The skyline at Sea World will soon change forever.
The bridge has been closed during the demolition.
Piles of twisted steel. The lift hill chain can be seen at the bottom of the pile.
Perhaps the most exciting thing about Sea Viper's removal is that it frees up a huge chunk of land for future development, especially with the land reclamation performed for the likely-cancelled 'Wild' animal attraction.
With Sea Viper gone, the oldest operating roller coaster on the Gold Coast is now Arkham Asylum at Warner Bros. Movie World, built in 1994.
Nothing like a crisp winter's day to make a half-demolished coaster look its best.
The rough white paint on sections of track shows that they were very much committed to finding and repairing cracks in the track in the months leading to its demise.
It's amazing how quickly Sea Word have removed the ride once it was decided and announced that it wouldn't reopen.
Old Arrow coasters like this were welded together on site, so the process of removing the ride is anything but graceful.
Wouldn't it be great if a few pieces of twisted track were added to the carnage around Storm Coaster as an entirely fitting and theme-enhancing memorial of sorts to Corkscrew/Sea Viper?
It's a surreal sight to see such a Gold Coast institution disappearing.
Work underway removing the ride. While most of the track and support structure is being hastily torn down to be sold for scrap, some moving parts warrant delicate removal.
Some signage needs updating following Sea Viper's removal.
Over the course of the past week, the bulk of Sea Viper has been demolished following the announcement of its removal.
The saga of Sea Viper continues in the leadup to the peak season. Either the 30+ year old coaster is now showing its age, or the KumbacK train is as difficult to maintain as it is uncomfortable.
Even with constant rain, it's good to see that Sea World keeping rides going non-stop.
... Sea Viper is back up and running.
That ugly black thing can only mean one thing...
That the ride has its own dedicated downtime signage either speaks volumes for Village Roadshow Theme Parks' art department, or for just how unreliable this ride has become since the transition from Corkscrew to Sea Viper.
Sea Viper nears the end of its six weeks of downtime.