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  1. Dreamworld pleads guilty over Thunder River Rapids accident Ardent Leisure, owners of Dreamworld, have pleaded guilty to charges relating to the tragic Thunder River Rapids accident in 2016 that killed four guests. Click here to continue reading
  2. Village Roadshow releases full year results, commits to ride removals and new additions Closure and downturn from COVID-19 led to predictably disappointing financial results for Village Roadshow's theme park division, where 900,000 fewer guests visited. Despite uncertainty the company is pressing head to have the forthcoming Leviathan wooden roller coaster up and running by Easter while also announcing that they will be removing two yet-unnamed rides at their Gold Coast theme parks. Click here to continue reading
  3. Size doesn't matter: Dreamworld makes concrete moves towards a smaller theme park Dreamworld ditches their only competitive advantages – sheer size and diversity of attractions – as they seek to be "comparable" in ride count to their nearest single competitor. Except their nearest competitor is actually four diverse and growing theme parks. Click here to continue reading
  4. Structural changes, funding injection sees Gold Coast theme park future secured Both Ardent Leisure and Village Roadshow have each announced an injection of $70 million to give both operators a degree of certainty, while the latter moves towards taking the company private. Click here to continue reading
  5. No-go roller coaster: how Dreamworld banked on a hand-to-mouth recovery strategy they could never afford As roller coaster parts arrive via shipping container from Germany, Dreamworld executives reveal a precarious financial position that's more than just concerning in the face of a global pandemic: the numbers simply don't stack up on their costly recovery gamble. Click here to continue reading
  6. Gold Coast theme parks shut as COVID-19 restrictions mount Dreamworld, Sea World, Warner Bros. Movie World, Wet'n'Wild and WhiteWater World as well as Australian Outack Spectacular, Paradise Country and Top Golf have all shut their doors temporarily as restrictions on businesses increase. Click here to continue reading
  7. COVID-19: Why are the Gold Coast theme parks still operating? An industry that has faced setbacks and serious questions about their ability to offer safe entertainment now cling to loopholes in an effort to remain operating against all reasonable community expectations. Click here to continue reading
  8. Dreamworld and Sea World's new roller coasters thrown into doubt amid coronavirus financial chaos Two major roller coasters were due to open later this year at Sea World and Dreamworld. With the global economy plunged into chaos, neither look likely to go ahead on the originally scheduled timeline with both companies freezing all non-essential capital expenditure. Click here to continue reading
  9. Gold Coaster, Hiss-teria & Steel Taipan: Dreamworld reveals potential roller coaster names in trademark applications With a new launched roller coaster due in late 2020 and an announced update of Hot Wheels SideWinder on its way, the first hints about themes come by way of recent trademark registrations for the names Gold Coaster, Hiss-teria and Steel Taipan. Click here to continue reading
  10. Another one bites the dust: Log Ride joins Dreamworld's long list of recently closed rides The Log Ride joins Tower of Terror and Wipeout as the third major ride to close at Dreamworld in twelve months and one of many in recent years. Click here to continue reading
  11. The New Atlantis: New concept art for Vortex released, Trident delayed Sea World have delayed the opening of the Trident ride while releasing new renderings and concept art for December's Vortex thrill ride as construction progresses. Click here to continue reading
  12. Last call: Dreamworld's Tower of Terror to close November 3 Another iconic attraction at Dreamworld is going for good, but some lessons have been learned from the bungled Wipeout closure earlier this year. Click here to continue reading
  13. Dreamworld's new launched roller coaster puts them back in the game Dreamworld's announcement of a Blue Fire launched coaster from Germany's Mack Rides will be their biggest investment in a thrill ride ever. We break it down to see what it means for Dreamworld and theme park fans alike. Click here to continue reading
  14. Sky Voyager is now open at Dreamworld... so what's it like? Following eight months of delays, Sky Voyager opened today with little fanfare as guests got their first taste of Dreamworld's largest ride investment in two decades. Click here to continue reading
  15. Dreamworld opens Sky Voyager as owners commit to $50 million in new rides including a major launched roller coaster WhiteWater World are set to launch new water slides as the park returns to separate ticketed entry, while Dreamworld will launch a 'game changer' Blue Fire roller coaster from Mack Rides. Click here to continue reading
  16. Dreamworld CEO promises two major announcements as Sky Voyager delays continue Dreamworld CEO John Osborne downplays Sky Voyager's unprecedented five month delays while promising new major attractions. Click here to continue reading
  17. Raging Waters Sydney: Wet'n'Wild Sydney gets a new name, new slide Following its sale by Village Roadshow last year, the Sydney water park has been renamed ahead of its first full season owned and operated by Parques Reunidos. Click here to continue reading
  18. Leviathan: what you need to know about Sea World's new wooden roller coaster With Australia's first new wooden roller coaster in 35 years set to debut at Sea World in 2020, this is everything we know so far about this monumental new attraction. Click here to continue reading
  19. Sea World's New Atlantis will redefine Australian theme parks With three new major attractions on their way over the next 18 months to form The New Atlantis, Village Roadshow are seizing a unique moment in time to not just rejuvenate Sea World, but to set a new bar for Australian theme park attractions. Click here to continue reading
  20. New thrill rides: six ways Dreamworld can win back fans Dreamworld have said there will be two major ride announcements this year. Ben Roache from OurWorlds gives his ideas for how the theme park can win back fans with world-class thrill rides. The six ideas Ben suggests combine both short term and long term solutions all centre around Dreamworld becoming competitive once again. Click here to continue reading
  21. Dreamworld CEO talks thrill ride replacements off the back of Ardent Leisure cash injection In a recent interview with the Gold Coast Bulletin, Dreamworld CEO John Osborne spoke about his desire for new major thrill rides. It's complete turnaround for a company that has insisted in recent years that thrill rides aren't on the cards – and it's a sign that they're getting to the heart of Dreamworld's biggest issues. Click here to continue reading
  22. Dreamworld mismanagement reaches fever pitch with tone-deaf Wipeout closure Dreamworld's announcement that the iconic Wipeout is now closed was a foregone conclusion for the 25 year old ride, but what's worrying is the lack of a future plan from a theme park whose owners have no apparent strategy. Click here to continue reading
  23. Wiped out... Ardent Leisure shares hit seven year low The share price of Dreamworld owners Ardent Leisure has tumbled around 20 per cent in the past week. Click here to continue reading
  24. Dreamworld appoints aviation expert as engineering boss; Sky Voyager remains grounded Dreamworld have announced the appointment of a new boss of the theme park's engineering division that has never worked in a theme park and holds no professional engineering qualifications. Click here to continue reading
  25. Village Roadshow CEO: Dreamworld is no longer a competitive factor The owners of Movie World, Sea World and Wet'n'Wild have reported theme park earnings of nearly $40 million for the half year and a record-breaking January period just hours after the announcement of a $12 million loss at Dreamworld. Click here to continue reading