IMG's Worlds of Legends theme park coming soon

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As kid growing up summer vacation was the greatest time of the year second to Christmas. No school meant more time to hang out with friends and of course family trips. With places like Six Flags, Disney World, and Universal Studios there was plenty of places to visit which meant a lot of time spent in a car with your family members for hours on end. Each theme park offers a variety of rides and activities for the family in their own unique way; which made it hard at times to choose which theme park you wanted to visit that summer. Then of course you have to take into account the weather, which makes planning out your trip in advance even more difficult.

Dubai has solved this issue with not one, but 2 indoor theme parks. The first being IMG Worlds of Adventure, an indoor amusement park in the United Arab Emirates in Dubai. It is Dubai’s first mega themed entertainment destination. Divided into four "epic zones"; Two of the four zones represent global brands Cartoon Network and Marvel, while IMG Boulevard and the Lost Valley Dinosaur Adventure zones are original concepts created by the IMG Group. IMG Worlds of Adventure is the largest temperature controlled indoor themed entertainment destination in the world, covering an area in excess of 1.5 million square feet, and the capacity to welcome more than 20,000 guests a day.

In December they announced the opening their second largest indoor theme park, at 2 million square ft: IMG Worlds of Legends. Like its predecessor it will feature various zones, each with their own unique themes. Because it is an indoor theme park it will operate throughout the year unlike the majority of theme parks in the United States, so weather be damned. It has been reported that the park will feature a temperature-controlled environment and that there will be retractable roofs across large sections of the parks to let the sunshine in on those beautiful sunny days and allowing for year-round comfort throughout Dubai’s varying seasons. The two parks will connect via a sky bridge, and guest will be able to purchase tickets to either park or a multi-park pass at the sky bridge. There is no time table for when they will begin breaking ground on this. No ride specifics have been given either. The precise costs for the new park would be revealed once it's construction schedule has been agreed upon.

According to official information released by IMG, the park will have 'futuristic interactive roller coasters, state-of-the-art rides, breathtaking water-based attractions, and live entertainment. It has been reported that there will be 9 zones; 7 licensed themed zones and 2 IMG original zones:

  • Nickelodeon:  Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Dora the Explorer, SpongeBob SquarePants

  • Ubisoft:  Assassin’s Creed, Raving Rabbids, Just Dance

  • Saban Brands:  Saban’s Power Rangers

  • Pokémon: TBD

  • Mattel:  Barbie doll, Hot Wheels, Bob the Builder, Thomas & Friends, Mega Bloks

  • The Animé Zone:  Toei Animation: Dragon Ball Z and One Piece, TV TOKYO: Naruto

  • Cartoon Network:  We Bare Bears, Other hit and classic brands yet to be revealed

  • IMG Worlds’ proprietary brands:  Legends of Arabia & Lost Valley: Dinosaur Adventure

Lennard Otto, the chief executive of IMG Worlds stated that the IMG Worlds’ proprietary brands would be “the first Middle Eastern-themed brand to come to any theme park in the world". The list of licensed may not be the final list and could change as construction begins or by the time it ends. But seeing what they have now does make this a theme park worth keeping an eye on. While for us in the states this may seem like overkill to go to a theme park, I honestly feel it gives you the opportunity to visit a place that has more to it than just going to the theme park and your hotel. It allows you to explore another country and their culture.

Ilyas and Mustafa Galadari, owners of the Ilyas & Mustafa Galadari Group have stated: 
“We are building on the success of IMG Worlds of Adventure with the next phase of growth – IMG Worlds of Legends. We are committed to bringing the boldest, most dynamic attractions to Dubai, combining innovative rides with value entertainment for the whole family”. 
“We are encouraged to look to the future as Dubai races towards fulfilling the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to attract 20 million visitors to the emirate by 2020. We are fast becoming the family entertainment capital of the Middle East with high growth prospects that permit us to plan for the long term. We look forward to welcoming residents as well as visitors from the region and abroad to enjoy a unique theme park adventure like no other.”

The Ilyas & Mustafa Galadari Group (IMG Group) is a highly regarded, diversified commercial entity based in Dubai.The Group is carrying on the tradition of the Galadari family which has a long history of entrepreneurship dating from the 1940′s. The business portfolio includes construction, real estate development, leisure and entertainment, hospitality, automobiles, international brand representation and franchising, food storage, luxury boat distribution, design, manufacturing and transport. Over the years, the Group has shown ambition and determination in growing and launching new business enterprises with acclaimed international success and rewards.


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