19Michael96

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    Luna Park Sydney, Sydney trams, Disneyland, food, Jamberoo Action Park, human rights, etc.

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  1. 19Michael96

    Luna Park Sydney's expansion

    I've already seen this video many, many times. I didn't mention it because I figured it was a hired ride for the holidays. That video also shows footage of a tilt-a-whirl located in a space where the hurricane was usually located. Now LPS's previous version of ride, the "Whirler" had been decommissioned by 1951, so I figured that the one in the video was a hire out for the holidays. Same with the three-armed octopus. I remember reading about in the early, early forums on this site, back when Parkz first began. I've occasionally done some archive reading and in one of the forums, it was brought up via a letter from Multiplex how they didn't have use for it. I think it was one of your posts actually but I don't actually remember. It was over 15 years ago... UPDATE: Here it is! And it was the first post you've ever made on this site! Happy late 16th anniversary!! https://www.parkz.com.au/forums/topic/73-luna-park-just-for-fun/?tab=comments#comment-546 Anyway, if you wanna get more specific, here's the real reason for the Octopus' removal right here: So it wasn't a lack of room at all. Sorry, my bad! Though there was at one a dilemma of choosing to keep it over the Ranger (now known as the "Moon Ranger"). That must've been where I got confused. Here's the source: And another thing I will note: I know it's been 16 years and nothing's happened yet but with these new ride additions and renovations... PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!
  2. 19Michael96

    Luna Park Sydney's expansion

    Yes it was known as the Octopus; it had sea theming and everything. Was installed in the park during it's 80's incarnation. Came back when the park reopened in 1995. Had to be sold off in 2002 cause Multiplex couldn't find any room for it. Here's a picture of it in the 80's:
  3. 19Michael96

    Luna Park Sydney's expansion

    Weekend update: Went to LPS again to check on the Volare, thinking not much progress had been made. But, low and behold...
  4. 19Michael96

    Luna Park Sydney's expansion

    UPDATE: THIS IS NOT A DRILL PEOPLE! WORK HAS OFFICIALLY BEGUN ON LUNA PARK'S NEW RIDE, THE "VOLARE"! FINALLY, FOR THE FIRST TIME IN SIX YEARS, LPS WILL OFFICIALLY HAVE A NEW PERMANENT RIDE! IT'S TOO EXCITING I CAN'T STAND IT!!!!! Anyway here are some photos I took of the progress this evening: So far the base of the ride has been set up, although if your mind is in the gutter like mine, it has some very unfortunate looking implications... These seem to be the outer decorations for the ride, which from the looks of it, will feature LPS character staples such as Luna Belle and Luna Bob. Was a pretty busy evening for the rest of the park. Lunar festivities are still ongoing and the Big Top was hosting the Sydney leg of the "Rupaul's Drag Race - Werk the World Tour", so there was a LONG line of Drag Race fans throughout the park.
  5. 19Michael96

    Luna Park Sydney's expansion

    Ooooh interesting. Just checked the website, a space has already been set up for it. https://www.lunaparksydney.com/rides/volare
  6. 19Michael96

    Luna Park Sydney's expansion

    Well, after a period of absence I FINALLY managed to return to Luna Park and get some progress shots. The park is currently participating in the 2019 Lunar Festival so naturally there was a lot of oriental decor and celebration. Also the face's teeth has gingivitis for some reason... There isn't much to report on the expansion front, although I did notice two things: 1. The Shooting Gallery has now become a space for some of the park's vintage shooting arcade games such as "Target Zero", etc. The old shooting background is still visible, but I can only assume it'll be repainted to fit theming? 2. Not much to say about the Flying Carousel other than the fact I noticed some temporary fencing. And the inside of the Helter Skelter facade has been painted. Anyway, that's about it for now.
  7. 19Michael96

    Luna Park Sydney's expansion

    I just hope Brad's successor is as good as he was and has a vast knowledge/respect regarding the history of the park.
  8. 19Michael96

    Luna Park Sydney's expansion

    I think this where the Flying Carousel is actually supposed to go.
  9. 19Michael96

    Luna Park Sydney's expansion

    I'll try. It depends on what I have scheduled for each Saturday next month.
  10. 19Michael96

