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  1. MARK28

    Sea World to reveal $50m spend

    I have to say I would love to see the Viking’s Revenge flume ride restored/replaced with something similar after this... the park would be well on it’s way to feeling complete if that happened.
  2. MARK28

    Sea World to reveal $50m spend

    Wow I wasn't expecting anything let alone something this extensive for an Australian theme park. I had presumed that the theme parks would be on the back foot for the foreseeable future after the Dreamworld incident. Really exciting! I think a family-ish GCI is perfect for Seaworld... Movieworld is the place for the big thrill rides. And Australia will have a modern wooden coaster... this is great.
  3. MARK28

    Sea World to reveal $50m spend

    $50 million isn't a small amount of money to put into a park addition. This should be interesting!
  4. MARK28

    Theme Park Maintenance 2018

    Can someone reassure me that all this isn't going to eventually change the experience of DC Rivals? Would they make the trims stronger if the wear and tear is too much?
  5. MARK28

    Warner Bros World Abu Dhabi

    I was just at our Movie World and absolutely loved it but thought it would be much more well rounded if it had a couple more dark rides/movie themed family experiences based on IPs other than DC. I think these types of rides are exactly what it needs!
  6. Looks so freakin cool. Just perfect.
  7. So loving the look of this coaster from the Movie World entrance plaza... the pink and black are gorgeous behind the deep green foliage of those trees.
  8. MARK28

