AlexB

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    Fright Nights 2018

    Ideas? I think the girl at the front is lost.
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    Gold Rush to get aviation theme at Dreamworld?

    What. The. Actual. Fuck. I did not say a word in criticism of themeparkaddict. I never said he did anything wrong. If people actually READ things before slagging off, they'd note that I quoted Mickey, suggesting the aviation theme possibly originated here. All I said was describing how the theme could work aviation wise. I said it could have been me who raised it initially, but i may also have taken someone else's suggestion and expanded on it too. In no way did I direct anything at themeparkaddict, nor was it in any way a disagreement with anyone. So TPA - I don't think anyone was suggesting you did anything wrong - you shared info given to you by a staff member. We all know that staff info shared publicly isn't always reliable, and Mickey rightly pointed out that the aviation suggestion had been raised on Parkz prior to you hearing that. As usual, @pushbutton sticks his giant nose into something that has nothing to do with him, reads it wrong, and stands on his high horse over some fanciful imagination of whats in his head, without any check or balance with regard to reality. Since nobody else can be bothered doing the legwork - here's how it went down: TheMagician first suggested the rendering of i-ride looked like an airport. Pushbutton quickly backed that viewpoint up Glubbo then wondered how they would transition that into the previously-goldrushed land: Pushbutton doubled down on the previous suggestion - that the i-ride theme influence the land: Cheski also wondered, as did Glubbo, how they would blend the area around i-ride: Which brought us to my 'fuller picture' suggestion on how the whole land could be themed to aviation: To which Pushbutton agreed: Themeparkaddict's info from the staff member came to us a full week later...
  3. I think that would possibly infringe on the film's copyright for public broadcast use - and would probably require a different licence again. To be honest, rather than showing the video on two big screens in the queue, i'd rather they devoted their time to small interactive elements throughout the queue. Things that keep guests occupied will prevent wanton vandalism and destruction...
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    Gold Rush to get aviation theme at Dreamworld?

    Might have been mine originally, but I could very well have taken someone else's one-liner and run with it too. Its funny how many staff members tell guests things that are very similar to the ideas shared here... its almost as if the ride ops read these boards and then spread the rumors...
  5. Looks to just be for roof access - the wrapping suggests its finished and they aren't going all the way round the building - so they'd have used the standard wrap probably provided by the scaffolding company... Purists will disagree, but for the sake of a stairway, i don't think a custom printed wrap for just that is necessary. It would be nice, if they eventually erect a full scaffold around the building, if they took the time to do a custom wrap for it - but given Batman's flying fox down main street was wrapped in plain green material for years, its really not the worst thing they've done lately.
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    Luna Park Sydney's expansion

    Legislation? ok. First the Luna act: And from the EPAA 1979: I'll leave it there. My understanding of Brookfield's argument was that they built Hair Raiser without a DA because they claimed it didn't meet the definition of a 'building' - however the last two quotes above from the EPAA show clearly that it includes 'any structure', and a development includes the 'erection of a building' - ergo - 'the erection of any structure' - for which hair raiser was. I'm quite happy for you to counter with any legislation you believe is contrary to these points above. Among other things, the EPAA's objects include: to promote the sustainable management of built and cultural heritage (including Aboriginal cultural heritage), to promote the proper construction and maintenance of buildings, including the protection of the health and safety of their occupants, to promote the orderly and economic use and development of land, I could go on but I won't. The point is - ANYONE wishing to build something of the nature of a ride SHOULD be required to submit a DA. It is NOT the purpose of a DA to give a platform to NIMBY residents. The legislation on noise, and noise abatement, and the regulations that Luna is required to operate within is clear, as is the legislation specifically stating that complaints about noise within the limits of the development consent cannot be made. But if an attraction, ride, structure or other development within Luna was built without development consent, there would be no baseline on what noise is permissible, what light pollution is permissible. Without the development consent, there is no protection from complaint. So in order to continue to have the protection of the legislation, Luna must submit to a development application, like EVERY OTHER FUCKING PERSON WANTING TO BUILD SOMETHING within the definitions of the EPAA legislation. I want LPS to succeed. I want them to build new things to keep people interested in the park and to keep the park profitable. But I do not want them to be free to install whatever they want - the installations need to conform with the historic nature of the park. Can you imagine if they constructed a ToT style ride, with a giant monstrosity of a tower in Maloney's corner, and a track running the length of the boardwalk? The noise of which (that we know from DW) would be unbearable for all, and ruin the amenity of the park. If your view stands, that a DA isn't required, nothing would prevent them from installing ToT and GD. Nobody wants that.
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    Gold Rush to get aviation theme at Dreamworld?

