Coming soon to Dubai: Dragons, zombies, monsters, ghosts…

At Motiongate Dubai – part of the Dubai Parks and Resorts destination – visitors will be ‘live’ entertained by experiences such as an encounter with a big green ogre, a ghost-busting singing boy band, a vampire heroine, a kung fu fighting panda or a colony of little blue friends, the theme park operator has revealed.

It has also unveiled a starting line-up of 27 rides and attractions that have been inspired by some of Hollywood’s most popular movies from DreamWorks Animation, Sony Pictures Studios – including The Smurfs and Lionsgate.

“We are taking guests beyond the screen, into a world of cinematic adventure at Motiongate Dubai. With an action-packed line-up of Hollywood-inspired rides and attractions from fast-paced roller coasters, multi-sensory theatre shows to imaginative play areas, plus a full line-up of live entertainment shows, there is something for everyone,” said Guido Zucchi, General Manager of Motiongate Dubai.

The rides

Adrenaline seekers of all ages can get their fix on five exhilarating roller coasters scripted around some major film favourites.

The Sony Pictures Studios Zone will feature The Green Hornet: High Speed Chase, a high action roller coaster, which follows the masked crusader and his sidekick Kato on a white knuckle pursuit through dizzying drops and sharp turns.

Fans of The Hunger Games can hop onto the speedy Capitol Bullet Train, an adrenaline pumping roller coaster, which launches guests through 360 degrees of thrill inside the Lionsgate Zone.

Two roller coasters can be found inside the DreamWorks Zone: Madagascar Mad Pursuit, the fastest roller coaster in the park, which will take guests on a mad chase through the circus alongside the Zoosters; and Dragon Gliders, a one-of-a-kind suspended roller coaster inviting guests to soar high above the land of Berk, inspired by How To Train Your Dragon.

Lastly, a special adventure awaits aboard Smurfs Village Express where families can glide through the enchanting mushroom-capped town of the beloved Smurfs.

That’s not all. Brave enough to face zombies, monsters and ghosts?

Go ‘supernatural’ blasting off with Zombieland, Underworld’s 4D theatre or hop aboard a zany dark ride with Hotel Transylvania or the Ghostbusters.

Fancy getting splashed around? Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs will send guests sailing on a white water rapids voyage.  

There’s plenty of action for family and little ones, too, with exploratory and adventure play areas inspired by these animated hits: The Smurfs, Shrek, How to Train Your Dragon and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.

Prefer shows and live theatre?  Train under the masters at the Kung Fu Panda Academy, interact with Brainy Smurf on-stage or grab a front row seat to the ultimate hip hop dance competition with Step Up Dubai, All In!

“Movies are a favourite leisure pursuit in this region, and Motiongate Dubai is combining the best of Hollywood cinema, theme parks and live entertainment to create an amazing experience for our guests throughout their journey at Dubai Parks and Resorts. With so much on offer in our destination, we are confident Dubai Parks and Resorts will be creating unforgettable memories for everyone,” said Stanford Pinto, Chief Parks Operating Officer, Dubai Parks and Resorts.

Motiongate Dubai is spread across five zones: Sony Pictures Studios, DreamWorks, Smurfs Village, Lionsgate and Studio Central, the park’s entry boulevard.

Scheduled to open in October this year, Motiongate Dubai is part of Dubai Parks and Resorts which will also feature the region’s first Legoland Park and a Legoland Water Park.

Committed to bringing together the best of the East and West, Dubai Parks and Resorts will also feature Bollywood Parks Dubai, the first ever theme park based on the sights and sounds of Bollywood.

The entire destination will be connected by Riverland Dubai – a retail, dining and entertainment walkway and guests can stay at the Lapita Hotel, Autograph Collection, a Polynesian-themed resort catering to families.