    New Parkz merchandise now in stock

    Cool! Thanks, I'll get shopping soon!
  9. MARK28

    New Parkz merchandise now in stock

    Hey I'm considering purchasing some merch but just wondering if the clothing sizes are similar to general Australian retail sizes? I've been burnt in my last few online clothing purchases from other websites, even considering the measurements given, and just wanted to make sure! Cheers.
  10. This coaster skyline is looking sooooo good! And it just fits in so well with the other rides jutting out over the trees! It'll be a massive drawcard.
  11. ^ Yep, the more they can stir up and pretend like it's just a natural progression of events, the more hits they'll get on their articles. Yeah this was my first thought... surely in an ideal situation ride operators should constantly be scanning the station for abnormal occurrences, but I can imagine it would be easy to become distracted, especially when a seemingly harmless family ride hasn't had an accident for it's 30 years of operation.
  12. I was disgusted when I saw that article headline about the CEO's lifestyle... what a massive bunch of opportunistic, predatory shit stirrers. Her wealth has nothing to do with the accident. It's seriously high-school rumour spreading behaviour.
  13. Hey guys, Just needing some clarification as a non-ride operator... How quickly would the E-Stop halt the conveyor belt? Is it instantaneous or do you have to wait a while? Or could it have malfunctioned and not stopped? What I can't get my head around is why was there enough time for the raft to flip, and screaming people to be caught up in a relatively slow moving conveyor belt without it being stopped? There is absolutely no aggression in this... I totally understand that I've never been in the situation and it really is a freak accident but this aspect of it all is boggling me. Would be good if someone who knows a bit more could explain.
  14. Yeah, I was saying I think it's much better as Wild West Falls than a tie in with Wild Wild West, because the film has probably become rather obscure and irrelevant to most people.... so even though it was because of a license issue, it was for the best!
  15. We went to the three Village Roadshow Theme Parks over the Christmas break, and I thought I'd post my thoughts on them. Our family went to Movie World and Sea World over 16 years ago, so we were pretty much going into those parks as if it was our first time. We last went to Wet n Wild 5 years ago, before the big H20 zone expansion and subsequent additions. First of all, I just want to say that from the point of view of someone from the general public, I thought all these parks were great fun and a great day out, but I'm going to review them from a theme park enthusiast's perspective, so sometimes I may sound like I'm nitpicking and being overly critical, but I really do like these parks . SEA WORLD I went into this park thinking of it as a zoo/aquarium with a couple of rides, and this is pretty much what it was to me, which was a really cool day out. Jet Rescue - We went here first and the queue was quite small, took about 10 minutes to get on. This ride really took me by surprise! I thought for a family roller coaster it really packed a punch. I loved how low to the ground the first turn was and the changes in direction were awesome! I thought the theming was great too. Having to get a locker was a bit of a pain, because when we tried there were none left. They definitely need more there. Sea Viper - A fun ride, but the wait was long. I imagine they can only run one train on this one because it's so short. I hadn't been on it with the previous trains so I wasn't sure if it was smoother with the new cars or not, but I didn't find it to be too rough. Vikings Revenge - Big wait, but I had to ride it just to say I'd done it. I was really disappointed about Bermuda Triangle being closed as that was the mysterious ride my family skipped last time, and was the reason for the volcano erupting every so often which was quite impressive in a 6 year old's eyes. I think the volcano area is really cool, and I only hope that they reuse them for the next attraction but unfortunately on the new map they're completely gone. I've always thought they're kind of a cool focal point for the park. As for the rest of the park, we didn't go on the Splash Battle ride as it looked a little boring and a little too wet! The dolphin show was great, and so were most of the other exhibits; the shark tank was awesome. I felt for the polar bears though in the Queensland heat! WET N WILD It rained both times we were at Wet n Wild so we only did most of the attractions once. The park was also packed both times we went and it was difficult waiting forty minutes for a 30 second water slide. I'll pick out some attractions. River Rapids - I was really disappointed in these as the wait was so LONG! I think the ride ops were waiting for everyone to get out of the splash pool before they'd let the next person go, so the line felt like it was at a stand still. Surely it must be official safety requirements that makes them do this rather that it being the park's decision... otherwise, what are you thinking Wet n Wild??! I like this type of slide the best! Tornado and Kamikaze - These took me by surprise! I thought they'd be 'meh' slides, but their drops really have some unexpected force! Tall slides on Mach Tower (I forget the name) - I was also disappointed in these because even though the drops are awesome, they HURT! I'm a skinny guy and at the bottom the joins felt like they were skinning my back! They really need to fabricate these slides like the ones at The Beach at Australia's Wonderland when it was open. I don't remember any pain from them. Am I just being a wuss? Everyone was rubbing the red on their back when they got up from them! Surfrider - A really fun ride that was too short! Although I understand they had to keep the line moving. MOVIE WORLD This is my favourite park on the Gold Coast. I love the movie atmosphere, and theming just makes a ride so much more of an experience, especially if it makes you feel like you're in a movie. There were a few things here and there that irritated me when it came to theming, because this is what Movie World should be focusing on most in my opinion. Lethal Weapon - I thought the queue for this was amazing! We went here first, and it was only us in the China Town area, and my sister asked "Are we supposed to be here?", because it was totally immersive... that's what theming's supposed to do in my opinion, make you feel like you're in another place. She also said later, "It almost feels like there's something going on behind those doors." Again, it makes the experience so much more. As for the ride itself, we didn't have to wait long because there were only a few people in the queue. They were only running one train though so I'm glad we didn't save it for later. I've always thought people who complained about the roughness of Vekoma roller coasters should just suck it up, until I experienced the headache after we rode. I thought it was fun, but I'm not sure if it's worth the migraine afterwards. Wild West Falls - Almost flawless to me, I loved the theming which was consistent throughout the whole ride, and it's just good fun! The only little thing that disappointed me was the fact that the water on the final drop wasn't working for some reason. I think it's smart for a company like Warner Bros to theme the ride around the genre of the western rather than a specific movie, because movies like Wild Wild West often grow old and obscure over time. I really like the western area, but it seems like they need some other attraction in such a large area. An Intamin woodie would fit right in! Superman Escape - Awesome, awesome ride! I thought they could probably add a little more detail to the queue and the subway section to make it more immersive... such as a roof to hide that you're really only in a big shed, but apart from that I thought it was great. I particularly loved the timing of the launch, right after Superman says "Superman fast!" The roller coaster section was as fun as it gets, and so smooth! I had my hands up the whole way both times and not once, even when I was sideways, did I hit my head on the restraints. The wait times weren't too bad either. About half an hour for the first ride, when at the entrance they said an hour and a half, and the second about 10 minutes because I went single rider. I'm glad they were efficiently running two trains... it would be hopeless if they only put one through! Do they ever do this? Batman Rides - I thought this section could really be something if they decided to put the effort in. If they would just house the bottom of Batwing in a building and redo the facade of Wayne Manor so it actually looks real (surely it wouldn't take that much), it would be a much better area. And go with the theming of one movie franchise or the other... I personally like the old Gotham city much better than the new. People would still recognise it as Batman. I love the idea of the Batman simulator, and I thought the first room was really cool. But then the experience got a little lame when we went into the cave (where you sat on school chairs to watch what was happening), and even lamer when we got into the simulator. Good for kids, but I reckon it could be a really cool experience if they did something with it. Not sure what though. Journey to the Center of The Earth 4D - Cool idea, but the 3D really sucked and was blurry... but I'm not a huge fan of 3D anyway. Scooby Doo - An hour wait for this one, but I thought it was worth it! I loved the ghost train part, and the disco section was just fun. Again, Movie World could do things to make the experience more immersive, like put a roof over the hallway into the station, where you can see daylight shining into the shed and at the same time hear thunder and see lightning (surprisingly that was one of the things that stood out to me most over the whole day!), and ACTUALLY PLAY THE WHOLE SCOOBY DOO MOVIE, rather than repeat a ten minute preview of a movie that came out years ago. That's a simple thing that they could change without any cost! I think the idea of putting a facade on a big stage shed, and leaving the rest white is fine and a good idea for a movie park, but I reckon the facade and what is inside should be totally seamless and immersive. But that's just me. I've been reading books about Disneyland and imagineering, so maybe my standards are a little high! And that wraps up our day at movieworld. I thought the rest of the park was great, the big shade over the main street takes away from the look but I suppose it's probably necessary. They should take down or at least move the big screen whacked on the building at the end of the street though. An eyesore. Anyway, that was much longer than I anticipated but once I start talking about theme parks, I can't stop! Thanks for reading if you got this far!