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  1. Some new images showing what happened. Source: http://www.news.com.au/national/queensland/queensland-police-share-details-of-how-the-thunder-river-rapids-ride-killed-four-people/news-story/bf66e6889091447199ec141ce7aa45af Still no word yet on how two children escaped the fate of the 4 adults.
  2. ^^^ Hey thanks for the update, hope your ok. ^ Wow, a whole new credit system!!
  3. [youtu_be]https://youtu.be/beJPXc3q2y0[/youtu_be] This shows it better than the photos.
  4. http://m.watoday.com.au/queensland/movie-worlds-green-lantern-ride-malfunctioning-leaving-people-stranded-20150315-144hx7.html The news on tv says the ride got stuck but the footage clearly showed a wheel assembly laying on the ground, the photos also show the rear section of the car on a very dodgy angle. All riders evacuated ok, those poor people in the back row though...
  5. Thanks for the TR, looks like you guys are having fun and yes I am jealous. I know the feeling of an Intamin being down when you travel halfway around the world with the expectations of riding it, when Top Thrill was closed on our first trip to CP I could have cried... Looking back it was no big deal as I have ridden dozens of better coasters since, I305 however, there's not much better than that. Seeing your pics of Flight Of Fear made me remember when my Oakley's got stolen out of the property box while the wife and I were riding it.
  6. I wondered what happened to Lazer, sad to see it leave Dorney but very happy to see it alive and kicking still.
  7. ^Your right, the airtime hill is wicked, the most ejector air I've experienced, the headchopper just tops it off too. Probably goes without saying but the indoor section is pitch black, looks like a few lights were on and/or doors left open in the pov.
  8. Found this old pic I took of the castle about 6 or 7 years ago. Although it had no use whatsoever, it looked great. R.I.P. Castle
  9. ^ Thanks dude, it's been fun keeping this thread updated. ^^ Very sad, I remember some projected video that used to play inside the castle back in the late 80's, it didn't really offer much but was definitely an iconic piece of the parks history. Glad no one got hurt. Maybe they can turn the castle into the station of the next coaster?
  10. After watching it get built for so long, it was great to finally see that OTSR click in this afternoon. The ride is very intense and although short, packs a punch. At 6'5ft. I was very comfortable in the trains, this didn't last long once the ride started but I am not complaining as it was awesome. Would love to see how much difference a lap bar restraint would make as it is not the smoothest ride once you leave the station, also after holding my arms up for the first ride, I felt like they had been sawed (pun?) from my shoulders, there is not much room for movement. Initial feedback from me is very good, the ride is up there with the best Australia has to offer. The ride ops were doing a great job, checking every time there was an empty seat for two riders or a single rider, they also kept us informed of any issues (more on this later). Review of ride (spoiler alert?)... Dark section - Very effective with no music, no lights and a small voiceover/ soundtrack before the first drop, this leads into an inline twist which takes you to the base of the lift hill. I cannot choose a favourite between the smaller dark ride drop or the main drop but the smaller one in darkness felt much more intense for me. The lift and first drop are as expected but the standout element of Abyss is the airtime hill... it is as intense as the videos suggest (as well as one of the biggest head choppers I have experienced). All went well except for some delays which led to the ride closing down in the time I was there, (it is after all only it's second night of operation and I am sure it has been fixed). On my last ride we were stopped on the MCBR for about 5 minutes (see photos) as well as a good 15 minute wait at the station once we returned, I did not see another occupied car leave the station while I was there. The ride ops were great, the ride is amazing, the theming is very detailed and from what I saw the peeps were very happy with what they rode, thank you and well done Adventure World. 1 of 4 cars Queue theming Snack shop (I honestly thought this would be a photo shop or souvenir shop?) Entrance Ejector Airtime, up there with the best My fav pic of the night Queue area Themed druid walking amongst the peeps Stuck on the MCBR Nice view Entrance to Abyss at dusk All of the people who were in line leaving the area after some issues with the ride Theming gets a 10/10
  11. To charge that much they need a few more major rides in my opinion, maybe a coaster or two. I'd still pay it though if I was visiting Sydney.
