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Everything posted by StingRay

  1. If it was a patch test for paint I would be surprised. Most likely a repair job on the fibreglass at the highest loading point to be honest.
  2. This ride has visited the major and minor shows in Sydney. I've seen it get tested with harnesses up, no joke. If I can be bothered I'll try to dig up footage from about 5 years ago of this ride. RAS put out the simplistic reply. It covers what it needs to covers. However, it's come out a massive training shortcoming is well known. So, that falls on the owner. I'm pretty sure this ride won't be making much money in the future. I am wondering however if it will be removed from the show before the end.
  3. If the sale was to occur it would be indeed bittersweet to see Ardent depart. Merlin is already in Australia through several locations. They've also got cold feet when it's come to business talks about expansions within their Australian portfolio. It would be nice to see them join the industry more prominently, but, I didn't see them buying a park that requires a lot of capital to be bring it up to the “Merlin standard”. Then again, I could be wrong and uneducated. Ardent has dropped the ball, there is no doubt about that. They are however trying to do what they can currently. The park's long term future is indeed very interesting. This will just be a wait and see kinda deal now.
  4. While a standard fence like this ain't super pretty or look great for the semi-professional photographer, it's great for one category. The small kids, they can now see the train through the fence. It will be some form of requirement for the fence also based on the safety and speed of the train. So, even tho this ain't pretty. I hope the kids enjoy it.
  5. Shoot me for a different view on this, could the colour of the shed have been dictated by a DA?
  6. They very well, could have 🤷🏼‍♂️. The aboriginal meaning is very similar anyway.
  7. The Native Eagle Symbol is known as “The master of skies” and is a symbol of great significance. He is believed to be the creature with the closest relationship with the creator. Soaring to great heights, he can travel between the physical and the spiritual world. He is said to be a messenger to the creator. Source, Google search.
  8. Good on the park for sticking to its word for this garden and finally opening it. The non-smoking signs would be a good thing to add, maybe a small sign saying what the dedication is for also. I don't want to be the Debbie downer here, I'm not a massive fan of the style of seats tho. I feel like some sandstone or wooden carved special seats may have been a better choice.
  9. I know this ain't directly park related news. So I understand if it's removed. But, oh boy. What it must be like to be rich and lose money, yet still, be rich. https://www.realestate.com.au/news/luna-parks-new-rides-blamed-for-milsons-point-unit-trading-for-200k-less-than-two-years-ago/
  10. Here is my theory, the old sheds are gone. I know that a set of points got installed near the main station (behind the toilets for ABC world) and assume this would be a siding with maybe a small shed. In the long run, it's easy to install more tracks and make a maintenance facility somewhere else. However, I don't see the return of steam occurring without proper facilities for general servicing and maintenance.
  11. Sorry for the delay in my reply. The flume looked lower in some parts and around the top it was flooding. Needless to keep in mind it had been just under 2 years since I had stepped foot into the park. I understand the level of the lagoon will change throughout the day because essentially this is the main storage/retention pond for the water. However, that also looks to below here. I never took any pictures of this area unfortunately.
  12. Interesting to see the water level looks lower than when I visited in January.
  13. It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, that was covid times. NYE bringing in 21, from memory.
  14. The park's (estimated) capacity is somewhere around 3,000. It usually gets that busy for the Halloween event. All good, happy to help when and where I can.
  15. How busy honestly depends on the weather. Being a smaller park however it can feel busy but rides can be either a short wait or walk on. The peak for this park ain't as bad as other parks (GC based). Usually what makes them busier, is the staffing arrangements. Running too low attendance (figures, this running lower staff numbers) when the park gets busier and it can't be changed accordingly. The rides that usually have the biggest lineups in peak are, •Wildmouse 30+ minutes •Volarè 20+ minutes •Sledgehammer 30+minutes (this ride has two queue lines much like pandemonium) The only other slight issue that affects high capacity rides at the park is the fact you need to scan a wristband at the turnstiled to gain entry into each attraction. So, even tho would get told to put the band on your right hand many don't (scanners are located on the RHS of the guests at rides). I'm assuming over the winter the numbers might pick up a little. The beauty is the Park is small. Having rides that everyone can ride also means everyone is somewhat spread more than we used to be when visiting before the upgrades.
