Star Trek Gets Theme Park Attraction, How To Train Your Dragon Becomes Arena Show

Spin-off time. Here’s a couple of big, expensive movie tie-ins that could draw punters in colossal numbers.

Dreamworks have teamed up with Melbournes’ Global Creatures to devise a live arena show, retelling the story of How to Train Your Dragon. There will apparently be a full Viking village, 80 villagers and 24 animatronic dragons on stage. The idea originared with Global Creatures, who have a track record in this sort of business, having previously created the Walking With Dinosaurs arena show.

This video from AFP showcases a smoke-puffing, snorting dragon and, yes, it actually looks like quite a fun… er… machine?

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Meanwhile, a longer clip at The Age shows more dragon action, but can’t be embedded. I hope all 24 dragons are varied in their design, articulation and characterisation.

How To Train Your Dragon Live (I’m just guessing that’s what they’ll call it) tours Australia next Spring before moving to the US in the Summer.

On a somewhat larger scale, a Star Trek theme park attraction is on the cards for Aqaba in Jordan. The reason why is simple: King Abdullah II is a big fan. In fact, he made a brief, non-speaking cameo in Voyager and I’m sure that the producers didn’t approach him about the role.

The attraction’s developers describe it like this:

A variety of multi-sensory 23rd-century experiences, culminating with a state-of-the art space-flight adventure that takes real-time immersive entertainment experiences to bold new heights… exciting, world-class attraction.

Sounds a bit like Star Tours but with Star Trek instead.

At 184 acres, the full Red Sea Astrarium resort is going to be something really quite incredible – something I’d have to see to really believe but, I’m sure, will never personally see. There’s no idea how much of that ample space will be given over to Trek but if it’s even two whole acres I’ll eat Werner Herzog’s shoe.

Thanks to MSNBC for the info.

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