'Hunger Games' Theme Park Rides Details Revealed
Fans will be able to experience Katniss Everdeen's life on heart-racing hovercraft and bullet train rides starting next year.
Dubai Parks and Resorts on Tuesday revealed details of two upcoming Hunger Games-themed rides for adrenaline-seekers, to include a simulated hovercraft and bullet train.
The first ride, part of the Motiongate theme park in Dubai to open in 2016, will take guests around the Capitol and its oppressive overlords on board a simulated hovercraft to travel the post-apocalyptic world of Panem. As the hovercraft catches the attention of the Peacekeepers, a "battle in the sky ensues," Dubai Parks and Resorts said Tuesday.
The second Hunger Games ride will be a launched roller coaster taking guests from the poor mining region District 12, a recreation of Katniss Everdeen's neighborhood, to the Capitol via a high-speed bullet train. “This is a global first and we are extremely excited to have not one, but two rides inspired by The Hunger Games at the Lionsgate Zone opening in Motiongate Dubai," Guido Zucchi, general manager of Motiongate Dubai, said Tuesday in a statement.
The new Hunger Games rides will feature alongside a live stage show based on the Step Up Revolution and Step Up All In movie franchises. Lionsgate, which licensed its Hunger Games film property to Motiongate Dubai, is set to release The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, starring Jennifer Lawrence, on Nov. 20.
The studio also has plans to license its film properties to new theme parks being built around the Hunger Games and Divergent film franchises near Macau and Atlanta, Georgia. Lionsgate in recent years has eyed theme park attractions and other location-based entertainment opportunities to generate new revenues from its movie franchises.
The studio made earlier announcements for an exhibit, The Hunger Games: The Exhibition, now touring museums and other institutions in the U.S., and a StageAround live theater production to launch in the U.K. next year.