Warner Bros Abu Dhabi the 1.65 million-square-foot indoor theme park which will open its gates this summer unveiled visuals of some of its iconic attractions and a look at two of its six themed lands, Metropolis and Cartoon Junction.
Warner Bros Abu Dhabi is located on Yas Island and will offer 29 rides, interactive attractions and live entertainment on six lands including Metropolis, Gotham City, Cartoon Junction, Bedrock, Dynamite Gulch, and Warner Bros. Plaza.
Metropolis will be a Manhattan-like skyscraper city protected from villains by DC superheroes like Superman and members of the Justice League including Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Green Lantern, Cyborg and The Flash, in addition to the Teen Titans.
The Daily Planet will be home to “Superman 360: Battle for Metropolis”, an attraction that features the Man of Steel in a battle of good versus evil.
Justice League: Warworld Attacks will be a dark ride with immersive media and special effects and “a visually immersive pulse-pounding attraction that features a riveting battle of good versus evil to determine the fate of Metropolis”.
Other attractions featured within Metropolis include “Green Lantern: Galactic Odyssey”, a 4D “flying theatre” attraction, and the “Teen Titans Training Academy”, a multi-level play area featuring a biplane.
Restaurants will include Ace O’ Clubs
Bibbo Bibbowski’s quick service restaurant
and Park Ridge Market: grab-and-go cafe.
“With the park well on track to open its doors to the public within mere months, we are incredibly excited to share our story with audiences around the world, and will be announcing the exact opening date very soon” said Mark Gsellman, the park’s general manager.
Cartoon Junction will feature characters and animated stories from Looney Tunes and Hanna-Barbera such as Tom and Jerry, Scooby-Doo, Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Tweety, Sylvester, Tasmanian Devil (Taz), Pepé Le Pew, and Elmer Fudd.
The main rides will include “Tom and Jerry Swiss Cheese Spin” which looks to be a spinning coaster…
…and “Scooby-Doo The Museum of Mysteries”, a trackless dark ride where “guests will hop in their own Mystery Machine to follow Scooby-Doo and the gang as they try to untangle the silly, spooky secrets of the museum.
Other attractions of Cartoon Junction include:
Ani-Mayhem: “an interactive ride that takes passengers on a rollicking mission to deliver their own cartoon chaos.”
Meet Bugs! (and Daffy): a walk-through experience “where guests can join Bugs Bunny on stage.”
Cartoon Junction Carousel
ACME Factory will include three kiddie rides: Daffy’s Jet-Propelled Pogo Stick, Tweety Wild Wockets, and Ricochet Racin’ with Taz
Cartoon Junction restaurants will be:
ACME Commissary: quick service
Huckleberry Hound Pies
Penelope Pitstop Cotton Candy
Cartoon Junction will also include the ACME Company Store; C.J. Mercantile; Hare Salon, which celebrates Bugs Bunny’s disguises; and Fudd Hardware.
The man-made Yas Island is also home to the Ferrari World, the first Ferrari-branded theme park in the world boasting the word’s fastest roller coaster. Plans are also underway for the massive marine life theme park SeaWorld Abu Dhabi, which will be the first SeaWorld outside the U.S., to open on the island in 2022.
Building indoor theme parks is part of Abu Dhabi’s efforts to step up competition with nearby Dubai as a playground and tourist destination. Both these United Arab Emirates cities are enjoying strong tourism growth, though Dubai still leads the way.
Dubai theme parks comprise the recently-opened IMG Worlds of Adventure touted as the world’s largest indoor family entertainment venue, as well as the even larger adjacent Worlds of Legends theme park expected to open in 2019 that will include 12 Nickelodeon-branded rides inspired by properties such as SpongeBob SquarePants and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Already opened in Dubai are Legoland Dubai, Motiongate Dubai, and Bollywood Parks Dubai which are all part of the Dubai Parks & Resorts complex spread across 30.6 million square feet.
Pictures: copyright Warner Bros Abu Dhabi