MOTIONGATE Dubai: Paragon involved in multiple rides

26 May 2017

We are proud to have completed a variety of theming, scenery and props for multiple world-class rides at the recently opened MOTIONGATE Dubai theme park, in what could well be our most ambitious Theme Park project to date. As part of Dubai Parks and Resorts, MOTIONGATE Dubai showcases rides and attractions based on popular Hollywood movie franchises from world-famous studios DreamWorks, Columbia Pictures and Lionsgate.

Our commission involved working on the following movie based rides in different areas of the park:

The DreamWorks Zone puts guests into extremely popular animated film franchises, such as Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda, Shrek and How to Train Your Dragon. Here we undertook both ride and area development theming for the Madagascar and Kung Fu Panda attractions. This included Madagascar: Mad Pursuit, an exciting indoor rollercoaster where guests must escape the obsessive animal control officer Captain DuBois. Paragon Creative built the delightful queue areas as well as many on-ride show sets and special effects for this ride, which were meticulously integrated with the rollercoaster to create a thrilling ride experience.

On Kung Fu Panda: Unstoppable Awesomeness, guests join forces with Po to save the Furious Five in a state-of-the-art 4D simulator ride. For this ride Paragon Creative built queue and pre-show set-works, including an entire Chinese village and metal queue railings disguised cleverly as bamboo.

We also brought to life the areas surrounding the rides with extensive theming to both the interior of the show building and the common areas. Our thematic elements were also added to fun rides such as Mr Pings Noodle Fling, Melman Go-Round and Penguin Air.

Within the Lionsgate area of the park, Paragon re-created the extremely successful The Hunger Games franchise, providing theming for two thrilling attractions. In the Panem Aerial  Tour, guests take a soaring tour of Panem and the iconic landmarks of the Capitol before being caught in the middle of an epic battle. The second ride is Capitol Bullet Train, a high speed launched rollercoaster that sends guests backwards, forwards, and upside down on this supersonic ride. Paragon Creative built the impressive setworks for all these attractions in our workshops outside York and then shipped and installed them on-site in Dubai.

Our teams also worked on the successful Columbia Pictures franchise, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.

Here we built characters and thematic elements on the River Expedition Ride. The ride enables guests to cool off on a wild river whilst avoiding the weird and wonderful ‘Foodimals such as the Cheespider and the Watermelephant!

Working closely with both the attraction designers and IP holders, our team worked tirelessly to ensure that our works perfectly captured the magic of these beloved movie characters and settings. The first phase of MOTIONGATE Dubai opened to the public in December 2016 and we are very proud to have been part of this exciting theme park development in the Middle East.