DUBAI : Challenge Reality in VR Park Dubai ? Review

A new Virtual Reality ( PVRK ) park is now open in Dubai Mall. You can’t miss the entrance, evoking the Inception movie-themed bending streets of Dubai and surrounded by other popular attractions such as Kidzania, Haunted House or 22-screen Movie Theater.

Unfortunately, the flashy entrance promises more than the actual theming inside delivers. I wasn’t impressed with the dark and non-descriptive space. Sure, the upside down Burj Khalifa definitely has the wow factor,  but that’s about it.

The attraction itself spreads across two levels using space of the recently re-branded Sega Republic “theme park”. Some of the original flat rides were kept in and just re-themed to fit with the new concept.

You can “escape the reality” in more than 15 experiences which majority involves VR Headset.


Here is the main issue…the quality of the graphic used is quite rudimentary, which ruins the sense of reality.  It also smells a bit, some of the headsets are quite heavy, not comfortable to wear and dysfunctional. At least half of the rides were disappointing due to these failings.

Also, some footage isn’t very well coordinated with the actual ride movement, which is most obvious on the Plummet attraction. Try to ride Dubai Drone, or Plummet without the headset!

In my humble opinion, there are only 3 experiences worth a visit :

  • The Walking Dead VR Outbreak
  • The Raft 
  • Burj Drop

Don’t’ miss a review of every each ride & photos below…:)


VR Park Dubai is a full-fledged Virtual Reality park trying to bring family entertainment to another level. But does it deliver enough fun to justify the price tag? Let’s see the comparison of day passes with other entertainment destinations in Dubai and Worldwide:

PRICE COMPARISON

  • VR Park Dubai: AED200 / USD55 ( no resident offer / you opt for pay by ride AED45 )

OTHER DUBAI PARKS…

  • Aquaventure Waterpark: AED195 ( resident rate ) / AED275 ( full price )
  • IMG World’s of Adventure: AED195 ( resident rate ) / AED245 ( full price )
  • Motiongate Dubai : AED165 ( resident rate) / AED235 ( full price )
  • Ferrari World Abu Dhabi: AED195 ( resident ) / AED295 ( full price )

MAJOR WORLDWIDE PARKS…

  • Disney Magic Kingdome CA: USD102 / AED374
  • Alton Towers Park: GBP55 / AED269
  • Universal Studio Singapore: SGD76 / AED 210
  • Sea World FL: USD78 / AED286

Make your own judgment…



LIST of ATTRACTIONS :

1. Arena

  • Terrible photomontage experience with animated animals & objects. You can choose from different themes ( dinosaurs, ocean, safari ) and somehow try to take photos with virtual “things”. The outcome isn’t very exciting…NEXT!


2. Burj Drop 

  • This is quite an enjoyable drop tower ride, which feels much more dramatic thanks to the VR headset. Good fun cleaning Burj Khalifa facade and falling down!

3. Geminose: The VR Carousel

  •  just some slow spinning “thing” for the little ones…including VR headset.

4. Robocom 

  • Space shooting VR game while sitting in a moving seat. Good graphics, a bit long and no scoring system which makes the game pointless.

5. Robocom VR 

  • 3D Floor projection of chosen theme ( shark attack etc. ), which was actually enjoyable. The floor screen is clear and hydraulic movement and effects work well with the film. You will be enclosed with three other people inside a moving box and watch the floor below you through 3D glasses.

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6. The Raft 

  • The Raft requires players to grab their VR guns and work together to defend the swamp against an infestation of supernatural creeps. One of the highlights of my visit. Clear VR experience and fun for four players. Equipment was very responsive and new.

7. The Walking Dead VR Outbreak 

  • Survive a ride through the zombie-infested hospital. A scary zombie shooting action game. Not for the faint-hearted ( like me 🙂 ), You will be shooting the undead from a wheelchair while being pushed through dark, creepy sanatorium. Clear visuals, good sound, and scary fun all the way!

8. Ape-X 

  • Just NO! Bad graphics, non-responsive gloves, broken sound and very long shooting game while standing on top of a skyscraper. Definitely one of the worst activities. I’ve left after few minutes…

9. VR Sports 

  • I didn’t try, but it does look like a Wii but more immersive with the VR headset. You can choose skating, hockey, soccer etc…


10. Plummet 

  • VR Skydive experience. The footage doesn’t match the movement of the ride, so better enjoy without the headset. You will be spinning upside down on this rotating pendulum ride. Good fun!

