Dora the Explorer, Pikachu, Barbie, and the Power Rangers are among the characters who will share a home when the newly announced IMG Worlds of Legends theme park opens in Dubai.
IMG Worlds, Dubai-based owner and operator of the world’s largest indoor theme park, IMG Worlds of Adventure, announced the launch of its latest project, IMG Worlds of Legends, earlier this month.
With nine unique zones spread across over 2 million square feet, IMG Worlds of Legends will feature some of the most exciting and popular brands in the world, making it one of the biggest global licensing deals of its kind.
Attractions will include characters from the following brands:
Nickelodeon: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Dora the Explorer, SpongeBob SquarePants
Ubisoft: Assassin’s Creed, Raving Rabbids, Just Dance
Saban Brands: Saban’s Power Rangers
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 to be revealed
IMG Worlds’ proprietary brands: Legends of Arabia, Lost Valley – Dinosaur Adventure
IMG Worlds of Legends, situated adjacent to IMG Worlds of Adventure, will feature interactive rollercoasters, state-of-the-art rides, water-based attractions, and live entertainment. With its temperature-controlled environment and retractable roof, guests are offered the choice of enjoying the thrilling rides safely protected from the desert heat in summer or basking in the sun on the sky-high coasters in winter, as IMG Worlds of Legends will be open 365 days a year.
Owned and operated by IMG Worlds, IMG Worlds of Legends will offer a fully immersive experience, with each zone in the theme of a different imaginary world, complete with 104,000 square feet of food and beverage space and 102,000 square feet of retail space.
Commenting on the announcement, Ilyas and Mustafa Galadari, owners of the Ilyas & Mustafa Galadari Group, said, “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.”
Lennard Otto, CEO of IMG Worlds, added, “IMG Worlds continues to attract truly international brands to Dubai and we are now one of the principal players in the global theme park industry. We have executed on our brand portfolio strategy, bringing together the biggest names in the industry under one umbrella to create the ultimate leisure and entertainment destination. IMG Worlds of Legends has beloved characters, dynamic rides, interactive attractions, and incredible architectural engineering across nine distinct zones, spanning over 2 million square feet.”
IMG Worlds of Legends will connect to IMG Worlds of Adventure via a state-of-the-art sky bridge, which will double as a gateway to the park. There will also be a pedestrian walkway, allowing easy transit between the two parks. Guests will be able to purchase tickets to each park separately or choose a multiple park pass.
No groundbreaking or opening date has been announced for IMG Worlds of Legends. In the meantime, learn more about theme parks in Dubai with this preview of the recently opened Motiongate attraction: