DC and Warner Bros. fans lucky enough to be in Abu Dhabi can finally explore the clean streets of Metropolis, the mean alleys of Gotham, and the prehistoric cartoon trails of The Flintstones’ Bedrock all in the same day — and all in a climate-controlled, 1.65 million square-foot theme park designed to outsmart the Arabian sun.
The park got off to a high-profile start this week, opening to lavish fanfare as Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid and Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed inaugurated and toured Warner Bros. World — one of the world’s largest indoor parks — in a special ceremony.
Bugs Bunny’s giant statue greeted the first guests to the much-anticipated grand opening of Warner Bros. Abu Dhabi this week, taking the wraps off the park’s six lands and 29 rides and attractions themed around Batman, Superman, Warner Bros.’ legendary roster of cartoons, and more. The park is situated on Yas Island, the mega-retail and entertainment destination that also features a Sea World, water park, and Formula One racing circuit.
Starting in the art deco-themed Warner Bros. Plaza, guests can jaunt off toward one of five distinct lands: the urban landscape of Metropolis, the dark pathways of Gotham, the bright blue skies of Cartoon Junction, the desert dunes of Dynamite Gulch, and, of course, the Stone-Age caves of Hanna-Barbera’s Bedrock. Each land comes fully stocked with all the characters, backstories, decorative Easter eggs, and ambiance of its respective story-verse.
That means you can expect to see plenty of Batman, Harley Quinn, The Riddler, Wonder Woman, Superman, Wile E. Coyote, Bugs and Daffy, Scooby and Shaggy, and Fred and Wilma — along with tons more good guys, bad girls, and lovable sidekicks from Warner Bros.’ and DC’ extensive cartoon and film catalogs.
Abu Dhabi’s already about as singular and distinctive a man-made tourist destination as the world’s got, so adding an air conditioned Batman-Superman-Bugs Bunny wonderland to the mix both adds to all the eclecticism, while making total sense. We’re already daydreaming about a U.S. version, so here’s hoping that Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi successfully rockets up, up, and away.