11. PAYDAY: The VR Heist

  • A bank robbery goes wrong. Just another shooting activity. You need to play in a team.

12. The Mummy Prodigium Strike & John Wick Chronicles VR Experiences

  • These are two similar experiences involving VR headset to transport you into a movie theme. I have tried the Mummy theme and was shooting zombies ( or something ) from moving helicopter ( it didn’t look very Mummy-ish ). It would be fun if it didn’t make me dizzy.

14. Construct

  • I Didn’t find this attraction ( perhaps I wasn’t looking hard enough ) but it supposes to be scenes exploring game from PresenZ movie format ( whatever that is )

15. Dune Bash

  •  Dune Bash attraction is actually two rides. First one is 3D action journey on a vehicle with “attached to an airplane” story. The car you are sitting in moves, turns, shakes while you are watching the mediocre footage. The other rise is similar but includes VR headset and dune bashing theme. Nothing to rave about…

16. VR Baloon

  • As you can guess, you will be transported in the air to watch the world below. A bit boring activity including VR Headset.


17. VR Bus

  • Another boring and not very enjoyable experience. You will be sitting on a bus watching scenes from chosen city. Do yourself a favor and skip this one

18. Dubai Drone

  • Wild Mouse type of rollercoaster including VR headset with bad, spasmodic footage of Dubai. Much better to enjoy this ride without the VR. Pity about the spinning at the end, it’s too much and will make you dizzy. Still, one of the better rides…

I was happy to experience this attraction but will stick with a “real” theme parks. There is nothing better then adrenalin rush while conquering the speed on Ferrari World’s Formula Rossa, or being “flushed down” on Aquaventure Water Park Poseidon’s Revenge…


PRACTICAL INFO :

  • OPENING TIME: 10AM-11PM ( vary by day )
  • LOCATION: DUBAI DOWNTOWN / DUBAI MALL – LEVEL 2
  • TICKET PRICE: FROM AED45 ( PAY BY RIDE )

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DUBAI SAFARI : My Review of Dubai’s Latest Attraction!

It has been three months since the opening of Dubai’s newest attraction…the Dubai Safari Park.

I decided to delay my first visit to the park until the dust settled and it was worth the wait!  Even though the 120-hectare wildlife park in Al Warqa area is not fully finished, there is plenty to keep you entertained.

Once fully complete, 2500 animals will call this place their home. I was happy to see spacious and nicely designed enclosures with the well-being of the animals kept in mind. They even have Air Conditioning to keep them cool ( if you travel to Dubai in summer you know what I mean 🙂 )

TIP: ARRIVE EARLY TO AVOID QUEUES AND MID-DAY HEAT!


The entire park is divided into five zones.  One of them is the actual Safari tour and for this, you need to purchase a separate ticket or purchase combo ticket at the entrance ( see details at the end of this post ).

Transport between the different zones is serviced by buses and open trams.

ZONES :

  1. Arabian Village: Take a 15min ride on the open train through sand dunes and watch animals native to the Middle East region, such as Oryx, Gazelles, and Antelopes.
  2. Asian Village: Spot a Moon Bears, Gibbons or Komodo Dragons. The Sea Lion theatre is not open yet.
  3. African Village: Walk between massive Baobab trees, visit UAE largest Aviary and Reptile house in this self-walking zone filled with fun things to do and see. If you love Meerkats same as I do, this is the place for you 🙂
  4. Wadi Area: Beautifully landscaped valley with a river, walking paths and lush greenery. Perfect for a picnic or a nap under the trees.
  5. Safari Village: Exciting 40min Safari drive-through water and land. Watch carefully for White Rhinos, Tigers, Girrafes, and Crocodiles. Easily the highlight of the day!

ARABIAN VILLAGE 


ASIAN VILLAGE


AFRICAN VILLAGE 


WADI AREA


SAFARI VILLAGE 


The Good :

  • Beautifully landscaped park with a huge amount of greenery
  • Affordable entrance fee
  • Friendly staff
  • Large and very enjoyable Safari with a lot of animals
  • Two huge play areas for Kids

Not So Good :

  • It was dirty during my visit, buses full of rubbish, chewing gums etc. Hmmm
  • No restaurants are open yet, but they have food trucks.
  • Food trucks only accept cash ( except one )
  • The glass viewing panels into the animals enclosures were scratched and dirty, it was difficult to take a decent shot

Currently, the Spanish global park operator Parques Reunidos is taking over the Dubai Safari’s day-to-day operations, so we should see some improvements soon !


