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  1. ^ Yeah I believe after years of being next to the ocean it finally rusted out as the story goes. It went down for ages where they tried to fix it, it reopened for a short time before going down again and rumour is management told them do what you have to, spend the dollars to get it back, it's an icon of the park. In the end however it just couldn't be fixed and when that decision was made it disappeared pretty quickly. They've also filled in a large section of the lake, so here's hoping for a really cool replacement.

  2. Well back in 2013 a 145m tower was proposed themed to Doomsday. A description for the rides reads:

    "The ride experience would feature a low speed setting perfect for those who want to get a bird’s eye view of the Gold Coast. The ride would also feature a high speed setting to get hearts racing for thrill seekers. On the low speed setting, the ride would travel slowly up and down the tower and then rotate slowly at the top of the tower, while on the high speed setting it would zoom to the top of the tower then spin at a high speed. Riders would be seated in one of three gondolas which each feature twelve seats. Riders sit in individual seats where their legs hang free and they are secured by a chest harness. A height restriction of 110cm would apply for safety reasons. During the day the ride would operate in both “scenic” mode and “thrill seeker” mode at pre-designated times."

     

    This was however was suppose to go into the helix of Superman. This ride appears to be going between Scooby Doo & Wild West Falls, in front of the unused Stage Show. The press release talks about looping and an interview talks about being inverted, so this plan is obviously out.

     

    Most people seem to be guessing an Intamin Suspended Twin Hammer.

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  3. Right I mean Wet 'n Wild Brisbane even has a roller coaster! And Dreamworld's waterpark was pretty awesome with the water coaster-slide. I'd only expect to pay that much at say- Belantis or Atlantis waterpark in Dubai or Bahamas.

     

    I think you mean Wet'n'Wild Gold Coast, and whilst yes it has a coaster (which was originally designed to go to Sea World), I think in terms of ride quality, count and how its been designed (layout) this park will have the edge. Its only $10 more than the Gold Coast version. White Water World, Dreamworld's waterpark IMO is weak compared to what the VRTP offer, and is only $15 cheaper than the Sydney park, its only designed to compliment the theme park and since it's only had 2 mediocre rides added since its 2005 opening, while Wet'n'Wild has had something like 7 additions.

     

    Granted this park has a much higher yearly pass, compared to its sister Gold Coast combined pass the Gold VIP, which was about $110 when I bought it and includes unlimited entry to Sea World, Wet'n'Wild, Movie World, until June 30 2014, and one free entry to Movie World's Fright Night and White Christmas and is now only $79.99.

     

    However the 2 Gold Coast park operators appear to be in a pricing war with their yearly passes.

     

    Its clear Sydney want you to buy their yearly pass, like the Gold Coast parks want, heck its more expensive currently to buy a day ticket to Sea World and Movie World ($84.99) than to buy a VIP Pass!

    Nonetheless they've priced to the market, I predict this park is going to see huge crowds everyday, no matter what people have said about the prices it won't stop how busy this park will be and they know that, hence the pricing.

     

    The park also now has the website up and running, with opening hours appearing to be 10am to 10pm with special lighting installed on the slides for nighttime.

    http://wetnwildsydney.com.au/

  4. We haven't seen any new additions that have cost up around the $16 million since Superman, but what we have seen lately is the increase in frequency of new additions.

     

    It was usually around 4 years a new attraction came along to the parks and you would generally find the additions spaced out. However, lately since towards the end of 2011 VRTP gave us Green lantern, Justice League, a re-theme of an old roller coaster from Lethal Weapon to Arkham Asylum, Aqualoops, a new waterpark about to open in Sydney, Seal Harbour, Spongebob Parade, Storm, Polar Bear extension, the new Wild Exhibit and in the year before in 2010 Penguin Encounter and Castaway Bay. We also know they're planning for a Looney Tunes River Ride replacement, which they did announce was some sort of driving car ride (however it has disappeared lately). While they're not spending the big outlays VRTP seem to have gotten very smart in how far they stretch their dollar in what they spend.

     

    In Australia, theres an interesting reaction to this proposed ride, half seem to be against, while the other half are all for it. I'm all for it, however I don't if the theme is quiet right, especially if your trying to say there is a gentle cycle. I would have preferred to see something more like Lex Luther themed with the tower and base themed to The Daily Planet. Because to be honest I had no idea this guy was a comic character and I don't think the general public will either.

    Many people have always advocated for a ride in this section at MW because as it stands its just an empty parcel. However, I think some people are worried people will confuse it with the Giant Drop and say it isn't as good, and that it will dwarf Superman standing at 40 metres and Batwing standing at 60 metres.

