AVPX

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AVPX
AVPX Logo.jpg
Dreamworld
Area Ocean Parade
Coordinates 27°51′54″S 153°19′0.43″E / 27.86500°S 153.3167861°E / -27.86500; 153.3167861Coordinates: 27°51′54″S 153°19′0.43″E / 27.86500°S 153.3167861°E / -27.86500; 153.3167861
Status Closed
Cost A$2.5 million
Opening date 10 April 2009 (2009-04-10)
Closing date 31 March 2013 (2013-03-31)[1]
Replaced by Zombie Evilution
General statistics
Attraction type Indoor Laser Skirmish
Manufacturer Sudden Impact Entertainment
Theme Alien vs. Predator
Capacity 300 riders per hour
Participants per group 30
Duration 5 minutes of combat plus a preshow
Q4U available

AVPX (short for Alien vs. Predator vs. You) was a themed indoor laser skirmish attraction at Dreamworld on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.[2] The attraction was based on the Alien vs. Predator films (mainly the first film). It was the biggest indoor laser skirmish attraction in Australia and was included in Dreamworld's admission price.[3]

History[edit]

On 2 February 2009, the Vortex closed and was removed from the park.[4] The ride building remained standing and was remodelled for use in Dreamworld's new attraction.[4] On 10 April 2009, AVPX officially opened to the public.[3] This attraction was built by Sudden Impact Entertainment - the same company that built various other walk-through attractions for Dreamworld in the past.[3][5][6]

On 6 March 2013, Dreamworld announced that AVPX would be closing at the end of the month, stating "a new enemy will arise in 2013".[7][8] On 31 March 2013, AVPX operated for the final time with Dreamworld stating it would be replaced by a new attraction which is "to die for".[1] Sudden Impact Entertainment was again employed to develop the new attraction which was later announced to be named Zombie Evilution.[9][10]

Attraction[edit]

Guests were admitted in groups of 30 into one of three Weyland Industries Briefing Rooms. The guests were asked to stand by a weapon which determined their teams. Half of the group would be infected humans, with the other half being normal, uninfected humans. After watching a small preshow, guests were told the rules and how to use their weapons. The group would then be moved from the Briefing Room, down the Ice Tunnel to Antarctica where the Aliens and Predators would await. This was the final room before the main arena. Within this room guests were told that the situation past this point was volatile.[11]

The main arena was 650 square metres (7,000 sq ft) and could be divided into three sections:[12]

  • A two story Temple[12]
  • A Queen Alien Labyrinth[12]
  • An enclosed Sacrificial Chamber[12]

To earn points players would shoot those from the opposite team. In addition there were objects, such as Aliens, Predators and eggs. Guests would also be required to watch out for return fire from various places around the arena. The arena featured doorways which led to the Temple and Sacrificial Chamber. Red lights illuminated these doors and removed points from those who crossed, while green lights signified that the doorway was harmless and could be entered.[11]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Timeline Photos". Facebook. 31 March 2013. Retrieved 1 April 2013. 
  2. ^ "AVPX - Briefing Room". Dreamworld. Retrieved 29 October 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c "AVPX (Dreamworld)". Parkz. Retrieved 29 October 2011. 
  4. ^ a b "Vortex (Dreamworld)". Parkz. Retrieved 29 October 2011. 
  5. ^ "Nightmares (Dreamworld)". Parkz. Retrieved 29 October 2011. 
  6. ^ "Lara Croft Tomb Raider - Enter the Tomb (Dreamworld)". Parkz. Retrieved 29 October 2011. 
  7. ^ "Timeline Photos". Facebook. 6 March 2013. Retrieved 8 March 2013. 
  8. ^ "The War Ends 1 April, 2013.". Dreamworld. 6 March 2013. Archived from the original on 8 March 2013. Retrieved 8 March 2013. 
  9. ^ Dreamworld (14 August 2013). "Cover photos". Facebook. Retrieved 14 August 2013. 
  10. ^ "Join The Evilution". Dreamworld. 2013. Retrieved 14 August 2013. 
  11. ^ a b "AVPX full tour". YouTube. 13 January 2010. Retrieved 29 October 2011. 
  12. ^ a b c d Anker, Kerryn (9 April 2009). "Aliens arrive at Dreamworld + video". Gold Coast Bulletin (News Corp Australia). Retrieved 29 October 2011. 

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