DUBAI PARKS & RESORTS
Dubai Parks & Resorts LLC, a Meraas Holding company
Amusement Resort complex featuring Riverland Dubai retail / dining area, the Lapita Hotel, and several theme parks:
MOTIONGATE Dubai (Opened Dec. 16, 2016)
BOLLYWOOD PARKS Dubai (Opened Nov. 15, 2016)
LEGOLAND Dubai - (Opened Oct. 31, 2016) & LEGOLAND Water Park (Opened Nov. 15, 2016)
SIX FLAGS DUBAI - CANCELED
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(11/19/22) Dubai Parks & Resorts To Add Real Madrid Theme Park (MORE...)
(1/23/22) Motiongate Dubai - First Look at John Wick and Now You See Me Coasters + Legoland Hotel Update
(1/18/22) Lego Resort Hotel Already Standing but Unopened (MORE...)
(1/15/22) Motiongate Dubai To Open New Liongate Themed Expansion and Coasters This Week (MORE...)
Resort News - (11/19/22) Dubai Parks and Resorts has apparently signed a deal to build the world’s first “Real Madrid theme park” that will feature sports themed rides, attractions and experiences. According to this article the goal is to open the new attraction by late 2023, which seems like a very short timetable to me. One thing to consider however is that Dubai Parks & Resorts did begin construction years ago on a proposed Six Flags Dubai theme park, only to shelve the project in the early phases of the build. With that in mind, if the Real Madrid project is going on the same site, they may be planning on repurposing any infrastructure and grading work already done on the site for the abandoned Six Flags project to speed up the build of Real Madrid.
This would make sense as I believe several of the ride’s originally purchased for the Six Flags project were also moved and used to expand the existing Motiongate and Bollywood Parks on site at Dubai Parks and Resorts.
While the idea of building an entire theme park around the theme of a single sports team of any kind seems to be a bit out there, the dream to build a Real Madrid theme park has been something talked about for many years now. While still a bit foreign a concept to the American marketplace, the fact is that Real Madrid is one of the most popular Football clubs (aka: Soccer teams) in the world today.
(4/26/21) The bad news is that Dubai Parks & Resorts has reported a Q1 2021 loss of 360 million dirhams ($98 million). The good news is that the loss in 2021 is actually is actually only about 63% of what DBX lost in Q1 2020, which was 564.6 million dirhams ($153.72 million). It seems a good sign that things are getting better, but they’ve got a ways to go still before the resort becomes profitable.
BOLLYWOOD PARKS Dubai (Opened Nov. 15, 2016)
2021 - 10 New Rides / GCI Wooden Roller Coaster / Observation Wheel - (2/4/21) According to CNN the new Bollywood Skyflyer ride that opened at the Bollywood park in Dubai on January 21, 2021 is now said to be the tallest swing ride in the world. The Bollywood ride stands 460 feet tall, edging out the previous record holder, the Orlando Starflyer, by just 10 feet.
(1/25/21) A new photo update shows off all the new attractions that have opened at Bollywood Parks Dubai, as posted by ThemeparX. The collection of new rides is thought to have been leftover from the proposed Six Flags Dubai park that was canceled after early construction had begun, leaving the resort to look for new locations and themes to add them to their existing parks.
(1/15/21) According to this report Bollywood Park Dubai will see a total of nine new rides added when the park reopens for the season on January 21, 2021. The list includes:
The Bollywood Skyflyer - standing 140 meters tall
Wheel of Stars - a 55-meter tall Ferris wheel
Taxi No. 1 - an 88-meter long family roller coaster
Abraa ka Dabree - A swinging ride
Mansoon Masti - a new water ride
Rodeo Ki Sawari - new rodeo themed flat ride
Hawa Hawai - hang glider ride
Tanga No. 13 - a carriage ride around the Gateway of India
The Rocket - kiddie rocket ride
Later this year a 10th ride will open, the Bombay Express, the park’s new wooden coaster that we’ve already seen pictures of under construction.
(11/4/20) New pictures showing off the construction of an observation wheel and the new wooden coaster at the Bollywood theme park in Dubai can be found at ThemeparX this week. Based on the photos I’m guessing this will be a smaller sized wooden roller coaster, probably topping off between 90 and 110 feet. Keep in mind that many wooden coasters this size can provide the perfect amount of thrills. Wooden coasters don’t have to be huge to be thrilling, often times the more modest sized coasters can provide the best experience.
(8/24/20) Here is a welcome surprise for 2020… would you believe that a brand new wooden coaster was spotted under construction in Dubai? According to the post from the European Coaster Club, pictures of a large lift hill for a wooden coaster with a steel support structure (said to be GCI) were shown going up inside the Bollywood Park. Based on the timeframe and state of construction, I’m guessing this new coaster will be ready to open sometime in 2021.