     

    I'd also like to see the rest of the area see some love, maybe a new flat ride in the old Lethal Weapon cinema currently not used, like a Vekoma Madhouse and a eatery in the old Lethal Weapon gift shop (currently unused) and do whatever they are planning to the currently closed off old China Town Alley to breath some new life into that section.

     

    I think one reason people are completely for it is other parts of the park are needing some love currently, such as the Looney Tunes kids area and the Wild West area, with a new stage show in the currently unused stage show building since so much love has been given to the front of the park lately. However, the park faces challenges from neighbours living behind the park, hence the reason the reason they keep investing at the front IMO.

  5. I've been through the search pages but couldn't find a post for this anywhere, so I hope I haven't missed it someone already posted the link, but I am quiet sure you've all seen the photo on Facebook for Sea World's next addition 'Wild', which they are already promoting before they've even open 'Storm'.

     

    Well going back a couple of months now the Gold Coast Bulletin (the local paper) printed this article about the upcoming attraction:

     

    Gorillas on theme at Sea World

    Jeremy Pierce | 12:01am July 10, 2013

     

    GOLD Coast theme park Sea World is branching from marine to extreme with a new multimillion-dollar jungle-themed attraction featuring Queensland's first gorillas.

     

    The exhibit, to open in 2015, will include gorillas, hippos, crocodiles and other animals as part of an African encounter attraction.

     

    The gorillas would be sourced from an international breeding program designed to shore up populations of the primate.

     

    Sea World officials were yesterday tightlipped about the project, which is the park's latest foray away from traditional marine-themed attractions.

     

    An interactive dinosaur attraction was added this year.

     

    A Sea World spokesman said the African safari-style attraction would be an exciting addition to the theme park, which forged its name on dolphin shows and aquarium exhibits.

     

    "We are all excited about a wonderful new attraction which will be a Sea World first, but we're not able to release any more details just yet," he said.

     

    Gorilla populations have been decimated, as one of the closest living relatives to humans battles loss of habitat and hunting for sport and meat.

     

    There are about 50,000 gorillas left in the wild and just 600 of the famous mountain gorillas.

     

    Al Mucci, president of the Queensland branch of the Australian Zoo and Aquarium Association, said Sea World's gorillas could act as pin-ups for the plight of the animals.

     

    "The animals in the exhibit are ambassadors for their cousins in the wild," he said. "We have seen with the tigers at Dreamworld's Tiger Island the positive impact this kind of attraction can play in conservation efforts.

     

    "It is also heartening to see a theme park is choosing to spend millions of dollars on an animal exhibit rather than a ride.

     

    "It shows that there is value in this kind of attraction."

     

    Only three parks in Australia have gorillas and none in Queensland, but it is understood Australia Zoo on the Sunshine Coast has expressed an interest in housing gorillas.

     

    The photo Sea World posted has now been changed and pushed back a year to 2015.

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    This photo from NearMap is old but it gives you an idea of where the ride is going and the current land reclamation currently taking place

     

    Meanwhile, Sea World recently had the birth of their first baby Polar Bear:

    HERE'S a solid dose of cute for the afternoon, Sea World's baby polar bear cub, now the size of a Labrador puppy, has taken it's first steps just as the theme park unveils a new $1.5 million expansion of the polar bear enclosure.

     

    The nine-week-old cub, which now weighs about ten times its birth weight at 6kg and is the size of an eight-week-old Labrador puppy, has stunned polar bear keepers who watched vision of it taking its first steps around its den.

     

    Sea World Marine Sciences director Trevor Long said the cub's development is right on track with the average cub taking its first steps between 46 and 60 days.

     

    ``We are delighted to see the little cub taking its first steps inside the maternity den and we look forward to introducing mum Liya and the cub to the `Cub Kindy' play area in the coming weeks,'' he said.

     

    ``This area will also feature a camera from which cub highlights will be shown on `Cub Cam' throughout the day at Sea World.''

     

    Once the cub is old enough to leave `Cub Kindy', protective mum Liya will introduce her baby to Sea World guests for the first time as they explore Polar Bear Shores.

     

    Sea World has started construction of the $1.5 million extension which will allow Liya and the cub, as well as twin male bears Hudson and Nelson, to be viewed by the public at the same time.

     

    ``We are so excited about the extension... this new section of the exhibit will be a wonderfully enriching environment featuring a large pool, and various substrates and natural vegetation as well as foraging pits for the bears to dig and play in,'' said Mr Long.

