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In news that seemed to slip thru the cracks... 2 tiger cubs were born at DW last week. Which is great news... They’ll be on public show in a few weeks when they find a way to encase them in Perspex in a way that doesn’t inhibit their walking.. 

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Courier Mail was given to exclusive access to see the new cubs (following information taken from Courier Mail) 

- Another litter of twin girls 

- Both weigh 1.50kg atm, expected to fully reach 150kg

- Will be on public display in a fortnight’s time (I’m gonna guess you will be able to see them in the Up Close enclosure as TCK is gone) 

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1 hour ago, Adventures With JWorld said:

(I’m gonna guess you will be able to see them in the Up Close enclosure as TCK is gone)

Nah - instead, they're going to shutter wipeout for a few months, and build a new TCK there...

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Good find, but they won't be on display in the up close enclosure, its not really a quarantined environment. Expect to see them in the demountable nursery they had for the last litter, only this time it will be near the area formerly known as the Lair. 

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I wonder why Premier Rides didn't make more of these shuttle launch coasters. The layout is awesome, especially the inverted top-hat and LIM's on the vertical spike to push the train higher. It would be really cool to see them bring this layout back with the new sky rocket trains and track.

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I know personally know one of the former lead designers from Premier. He used to push for shuttle launch coasters and was the person who mostly looked after that side of things. As I mentioned, former lead designer, he was poached by another popular company in recently years *cough* Intamin *cough* so Premier don't work as much with the shuttle coasters anymore.

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1 hour ago, Luke said:

I wonder why Premier Rides didn't make more of these shuttle launch coasters. The layout is awesome, especially the inverted top-hat and LIM's on the vertical spike to push the train higher. It would be really cool to see them bring this layout back with the new sky rocket trains and track.

I can think of a few reasons:

  • i'd imagine a lot of buyers were scared off after the two in Great Adventure were scrapped
  • this was at the tail end of the "faster, taller, longer" rush for parks, and Intamin's hydraulic launch system was favoured as it was able to deliver those marketable metrics
  • this is very speculative, but after Intamin ejected a few folk with their lap-bars, all the parks went through a phase where everything needed an OTSR (ala Superman Escape) and so parks would've shied away from their lap-bar train designs.

It's not all bad though, Premier have made a comfortable comeback by delivering a really solid few post-GFC products that leverage their LIM tech for smaller, lower capacity and yet visually impressive roller-coasters (Tempesto at Busch Gardens, Williamsburg.)

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22 minutes ago, themagician said:

don’t have a pass, so can’t.

@themagician is that by choice?.

I liked the area many years ago but bulldozing it and starting with a clean canvas is the way to go.

If this is to be a new themed world within DW what do people want?

 

I hope DW have a masterplan for the use of this land and we don’t end up with 2 Ocean Parades.

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Just out of curiosity then. You don’t want your daughter to ride anything at the park (which I respect your decision) because of the owners of the park, and simply by changing the owners you think that their safety will improve? Or is purely just because of what the company has done to the park and you don’t want your daughter to experience that?

Im personally not a fan of Ardent, and what the park had become to just a few years ago was disappointing. I think over the last couple of years and the improvements they’ve made (refurbishing rides, repainting facades, etc) has been great and has improved the park, but still some of the decisions made don’t make sense. I’m very glad they reopened the log ride, and if the only way they were going to reopen it was with the canopies, then sure, still don’t agree that was a good idea, but it’s operating, and one day they may come up with a better solution. Saying that, refurbishing Tiger Island, awesome. Adding the LEGO store and getting rid of the old dark exit area, awesome. A soon to be added flying theatre, awesome. Getting rid of SBNO attractions, awesome. Whether it was Ardent directly that made these decisions, or the parks head staff having to fight for money to get these things to happen .... I’m glad they’ve made these changes and do look forward to seeing what the park will become, with more money being invested into it. It’s just going to take a couple of years.

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1 hour ago, Skeeta said:

I once loved DW but I'm not willing to put my daughter on a ride till Ardent is gone.  I have no confidence in DW. 

 

Interesting comment Skeet. I take it therefore that you believe the TRR incident was as a result of a “reasonably” avoidable failure on their behalf? 

By reasonably I mean something that was known, acknowledged or ignored that could have prevented the accident but wasn’t done through choice 

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17 hours ago, themagician said:

Just out of curiosity then. You don’t want your daughter to ride anything at the park (which I respect your decision) because of the owners of the park, and simply by changing the owners you think that their safety will improve?

I believe Ardent put their own interests ahead of guest and this includes ride safety.

16 hours ago, Brad2912 said:

Interesting comment Skeet. I take it therefore that you believe the TRR incident was as a result of a “reasonably” avoidable failure on their behalf? 

By reasonably I mean something that was known, acknowledged or ignored that could have prevented the accident but wasn’t done through choice 

100%, I don't believe Ardent have the right people/companies in place to make the decisions they are making.  

Clearly it didn’t work with TRR but Ardent continue with this practise.    Ardent go against what everyone else in the world is doing.  No other theme park has a roof over their flume ride and no other Disk-O in the world ties you to the seat.

When the wheel assembly failed on the GL, MW went back to SS for them to fix the problem.  If DW’s Disk-O has a problem than the solution is not to tie the guest to the seat but to fix the original problem. 

Ardents practise of going out on their own and going the cheapest option (RHLR roof) gives me no confidence they are doing it for the right reasons.  The roof didn’t go on the RHLR to stop me falling out, it went up to stop me suing Ardent.

 

 

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Fair call, you are more than entitled to your opinion. I can see and understand your points, I guess I am probably not as steadfast as you in putting unconditional blame on them for TRR (whether I should or not I guess is another thing). I won’t boycott them as at the end of the day they employ close to 1000 people from the community and, in my opinion, it would be to the gold coast’s detriment to lose DW from the landscape. I certainly do understand however why others, such as yourself, feel differently. 

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I'm with Skeeta. 

Knowing what occurred to allow Rapids to happen and seeing no measurable change in culture since then coupled with one or two other incidents I've observed you won't get me on any Dreamworld rides until there's some major changes made to the way they do things. 

Happy to visit the park, have a couple drinks and see the Tigers, and I have a pass. But not getting on anything that could injure me or worse. 

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16 minutes ago, Brad2912 said:

I won’t boycott them as at the end of the day they employ close to 1000 people from the community and, in my opinion, it would be to the gold coast’s detriment to lose DW from the landscape.

My opinion wasn't formed overnight and I too also wanted to show support to DW.  Within weeks of DW reopening I purchased passes for my family.  What’s your opinion on TRR?

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