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Episode 14

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ParkChat is a live theme park talk show featuring all the latest news, goss and reviews from the Australian theme parks. It streams live via the AusParks.com.au Facebook page each Wednesday night at 7pm (GMT +10).

Episode 13

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ParkChat is a live theme park talk show featuring all the latest news, goss and reviews from the Australian theme parks. It streams live via the AusParks.com.au Facebook page each Wednesday night at 7pm (GMT +10).

Episode 12

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Broadcasted Live from the 2016 GC Show

On this episode we discussed:

The Latest Theme Park News
iFly Surfers Paradise + Pass Giveaway
EOFY Results from VRTP and Ardent
USA theme park update from Park Journey
Top 5: Rollercoasters in Aus that deserve VR

Episode 11

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ParkChat is a live theme park talk show featuring all the latest news, goss and reviews from the Australian theme parks. It streams live via the AusParks.com.au Facebook page each Wednesday night at 7pm (GMT +10).

Episode 10

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On this episode we discussed:

Your best EVAC stories
Top 5 kids rides that are actually awesome
The future of dark rides at our theme parks
Movie World, Sea World & Dreamworld updates
Aussie World’s PokeWalk
Star Tour update from Movie World
10 question viewer trivia

Episode 9

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On this episode we discussed:

Interview with The adventures of Theme Park Girl
Aussie World’s safety fines
Dreamworld’s new Lego store
Movie World to add a new deli?
Disney’s replacement of the Tower of Terror
Top 5 things you do when you’re a true theme park enthusiast
Movie World – Fright Nights

First details released for Fright Nights 2016!

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Warner Bros. Movie World has just launched the official website for Fright Nights 2016, which has given us some juicy info on what we can expect at this year’s Halloween event!

Fright Nights 2016 will be hosted on the following nights in October: 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29.

Returning this year are the two ‘big’ mazes from last year — Friday the 13th and Wyrmwood — which, as part of Fright Nights tradition, will become this year’s two smaller maze offerings.

The two new mazes for this year will be announced at a later stage.

This year’s Fright Nights will also see the return of four scare precincts; although only one area has been announced so far — Gothic Hall.

Last but not least: The Ultimate Terror Tour will also be making an appearance this year and tickets for the event start from $139 (plus park admission).

Episode 8

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On this episode we discussed:

Movie World … what’s still open?
VR to be added to Arkham Asylum roller coaster
Star Tour information for Movie World
Sea World’s new food and event area
Dreamworld’s Billabong Restrurant makeover
Superman returns to Movie World – Viewers’ trivia contest
Top 5 themed rides in Australia

Episode 7

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On this episode we discussed:

Security at the Gold Coast theme parks
Disneyland vs Disney World
Best annual pass deals for the Gold Coast parks
All the latest US news from Park Journey
Top 5 (good value) theme park ‘up-sells’

Episode 6

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On this episode we discussed:

TopGolf and the Movie World lakeside precinct and hotel
Movie World’s new world class roller coaster
Sea World’s new food and event area
Interview with Theme Parks World
USA theme park update from Park Journey
Halloween at Movie World, Dreamworld and Aussie World
Top 5: Things theme park enthusiasts do wrong

Episode 5

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On this episode we discussed:

Latest on the construction at Movie World and Dreamworld
Halloween at Movie World, Dreamworld and Aussie World
New theme park resort and entertainment area for Movie World
New FROZEN ride now open at Epcot
Top 5 thing to do in Surfers Paradise these school holidays
Sea World’s new food and event area
Latest US news from Park Journey’s editor Gregg Condon

Dreamworld Log Ride

Dreamworld to re-open Log Ride once investigations complete

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Great news! Dreamworld has confirmed that it intends to re-open its iconic Rocky Hollow Log Ride as soon as investigations into a recent incident involving a guest being injured are complete.

It is not clear how the young male adult fell from the ride last Sunday afternoon, but he was treated on site by Dreamworld medical staff until the Queensland Ambulance Service arrived.

The guest was then transported to a local hospital.

“Our thoughts and concerns at this time are with the young man whom we understand is recovering in hospital,” said Dreamworld CEO Craig Davidson.

“Guest safety has always been, and remains Dreamworld’s number one priority and we have a standard process that we follow to ensure any incident is investigated thoroughly.”

“The Log Ride is a long time family favourite at Dreamworld and in the 34 years since it opened, this is the first time we have had an incident of this kind.”