INFO :

  • Tickets: AED 50 / Kids 20 & Combo with Safari AED 85 / Kids AED 30
  • Open daily from 9am till 7pm
  • Accessible by car only – from Dubai Marina 40min / Dubai Downtown 20min
  • Area – Al Warqa / opposite Dragon Mart

VERDICT : 

Despite few “glitches”, I have really enjoyed my time in the park and spent more than four hours discovering all the different areas, exhibits and interactive experiences. It is a perfect place to escape the city, relax and have a fun day out for a very fair price!


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PATTAYA : My stay at Avani Resort

AVANI / PATTAYA / THAILAND

Travellerczech’s Rating7/10


Pattaya has a reputation of the “party” capital of Thailand, but did you know, you can actually discover an amazing islands and perfect beaches without taking another flight out of Bangkok?

If you are having some free time in the Thai capital ,don’t forget to visit the “Angkor Wat of Thailand”,mystical ancient ruins of Ayutthaya.

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Less than two hours taxi drive ( THB 1700 ) will bring you to the “resort” town of Pattaya. That makes it an ideal destination, if you have only few days and flying to Phuket, or Koh Samui it’s not an option.

I don’t like to waste my time in a traffic and prefer to walk and discover new places on foot. This means, to stay in central location. I also enjoy a quiet, peaceful and green surroundings, that’s why Avani Pattaya was my first choice. Read all about my experience below…


OVERVIEW :

Right in the middle of Pattaya, but neatly hidden within a sprawling lush gardens. The hotel is connected to a shopping mall with restaurants, supermarket and variety of stores.

Avani welcomes you with open air lobby, pleasant decor with touch of Thai heritage, smiley staff and plenty of greenery, which for me, is one of the main reasons I have picked this hotel.

Rooms are newly renovated and entire property feels fresh and pleasant. Just the lifts could be changed…


LOCATION : 9/10

Simply perfect…few minutes walk to the nearest beach, shopping malls, club streets etc.

Taxi journey from central Bangkok takes just under two hours and journey from/to Suvarnabhumi airport only 1hour and 30minutes. The ride will cost anything between 1500-2000THB ( 47USD+ )

Note, Pattaya’s beaches aren’t very nice, but there is a plenty of boat trips and island to visit and enjoy turquoise clean waters.

I have hired a private yacht for a day to discover amazing hidden beaches and coral reefs with pattayboathire.com which is the best way to explore nearby islands. You can book with them directly by email info@pattayaboathire.com 


ROOMS : 6/10

I have stayed in a Garden View Room on the top floor overlooking pool and the beach. These rooms are newly renovated with a light, fresh colours and decor, but nothing feels like you are in Thailand. Just a bit generic.

Bedding is very comfortable and mini fridge fully stocked to help to enjoy balmy evenings on your private balcony.

Bathroom is very small and it is hard to fit your toiletries around the sink area ( maybe I have too many 🙂 ) All areas were spotless at all times.

WiFi is complimentary with decent speed.

Room also includes : 

  • AC
  • safe, mini-fridge, TV, coffee/tea making facility
  • private furnished balcony
  • complimentary bottled water
  • complimentary WiFi
  • bathrobe/slippers
  • basic toiletries

TIP : always opt for garden/sea facing rooms


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SERVICE & FACILITIES : 7/10

Pleasant and helpful service. Refreshing drink is offered during check-in and all staff is friendly. Especially breakfast staff is very welcoming.

I have chosen this hotel especially because of the tropical gardens and pool. It didn’t disappoint. It really is a true oasis and the pool is very deep which I enjoyed. It also has a kids area, slide and whirlpool.

Hotel’s gym is a professionally equipped facility with huge variety of machines and free weights. Spa was just ok and the facial treatment I have tried wasn’t any special and was very costly.

Hotels main facilities :

  • free-form pools with water slides, surrounded by tropical gardens.
  • professionally equipped gym
  • spa including outdoor massage hut
  • cooking lesson area outside
  • cute coffee/bakery shop Pantry at the lobby
  • variety of restaurants and bars

POOL : big, deep, clean and surrounded by lush gardens with plenty of sun loungers.

SPA : ok facilities with nothing special to offer…

GYM : huge, fully equipped and perfect for a “hardocore” work out.