  16. Happy to report about the new cycle on Sledgehammer. It is indeed much better and longer. I did not time the cycle but its definitely longer than what used to feel like 1 minute. It seems like a solid two minutes now. It still swings only to the 240-degree angle but does not go full power from a standing start. The Gondola seeks to spin a little more also when the ride starts. Great changes, the only slight letdown might be on busier days, now with a longer ride time it will make the whole waiting process longer given how this ride usually operates with one operator and one attendant. On my visit (Saturday) it was just the one ride op.
  17. Well, you could be right. You also could be wrong. If they (VRTP) change the date as fast as they recently did then they don't understand project management. I know delays can occur, this delay tho seems to be getting stretched a little further than most. I recently helped to order machinery from the USA (large warehouse-style machinery) and it still got delivered within the time frame we expected (8 weeks). So unless the containers are lost now thanks to the War or something I have no idea what else the delays could be. Covid and shipping/air freight delays can't be this excuse for much longer. As I said in my previous post so many other projects within Australia have been delivered even during the former pandemic.
  18. So they are already in talks with RMC about a conversion then?
  19. You can't simply say it's “shipping issues. If so, explain the following. •Steel Taipan was Built • WnW got a brand new slide complex (Slides shipped from Canada) •Movieworld got brand new ride vehicles for WWF. • Luna Park Sydney got 9 rides shipped out. I don't buy this shipping excuse at all. Sure, covid doesn't help but it's not the entire reason. Weather, yeah that won't help as well. Won't cause delays like this tho.
  20. So, for someone from NSW still narrow gauge 😉.
  21. Yeah its an odd one. I've heard the tracks, grades and carriages where looked at as a proper railway. But its pulled along via an amusement ride but it's wheels and gauge was to the railway specifications (narrow gauge standards for QLD).
  22. They shouldn't be RFID tags. The railway is interesting. The engine (motive power, non-steam) is operated by a standard ride op who has been signed off. Steam is a different story, you need a boiler certificate. I believe the railway, however (tracks and stations) are built to a Queensland Railways (QR) standard for narrow gauge railways. But for the carriages, they might be a mechanism locked via air seeing the train's carriages need air as per Railway regulations. My bet, they’ll unlock and open unassisted ( unlocked via a simple air tape from driver or guard) but will require the guard or conductor to manually close them.
  23. Why they opened today (any VRTP property) is kinda surreal to me. I would have thought the safety of the workforce then guests was more important than rope drop. I know VRTP use a really good weather software program that predicts forecast rain, storm etc. Maybe I'm just more in the thought of trying to keep the workforce warm and dry.
  24. We've got a delay, at least its come along with a reason however. Below us from an email sent to pass holders. As a valued member of the Dreamworld community, we wanted to share an important update about the beloved Dreamworld Express with you. You may be aware that due to the construction of Steel Taipan and interruption to the train’s tracks, we had to temporarily close the Dreamworld Express. We’re incredibly excited to get it back on track, however unfortunately it’ll be late to this station! We know you've been eagerly awaiting its return, so we would like to apologise for the delay and assure you that we're doing everything we can to get it open as soon as possible. Our beautiful new carriages are on the way from the UK, and have been delayed by global shipping challenges, but fret not! We’ll continue to keep you updated as they near our station in the coming months. Here at Dreamworld, we don’t only have a one-track mind, so as part of the train’s re-opening, we’ve undertaken a range of works to improve your Dreamworld Express experience! Keep reading to find out more. Finally, don’t forget that good things come to those who wait! We look forward to getting you back on track soon. - From Conductor Kenny and the Dreamworld team.
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