The first completed rollercoaster at Dubai Parks and Resorts has been unveiled.
A month after a very cagey motiongate Dubai press conference refused to specify any more than a hint of what rides would be attached to the catalogue of famous film names, LEGOLAND has taken the lead with images of The Dragon.
And the park, one of six distinct areas at the giant Jebel Ali project, haven’t held back, revealing that the ride is in fact LEGOLAND’S biggest, standing at 16 metres and reaching speeds of 60kph.
According to official information, The Dragon is the centrepiece of LEGO Kingdom, which will also be home to LEGOLAND Castle, through which the ride will hurtle. 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.
The news is a giant leap forward for the Dhs10.5bn project, which is slated for completion in October 2016. Time Out Dubai were told last month that more than 11,000 staff were actively working on the site to meet the opening day deadline, with 21 million working hours already having been put in.
It has also been confirmed that more than 50 per cent of the ride engineering and manufacturing across all theme parks has been completed.
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.
So far only motiongate Dubai, a collaboration between Sony, Dreamworks and Lionsgate, have released details of what fans can expect, revealing last month some of the films that will inspire rides.
Sony, for example, bring Ghostbusters and Green Hornet to the table, while Dreamworks, whose dedicated indoor area is large enough to house five A380 planes (45,000 square feet), have the likes of Kung Fu Panda, Shrek and Hotel Transylvania; the latter will feature a trackless ride in which 27 individual carriages whizz around together in close proximity.
Films like The Hunger Games, Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs, Zombieland, Step Up and Smurfs will all feature, too, with the latter turning an entire corner of the resort blue.
In total, motiongate Dubai alone will be 27 attractions, 21 of which will be indoor to help maintain interest in summer. Described as 'Hollywood in the desert', it will, like all modern amusement parks, have strong multimedia and interactive elements.
Stay close to Time Out Dubai for more information in the coming months.