John Hallenback

The theme park guru creating memorable moments for the last quarter of a century.
Thursday , 06 April 2017
John Hallenback
John Hallenback
  • The opening of Motiongate Dubai in 2016 marked my fourth movie-inspired theme park. Motiongate combines the three major Hollywood studios: DreamWorks Animation, Columbia Pictures and Lionsgate – a world-first. So we’ve accessed great films and characters to bring to life as immersive experiences.

  • Having been in the theme park industry for more than 25 years, the best reward is knowing that you’re responsible for creating memorable experiences. There’s no greater satisfaction than seeing the reaction of a child who’s just met his or her favourite movie character, or seeing how a theme park creates lasting bonding experiences between friends and families. 

  • I admire leaders like Sir Richard Branson who truly care for their team members and understand the importance of creating a happy work environment. I strongly believe that without a happy team you cannot create happy guest experiences, and in turn create a profitable, thriving business.

  • Perception is reality. In many situations in life and business it’s not about how actions or decisions were intended to be, it’s about how they are perceived by others. I’ve learned that you always need to be aware of this when dealing with whatever comes your way.