“We look forward to re-opening the ride again in the near future.”

Aussie World logo

Aussie World unveils ‘energetic’ new branding

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Sunshine Coast theme park Aussie World has revealed that it is in the process of undertaking a full brand overhaul, which is inspired by the park’s new vision for the future.

With the help of a snazzy new logo, updated website and refreshed TV commercials, the park is hoping to increase its share of tourists from regional, interstate and international markets.

“Aussie World is a much loved Sunshine Coast theme park that has grown substantially in recent years and it was an opportune time at the commencement of our new five-year business plan to revitalise our look and feel to better encapsulate the fun and excitement that a day out at Aussie World delivers,” said Aaron Flanagan, Aussie World’s Chief Operating Officer.

The park teamed up with creative agency Brother & Co to undertake the brand overhaul, which launched at the beginning of March.

While the park’s new logo and slogan has already gone live, the remainder of the park’s refreshed branding — which includes a new website, signage, merchandise and television commercials — will be revealed within the coming weeks.

Movie World – Superman Escape

Gold Coast parks perform strongly in first half results for FY16

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Village Roadshow and Ardent Leisure’s Gold Coast parks have performed strongly in the first half of the 2016 financial year, according to the two groups’ recent half yearly performance updates.

Total revenue for Village Roadshow’s Gold Coast parks — Movie World, Sea World and Wet’n’Wild — was $150.7 million, up from $143.5 million in the same period last year.

The entire theme park division for Village Roadshow — which includes the Gold Coast parks plus Wet’n’Wild Sydney and Las Vegas — recorded $168.5 million in revenue, up from $164.3 million.

Village Roadshow’s Gold Coast parks saw a 2.8 per cent increase in attendance, with 2.76 million guests visiting during the period.

However, down south things were not so hot.

Cool weather was blamed for Wet’n’Wild Sydney’s major decline in half yearly attendance, which dropped to 262,000 (down from 342,000).

Ardent Leisure — owners of Dreamworld and WhiteWater World — recorded a 6.6 per cent rise in half yearly revenue to $58.39 million.

Attendance for both parks rose 13.1 per cent to 1.24 million, although per capita spending dropped 5.8 per cent to $46.94.

The group noted that they will follow a similar lead to Village Roadshow and introduce tiered membership ticketing and payment plans in March to further drive per capita yield.

Movie World to add Super-Villain themed precinct

Movie World to add Super-Villain themed precinct, Doomsday attraction

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Following the demolition of a large part of Movie World’s western-themed area, the park has announced plans for a new precinct and attraction, both of which are due to open in October.

Known only as ‘DC Comics Super-Villain Unleashed’, the immersive themed area will feature an Intamin Suspended Twin Hammer dubbed the Doomsday Destroyer.

Within the themed area itself, each villain will have its own streetscape that allows guests to interact with the villains in all different ways.

Looking at the progress of the demolition works — which are almost complete — it is highly likely that the park’s show stage will remain. Although, it is not yet known whether this will be re-used in the new precinct.

The new Super-Villains precinct and Doomsday ride are just some of the improvements due to be announced by the park this year.

Dreamworld tiger cubs

Tiger Island to go under refurbishment following new cubs arrival

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Dreamworld’s iconic Tiger Island is slated to be receiving a huge refurbishment in the coming months after it was revealed to shareholders in the group’s half yearly performance update.

Due to begin in March, the facelift is expected to last for approximately three months and will return the area to its former glory.

Guests will be able to enjoy world class animal exhibits that focus on conservation and breeding programs for the endangered species.

The news comes as Dreamworld recently acquired two 15-week-old white tiger cubs from Japan.

A temporary viewing area has been setup in front of the park’s Zombie Evilution laser tag attraction.

However, a new purpose-built playground will open next month, giving guests an easier way to view these cute little cubs up close and personal.

Dreamworld steam train

Baldwin steam train returns to Dreamworld

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Following a one-day test run on Australia Day, Dreamworld has confirmed that its Baldwin steam train will return to operate on the first Saturday of every month.

Dreamworld’s three kilometre narrow gauge railway was once home to two steam engines — Baldwin (built 1917) and Perry (built 1951).

Baldwin, originally known as the Cannonball Express, was one of the original attractions at Dreamworld when it opened in 1981.

Both train and theme park enthusiasts were disheartened to see both trains retired in late 2013, in favour of a more environmentally-friendly diesel locomotive.

