Thu, 23 Jan 2020

MOSCOW, Russia - A new theme park, set to become the largest in Europe, will open in Moscow in the next two months.

Costing $1.5 billion, Dream Island park, which commenced construction on 17 March 2016, is scheduled for commencement of operations on 29 February 2020.

The park is being built with the major participation of the Turkish Ronesans Holding, Dream Island Technical Director Ivan Scholl told Anadolu Agency.

"Our park is the largest theme park in Russia and the largest indoor park in Europe. There are no such parks in Scandinavia, you can find the closest similar indoor park in the United Arab Emirates. All the attractions are unique and worked out specially for Dream Island. We are proud of everything here," Scholl said Saturday.

The park, being built on 100-hectares will have the world's largest indoor theme park comprising some 300,000 square metres.

'The project is designed as the first large-scale leisure destination in Russia, expected to be visited by up to 50 million people annually. In addition to the indoor amusement park, the river-fronted scheme provides a regional shopping centre, outdoor leisure facilities, a 400-key, 4-Star hotel, a concert hall, a yacht club and numerous F&B options,' according to global architects Chapman Taylor who designed the masterplan of the Russian version of 'Disneyland.'

'With a concept design based upon historic Kremlin architecture as well as Western European Gothic architecture, Dream Island theme park has a 'wonderland'-style design theme.'

"In general it is a real town only covered everywhere by a glass roof, as we wanted our guests to feel comfortable in all weathers and seasons. The square of glassing is the largest in Europe, 8,600 square meters (28,200 feet). We spent a great deal of money on it," Scholl said.

Dream Island has 8 zones representing different worlds and features globally famous heroes: smurfs, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Hello Kitty, Hotel Transylvania, Mowgli in the Land of Dinosaurs, Dream race, Snow Queen Castle and the Magic Village with a puppet theater and horror house.

"We had been choosing the heroes for a very long time, looked for, so to speak, timeless characters that will not be forgotten in five years. We use expensive durable building materials, because we do not have the opportunity to rebuild the park. Thus, we selected the heroes who are known in Russia, inhabit a recognizable, bright and beautiful world, and from brands, which continue their cartoon series," Scholl said.

According to the Dream Island website, the entrance fee amounts to 2,900 rubles ($50) for adults and 2,600 rubles ($45) for children. There is also a FastPass ticket for quicker entrance to the attractions. Its price is almost two times higher, 5,400 rubles ($90) and 5,100 rubles ($85). The tickets will be available for purchase online on the park's official website and at its booking offices.

'The park is divided into themed zones, including 'Hotel Transylvania' (populated by characters such as Dracula, Frankenstein's Monster and the Invisible Man) and a 'Temple of Fire' inspired by the ruined cities of the Incas. Other elements include a Virtual Reality zone with a mobile platform which gives the sensation of flying through a lost world of dinosaurs, and areas inspired by fairytales from around the world,' Says Chapman Taylor.

"Each zone has attractions, designed for different age categories, but in general Dream Island is a family park, there is no super-extreme attraction, all attractions are convenient for people 120 centimeters (4 feet) high. We expect that the majority of our guests will be from Russia, but for the foreign tourists it can be interesting too," Scholl said.

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