The unfortunate reality of a Hunger Games theme park marches ever on.
While we love the Hunger Games book trilogy and anxiously await the upcoming final film, the GeekyNews staff agrees with many other fans that a theme park seems at best an uncomfortable concept and at worst a horrifying distortion of the messages from the story. We’ve been over this before but as more information is revealed it has become clear that it is happening after all, and we can only hope it’s handled with some amount of care.
With the films winding down, Lionsgate has been actively looking for ways to bring the Hunger Games franchise to its audience via new interactive experiences. They found their biggest opportunity at motiongate Dubai, a Hollywood-inspired theme park set to open in late 2016.
Details have just been announced for the two Hunger Games themed attractions.
Guests will ride aboard a hovercraft through the Capitol for a tour of Panem featuring new footage shot just for one of the new attractions.
The adventure begins when guests board vehicles specially designed to replicate the hovercrafts from the film. However, it is not long before the craft catches the attention of the Peacekeepers and that’s when the action really starts and a thrilling battle in the sky ensues!
In case you’re wondering what it feels like to be transported to your impending almost-certain death, the second attraction will be a launch coaster that mimics the bullet train journey from District 12 to the Capitol. There had better be some mahogany aboard that roller coaster or we’ll consider this whole thing a huge missed opportunity.
Check out the concept art for the Hunger Games area of motiongate Dubai’s Lionsgate Zone.
While we here at GeekyNews maintain that a Hunger Games theme park is a terrible idea, we suppose it could be worse. We even made a list of awful but possible attraction ideas, compiled when Lionsgate was in early stages of exploring this concept last November.
Though the park plans so far feature nine themed sit down dining locations and 15 retail shops, we don’t yet know if any of them will be Hunger Games related or if it will just be the two announced rides. These venues, along with 25 additional attractions, will span five movie-inspired zones sponsored by studios – Lionsgate, DreamWorks, Sony Pictures Studios, Smurfs Village, and Studio Central, the park’s entrance area.
Mockingjay – Part 2 hits theaters this Friday, November 20, and motiongate Dubai is set to open in the fall of 2016.