You'll Be Able to Pass Go at Australia's New 'Monopoly' Theme Park in Melbourne From September
Monopoly Dreams brings the board game into real life — and it'll feature Australia's first and only dedicated 'Monopoly' store, too.
June 08, 2023
It's the source of many a childhood argument, and plenty more between adults as well. Thanks to its ever-growing range of themed versions, it has let players buy everything from Game of Thrones' King's Landing to AFC Richmond's Nelson Road Stadium from Ted Lasso. And, it's now rolling into its own IRL bricks-and-mortar space Down Under, letting everyone pass go and soak in all things Monopoly at a brand-new Melbourne theme park called Monopoly Dreams.
Monopoly Dreams already exists in Hong Kong, but now it's Australia's turn. The Monopoly-loving space will unfurl its pieces at Melbourne Central, located across 1700 square metres in the CBD shopping centre's lower ground level, and opening in September to kick off spring with board-game love.
If you're wondering what a Monopoly theme park entails, that's hardly surprising — and the answer isn't just a life-sized version of the game that everyone has played more than once. Rather, the venue is taking a chance on bringing Monopoly elements beyond the board, building a Monopoly city that includes water works, the electric company, the bank and Mr Monopoly's mansion. And yes, there's a jail. Presumably you don't go directly there upon entering, but you can get your mugshot taken within its walls.
When you walk through the doors, you'll also find carnival games. It wouldn't be a theme park based on a board game if playing games wasn't a big part of the attraction, of course. Expect challenges as well — and, in the mansion, there'll also be a vault and gallery, alongside a 4D cinema screening a movie about Mr Monopoly and his dog Scottie touring Melbourne locations — as well as the opportunity to create your own customised Monopoly title deed.
For bites to eat, patrons can hit up the Monopoly cafe. And if all this Monopoly talk has you wanting to play Monopoly or buy Monopoly merchandise, Monopoly Dreams will also feature Australia's first and only dedicated Monopoly store, too.
Catering for audiences of all ages — so, you'll have kids for company, but it's open for adults without children in tow — Monopoly Dreams will take visitors around 60–90 minutes to enjoy the full experience.
Monopoly Dreams will open in September at Melbourne Central, Lonsdale Street, Melbourne. Head to the venue's website for further details.
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