Dreamworld

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Dreamworld
Dreamworld logo.svg
Slogan So Many Worlds in One
Location Coomera, Queensland, Australia
Coordinates 27°51′50″S 153°18′57″E / 27.864°S 153.3158°E / -27.864; 153.3158Coordinates: 27°51′50″S 153°18′57″E / 27.864°S 153.3158°E / -27.864; 153.3158
Owner Ardent Leisure
General Manager Craig Davidson
Opened 15 December 1981 (1981-12-15)
Operating season Year-round
Area 85 ha (210 acres)
Rides
Total 28
Roller coasters 5
Water rides 2
Website www.dreamworld.com.au

Dreamworld is a large theme park situated on the Gold Coast in Queensland. It is currently[when?] Australia's largest theme park with over 40 rides and attractions including five roller coasters.

The park is made up of several themed lands: Ocean Parade, DreamWorks Experience, Wiggles World, Gold Rush Country, Rocky Hollow, Tiger Island and the Dreamworld Corroboree. These lands have a collection of rides, animal exhibits, shows, food outlets and merchandise shops.[1]

Dreamworld is well known as the location of the Australian Big Brother house since the program began in Australia in 2001. In December 2006, Dreamworld expanded its offerings by opening WhiteWater World next door.[2] On several occasions during the year, Dreamworld remains open after dark. This event, known as Screamworld, includes all of the thrill rides and a selection of children's rides.[3]

History[edit]

Main article: History of Dreamworld

Construction and opening[edit]

Possibly the original Dreamworld logo with a generic log ride hut, paddle steamer, single loop coaster, main entrance building, wooden style coaster and train pictured. Some of the attractions depicted in this logo never existed at the park.

In 1974, John Longhurst, the father of the future Australian water-ski champion and two time Bathurst 1000 winner Tony Longhurst, put his dream of building a theme park into practice and purchased 85 hectares (210 acres) of land beside the Pacific Motorway in Coomera. Longhurst spent two years, working 12-hour days, to excavate what is now known as the Murrissipi River. No expense was spared when Longhurst employed some designers who worked on Disneyland and Walt Disney World to design the park. It was up to a collection of Australian architects to mimic Australian pioneer buildings during construction.[2]

With attractions, Longhurst aimed to satisfy all age groups. Opening day attractions included the IMAX Theatre, a Baldwin Locomotive (now known as the Dreamworld Express), Model T Fords (now known as Vintage Cars), Rocky Hollow Log Ride, Australian Koala Theatre and the Captain Sturt Paddle-wheeler.[2] The theme park was officially opened on 15 December 1981 by the Premier of Queensland of the time, Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen.[4]

1980s[edit]

Since then Dreamworld has constantly evolved adding new rides, themed lands and characters.[2] One year after opening in 1982, the Thunderbolt opened as the world's longest steel double loop roller coaster.[5] A new themed area known as Gum Tree Gully also opened. In 1983, Blue Lagoon water park opened[6][7][8] and Dreamworld introduced Belinda Brown as the park's third mascot.[2] In 1984 the park began seven-day trading after two years of only being open Tuesday through to Thursday.[2] In 1986, Gold Rush Country (now the Town of Gold Rush) opened featuring Eureka Mountain Mine Ride[9] and Thunder River Rapids Ride.[10] In 1987, Koala Country opened and in 1989 the Skylink Chairlift opened.[2][11]

1990s[edit]

In 1991, to promote the Australian premiere of The Simpsons on Network Ten from 10 February, Dreamworld welcomes the characters of the American TV series. Guests can meet and greet them and see them in the live stage show The Simpsons: Live on Stage, but the characters will only appear twice daily until 30 June.

In 1993, the Wipeout opened as part of the new Ocean Parade themed area. In 1995 Tiger Island opened with the Riverwalk Restaurant (now known as the Billabong BBQ and Buffet) opened. In 1997, the world's tallest and fastest roller coaster Tower of Terror opened. One year later the Giant Drop, the world's tallest freefall ride, was added to the Dreamworld Tower. Also in 1998, four Bengal Tiger cubs were born: Rama, Taj, Sultan and Sita. In December 1999, Dreamworld added a variety of kids rides in a new themed area called Kennyland.[2]

2000s[edit]

The Cyclone roller coaster which was installed in 2001.

