Dreamworld has confirmed it will be ready to open within the next six weeks, as more funding flows through from the state government.
All Gold Coast theme parks are set to get a slice of the pie, but the funding has provided a vital life line for Dreamworld’s parent company Ardent Leisure.
The themepark was forced to close its doors back in March due to the coronavirus crisis, but upcoming court battles over the 2016 ride tragedy have thrown the park’s reopening into doubt.
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Meantime, competitors Village Roadshow have been able to stagger the reopening of their themeparks Movie World, Sea World, Wet n Wild and Paradise Country over June and July.
They’ve all be operating with strict new social distancing measures in place, and at a reduced capacity.
With new funding set to be announced by the state government today, Ardent Leisure’s Dreamworld and WhiteWater World will be able to begin that process too.
CEO John Osborne says it’s great news to finally be able to return.
“We appreciate the Queensland Government’s strong recognition of the important role that the theme park industry plays in the economic development of Queensland and the broader tourism industry in Australia.
“The Queensland Government’s foresight in providing this financial assistance package will enable Ardent to re-open its iconic theme parks, continue to employ hundreds of people and continue to invest in future tourism infrastructure and create more local jobs,” Mr Osborne said.
While an exact date hasn’t been set, operators have confirmed that Dreamworld will reopen mid-September, with
“We are very excited about welcoming back our valued team members and loyal guests and have already commenced preparations for the re-opening of our parks, including the implementation of our Queensland Health approved COVID SAFE Plan,” Mr Osborne said.