertainment will include daily performances at the entrance and interactive theatre shows, including Step Up Dubai, All In! and Underworld 4D. October can’t come soon enough.


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Home to 40 interactive rides, shows and attractions, it will contain 15,000 model structures and 60 million Lego bricks. There will also be a waterpark.

The food, beverage and retail hub of the entire park, we already know The Irish Village will be opening on site. Expect more announcements soon.

The Polynesian-themed Lapita Hotel will be the only on-site accommodation for visitors. With 504 rooms and three villas, it will be a resort in itself.

Perhaps the most impressive structure in DPR, this Taj Mahal lookalike will, like Motiongate, celebrate Indian cinema through rides and attractions.

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