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I don’t see in anyway how management in general are cost cutting? 

All thrill rides are open from 10-5 apart from HWSW.

All family rides are the same except the log ride of course.

Considering previously only half of the thrill rides would be open from 11-4, I would argue cost cutting isn’t happening across the park.

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This is probably the testimony I've been most interested in reading about, and all I can say is wow. Now we see the real cause of the issue, not $25 an hour ride ops not pressing a button, what he hav

Mr Naumann can’t cant recall any times where a risk assessment is completed on a ride during its annual maintenance.  Mr Naumann was asked if there were any maintenance issues from October 2015 t

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This looks bad but it is not. From a company standpoint, it helps. That staff member could be utilised within another area of the park. Plus that would not be a fun position to be in. It is not like the old days of going through the old surf shop.

Sure you gotta walk back out the front (you'll be doing that anyway) and through into the water park entry but this ain't a deal-breaker.

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11 minutes ago, Gold Coast Amusement Force said:

I don’t see in anyway how management in general are cost cutting? 
 

 

52 minutes ago, Jordan M. said:

 

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@Gold Coast Amusement Force this is cost cutting.  It's done to cut cost.

6 minutes ago, StingRay said:

This looks bad but it is not. From a company standpoint, it helps. 

Drugs are bad.    I'm a guest not a company so if it looks bad it's bad.  

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its a bad look. it is cost cutting.

But so long as they are separately ticketed parks, with separate gates, and not an 'all in one' such as the experiment they tried previously, the need for tickets to be checked on entry is required. The mere fact that the parks share a fenceline (and have a gate) makes it convenient to park hop, but` not required.

Wonderland used to have an 'in park' gate between the park and the wildlife park, both in HBL and at Lakeside next to the dodgems. Both of these were subsequently closed, with all entrances into the 'second gate' made by going out the main park gates, and then going back into the 'other' park by scanning your entry ticket. (the gates were a little closer to each other though)... So this isn't a new concept.

Park Hopping from Disneyland to California adventure, requiring the scanning of your park ticket is a requirement, and nobody is whinging about that...

 

TL:DR - Yes, they share a border. But two separately ticketed gates aren't REQUIRED to have a go-between gate, and if it costs them more money to have staff sitting there all day (especially in off peak, and on cold, rainy days), than it does in guest goodwill and complaints, and they're prepared to weather those complaints - then who cares?

(And if the answer to that rhetorical question is that "you care" - then complain, next time you're at Guest Services - if enough of you do, then i'm sure a receptive management who actually care what their customers think about them will be only too happy to consider changing this policy.)

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The findings from an investigation into the deaths of four people at Australia's biggest theme park will be released on February 24.

Here are some more official details that were revealed back on the 3rd of February:

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Findings scheduled for 24 Feb 2020 at 10:00am in Court 17 at BRISBANE

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Thanks @Jamberoo Fan for those who can't be bothered to click the link, below are the details:

• The findings required by s.45 (2) of the Coroners Act 2003; namely the identity of the deceased person, when, where and how they died and what caused the death.

• The circumstances and cause of the fatal incident on the Thunder River Rapids Ride at the Dreamworld Theme Park, which occurred on 25th October 2016.

• Examination of the Thunder River Rapids Ride at the Dreamworld Theme Park, including but not limited to, the construction, maintenance, safety measures, staffing, history and modifications.

• Examination of the sufficiency of the training provided to staff in operating the Thunder River Rapids Ride. • Consideration of the regulatory environment and applicable standards by which Amusement Park rides operate in Queensland and Australia, and whether changes need to be made to ensure a similar incident does not happen in the future.

• What further actions and safety measures could be introduced to prevent a similar future incident from occurring?

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14 minutes ago, coasterdude44 said:

Well have they actually found the root cause yet?

This can be answered on February 24th once the findings have been released.

 

“• The findings required by s.45 (2) of the Coroners Act 2003; namely the identity of the deceased person, when, where and how they died and what caused the death.

• The circumstances and cause of the fatal incident on the Thunder River Rapids Ride at the Dreamworld Theme Park, which occurred on 25th October 2016.“

 

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Im not even sure if a belt style conveyor would have stopped the issue happening. Part of the problem looks like theres a decent gap between the end of the conveyor and the steel supports in the trough which is normally submerged. 

Being at mismatched heights, if it happened that the raft lifted after bumping into the one stalled on the supports already, a belt style conveyor might still have grabbed the rubber tube part of the raft and pulled it into the gap at the end of the conveyor. They are pretty grippy to be able to pull a water soaked boat or raft out of the water. 

The water level dropping so everything was exposed might be the biggest contributing factor.

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