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 mall 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 along the fifth level. Other attractions included dodgem cars, a carousel, a Lego Expo, 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 had relocated to the Renaissance Centre (primarily occupied by Toys "R" Us until its closure in early 2012, being renovated to what is now Kmart, which had opened late November of that year), leaving level 4 entirely empty and closed-off to the public. In March 2013, the centre had commenced an upgrade. In August of that year, the escalators (sealed off from levels 4 and 5 since the park's closure) were removed completely, as part of the upgrade.

References[edit]

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