DreamWorks Animation in amusement parks

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Since the early 2000s, DreamWorks Animation, an American animation studio, now owned by NBCUniversal as of 2016, has had an involvement in the creation and theming of amusement park rides and attractions. This article details the ventures of DreamWorks Animation in amusement parks.

History[edit]

In 2003, Universal Parks & Resorts opened the 4D film called Shrek 4-D at Universal Studios Florida, Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Studios Japan. The film is chronologically sequenced between the original 2001 film Shrek and Shrek 2 which was released in 2004. In 2005 and 2008, Shrek 4-D was added to Warner Bros. Movie World and Movie Park Germany respectively (the film was later removed from Warner Bros. Movie World and Movie Park Germany in favour of Journey to the Center of the Earth 4-D Adventure and Ice Age: The 4D Experience).[1]

On 18 March 2010, DreamWorks Animation moved further into the theme park industry with the opening of two themed lands at Universal Studios Singapore. The first land is Madagascar which is based upon the 2005 film of the same name. The second land is Far Far Away which is based upon the Shrek franchise. Each of the lands featured a variety of attractions themed after the movies. In 2011, Dreamworld announced a $10 million deal with DreamWorks Animation to bring the company's characters to their amusement park. In a 3-stage development beginning on 19 December 2011, Dreamworld will open new shows and newly themed rides and attractions.[2]

In May 2012, the Brazilian theme park Beto Carrero World announced a partnership with DreamWorks Animation, later that year Shrek and other characters began to make meet and greets around the park.[3] The first area with DreamWorks Animation characters opened in February 2014, themed to Madagascar, the area features two attractions, a live show and a river rapids ride.[4] In March 2016, Beto Carrero World and DreamWorks Animation renewed the partnership for more 10 years, and announced three new themed areas featuring Shrek, How to Train Your Dragon, and Kung Fu Panda. The construction is scheduled to start in 2017.[5]

In February 2013, it was revealed that DreamWorks Animation has partnered with Regions GC to build in Russia Europe's largest indoor theme parks. Set in Moscow, Saint Petersburg and Yekaterinburg, each park will incorporate a movie and concert hall, 4D movie theater, three-star 400-room hotel and retails. The parks, which are expected to be completed in 2015, will feature themes based on Shrek, Madagascar, How to Train Your Dragon, Kung Fu Panda, and Turbo.[6]

In May 2013, DreamWorks signed a licensing agreement with Sands China to bring its cast of animated characters to Sands Cotai Central in Macau. The resorts will present a series of performances, parades, dining experiences, meet-and-greets and photo opportunities highlighting characters such as Po from Kung Fu Panda; Shrek, Fiona and Puss in Boots from Shrek; Alex the Lion, King Julien and the Penguins from Madagascar and Toothless and Hiccup from How to Train Your Dragon.[7]

Locations[edit]

Park Area Opening date Closing date Previous attraction Replaced by
Dreamworld 1 April 2012 (2012-04-01)[8] N/A Kid's World
Nickelodeon Central
N/A
Movie Park Germany Standalone attraction 27 May 2008 (2008-05-27) 2011 (2011) SpongeBob SquarePants 4-D Ice Age Dawn of the Dinosaurs: The 4-D Experience
Universal Studios Florida Standalone attractions 12 June 2003 (2003-06-12) N/A Alfred Hitchcock: The Art of Making Movies
Stage 54
N/A
Universal Studios Hollywood Standalone attractions 23 May 2003 (2003-05-23) N/A Rugrats Magic Adventure 3-D N/A
Universal Studios Japan Standalone attraction 20 June 2003 (2003-06-20) N/A N/A N/A
Universal Studios Singapore
  • Far Far Away
  • Madagascar
18 March 2010 (2010-03-18) N/A N/A N/A
Warner Bros. Movie World Standalone attractions 17 September 2005 (2005-09-17)[1] 29 August 2010 (2010-08-29)[1] Marvin the Martian in 3D[9] Journey to the Center of the Earth 4-D Adventure[10]
Beto Carrero World Standalone attractions 10 October 2013 (2013-10-10) N/A N/A N/A
Motiongate Dubai DreamWorks 16 December 2016 (2016-12-16) N/A N/A N/A
Movie Animation Park Studios[11] Dream Zone 26 June 2017 (2017-06-26)[12] N/A N/A N/A

Attractions[edit]

Below is a list of all of the attractions at DreamWorks Animation themed areas around the world. The dates shown in the columns refer to the opening and closing dates for the ride under that name. It does not mean that the ride was closed and/or removed.

