Levithian

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  1. Levithian

    WNW - GC upgrade ideas

    Everything you guys are talking about with the light rail has been proposed. They intend to branch it off and run inland from a number of locations, its not just going to follow the gold coast highway down south. Look up Gold Coast City Transport Strategy 2031.
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    Green Lantern Coaster 2020 Refurb

    It's going to sit and rot for a few more years before its removed.
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    Thunder River Rapids Incident Coronial Inquest

    There is a major flaw in your analysis. 2 groups of passengers vary in weight a LOT. 2 rafts carry differing levels of water onto conveyor, which varies the weight a LOT. How do you calculate the minimum force? raft fully loaded to the maximum carrying capacity, then filled with water? You are assuming that the amount of torque generated to pull a fully weighed down raft out of the water and up a hill would not be enough to lift a raft from a horizontal position on the run out. Remember, the lifted raft was pushed off the conveyor, bumping into a stranded, empty raft on the steel rails of the runout, using the empty raft as a make shift ramp, pushing the loaded raft up to the point it could be caught in the gap at the end of the runout and pulled down into it by the conveyor. It used the other raft for leverage to help invert it and from reports it happened very quickly. Without being too gruesome, an average height adult often sits with head above the seat backs of the raft. The report makes it pretty clear what happened to people stuck in their seats and those ejected from the raft into the water. You are also assuming that these motors don't already have current limiting.
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    Leviathan Construction Updates

    Alternatively...... 😂
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    Leviathan Construction Updates

    Should just fill in the lake and get it over with already. They keep eating into it, getting smaller and smaller. The stunt show is just a shell of it's former self, will anyone really miss it? Think of all that space for new rides!
  6. You only have to look back over the breech notices handed to village roadshow across all their parks since the government stepped up their game to see who had their house in pretty good order prior to the dreamworld accident. In one way, its kind of good it happened because it didn't just create a lot of change for theme parks, but those same standards are supposed to carry over to all amusement devices. So that means we all should be a lot safer going to regional shows, etc and using the rides. One downside is that it might force a few operators out of business, or force them to sell/scrap some rides though. One thing im not sure of though, if the accident hadn't of happened, would village have opened the purses to allow such a big spend for DC rivals? They wanted a big statement to turn crowds back to them and it was the result. We probably would have been due a new ride, but it might have just ended up a replacement for arkham asylum, so the budget might have been substantially less. Could literally be the catalyst for australia getting a hypercoaster, and now a pretty sweet launch coaster too.
  7. Everything about how they ran and maintained their attractions was a disaster waiting to happen. Highly likely they would have seriously injured or killed other people. Potentially on the same ride.
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    Obesity and theme park rides....

    How the hell was this at the top of the forum listing? Only just noticed the post dates now. Something been deleted before my reply? I didn't go looking for threads to mine.
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    Obesity and theme park rides....

    No you cant. Height restrictions are becoming a problem now too. They need to update the average person, the size used is just not an accurate representation of today. It probably needs to be shifted another 2-3 inches and 10-15kg heavier to something like 180cm and 80-85kg. That way ride designs will survive the next couple of generations. When teenagers are 6ft+ tall and 90kg without an ounce of fat, you know the population has gotten larger through the last couple of generations. My 13 year old is 175cm and 78kg already for example. Hasnt really had a growth spurt, so if he does he will probably be in the 190's. Right on the limit of heaps of rides and difficult fits in rides like scooby doo.
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    Disney fans petition for Disneyland in Australia

    I used to like the return visit scheme dreamworld did when I was a teenager. You paid full price for the ticket entry, and on exit you could buy a return ticket for $5 or $10 (think it was both of these prices at one stage). Really felt like offsetting the cost of a single day purchase because yearly passes were so expensive. So we came back for a second visit and spent more money in the park for a second days fun. I just can't remember how long you had to use them? I keep thinking 3 months, but I don't think that's memory talking, just guessing. Remember visiting wet n wild when even younger and they used to do a similar scheme too.
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    Theme Parks Reopening Post COVID-19

    But it won't lock (and dispatch) if the restraint doesn't reach minimum close. The belt is a secondary restraint requested by village and the ride is designed to run without them.
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    Movie World Maintenance 2020

    The walls were there from the maze werent they?
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    Disney fans petition for Disneyland in Australia

    The standard we come to expect from disney, due to the quality of the theming and immersion, I honestly don't think that sort of investment can ever make sense in Australia given the population/return on investment. I guess it comes down to if disney is prepared to lower their standards and make some sacrifices. You're talking maybe 10th the budgets they would normally spend. I don't ever see this happening, and I just don't see a billion dollar startup investment ever being considered good business while the visitor numbers have a long way to go to even approach 10 million combined. I think the biggest factor would be just how much the overseas market contributes to yearly totals at our parks. Population is not going to suddenly expand ten fold overnight in Australia to drive up the numbers, and if the overseas market is only contributing, say 20% of the visits to our parks, especially if the majority of those visitors are coming from Asia, how do you double or triple tourist visitations? Especially if you have other disney offerings in more centralised/connected locations. Australia is a MASSIVE investment for tourists, both in cost and time to even make it to our shores. It's considered an expensive country to visit and lots of people aren't prepared to spend 20+hrs to travel to a country on the edge of the pacific ocean when they have similar offerings closer to home. Those that really want to visit Australia for our unique experiences rarely make it a routine visit, returning each year, which is not what companies want to hear. I second what was said above, it would be nice if our local sector would consider more investment into their own product. There's a lot of focus on the rides and everything else has slipped. The service, the look/feel, the entertainment. A lot of us have greatest memories of the shows, the in park entertainment and just what it felt and looked like to visit our parks when younger. The rides are still there, but we've lost a lot of the supporting cast and nothing seems to change while the accountants are running the show. There's honestly just not as much excitement around visiting our parks as there used to be. I don't know if its just attitudes or standards that have changed, or if the bureaucrat's have stripped us of all that made us "australian", but things certainly feel a lot less "perky" than they used to be.
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    Theme Parks Reopening Post COVID-19

    Must need more time....
  15. Health and safety means lots of things just cant happen anymore. Its also jacked up the price of alternatives, as a lot of things were probably done that way because this was all they had to spend, so you had to make it work by producing it all yourself. Just about everything these days seems to be about minimising risk, so i imagine that kills invention/adaptability. Nobody wants to be responsible for a product, they want to be able to point to a supplier or manufacturer in the event something goes wrong. That and the people signing the cheques seem to be even further out of touch with reality. We frequently quote for the spec given on the job, then get knocked down on price 3 or 4 times before its approved by the owners. Each time something is being sacrificed. Its usually material quality and finishing that suffers first. Seems the majority of people only care about something passing a casual glance test, not caring about longevity. Its like things are being built to the day, nobody cares after its built and what itll be like in 5 years time even when you warn them about it being a false economy. We've pulled out of a few tenders recently because the budget has been slashed so many times the quality of the work cant be delivered. The amount of return work is too risky to make the job worth while. Youll be back on site trying to keep the client happy even though you warned them about cutting costs. I can imagine something similar happens in theme parks. Only difference is it probably doesnt get done/approved at all. Why do a good job once when you can cheap out and spend 4 times the amount repairing and patching it up before cutting your losses and being forced to do it properly (or not at all) in the end.