Moscow theme park Dream Island set for late February opening
The park, which is situated on 100 hectares of the Nagatinsky floodplain near Moscow city centre, says it will be the largest indoor theme park in Europe. A second phase of construction will see the creation of a landscaped promenade with a hotel and children's yachting school by 2021.
There are eight thematic areas of the park: Fairytale Village, Snow Queen Castle, Dream Race, Mowgli in the Land of Dinosaurs, Hotel Transylvania, Hello Kitty, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Smurfs Village. Within these lands are around 35 different experiences, both interactive and extreme, as well as a host of food and beverage facilities.
A City Promenade of pedestrian galleries and atriums made in the architectural styles of different countries allows guests to wander the streets of Rome, Barcelona, London and Beverly Hills.
In addition, the attraction will house a 44-hectare landscape park with sports, children's and family recreation areas, as well as a concert hall with 3,500 seats, and a 17-hall cinema.
Construction of the reported US$1.5bn (€1.35bn, £1.14bn) park began in March 2016. The project masterplan and concept design was provided by architects Chapman Taylor. It's expected that 50 million people per year will be able to visit the Dream Island complex, including 7.5 million staying as guests.