    Aviation is more than a small interest group. The tie-ins are vast. For starters, many of the people visiting the park will have been on a plane to get there. Aviation themes work in other parks - and Soarin is just one example of that. Although in Grizzly Peak, the area around Soarin is loaded with airport markings on the ground, shops made to look like hangars - and to be honest its a cheap and easy way to build a 'shed' and make it fit in. If the 'airports and travelling' concept wouldn't interest most people, then Tailspin should be a walk-on. So should Soarin, and so should i-ride when it opens. But it won't be - because only a "small amount of people" really care too much about theming, and the majority of park visitors just want to ride rides. Buzzsaw as mentioned could be 'red baron'. These planes still fly at airshows and joy flights and the like - and the theme means very little about the ride needs to change - perhaps change the train colours. The building can be easily rethemed to an old aircraft hangar, and the sawblades easily changed to propellers. As for what other rides, there's a plethora of rides out there themed to aviation related topics. The following list isn't necessarily advocating that the park get these rides (some are quite old), but just an example that there's plenty out there that has proven successful: Kid's ride - a "red baron" ride - see 'Dick Dastardly's Flying Circus' at Wonderland Paratrooper ride (i think Dreamworld used to have one of these) Parachute Jump ride (think Green Army men Parachute Drop at Disney) A B&M Flyer could find a home here too Centrifugal motion sim (think Mission Space) - there used to be one in Parramatta Intencity Think 'peter pan's flight' as a dark ride opportunity (themed differently), suitable for the whole family Theming is easy too. You could construct a wide body jet, with first class or business class seats as a dining experience. And remember - modern jet aircraft have Turbines - it's like the theme was made for Dreamworld! Plus - you could partner up with Qantas, or Virgin, and have items from their history of aviation as a walkthrough to fill additional space until you're ready to build the next big attraction (like Brock) Check out Aviodrome theme park in the netherlands for some of what they do too.
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    Gold Rush to get aviation theme at Dreamworld?

    Vintage cars... I'll assume Stingray when it was a roulette wheel was moved...? What else has been moved to meet the definition 'many' (i'm asking - i'm not as up on my Dreamworld History) I guess, Tailspin could be moved for the sake of consistent theming, but following my previous point about wasteful spending, I can't see the park doing that currently. You need something to occupy its current location - you don't rip it out unless you need something else to go there (case in point - vintage cars). Besides - although Dreamworld may have relocated some rides previously - they've shown that consistently themed areas isn't high on their agenda - motorsport spread between MDMC and Redline\Hot Wheels\Brock, Zombies in Ocean Parade, ToT in every land they have...
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    Gold Rush to get aviation theme at Dreamworld?

    The suggestion isn't that far-fetched though. if the land between i-ride and GD was suitably themed with a few flats, and outlets, you could tie the whole area in - the i-ride being the terminal and GD being the control tower for the runway. You could easily pave a path from one to the other painted like a giant runway with other attractions and outlets spaced around it like hangars. See this post for more: And is it really that far away? Both Soarin' and Grizzly River Run in DCA are part of "Grizzly Peak" land. Here's a comparison. (I realise the google scale isn't PRECISELY the same, but its as close as I could get - so imagine the DCA paths are even longer than shown in the comparison) - i've taken the lines from attraction entrance to attraction entrance - DCA from SOarin's front gate to Grizzly, and in DW from the front of the cinema to the front of the GD queuehouse. The red lines indicate walking paths to get there.
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    Warner Bros World Abu Dhabi