HOTEL GROUNDS : peaceful, lush and simply amazing!


FOOD & DRINKS : 8/10

  • Garden Cafe is the epicentre of the hotel’s F&B offering, with all day dining and delicious buffet breakfast. I loved the fresh fruit juices and asian food selection directly from Benihana restaurant.
  • Dicey Reilly’s is an Irish sport bar/pub and you must try their Beef Stew accompanied by pint of Guinness
  • Elephant Bar is at the lobby and offers wide selection of cocktails
  • Benihana restaurant is a famous japanese food chain offering high quality fresh sea food and specialities.
  • Pantry at Avani is a super cute little food shop in the lobby with healthy snacks selection of freshly made coffee.
  • Manao Bar is at the pool and serves pretty much anything and directly to your sun loungers or swim up bar.
  • Sala Rim Nam is traditional Thai cuisine destination hidden in the middle of beautiful garden.

TIP : also try the nearby Casa Pascal restaurant for a great fine dining experience!


VALUE FOR MONEY : 7/10

If you do compare the location, quality, facilities and service, you are getting very fair nightly rate. I also went to check some competition around and non of them can offer such a spacious gardens and pool.

  • at the time of writing this post, Garden View Rooms start from AED 590 ( USD 162 ) including breakfast.

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Motiongate Theme Park Dubai The Hunger Games Lionsgate Zone

MOTIONGATE : The Hunger Games “land” is now OPEN !


The world of Hunger Games, best selling novels and movie trilogy ( 2008-2010) is now become a reality.

You can experience the post-apocalyptic Panem at Motiongate theme park in Dubai. ” Labeled” as Phase 2 of the theme park expansion is due to be open officially soon, but both major rides are in technical rehearsal and intermittently available to park guests.

Mack manufactured launched roller coaster Capitol Bullet Train and 3D flight simulator Panem Aerial Tour are truly enjoyable, state-of-the-art attractions and will fully immerse you in the world of 12 Districts of Panem.


Let’s have a closer look at both rides :

  • Panem Aerial Tour

The ride queue starts with the infamous poisoned white roses as a direct reference to the evil President Snow. Movie music, together with displayed props, clothing and images work well and there is plenty to look at while waiting for your flight.

A safety video hosted by Effie Trinket is a nice introduction to the quirky world of Capitol city, before  proceeding to the waiting room with 5 doors. They lead to the loading room with ride vehicle consisting 5 rows/6 seats per row.

This vehicle moves forward to another room with a 360 circular shaped projection. Passengers get to go on a 3D flight tour of the Capitol, but of course, things doesn’t go as planned and there is wild chase through the city. The vehicle moves very smoothly and wind effects makes the experience much more realistic. The journey feels very immersive and well designed.

My only comments will be towards the sharpness of the projections, it should be more crisp and vivid. Hopefully this will be fixed as the ride is still in technical rehearsal.


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  • Capitol Bullet Train 

Motiongate’s 4th coaster is from German ride maker Mack. Train has 10 rows with 2 seats in each.

Safety lap bar makes the ride very comfortable and more exciting. After exiting the loading station, the entire train moves to the left when it joints to the actuals track.

At first, it gets slowly launched towards the main loop. It rises only half way up and rolls backwards onto the vertical part of the track, for some awesome air time ( the best seats are in the very last row ).

Right after, the train receives full power push from the lines induction motors and accelerates into the full loop and rest of the track. There is one more loop and air hill, but the ride is quickly over.

The ride could be bit longer and faster, but that’s just me 🙂


Few more photos from around the Lionsgate area


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La Perle Show Franco Dragone Dubai Al Habtoor City

DUBAI : Le Perle Show – First Impressions & VIDEO

65 performers, 1300 seats within 10 floors high, custom build theatre, 2.7mil litres dive pool, mapping projections on all surfaces and 135 speakers to create the most immersive experience.

All those impressive numbers should make up for one big unforgettable spectacle, but unfortunately, last weekend opening shows were far from that.

Speaking for myself, the expectations were running high. Previously experiencing over 10 Dragone’s and Cirque du Soleil shows, I really feel cheated and immensely dissapointed by seeing La Perle at Al Habtoor City theatre.



The show is obviously under-rehearsed, many of the performers just keep running around to fill the space and except for a couple of “finished” sequences, the entire piece is rather underwhelming.

Many tricks and technical elements are not operational and some of the artists don’t even get to do their stunts.

