Dubai Parks and Resorts

DUBAI PARKS & RESORTS : Riverland’s French Village at night !

Dubai Parks and Resorts ( DPR ) are getting ready for next month opening of its third theme park … the Hollywood inspired Motiongate, but Riverland is open and “ready for business”!

Riverland represents dining and entertainment heart of the Parks. It is connecting Bollywood Park, Legoland, Lego Water Park and Motiongate Park, which will open on the December 16th.

This area itself is divided into 4 Zones:

  • Boardwalk
  • Peninsula
  • India Gate
  • French Village

The most finished and athmosperic is definitely the 1600’s inspired French Village, based on a real town of Annecy…alpine town of southeast France, so let’s take a walk


The best time to visit is during sunset. The twilight gives you the right ambience for photos and also, the entire area becomes very athmosperic and almost feel like you travelled back in time.

Why almost ? Well…I know, its easy to judge and criticise, but if DPR wants to truly introduce a world class entertainment destination, they have to improve more then just a few details…

  • the pavements have terrible finish ( in the entire complex )
  • music plays 5 songs in a loop and should be different play-list for each zone
  • water is dirty with debris and rubbish floating around
  • everything is covered by dust ( even easy to clean areas )
  • there has to be much more details on the buildings ( laundry ropes, metal details, flower pods, etc )
  • Mcdonalds, Starbucks and Boots pharmacy just don’t work for me in an old french village.
  • when acrobats, or contortionists performs, there isn’t any special atmosphere, no needs a host, who warms up the crowd and make them feel like they are going to see something special.

I may be hard with my critics, but I really want this place to be as best as possible and come back again and again to feel the magic. The competition is increasing and visitors will soon have even bigger selection of parks and attractions to choose from, while visiting the UAE!

  • Riverland is free to visit, but you have pay for parking Aed50 ( USD 14 ) .

(For comparison … Disney Springs in Orlando carpark is complimentary , but Universal charges USD 20)

SEE MANY MORE PHOTOS from Legoland, Bollywood Park, or find out all the rides in the upcoming Motiongate Park …CLICK HERE and find much more about UAE and world’s theme parks.

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Fuji Q Highland theme park japan

FUJI Q : Most thrilling Japanese Theme Park !

FUJI Q HIGHLAND is the most famous Japanese theme park with more than 40 attractions to make you scream…guaranteed!!!

Park was open in 1968 and was on my bucket list since 2011, after introduction of Takabisha – world’s steepest coaster.

Takabisha – World’s steepest rollercoaster drop

Fuji Q didn’t gain its fame for unique theming or immaculate landscaping.

Yes, you can see the mighty mount Fuji ( if the moody weather allows ), but the main reason people come here, is to get scared inside huge “haunted attractions”, or scream your heart out on one of the record breaking rides.

View at the parks best rides

The best way how to enjoy the park is to arrive a day before and book into the adjacent Highland resort and spa. You will get priority access to the park and be the first to get your hands on the fast pass tickets (without them you will spend the entire day in the queue)

“Read my Highland Resort & Spa review HERE “

Fuji Q Park has 4 major rollercoasters and many other head spinning, stomach churning rides.

1.Fujiyama :

The legendary King of Coasters is 79 metres tall, 130 km/h steel rollercoaster, opened in 1996 and was once the world’s tallest roller coaster and had the largest drop in the world at 70 m ( 320ft ).

For me, the scariest bit was the slow “click click” lift to the top and see the ground getting lower and lower.

Massive 70-meter drop is fantastic, but the ride gets a bit rickety in places. Well, it’s 20 years old…

You hear only the wind from the top of the lift hill


2.Dodonpa :

Currently the 4th fastest in the world with acceleration of 172 km/h, in 1.8 seconds.

The moment you are being catapulted out of the “petal pipe” is unbelievable and quite violent. It definitely felt more intense than Formula Rossa in Ferrari world.

Dodonpa is frequently ranked in the top 10 best/most extreme/scariest roller coasters in the world .This 55 second ride takes the rider across 1,189 metres (3,901 ft) of steel tracks, and peaks at a maximum height of 42 metres

Interesting detail is the ominous drumming sound that flows from the speakers as passengers wait in line to board the train. This repetitive percussive music is created by taiko drums, an old traditional Japanese drum that was used to fright the enemies.

Loading station


76 metres tall, 126 km/h,[5] opened in 2006 and is only the second “4th Dimension roller coaster” ever built (after X² at Six Flags Magic Mountain in California).

The ride is violent, fast, and crazy and I absolutely loved it. It’s the ultimate experience for every rollercoaster fan and “once of a life time” must do ride!

The seats can rotate 360 degrees forward or backward in a controlled spin, allowing Eejanaika to invert 14 different times, even though the actual track inverts only three times.

It surpasses the first built “4th dimension” roller coaster, X², in both, height and speed!


The best ride ever !!!


The main reason of my trip…121° freefall, as well as seven major twists over 1000 metres of track, and a drop of 43 metres!

I went three times in a row, to enjoy the smooth movement through the air, speed and the exceptional drop. The ride starts with a loop in pitch black darkness, before entering the outdoor track with 7 inversions…pure pleasure! ☺

Very enjoyable and smooth ride

Other rides :



  • Location : Shin-Nishihara. Fujiyoshida, Yamanashi Prefecture Japan ( 100min drive from Tokyo)
  • Opening time : Monday to Sunday from 9am, to 17pm
  • Ticket : one day pass ¥5,700
  • FAST PASS : ¥1000/per ride
  • Get there : take the Chuo or Tomei highway bus from Shinjuku, Tokyo or Yokohama stations. Book seat in advance HERE





Bollywood Park Dubai

DUBAI PARKS & RESORTS : World’s first Bollywood theme park in pictures!

Dubai Parks and Resorts will be soon opening second, of their three theme parks … the Bollywood inspired Park full of shows and attractions based on the Mumbai’s legendary film industry.

“See list of all attractions HERE”

I personally don’t know much about the movies and its stars, but from what I saw inside, there is fantastic music, colours and great vibe, together with picturesque theming and 17 movie based attractions.

As the park itself is opening on the November 15th, none one of the rides were operational.

The little taste of India, I could get from quick walk around, made me very excited and I just can’t wait to go back and experience everything what the park has to offer….Stay tuned!

Enjoy the photos ! 🙂

Bollywood Park Dubai
Main Gate to the park


“See all LEGOLAND Dubai photos HERE”

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Show in progress in front Rajmahal Theatre


Bollywood Park Dubai

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