It goes without saying that many enthusiasts flocked to social media following the one-day test run of Baldwin last Tuesday, with many hoping for a more permanent arrangement.

The good news is that Dreamworld have confirmed to us that the Baldwin steam train will operate on the first Saturday of every month, and will be on standby for special events in the future.

Movie World – Superman Escape

Construction on Movie World’s world class ride likely imminent

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It seems that early ground work on the rumoured world class attraction at Movie World looks set to begin, after construction fencing was erected around a large section of the park’s unused western-themed area.

While management hasn’t actually confirmed whether a new ride is headed to Movie World, Village Roadshow co-chairman Robert Kirby announced in November that one of the group’s parks would be receiving a new world class attraction in the not too distant future.

Shortly after the announcement, applications for various attractions — including a roller coaster and ‘lakeside precinct’ — were discovered on the Gold Coast City Council’s website, all of which were likely for Movie World.

Earlier this month, another application was posted on the Council’s website. It was for early demolition work for a new attraction.

Just weeks after the application for demolition works was approved by Council, a large parcel of land in Movie World’s western-themed section (leading up to the Show Stage) has since been cordoned off with construction fencing.

The construction fencing essentially closes off nearly half of the park’s Wild West area, but does not limit access to the Wild West Falls ride.

Considering this area of the park has sat idle for many years — excluding Halloween celebrations — it seems that this might be the perfect spot for Movie World to expand and add a new world class attraction.

Make sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter as we reveal more about this exciting new attraction in the months ahead.

Movie World new ride news

Movie World new ride construction

Movie World new roller coaster construction

Photos: David Lawrence

Dreamworld steam train

Dreamworld’s steam train returns for one-day test run

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Almost two and a half years after Dreamworld replaced its two steam trains with a diesel locomotive, one of the steam engines was seen operating today as part of a one-day operational trial.

In September 2013 we reported that Dreamworld was in the process of replacing their two steam trains with a more energy-efficient diesel locomotive.

The diesel replacement began operating shortly after, and has continued to operate ever since.

Sources have told us that the steam locomotive may be returning in a more permanent state, however, this hasn’t been confirmed by Dreamworld management.

Gold Coast Light Rail

The ultimate transport guide to visiting the parks these school holidays

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Heading to the Gold Coast theme parks these summer school holidays? Well, so is everybody else. Do it right and plan ahead. Not every transport method is going to suit everybody, so don’t necessary follow what everybody else is doing because it could end up costing you more time, money and effort.

Hire Car

Hiring a car? Well, lucky for you all of the Gold Coast theme parks offer free parking. What’s more, the main carparks are located literally out front of the main entrance.

Of course, we all know that summer school holiday means that the parks will be packed, which unfortunately means that the parks will start utilising their overflow lots. This means that longer walks to the main entrance are to be expected.

TIP: Save 10% on Thrifty online bookings when using the promo code “THEMEPARK” — sourced from Movie World’s website

Train

Catching the train is most suited to those visiting from Brisbane and surrounding regions, as well as those further north. While not as comfort as a hire car, it’s often much easier taking the train than fighting the holiday traffic and navigating unfamiliar roads.

Of course, it will probably end up taking you longer to get to and from the parks, as you still need to catch a bus (TX5) once you get off the train.

For Dreamworld/WhiteWater World, you will exit at Coomera Station. For Movie World/Wet’n’Wild, you will need to get off at Helensvale Station. For Sea World, you will need to check the TransLink website for connection information.

Bus

Buses are the slowest form of public transport but also have the widest range of pickup points. The best thing to do is search for your preferred route via the TransLink.

Buses can easily be coupled with Tram and Train services to ensure you minimise your travel time. There are also private bus companies that offer door-to-door service, and your hotel will be able to assist in booking a bus company.

Light Rail (Tram)

The Gold Coast’s newest public transport service will do a good job at helping you get around the Coast’s main tourist hotspots, except for the theme parks (except Sea World, kind of). It will aid in helping you get from point B to C, but won’t help with a point-to-point service from your hotel to the parks.

The best thing to do is search the TransLink website to see whether it recommends a bus, train, tram or a mixture of the three.

Taxi/Uber

It’s expensive, but it’s also point-to-point and the quickest option.

Walking

With the exception of Sea World, none of the Gold Coast parks are within walking distance to any hotels or motels. Unless you like a brisk walk in the morning with your family, we don’t recommend this option.