In my opinion, it felt like a preview rehearsal show and therefore the guests shouldn’t be asked to pay full price tickets!

The biggest flop was the ending part with a huge empty structure coming up and down. This piece was meant to be full of performers ( I guess ).



The story of La Perle supposed to be inspired by Dubai and its rich cultural past, vibrant present and aspirational future. There isn’t any obvious connection of that in the show and why is one of the main characters Chinese dragon ?


La Perle commencement somehow reminds me rushed opening of Dubai Parks and Resorts on December 2016. Nothing was finished, tickets were full price…”word of mouth” spreads quick and now, the parks are barely surviving.

I maybe sound too critical, but as a big fan of Cirque du Soleil and Dragone’s shows, this was not good!

But it’s not all bad, the theatre is amazing, seats slightly narrow, but otherwise comfortable and the staff helpful and welcoming.  You can bring purchased food and drinks inside the theatre and take as many photos and videos as you like.

…just wait few more months before purchasing the tickets…


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  • Tickets starts from Aed 400 ( USD 110 )
  • Al Habtoor City – W Hotel
  • Show times : 7pm / 9.30pm ( days vary )

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DUBAI : 10 BEST NEW THINGS TO DO

Long gone are the times, when shopping was the only fun thing to do in Dubai!

New attractions are popping up in every corner of the city and there has never been a better selection of activities to make your vacation, weekend or evening unforgettable.

To make your choices a little bit more easier, I have put together list of TOP 10 NEW attractions you can enjoy in Dubai or close proximity.

IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER :

1. Ride Velociraptor at IMG World’s of Adventure !

World’s largest indoor theme park is a home to over 16 attractions within 5 zones, including Cartoon Network, Marvel, Lost Valley & IMG Boulevard.

Velociraptor, Predator, Thor & Spiderman rides are amongst the most thrilling ones, so don’t eat before you ride…eat after, the food in the park is very good 🙂

IMG WOA is located outside the city, near Global Village.

“CLICK HERE FOR 147 IMG WOA IMAGES & REVIEW HERE”

INFO : Tickets from Aed245 / daily 11am-9&10pm / Sheik Mohammed Bin Zayed Road


2. Climb Tree Tops inside the Green Planet

Learning about the Earth, Eco systems and Nature it’s so much fun inside the big white building at City Walk Dubai. The Green Planet bio dome is accommodating more than 3000 plants and animals.

Walk under tropical rivers, lift-off on top of rain forest and discover animals you never knew they existed.

CLICK HERE FOR FULL POST ABOUT THE GREEN PLANET” 

INFO : Ticket from Aed95 ( buy 1 get 1 free with Entrainer voucher ) / daily 10am-10&12pm / City Walk Dubai


3. Walk around Dubai Canal 

New 3,2km “river” is now connecting Dubai Creek with Jumeirah Beach. Enjoy exciting views at the city, waterfall daily from 8-10pm and if your phone runs out of battery after all the selfies, easily re-charge from many stations along the Canal Boardwalk.

Don’t forget to cross all three interesting bridges to take the best photos.

INFO : Admission Free / open 24/7  / bring your own food & drinks


4. Experience amazing at Dubai Parks & Resorts

Three theme parks and waterpark complex linked by dining & entertainment village called Riverland is now to be discovered at the outskirts of Dubai South towards Abu Dhabi.

Legoland, Bollywood and Motiongate parks presenting dozens of attractions and my favourite area is Dreamwork’s Zone inside Motiongate park. Don’t miss the magical Dragon Gliders coaster!

World’s first Hunger Games themed “land” is opening very soon ! Stay tuned.

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INFO : Tickets from 85Aed / daily from 10am-12pm  (openings vary/check online) / Sheik Zayed Road towards Abu Dhabi


5. Be amazed at Imagine show

Enjoy brand new Guinness World Records breaking show, full of light, water and fire effects in Dubai’s Festival City Mall.

Watch one, or all three 3 different shows, daily from 7.30pm to 11pm. Expect huge water screen projections, mapping videos on surrounding buildings and plenty of other tricks designed by Australian company Laservision.

INFO :  Admission Free / shows from 7.30pm / Festival City Mall Dubai


6. Take selfies with all the funky Street Art at City Walk 

One of my favourite areas of the city. Picturesque City Walk is only few minutes drive from Dubai Mall, but feels like another “planet”.

