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BOLLYWOOD AND LEGO BRICKS New park plans confirmed for Dubai

Development company Meraas Holding has unveiled the blueprint for the planned Dubai Parks & Resorts project in the city’s Jebel Ali area, which will include three theme parks with some well- known brands and themes.

Meraas has already made substantial progress towards finalising key components of the Dubai Parks & Resorts (DP&R) project and establishing partnerships with global movie studios, construction partners and international theme park operators. Ground work commenced on site in February of this year and the first phase, scheduled for completion in 2016, will comprise Legoland Dubai, managed by Merlin Entertainments, Motiongate Dubai and Bollywood Parks Dubai, managed by Parques Reunidos, plus additional resort-style facilities. The Motiongate park will feature four themed zones and bring to life some of the most recognisable Hollywood characters from the big screen using some of the latest technology-based rides and attractions. Billed as the first theme park

in the world dedicated solely to the Indian film industry, Bollywood Parks Dubai will provide an outlet for fans from across the globe to visit and celebrate the nation’s colourful movie output. No IPs for either park have yet been revealed. The Legoland brand needs no explaining. The first park of its kind in the Middle East and the seventh worldwide, it will bring the Lego brick to life in an hands-on world aimed at children aged two to 12, featuring many of the tried and tested attractions that have been a hit at Legoland parks around the world.

Centrally located between the three parks, Riverpark will serve as an entrance plaza district featuring an array of retail, dining and entertainment options. Complementing the DP&R experience will be the Lapita themed family hotel. “Dubai Parks & Resorts will be the first entertainment destination that will simultaneously open the gates to three theme parks,” highlights Meeras Holding chairman Abdulla Al Habbai. “The project will feature leading intellectual

Come fly with BPB! Blackpool Pleasure Beach’s oldest operating ride celebrated its 110th birthday last month – and we hear it was quite a party! The Sir Hiram Maxim Captive Flying Machines opened to the public on 12 August 1904 and have remained a firm favourite at the popular British park ever since.

Affectionately known as the Flyers, the 10-plane ride was developed to give riders the experience of flying – long before commercial air flight became affordable. In the 110 years the ride has been operational, over 20 million Pleasure Beach guests have stepped aboard to experience the iconic ride which gives stunning views of the amusement park during its four-minute “flight”.

Maxim built the attraction to raise funds for his attempts to be the first man to fly the measured mile, and before long it was attracting crowds from across the UK. The ride sits pride of place close to the entrance of the 42-acre amusement park and still retains much of its original structure and machinery, which visitors can view at close quarters in the building below.

A map showng the location of the parks (bottom left)

properties from elite industry players to create leisure and entertainment concepts that are expected to draw more than five million residents and tourists annually.”

Originally announced in 2012, the AED10 billion (US$27€210) Dubai Parks & Resort project forms part of Dubai’s Tourism Vision 2020 and is expected to serve markets within an eight hour flight time from Dubai – and so covering most of Europe in one direction and Asia in the other.

Drayton Manor’s new

ride is sick! It’s maybe not an attribute you immediately want to shout about, but Drayton Manor has turned the “sickeningly good “ sensations riders on its new Zamperla Air Race are experiencing to its advantage. It appears that the spinning ride’s

combination of banks, loops, dives and weightlessness are a little too nauseating for some of the English park’s visitors. As such, passengers on the 24-seat attraction are being offered sick bags during their flight – and here’s the publicity shot to prove it. Owners of other vomit-inducing attractions take note. “Sick” incidentally, is street slang for “great” but of course Park World readers should be hip enough to know that already.

World record- breaking Star Flyer

Six Flags New England, Agawam, Massachusetts, has launched the tallest swing ride on the planet. The New England SkyScreamer (Star Flyer) from Funtime towers over 400ft (125m) in the air and stands twice as tall as any other ride in the park. Similar but slightly shorter Funtime Star Flyers opened last year at Six Flags Over Texas (123m) and Gröna Lund in Stockholm, Sweden (120m).


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