Private Bus/Car Service

There are many tourist bus/car services that operate on the Gold Coast. We don’t personally recommend any, so a quick Google search is probably your best bet. Otherwise, ask your hotel front desk for their suggestion, or check on your desired theme park’s website for more information.

Screamworld Dreamworld

Gold Coast parks extend holiday operating hours

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Dreamworld, Movie World, WhiteWater World and Wet’n’Wild have all extended their school holiday operating schedules in preparation for increased patronage these holidays.

From 26 December until 17 January, Dreamworld will open daily from 10am until 9pm.

Dreamworld will also host its new BEATBOX laser and light show every night at 7:30pm and 8:30pm.

WhiteWater World will operate from 10am to 6pm until 17 January.

Wet’n’Wild’s extended operating hours will run from 27 December until 12 January, with the park open from 9am until 7pm.

Movie World is open from 9am (rides start at 9:30am) until 10 January.

However, Movie World is also offering those who are Village Theme Parks Unlimited Members exclusive ride time on Batwing Spaceshot, Arkham Asylum and Tijuana Taxis from 8:30am until park opening (until 10 January).

Aussie World Group

Aussie World starts selling annual passes

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Over the years Aussie World has been seemingly working hard to turn itself into a ‘destination park’ — and its recent decision to start selling annual passes follows this pattern closely.

An annual pass to Aussie World costs $89 for both adults and children, and entitles members to year-round access to Aussie World every day except Christmas and Anzac Day.

Passholders also receive a whole range of discounts, including on food and beverages at the Aussie World Cafe and Pub, merchandise at the gift shop, as well as discounts to special events at the park’s event venue, The Shed.

Dreamworld Hot Wheels SideWinder

Dreamworld opens Hot Wheels roller coaster, Motorsports precinct

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Dreamworld officially launched its new ‘Motorsports Experience’ precinct to the public today, ahead of the busy post-Christmas school holiday period.

The star attraction of the new precinct is the Hot Wheels SideWinder roller coaster, which is a re-themed version of the popular Cyclone coaster, complete with a new train and Hot Wheels-branded station and area theming.

The new Hot Wheels train was made by Dutch rides manufacturer Vekoma, and offers a smoother ride experience and more comfortable restraint system, as well as on-board audio and a sporty new look.

Next door to the new Hot Wheels coaster is ‘Brock’s Garage’, an Australian motorsports museum featuring 30 Peter Brock vehicles, both authentic and replica.

The precinct also include six state-of-the-art racing simulators, a new quick service restaurant called Grid Burgers and Sports Bar, as well as a new retail store.

From today (Boxing Day) until 27 January, Dreamworld is open nightly until 9pm.

Hot Wheels SideWinder roller coaster

Hot Wheels roller coaster at Dreamworld

Hot Wheels Dreamworld

Dreamworld Hot Wheels roller coaster

Kraken Racer – Funfields

Funfields opens three new attractions in time for holiday rush

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Funfields, an amusement and water park situated approximately 40 kilometres north of the Melbourne CBD, has opened three new attractions just in time for the busy Christmas school holiday period.

The largest of the three attractions is a 113-metre-long ProSlide KrakenRACER waterslide, coincidently called ‘Kraken Racer’.

The slide, which is the first of its kind to be built in Australia, is a four-lane waterslide where riders race each other through a series of twists and turns before taking the final plunge towards the finish line.

The two other attractions recently introduced is a Mini Ferris Wheel and Samba Balloon ride, both of which were manufactured by Italian rides company Zamperla.

Finishing off a busy off-peak improvements regime, Funfields also re-themed its Pirate Ship ride and pirates-themed golf course, Treasure Cove.

Movie World – Green Lantern

The Green Lantern roller coaster returns to service

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Following a nine month hiatus, the Green Lantern roller coaster at Warner Bros. Movie World returned to service this afternoon.

The Green Lantern originally closed in March after a freak incident where one if its cars was left dangling in midair.

An investigation has since revealed that a bolted joint in the wheel assembly caused the partial derailment, stemming from a design flaw with the wheel system itself.

Additional safety features have since been added to the ride, including strengthening the undercarriage and extra bolts added as a further fail-safe measure.

Movie World also sought independent engineering testing following the changes, and thorough reliability testing has been occurring over the past few months.

Movie World – Superman Escape

Movie World tipped to receive world class roller coaster in 2016

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Warner Bros. Movie World is looking like it will receive a new world class roller coaster next year, with comments made during a recent shareholders meeting suggesting that an official announcement could take place within months.

