Dreamworld reopens Log Ride, entire park now operational for the first time in fifteen months
The Rocky Hollow Log Ride returned to service yesterday after more than a year of closure, joining last week's Wipeout reopening to give Dreamworld a full roster of rides and attractions for the first time since October 2016.
Piece by piece rides reopened, though Dreamworld limped their way through 2017 with an unpredictable and at times overwhelming number of attractions closed for maintenance.
Planned and unplanned closures throughout the year were numerous. Wipeout reopened early in the year only to be closed and dismantled for exhaustive maintenancefor the rest of 2017. It reopened last week. Tower of Terror II closed for days or weeks on end several times throughout the year without warning.
Meanwhile the Rocky Hollow Log Ride sat dormant the entire time, boarded up with the same Colorbond walls that blocked Thunder River Rapids. Dreamworld committed to reopening the classic ride – one of the few remaining original attractions from the park's opening in 1981 – and embarked on an extensive period of work that most notably culminated in the removal of its tunnels and the addition of strange awnings on the ride's log-shaped boats.
Late yesterday afternoon, Dreamworld quietly relaunched the Rocky Hollow Log Ride, giving Dreamworld a complete roster of attractions.
The theme park is a refreshing change from even just a few months ago: Dreamworld sits in a state of limbo following its toughest year ever.
Recent months have seen Dreamworld embark on the complete removal of Eureka Mountain Mine Ride and Skylink Chairlift, two rides that sat infamously dormant and decaying for over a decade. Thunder River Rapids still sits behind walls, reportedly awaiting investigators and officials to give the OK for its demolition.
Competitors Warner Bros. Movie World have recently pushed back the expected 1 February reopening of Wild West Falls until 30 March. The popular water ride has been closed since late 2017. A Movie World spokesperson told Parkz in early January that its extended closure is to facilitate the installation of an upgraded ride system.