Updated: Nov 18, 2022
There are 4 theme parks in Dubai Parks- Motions Gate, Legoland, Legoland Water Park, and Bollywood Park.
Motiongate Dubai Theme Park has depicted the characters and Movies themes from Hollywood's three best studios - Dreamworks Animation, Lionsgate, and Columbia Pictures. There are 5 zones with different theme rides, 4-D shows, and Interactive shows that provide an ultimate Hollywood experience.
Ticket for Motiongate:
Moreover, you can also buy a Yearly pass from Dubai Parks and enjoy the ultimate experience of all the theme parks in Dubai Parks.
To save time, you can also buy a fast track pass applicable for all the main rides and enjoy the rides without waiting in a long queue.
When we visited the Motiongate for the first time together, Aoon had already been there 5 times, so he had a clear idea about all the rides, themes, and activities. That was the best thing because this is how we covered the whole of Motiongate park in one day.
We started with the tour of the Dreamworks Theme from the fountain of Dreams- The Dreamworks is indoor, so you don’t need to worry about the scorching summers of Dubai. It has four different themes based on Blockbuster movies of Dreamworks Animation Studio.
There are 12 attractions, including Roller Coasters, Theatre Shows, and a Play zone based on the iconic movies How to train your Dragons, Kung Fu Panda, Madagascar, and Shrek.
We started our adventurous experience by exploring Shrek’s Land. We felt that we were in the real Shrek World. Shrek and Princess Fiano were roaming around, and you could also take pictures with them.
We have been to Shrek’s Merry Fairy Tale, where Shrek and Fiona were telling a Love story to their triplets with the help of the Puppet show.
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We were in the car, and it was taking us to the different Puppets and narrating the story of how they got married.
2. Kung Fu Panda:
Time to get admission to Kung Fu Panda’s Academy !!! You can have a chance to learn the Majestic Art of Kung Fu from Master Shifu and try your skills on the stage.
We had experienced the 4D simulator in Unstoppable Awesomeness Ride, We had joined Po to release the Kung Fu’s legend from the Imprisonment of Warlord.
We also enjoyed Mr. Ping’s Noodle Fling, where we had become an Ingredient of Mr. Ping’s Noodles and were spinning and twirling in a carousel Ride.
After exploring Kung Fu Panda, we came to explore Madagascar. The live performance has taken place by Rico, Skipper, Kowalski (Penguins), and Captain DuBois on her Scooter.
We enjoyed our lunch at King Julien’s Side Show Café with entertaining shows.
Time to go back to our Childhood, we had taken the Melman Go Round and enjoyed a spectacular Musical Circus experience on a carousel ride.
One of the thrilling rides of the park is Madagascar Mad Pursuit. To be honest. I wasn’t expecting it to be the craziest ride. We had entered into the dark, and it was a Rollercoaster ride and surprised me when we were trying to escape from Officer Captain DuBois.
4. How to train your Dragons:
In the end, We have been to How to train your Dragons. Due to the renovation work, most of the rides were closed, but we were lucky to get the chance to Enjoy the Dragon Gliders, which took us on the unforgettable flight to the forbidden Island. It was a rollercoaster ride where we experienced the caves and the wonderful Village of Berk.
Columbia Pictures theme:
This zone of the Park has been designed on the theme of Hotel Transylvania, Ghostbusters, Paranormal activities, supernatural creatures, and Zombies. There are 7 attractions, including a water ride and Ghost hunting.
The Zone also has a Giant Castle to explore on Coffin Carriages, and surprise to see the Characters from Hotel Transylvania, which is now welcoming the Humans.
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The carrier ride took us to the Temple of Gozer, an interactive game where you need to shoot ghosts. We had contributed our part in Ghostbusters Battle of New York. Unfortunately, I didn’t get succeeded in Busting much of Ghosts, but here, Aoon played very well and scored among the highest.
We were stuck in Zombieland, and the only way to save our lives was for Zombieland Blast off. The ride has around 58 Meters drop free-fall drop, which was true one of the most adventurous experiences.
In Underworld 4D, we experienced the thrilling and full of suspense war between Vampires and Lycans. We had also seen the weapons and paintings displayed in the corridors.
Here comes one of my favorite rides in Motion Gates. It is called Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs- River Expedition. It’s a family ride that takes you into the River and experiences the Green Jungle.
Aoon had warned me to hold my phone tightly sometimes, with the sudden bump into the river, you might slip your phone from your hand.
On the other side of Columbia Studio, there’s a magical Smurf Village with Mushroom houses and Smurfs everywhere. This zone had 5 main attractions, including a live theatre show with a Smurf performance, a play zone for kids, and Rides.
The factory is a play zone for the small kids, but We still went there and enjoyed playing softballs.
Smurfs Village Playhouse:
It’s an interactive show with Brainy Smurf and the entire cast of Smurf's Village. We had joined the show a bit late. We entered the Playhouse, and Brainy Smurf Questioned us.
Where are you from? I was like Germany. Then He started talking to me in German “Wie gehts dir” means how are you? It was pretty entertaining, though.
How to Explore the Smurf Village? The best way would be with Smurf Village Express, It’s a rollercoaster for young kids and takes you around the Smurf Village.
The Lionsgate has The World of Hunger games, and it doesn’t only offer incredible entertainment and shops from where you can buy merchandise with different themes and good Restaurants to enjoy the food.
One of the most thrilling and adventurous rides of the Motiongate is the Capitol Bullet Train. It takes us back a bit and then takes a 360-degree upside-down rotation with full intensity.
This ride isn’t suitable for weakhearted people. We had already been to several amusement parks, so it was really fun for us, and we totally loved it.
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Unfortunately, Studio Central was closed, but Aoon had already experienced it in his prior tours to Motiongate. Studio Central takes to the Journey of Hollywood, including the experiences of behind-the-scenes, theatrical opening shows. It’s the ultimate Hollywood experience for the fans.
Shopping at Motiongate:
There are more than 15 stores in Motiongate based on different themes of the Park, they sell different merchandisers, toys, Plush, flip flops, stationery, T-shirts and many more. We bought Smurfs pencil boxes for our nephews from Smurfs Studio Store.
I also bought Tank Top, and Aoon bought T-shirts of Kung Fu Panda from Dragon Warrior Shrine and Gift shop. We also bought an OEM water globe with a Madagascar theme from the Big Top Treasures shop.
Sometimes, they also have some sales on the products, so you need to explore more stores to figure out which store offers the sales.
Restaurants at Motiongate:
There are 8 different restaurants in different zones according to different themes in Motiongate. We have been to King Julien’s Side Show Cafe and enjoyed their finger-licking chicken and Pizza. Aoon had been to almost all the restaurants during his prior visits to Motiongate.
Buying an Annual Pass is economical if you live in Dubai, and you can explore all the Themes unlimited times in a year. Find the ultimate package for Motiongate.
To capture your memorable moments on different rides, including Roller Coaster, the Park has a facility to click your moments. There are different counters in the Park from where you can get Hard copies of your favourite pictures, but it's a bit expensive (around 100 AED for each picture). We bought Digipass of Dubai parks, which allows us to take unlimited photographs and download them from the given link.
You can also stay at Lapita Hotel & Resort, with free access to Dubai Parks.
As Dubai Park is quite far from Dubai downtown, the Park also offers Free Pick and Drop from fixed points e.g., Ibn e Batuta Mall, Mall of Emirates, etc.