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Falcon’s Creative Group Says Fans Are Part of Design Team for Dragon Ball Theme Park

In March plans were unveiled for a massive Dragon Ball theme park in Qiddiya, Saudi Arabia, and now members of Falcon’s Creative Group — “the master planner, attraction designer and creative guardian of the park” — shared more of their vision and their excitement.

Robb Wilson (vice president, project director) said, “What I’m most excited for with Dragon Ball theme park is to push all the boundaries of theme park design. We’re going into attractions and technology, a level of world-building and immersion that we’ve never seen before, even at the world’s best theme parks.”

“We have true fans that are part of our design team, that really know every nuance about this IP,” assured Cecil D. Magpuri (chief executive officer, founder).

“We really need to play this guardianship role to protect that vision and maintain the respect for the Dragon Ball IP throughout all of the design process,” said David Schaefer (chief development officer).

The theme park is going to have more than 30 rides, plus hotels and restaurants, all related to Dragon Ball. Kame House, Capsule Corporation, and Beerus’s Planet will all be part of the park.

VIZ Media publishes the manga in the Dragon Ball franchise, and gave this description for the very first Dragon Ball manga:

Before there was Dragon Ball Z, there was Akira Toriyama’s action epic Dragon Ball, starring the younger version of Son Goku and all the other Dragon Ball Z heroes! Meet a naive young monkey-tailed boy named Goku, whose quiet life changes when he meets Bulma, a girl who is on a quest to collect seven “Dragon Balls.” If she gathers them all, an incredibly powerful dragon will appear and grant her one wish. But the precious orbs are scattered all over the world, and Bulma needs Goku’s help (and his super-strength)! With a magic staff for a weapon and a flying cloud for a ride, Goku sets out on the adventure of a lifetime…

Source: Falcon’s Creative Group, email correspondence


Danica Davidson is the author of the bestselling Manga Art for Beginners with artist Melanie Westin, plus its sequel, Manga Art for Everyone, and the first-of-its-kind manga chalk book Chalk Art Manga, both illustrated by professional Japanese mangaka Rena Saiya. Check out her other comics and books at www.danicadavidson.com.