In January 2001, the Australian Wildlife Experience opened after the refurbishment and expansion of Koala Country. Later that year in April, Big Brother Australia commenced broadcasting following the redevelopment of Dreamworld's Amphitheatre.[2] In December 2001, the Cyclone opened after its relocation from Luna Park Sydney where it was known as "The Big Dipper".[12] Also in 2001, two new Bengal tigers, Kato and Kaasha, were born in Tiger Island. In 2002, Nick Central replaced Kennyland and Village Oval to include a wide variety of new and refurbished children's rides.[2]

In 2003, Dreamworld further expanded its wildlife offerings by running after hours "Sunset Safaris".[2] In August 2003, the Thunderbolt was closed.[5] After over 7 months standing but not operating, the Thunderbolt was demolished and sold for scrap metal in March 2004. Dreamworld has retained a section of track and at least one train in the park's back-of-house areas.[13] Later that year in September 2004, The Claw opened in Ocean Parade.[2][14] On 15 March 2005, the Skylink Chairlift, which provided a link between Gold Rush Country and the Australian Wildlife Experience, closed. It remained standing for several months before the wires were removed. The support poles remain standing to this day.[11] Gum Tree Gully closed to make way for the world's first Wiggles World which opened on 10 September 2005.[2][15]

In 2006, Ardent Leisure shifted its focus to improving its offerings of water attractions. In April, Blue Lagoon was closed[6][7][8] due to its planned replacement by WhiteWater World as a separate gated complex. On 24 June, the FlowRider opened in Ocean Parade.[16] On 7 November, the Eureka Mountain Mine Ride closed and has remained standing but not operating to this day.[9][17] In 2007, two Sumatran Tiger cubs, Indah and Rahni, were born at Tiger Island. Later that year in September, Mick Doohan's Motocoaster opened[18][19] after the relocation of the Avis Vintage Cars.[20]

On 20 June 2008, SpongeBob FlyPants opened as part of Nick Central.[21] On 9 June, Tiger Island welcomed the birth of three Sumatran Tiger cubs: Ndari, Jaya and Shanti.

In the middle of 2008, the final series of Australian Big Brother for the Channel 10 Network was produced leaving the house and studios standing upon completion.[2] In Ocean Parade, V8 Supercars RedLine opened on 26 December near the FlowRider and Cyclone entrance.[22] A few months later, the Vortex was closed and removed to make way for AVPX which opened on 10 April 2009.[23] Almost exactly one year later in April 2010, the Illuminate Light & Laser Spectacular began seasonal operation in Main Street.[24] In September, the Tower of Terror relaunched as the Tower of Terror II featuring a new, reversed car.[25]

2010s[edit]

An aerial view of Dreamworld and WhiteWater World in July 2011.

In late 2010, Dreamworld announced that they would begin celebrating their 30th birthday by holding the Summer Funomenon over the summer school holidays. The IMAX Theatre was renovated to become the Dreamworld Cinema. A roof was constructed over Main Street between the entrances for Ocean Parade and Nickelodeon Central. The Marketplace in Main Street was also upgraded. Also a new tiger cub named Pi (pronounced pie) was born.

On 16 February 2011, Ardent Leisure announced plans to have an Easter promotion where lions would be on temporary exhibition from National Zoo & Aquarium who are renovating their facilities;[26] this was later revealed by Dreamworld to be "The Lair".[27] On 7 April 2011, Dreamworld announced that they would be adding a family thrill ride in June and a major thrill ride in September 2011.[28] On 18 May 2011,[29] the family thrill ride was officially announced to be a Zamperla Disk'O called Shockwave within Ocean Parade.[30] The ride opened on 25 June 2011.[31] By the start of the winter holidays on 25 June 2011, all of the rides in Nickelodeon Central were renamed to a generic kids theme: Kid's World.[32] On 17 September 2011, Dreamworld opened BuzzSaw – a Maurer Söhne SkyLoop roller coaster.[33] The opening of the ride was timed with the renaming of Gold Rush Country to the Town of Gold Rush.