LEGOLAND Dubai (Opened Oct. 31, 2016)
2022 - Nothing is known at this point in time...
???? - Legoland Hotel - (1/23/22) The Legoland Hotel that has been sitting built, but unopened, also opened up to the first guests this weekend.
(1/18/22) A quick update on the current status of the Legoland Hotel in Dubai was sent in by a reader. According to the message, the Legoland Hotel in Dubai has been built for quite some time now, it just never opened. According to our source the building used to have banners all around it previously, promoting it as something that would open in 2020, but looks like the pandemic mixed with the continued tales of poor attendance at the Dubai Parks & Resorts property caused management to put any planned opening of the hotel on the backburner.
A news article about the expansion of Dubai Parks published back in late November 2020 actually mentions that the Legoland Hotel was expected to open in December 2020 at the time. Of course at the same time they also said that the new Liongate expansion with the new coasters was also planned to open in early 2021, and yet it is only just now set to open on Jan. 21, 2022.
So when will the Legoland Hotel Dubai open? There is no way to know, as it has been kept closed for quite some time. From what I’m told, they believe if need be, they could possibly be ready to open it as soon as they are able to staff it. But with the current levels of very slow attendance at the parks there, as seen at the property during their visit in December 2021, they felt there really was no reason to open it at this time.
(1/15/22) It has been confirmed that the LEGOLAND Hotel will soon join the LEGOLAND Dubai theme park experience. The 250-room resort was first announced back in 2017 as more of a proposed future addition to the park, but at the time the Dubai Parks & Resorts attraction had just opened in 2016 and was seeing less than stellar initial results. While we don’t have an opening timeline for the hotel, the new announcement moved it from the proposal stage to an actual project they are going to move forward with.
(8/11/17) During a report about the first six months of operation from DXB Entertainments, I found it interesting that they mention a "proposed Legoland Hotel" and not a confirmed Legoland Hotel, which means that they will likely hold off on starting this project until they can stop the financial bleeding and get their numbers up.
(2/15/17) According to a press release from DXB Entertainments PJSC and Merlin Entertainments Group, the Dubai Parks and Resorts project will soon be home to a LEGOLAND Hotel. The new 250-room hotel will be placed next to the new LEGOLAND Dubai theme park and feature Lego themed rooms, a Castle Play Area and more. The deal is described as a 60/40 joint venture (with Merlin being the 40%), but Merlin will also be in charge of the operations of the hotel as they are with the LEGOLAND parks.
MOTIONGATE DUBAI (Opened Dec. 16, 2016)
2022 - John Wick: Open Contract & Now You See Me - High Roller - (1/23/22) Great photos and some video footage of the new John Wick and Now You See Me coasters that just opened at Motiongate Dubai can be seen in a new article posted here. While the coasters themselves may be similar to what you might see at a Six Flags theme park (and with good reason, they were originally intended to be part of the now-canceled Six Flags Dubai theme park), it is great to see that the queues use some fantastic theming to tie the experience in with that of the movies, including a stroll through the Continental Hotel from the John Wick films.
(1/15/22) According to Blooloop the new Lionsgate themed expansion to Motiongate Dubai, featuring new roller coasters themed to the John Wick and Now You See Me films, will open to guests on Jan. 21, 2022.
(9/4/21) We haven’t heard much lately about the process on the new coasters coming to Motiongate Dubai, but a new picture taken outside the park shows that the two new coasters appear to be fully built for the John Wick: Open Contract and Now You See Me - High Roller attractions. You can see this picture as well as some construction shots from within the park taken in July over at ThemeparX. The entrance pathway to the Now You See Me coaster is interesting, as they appear to have built a mini-version of Las Vegas’ Fremont Street roof over the street going to the coaster. I wonder if it will have a video screen installed on the roof as well.
(10/28/20) According to a Tweet from the European Coaster Club, the new Now You See Me: High Roller spinning coaster from Maurer will be unique and become the fastest spinning coaster to use single cars, hitting a top speed of 70km/h.
(10/23/20) Motiongate Dubai has announced two new themed roller coasters coming to the park, themed after Lionsgate film properties, both of which are expected to be ready to open by the end of 2021.
The first one will be the first attraction themed to the John Wick film series starring Keanu Reeves. Based on the concept art, this one appears to be an S&S 4D Free Spin coaster to be called John Wick: Open Contract. Based on the concept art it looks like the station and bottom of the coaster may be enclosed inside a building facade, which makes sense given the heat in Dubai, with the ride’s queue to run through a building structure themed as the Continental hotel. The queue itself promises to have two different stories to be told, depending on which paths guests take through the queue experience.
The other coaster will be called Now You See Me - High Roller, based on the Now You See Me film series where stage magicians pull off heists. The coaster system selected for this ride appears to be Maurer Spinning Coaster with a custom track layout. Guests will start off the experience by entering the queue themed as a casino with the plans for a new heist already in progress.