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  1. Glad they've got rid of those brick planters. They were not very nice to look at, and definitely not nice to sit and relax on (always had to search for a patch not that wasn't white due to bird droppings!) Good to see additional sheltered seating, ideally placed next to main street so you can now grab something to eat / drink and relax and watch the entertainment while you do so. I am not so pleased to hear of yet another soft drink refill station. It's cheap for Movie World to implement I know, but it's encouraging people (mainly kids) to drink far too much soft drink. Terrible for their health. Would be great to see some better alternatives offered, although it is nice to know there are free water fountains around the park. Just not presented in the same enticing way though.
  2. Having now seen "Heartland" twice, the second viewing has confirmed my initial thoughts on the new show. I get what the story is meant to be, but only from reading the descriptions online. Unlike the previous shows, it's not very clearly portrayed in the actual show. The projection mapping is superb as I've said previously, but it's only a visual effect which should enhance an already good show. Unfortunately as I said above, the show needs a fair bit of work. On both the two times I've been so far there's been either no pre-show entertainment, or if there was I found it impossible to engage with as all I could hear even before I entered the building was "BANG. BANG. BANG!" (loud thumping noises). That's in contrast to the family friendly country music, including singing, dancing, jokes and some audience participation in previous shows. New menu ok, but personally I don't like it as much as the previous one. Unfortunately the show still ends with "I still call Australia home", which I had hoped might have been replaced by now with something new. Overall, the price has gone up but the quality of the overall experience has gone down somewhat. I did still enjoy it. Just not as much as before!
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    Sea World maintenance

    According to the "Attractions Maintenance" page on Sea Worlds website, Dockside Tavern reopens in early October. Can anyone confirm if it is in fact now open? Also, there is nothing on that page about the chairlifts being out of action, but I was there a couple of weeks ago and they were all detached from the cable and on the ground outside the resort. Anyone know if they are operating again?
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    Dreamworld Maintenance 2019

    Where is this new waterpark? It looks awesome!
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    Sky Voyager Discussion

    I'm pleased to see they've completely stopped showing the terrible video in the first room as you enter. It just shows the Sky Voyager logo now, and plays a few bars from the video backing track on repeat. Not a good pre show by any means, but much better than how it was with that video!
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    Rides that need a refurbishment / refresh

    I'm trying to imagine what that experience would actually entail.
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    The Off Topic Topic

    Mindless movie vandalism just to make an extra dollar!
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    The Off Topic Topic

    I'm with you on that, but I couldn't help but notice when I saw so many of those icons on most of my recent posts, so I decided some pointless revenge was in order! Yep. Totally childish nonsense which I wouldn't otherwise think twice about.
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    Rides that need a refurbishment / refresh

    I'd love to see Movie World really invest in Wild West Falls. I know they probably won't because it's not new and all that, but unless they're planning to close it soon I think it's really worth a bit of investment. It soaks up the crowds (quite literally) and a really good experience with something new there would have a lot of guests leaving with significantly better thoughts. At the very least, fix all the effects so they work reliably and they're timed properly. Ideally add a few new surprises. Maybe animatronic. Maybe even projection mapping (and not like on SDSCNG). Potentially, with some great imagineering, they could retheme it to a well known movie with appropriate scenes, and it would be virtually a new ride.
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    Sky Voyager Discussion

    Should be the main focus of the safety video. Much better!
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    The Off Topic Topic

    Well there you have it. Reasonable communication! I was actually about to give you a "like" but apparently I've run out of "reps" for today! I did think most of the "nauseating" icons were you as you do insult me at every opportunity, and you have for years, but seeing your last post, I'll stop throwing up all over your posts!
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    Sky Voyager Discussion

    An excellent ad!
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    White Water World Slide Repaints 2019 - 2020

    The colour of paint used on rides matters a lot to some people. Just look at the DC Rivals construction thread. Anyway I've changed my mind. It's Almond-red.
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    White Water World Slide Repaints 2019 - 2020

