Dubai Parks & Resorts, the enormous theme park near Jebel Ali is now almost all open. Here’s a guide to what’s open and what isn’t…
With more than 100 rides spread over a whopping four theme parks, Dubai’s biggest entertainment complex, Dubai Parks & Resorts, is now open.
All of the rides at LEGOLAND (bar one) are now functioning, and many of the shops at the dining and shopping spot Riverland are open too.
Bollywood Parks is open (although the Don ride isn’t open yet) and the Hollywood-themed Motiongate has opened! But not all of the rides are ready yet (scroll down to see what is open and what isn’t yet).
The Bollywood Parks gate
THE 18 MOTIONGATE RIDES
Here’s what the team at DPR have to say about what will open when: “New rides and attractions within the DreamWorks zone are becoming available for their guests every day and the Lionsgate zone will be open in early 2017.”
The main rides at the Sony Pictures Studios zone…
- The Hotel Transylvania ride OPEN
This ride is in a 2,800 square metre indoor space and is seven minutes long. The ride is ‘trackless’, and there are 27 separate carriages going around at once, which means you’ll never know which way you’ll turn and you’re likely to have near-misses with other punters. The highest point of the ride is 42 metres (about the same height as the Statue of Liberty). The ‘story’ of the ride is a surprise party hosted by the monsters in the movie.
- The Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs ride OPENING SOON…
This ride is being called a River Expedition. Here’s the description of it: “A splashing water rapids family ride, where guests voyage through Swallow Falls aboard an inflatable raft”.
- The Zombieland ride OPEN
This is dubbed Blast Off, and is a drop tower – you know one of those rides that shoot you up and down – that has you escaping from a hoard of zombies. The height? A gut wrenching 58 metres (to put that into perspective, the Fairmont Hotel on Sheikh Zayed Road is 153m, so you’ll basically be shooting up and down a third of that building).
- The Ghostbusters ride OPEN
This one’s being called Battle for New York, and is an interactive and dark ride that also involves a shooting game – you have to shoot at various targets to gain points. Ooh, we love the competitive angle.
- The Green Hornet ride OPEN
This is a fast-paced rollercoaster called the High Speed Chase: get ready for sharp turns and dizzying drops.
- The UnderworldRide OPEN
A 4D theatre ride – meaning a movie screening during which your seat moves and vibrates and you also get sprayed with mist, air and the like.
The main rides in the Lionsgate zone…
- The Hunger GamesTrain OPENING SOON…
This is called the Capitol Bullet Train (remember the high speed train Katniss takes to the Capitol in the movies?) and will be a scary-as roller coaster that will launch you in all sorts of directions (probably when you least expect it). It’s being dubbed “360 degrees of thrill”.
- The Hunger Gamesaerial tour OPENING SOON…
Called the Panem Aerial Tour, this will be a 3D motion simulator during which you’ll feel like you’re riding a soaring hovercraft.
- And not quite a ride, but… OPEN
There is also a stage show in this zone themed around Step Up (the movie franchise that introduced Channing Tatum to the world). You can expect live hip hop dancers, singers and rappers.
The main rides in the DreamWorks zone (this entire zone is OPENING SOON…)…
- The ShrekRide OPENING SOON…
This ride is called the Merry Fairy Tale Journey, and it is in the dark, but it doesn’t sound scary as it revisits the story of how Shrek and his Mrs, Fiona, met. Aww. Ooh, and apparently there’s an interactive element too. There is a second Shrek ride called the Swamp Celebration (that is open) – a family affair during which you sit in a hollowed-out log that glides and spins.
- The MadagascarRide OPEN (our top pick of the ones we’ve tried so far)
Called the Mad Pursuit, this is a “white knuckle roller coaster”. It’s the fastest in the park. The route is windy and full of sharp turns (so no curly fries just before it perhaps). There will also be a family-friendly carousel based on the movie, as well as another kid friendly ‘hang glider ride’.
- The Kung Fu PandaRide OPENING SOON…
Called Unstoppable Awesomeness, this will be a 3D theatre experience full of special effects. Oh, but the classic teacup ride based on Kung Fu Panda is open.
- The How to Train Your DragonRide OPENING SOON…
This will be a suspended rollercoaster (whatever that is) that soars high above. We’re guessing it might feel like flying a dragon? There will also be a How To Train Your Dragon water play area, perfect for families.
- The Swinging Viking OPENING SOON…
Also based around How To Train Your Dragon, this will be a Viking ship that glides back and forth (a total theme park classic).
- Ooh, and also…
There will also be a fountain in this zone with a water and light show called the Fountain of Dreams (but will it impress as much as the Dubai Fountain?).
The main rides at the Smurfs Village…
- The Smurfs Studio Tour OPEN
This will be a family ride on which you’ll see inside the Smurfs’ working studio.
- Smurfs Village Express OPEN
This is a rollercoaster, yes, but not a scary one – it’s a family-friendly trip through Smurf Village.
- Woodland Play Park OPEN
This will be an adventure playground with rope bridges, slides and mushroom-shaped houses.
Here’s a guide to where the different zones will be…