Restaurants, Art, Shopping, Exhibitions, Hub Zero Game Park and also the Green Planet are all located in here.

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Beautifully designed “streetscapes”, walkable distances with all the fantastic coffee shops makes this place the perfect weekend destination. Uh, did I mentioned the cool street art ?

INFO : Admission Free ( pay per attraction )  / Al Wasl Road


7. Catch a world class performance at Dubai Opera

Finally, Dubai has it’s own Opera House! 1901-seat, multi-format, performing arts centre is designed after the traditional Arabic vessel ..Dhow.

Expect the most flashy musicals, concerts and shows. This place is full every night and proved to be a big hit with locals and visitors alike.

Check the website for full program/tickets and PLEASE turn off your phones during the show!

INFO : Admission per show ( book online ) / you cannot enter without ticket / Sh.Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard – Dubai Downtown 


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8. Watch Ain Dubai Wheel growing bigger and bigger by the day!

The Beach at JBR Walk is the place to go, if you want to feel like being on vacation! Crowds of tourists, turquoise sea, busy promenade and 40+ dining places to choose from…

It doesn’t stop here, just opposite The Beach is growing Dubai’s biggest attraction…215m tall Ain Dubai Mega Wheel. It’s not finished just yet, but its hard not get impressed by its size already.

This place is perfect to visit at any time, any day.

INFO : Admission Free / Dubai Marina – JBR Walk / Paid Parking 


9. Take a day trip to Yas Island’s Ferrari World !

Want to escape the heat and make a little trip outside the city ? Yas Island is only 50min drive from Dubai Marina and is famous for its Ferrari World theme park, Yas F1 circuit, Yas Water World and Warner Brother Movie World ( opening 2018 )

The massive red roof of Ferrari World is hiding one of the best thrill rides in this part of the world.

Feel the speed on record breaking 240km/h Formula Rossa coaster, fly 52m high on twisted loops of Flying Aces or get “shot” through the park’s roof on newest Turbo Track ride…

CLICK HERE TO SEE TURBO TRACK’s OPENING NIGHT” 

INFO : Tickets from Aed275 / Daily 11am-8pm / Yas Island Abu Dhabi 


10. Have lunch stop at Last Exit ( on the way back from Yas Island )

Retro themed “food stop” on Sheikh Zayed highway on the way from Abu Dhabi is full of funky cars, food trucks and photo opportunities.

Pick some freshly cooked food from one of the 18 food trucks and enjoy it in a setting reminding me Disney movie Cars.

Second Last Exit on the opposite side of the road is opening soon !

INFO : Admission Free / open 24/7 / Sheikh Zayed Road from Abu Dhabi 


If all of this is not enough, just wait few more months for two more major openings – Dubai Safari and Al Habtoor La Perle show…stay tuned 🙂


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Motiongate Dubai Dreamworks Kung-Fu Panda Unstoppable Awesomness Ride

MOTIONGATE : Unstoppable Awesomeness is open !

Motiongate Dubai theme park quietly opened another ride inside its 45.000 sq.m indoor DreamWorks section.

Kunfu-Panda zone’s newest addition is called Unstoppable Awesomeness and I am happy to say it has the potential to be totally awesome ride, once all elements of the ride are fully operational.


Upon entering, you will be totally immersed in the Kunf-Fu Panda universe with its elaborate theming, twinkling Chinese lanterns and cleverly used forced perspective. This section of the park also host the Mr. Ping’s Noodle Fling ride ( spinning tea cups/bowls ).

All Motiongate attraction queuing lines are very well themed and Unstoppable Awesomeness is no exception.  Pleasant walk through Chinese forest lined by cute little buildings and bamboo leads to a pre-show room first.

There are actually two pre-shows. They are both witty, easily explaining the story and make you included as a part of the emperors guard, to follow Kung-Fu Panda on his journey with a secret delivery.


After entering the show room, you will board one of two boats. Each boat is mounted on a motion platform atop a scissors lift which raises the vehicle closer the the screen ( think Simpsons the Ride @Universal ).

This immersive 3D dark simulator ride was build by British company SimWorks, takes four minutes and each boat accommodate up to 25 riders. Hourly capacity is around 300 people.

Water spray effects and few other details didn’t work during my visits as the ride is still in technical rehearsal. Also the sound needs some fine tuning as I couldn’t understand the conversation of the characters.

As you can guess, you will be travelling on a wild rivers, falling down waterfalls and riding through many visual obstacles.