Attraction Type DW MPG USF USH USJ USS WBMW BCW
Donkey Live Interactive live show 2010–[13]
Donkey's Photo Finish Meet and greet 2003–
DreamWorks Holiday Shrektacular Show Live show 2011–2012[14][15]
Dronkey Flyers Children's rotating flat ride 2012–[15]
Enchanted Airways Junior roller coaster 2010–[16]
Escape from Madagascar Suspended Family Coaster 2012–[15]
Gingy's Glider Kite Flyer 2012–[15]
King Julien's Beach Party-Go-Round Carousel 2010–[17]
King Julien's Theatre in the Wild Show stage 2012–[15]
Kung Fu Academy Play area 2012–
MAD Jungle Jam Ball play area 2012–[15]
Madagascar: A Crate Adventure Water ride 2011–[18]
Magic Potion Spin Children's Ferris wheel 2010–[19]
Meet Shrek and Donkey Meet and greet 2003–
Pandamonium Zamperla Air Race 2012–
Puss in Boots Sword Swing Swing ride 2012–[15]
Puss In Boots' Giant Journey Inverted roller coaster 2015–
Shrek 4-D 4D film 2004– 2003–[20] 2003–2017 2003– 2010–[21] 2005–2010[1]
Skadoosh Bumper cars 2012–
Shrek Live Live show  ????-????[22]
Shrek's Ogre-Go-Round Carousel 2012–[14]
Madagascar Crazy River Adventure! River rapids ride 2014–[4]
Madagascar Circus Show! Live Show 2014–[4]

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Shrek 4D (Warner Bros. Movie World)". Parkz. Retrieved 27 November 2011. 
  2. ^ Scott, Tessa (10 November 2011). "DreamWorks at Dreamworld". Nine Gold Coast News. Retrieved 10 November 2011. 
  3. ^ "BETO CARRERO WORLD CONFIRMA ALIANÇA COM DREAMWORKS E UNIVERSAL STUDIOS". Beto Carrero World Press Release. 25 May 2012. Retrieved 9 March 2015. 
  4. ^ a b c "MADAGASCAR, DA DREAMWORKS ANIMATION, CHEGA AO BETO CARRERO WORLD". Beto Carrero World Press Release. 21 February 2014. Retrieved 9 March 2015. 
  5. ^ "Beto Carrero terá três novas áreas temáticas". Panrotas. 21 February 2014. Retrieved 5 March 2015. 
  6. ^ Tartaglione, Nancy (February 15, 2013). "DreamWorks Animation Plans Indoor Theme Parks In Three Russian Cities". Deadline. Retrieved February 15, 2013. 
  7. ^ Yu, Grace (2 May 2013). "Sands China-DreamWorks agreement: Shrek, Kung Fu Panda and more coming to Cotai". Macau Daily Times. Retrieved 5 September 2013. 
  8. ^ "Dreamworld Unveils Spectacular End of 2011: New World-Class Entertainment Alliance with DreamWorks Animation". Press Release. Dreamworld. 10 November 2011. Retrieved 10 November 2011. 
  9. ^ "Marvin the Martian in 3D (Warner Bros. Movie World)". Parkz. Retrieved 27 November 2011. 
  10. ^ "Journey To The Center Of The Earth 4-D Adventure (Warner Bros. Movie World)". Parkz. Retrieved 27 November 2011. 
  11. ^ Loh, Ivan (March 30, 2014). "Malaysia's first-ever animation theme park to open in 2015". The Star. Retrieved February 27, 2015. 
  12. ^ "RM450 million animation theme park to open in Perak next year". The Kakvat Post. March 31, 2014. Retrieved February 27, 2015. 
  13. ^ Universal Studios Singapore. "Donkey Live". Resorts World Sentosa. Retrieved 27 November 2011. 
  14. ^ a b Abate, Amanda (10 November 2011). "DreamWorks Deal". Seven News. Retrieved 11 November 2011. 
  15. ^ a b c d e f g "Dreamworld To Open New Dreamworks Animation Precinct". Press Release. Dreamworld. February 2012. Archived from the original on 20 February 2012. Retrieved 20 February 2012. 
  16. ^ Marden, Duane. "Enchanted Airways  (Warner Bros. Movie World)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved 27 November 2011. 
  17. ^ Universal Studios Singapore. "King Julien's Beach Party-Go-Round". Resorts World Sentosa. Retrieved 27 November 2011. 
  18. ^ Universal Studios Singapore. "Madagascar: A Crate Adventure". Resorts World Sentosa. Retrieved 27 November 2011. 
  19. ^ Universal Studios Singapore. "Magic Potion Spin". Resorts World Sentosa. Retrieved 27 November 2011. 
  20. ^ "Shrek 4-D (Universal Studios Florida)". Parkz. Retrieved 27 November 2011. 
  21. ^ Universal Studios Singapore. "Shrek 4-D Adventure". Resorts World Sentosa. Retrieved 27 November 2011. 
  22. ^ "Shrek Live (Warner Bros. Movie World)". Parkz. Retrieved 27 November 2011.