    Salmon? Are you certain it isn't apricot?
  15. It's recently become more and more apparent to me that all theme park companies need an employee with appropriate experience and knowledge to do the following. Large chunks of this are not being done currently at any of the Queensland parks, or are being done by people without adequate knowledge, resources or authority, making the customer experience far less valuable than it should be. I believe Disney has employees they call "Imagineers", and their responsibilities are probably somewhat similar to this. Duties: *Conduct frequent, randomly timed checks on the customer experience through carrying out a combination of audits including personal experience of all rides, other attractions, shows, guest facilities, shops, food outlets, and walk-throughs of the park environments to assess their quality, cleanliness, maintenance, and operation, as well as staff interaction with guests, and general performance of their roles in adding to the guest experience. *Coordinate 3rd parties to carry out similar checks covertly, and collate the results. *Gain insights from guests at the park and online on their experiences. *Gain insights from staff including ride operators, retail and hospitality staff, and entertainers on anything they feel could be improved to add to the guest experience. *In all of these checks, the primary focus should be on how much fun the ride is, how well it fits into the theme of the park, and the area, and how well the story is told on each ride. *Use knowledge of ride operations, theatre, retail and food operations, as well as developments in international tourism to research solutions to issues found, and improvements. *Liaise with managers and contractors whenever any significant alterations or additions to the park are carried out, to ensure such work is done in such a way as to maximise the guest experience. *Provide regular feedback to park managers and executives on the findings of these checks, and recommendations for improvements to rides, environment, and training which could add to the guest experience at the park. Anyway, there might be more to add, but that sums up the role I think. Examples of why the parks need someone in such a position: 2 recent major changes at Queensland parks show examples of why this position is needed: Scooby-Doo Spooky Coaster "Next Generation", and the numerous issues that have been discussed at length about it in these forums. Sky Voyager, which while in my opinion is fantastic, has very obvious flaws and gaps in its presentation which could have been avoided by having such a person involved in its development.
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    The Off Topic Topic

    I'd be very interested to sit in on one of the meetings where they come up with ideas like that. I just find it absolutely fascinating trying to work out how their minds must work!
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    Sky Voyager Discussion

    I agree. With a relevant and entertaining pre show, and improved staff training so they understand the importance of the script (I've heard them miss some vital parts), it really is a world class ride. Loading can be easily improved by simply showing how to fasten the seat belts in the safety video.
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    Sky Voyager Discussion

    One of the best pre shows I've seen is the one on Hex at Alton Towers. The pre show is just a short video on a screen, but it explains the whole concept of the ride experience perfectly. Without seeing the pre show the ride itself would make no sense whatsoever, but with it, it's a fantastic experience. That's how important a really great pre show can sometimes be.
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    Sky Voyager Discussion

    Especially at Movie World. Pre shows help to make you feel like you're in a movie related experience. But yes, it applies to elsewhere too.
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    Sky Voyager Discussion

    Definitely and not all that hard to fix. Just needs a new video (or ideally a few new videos) to be made. The structure and the technology to show it is already in place! Arkham Asylum is the only ride I've seen in Australia at the moment that has a good pre show. It's funny (which keeps people interested), and it also provides relevant safety information. Bermuda Triangle was the only other ride that used to have a really good pre show. It wasn't only a video but involved actors as well.
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    Dreamworld Maintenance 2019

    How is "Fully 6" (or "sick") beach based? I don't see the connection.
  22. Well. I had to jump through numerous virtual hoops, but I have finally got my ticket! I won't go into all the boring details here for fear It'll somehow make certain people feel even more ill, but if anyone's having similar difficulties just send me a PM and I'll do my best to help out (which is normally one of the benefits of forums!)
  23. I might be still missing something, but I can't see a $19 option, only $29. I'll try a different browser and see if that helps! Get stuffed! This is what I see in Firefox or in Internet Explorer!
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    A much-needed position at all theme parks

    Might be time for the troublemakers to be moved along!
  25. I've seen that but there is no "use my points" option in the checkout process! I've tried several times!