Motiongate Dubai

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Motiongate Dubai
Motiongate logo.png
LocationDubai, United Arab Emirates
ThemeShow business
DreamWorks Animation
Columbia Pictures
Lionsgate
The Smurfs
Slogan...& Action!
OwnerParques Reunidos
Operated byDubai Parks and Resorts
OpenedDecember 16, 2016; 4 years ago (December 16, 2016)
Attractions
Total30+
Roller coasters5
Water rides1
Websitehttps://www.motiongatedubai.com/EN
StatusOperating

Motiongate Dubai is a Hollywood-inspired theme park located in Dubai Parks and Resorts, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, showcasing themed areas and attractions based on DreamWorks Animation, Columbia Pictures, Lionsgate, and The Smurfs and was opened on December 16, 2016.

History[edit]

Motiongate Dubai is operated by Dubai Parks and Resorts. The park's opening date was originally scheduled on October 31, 2016, but was postponed due construction delays. It was opened on December 16, 2016.[1]

Theme park operations were temporarily suspended in March 2020 due to COVID-19 precautionary measures. It was supposed to reopen on April 8, 2020[2] but the closure was extended for the summer period with the destination reopening on September 23, 2020. The company will "focus on the roll-out of the enhancement programme and completion of maintenance works during the closure period". The enhancement programme will introduce 12 new rides at the destination. Installation of eight rides will be completed by Q3 2020 with the remaining four rides expected to be completed by Q4 2020.[3]

Areas[edit]

Attractions[edit]

Columbia Pictures[edit]

Current[edit]

  • Zombieland Blast-off - a drop tower.
  • The Green Hornet: High Speed Chase - a Gerstlauer Bobsled roller coaster.
  • Hotel Transylvania - a trackless dark ride.
  • Underworld 4D - a 4D show. The following attraction contains depictions not suitable for children age 15 and under.
  • Ghostbusters: Battle For New York - a 3D interactive shooting dark ride.
  • Flint's Imagination Lab - an indoor interactive attraction aimed to younger guests age 12 and younger.
  • Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs: River Expedition - a river rapid-based water ride.

Former[edit]

  • Ghostbuster Block Party - street show

DreamWorks[edit]

  • Dragon Gliders - a powered inverted roller coaster created by Mack Rides.
  • Shrek's Merry Fairy Tale Journey - a trackless dark ride
  • Madagascar Mad Pursuit - a launched Gerstlauer Infinity coaster.
  • Melman-Go-Round - Carousel created by Concept1900 Entertainment
  • Penguin Air - a Zamperla Magic Bike.
  • Swamp Celebration - a Disk'O.
  • Kung Fu Panda Academy
  • Mr. Ping's Noodle Fling - a teacup ride.
  • King Julien's Side Show Stomp - a live show.
  • Operation Penguin Shake
  • Fountain of Dreams
  • Kung Fu Panda: Unstoppable Awesomeness - a motion simulator.
  • The Swinging Viking - a pirate ship ride.
  • Camp Viking
  • How to train your dragon


The Smurfs' Village[edit]

  • Smurfberry Factory - a play area.
  • Smurf Village Express - a Gerstlauer junior roller coaster.
  • Smurfs Studio Tours - a traditional dark ride.
  • Woodland Play Park - an outdoor play area.
  • Smurfs Village Playhouse - a live, animated interactive show.

Lionsgate[edit]

  • Step Up Dubai, All In! - a live show.
  • Panem Aerial Tour - a motion simulator.
  • Capitol Bullet Train - a Mack Rides launched coaster.
  • (Under Construction) John Wick: Open Contract - a S&S 4DFreeFly coaster.
  • (Under Construction) Now You See Me: High Roller - a Maurer Rides GmbH Spinning coaster.

Character appearances[edit]

Companies Franchises Characters Locations Year appearances
DreamWorks Animation (Universal Pictures/NBCUniversal/Comcast) Shrek
How to Train Your Dragon
Kung Fu Panda
Madagascar
Shrek
Donkey
Fiona
Puss in Boots
Hiccup
Astrid
Toothless
Po
Alex
Marty
Melman
Gloria
King Julien
Maurice
Mort
Penguins
Capitan Dubois
DreamWorks 2016–present
Columbia Pictures Hotel Transylvania
Underworld
Ghostbusters
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
Dracula
Mavis
Johnny
Murray
Selene
Peter Venkman
Ray Stantz
Egon Spengler
Winston Zeddemore
Flint Lockwood
Sam Sparks
Columbia Pictures 2016–present
Peyo The Smurfs Papa Smurf
Smurfette
Brainy Smurf
Vanity Smurf
Smurfs Village 2016–present
Lionsgate The Hunger Games
Step Up

two new roller coasters are being added to the area with a planned opening date of "early 2021" those rollercoasters are John Wick: Open Contract - a S&S 4DFreeFly coaster and Now You See Me: High Roller - a Maurer Rides GmbH Spinning coaster.

Effie
Peacekeepers
Lionsgate 2016–present

Annual events[edit]

Motiongate Fright Nights (October 2018) - Held from the 18th of October until the 3rd of November, it featured 2 scare areas and a Saw themed maze.

Motiongate Fright Nights 2 (October 2019) - Held from the 24th of October until the 22nd of November. Horrors from the screen featured photobooth from famous horror movies in history. Haunting of the Old Graveyard was a storytelling show. Into the Deadlands was a maze themed after a post-apocalyptic Earth. Zombieland was a maze with zombies.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Dubai Parks & Resorts opening date delayed". What's On Dubai. 3 October 2016. Retrieved 25 October 2016.
  2. ^ "https://twitter.com/dxbparksresorts/status/1243533963370643463". Twitter. Retrieved 2020-07-23. External link in |title= (help)
  3. ^ Nagraj, Aarti (2020-07-05). "Dubai Parks and Resorts to stay closed in summer, reopen on September 23". Gulf Business. Retrieved 2020-07-23.

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