The largest indoor theme park in the world has opened today in Dubai — and it is quite impressive.
At 1.5 million square feet, IMG Worlds of Adventure is so big it can encompass four different franchises each with their separate “zones”: one by Cartoon Network, one by Marvel and two by brands that are owned by IMG called Lost Valley-Dinosaur Adventure and IMG Boulevard. The park can accommodate 20,000 guests-per-day, which we’re sure it will since the giant space is air conditioned — a nice perk in scorching hot Dubai.
So what can you do in the park? According to Reuters, IMG Worlds of Adventure sounds like a 13-year-old boy’s fantasy park brought to life. It has animatronic dinosaurs, roller coasters, zombies that pop out at you in haunted houses, a 12-screen theater and a simulated rain forest.
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Apparently, this is the first of many theme parks that will be built in the region in the coming years. The UAE started a “Happiness Ministry” in January to improve the quality of life in the country and we guess one of their conclusions was that people like theme parks: Dubai Parks and Resorts is opening a rival theme park by the end of the year, and Fox is opening another one in 2020.
The park cost a reported $1 billion to build, which sure, seems like a lot of money. But when you consider that the Oculus downtown cost $4 billion to make (and it doesn’t even have dinosaurs), then it’s actually surprisingly modest. [Reuters]