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Location: Guangzhou, Guangdong, China
Cost: 170 yuan ($25 USD)
Season: Year Round
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History/General Info: Chimelong Paradise opened its doors in 2006 to rave reviews. The park debuted with five roller coasters and some world class rides and shows, including the worlds’ largest water stunt show, a roller coaster that ties the record for the most inversions on a roller coaster, the only motorbike coaster in Asia, the worlds’ largest Giant Frisbee ride, and the worlds’ largest dive coaster. These are just several of the 70 rides and attractions that Chimelong Paradise has within their gates. The park is just a part of an impressive portfolio held by Chime-Long Group, a company that also operates the Chimelong Water Park, Xiangjiang Safari Park, and a handful of other entertainment destinations in China. The park itself has seven themed lands: Happy Kingdom, Screaming Zone, Whirl Wind Land, Happy Water World, Performance Plaza Central, Adventure Land, and White Tiger Street. Chimelong Paradise is also considered to be the first AAAAA attraction in China, and the only one in the Guanghzou area.

Vertical Coaster under construction in 2007.Roller Coasters:

Other Major Attractions:

  • Canoe River (raft ride)
  • Giant Frisbee (giant frisbee)
  • Action Arena – World’s Largest Stunt Show (show)

Construction Projects:

Trip Reports:

  • None

Ride Reviews:

  • None
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Status: Planning
Expected Opening: N/A
Theme: Freej, the Middle East’s most popular 3D animated TV series.
Cost: N/A
Flagship Rides: N/A

Description: There is not much information available about this new theme park going into the new Dubailand development, but the general basis of the park is well known. Freej is a very popular 3D animated television show in the Middle East, and the basis of the park is to theme it around what appears to be the four women who star in the program. The park will reportedly have four themed lands to the show – Window on UAE, Golden Age of Discovery, Myths & Legends, and Land of the Freej. These four women who act as the main characters will apparently be ‘ambassadors’ for each land. The first three lands are pretty self explanatory based on their names. The last one is supposedly a land that will be modeled after the neighborhood that the characters live in on the TV show. Freej Dubailand will also go beyond just the theme park. The plan is to have Freej themed hotels, retail, restaurants, and other attractions as well. Freej Dubailand will be located in the heart of Dubailand, and it is considered by many to be a defining moment in the cultural history of the UAE.

Updates:

5/1/08 – Freej Dubailand announced.

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Status: Planning
Expected Opening: 2011
Theme: Legos – rides and model structures featuring the building blocks will be located all throughout the park.
Cost: $248 million
Flagship Rides: While not a ride, Legoland model builders have already built a model of the The Burj Dubai, which will be the tallest building in the world when completed.

Description: Merlin Entertainment signed a deal with Tatweer to develop a three million square foot, $248 million Legoland theme park as a part of the Dubailand development currently under construction un Dubai, UAE. This will be Legoland’s first ‘non-Western’ park, as all of the chains’ current parks are located in Europe or North America. The park will have 40 rides and attractions which will all be directed towards families, specifically those with children between the ages of 2 and 12. In addition, there will be numerous models of various iconic structures throughout the park (like other Legoland parks) built entirely out of Legos. Already, the Legoland building team has put together a seventeen foot model of The Burj Dubai, which will be the tallest building in the world when it is completed.

Updates:

5/7/08 – Tatweer and Merlin Entertainment announce Legoland Dubailand, set to open in 2011.

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Status: Under Construction
Expected Opening: 2008
Theme: Children’s characters such as Barney, Bob the Builder, and Pingu.
Cost: N/A
Flagship Rides: N/A

Description: So far, most of the theme parks that Tatweer (developer of Dubailand) has struck deals with have been more on the thrill side of things with the emphasis on blockbuster rides and roller coasters. However, this new park will be for the kids as HIT Entertainment (owner of franchises such as Barney, Thomas the Tank Engine, and Bob the Builder) will develop their own theme park as part of Dubailand, and it will feature all of their children’s characters as part of the theme. It will be a smaller park, with rumored square footage to be somewhere in the 25,000 square foot range. The park will have indoor and outdoor components, featuring rides, play areas, and a stage where mini-shows featuring some of the many characters owned by HIT. The park itself will be called the ‘The Little Big Club’ and is the first of its kind in the world.

Updates:

2/21/08 – ‘Little Big Club’ announced.

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Status: Awaiting Construction
Expected Opening: 2011
Theme: N/A
Cost: N/A
Flagship Rides: N/A

Description: Six Flags plans to make its first venture outside of North America since the new management took over by opening up a multi-billion dollar theme park in the upcoming Dubailand mega project in the Middle East. The number of specific details available regarding rides and themes that the new park may have are limited, but what is interesting is what may be missing from the park rather than what will be in it. In the press release (see below), Six Flags only mentions the brands The Wiggles and Tony Hawk as themes to their park. We are all used to seeing DC Comics superheroes and Looney Tunes characters in Six Flags parks, so this must be a mistake. Unfortunately, that may not be the case, as Warner Brothers (the studio that owns the rights to all of those characters) very likely will not allow Six Flags to use those brand names in this new park. The reason is the new Warner Brothers theme park that is in the works for Abu Dhabi down the road. So, this could be a very different Six Flags than what we have seen in the past. The master plan for the park has been completed, and it sounds like the park will debut in 2011 with as many as 30 rides and attractions. This opening date is supposedly December 31, 2011, so we could very easily see this get pushed back to 2012 if anything gets hung up in the process.

Updates:

5/15/08 – Master plan for new Six Flags Dubailand completed.
3/4/08 Six Flags Dubailand announced.

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Status: Planning
Expected Opening: N/A
Theme: Dreamworks movie characters (Shrek, Kung Fu Panda, etc.)
Cost: N/A
Flagship Rides: N/A

Description: This new Dreamworks theme park is one of the least well known theme park projects currently going on in the Dubailand project. It appears as if the park is still in the planning stages, as there has been no indication that construction has started on the park. What is known is that this is Dreamworks’ first ever theme park and that it will cover over 5 million square feet and will likely cost more than $1 billion USD to build. Popular characters such as Shrek and Kung Fu Panda will be the basis for many of the attractions to be built in this new park. New details hopefully will be coming soon…so stay tuned.

Updates:

1/20/08 – Dreamworks and Tatweer announce joint-venture to create first Dreamworks theme park in Dubai.

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Model of Universal City and the ivestors and operators of the park in the background.Status: Under Construction
Expected Opening: 2010
Theme: Universal movies and characters
Cost: $2.2 billion
Flagship Rides: King Kong roller coaster; Jurassic Park water ride; Revenge of the Mummy

Description: Universal City (or Universal Studios Dubailand – call it whatever you like) is a 6.5 million square foot, $2.2 billion theme park to be built as a part of the gigantic Dubailand in Dubai, UAE. Universal City is a part of ‘Phase 1’ for the Dubailand project, meaning that this park could be open as soon as 2010, while many of the other theme park projects won’t open their doors for another two, three, or even four years after that. According to reports, Universal City will have four primary areas, however the names of only thee of these areas have been made public (Hollywood Zone, Metropolis Zone, and Adventure Zone). A handful of the rides currently slated for the new park have also been released, and it appears as if, like many of the other parks Universal is developing, there will be a mix of unique and previously used ride designs for this park. For example, The Revenge of the Mummy and the 8th Voyage of Sinbad Stunt Show are two concepts going into this new park that already present at Universal parks. Other plans for unique rides include a King Kong themed roller coaster, another unidentified coaster, a brand new Aladdin themed ride, and what appears to be a new twist on the classic Jurassic Park River Adventure ride (this ride appears to be more of a raft ride rather than the standard splash down adventure we are used to seeing). Universal City is the main focus of this first phase, and according to the latest reports, everything is still on track for that 2010 opening. Stay tuned!

Updates:

2/25/08 – Discusses ‘Phase 1;’ everything appears to be on track.
5/1/07 – More details regarding the new Universal park made public.
4/30/07 – Announced that Universal Parks & Resorts will expand into Dubailand.

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