During its annual shareholders meeting held last Thursday, Village Roadshow co-chairman Robert Kirby even went as far as saying that the attraction would be “one of the world’s best theme park drawcards”.

“We continue to invest in our theme parks, constantly refreshing our special events and attractions to ensure we maintain our premium position and give people a new reason to visit,” Mr Kirby went on to say.

It should be noted that Village Roadshow remained tight-lipped about what exactly they meant when they said “attraction” — because the words “roller coaster” were never actually muttered by anyone at the shareholders meeting.

However, it was discovered soon after that a development application had been very recently submitted to the Gold Coast City Council for a roller coaster at either Movie World or Wet’n’Wild.

The application was subsequently approved by Council.

While Movie World and Wet’n’Wild share the same lot location in terms of Council applications, it seems unlikely that Wet’n’Wild would be receiving another roller coaster any time soon (after all, it’s a water park).

So that begs the question: What is Movie World planning to add in 2016? While no other details are known at this stage, we are VERY interested at seeing how this one plays out.

Make sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter as we reveal more about this exciting new attraction in the months ahead.

Sea World – Sky High Skyway chairlifts

Sky High Skyway closes at Sea World

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Last month Sea World quietly closed its Sky High Skyway and removed the gondolas from the ride completely.

With no mention of the ride’s existence on the park’s website, including on the ride maintenance page, we can quite confidently assume that the ride will not be returning anytime soon.

In memory of this great attraction, we thought we’d share a few photos of the Sky High Skyway taken over the past few years.

Sea World - Sky High Skyway chairlifts

Sea World - Sky High Skyway chairlifts

Sea World - Sky High Skyway chairlifts

Sea World - Sky High Skyway chairlifts

Sea World - Sky High Skyway chairlifts

Sea World - Sky High Skyway chairlifts

Sea World - Sky High Skyway chairlifts

And how it looks today…

Sea World - Sky High Skyway chairlifts

Photos: Andy P

Movie World – Green Lantern

Green Lantern roller coaster could return to service within weeks

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Investigators have released their findings on the March incident where one of the Green Lantern’s roller coaster cars was left dangling in midair after debris fell from the carriage.

Riders became trapped on the ride when the train’s right wheel assemblies detached from the track. Various debris fell, including two sets of wheels.

Investigators can now confirm that the failure occurred due to a bolted joint in the wheel assembly itself, and that a design flaw with the wheel system was to blame.

A spokesperson confirmed that Movie World followed all recommended maintenance procedures passed down from the manufacturer, and that there was really nothing Movie World could have done to prevent the failure from occurring.

Additional safety features have since been added to the ride, including strengthening the undercarriage and extra bolts added as a further fail-safe measure.

Movie World also sought independent engineering testing following the changes, and thorough reliability testing was completed by the park.

Brisbane Times has since reported that a spokesperson for Movie World has said that the ride could return to service within the next two weeks.

Movie World – Green Lantern

Aussie World Halloween (2015)

Which theme parks are celebrating Halloween this year

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Not sure what parks are celebrating Halloween this weekend? Here’s a list we’ve complied of all the parks around Australia and what their Halloween offerings are.

Fright Nights - Movie World (2015)

Warner Bros. Movie World (QLD)

Without a doubt, the original and best Halloween event in Australia. With world class mazes, scare precincts and live shows, Movie World’s Halloween offerings compare favourably to its U.S. counterparts.

Mazes: Four
Scare precincts: Four
Live shows: Yes, including a 4-D movie
Other offerings: Rides, panic rooms

Price: $50 per person
When: Friday (30th) and Saturday (31st)
Operating hours: 6.00 – 10.30pm

Aussie World Halloween (2015)

Aussie World (QLD)

This year Aussie World has certainly punched above its weight by offering two fantastic horror mazes, a children’s maze and a bucketload of roaming scare actors. With less queuing for rides and some great entertainment offerings, Aussie World is certainly a fantastic alternate to the larger Gold Coast parks’ offerings.

Mazes: Three
Scare precincts: No, roaming actors around park
Live shows: Yes
Other offerings: Rides, trick or treating

Price: $29.95 per person
When: Friday (30th) and Saturday (31st)
Operating hours: 6.00 – 10.00pm

Dreamworld Halloween (2015)

Dreamworld (QLD)

This is Dreamworld’s first attempt at hosting a Halloween event and it’s certainly looking to be a big one. The park is taking a more family friendly approach by offering only one maze and focusing on its entertainment and ride offerings. A laser show will feature at the end of the night.

