Home to DC Comics, Looney Tunes, Hannah Barbara and more, Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi is one of the largest and best indoor theme parks in the world.
Warner Bros. World, one of three theme parks at Yas Island Resort, opened on July 25, 2018. [Here is our opening-day review: Warner Bros. World impresses in its Abu Dhabi debut.] The park features six themed lands, centered around the centrally located Warner Bros. Plaza. Let’s start with a hike around the park.
No strategy required here, and no jumper passes for an extra fee. There are moderate to small crowds throughout the year, and there is rarely a day when you have to wait more than half an hour for any of the rides. Do what you want, when you want to do it.
what to do
The best attraction at Warner Bros. World is Ani-Mayhem, a delightful interactive dark ride based at Acme’s R&D headquarters.
Wile E. Coyote The hapless manufacturer who ordered all the crappy equipment in his desperate quest to catch up with the Road Runner needs your help in scanning and tracking its far-flung inventory. The queue is to visit Acme’s corporate offices laden with Easter eggs, complete with a reward box full of cobwebs and desks that have run out of waiver forms. (“Acme Factory: Quality is our number one dream!”)
On board, it’s a mix of utility and on-screen targets, and the 3D graphics here are some of the sharpest I’ve ever seen in a theme park attraction. To sum it up, Ani-Mayhem is the best shooter game in the world and the top Looney Tunes themed attraction in the world.
Green Lantern: Galactic Odyssey – A hypothetical planetarium show turned into a Brogent Technologies I-Ride 3D flying theater tour, where we discover that the only thing stronger than a superhero (or villain) is our collective will. It’s a profound statement for a theme park, albeit disguised among the more intense flying theater-style rides I’ve experienced.Height Requirement: 43 inches
Justice League: Warworld Attacks – Transformers style 3D action base dark ride.Height Requirement: 43 inches
Incredibles 360: Battle for Metropolis – Standing Theater Show. (The 3D projections here have serious sync issues and are uncomfortable to watch. 3D is a problem throughout the park, with the exception of Ani-Mayhem, but this is by far the worst example.)
Teen Titans Training Academy – Extreme play area with roller coasters, net climbing, rope bridges, rock climbing and more.Height Requirement: 48 inches
Batman: Flight Knight – A Forbidden Journey-style robotic-arm dark ride that lets you fly above Gotham City in a batwing vehicle. Height requirement: 47 inches. Maximum Height: 6’6″
Riddler Revolution – Zamperla Disk’O.Height Requirement: 47 inches
The Joker Funhouse – Walk through a classic carnival funhouse themed around Batman villains.Height Requirement: 41 inches
Scarecrow Panic Raid – Zamperla Super Air Race.Height Requirement: 47 inches
Arnie – Chaos – look up. Height requirement: 35 inches
Scooby-Doo: The Mystery Museum – A fun, beautifully decorated trackless dark ride that unravels classic Scooby-Doo mysteries. Yes, the characters don’t move, but Scooby-Doo isn’t known for its world-class animation quality, is it? Height requirement: 35 inches.
Tom and Jerry Swiss Cheese Spin – The queue is through the Tom and Jerry fight house to the Zamperla Twister roller coaster.Height Requirement: 43 inches
Acme Factory – Cartoon Junction’s children’s playground features climbing structures, cargo nets and three children’s play structures: Daffy Jet-Propelled Pogo Stick, Ricochet Racin’ with Taz and Tweety Wild Wockets.Height Requirement: 39 inches
Cartoon Junction Carousel – Ride various Looney Tunes characters in the town square.Height Requirement: 32 inches
Fast and Furry-ous – Intamin Suspended Family Coaster, takes you on a ride beneath one of Wile E. Coyote’s runaway rockets. The title is that of the first Roadrunner cartoon.Height Requirement: 43 inches
The Jetsons Cosmic Orbiter – Dumbo style spinner.Height Requirement: 36 inches
Marvin the Martian Crater Crashers – Bumper cars.Height Requirement: 41 inches
The Flintstones Bedrock River Adventure – A Journey Through the Flume, features all the familiar story beats from the 1960s introduction to the animated TV series.Height Requirement: 41 inches
where to eat
Warner Bros. ‘ The top restaurant is The Starlight, a table-service family restaurant under a giant tent at the end of Warner Bros. Plaza, serving a variety of international cuisine and character appearances from Bugs Bunny and other Looney Tunes characters.
You’ll find themed fast food restaurants in several other areas of the park, including the Flintstones-themed Bronto Burgers and Ribs, Bo Bibbowski’s Ace O’ Clubs at the Cosmopolitan, and Hollywood Trattoria at Warner Bros. Plaza.
I would warn that the beef in the United Arab Emirates may turn off some American taste buds. You won’t find pork anywhere due to halal dietary restrictions.
In 2025 (or so), Warner Bros. World will add its first non-animated Warner Bros. IP and open a new Harry Potter-themed land. The park won’t have access to Universal Creative’s attractions for its Wizarding World of Harry Potter, so look forward to a whole new adventure in the land when it debuts.
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