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The World’s First Floating Theme Park: New Disney Competitor Emerges

THE RIG floating theme park
Credit: THE RIG

Are you ready to embark on a journey like no other? Welcome to THE RIG – Saudi Arabia’s answer to the world of entertainment and adventure.

Situated at the crossroads of innovation and excitement, this first-ever floating theme park beckons thrill-seekers, culture enthusiasts, and families alike to experience a realm of endless possibilities.

Let’s dive into what makes THE RIG a formidable contender in the global entertainment arena, poised to rival even the mighty Disney Parks and Entertainment.

What is THE RIG?

Image from Above THE RIG

Credit: THE RIG

Picture this: an immersive wonderland where fantasy meets reality, where every corner holds a new adventure waiting to be explored.

According to reports:

THE RIG. is a world-first adventure tourism destination inspired by oil platforms to celebrate the legacy and history of Saudi Arabia’s long oil and gas heritage. The one-of-a-kind hospitality and adventure experience will be built 40km from the shoreline in the Arabian Gulf, with a gross floor area of over 300,000 square meters.

Adrenaline has a new name: THE RIG., an epic offshore destination, in the heart of the Arabian Gulf. This is no theme park – it’s an extreme destination, an entirely new playground for adventure tourism.

Competing with the Giants

THE RIG at Night

Credit: THE RIG

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As THE RIG emerges on the global stage, it stands shoulder to shoulder with iconic entertainment giants like Disney Parks and Entertainment. But what sets this new enterprise apart?

It’s the perfect blend of innovation, culture, and excitement that sets the stage for an unparalleled experience. While Disney may have its magic, THE RIG offers a fresh perspective, drawing inspiration from Saudi Arabia’s heritage while embracing cutting-edge technology and creativity.

THE RIG’s mission is:

Building sustainable touristic destinations on oil platforms in the middle of the sea, mixing warm hospitality and extreme adventures offering an unprecedented experience for our guests from around the world

Unveiling The Wonders Within

THE RIG image from above

Credit: THE RIG

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Step through the gates of THE RIG, and you’ll find yourself transported to a world of wonder and adventure. From heart-pounding rides that defy gravity to captivating live shows that dazzle the senses, every moment at the park is infused with excitement and anticipation.

Whether you’re soaring through the skies on a thrilling roller coaster or immersing yourself in a multimedia spectacle, there’s never a dull moment. According to THE RIG:

The range of hospitality, leisure, entertainment and accommodation options provided by THE RIG. include three hotels totaling 800 rooms, along with 11 restaurants, an extreme sports & adventure park, a world-class marina, and helipads.

A Cultural Extravaganza

THE RIG at night from above

Credit: THE RIG

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Another one of this incoming experience’s compelling features is its celebration of Saudi Arabian culture and heritage. While Disney Parks offers glimpses into fantasy realms, this new park experience invites visitors to discover the rich tapestry of Saudi culture through immersive exhibits, interactive experiences, and captivating performances.

It’s a cultural extravaganza that offers a deeper understanding of the kingdom’s traditions, customs, and values.

Cutting-Edge Technology at Your Fingertips

THE RIG Guestroom

Credit: THE RIG

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At THE RIG, technology isn’t just a tool – it’s an integral part of the experience. From state-of-the-art ride systems to interactive attractions powered by augmented reality, it harnesses the latest innovations to create an immersive and unforgettable adventure.

While Disney may have pioneered the use of technology in entertainment, THE RIG pushes the boundaries even further, offering visitors a glimpse into the future of leisure and recreation, noting:

THE RIG. will feature a wide variety of water activities, including a diving center, in addition to an amusement park, splash park, an E-sports center, an immersive theater and multipurpose arena. THE RIG. will also celebrate the Kingdom’s rich oil and gas heritage by creating an exceptional and unique experience, making it a must-visit destination.

It will include around 72 entertainment and attraction offerings, including a water activities center, an extreme sports & adventure park, an amusement park, and a diving center.

A Gastronomic Journey

THE RIG underwater restaurant

Credit: THE RIG

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No adventure is complete without a culinary journey to tantalize the taste buds, and the floating park delivers on all fronts. From tantalizing street food stalls to fine dining restaurants serving up gourmet delights, it offers a gastronomic experience that rivals the best in the world.

Whether you’re craving traditional Saudi cuisine or international flavors from around the globe, you’ll find it all at THE RIG.

The Adventure Awaits

In a world where entertainment knows no bounds, THE RIG emerges as a shining beacon of innovation, creativity, and excitement. With its unparalleled attractions, cultural immersion, and cutting-edge technology, it is poised to capture the hearts and imaginations of visitors from around the world.

As it takes its place among the global entertainment elite, THE RIG invites you to embark on the adventure of a lifetime – one that promises thrills, wonder, and endless possibilities. Check out the latest video of “The True Scale of Adventure” released:

Yes, It Is Real

Despite comments on the YouTube video adding, “This can’t be real, I mean they’re just asking for trouble,” it appears like THE RIG is truly in the works. With reports from several news networks, including CNN, it appears this enormous oil-themed ‘extreme park’ is confirmed to be true.

When will this amazing first-ever floating theme park open? According to reports:

THE RIG. will seek to attract over 900,000 annual visitors by 2032, appealing to a wide range of domestic, regional and international audiences, including adrenaline seekers, explorers, balanced holiday makers, and relaxation seekers.

Will The Walt Disney Company need to step up their game to compete against such intense theme park innovations? Only time will tell.

In the meantime, let us know in the comment if you’d visit this floating theme park when it opens. 

About Jamie Sylvester

I'm a Disney nerd! A kid at heart who loves the magic and memories of Walt Disney World. I follow all things Disney and enjoy the vacations, day trips, weekend getaways, and geek out over the planning of such events. My goal is to experience as many Disney desserts and cocktails as possible! Married to another Disney nerd and blessed with a daughter and son, we thoroughly enjoy the magic at Disney and are here to help others experience the magic as well.

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