Thea Awards Recipients

Thea Awards 2018

Thea Award for Outstanding Achievement: New Theme Park Land

DreamWorks Animation Zone at MOTIONGATE™ Dubai, Dubai Parks and Resorts, UAE

The DreamWorks land feels like a theme park within a theme park

The DreamWorks Animation Zone at MOTIONGATE™ Dubai is an indoor land in the park featuring sub-lands focusing on DreamWorks animated intellectual properties (IP), immersing guests into “Shrek,” “How to Train Your Dragon,” “Madagascar” and “Kung Fu Panda.”

The exterior of the building/land is representative of the DreamWorks logo and has static characters from DreamWorks films for photo ops. Just inside is the Fountain of Dreams rotunda, with bronze sculptures of the featured DreamWorks characters. Adjacent to the rotunda is the main DreamWorks Store.

Each zone is highly themed with excellent theatrical lighting, audio, immersive environments, strong character graphics (the Madagascar area is of particular note in this category) and moments of discovery.

Major attractions within the land/building include:

  • Dragon Gliders: This roller coaster uses the ride system to great effect, passing custom CGI scenes from “How to Train Your Dragon,” dimensional scenes with animatronics, and bursting out into the enclosed area development for a dragon’s-eye-view of the themed land below.
  • Shrek’s Merry Fairy Tale Journey: An epic-scale, trackless ride through a retelling of the first Shrek motion picture.
  • Madagascar Mad Pursuit!: An indoor launch coaster in the dark
  • Kung Fu Panda: Unstoppable Awesomeness: Multi-platform, high-capacity 4D simulator theater.

Expertly designed, well crafted, cleverly integrated, and overall high quality of delivery make the DreamWorks “box” a standout at MOTIONGATE™ Dubai. The climate-controlled environment is a welcome addition to the park. The mix of highly-themed environments and intellectual properties, along with something for everyone to do in terms of attractions, make the DreamWorks land feel like a theme park-within-a-theme park.

Throughout the land, the sense of immersion, lighting, graphics, audio, and overall integration into the facility create a world-class experience and make this land a standout at MOTIONGATE™ Dubai. DreamWorks’ IP comes to life at a grand scale in exciting and immersive lands, attractions, and experiences. -- 2017 TEA Thea Awards Committee

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