     

    ``Like the existing Polar Bear Shores, this new area will be themed like an Arctic summer and will provide a stimulating and enriching environment for the bears to explore.''

     

    Mr Long said the first 150 days of the cub's life was critical but polar bear keepers were pleased with its progress and Liya was constantly caring for her baby and displaying positive maternal behaviours.

     

    With Sea World just about to open the brand new enclosure allowing all 4 bears to be on show at once

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    An artists impression of the new enclosure

     

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    The latest photo from the park of mum and cub only posted 3 days ago

     

    However, the opening of the new enclosure Sea World plan to maximise of this and the water roller coaster Storm so they've pushed the opening of the coaster back from the spring holidays, about to start to the summer holidays. Looks like the trains will be themed to Coast Guard boats.

    The latest pic from NearMap of the coaster and in the left the construction is for the Polar Bear exhibit

    I'm hoping the old Bermuda building (the one with Sea World written on the top) will provide for a really cool queue area and themed dark section for the ride, which VRTP have proved they are very good at it.

     

    Hope all of this information hasn't been posted before, but I couldn't for the life of me find a Sea World thread, unless I'm completely blind.

  6. Well considering the Sydney airport is about to reach capacity... I think the argument about people coming in is fine!

     

    Wonderland, had poor management and no new attractions for years leading up to its close. This park has the backing of a rapidly growing company Village Roadshow, who are also set to announce a park in China based on their Sea World property on the Gold Coast with plans for Wet'n'Wild there as well!!

     

    http://finance.ninemsn.com.au/newsbusiness/aap/8549591/village-expands-into-china-with-sea-world

  7. Posted by the parks Facebook page

     

    "It’s official you will be able to join in the ultimate battle between good and evil on Justice League 3D The Ride THIS WEEKEND! Starro The Conqueror awaits you...

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    For anyone that remembers riding the Batman simulator that window and the walls were apart of the old Wayne Manor and has now gone from being wood to marble.

     

    And this from Sally's Facebook page as the facade was finishing up

    Once again those might remember that use to be the facade to the Wayne Manor, a huge improvement.

     

    A review, with photos can be found here p://www.parkz.com.au/article/2012/09/21/301-Justice_League_3D_launches_at_Movie_World.html

     

    The park is now looking gearing up towards Halloween and has begun releasing videos about an outbreak and potential overrun of Zombies at the theme park for Fright Nights.

    They have also been out in park with "decontamination teams" and scanning people and telling them how to survive the walking dead as part of the advertising leading up to the event.

  8. Looks like a Mack watercoaster will be opening in Australia next year!

     

    In an interview with German business magazine insideB, managing director of Mack Rides, Christian von Elverfeldt has revealed the sale of one of their water coasters to an Australian park for 2013.

    Details are limited at this stage, but the revelation looks set to continue a period of relativey high investment at Australian theme parks, and will bring a style of coaster currently seen throughout the US and Europe, yet ideally suited to the Australian climate.

     

    Asked by insideB Magazine in a recent interview about ongoing projects for Mack, von Elverfeldt commented amongst other projects that, "With Australia, I have just negotiated a water roller coaster for next year."

     

    http://www.parkz.com.au/article/2012/07/16/297-Water_coaster_bound_for_Australia_in_2013.html

     

    Since Movie World is getting a dark ride this year and got a coaster last year & Dreamworld just got a coaster, I would guess it is going to Sea World.

     

    Looks like it's pretty much been confirmed after Sea World Australia posted this on their Facebook page where the 2013 water coaster will be going!

     

    Can we actually have a new thread created to discuss this ride and Sea World Australia, because I don't think one exists for it yet, or does someone with more knowledge know of one on here?!?!

     

    Nonetheless this is going to be awesome ride I reckon, a water coaster with a storm theme should be a pretty good combo and separates itself from the US Sea World parks. Its pretty clear know its also going to replace Bermuda Triangle since an application has been placed to have it demolished!

     

    Also, don't know if its been mentioned here yet, but according to Screamscape Village Roadshow Theme Parks are looking at extending their Wet'n'Wild brand into Las Vegas. This would also come into line with another article about the company going Las Vegas, as well as other regions including Asia. The company currently has Wet'n'Wild on the Gold Coast, Australia (with what looks to a new slide about to be built), Wet'n'Wild Sydney which has just been given the green light, Wet'n'Wild Hawaii and Wet'n'Wild Phoenix.

  9. Taken from the Warner Bros. Movie World website page, where the announcement for their new ride was posted a couple of hours ago.

