Three DreamWorks theme parks planned for Russia

20th Feb 2013

Three cities in Russia have been selected as the locations for huge indoor theme parks based on movies including Shrek, Madagascar and Kung Fu Panda.

Regions Group will develop the theme parks in Moscow, St Petersburg and Yekaterinburg under a licensing agreement with DreamWorks Animation.

Set to launch in two years, the three parks will include 4D cinemas, hotels and shopping centres and will be designed so tourists feel as though they're outside even though the attractions will remain undercover.

DreamWorks said they are expected to be the largest year-round indoor entertainment zones in Europe.

Targeted at families, visitors will come face to face with their favourite characters from DreamWorks' movies ranging from Shrek and Madagascar to How to Train Your Dragon.

Regions will design, build and manage the parks and one of its directors Amiran Mutsoev described the projects as the first of their kind for Russia.

He said they would combine the developer's experience in creating and running retail and entertainment centres with the magic of DreamWorks.

Jeffrey Katzenberg, CEO of DreamWorks Animation, said: "Russia is one of the most important markets in the world for us.

"All of us at DWA are extremely excited to work with Regions CG to be the first Hollywood studio to create not just one, but three theme parks in Russia. These parks are going to be groundbreaking cultural hubs that will give families the chance to truly enter the world of DreamWorks."

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