On 10 November 2011, Dreamworld announced a three-stage plan to incorporate DreamWorks Animation films and characters into its theme park at a cost of $10 million.[34][35] The first phase was the temporary summer show, the DreamWorks Holiday Shrektacular.[34] The second phase was the DreamWorks Experience precinct (the retheming of the existing Kid's World area) which opened on 31 March 2012. The final phase was the development of Kung Fu Panda: Land of Awesomeness. This area opened on 21 December 2012 with the park's eighth thrill ride, Pandamonium. In 2012, Dreamworld also saw the return of Big Brother[36] as well as the addition of the Big Red Boat Ride to Wiggles World.

AVPX closed on 31 March 2013.[37][38] It was replaced with Zombie Evilution on 13 September 2013. Zombie Evilution originally ran as a temporary scare maze until 14 October. On 18 October, the attraction reopened as a laser skirmish attraction with the same theme and backstory.

Previous attractions[edit]

Like all theme parks, attractions are sometimes closed due to age and replaced with more contemporary attractions. Dreamworld has seen this action used a great deal of times, with many attraction closures, replacements and expansions. However, all of Dreamworld's opening day attractions are still operating to this day.[2][39]

Park layout[edit]

Dreamworld's entrance
Koala Country in the Dreamworld Corroboree

Dreamworld is broken up into a series of themed areas – each with their own collection of rides, shows, attractions and shops. From the entrance (in a clockwise direction) they are: Main Street, Town of Gold Rush, Rocky Hollow, Dreamworld Corroboree, Wiggles World, Rivertown, Tiger Island, DreamWorks Experience and Ocean Parade.

Main Street serves as the entrance and midway for the park. It features the central station for the Dreamworld Express as well as the Dreamworld Cinema. The area is mainly made up of food, beverage and retail outlets.

Town of Gold Rush is located to the left of Main Street. It opened on 11 December 1986 with the Eureka Mountain Mine Ride and the Thunder River Rapids Ride.[2] In 2006, the Eureka Mountain Mine Ride was decommissioned due to safety concerns yet it remains standing to this day.[9] The area remains to be the home of the Thunder River Rapids Ride along with more recent additions including a Shooting Gallery, Old Time Photos and BuzzSaw (a Maurer Söhne SkyLoop roller coaster).[40]

Rocky Hollow opened with Dreamworld in 1981 featuring the Rocky Hollow Log Ride. In 1998, the world's tallest free fall ride, opened in the area. Standing at 119 metres (390 ft), The Giant Drop accelerates riders at speeds of up to 135 kilometres per hour (84 mph) in a matter of seconds.[2]

Dreamworld Corroboree is a collection of wildlife attractions divided into several subsections which allow guests to view the animals in their natural habitats.[1] It is a registered zoo with 800 native and barnyard animals located within the Dreamworld grounds.[41] The area is also home to a set of Ford Model T vintage cars which can be driven around a small circuit.

Wiggles World is based upon the popular Australian children entertainers, The Wiggles. It is aimed at toddlers and young children and features gentle rides and attractions including the Big Red Car Ride and Dorothy's Rosy Tea Cup Ride. It was the first of many Wiggles Worlds to be installed at various theme parks around the world (although it is the only one that remains).[2][42]

Rivertown is another themed area that opened with the park in 1981.[2] The area originally was home to the Vintage Cars which have since been relocated to Dreamworld Corroboree.[20] The area currently features two of the Big 8 Thrill Rides: the Tower of Terror II and Mick Doohan's Motocoaster.[1]

Tiger Island opened in 1995 as one of only two interactive tiger exhibits in the world. The exhibit featured various locations for the tigers to live, swim and play.[2] In 2010, the exhibit is home to 6 Bengal tigers, 6 Sumatran tigers[43] and 2 cougars.[44]

