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Sea World’s New Atlantis precinct launches with opening of the Vortex

Sea World’s New Atlantis precinct launches with opening of the Vortex
December 21, 2020

Guests have today been riding the new Vortex ride at Sea World on the Gold Coast.

The first part of Village Roadshow's new $50 million New Atlantis precinct, construction of the ride, first announced in mid-2019, was delayed by the Coronavirus pandemic.

Now, after extensive safety testing it officially opens to the public today in time for the Sea World’s peak season.

Advising that the ride will give the theme park and tourism on the Gold Coast a major boost, Village Roadshow Chief Executive Clark Kirby told the Gold Coast Bulletin, “we are incredibly excited to officially open the Vortex ride at Sea World, and we can’t wait to welcome our guests to experience this thrilling attraction.

“While on the ride, guests will tumble and whirl through the air as they experience pendulum movements and circular rotations all while taking in the spectacular views of the park.”

The Leviathan wooden rollercoaster and the Trident ride remain under construction, with both attractions scheduled to open in June 2021.

Video showing the the Leviathan wooden rollercoaster under construction.
Village Roadshow Chief Operating Officer, Bikash Randhawa added “this is the culmination of more than two years of planning and work and we are certainly hoping for big numbers (of guests) coming through.

“Our team has done a lot of technical training for this and (the Vortex) is spectacular to see in action.

“The level of sophistication which comes with it is phenomenal.”

Village Roadshow takeover
It has been confirmed that the private equity company BGH Capital is to take over Village Roadshow Theme Parks’ parent company Village Roadshow Limited (VRL) in a $586 million deal that will see it taken off the Australian Securities Exchange.

Speaking to The Australian Business Network earlier this month, Kirby, who will remain as Chief Executive advised that the group planning a rejuvenation of its theme parks and cinema network.

Main image: Promotion for the new Vortex ride.

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