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Three DreamWorks theme parks to open in Russia

by Jessica Tasman-Jones | 18 Feb 2013

Animation studio DreamWorks – behind films such as Madagascar, Shrek and How to Train Your Dragon – has revealed it has entered a partnership to open three family theme parks across Russia by 2015.

At 35m tall – the height of a 13-storey building – the entertainment attractions will be the largest indoor theme parks in Europe and will open in St Petersburg, Moscow and Yekaterinburg.

Russian property developer REGIONS GC will design, build and manage all three under a licensing agreement with the studio.

Each park will feature characters from DreamWorks Animations’ movie franchises, mixed-use movie and concert halls, 4D movie theatres, three-star 400-room hotels, and a retail centre with 11,000 parking spaces.

The scale of the theme parks will give visitors the sense of being outdoors.

DreamWorks Animation’s chief executive Jeffrey Katzenberg said Russia is one of the group’s most important markets and the company will be the first Hollywood studio to open a theme park there.

Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted is Russia’s second highest-grossing animated film in box office history and its fourth highest-grossing film of all time.

REGIONS GC board member Amiran Mutsoev said Dreamworks’ experience in entertainment will be an important part of the parks’ success.

Last year DreamWorks announced it would open a new theme park in Shanghai, China, by 2015.

Animation studio DreamWorks – behind films such as Madagascar, Shrek and How to Train Your Dragon – has revealed it has entered a partnership to open three family theme parks across Russia by 2015. At 35m tall – the height of a 13-storey building – the entertainment attractions will be the largest indoor theme parks in Europe and will open in St Petersburg, Moscow and Yekaterinburg. Russian property developer REGIONS
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DreamWorks Animation chief executive Jeffrey Katzenberg and Amiran Mutsoev of REGIONS GC pose with Shrek and Puss in Boots at the press conference announcing three new DreamWorks theme parks in Russia
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