It’s finally here. The world’s largest indoor theme park covering 1.65 million sq ft and costing US$1 billion is now open. Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi is an incredible place, with six fantastic lands to explore and immerse yourself.
Expect to rub shoulders with DC heroes such as Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman as well famous Looney Tunes and Hanna-Barbera characters Tom and Jerry, Bugs Bunny, Scooby-Doo and The Flintstones inside the sprawling space, which is going to be a smash hit for families, groups of friends and people of all ages.
The six lands are Gotham City and Metropolis (where you can follow the story of DC’s biggest superheroes), Cartoon Junction, Bedrock and Dynamite Gulch and Warner Bros. Plaza, which has all the glamour of old-school Hollywood.
There are 29 incredible rides across all six and loads of places to eat as well as buy memorabilia, some of which is unique to the park.
Warner Bros. Plaza
This is an Art Deco-inspired area that forms the main space once you enter the theme park. It celebrates the golden age of Hollywood and acts as the portal to the rest of the park.
The streets of the Plaza are lined with restaurants, cafés and shops and there will be projections bringing the Warner Bros. film library to life on the front of the buildings.
Batman’s hometown is recreated in painstaking detail. You’ll also find The Riddler, The Joker, Catwoman, Harley Quinn, Mr. Freeze, Scarecrow and The Penguin amongst the attractions here.
Here you can take a ride on Batman: Knight Flight where you’ll get the chance to patrol the skies of Gotham in a flight simulator. There’s also The Riddler Revolution, a roundabout ride that swoops and turns while the villain tries to outwit you.
Another thrill-a-minute ride is the Scarecrow Scare Raid, where you’ll twist and soar through the skies, controlling some of the moves the ride does. The Joker’s Funhouse is another immersive experience sure to put your wits to the test.
You’ll also find plenty of stalls and games like you’d find in any other amusement park, but all with a special Gotham City twist, and places to eat, drink and shop.
The shiny, forward-thinking city, home of Clark Kent/Superman and the Daily Planet is here and recreates the soaring, 1930s-inspired world of Superman comics perfectly.
As well as the newspaper where Kent and Lois Lane ply their trade you’ll also find skyscrapers belonging to LexCorp, Queen Industries and S.T.A.R. Labs – all integral to the story of the man from planet Krypton.
As well as Superman, this land is also home to The Justice League, meaning you’ll also find Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Green Lantern, The Flash and, for little ones, the Teen Titans.
Rides include Superman 360: Battle for Metropolis, Justice League: Warworld Attacks (a theatre experience featuring fantastic special effects), Green Lantern: Galactic Odyssey (a flying theatre experience) and the Teen Titans Training Academy – a play area featuring a zipline and other physical activities that is ideal for kids.
As with the other areas, there are shops and places to eat that are themed on the Superman story.
This is a playful land where big kids and little kids can enjoy loads of colourful and entertaining rides and attractions. If you’re nostalgic for Looney Tunes and Hanna Barbera animations then you’ll love this area, which is home to Bugs Bunny, Tom and Jerry, Scooby-Doo and more.
The attractions in this most kid-friendly of lands include the Ani-Mayhem and ACME Factory, where you can become ACME Employee of the Month.
There’s also the chance to meet Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck at their stage show, take a spin on the Tom and Jerry Swiss Cheese Spin and help out the gang in Scooby-Doo The Museum of Mysteries.
You’ll also find a carousel, Daffy’s Jet-Propelled Pogo Stick, a tower that bounces up and down, Tweety Wild Wockets, where you can spin round and round trying to avoid Sylvester and children’s car ride Ricochet Racin’ with Taz.
There’s more cartoon fun in this land, where you’ll come face to face with Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner on the Fast & Furry-ous roller coaster. Also residing in this area are Yosemite Sam, The Jetsons and Marvin The Martian.
The other rides include the Cosmic Orbiter, which allows you to fly your own spaceship with The Jetsons, and Marvin the Martian: Crater Crashers, which challenges you to build enough kinetic energy to power a broken rocket ship back to orbit.
The home of the prehistoric family The Flintstones is the final land in the park.
Here you can take a cruise on the The Flintstones Bedrock River Adventure, a family-friendly boat ride through prehistoric suburbia, get some dinosaur-sized food at Fred’s favourite diner, Bronto Burgers and Ribs, and pick up some souveneirs at the Bedrock Boutique and snacks at the Bedrock Candy Company.
This is the place to have an Abu Dhabi Doo Time (sorry...).
The theme park is an incredible addition to Abu Dhabi’s entertainment offering, especially on Yas Island, which has an unrivalled list of attractions. We’re excited to see what’s next.
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