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  1. This morning I was invited out to Dreamworld to get a sneak peek of Steel Taipan and a walk through of the entire area. I’ll start out by saying, overall they’ve done a good job with the area. It’s very nicely presented, good aesthetic/theming elements and watching both trains in testing while in the queue/entry areas is awesome. I was able to take a few photos of the area, so I’ll describe what I captured and if anyone has any questions, I’ll try answer them the best I can with what I can share publicly. The entry signage is something we’ve already seen, but here it is up close
    30 points
  2. Wasn’t sure if I should create a new thread or not so I’ll just put it here. But trident is on site. It’s great to finally see some progress. Seeing as though they haven’t started the foundation yet it might be a bit till it goes vertical. Thanks to themeparkqueen_au on Instagram.
    18 points
  3. Sea World's dormant beast: up close with the Leviathan wooden roller coaster Sea World's Leviathan is looking more and more like a fully realised roller coaster as it inches closer and closer to its delayed 2022 opening date. Click here to continue reading
    15 points
  4. Now that I can finally go that extra few kilometers outside the 5km bubble fromy my house to Luna Park Sydney, I popped in today to see the progress on all of the upcoming additions. Big Dipper has both trains on track and was finishing up the part of the queue that will take you over the first launch and into what can only be described as a scare maze looking lead up to the station. The front of the Big Dipper station was getting some thematic touches added too it, though it's a shame these appear to be incredibly flat compared to the building it's trying to continue
    14 points
  5. It had been about 3 weeks since I went to the park and checked out the progress. It’s looking fantastic. I’m going to say I think this is one of the most nicely presented coaster on the GC. Not necessarily best themed, but best looking. It’s really well done. They’ve finished the structure that hides the first aid doors. They’ve finished the fencing behind the entry sign (which looks great) and removes the orange on orange issue. And they haven’t installed any boring fencing around the entry/exit paths.
    14 points
  6. I finished watching this I have to say that the area is looking pretty great. A couple of thoughts: The lead up to the coaster will be fantastic. It's well presented and considering the queue and load are 'within' the ride itself it'll be a pretty neat feeling to hype you up with the sights and sounds of the coaster itself. Shade and fans. Kudos to Dreamworld for considering the guest experience by making the queue as comfortable as possible. Sure it's not very exciting, but even Disney struggles to engage guests in their queues now because 90% of the time guests are on their ph
    12 points
  7. 12 points
  8. I don't mean to alarm anybody but Steel Taipan has themed bins. THEMED BINS.
    12 points
  9. Construction flies ahead on Wet'n'Wild's newest water slides Wet'n'Wild are moving forward with construction of their latest collection of water slides ahead of their expected opening in December. Click here to continue reading
    11 points
  10. IAAPA held its first tradeshow in almost two years last week in Barcelona. Expo Europe 2021 boasted 439 exhibiting companies. More than 8,500 participants attended the event, a little more than half the 2019 figure (15,900 attendees in Paris) Attending all 3 days of the tradeshow, I certainly noticed a comprehensive set of health protocols in place to adapt to the Covid-19 situation. Seats were set apart by at least 1 meter during conferences. Everyone except for presenters on stage was required to wear masks. Vaccination or a negative Covid test was also mandatory to attend, with s
    11 points
  11. The lack of theming and bridges and facades for the new generation of rides is certainly disappointing. Here are a few pictures of scenes from Luna Park highlighting the absolutely brilliant theming that was created circa 1935. No wonder the older generation of visitors always remark on how Luna Park had charm and evoked such strong memories. Below is excellent examples of the Ghost Train facade. If this was built today we would all be marvelling at it!! This provides such an evokative atmosphere and strong impression of the ride before you have even entered the queue area.
    9 points
  12. In news that will suprise few, both Leviathan and Trident have been pushed back to Easter 2022.
    9 points
  13. Due to popular demand a new attraction will be installed at Adventure world! To help you get back on those rides you missed out on. Try our New Calisthenics class!
    8 points
  14. Nah - they'll put something up there. Judging by the changes we've seen to the Vortex design, and the Leviathan theming, my guess is when the tower goes up, instead of a three pronged trident, we'll get the 12 pronged rake!
    8 points
  15. HOLY CRAP talk about waking the dead! Welcome back to the land of the living @Flea!!! I guess they're just lucky you were available...
    7 points
  16. Here’s a couple of screenshots from the video of areas not yet photographed/seen
    7 points
  17. Here is some updated pictures of the expansion! Its crazy to now understand the size of H2Oasis, this will end up being a welcomed addition and will provide so much relief to Wet'n'Wild Junior in summer and on busier days.
    7 points
  18. I reckon one of two things has happened here: 1) Whether it was guest complaints or wanting to minimise wear and tear (probably both), the park consulted Gerstlauer over the break and found that that running the ride at the upper-end of the heat limit combined with having passenger loads in the upper-end of weight limit was making the ride rough. The ride is designed with a 650kg passenger weight average (track calculations, trains etc.) so then the easiest solution was to pop in a solution that gives operators an easy way to keep an eye on a total passenger load's weight. 2) Someone
    7 points
  19. You can. Become a Parkz member and contribute to this place that brings you so much joy and fulfilment… and they’ll throw in reaction breakdowns! Join now & they’ll also throw in fancy stars next to your name that make people think you’re a moderator!
