The theme park industry continues to perform well, despite the woes that have hit the global economy since 2008. In fact, there are dozens of new parks under construction (or soon to be) all over the world, including brand-new additions from the likes of Disney, Universal, and Six Flags. Although many of them are in the growing Asian market, there are also plans for new sites in both Europe and America.
Every month, Theme Park Tourist rounds up the new parks that are in the pipeline for locations all over the world. In addition to a description of what’s in store with each project, we also look at progress on funding and construction – as well as some contextual analysis as to why the millions of theme park fans around the globe should be excited for them.
1. Motiongate Dubai
Location: Dubai, United Arab Emerates
Opening date: October 2016
Current status: Under Construction
Though it was announced quite awhile ago, a new license has been confirmed for Motiongate Dubai that certainly has plenty of theme park fans paying attention: The Hunger Games. While this book and film property had previously been rumored for a number of US parks (including Universal Orlando Resort, most recently) it seems lke the world of Panem will finally come to life at Motiongate Dubai via a larger land based on Lionsgate properties.
Though this new Lionsgate area is rumored to be anchored by a Hunger Games-themed launched roller coaster, other Lionsgate film properties will be represented here as well, with a stage show based on the Step Up franchise also rumored to be in the works for this new land.
Construction on this area (and the park as a whole) is well underway, with the park expected to hit its target opening date of fall 2016.