UPDATE @ 10.00 AM | DREAMWORLD has confirmed the theme park is set to undergo a massive $70 million makeover, with an array of new state of the art rides and slides in the works.
It all kicked off this morning, with the Southern Hemisphere’s first ever flying theatre taking flight at the Coomera themepark.
The $20 million Sky Voyager ride, which takes people on a “simulated journey over Australia’s most picturesque landscapes and destinations”, is just one of a range of new world-class attractions slated for the popular tourist destination.
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The next major investment is a massive 1.2km rollercoaster which is expected to cost over $30-million and reach speeds of 105km/h.
The adrenalin-fuelled ride has been based on the highly successful MACK Blue Fire Launch coaster, which operates in 14 locations around the world including Europa Park, Disney Hollywood Studio’s and Cedar Fair Carowinds.
According to Dreamworld, it will be a “unique experience unlike any other in the world” and will include the world’s first separate spinning gondola attached to the rear of the rollercoaster train for those who live for the thrill.
The overhaul will also include a major multi-million dollar wiggly-wonderful refurbishment of ABC KIDS World, as well as upgraded food and beverage facilities, additional events and
entertainment areas, an improved entry experience and a new state of the art customer-centric ticketing system.
Dreamworld’s neighbouring water park WhiteWater World will also see a $7-million upgrade, which includes a new waterslide complex featuring six new body slides, five unique ‘splashtacular’ experiences and multi-coloured natural light effects.
Dreamworld CEO John Osborne said he couldn’t be more excited for the future of the theme park.
“Investment into new rides, attractions and technologies to improve customer experience is key for Dreamworld’s future direction. Today’s announcements, along with the opening of Sky Voyager is a fantastic start to our transformation of the park,” Mr Osborne said.
“This $70-million total investment including Sky Voyager heralds an important time of transition for Dreamworld and provides us with an opportunity to provide our guests new
experiences never seen before in Australia.”
EARLIER @ 6.30 AM | Dreamworld is set for a major overhaul, with the Gold Coast themepark expected to unveil a multi-million dollar masterplan today.
According to Newscorp, the themepark is going to spend a whopping $50 million in the hope to restore the precinct back to its much-loved state.
It’s understood one of the new major attractions proposed is a 1.2km high speed roller coaster.
Several new water slides are also reportedly on the cards for its neighbouring water park White Water World.
The exciting announcement is expected to officially be made at a board meeting with parent company Ardent Leisure today.
It comes on the opening day of the Coomera theme park’s new $17 million Sky Voyager ride.
The new attraction promises to take guests on a “simulated journey over Australia’s most picturesque landscapes and destinations in truly unique ways.”
The ride features an electrical motion platform with six gondolas of 10 seats each suspending in front of a giant dome screen.
The flying experience combines airborne motion-programmed seating with immersive live action 4K adventure flying footage and special sensory effects such as swooping, diving, gliding and jetting over and around spectacular Australian landscapes.
Some of the experiences will include gliding over the ocean towards Surfers Paradise and Sydney Harbour at sunset, hovering above a raft on the rugged Tully River in Far North Queensland and hot air ballooning in the picturesque Barossa Valley in South Australia.
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