     

    "This September, Warner Bros. Movie World will launch an epic 3D interactive ride experience like nothing you’ve ever seen before. Get ready for the most thrilling battle of your life on JUSTICE LEAGUE: Alien Invasion 3D.

     

    Earth is under alien attack and we need your help! Grab your laser blaster and join SUPERMAN, BATMAN and an army of Super Heroes in a 3D battle against millions of evil alien spores. Your mission is to fight side-by-side with the JUSTICE LEAGUE and save the citizens of Earth. While the battle rages, your transportation pod will keep track of your alien stun score so you’ll know how many you’ve alienated.

     

    Will you have what it takes to be Earth’s ultimate champion? Will you achieve the highest score? This epic battle between good and evil is about to begin and we need YOU! Only at Warner Bros. Movie World this September!"

     

     

    http://movieworld.myfun.com.au/rides-and-attractions/family-entertainment/justice-league.aspx

     

    Looks like what most people were saying were right, including myself, that this will be a shooting dark ride.

     

    In other news for the park, the Journey to the Centre of the Earth 4D film is out to make for Ice Age, also taken from the parks website.

     

    "This June, get ready for an adventure of mammoth proportions – Ice Age Dawn of the Dinosaurs – The 4D Experience! Our favorite sub-zero heroes, Manny, Ellie and Diego venture into a mysterious underground world after Sid the Sloth stumbles across three abandoned eggs and decides to raise them as his own. Once the eggs hatch, the adventure begins in the lost world of the dinosaurs! Featured in eye-popping 3D with an all-star voice cast, including Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary and Queen Latifah, Ice Age Dawn of the Dinosaurs delivers more thrills, more chills, and more mammoth-sized laughs for everyone!"

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    http://movieworld.myfun.com.au/rides-and-attractions/family-entertainment/ice-age-4d.aspx

     

    Also, their sister park, SeaWorld, are getting a Dinosaur exhibit for the winter school holidays, from their FaceBook page

    "Dinosaur Island coming to Sea World! This June, step back in time and discover the long lost world of dinosaurs with a brand new interactive attraction. Get ready for the biggest thing in over 65 million years as you witness dinosaurs come to life on the amazing Dinosaur Island."

  10. Well all the reviews seem to say how fantastic the ride is with the new trains. I just hope later down the track they purchase a second train. On the statistics of the ride MW are now claiming the train runs 5km faster at now 85km instead of 80!!

     

    China town is still closed, don't know if its going to stay like that and open up with something new in there or open later done up to Arkham. Also you no longer enter through the original entrance, through the cinema, instead on the side closer to the SE. You don't even go near the cinema now, although the queue railings are still there; so maybe in time they might put a walk-through attraction or another ride!?!?

     

    They have also given their ride loaders orange jumpsuits as their uniform and guard uniforms to the ride operators in the booth.

     

    The park is now also trialling a Fast track system... similar to that of Disney's fast Pass. Parkz did a really good update today of whats happening in the park and the new ride, with photos from the media preview event. http://www.parkz.com.au/update/2012/04/06/#295

     

     

     

     

    Theme Park Coverage also posted a POV, which I think is the one Jordan M. was talking about, given to them by MW, you can also see people riding it (with no head bashing) and the smooth finish thanks to magnetic brakes.

  11. Didn't really want to start a new thread for DW here, but I thought it might be worth mentioning that Dreamworks (since Shrek left MW) has gone to DW. Nickelodeon has now left DW and gone to SW and Nick Central is being turned into 3 themed areas. 1. Shrek, 2. Madagascar, 3. Kung-Fu Panda.

    They are advertising to open this weekend but they have had some really bad weather lately and look behind. I don't live there so I can't get photos but Parkz have put some photos of the progress on their site and Outsiders Australia have put the most recent update on their Facebook page to show the areas progress and from the photos it really does look good at the moment!

  12. Maybe the thread name could be changed to be just Warner Bros. Movie World and talk about whats happening within the park?

     

    I bet LW though is now looking a little different to when TPR visited. MW have released photos on their Facebook, with on behind the work walls showing of the new theming with a caption stating:

    "A little sneak peak at the themeing work for Arkham Asylum – Shock Therapy, we are getting very close people."

    If you look at the photo closely on the ride hand side you can see some guys working on the track which is the break run and someone has stated that the ride is going to receiving magnetic breaks to slow the train down. It was also said the ride was in parts going to receive some re-tracking work, my guess smooth out some parts to make transitions easier or age, but in the end did not because they ran out of time to do so.