  12. For me its Intamin. Just kidding, I'm going with TOGO, my back aches just typing out their name.
  13. Article from today's West Australian. http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/-/wa/19395857/edge-of-abyss-for-thrill-of-a-ride/ German service technician Martin Daxle makes the final checks on Adventureworld's new roller coaster. Picture: Mogens Johansen/The West Australian A ride on the Abyss will challenge the bravest of thrillseekers. Adventure World gave the roller-coaster a test run this week ahead of its official opening on November 1. The cart was surrounded by darkness as it began to wind up and down and around corners. Riders spent much of the journey upside down, with countless twists and turns around the track. Anticipation built on the 30m climb to the roller-coaster's peak as the vertical incline left riders feeling as though they would fall out of their seats. The inverted track on the drop that followed set the exhilarating pace for the rest of the ride, which sent the coaster on a series of bends and loops. For Gerstlauer service technician Martin Daxle, the experience made all his hard work worth it. "I have worked on roller-coasters for the past 26 years and I love my job," he said. Mr Daxle and his team have worked on the Abyss seven days a week for seven weeks. Adventure World chief executive Mark Shaw was one of the first to ride the Abyss. He felt scared but not of the ride itself. "My only fear was whether it was going to live up to expectations, and it did," he said. Mr Shaw said once the finishing touches were completed, the track would be encased in complete blackness for the first part of the ride, adding to the thrill.
  14. After almost a week of visiting Adventure World in the hope of seeing it testing, I managed to time it right today. Watching it do test runs, the main things that stood out for me were... 1. It's so quiet, it's almost silent. I've ridden new coasters before (no Eurofighters yet) and have never heard such little noise from a ride. 2. Airtime hill looks more intense in person, wow! 3. I could barely hear or see the MCBR engage, let's hope they leave it like this when it opens. Another minor thing I noticed is that the hooded figures look to be installed in a way they ever so slightly rock and sway in the wind, don't know if it's just because the theming and landscaping isn't finished yet but it kinda looks even more creepy with them moving about. The end of the month cannot come quick enough. http://www.themeparkreview.com/coastertube/play.php?vid=Abyss_1_mzug Abyss from across the pool Abyss behind Kahuna Falls Entrance sign still not installed
  15. Interested to see what $100m buys, I'd want an actual Iron Man suit if it was my money.
  16. Just heard Abyss is testing, will swing by tomorrow and try to film it in action.
  17. Part 2 Thanks for reading. View of the park from the top of the hill ...where I caught the chairlift of death for a better look at Abyss A few years ago, Freefall replaced Turbo Mountain, the old Jet Star coaster that has been Adventure World since '91 New angles!..... There are still heaps of hooded figures to be put in place Cant wait to ride this airtime hill Just as I passed on the chairlift, they rolled out this vehicle, no sign of testing yet though
  18. I went to Adventure World today to purchase my season pass, they only just opened up for the season last week. Abyss is coming along nicely and it was nice to see it from a different perspective. Part 1 Park signage has been updated Kahuna Falls was last years new addition, impressive View across the pool New park map View of Abyss from the waterslide hill Wow, love it Entrance archway in place 2 of the 3 vehicles still wrapped up Photos from the chairlift coming in the next post Love this pic Adventure World CEO Mark Shaw (white hardhat) giving some advice on the entrance theming He's even lending a hand... This is where the smaller bits of theming are being stored Themed bins!!! Abyss entrance sign looks ready to be installed on the archway
  19. ^ there, I clicked your link, only cause your more patient than me for entering this competition, I found it to be pretty painful myself. Good luck.
  20. ^ Agreed that Sydney should have more coasters, it's got the population for it as well as the tourism. This just makes me even more amazed that we got a Eurofighter in Perth, I would have bet a lot that Sydney would get something this cool before Perth. I guess it's not too far to the Gold Coast from Sydney though.
  21. Fingers crossed, another park would no doubt do well in Sydney these days as long as it was in a good location, but afer reading this from the article... Sydney's Wonderland - a pipeline dream for Mt Druitt property developer Ammar Khan. I can't help but think it may be just that. On the other hand though, I guess all good things come from somebody's "pipeline dream's".
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