Mazes: One
Scare precincts: No
Live shows: Yes
Other offerings: Rides, laser show, trick or treating

Price: $29.99 per person
When: Saturday (31st)
Operating hours: 6.30 – 10.00pm

Sea World (QLD)

The most family friendly of all the Gold Coast parks’ offerings. Using a special Trick or Treasure Map, guests will have to follow the clues to find the goods!

Mazes: No
Scare precincts: No
Live shows: No
Other offerings: Trick or treating

Price: Included in park entry
When: Saturday (31st) and Sunday (1st)
Operating hours: During regular park hours

Adventure World Halloween (2015)

Adventure World (WA)

Focusing on its entertainment offerings, Adventure World in Perth takes Halloween seriously — albeit not with such a “scary” take like some of the other parks do. With world class rides, a pop-up “creepy” circus, roaming scare actors and a huge fireworks spectacular, it’s certainly worth the admission price!

Mazes: No
Scare precincts: Roaming actors
Live shows: Yes
Other offerings: Rides, fireworks, live DJ

Price: $40 for adults, $35 for kids (online prices quoted; extra $5 at the gate)
When: Friday (30th) and Saturday (31st)
Operating hours: 2.00 – 10.00pm

Wet’n’Wild Sydney (NSW)

Water slides and trick or treating — enough said, right!?

Mazes: No
Scare precincts: No
Live shows: Yes (Nickelodeon movie on the big screen)
Other offerings: Water slides, trick or treating

Price: Included in park entry
When: Saturday (31st)
Operating hours: During regular park hours (11.00am – 7.00pm)

Luna Park Sydney (NSW)

With a brand new (permanent) interactive haunted house, mirror maze, trick or treating and some of Sydney’s best views, it’s definitely the place to be this Halloween in Sydney.

Mazes: One and a half (the mirror maze is the half)
Scare precincts: No
Live shows: Yes
Other offerings: Rides, trick or treating, light show

Price: $49.95
When: Saturday (31st)
Operating hours: 7.00pm – 12.00am

Luna Park Melbourne (VIC)

With some great entertainment options and a few cool mazes, Luna Park Melbourne is definitely up there with its Halloween offerings.

Mazes: One
Scare precincts: Sort of, placed throughout park
Live shows: Yes
Other offerings: Rides, roaming park entertainment

Price: Free entry; ride passes are $49.50 for 2 people (or dress up to receive free coupons)
When: Saturday (31st)
Operating hours: 7.00 – 11.00pm

Luna Park Melbourne also offers a more family friendly option from 11.00am – 7.00pm on Saturday (31st) and 11.00am – 8.00pm on Sunday (1st).

Dreamworld Car Museum

Hot Wheels roller coaster confirmed for Dreamworld motorsports precinct

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Dreamworld has revealed that its iconic Cyclone roller coaster will be re-themed to Hot Wheels when the park’s new motorsports precinct opens in January.

Soon to be known as the ‘Hot Wheels Hot Lap rollercoaster’, the Cyclone will receive various upgrades to its queue line and station theming, as well as new trains with racing-style harnesses and dummy steering wheels.

Opening alongside the new Hot Wheels coaster will be an Australian motorsports museum featuring 30 authentic and replica Peter Brock vehicles.

The precinct will also include six state-of-the-art racing simulators, a new F&B outlet called Grid Burgers and Sports Bar, as well as a new retail store.

Dreamworld Car Museum

Dreamworld Car Museum

Dreamworld Car Museum

Dreamworld Burger Bar & Grill

Dreamworld Burger Bar & Grill

Dreamworld Burger Bar & Grill

Photos: Dreamworld

Jamberoo giant spider

World’s tallest spider sculpture finds home at Jamberoo

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How do you make a ProSlide Tornado 60 any more scary? Erect a giant 20-metre-tall spider next to it of course!

As part of on-going park improvements, Jamberoo added the world’s largest spider sculpture next to its appropriately named ‘Funnel Web’ water slide.

Jamberoo is located approximately an hour’s drive south of Sydney and is open every weekend (and all week during school holidays) until April 2016.

Jamberoo giant spider

Jamberoo giant spider

Jamberoo giant spider

Photos: Jamberoo

Adventure World – Kraken

Record-breaking water slide opens at Adventure World

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Adventure World’s newest water slide — ‘Kraken’ — was officially unveiled to the public today after many long months of anticipation for excited locals.