Overall experience was very satisfying and hopefully the remaining rides waiting to be open will be all similar quality. The soon to be open rides at DreamWork’s are Dragon Gliders suspended coaster and parks longest ride … Shrek’s Merry Fairy Tale Journey!

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Once fully open, DreamWorks section will hosts 12 rides + 15 in the rest of the park. So far the “star” of Motiongate is a dark coaster entitled “Mad Pursuit” , based on Madagascar movie with its launch speed of 95km/h.

The world’s first Hunger Games movie based rides should be also open in a few a months, but if you can’t wait until then, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi is opening their newest thrill ride “TURBO TRACK” on the 29th of March, so join me on the Yas Island 🙂

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Motiongate Dubai

MOTIONGATE DUBAI : Look inside the new DreamWorks zone!

The huge indoor section of Motiongate theme park – DreamWorks, is now open and  filled with Shrek, Kung-Fu Panda, How to Train Your Dragon and Madagascar characters and themed attractions.

Not every area, or ride is yet operational as the sign outside notifies…building is “technical rehearsal”!

Even so, the incredible theming, lighting and working attractions proving the huge entertainment potential. I am sure this place will become the showpiece of Motiongate theme park.

Motiongate Park Dubai
The Dreamworks building

 


The wow moment comes straight after walking through that door in form of a huge bronze character mash-up fountain.

And it doesn’t end here. After the disappointing Ghostbusters  and underwhelming Hotel Transylvania dark rides, the fun content of this big blue building lit up my eyes with childish excitement!


There are four zones and each of the them contains one main attraction and few supporting ones, mainly for kids.

How to Train Your Dragon area is still closed but will have a Viking theme.

 


  1. KUNG-FU PANDA 
  • Unstoppable Awesomeness – 4D simulator ( not open )
  • Mr. Fling’s Noodles Fling – tea cups style ride which is actually good fun
  • Kung-Fu Academy Stage show ( not open )

     2. MADAGASCAR 

  • Melman-Go-Round carousel with great theming
  • Penguin Air – rotating aircraft, you have to pedal fast to take off
  • Madagascar Mad Pursuit – easily the BEST RIDE of the park. Launched roller-coaster in total darkness with surprising speed and many lighting effects ( most of them didn’t work yet ). Great fun!
  • Restaurant stage show ( not open )

  1. SHREK
  • Shrek’s Merry Fairy Tale Journey ( not open ) – some sort of puppet show
  • Swamp Celebration – spin ride with a “twist”

  1. HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON ( under construction )
  • The Swinging Viking – spinning boat
  • Dragon Gliders – suspended family coaster
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Door to the soon to be open How To Train Your Dragon area…

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Motiongate Dubai

MOTIONGATE : Opening Day, Hotel Transylvania and much more…

Motiongate Dubai theme park finally opened its gates! Travellerczech couldn’t miss that never-ending confetti rain and brings you the opening day photos & park/ride updates!

Dreamwork, Hunger Game zone’s and water raft ride are still closed, but most of the attractions are now fully operational.

Read & see all about Motiongate rides in my previous post HERE!

So far, all the rides appeal more to a families rather than adrenalin hungry theme park fans, but let’s see how the Bullet Train rollercoaster up’s the game once opened next spring.


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John Hallenbeck ( park manager ) himself 🙂

Note…Sony Picture Studio was re-named to Columbia Pictures…

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Now…few updated shots from around the park…


Hotel Transylvania :

Let’s have a closer look at the new dark ride. Again, the queuing area is amazing, so much details inside the show building itself and nice trackless vehicle system which takes you on a ride through different rooms inside the castle. Not much is happening though …

Not sure, why three rides ( Ghostbusters, Smurf Studio Tour and Hotel Transylvania ) has exactly the same ride system ( with different theming ). They all feel very static and you more, or less passively looking at pretty displayed props.


Smurf Studios Tour :

Cute and slow ride through Smurf Studio set up. It was actually quite enjoyable if you have no expectations, but I am sure the little ones will be delighted.

Also, the Smurf Village Express “coaster” was being tested ( not open ).


Cloudy with a chance of Meatballs river expedition :

Another ride which is still under construction…but for sure, it will be a very wet experience once ready.


Hunger Games :

Hopefully the “highlight” of the park … Capitol Bullet train and Flight over Panem attractions…stay tuned!


