Russian investors have licensed the use of DreamWorks characters for a chain of theme parks. These new parks being built in Russia will celebrate popular creations like the Madagascar, Shrek and Kung Fu Panda film franchises.
The parks are expected in open in Moscow, St. Petersburg and Yekaterinburg in 2015. Investors are spending $3 billion to bring the amusement parks to life. DreamWorks will not be involved in the theme parks and is merely licensing the characters.
DreamWorks’ movies are extremely popular in Russia; six of the all-time top ten animated films there are DreamWorks movies. Favorites there include Puss in Boots, Shrek Forever After, Madagascar; Escape 2 Africa, How to Train Your Dragon and Kung Fu Panda 2. The third Madagascar movie, Europe’s Most Wanted, is currently the number two box office hit in Russia.
What can visitors expect at a DreamWorks theme park? The parks will be the largest indoor, year-round entertainment venues in the country. Specific details about attractions have not been shared. However, a similar DreamWorks park in New Jersey will include attractions, rides and a glass-enclosed wave pool, all incorporating popular DreamWorks characters. The Russian theme parks are the first part of a plan that will include future projects such as DreamWorks-themed shopping centers, concert halls and 4-D movie theaters.
Moscow does not yet have any full-scale amusement parks like you see in the west. However, until the DreamWorks park is finished, there are smaller parks like Gorky Park and Poklonnaya Gora that can offer a couple of hours entertainment for those seeking something new.
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