Dreamworld CEO confirms theme park will reopen six weeks after disaster

UPDATE 9:15AM | DREAMWORLD will reopen to the public in time for the Christmas school holidays, six weeks after the Thunder River Rapids ride disaster, it has been confirmed.

Dreamworld CEO Craig Davidson said both WhiteWater World and Dreamworld would reopen on Saturday 10 December, however, only a number of Dreamworld attractions will be fully operational.

Attractions to be open at Dreamworld include Tiger Island, the Corroboree indigenous precinct, wildlife areas, entertainment and family attractions in the DreamWorks Experience, Wiggles World, ABCKids World and select Motorsports precinct attractions.


Mr Davidson said “Other rides will open progressively as they are signed off by the safety review process.”

“The Dreamworld website will provide regular updates for guests to find out which attractions are open to the public and when those yet to open, will do so.”

All WhiteWater World’s pools, slides and cabanas will operate as per normal.

Mr Davidson said every single ride and slide opening on the 10th will have passed an unprecedented multi-level safety review.

“Additionally, Royal Lifesaving Queensland representatives will have completed an audit of the water park’s lifesaving procedures and safety signage,” Mr Davidson said.

Both parks will open with a special “Open Hearts – Open Doors” Charity Weekend, with $25 from every guest entry fee donated to the Red Cross.

“Dreamworld will also contribute the $25 donation on behalf of all pre-paid ticket and passholders,” Mr Davidson said.

“These funds will be distributed to those affected by the tragedy through the GIVIT Appeal Independent Distribution Committee.”

Mr Davidson also announced a six-month extension on all current season passes.

“To show our depth of gratitude and appreciation to our wonderful Dreamworld customers, we will be adding an extra six month period to every passholder’s current expiry date, without charge,” he said.

“We are deeply indebted to our passholders for their loyalty, patience and understanding during this multi-level safety review process.

“As Dreamworld and WhiteWater World comprise Australia’s biggest theme park, it takes time to methodically work through our multi-level safety review process.

“This is a necessary and important process we simply cannot rush.”

Dreamworld’s parent company Ardent Leisure said the temporary closure of the theme park cost the company more than $13 million, including the total loss of November revenue which last year was $7.2 million.

EARLIER: The operators of Dreamworld and WhiteWater World are expected to announce today that the theme parks will reopen from next week.

Both parks have been closed since the deaths of four people on the Thunder River Rapids ride last month.

It’s understood Workplace Health and Safety Queensland inspectors have given the parks the all clear after being issued improvement and prohibition notices.

News Corp reports the announcement will be made in Sydney by owner Ardent Leisure, which will provide details of the reopening in a statement to the stock exchange before holding a news conference.

WhiteWater World is likely to open on Monday, followed by Dreamworld on Saturday December 10 or Sunday December 11.

CEO of Ardent Leisure Deborah Thomas flew to the Gold Coast to talk to management yesterday.

The families of the patrons who died in the tragedy have reportedly been kept informed of the reopening dates.

Kate Goodchild, Luke Dorsett, Roozi Araghi and Cindy Low lost their lives on the Thunder River Rapids ride on October 25.

– Additional reporting by Jaydan Duck