DUBAI // It is part of one of three major theme parks to opening this year, and the finishing touches at Motiongate Dubai for its December opening are all but done.
The park is part of Dubai Parks and Resorts, the Dh13.2 billion project at Jebel Ali.
The big blue box, five themed lands based on DreamWorks Animation films such as Shrek and Kung Fu Panda, stand out from afar on the Dubai to Abu Dhabi motorway.
The 45,000 square metre indoor DreamWorks space is big enough to fit in five Airbus A380s.
In the Madagascar-themed area, brightly-painted carousels are in place, the final checks are being made to its two rollercoasters, the theatre backdrops are being rolled out in the Kung Fu Panda land and the longest ride of the park, Shrek’s Merry Fairy Tale Journey, is ready and waiting.
The ride lasts more than seven minutes and tells the tale of Shrek and Fiona’s love story, with a twist.
Dragon Gliders, in How To Train Your Dragon land, is one of the most anticipated rollercoasters, a suspended ride set to offer some of DreamWorks visitors the most thrills.
Shrek’s Candy Apple Restaurant stands out at the centre of its swamp-style zone, replicating the comical character’s home.
In DreamWorks alone, there are 12 rides, among the 27 total in Motiongate Dubai’s park, which will also feature multiple daily shows based on the movie Step Up, with a cast of dancers recruited from around the globe.
Although DreamWorks is the only all-indoors area of the park, all other attractions have air-conditioned walkways and queuing systems, which general manager John Hallenbeck said will make the park an attraction “for the majority of the year”.
Chief technical officer Matthew Priddy, who like Mr Hallenbeck has decades of experience in theme parks, said DreamWorks is “a mini theme park within a theme park”. More info and photos