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Dubai Parks and Resorts

Dubai Parks and Resorts

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Dubai Parks and Resorts (DPR, DPAR) is the name of a company in Dubai which owns and operates theme parks and other entertainment venues including Motiongate (Hollywood theme), Bollywood, Legoland, Legoland Water Park, Riverland (European themed tourist village), and Lapita hotel resort.

Dubai Parks and Resorts theme parks, hotel, and restaurant village are all (so far) located in one area south of Jebel Ali, close to the border with Abu Dhabi emirate.

As of 2017 there is no public transport except for taxis (expensive from anywhere in Dubai), however there is a free bus service operated by DPR, and also a free bus service to the nearby Village Outlet Mall which is a short walk from Riverland.

There are six areas to the entire resort, including 3 theme or adventure parks, 1 water park, 1 hotel, and 1 restaurant and shopping village.

DPR transport, access and car parking

List of Dubai Parks and Resorts theme parks

Motiongate theme park

Motiongate has activities, rides, food, and souvenir shops based on films from three different Hollywood studios: Sony Pictures Studios, DreamWorks Animation, and Lionsgate.

Best rides in Motiongate (our opinion)

Five zones of Motiongate

Outdoor areas are pleasant to warm in winter, and very hot in summer. We visited once in August and we were surprised that it was not quite as unbearable as we expected. Perhaps those outdoor misting fans really do work. It's still too hot to stay outside for very long though.

List of Motiongate rides (5 zones, not 6 zones as in some reports):

  1. Studio Central (outdoors): main street when entering Motiongate. Shops and restaurants, no rides.
  2. Columbia Pictures (a division of Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group) (outdoors) rides:
    • Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs - River Expedition (open early 2017?). Fairly tame river rapid ride in a round thing with seats. You'll get splashed a bit. Watch the bumps if you're taking photos or video with your not very waterproof smartphone.
    • Flint's Imagination Lab: Indoor playground for kids.
    • Ghostbusters: Battle for New York. Sit in a moving trolley and shoot at ghost pictures with a laser gun.
    • Hotel Transylvania. A scenic ride through the castle, not interactive but a pleasant display of scenes from the film.
    • The Green Hornet: High Speed Chase. Short roller coaster ride, not exciting enough to do a second time.
    • Underworld 4D. A 3D film with rocking seats, water spray, and wind effects. Enjoyable if you like that sort of thing but not worth the wait if there's a long queue.
    • Zombieland Blast Off. Go up and down a big pole, enjoy the desert view. Thrill ride not advisable just after eating or drinking. You'll either love it or vow never to do it again.
  3. Smurfs Village (outdoors) rides:
    • Smurfberry Factory. Kids can throw soft foam balls around.
    • Smurfs Studios Tour. Sit in a moving trolley and see how Smurfs make a movie. Fun for small kids.
    • Smurf Village Express. Small roller coaster ride for young kids.
    • Smurfs Village Playhouse. Fun Smurf show for young kids.
    • Woodland Play Park. Outside playground for young kids to climb around.
  4. DreamWorks (entire area indoors, airconditioned, the big blue building)
    • The Fountain of Dreams. Main entrance to DreamWorks, a decorative water feature good for selfies.
    • Kung Fu Panda
      • Kung Fu Panda Academy. Kung Fu show.
      • [Best ride] Kung Fu Panda: Unstoppable Awesomeness. 4D boat ride effect. Cool.
      • Mr. Ping's Noodle Fling. Spinning tea cups. Get dizzy.
    • How to Train Your Dragon (open Apr 2017)
      • Dragon Gliders. More of trolley in the air tour than a roller coaster. One sort of thrilling section but mostly slow.
      • Camp Viking. Playground for kids with water guns to splash each other with.
      • The Swinging Viking. Boat swinging back and forth.
    • Madagascar
      • [Best ride] Madagascar Mad Pursuit! Indoor roller coaster ride. Moderately exciting, worth doing a repeat ride if queues not too long.
      • Melman-Go-Round. Merry-go-round.
      • Penguin Air. Whirly thing for young kids.
    • Shrek
      • Swamp Celebration. A spinning boat. Mildly interesting. More thrilling for kids.
      • Shrek's Merry Fairy Tale Journey. Moving trolley ride through Shrek Land.
  5. Lionsgate (Lions Gate Entertainment) (outdoors):
    • Hunger Games: is part of Phase 2 opening at Motiongate, might open near end of 2017 ... or early 2018.
      • [Not yet] Capitol Bullet Train. Roller coaster with vertical section and 360 degrees loop. Should be good.
      • [Not yet] Panem Aerial Tour. Indoor (?) aerial tour of Panem Land.
    • Step Up Dubai, All In! (indoor theatre) Get all Step Up movies at once in a live dance show.

Dubai Parks and Resorts summer 2017 special offer

Summer 2017 special offer food and drink all you can eat, valid until 31 Aug 2017.

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