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Since the early 2000s, DreamWorks Animation, an American animation studio, owned by NBCUniversal, has had an involvement in the creation and theming of amusement park rides and attractions. This article details the ventures of DreamWorks Animation in amusement parks.
In 2003, Universal Parks & Resorts opened the 4D film called Shrek 4-D at Universal Studios Florida, Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Studios Japan. The film is chronologically sequenced between the original 2001 film Shrek and Shrek 2 which was released in 2004. In 2005 and 2008, Shrek 4-D was added to Warner Bros. Movie World and Movie Park Germany respectively (the film was later removed from Warner Bros. Movie World and Movie Park Germany in favour of Journey to the Center of the Earth 4-D Adventure and Ice Age: The 4D Experience).
On 18 March 2010, DreamWorks Animation moved further into the theme park industry with the opening of two themed lands at Universal Studios Singapore. The first land is Madagascar which is based upon the 2005 film of the same name. The second land is Far Far Away which is based on the Shrek franchise. Each of the lands featured a variety of attractions themed after the movies. In 2011, Dreamworld announced a $10 million deal with DreamWorks Animation to bring the company's characters to their amusement park. In a 3-stage development beginning on 19 December 2011, Dreamworld will open new shows and newly themed rides and attractions.
In May 2012, the Brazilian theme park Beto Carrero World announced a partnership with DreamWorks Animation, later that year Shrek and other characters began to make meet and greets around the park. The first area with DreamWorks Animation characters opened in February 2014, themed to Madagascar, the area features two attractions, a live show and a river rapids ride. In March 2016, Beto Carrero World and DreamWorks Animation renewed the partnership for more 10 years, and announced three new themed areas featuring Shrek, How to Train Your Dragon, and Kung Fu Panda. The construction is scheduled to start in 2017.
In February 2013, it was revealed that DreamWorks Animation has partnered with Regions GC to build in Russia Europe's largest indoor theme parks. Set in Moscow, Saint Petersburg and Yekaterinburg, each park will incorporate a movie and concert hall, 4D movie theater, three-star 400-room hotel and retails. The parks, which are expected to be completed in 2015, will feature themes based on Shrek, Madagascar, How to Train Your Dragon, Kung Fu Panda, and Turbo.
In May 2013, DreamWorks signed a licensing agreement with Sands China to bring its cast of animated characters to Sands Cotai Central in Macau. The resorts will present a series of performances, parades, dining experiences, meet-and-greets and photo opportunities highlighting characters such as Po from Kung Fu Panda; Shrek, Fiona and Puss in Boots from Shrek; Alex the Lion, King Julien and the Penguins from Madagascar and Toothless and Hiccup from How to Train Your Dragon.
|Park||Area||Opening date||Closing date||Previous attraction||Replaced by|
|American Dream Meadowlands||19 March 2020|
|Beto Carrero World||Standalone attractions||10 October 2013||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Dreamworld||1 April 2012||N/A||Kid's World
|Heide Park Resort||
||14 May 2016||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Motiongate Dubai||DreamWorks||16 December 2016||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Movie Park Germany||Standalone attraction||27 May 2008||2011||SpongeBob SquarePants 4-D||Ice Age Dawn of the Dinosaurs: The 4-D Experience|
|Universal Studios Florida||Standalone attractions||12 June 2003||N/A||Alfred Hitchcock: The Art of Making Movies
|Universal Studios Hollywood||Standalone attractions||23 May 2003||N/A||Rugrats Magic Adventure 3-D||N/A|
|Universal Studios Japan||Standalone attraction||20 June 2003||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Universal Studios Singapore||
||18 March 2010||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Warner Bros. Movie World||Standalone attractions||17 September 2005||29 August 2010||Marvin the Martian in 3D||Journey to the Center of the Earth 4-D Adventure|
Below is a list of all of the attractions at DreamWorks Animation themed areas around the world. The dates shown in the columns refer to the opening and closing dates for the ride under that name. It does not mean that the ride was closed and/or removed.
|Donkey Live||Interactive live show||2010–|
|Donkey's Photo Finish||Meet and greet||2003–|
|DreamWorks Holiday Shrektacular Show||Live show||2011–2012|
|Dronkey Flyers||Children's rotating flat ride||2012–|
|Enchanted Airways||Junior roller coaster||2010–|
|Escape from Madagascar||Suspended Family Coaster||2012–|
|Gingy's Glider||Kite Flyer||2012–|
|King Julien's Beach Party-Go-Round||Carousel||2010–|
|King Julien's Theatre in the Wild||Show stage||2012–|
|Kung Fu Academy||Play area||2012–|
|MAD Jungle Jam||Ball play area||2012–|
|Madagascar: A Crate Adventure||Water ride||2011–|
|Magic Potion Spin||Children's Ferris wheel||2010–|
|Meet Shrek and Donkey||Meet and greet||2003–|
|Pandamonium||Zamperla Air Race||2012–|
|Puss in Boots Sword Swing||Swing ride||2012–|
|Puss in Boots' Giant Journey||Inverted roller coaster||2015–|
|Shrek 4-D||4D film||2008–2011||2003–||2003–2017||2003–||2010–||2005–2010|
|Shrek Live||Live show||????-????|
|Madagascar Crazy River Adventure!||River rapids ride||2014–|
|Madagascar Circus Show!||Live Show||2014–|