Dazzleland, Adelaide

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Dazzeland was a two-storey indoor amusement park occupying the top levels of the REMM Myer Centre in Rundle Mall, a major shopping street in Adelaide, Australia. The centre was built between 1988–1991, at a cost of $1 billion. Some years later, the centre was sold for $140 million, contributing to the collapse of the State Bank of South Australia.

The park's signature attraction was a figure 8 roller coaster named Jazz Junction, its track running overhead, 5 storeys high. Other attractions included dodgem cars, a carousel, giant playground, musical fountain and train.

With the park's closure on 31 January 1998,[1] an attempt was made to fill the upper levels with smaller, higher paying retail tenants. This soon proved unsuccessful in luring the necessary foot traffic, whereby the upper level remained vacant for many years. The remains of Jazz Junction were removed during 2003 as part of the renovation of the Myer Centre.

A Fernwood Fitness Centre gym was located in part of the space during the early 2000s; as of December 2009, Fernwood has relocated to the Renaissance Centre (Toys "R" Us until its closure early 2012, being renovated for the majority of that year to Kmart, opened late November of that year), leaving Level 4 entirely empty, with Myer no longer keeping the doors open on that floor, but they are currently open as of April 2010. Nearly 3 years later however in March 2013, the building had began undergoing an upgrade and as part of this that floor had once again been closed off with the doors of Myer once again being closed, also being closed off to the public just like level 5, as of May 2013 the doors are also now removed. Later in August that same year the escalators (previously sealed off to levels 4 and 5 of centre since the park's closure) were also removed before the upgrade was completed.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Chance to buy a fun park". The Advertiser (Adelaide, Australia). 28 February 1998. p. 96.