     

    They also posted this photo a while back, you may remember as being the old building you would fly past on the ride now being turned into what looks to be a guard tower with the caption from MW's Facebook page being:

    "The Tower themeing of Arkham Asylum begins"

    They have also posted some photos on their Facebook of some of the characters you may encounter in Arkham Asylum, these include Batman, The Joker, Harley Quinn, Bane, and Croc Killer with background info on all of them!

    The ride is going to open some time in April, presumably in time for the school/Easter holidays coming up.

     

    Meanwhile a Parkz member, One Day Holiday got these photos of the gutted Batman Adventure building.

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    They are clearly wasting no time on that attraction and the old simulators are already gone. Nothing appears to be happening to the old Looney Tunes building, even though it closed first. Although with all this other work going on in the park I'm not really surprised or care, my guess is they move over to that side of the park once the DC Comic area of the park is finished!

     

    I'll hopefully be heading up to the Gold Coast during our winter, so I'll get to try out Arkham Asylum: Shock Therapy, and Green Lantern, but unfortunately I'll miss out on the Batman Adventure replacement.

     

    Another note, I couldn't find a Seaworld thread and since MW & SW are the same company just thought I'd tell you Sesame Street has now left SW and Nickelodeon is now there with a Spongebob parade in the Ski Lake at the front of the park and Dora show where Sesame used to be. Once again, I don't live in that area anymore so some really good pictures of the parade, which looks to be top notch, can be found on parkz.

  13. Just with whats going on with the park at the moment Lethal Weapon the parks Vekoma suspended looping roller coaster is getting a complete re-theme the China Town area leading up to the ride has been gutted and is being re-done and it looks like the ride, as has been said is getting new trains.

    This was posted by the park's FaceBook page. It appears from what people are saying (and this photo from the park just under Superman leading towards the ride) its going to have a Batman theme, featuring Arkham Asylum; replacing the Batman ride now closed and keeping with what appears to be a new DC themed area.

     

    Over in front of the old Batman building, it appears work has been going on inside the building. It appears they are pulling things out of it; apparently the simulators are already gone. This was also posted by the park as a teaser.

     

    One person has said we could see something similar to Buzz Lightyear, they also said the park even passed out guest surveys about this type of ride, that even included concept art. So my guess is a Justice League themed shooter; good guys vs. bad. Another point was when TPR did talk to Sally Corp. at IAAPA they stated they were working on something big, with a major license to open around Christmas. Sally have worked with MW before with Looney Tunes; apart from them saying Christmas could this be what it is for? I mean most parks around the world will have already launched their rides, that time frame for Europe and US isn't ideal!!

     

    Green Lantern did have some teething problems, as to be expected, it wasn't even closed for a few days. It has reopened now and I haven't heard any more stories, so hopefully it is now running smoothly.

     

    Other than that the park appears to be going through a fairly big facelift; which is really good to see. My guess is the now closed Looney Tunes River Ride and the surrounding area could see some love after the DC area is finished.

  14. The track has a slight hump though just before the drop, so I think its more going to give you that hang as you come over the top going into that drop, sort of like the holding break on ride like Griffon and Oblivion, but without the holding breaks.

    Its now the 2nd of December and they are talking about a hopeful December 15 open for their White Christmas events, so I would expect some testing, and hopefully some awesome theming to come with that. Someone has stated hearing it had a 2mil theming budget, I don't know if that includes cars, but I'm hoping for something really good; looking a Superman having the roller coaster as part of the pre-show, and Scooby's ghost train section, I've got high hopes.

     

    As for this addition, I think it is great! Our parks just don't have the visitors per uyear or capital to support and build what other parks in other countries do, so don't expect to see that B&M for a while and be thankful for what our parks can do with seemingly normal rides (aka Scooby) and get creative with them.

    I also think that while the park also offers the cheap VIP passes and with the current climate where are in don't expect to see something like a ride on a Wild West Falls budget (Australia's most expensive ride for 18mil back in 1999) for some time to come; as it currently stands it appears the market has changed. But that's for a whole different topic.

     

    I just can't wait to get back up there and try it out when it opens and hopefully also get to experience Lethal Weapon without getting off it with a headache!

  15. Interesting, Maybe the thought is that you get the rush of people early in the season and to get people to come back you open a ride half way through.

     

    Well the parks here operate all year round so there isn't really a 'season' to speak of. They get the busiest from boxing day onwards until school goes back. They also get really busy over Easter and any other school holidays, including winter as people come up form the south to get away from the cold!

    They now also have a $99 yearly pass for their 3 parks, so its even busier.

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