Kraken is a Tornado 60 model slide from Canadian water rides manufacturer ProSlide, and is the tallest, steepest and longest of its kind in the world.

Sitting at the peak of the park’s Alpine Mountain, the $7 million water slide features a lengthy 260-metre-long course that begins with a steep 30-metre-tall drop.

Kraken water slide at Adventure World

During the slide’s 30-metre decent, riders travel at speeds of up to 6.7 metres per second, before “dropping” into a giant 20-metre funnel.

Riders get a unique experience each and every time they ride Kraken, as the design of the slide enables the rafts to rotate freely throughout the ride — meaning that there is always somebody who is going to be falling backwards.

Utilising four-person rafts, the slide boasts an hour capacity of 600 guests per hour, hopefully eliminating long waits during those hot summer months.

Kraken water slide at Adventure World

Photos: Adventure World

Sea World – SpongeBob

Finishing touches being made as Nickelodeon Land readies for official launch

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It’s been a week since Nickelodeon Land at Sea World opened in “sneak peak” mode and the final finishing touches are now being made to ready it for its official launch later this month.

Nickelodeon Land features Sea World’s first ever “mini roller coaster”, a Zamperla family gravity coaster themed to Spongebob SquarePants.

The other rides are themed to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Dora the Explorer and Boots.

Only two rides were kept during the area’s six-month renovation, with four new rides being shipped in to complete Nickelodeon Land.

A live action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles show also runs throughout the day.

Photo: Sea World / Nickelodeon

Movie World – Fright Nights 2015

Ninth annual Fright Nights officially kicks off at Movie World

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The start of October can only mean one thing — it’s time for Fright Nights! Here’s a look at what Fright Night at Movie World has on offer for us this year.

Fright Nights fans will be glad to know that Movie World has introduced two new mazes to its lineup — with the first being themed to the extremely popular Friday the 13th movie franchise, while the other is based on the Australian zombie flick, Wyrmwood.

In previous years, Movie World focused on having one or two “main” mazes extensively themed and branded to a popular franchise, while the other mazes were almost always generically themed and of various quality and duration.

However, this year Movie World has reintroduced two of last year’s “A-grade” mazes — the Wolf Creek 2 Maze and the Evil Within Maze — meaning that all four of this year’s mazes will be of similar quality and definitely a step-up from previous years’ offerings.

Movie World has also concentrated its efforts on making the park feel more vibrant and hopefully eliminating “dead spots” by introducing four extensively themed scare precincts — including a precinct based on the popular movie Zombieland.

The three other precincts scattered around the park are the Freaks Precinct, the Demons Lair and Gothic Hall.

Guests who are after something different can also try the park’s new “panic rooms”, where they with a group of friends have 20 minutes to escape the room or risk death trying.

The panic rooms are $79.99 per group, with rooms accommodating groups ranging from two to four people.

There is also a Friday the 13th 4D movie showing in the Roxy Theatre, as well as a horror film festival showing in the Stunt Show arena.

Tickets for Fright Nights are available from Movie World’s website. We strongly recommend purchasing your tickets in advanced as this event almost always sells out early.

Photo: Warner Bros. Movie World

Movie World – Fright Nights 2015

Details of Movie World’s Fright Nights revealed

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With October approaching fast, Movie World has revealed the identities for the first of its four mazes and scare zones, as well as confirmed the introduction of terrifying “panic rooms” that guests must try to escape from.

Four themed mazes will be returning to this year’s Fright Nights — including two located in the next neighbouring studio complex — with the first maze to be themed to the Friday the 13th movie.

Update: Movie World has confirmed that the second maze will be themed to the 2014 zombie movie, Wyrmwood.

Wyrmwood Maze

The remaining two mazes will be announced within the coming weeks.

Movie World has also confirmed that they will introduce four “panic rooms”, where guests have 20 minutes to escape the room, or die trying.

The panic room experiences will be an additional cost.

Four new scare zones — or “precincts” — will also be added to this year’s event, with the first announced zone to be themed to the Zombieland movie.

Tickets for Fright Nights 2015 are now on sale through Movie World’s official website.

Photo: Warner Bros. Movie World

Dreamworld – Entrance

Dreamworld turns to digital tech to improve revenue, guest experience

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Ardent Leisure, the group who owns Dreamworld and WhiteWater World, has revealed in its FY15 annual report that it will trial new methods of digital guest engagement technology from the second quarter of FY16.