    Luna Park Sydney's expansion

    Multiplex all smiles at Luna Park win Ian Mutton, an independent councillor on North Sydney Council. Picture: Hollie Adams NSW Planning Minister Anthony Roberts appears set to agree to demands from property giant Brookfield Multiplex to remove planning controls to allow it to erect rides at Sydney’s Luna Park, some permanently fixed and up to 12-storeys tall, without having to seek development approval. The move comes only months after Mr Roberts defeated Multiplex in a court case in which it sought just such freedom from standard planning procedures. Multiplex will also be allowed to install rides where they are currently prohibited, including the Lavender Green section of the site on Crown land near the northern end of the Harbour Bridge. According to Ian Mutton, an independent councillor on North Sydney Council, it follows a campaign by Multiplex ahead of a March state election, in which it threatened to close the iconic amusement park unless it obtained freedom from having to lodge development applications for new rides. “Nobody wants to be the premier who sees Luna Park close — Multiplex plays that game all the time,” Mr Mutton said. The warning was issued by the managing director of the Multiplex subsidiary Luna Park Sydney, Peter Hearne, in July, after Mr Roberts won a case in the Land and Environment Court against Multiplex, which had claimed it was exempt from planning controls for new rides. “Rules are being interpreted in a way that places the long-term future of the park in doubt,” Mr Hearne said at the time. Soon after that, Multiplex asked the government to provide it with what it had failed to win in court and Mr Roberts, while a final decision is pending, has with some haste taken steps to make that happen in the form of drafting a proposed amendment to the State Environmental Planning Policy governing Luna Park. The SEPP would allow Multiplex, without seeking planning approval, to erect permanent rides and amusements up to a stationary height of 36 metres. When many residents objected, Mr Roberts instituted one of the fastest acts of independent consultation on record: he wrote to the Independent Planning Commission on November 20 requesting advice and that panel met at 8:30am that morning for a one-hour meeting with departmental staff. The IPC sought no public comment, supported the proposal, and issued a press release to that effect three days later. IPC chair Mary O’Kane said the turnaround was “faster than we do on some but not impossibly fast” and reflected the fact “we were asked for very fast advice”. She insisted the process had been independent and rigorous. A spokesman for Mr Roberts admitted the incongruity of his fighting and winning the court case against Multiplex only to subsequently provide the freedom from planning control. “But it’s important for the public and stakeholders to understand the government will always prosecute a vigorous defence of our own laws when challenged,” the spokesman said. Mr Hearne declined to speak to The Australianbut in a statement the company said the proposed changes had received overwhelming support from public submissions. https://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/property/multiplex-all-smiles-at-luna-park-win/news-story/c07f3c8956366e9f6131e49a8ea9d9c4
  11. 19Michael96

    Luna Park Sydney's expansion

    Obviously practice is far different to theory @GoGoBoy. We just wanna see Luna Park make the most of it's space so there's an even balance between amusement park rides, and mixed-use entertainment facilities. Because lezbreal; it's been very unbalanced for the last 14 years. But again, we can only see what will happen when it happens. I'm fine with anything as long as they get another coaster and bring the River Caves back....
  12. 19Michael96

    Luna Park Sydney's expansion

    Yeah, what @AlexB said.
  13. 19Michael96

    Luna Park Sydney's expansion

    The problem is though, the is very little space around the Rotor to make the Hair Raiser fit. And when one takes into account the queuing area.... yeah I'd prefer it moved into the space between the ferris wheel and Crystal Palace. Visual examples are featured below: In other news, the sign over the "Tango Train" entrance has finally been installed. Apparently this is what constitutes a bridge nowadays....
  14. 19Michael96

    Luna Park Sydney's expansion

    Ummmm.... could someone else with a bit of nuance rebut this please? Because I can't... I just can't.... Yes I did know all this but I'm talking about LPS specifically. Oh by the way, went back to Luna Park again last night, the Tango Train is down for maintenance. Again. 😒
  15. 19Michael96

    Luna Park Sydney's expansion

    See I would prefer a coaster to be called Big Dipper. Especially considering LPS still has the name rights for it apparently. Sure, it won't be as BIG as the previous iterations but at least it would a more thrilling coaster than the Wild Mouse (not that that's a dig, we just need an alternative ride to compliment it). IMO, I could see a MACK Big Dipper being built at the park. https://mack-rides.com/products/rollercoaster/bigdipper/ BUT WAIT - I hear you cry - won't it be too big to fit in the Tumblebug space? At first glance yes, but the MACK seems to promote the fact that the layout can be modified and custom made for a small footprint. So if there are modifications done on both sides, I could see a coaster like this fit at LPS, theoretically speaking. If if neighbours wanna complain about noise, they can install mufflers on all the seats, which are placed in front of the mouths of patrons, blocking their screams. COMPROMISE!!! Honestly, I'm not too fond of this proposal at all so I'm kinda glad it's been withdrawn. I mean a cinema might have been a good idea back in 2004 when Multiplex was trying to have Luna Park be a mixed use venue, but times have changed and it feels like that with the recent renovations, they are trying to give LPS a more traditional pier-side amusement park aesthetic. And a cinema doesn't fit that theming imo. Sure, they've modified it so that it's now a flying theatre ride in the vein of "Soarin'" like at DCA and Epcot but I still don't feel like a ride extravagant as that is appropriate for a small park like this, especially when it's proposed to be in the space of more appropriate traditional rides like the upcoming "Flying Carousel" or "Tango Train". I mean I don't object to LPS having a simulator ride, but not to this scale. IMO, I would rather have a decently sized simulation ride placed somewhere like in Maloney's Corner directly behind Coney Island, or they move the Hair Raiser opposite the Ferris Wheel (they would have to level the area with all those worn out steps but that's a good thing honestly considering how worn they look. Leave the ramp though, and some seating for Helter Skelter cafe patrons like myself.) and then put a simulator in that space. Either that or a more permanent "Mystery Manor" style attraction. Honestly, I don't really mind what Luna Park does as long as they have a bigger coaster, have consistent and pristine theming, bring back the River Caves and modify the walkways leading to Maloney's Corner so then that section is more permanently connected to the rest of the park. Feels more "whole" that way. Here's some crap-ass mockups to give you a visual example.