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Photo TR: Baby Polar Bears Storm Christmas

PostPosted: Mon Dec 16, 2013 3:56 am
by azza29
This past weekend I continued to put off finishing my USA trip report (shameless plug - read it here) and took a very quick trip up to the Gold Coast to get some sun and check out what's changed at a couple of my "local" parks since last summer. And I mean very quick - up Saturday morning, back Sunday night!

The parks have really lifted their game in the past few years, adding new attractions all over the place, and this time the key draw was Sea World's brand new Storm Coaster. The coaster section was fairly tame, but has a great splashdown at the end - so I think of it more as a more extreme flume ride. The park have put a lot of effort into theming the ride, and it looks great on the outside. The indoor flume section. which is supposed to represent the inside of an upturned container ship, isn't quite as successful and seems a little empty at present, but that may be partially due to the fact that the planned flame effects aren't working yet. Inside the ride building is quite hot and steamy, so hopefully the park will add some misters or fans at some point to help you cool off while waiting in line. Anyway what really matters is that you do get incredibly wet, especially in the back row!

Movie World was decked out for Christmas, and the park have continued their White Christmas event with its parade, lighting show and carols. Unfortunately due to a ticketing stuff-up I ended up missing out on that part of the night, but it didn't really matter because there was still plenty to do during the day, including marathoning Green Lantern, which is still my favourite crazy compact coaster. Sea World and Movie World are the two best parks in the country, and it's always great to get the chance to visit. Time for some photos!

Re: Photo TR: Baby Polar Bears Storm Christmas

PostPosted: Mon Dec 16, 2013 5:05 pm
by cfc
I enjoyed the Gold Coast parks in 2011, and it looks like they're just getting better. Thanks for the look at a Gold Coast parks Christmas.

Superman, in particular, is a great coaster.

Re: Photo TR: Baby Polar Bears Storm Christmas

PostPosted: Mon Dec 16, 2013 5:08 pm
by WildStangAlex
Excellent Trip Report. The weather looks so much better there than the non stop snow we've had here in Chicago ;). Seriously though, your pictures make me want to get back to Australia soon!

Re: Photo TR: Baby Polar Bears Storm Christmas

PostPosted: Mon Dec 16, 2013 7:10 pm
by Kumba9
Love the photos! Thanks for sharing. I REALLY need to head to the other side of the pond and hit up the Gold Coast!

Re: Photo TR: Baby Polar Bears Storm Christmas

PostPosted: Mon Dec 16, 2013 7:23 pm
by Woodie Warrior
The Gold Coast looks like a great place to visit. Nice photos, too. :)

Re: Photo TR: Baby Polar Bears Storm Christmas

PostPosted: Mon Dec 16, 2013 8:45 pm
by WFChris
Looks really nice! I just suddenly REALLY started missing Summer!

Re: Photo TR: Baby Polar Bears Storm Christmas

PostPosted: Tue Dec 17, 2013 1:05 am
by mousch
Looks like they took a leaf out of merlins book with all those shipping containers!

Re: Photo TR: Baby Polar Bears Storm Christmas

PostPosted: Tue Dec 17, 2013 2:14 am
by mattnz
Thanks for sharing Aaron. Two consecutive TRs - nice job!

The Storm Coaster looks fun. Those riders pictured look like they're holding on for dear life.

Re: Photo TR: Baby Polar Bears Storm Christmas

PostPosted: Tue Dec 17, 2013 6:09 am
by Double0Kevin
Great report! I would love to make it to the Gold Coast one of these days. The parks look great, plus I just wan to go to that area in general.

Re: Photo TR: Baby Polar Bears Storm Christmas

PostPosted: Tue Dec 17, 2013 9:47 am
by 805Andrew
Looks like Australia has some cool parks. Thanks for sharing!