Dreamworld to host Memorial Day on Friday following tragedy

Dreamworld is set to reopen on Friday with a Memorial Day dedicated to the four people who lost their lives in a tragic accident at the theme park on Tuesday.

The park will open at 11.00am tomorrow, with activities limited to smaller rides, animal attractions, and the water park.

Red Cross Volunteers and local religious leaders will also be present at the park on the day.


In a statement, Ardent Leisure said they “hope this will be considered the start of the healing process for all concerned.”

“In support of the guests and staff present at the time, we have established a program of grief counselling with Queensland Health and the Australian Red Cross.”

“Red Cross are working directly with the affected families as well as providing counselling and support for grieving guests paying their respects at the park entry.

“Professional counsellors are also on site supporting staff and they will remain in the park for the foreseeable future.”

Ardent Leisure said the entry proceeds from the day will go to the Australian Red Cross to support their continued community focused activities.

Earlier in the morning, a private ceremony will be held for Dreamworld staff, friends and emergency services.

Two women, aged 42 and 32, and two men aged 38 and 35 died when the popular Thunder River Rapids ride they were on malfunctioned.

Two children, a 10-year-old boy and a 12-year-old girl were also on the same ride, however were thrown clear and miraculously escaped injury.

Overnight, hundreds of people paid their respects to the victims of the tragedy, gathering outside the entry to the park for a candlelight vigil.