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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Warner Bros. Unveils Metropolis and Gotham City for Abu Dhabi Park

Variety: Warner Bros. and Abu Dhabi’s Miral have unveiled details for their planned $1 billion theme park — including worlds for Superman’s Metropolis and Batman’s Gotham City.

The park, which will open next year, will also include Cartoon Junction, Bedrock, and Dynamite Gulch, themed after the Looney Tunes and Hanna-Barbera brands; and Warner Bros. Plaza, which will be reminiscent of old Hollywood. Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi, located on Yas Island and set to open in 2018, will include thrill rides, interactive family friendly attractions and live entertainment.

2 comments:

Galen shila said...

As a dedicated Batman fan i could not be more giddy clicking on this article. While very little of it focused on batman this certainly is exciting. In a world with harry potter and star wars theme parks i found myself longing for something that was more in tune with my childhood. this seems to be the answer. too bad its in Abu Dhabi. A curious choice on the side of the studios funding it. Hopefully if it dose well enough we may see one open in america. With classic loony tunes and other favorites this park seems like it would have a lot to offer. Only announcing a year ago this kind of park is going up incredibly fast and i cant help but wondering what they are sacrificing in exchange for the expedited building. Either way im curious too see if anything of note comes from this. Having a park that captures the wonderful urban cityscapes of Gotham and metropolis with the whimsical world of cartoons seems like it would make a lovely theme park to visit.

Marisa Rinchiuso said...

I am glad to hear that Warner Brothers is expanding but I am sad to hear it will be so far away. It was amazing that all of this has just been unveiled, yet the park is opening in less than a year. I would of thought that they would announce something like this much in advance. I was not surprised to hear that Metropolis and Gotham would be included, but I thought some of the smaller parks were even more fascinating. I thought the "Warner Bros. Plaza" would be one of the coolest areas for its old Hollywood charm. I do wonder, though, how these hyper-American cartoons and art ideologies, like old Hollywood, will be received in a foreign location. The writers mentioned that they want to give visitors a true American, Warner Bros. experience. I guess that will certainly be accomplished but I would love to know more about how they intend to integrate it with the cultures of Abu Dhabi.