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  1. Log Ride "cage" photos

    Well, nothing on this website really matters in the scheme of things, @elemist, but I'd say most here would find this an interesting topic of discussion given how unique these modifications are. @Brad2912, not sure the roll cage idea holds much water, so to speak. The frame is certainly not load-bearing, it's bolted to the fibreglass shell of of the boats (maybe passing through a steel frame within the fibreglass, but this certainly wasn't engineered for this purpose ~35 years ago). The logical purpose of the frame is to simply keep riders seated. Either to stop people standing up and hitting their head on beams and/or falling out, or because standing riders can make the boats unstable. As for why not something as simple as seatbelts? Either difficulties in attaching them to the existing boats (the shared seating arrangement would perhaps make this a challenge), or because of requirements surrounding how restraints can be utilised on water rides.
  2. Log Ride "cage" photos

    Commission a reputable ride manufacturer to modify the existing boats? Commission all new boats? Rebuild sections of the course deemed troublesome? Replace the entire ride with a modern flume? The option that they settled on isn't just cheap and noticeably DIY, but also something that no other theme park has done.
  3. Was there a Wild Mouse at Dreamworld?

    That sign is wrong. The original Eureka Mountain (as the link @Adventures With JWorld posted indicates) was a steel-tracked Schiff mouse, not a wooden mouse like Blackpool's. For what it's worth the Schiff design was built at several Butlins parks across the UK in the 50s and 60s, which is possibly where Dreamworld's originated.
  4. The flat bottom and low displacement makes all flume rides unstable by design. This problem is taken care of with the depth of water and ensuring that the wheels on the boat bottom out long before a critical angle can be reached. The idea that the frame has anything to do with capsizing or preventing something like Thunder River Rapids needs to stop now because it's pretty dumb and ignores the basic design principles of flume rides.
  5. Not sure how that happened but the article somehow got set to hidden yet this topic wasn't updated/removed accordingly which happens automatically when articles are hidden. Everything should be fixed again...
  6. Sea World - Castaway Reef 2017

    Those pipes were always there, connected to the original slide tower. I tried to find an older, clear photo of it but the best example is actually Google Maps: I believe they've been in place since Shark Bay was built... the logical conclusion is that they are infrastructure unrelated to the old slides (or the new area) that needed to remain.
  7. VTP Annual Pass Changes

    OK I'll rephrase in slightly more definitive terms: one of the Big Four was commissioned for a full-scale review of VRTP pricing strategies. I don't think anyone needs convincing that I'm a skeptic when it comes to our parks, but there's little doubt in my mind that this is a course correction that might hurt in the short-term but is the right play long-term.
  8. VTP Annual Pass Changes

    Look at the Groupon deal again. It expires in June 2018 and has none of the add-ons. It's a completely different pass... and not much of a deal at all.
  9. VTP Annual Pass Changes

    It's wrong for a business to select their target audience and price themselves accordingly? Beyond that, it's a bit hard to believe that this decision was made without exhaustive market research and external consultation to back up such a sudden shift.
  10. Dreamworld - 2017 "exciting" "experiences"

    The following quote from Craig wasn't included in the final published interview. If you're reading between the lines, it sounds like they were originally aiming to launch this Christmas but it was knocked back by Universal/DreamWorks. Certainly they wouldn't be so far advanced with construction if it were always planned as an Easter addition.
  11. After years of seeing theme park industry observers questioning Ardent's ability to operate theme parks (a major component of Ariadne's argument for board representation), it was interesting on Monday to hear a bowling industry expert criticising that arm of the business too. It's clear that Noel Ambler takes a traditionalist view of tenpin bowling; the business model he espouses is one that probably just can't compete when Strike Bowling and Ardent's own Kingpin capture the youth and corporate crowd. Certainly these two businesses are all the proof you need that bowling is a popular activity and a viable business. The real question would be why haven't Ardent been remodelling the decrepit AMF chain and offering something more akin to Main Event that can compete with other modern family entertainment offerings people can choose -- everything from modern cinemas to escape rooms to trampoline centres like Bounce Inc. The answer is familiar of course... they're starving their Australian businesses and throwing everything at Main Event in the USA.
  12. Let's be honest about Top Golf

    The ground level is essentially a typical driving range aimed at hardcore golfers. This is definitely a significant part of the market for Topgolf despite the attraction being about much more. I think there is validity to questions about its location. Look at Topgolf in the USA: locations in tourist towns like Las Vegas or Orlando are reasonably close to the main strip. 5-10 minute Uber/Taxi from most hotels. Then look at other cities, where the Topgolf audience is more corporate. They are built away from the CBD where land is cheaper, but the difference is most USA cities have significantly better highway systems. I have every hope that it'll be successful but getting folks there is definitely going to be a challenge: Theme park guests are tired at the end of the day. It's not an easy trip there and back for tourist staying at Surfers. It's not an easy proposition for after-work drinks. I see it being quite lucrative with conferences that can bus guests out and back for a night of drinks. I think it'll work with a certain type of locals too but at $35 million it is very clearly banking on being a tourist attraction.
  13. Dreamworld as an entity is certainly capable of bouncing back. The real question should be, is Ardent Leisure in a position to facilitate this recovery? How do they justify the tremendous capital injection this will require over say the next 3-5 years, when they're neck-deep in an aggressive Main Event roll out across the USA. Why would they divert funds away from a business that is capable of delivering ~30% ROI? The two year recovery that Ardent Leisure touts is a pipe dream. A year (or even two) from now I don't think even VRTP will be back to where they were before the accident decimated the industry. I don't see anyone expecting Dreamworld to be back to normal. No one is calling for investment in new attractions right now nor expecting business to be going gangbusters. But there is plenty to suggest that Dreamworld are floundering and throwing inadequate resources at too many inconsequential projects. Physically the park is in worse shape now than it was after it reopened and went through numerous audits... there's no logical reason for that. The strategic benefits to Rivals will be seen over the next decade or two. It was always a long-term play and the ride was locked in well before the accident. At the same time however, I think there's plenty to suggest that it has been a jolt of energy that changed the narrative for Movie World and will perhaps help them bounce back sooner rather than later.
  14. Those sections of track out on the grass are the maintenance track that ran between the ride's lift hill and the (now exposed) brick wall at the back of the cinema.clear the area around the mountain. I wouldn't get too excited about them being out in the open like that, they've simply been moved to get it out of the way while they take down the mountain.
  15. Sea World - Castaway Reef 2017

    They stated October in their late-August investor presentation as well. The odd thing is that it was pretty clear in August/September that this was never going to happen yet all formal mentions of the attraction around this time said the same.