    So you agree that it would replace the existing spooky coaster? Wait - now you're saying a second ride? #Confused So if i'm to make sense of what you're saying, they need to bring the scooby MoM ride to MWGC, and you've suggested it should replace a coaster that is currently having massive works undertaken for a 'thematic enhancement' that they'd surely want a return on investment on, but you're ok with it being within the queue house, even though the themes \ universes clash, unless someone can come up with another place to put it - like in Wild West or WB Kids, or the Justice League superhero area perhaps? Seriously - people have really tried to be nice here, but at this point I think we're beyond that and i'm just going to say it... HAVE YOU LOST YOUR FUCKING MARBLES? Ok. Now that we have that out of the way, let's take stock of a few things... You think the ride system is good you think Movie World should get that ride system you think the theme is good you think movie world should essentially copy the theme and story from the existing MoM attraction. In rebuttal - let me offer a few counterpoints The ride system is apparently very good, however - when you look at what other attractions MWGC has, you'll note the Sally Corp dark ride next to Batwing - Justice League - which is a tracked dark ride. Note also that very soon after this was built, an overseas park built a bigger and better one, with better technology. Although good, having another dark ride similar to justice league would probably result in one of them being regarded as the poorer cousin, diluting your audience appeal and possibly resulting in a much lower ridership on one or the other - negating one of their investments (note - this rule doesn't generally apply the same way on rollercoasters, as the ride system is typically different enough to continue to hold interest and relevance - although older coasters do tend to suffer attendance when newer coasters are installed too) Conclusion - The park probably worked on a lower budget, probably because they couldn't afford to have the budget of an overseas park with much bigger cash reserves - this is also easily translated across to Abu-Dhabi, which also have much bigger budgets and much bigger (oil) reserves. The Scooby theme is relatively timeless. The canon is huge, with movies both animated and live action, cartoon series, comics, video games, books and many more. Of course the theme is good. The issue you run into is what licence the park has to operate it. Quite likely the park has licensed only the live action film, as all aspects of Scooby within the park fit within the live action film canon. To expand into the classic villains or other parts of the Scooby universe, you would likely need to obtain an additional license, or an expansion to the existing one, all of which costs money. Conclusion: Paying more money to essentially have two (or a single, different) attractions with the same theme as you already have is pretty stupid - when the average punter isn't worried about which season a particular animatronic comes from. Does it have scooby doo? Check! Case closed. At the end of the day, and has been pointed out, you aren't likely to get THIS ride brought to the GC anytime soon, given the current investment in the existing ride, and the ridiculous nature of having TWO rides themed to the same thing. You might have an argument to bring in the same ride SYSTEM with a different theme, except as pointed out - similarities would be drawn to Justice League that would see one or the other suffer (Fanboys take note - i'm aware of the existence of trackless dark rides, and tracked shooters in parks like Disney - See Hong Kong's Mystic Manor and Buzz Lightyear Astroblasters) however the execution level of a park such as MWGC would mean comparisons would be inevitable (whereas MM and BLAB would be unlikely to be compared). So the final option you have is to wait until SDSC has reached 'end of life'. Given the current re-theme, and the completely indoor and sheltered nature of the track and ride system, the ride arguably has at least another decade left in it. Do you really want to advocate installing an attraction at that point, when it is already a decade old elsewhere? Surely there'd be more modern ride systems by then? Maybe we'll have floorless flying darkrides in the future working on magnetic levitation?
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    Warner Bros World Abu Dhabi

    I assume you're referring to WBMWGC... Yes. They should install a second scooby doo ride, immediately after investing years and dollars into revamping their existing scooby doo attraction.
  12. Yeah look - i've seen these hoarding facades done by disney, both down HKDL main street and also their castle. The main street hoarding was nice (pretty much just as you see in Roachie's post above) but the castle hoarding looked horrible: Even the mouse uses "plain" (figuratively speaking) hoardings in some areas... this was the redevelopment of fantasy gardens and surrounds at HKDL in 2015... and it was only standard hoarding height (just as DW has) - it didn't mask the excavators or other stuff on site: I kinda lean towards Skeeta's argument though - why waste money? The mouse certainly can afford a custom wrap \ print for all their works, but in the cases highlighted by Roachie, those facades covered existing buildings that look identical to the wrap. Work is done on the facade behind the wrap or hoarding, and is reused every time they do maintenance on them. The hoarding can be attached physically to the structure. In the case of the i-Ride \ DW Cinema, the existing facade was to be removed. The new facade wasn't built and is far too complex to be represented by a static 2D wrap, but finally - if the hoarding were to be built to the height of the building - 2-3 stories tall, as it couldn't be attached to the building for support (due to demolition) it would need to be free-standing. Thats an incredibly tall SAIL that could catch wind and risk toppling over onto guests. It'd require significantly more investment of time and money to build, and would need to be SIGNIFICANTLY anchored to prevent it from falling over - meaning it would likely need to be spaced even further out from the building, which would in turn occupy more park space. And while its been mentioned, i'll address the cost point. Sure - small parks and big parks do it. But not parks currently bleeding money and writing down the book value of their park to the bare cost of the land alone. They need to recover, and to do that they need to build something to bring people back, but they also need to do it without being wasteful. This doesn't mean the quality of the attraction should suffer, but it does mean unnecessary things - like completely covering a 3 storey building with a standalone structure (when the dogs balls that is the back of the theatre and other buildings previously hidden by Eureka hasn't been mentioned at all) - is simply an expense they could (and should in their current circumstances) do without.
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    Luna Park Sydney's expansion

    Honestly i'm getting a little sick of LPS's position on this. Every other theme park needs a DA for construction and relocation of major installs. Why should they be exempt? The courts have ruled on the noise issues, so it should be a simple matter that any objection to the development on the basis of noise or lighting should be promptly disregarded provided the developer has submitted the relevant studies showing that no increase beyond that covered by the case law exists. There are other reasons to object, but likewise - the approving body should have as much regard to them as is relevant based on the previous decisions. As a large property developer, Brookfield should have the knowledge, the expertise, and the cash to go through the process that everyone else does.
  14. Thanks for the pictures! it was great to see an update without needing to take dramamine first!
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    Tower of Terror ongoing/indefinite closure (Dreamworld)

