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Motiongate Rides confirmed for Dubai movie park

Dubai Parks and Resorts (DP&R) has confirmed details of the 27 movie-themed rides, attractions and live entertainment experiences that will entertain guests at the new Motiongate theme park when it opens this October as part of DP&R three-park cluster opposite the Palm Jebel Ali. “We are taking guests beyond the screen, into a

world of cinematic adventure at motiongate™ Dubai,” says Guido Zucchi, general manager of the Parques Reunidos managed facility. “With an action-packed line- up of Hollywood-inspired rides and attractions from fast- paced rollercoasters, multi-sensory theatre shows to imaginative play areas, plus a full line-up of live entertainment shows, there is something for everyone.” “Movies are a favourite leisure pursuit in this region,” adds Stanford Pinto, chief parks operating officer for Dubai Parks and Resorts. “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.” Here, zone by zone, is what lies in store:

Studio Central Opening Ceremony (daily song and dance production to welcome guests into the park) and Backlot Crew (roaming interactive show).

Sony Pictures Studios Hotel Transylvania (dark ride), Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs: River Expedition (family rapids ride), Flint’s

Longleat project Longleat, the English safari and adventure park celebrating its 50th anniversary as a visitor attraction in 2016, has hired Forrec to develop a 10-year masterplan. The Canadian firm will review existing

Forrec lands

circulation, park layout, capacity and attractions based on its understanding of the strategies needed to attract and entertain large groups of people. The company will then make recommendations on a future plan for the park, which would help guests circulate more effectively, could add new attractions and may include overnight options for stays on the grounds.

Located on 900 acres of landscaped grounds

that includes Longleat House, considered to be one of finest examples of Elizabethan architecture, Longleat was the first drive-through park of its kind outside Africa. Today, animals such as giraffes, Bactrian camels, elephants, monkeys, rhinoceros, deer, tigers, lions, and timber wolves roam through grassland and woodland settings. Longleat’s aristocratic owners were the subject of an entertaining “fly on the wall” documentary series last year on BBC TV.


Imagination Lab (interactive play), Zombieland: Blast Off (58m S&S drop tower), Ghostbusters: Battle for New York (interactive dark ride), The Green Hornet: High Speed Chase (rollercoaster), Underworld 4D, plus live shows featuring Backlot Beat, Ghostbusters, Hotel Transylvania, Count Dracula, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and The Green Hornet.

Smurf Village Smurfs Studio Tour (family ride), Smurfs Village Playhouse (theatre show), Smurfs Village Express (family coaster), Woodland Play Park (adventure playground), Smurfberry Factory (soft play area).

DreamWorks Shrek’s Merry Fairy Tale Journey (interactive dark ride), Swamp Celebration (log-themed Rockin’ Tug), Madagascar Mad Pursuit (rollercoaster), Melman Go- Round (carousel with Madagascar characters.), Penguin Air (Magic Bikes), Kung Fu Panda: Unstoppable Awesomeness (3D/4D theatre) Mr Ping’s Noodle Fling (Kung Fu Panda teacup ride with noodle bowls) Kung Fu Panda Academy (live stage show) Dragon Gliders (How To Train Your Dragon themed suspended rollercoaster), Camp Viking (How To Train Your Dragon interactive water play area), Swinging Viking (pirate ship), Fountain of Dreams (multimedia water/light show

with favourite DreamWorks characters), Madagascar: King Julien’s Side Show Café, plus additional live entertainment, meet-and-greets etc.

Lionsgate Capitol Bullet Train (Hunger Games themed multi- direction rollercoaster), Panem Aerial Tour (Hunger Games themed 3D motion simulator), Step Up Dubai, All In (stage show).

Individual suppliers or more specific details regarding types of ride have not been confirmed. Officially launching in October, with an expected soft opening in September, Motiongate will be joined at Dubai Parks and Resorts (DP&R) by the region’s first ever Legoland park and Legoland waterpark from Merlin Entertainments and Bollywood Parks Dubai, also managed by Parques Reunidos, all linked by the Riverland Dubai retail, dining and entertainment district. Also featured on site will be the Polynesian-themed Lapita Hotel. A projected 6.7 million visits are expected in 2017, the first full year of operation. DP&R is to issue shares to help fund a Six Flags park as part of phase II of the AED 10.5 billion ($2.85bn/€2.5bn) development.

WOW! Wave Ball brings new life to old pools

Wave pools are a popular addition to any waterpark or aquatic facility, but the associated wave-generating technology can be costly and complicated to install once a pool has been built. WOW Company from Belgium has a solution that can breath new life into old pools with minimum fuss. The Wave Ball can be installed with minimal rehabilitation work and requites no additional space in or around the pool. Running are low too. Pictured here is a W130FL

Wave Ball installation at Wodneparki in Poland. According to WOW, rectangular pools are also an ideal shape for the Wave Ball. Installed last year at Calirayat Resort in the Philippines, a W150FL model unit produces waves of 60cm in height across a water area of 388 m². Suddenly a pool that had previously been loosing its appeal has become the centre of attention! To date, WOW has completed over 300 Wave Ball projects in over 40 countries around the world. But how

does the technology work? Find out by visiting WOW Company this month at the DEAL trade show in Dubai, where it will be sharing a booth with Polin Waterparks.

APRIL 2016

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