The move is expected to help drive in-park spending, improve customer experience and collect more granular data from park goers.

Ardent Leisure Chief Information Officer Paul Young hinted that the technology could help with not only purchasing tickets, but with restaurant reservations and more.

While Dreamworld already has a digital queuing system in operation — Q4U — it is currently limited to just rides, and does not provide any up-selling opportunities besides the initial $15 per person fee.

It is not known whether Ardent’s plans are to overhaul the Q4U system, or ditch it all together for something similar to Disney’s FastPass+.

Dreamworld and WhiteWater World attendance increased 11.7 per cent (to 2.28 million) in FY15, while per capita spending dropped 11 per cent to $43.64 per person.

Total revenue for the period was $99.57 million, a decrease of 0.6 per cent.

Photo: Dreamworld

Legoland Melbourne – Dark Ride

Legoland Discovery Centre heading to Melbourne in 2017

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Australia is about to get its first taste of Legoland with a slightly toned-down, indoor version heading to Melbourne’s Chadstone Mall in autumn 2017.

The Legoland “Discovery Centre” concept — which is what Melbourne will receive — is a step down from a fully fledged Legoland theme park, but still features a small collection of interactive rides and attractions, and guests must pay an entrance fee.

Melbourne’s Legoland Discovery Centre will include a 4-D cinema, interactive shooting dark ride, “Miniland” Lego replica of Melbourne, as well as various other interactive games and rides for kids aged three-to-10 years old.

The development will take up 2800 square metres of Melbourne’s Chadstone Mall, which will undergo refurbishments in 2016 to prepare it for the arrival of Legoland.

Photo: Legoland Malaysia

Dreamworld – Ocean Parade

TripAdvisor reveals Australia’s best parks for 2015

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TripAdvisor has revealed its winners for the 2015 Travellers’ Choice Awards, which lists the top 10 amusement parks and water parks in the South Pacific Region.

Taking number one spot for the second year in a row, Dreamworld on the Gold Coast has outperformed all of its Gold Coast rivals — including Sea World and Warner Bros. Movie World — who scored fourth and eighth place respectively.

Bluewater Lagoon in Mackay ranked second, while WetSide Water Education Park in Hervey Bay came third.

The Sunshine Coast amusement park Aussie World won fifth place, while Jamberoo in Sydney came in at ninth place.

WhiteWater World managed to beat local rival Wet’n’Wild Gold Coast at 10th place.

Adventure World in Perth, Wet’n’Wild (both Sydney and the Gold Coast), as well as Luna Park Sydney and Melbourne did not manage to rank in the top 10 for 2015.

Photo: Dreamworld

Adventure Waters – Overview

Construction begins on Cairns’ newest water park

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After seven years of planning, construction on Cairns’ newest water park — Adventure Waters — has officially begun.

The $45 million development will be built across a 7-hectare site situated next to the Captain Cook Highway, north of Cairns.

Inspired by Waterbom water park in Bali, Adventure Waters will feature a lazy river, Tornado 45, Mammoth River, six-lane Octopus Racer, wave pool, dual Twister slides, Plummet Freefall and Turbo Tunnel slide.

Adventure Waters will be an entirely cashless park, allowing guests to add credit to wristbands and make purchases throughout the park.

Approximately 340 jobs will be created during the water park’s construction. Once open, the park expects to employ more than 200 people.

Photo: Adventure Waters

Adventure World – Water Slide Construction

ProSlide Tornado headed to Adventure World in Perth

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After months of drip-fed information from the park, Adventure World in Perth has finally revealed that its new record-breaking water slide will be a ‘Tornado 60’ from Canadian manufacturer ProSlide.

Sitting at the peak of the park’s Alpine Mountain, the $7 million water slide will feature a lengthy 260-metre-long course that begins with a steep 30-metre drop.

Once opened the water slide will become the longest, steepest and tallest ProSlide Tornado ever built.

While a name or theme has not yet been revealed by Adventure World, the park has released numerous teaser artworks suggesting that it will have a “monster” theme.

Following the announcement, Adventure World CEO Mark Shaw posted on Parkz.com.au stating: “I think it will be a terrific slide though, along with the theming which itself is enormous and impressive.”

While construction on the water slide is far from over, the park has confirmed that they are still on track for an October opening.

Photo: Adventure World