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Dreamworld announces ‘new era’ with multi-million dollar investment in new rides
Dreamworld on the Gold Coast has today announced what it says is a “transformation signalling a new era for Australia’s biggest theme park” with a $50 million investment in “new world-class attractions”.
Coinciding with the opening of the $20 million Sky Voyager flying theatre attraction, Dreamworld Chief Executive, John Osborne revealed a $30 million investment in a rollercoaster to be designed and built by one of the world’s most reputable rollercoaster manufacturers, the Germany-based Mack Rides.
The 1.2 kilometre long rollercoaster will include multiple inversions, reaching a top speed of 105km/h, while presenting a broad market appeal as the winner of multiple industry awards, regularly featuring as one of the best ranked coaster experiences in the world.
The design is based on the highly successful Mack Blue Fire Launch coaster, which operates in 14 locations around the world including Europa Park, Disney Hollywood Studio’s and Cedar Fair Carowinds.
Dreamworld’s newest adrenalin-fuelled ride, which has yet to be named, will feature the Southern Hemisphere’s first triple launch system and include a stall and reversed twisted half pipe.
For braver riders, Dreamworld will also be introducing the world’s first separate spinning gondola attached to the rear of the rollercoaster train.
Mack Rides Chief Executive, Christian von Elverfeldt stated “it is a great honour for the Mack family and everybody from Mack Rides to partner with Dreamworld Australia on this project. The product we deliver will bring a famous coaster to Australia and we all are looking forward to opening this great attraction.”
As part of a $7 million investment into Dreamworld’s WhiteWater World waterpark, a new waterslide complex featuring six new body slides, five unique ‘splashtacular’ experiences and multi-coloured natural light effects will be included.
The new, yet to be named slides have been created by Swimplex and Polin Australia.
Daniel Leaver from Swimplex commented “body slides are the purest form of waterslide you will experience - it’s just you, the water, and a big splash at the bottom.
“We are pleased to be working with WhiteWater World to introduce these exhilarating waterslide experiences.”
Other work will include a major multi-million dollar refurbishment of ABC KIDS World, home to The Wiggles, Bananas in Pyjamas, Hoot and Hootabelle and Play School.
Advising that in a business where success is measured by the smiles on guests’ faces, Osbourne stated that Dreamworld’s new leadership team has been paying close attention to improving customers experience.
Consistent with this objective the overall investment will include a state of the art customer-centric ticketing system for Dreamworld, WhiteWater World and SkyPoint to create a more seamless journey for all our guests and a number of improvements to the general amenity of the park including upgraded Food and Beverage facilities, additional events and entertainment areas and an improved entry experience.
Osborne advised “investment into new rides, attractions and technologies to improve customer experience is key for Dreamworld’s future direction. Today’s announcements, along with the opening of Sky Voyager is a fantastic start to our transformation of the park.
“This $70 million total investment including Sky Voyager heralds an important time of transition for Dreamworld and provides us with an opportunity to provide our guests new experiences never seen before in Australia.”
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Images: Show the new rides planned for Dreamworld and WhiteWater World.
23rd August 2019 - Dreamworld’s long-awaited Sky Voyager takes flight
9th August 2019 - Dreamworld looks to recruit for the upcoming holiday season
1st August 2019 - Registration issues delay opening of Dreamworld’s new Sky Voyager ride
10th April 2019 - Dreamworld to offer guests an illuminated experience
8th April 2019 - Ardent Leisure borrows $225 million for attractions investment
9th March 2019 - Dreamworld announces permanent closure of The WipeOut
7th March 2019 - Dreamworld advises appointment of safety engineering expert
29th January 2019 - Swimplex and Polin equip Fairfield City Council’s expanded Aquatopia
17th December 2018 - Activists target Dreamworld in ongoing animal rights protest
22nd November 2018 - Ardent Leisure reveals theme park investment strategy
22nd September 2017 - Warner Bros. Movie World opens southern hemisphere’s largest rollercoaster
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