What's in store at Russia's new 'mega-park'

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Russia is to build a huge "destination resort" theme park just outside Moscow, the first such attraction in its history.

The enormous Magic World Russia theme park will stretch across 600 acres (242 hectares), the consortium behind the plans announced last week, and will sit around 50 kilometers outside the capital Moscow.

Designed by the same team behind the Galaxy Macau Casino Resort which opened in May, the mega park will in fact be comprised of smaller amusement parks and hotels, designed to lure travelers into staying for several nights.

Among the parks will be a Hollywood studio 'branded' park, likely to involve a well-established US theme park brand such as Disney or Universal Studios, a family park dedicated to young children, two waterparks with adjoining beach resorts and the Nanopolis Children's Park, an "edutainment" attraction.

The designers, who were also involved in Abu Dhabi's new Ferrari World project, also promise an extreme sports park and Park Russia, an attraction themed around Russian folklore and history.

A world-first addition will be "World Without Boundaries," a park designed solely for special needs children.

Hotel options will include properties from internationally-recognized brands, the consortium said, with Hotels Magazine reporting that a 1,700-room five-star property and 1,750-room mid-range hotel will be among the options.

Although 80 percent of the park will be covered to ensure it is available for visitors all year round, additional activities are set to include shopping malls and a 15,000-seat live-performance theater.

Construction on the park is expected to begin next year, with 10-12 million visitors every year predicted to pile through the gates when it finally opens in 2016.

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