Image: Lionsgate Film.

The Motiongate Dubai theme park, the largest Hollywood-themed park in the world, has recently opened up “The World of the Hunger Games,” a lavish section of the park devoted to the dystopian world of Panem in all its garish, high-fashion glory. Because when I hear dystopian horror, I think theme park.

Entertainment Weekly recently posted a full look at the park, following its opening last weekend, that showcases Motiongate’s ambitions for the section. The Panem-themed attractions include a Capitol Bullet Train roller coaster, the Hall of Heroes, and the Panem Aerial Tour multimedia experience, which EW says is a “4D multimedia hovercraft experience.)

So, yes: in order to celebrate the world of The Hunger Games, which features a harrowing exaggeration of a media-obsessed society where the foppish upper class entertains itself by watching children die, Motiongate built a consumer attraction in one of the major boom towns of the modern, hypermediated capitalist age... My head hurts.

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Anyway. Um. It looks pretty fun. Here, watch Caeser Flickerman tell you all about it. That’s probably not ironic at all.

[Entertainment Weekly]