  • Tickets cost 250Aed per day, or 295 ( Special offer ) for all three parks

More updates will come soon !!! 🙂

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Motiongate Park Dubai

DUBAI PARKS AND RESORTS : Motiongate…100 photos from world’s newest theme park!

Motiongate park Dubai is warming up for its grand opening on Dec 16th and Travellerczech is bringing you great bunch of photos and all the info you need to know from world’s newest theme park.

Motiongate Dubai welcomes Hollywood to the Middle East with 27 rides based on movies such as Shrek, Hunger Games, Kung Fu Panda, Green Hornet or Underworld.

I would like to share with you my experience and I hope you will find my post enjoyable and informative. All the descriptions and points below are based on my personal views as a regular global theme park visitor and compared with the biggest competitors in the industry…enjoy  responsibly ! 🙂

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Entrance to the theme park

Motiongate is joining LEGOLAND Dubai, Bollywood Park & LEGOLAND Waterpark creating unique destination connected by entertaining zone called Riverland with Polynesian themed Lapita hotel.

By 2020, there will be 4 waterparks and 7 theme parks between Dubai and Abu Dhabi so expectations are running high!

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Full of details, fun and colours…

Park itself is a bit of a walk through Riverland, but the main gate looks epic and really sets up the mood together with the movie songs playing in the background.

You cannot walk from one part of the park to another without seeing a street show, take a snap with movie characters or experience some excitement!

” Riverland photos – CLICK HERE”

Motiongate is definitely the best park from all four, inside Dubai Parks and Resorts (DPR).

Great theming, nice atmosphere and plenty of details to get immersed into the world of movies…still tons of work to do, but so much potential.

Only few rides were open during my visit and you can read my opinion about them below.


After entering, the Studio Central ( main street ) takes you to 4 different zones.

  1. Lionsgate
  • Step Up Dubai ! All in – musical show
  • Panem Aerial Tour – 3D flight simulator ( opening early 2017 )
  • Capitol Bullet Train – launched coaster ( opening early 2017 )
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Studio Central “Main Street”
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Future Gate to Lionsgate Zone

  • 2. Smurf’s Village (rides closed during my visit / under construction)
  • Smurfberry Factory – interactive kids area
  • Woodland Play Park – obstacles
  • Smurf Village Express – baby rollercoaster
  • Studio tour – dark ride
  • Smurf Village Playhouse
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Entrance to beautifully themed Surfs Village

  1.  Dreamworks (closed during my visit / under construction)
  • Kung Fu Panda : Unstoppable Awesomeness – 4D simulator
  • Melman Go Round – carrousel
  • Penguin Air – rotating aircrafts
  • Madagascar Mad Pursuit – indoor speed coaster
  • The Swinging Viking – spinning boat
  • Shrek’s Merry Fairy Tale Journey – Puppet Show
  • Dragon Gliders – suspended family coaster
  • Swamp Celebration – spin ride
  • Kung Fu Academy stage show
  • Mr. Fling’s Noodles Fling – tea cups style ride
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Dreamworks Indoor Zone

  1.  Sony Picture Studio ( some rides open during my visit )
  • Green Hornet High Speed Chase – rollercoaster
  • Ghostbusters Battle for New York – laser shooting dark ride
  • Zombie Blast Off – drop tower
  • Hotel Transylvania – family dark ride
  • Underworld 4D – movie show
  • Cloudy with a chance of Meatballs river adventure – water raft ride
  • Flint’s Imagination Lab – kids playground
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Entrance to Sony Pictures Studio … letters coming soon
  • Green Hornet High Speed Chase  – well…not high speed at all, not even one moment of excitement for me. I would love to see Enchanted Airways (USS), or Flight of the Hippogriff (USO) quality. Queue is nice though.

 

  • Hotel Transylvania ( closed during my visit ) – just beautiful and great perspective makes the castle look much bigger then it is. Can’t wait to experience the dark ride!
  • Zombie Blast Off – classic drop tower, but nicely themed…
  • Ghostbuster : Battle for New York – I don’t want to be bad, but I was really expecting action packed and highly entertaining ride similar to Transformers, or Spiderman 3D in Universal Parks. Unfortunately, this is a laser-gun-ghost-on-the-screen-shooting-boredom. Such a wasted opportunity, the vehicle system looks impressive, theming also but laser guns and projections, such a let down…
  • Cloudy with a chance of meatballs – this wet and wild raft adventure is still under construction.