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Village Roadshow announces new investment in Gold Coast theme parks

Village Roadshow announces new investment in Gold Coast theme parks
May 14, 2021

Backed by support from the Queensland Government, Village Roadshow Theme Parks has today announced a major investment in new attractions for its Gold Coast attractions.

The multi-million-dollar investment includes an all-new, waterslide complex for Wet’n’Wild (which will feature the tallest tower slide in Australia), a limited time only special event ‘Hooray For Hollywood’ at Warner Bros. Movie World and a new Meerkats exhibit at Paradise Country.

These new attractions and events will join the already announced New Atlantis Precinct at Sea World to make it one of the biggest years ever for the company, totalling an investment of $70 million dollars.

Advising that these investments reaffirm the company’s ongoing commitment to the tourism industry on the Gold Coast, Village Roadshow Theme Parks Chief Executive, Clark Kirby stated “we are delighted to announce this massive line-up of new attractions for our parks in the coming months and are excited to have the Deputy Premier here at Movie World.

“At Village Roadshow Theme Parks, we remain committed to providing world-class attractions and experiences for our guests and this $70 million investment will play a vital role in reviving the Queensland tourism industry.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said new attractions would support the economic recovery of the tourism industry on the Gold Coast, noting “new tourism infrastructure is an important part of our economic recovery plan for the Gold Coast.

“To see one of the tourism industry’s largest employers investing in new attractions is a sign of great confidence in the Gold Coast.

“Because Queenslanders have been able to contain the virus, our economy has been able to open up. The Gold Coast is good to go. I urge Aussies, particularly those in southern states to escape the cold, come to Queensland and experience some of our world class attractions this winter.”

The new attractions:

  • Running from 26th June to 11th July 2021, to coincide with Warner Bros. Movie World’s 30th Birthday, will be the all new ‘Hooray for Hollywood’ event will feature the park’s biggest parade ever, a massive all-star cast and exciting Hollywood moments throughout the park.
  • Meerkats will be joining the animal family at Paradise Country this June in their own specially designed exhibit allowing for park guests to get an up-close appreciation for the cheeky critters.
  • Opening at Wet’n’Wild this summer the 23 metres high waterslide complex will featur three new slides and splashzone:

• The KABOOM! will be the first Master Blaster and Tailspin slide in the Southern Hemisphere and guests will experience a 10-metre drop before spiralling down a 360 degree corkscrew
• The DOUBLE BARREL - a heart-pounding slide which is set to become a crowd favourite
• The SUPER RIPPER - two new 12-metre high body slides
• The H2OASIS is a family-oriented tropical splash zone spanning across a 870 metre² site

The Queensland Government has supported Village Roadshow’s $70 million expansion through the $25 million Tourism Icons program and the $1 billion Industry Support Package.

The new attractions are planned to open by the end of 2021.

About the author

Nigel Benton

Co-owner / Publisher, Australasian Leisure Management

Nigel Benton is the co-owner and publisher of Australasian Leisure Management, Australia and New Zealand’s only magazine for professionals in all areas of the leisure industry. Having established the magazine in 1997, shortly after his relocation to Australia, he has managed its readership rising to over 11,500 and its acceptance as the industry journal for professionals in aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues.

As of 2020, he has launched the new Asian Leisure Business website.

Among a range of published works and features, his comments on a Blog (blogspot) from 2007 to 2011, when this website went live in its current form, may be interesting to reflect back on.

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