The Parkz Update: It's Mack Time - Dreamworld's Steel Taipan roller coaster goes vertical
Dreamworld's long awaited new roller coaster has finally "gone vertical". The first pieces of track are now in place on Steel Taipan. Elsewhere in the park, the visiting Brickman Legends Lego exhibit is a much-needed drawcard for guests during the school holidays.
Image: Parkz. The coaster will launch in the coming months
Plenty of action at the Steel Taipan site as the pace picks up on the new lauched coaster from Mack Rides in Southern Germany
The most interesting development is the first pieces of track being positioned. The view from Buzzsaw gives a bit of a closer look at the construction site.
You can see in the background the transfer track used to shift trains onto the swing launch. The launch track is also in place, with the LSMs and the blowers used for the cooling system already fitted.
Approaching from main street, a major new wall has been built.
Tracks from the Dreamworld Express lay waiting to be repositioned.
You can really get a sense of the sheer amount of earthmoving that's been reuired to transform the site from Thunder River Rapids into Steel Taipan.
The ramps around Giant Drop and the old Log Ride are even more confusing than they were, if that were possible. In the process they've arbitrarily prevented access to what would be a great vantage point for guests to check out construction.
Cagework for the next round of footings to be poured on top of the pilecaps. Evidently the earthmoving budget didn't allow Dreamworld to fill in this entire area, so we'll have these giant concrete footings jutting out of the ground for decades to come.
The launch track can also be seen from this side of the site.
Future site of the elevated mid course trim brake.
Wrapped in plastic, it's fantastic.
Corroboree is back open again after months of closure.
The area remains a hit with young families.
A contact free game, the perfect Covidsafe activity. Unlike many of the interactives in the DC Villains area at Movie World, this one is very much working.
The Australian coat of arms.
The indoor interpretative centre remains closed. This was built with $1.1 million in government funding.
As a positive, the vintage cars are open too, with the cars now sporting golden paint.
Brickman Wonders is a temporary exhibition visiting Dreamworld over the April school holidays.
As the name suggests it features models of world icons.
The entrance to the exhibit is fairly low key, with not even a banner.
Visitors can donate their bricks, with each brick matched by a cash donation by the park.
The exhibition is not just built landmarks, it also features iconic things and events in general.
The models are interesting, but the black curtains and table cloths make it feel a bit drab and formal, lacking the bright, fun energy of the Lego store just across the park.
Some models like this one of the Titanic are incredibly detailed.
Others like this model of the Golden Gate Bridge are perfectly pedestrian.
At times it's a religous experience.
Toronto's CN Tower. None of the models are motorised, in case you were wondering.
This model of Osaka castle features some interesting rule breaking when it comes to the assembly of the bricks.
Some further Asian flavour. We didn't photograph every model, so make sure you go check it out in its final week if you haven't already done so.
The infamous unfinished hotel in Pyongyang, North Korea.
Just like the real thing, the model is unfinished too, or isn't it?
One corner has a bit of an Australian flavour, with models of everything from the Sydney Olympic Torch to the Australia II yacht.....
...And the Great Barrier Reef.
Crowds remain moderate at Dreamworld against a Movie World that has been reportedly bursting at the seams in the previous days, and of course if you are a Lego fan, now is the time to go.
Track continues to be installed on Steel Taipain, so expect things to look very different at the worksite by our next Parkz Update.