The World of the Hunger Games theme park now open in Dubai

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Oct 20, 2017

What on Earth would Katniss Everdeen say about all this?! Lionsgate has unveiled the world’s first Hunger Games theme park in Dubai, taking inspiration from the dystopian death-match movie.

The World of the Hunger Games themed land officially opened today, and is situated inside the Lionsgate Zone at the Motiongate Dubai theme park in the United Arab Emirates. (Okay, so technically it's a land inside a zone inside a park, but everything's bigger in Dubai.)

The news set Twitter ablaze on Friday, with a mixture of excitement and criticism from fans of the movie in equal measure. While some couldn’t wait to book their plane tickets, others questioned whether it’s really in good taste to be opening a theme park that is essentially based on a blood sport from a dystopian universe.

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Among the attractions on offer is the Capital Bullet train, which lets you travel from District 12 to the Capitol on an adrenaline-fueled half-pipe roller coaster. There’s also the Panem Aerial Tour, promising an exhilarating 4D hovercraft motion simulator experience.

Lionsgate is also planning a theme park in South Korea that will have an area devoted to The Hunger Games, as well as other franchises including Twilight and Now You See Me. Construction for that project will start next year, and it's set to open in 2019.

If this really is the new thing, then we’re obviously all now looking at you, HBO, to go one step further and open up an actual real-life Westworld. While you’re at it, you might as well make space for a True Blood-inspired Bon Temps theme park, too.

To find out more about the actual Hunger Games theme park, you can visit the official website here.

What do you think about the idea of a Hunger Games theme park? Which other franchises deserve the theme park treatment? Give us your thoughts in the comments below.


Contributing Editor Tara Bennett interviews director Francis Lawrence about The Hunger Games franchise.