    Despite what Dreamworld may have said about the ride, I disagree. TRRR and Rocky Hollow are wet rides, and as such is one that we would often skip unless it was quite a warm day, AND we had come prepared with a change of clothes or shoes etc. Ridership on these two attractions tends to be lower on cooler days, wetter days etc, whereas the dry rides obviously see similar proportions of riders all year round (proportionate to park patronage). I think the 'assumed' popularity of both rides can be attributed in a large part to the fact that restrictions on riders for height, age, etc were low or non-existent, rather than the quality or experience of the ride. (Likewise, Vintage cars, I daresay, would have a higher ridership if it were still in its original position - it wouldn't get it near the top of the list, but i doubt it would be suffering as much as it is if it hadn't been moved). This just highlights the park's need for a dry, all-ages ride that is not only suitable for all ages and sizes to ride, but also an experience that is enjoyed by all - something I hope will be filled by i-Ride.
  16. No. Sorry. You don't get to do that. You can crap on about how Movie World is supposed to be about Movies, and Dreamworld is supposed to be about dreams, but you don't get to say everything at Sea World is supposed to be about fun. Wikipedia lists it as a Marine park first, oceanarium second, and a theme park third. Sure, making the experience entertaining or fun is more likely to encourage guests to part with their cash, but at the end of the day we've seen all aspects of the park make steps towards 'less about entertainment' and 'more about conservation and education' - the evolution of the dolphin show from my first visit in 1994 to today, and now the same steps (in some form) for the seals, and the more 'zoo, conservation and preservation' aspects of exhibits such as polar bear shores, shark bay, ray reef, which are less about entertainment and more about 'this is reality'
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    Dreamworld General Updates 2018

    My scroll finger wants to point out to you that I could still read the punchline on the unread content page - new lines condense in the preview... i think we've had this conversation before...
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    Dreamworld General Updates 2018

    ^Indeed - and it is feedback that we have given GCAF before - i'll be honest, its an improvement on previous whirlwind videos. TBH, i'd much prefer a good quality smartphone photo of the various things and updates, rather than these 'scanning videos' - but i acknowledge that that doesn't get your youtube views up, despite giving the readers what they want. As for the exhibit, I must say i'm extremely underwhelmed. When you take a look at the size of the models in the Lego store, as well as what you see in other shopping centre displays, or the monstrous models you see in Disney lego stores - these are a lot smaller than I expected. Someone needs to tell Justice for Captives though - so they can petition dreamworld to empty the tanks too.
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    Wet 'n' Wild Gold Coast - August 2018

    Sorry, i'm washing my hair that day. You grew up in Adelaide didn't you? I still don't think you can classify it as a 'large city' in today's world, let alone when you were a kid. It's got less population than Perth!
  20. Seal Harbour is not a presentation and education venue. It has educational signage around the area, but the Seals are predominantly left to their own devices with minimal interactions. It also doesn't have the capacity to be a 'presentation on seal training' as too many guests would be unable to attend. Doing it in a stadium seated venue is the better option, much better controlled, and with a full AV complement.
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    Movieworld Kids Area Expansion?

    Marvin's rocket constantly had problems. I don't recall ever seeing it operate, and it sat for a long time 'under maintenance' before it was quietly removed. Taz's cars - i'm not sure. It was taken out at around the same time as JDS was installed - perhaps given the similar ride experience, and the labour cost, it was easier to close it down. The Taz cars were also getting on in years, so probably coming to end of life, and cheaper to remove when JDS provides a similar experience. Taz's former site is now a parents room \ area, and its a great facility for parents with small children - and far better than their previous space. Whilst it may not appeal to everyone, its perfect for that age group, and should remain where it is - the facility won an award, and is a much better pit-stop for parents with infants than any park i've ever been to (although i've never seen a Disney parents room).
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    Movieworld Kids Area Expansion?

    You won't even pay $10 for a fucking locker to protect your valuables... its hardly worth staffing year round just to capture your measly $20. Paul and Paulene's parents are only mildly more fucked up than Timmy and Tammy's parents for the comparitively similar names, although Timmy and Tammy could be shortened from Timothy and Tamara which are suitably differentiated, whereas Paul and Paulene aren't. I need a "He's got a point, Jim" meme, but CBF sourcing it - so - Movie World Management - read above. Skeet's got a point.
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    Mystery Future Dreamworld Attraction

    yeah. thats the problem with the social media generation. Just like drought, or breast cancer, or any other cause - lots of people will 'like and share' it but when it comes to the crunch, how many put their money where their mouth is? How many of those likes and shares and reacts will convert to actual attendance as a result (and not just because 'we were going anyway') People have to put the phone down, and get off their asses to attend - THAT is how you measure a positive guest impact, not how many kids posted a smiley emoji.