    7 points
  20. One observation - the article talks about Sea World narrowly avoiding the worst of the timber shortage, but in the next breath: Timber was onsite in April 2020. We had vertical construction in August 2020. I've zero knowledge of the delays they've experienced or the reasons for them, but on face value (and with the advantage of "Forum Hindsight") it seems a bit rich to blame shipping delays and material shortages when materials were already on site, and global shipping had about the same impact on Taipan as it did on Leviathan. It's fair to say that as at April
    6 points
  21. Um... holding back on a project without a reason to the GP is a reason to be asking questions. So much hype to be let down. A return on the investment... well if the QLD boarder re-opens to NSW/VIC I know many people who want to travel to QLD. Missed opportunity big time here. Sure some new waterslides at another VRTP park are alright but this coaster has had so much hype along with Trident, yet we got a opening date pushed back again. Dreamworld have got their finger on the pulse, While Steel Taipan isn't a whole precinct like SeaWorld has promised it sure as hell looks a lot better.
    6 points
  22. https://www.instagram.com/tv/CUrf_DdD_hV/?utm_medium=copy_link Spinning Video has been released
    6 points
  23. Double Barrel is indeed complete and the final drop for Kaboom is in place too
    6 points
  24. Here you leave today, and enter the world of yesterday, tomorrow and fantasy...
    6 points
  25. 6 points
  26. 5 points
  27. I come back after a day being away and there is currently a thread celebrating Sea World for once again delaying their $50 million dollar precinct and attractions as a good business decision, and another berating Luna Park Sydney for sticking to budget, schedule and concepts as bad business decisions. People told us not to get our expectation too high for something with 6 less rides and $20 million dollars more to work with? What did you except? Yeah it's not crash hot and could do better but I doubt anybody is going to get off Big Dipper and complain that it was a bad ride cause they ha
    5 points
  28. I think its safe to say that what we are ending up with for the expansion insofar as theming can at best be described as barely adequate. What must be remembered here is that the main person for planning this expansion, Brad Loxely, left 12 months before the actual announcement and the final plans. I know for a fact that several designs that he chose , including names for rides had been changed after he left the business. This includes the selection of the Intamin Hot Racer, which i think we can all agree , is not a bad thing, considering that the option chosen was a custom layout Eurofighter.
    5 points
  29. That train is sexy as hell. I really like the Dreamworld logo on the front. Thinking about how I feel about the landscaping and execution of the theme, it really comes down to what is it being compared to? What's the benchmark? If it's being compared to Thunderbolt, it's a massive step up in presentation of a major coaster. We went from a station that was themed to a furniture store to something that really carries an identity the whole way through. Compared to the park's previous coasters? It looks to be a far more pleasant space to stand in for a while (both Tower of Terror an
    5 points
  30. Preparations for the event are underway
    5 points
  31. Don't know anything about the design, but this photo on rcdb shows the underside of a car from the defunct Aussie World mouse which I'm certain is the same as the LPS mouse as they were built from the same designs. If I remember correctly, from the queue you can see the disc shaped 'bolts' (red arrows) spin which probably would mean they guide the car around turns, and the I shaped ones (green arrows) must just be upstops.
    5 points
  32. With a new iPhone on the way, hopefully this is the last Android quality photo you'll see from me... The west side of drop:
    5 points
  33. I'm still anticipating SW take up my suggestion and go with a hoop as the crowning piece. It will be impressive to watch dolphins jump though the hoop. SW will perhaps train the dolphins to give Justice for Captives the fin as they soar through the hoop. If a dolphin can't reach the height, I would be fine with SW shooting a dolphin out of a cannon.👍
    5 points
  34. I'm just gonna keep it simple and say a flyer. The ride experience is unique enough to anything else in the country that it would be worth travelling to experience it. Putting aside the enthusiast element, the general public aren't going to recognise much of a difference in one sit-down ride to another, except if it goes upside down or not - but a flyer - you can tell straight away how different it is to anything else we already have.
    5 points
  35. If you turn it into a vertical garden, it will still be a Sky Voyager plant area
    5 points
  36. I'm starting to realise that there was a great opportunity here to bring a first nation's artist in to make something brilliant.
    5 points
  37. 4 points
  38. Dreamworld has: 2,087 MARKED parking spaces. 5 trailer parking spaces. 12 bus bays.
    4 points
  39. Interesting article and its great to get insight but it seems to be preaching to the choir. It points out problems with supplies and professionals being core reasons as to why the rides wont be opening this summer, but for many people that wont matter. The general public will see the large, mostly constructed roller coaster at Sea World and wonder why they heard about that project first yet Dreamworld has managed to finished theirs before it. It's an unfortunately bad look for the theme park and beyond educating the masses, there is very little they can do. For most people they will
    4 points
  40. Raging Waters has also just announced it's reopening date and as expected it is much later than Luna Parks, opening up on December 18th just in time fo rthe Summer School Holidays. Will be interesting to see what happens with the price of a Season Pass as it will be a few months shorter of a season than usual.
    4 points
  41. Oh what a world we live in. Ironic to think Dreamworld and Luna Park Sydney will lead the charge this year for the industry when it comes to ride openings. I suppose now I can wait until Easter and see if Leviathan even opens then.
    4 points
  42. I think a 50th event would have been great. BUT... With the timeline for new Atlantis slipping, you're now in a situation at SW that as well as Viking's, you now have Monorail and Leviathan as SBNO rides. I don't think now is a great time to hold such an event where the park to casual guests looks worse than it ever has (despite an upwards trajectory). I don't think that's why Village didn't do a 50th event, but I also don't think it's a great idea to do a big marketing push before the park is ready for it. Also quick aside: the ski pyramid used to depart fr
    4 points
  43. @gavinfulikesthey did find ST missing hamster stuck on a slide.
    4 points
  44. 75kg??? that rules out probably 40% minimum of adult riders, probably more. quite possibly the most stupid requirement I’ve heard of. I was keen to get to adventure world one day, I’ll strike it off the list.
    4 points
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