DreamWorks Experience is a section of the park designed specifically for children and tweens. All of the attractions in DreamWorks Experience have been refurbished from their operation as rides in Kid's World and Nickelodeon Central. The area is split up into three areas (Madagascar Madness, Shrek's Faire Faire Away and Kung Fu Panda: Land Of Awesomeness). The area's flagship attractions include the Escape from Madagascar suspended family roller coaster and Pandamonium, one of the park's Big 8 Thrill Rides.[45]

Ocean Parade is the largest themed area at Dreamworld in terms of attractions. It features 3 of the Big 8 Thrill Rides – The Claw, Wipeout and Cyclone are within close proximity of each other. Ocean Parade has an Australian beach culture theme with some beach-themed rides scattered around the area including the Shockwave and FlowRider.[1] It also features an internal, park-hop entrance to WhiteWater World.

Dreamworld Studios is an auditorium with production facilities located within the theme park next to the former Blue Lagoon water park site. The facility is most notable for being the production base of Big Brother Australia with the Big Brother House located a short walk away.

Rides and attractions[edit]

Dreamworld Tower: home to the Tower of Terror II (track pictured) and The Giant Drop (gondalas pictured)
Escape from Madagascar roller coaster in the Madagascar Madness section of DreamWorks Experience (Rugrats Runaway Reptar theme pictured)
Name Type Themed area Manufacturer Opened
Australian Animal Presentation Animal show Dreamworld Corroboree Dreamworld 2009
Australian Sheep Shearing Show Animal show Dreamworld Corroboree Dreamworld 2010
Avis Vintage Cars Vintage Cars (Ford Model T) Dreamworld Corroboree Ford Motor Company 1981
Big Brother Television Program Dreamworld Studios Channel 9 and Endemol 2001–2008, 2012–
Big Red Boat Ride Rockin' Tug Wiggles World Zamperla 2012
Big Red Car Ride Dark ride Wiggles World Simtech 2005
BuzzSaw Steel roller coaster Town of Gold Rush Maurer Söhne 2011 Q4U Virtual Queueing System available
The Claw Gyro Swing Ocean Parade Intamin 2004 Q4U Virtual Queueing System available
Dreamworld Corroboree Animal exhibit Dreamworld Corroboree Dreamworld 2001
Cyclone Steel roller coaster Ocean Parade Arrow Dynamics 2001 Q4U Virtual Queueing System available
Dorothy's Rosy Tea Cup Ride Teacups Wiggles World SBF Visa 2006
Dreamworld Cinema Movie theatre Main Street RealD Cinema 2011
Dreamworld Express 2 ft (610 mm) narrow gauge Railway Main Street C&S 2013
Dronkey Flyers Children's rotating ride DreamWorks Experience SBF Visa 2000
Escape from Madagascar Suspended family roller coaster DreamWorks Experience Vekoma 2002 Q4U Virtual Queueing System available
FlowRider Sheet wave attraction Ocean Parade Wave Loch 2006
Game Site Video arcade Ocean Parade Dreamworld 1983
The Giant Drop Drop tower Rocky Hollow Intamin 1998
Gingy's Glider Kite flyer DreamWorks Experience Zamperla 2008
Illuminate Light & Laser Spectacular Seasonal light and laser show Main Street Laservision 2010
King Julien's Theatre in the Wild Show arena DreamWorks Experience Dreamworld 2012
The Lair Animal exhibit Adjacent to Tiger Island Dreamworld 2011
MAD Jungle Jam Ball play area DreamWorks Experience Prime Play 2002
Mick Doohan's Motocoaster Launched roller coaster Rivertown Intamin 2007 Q4U Virtual Queueing System available
Pandamonium Air Race DreamWorks Experience Zamperla 2012
Rock Climbing Wall Climbing wall Ocean Parade Unknown 2004
Puss in Boots Sword Swing Swinger DreamWorks Experience Chance Rides 1982
Rocky Hollow Log Ride Log flume Rocky Hollow Dreamworld 1981 Q4U Virtual Queueing System available
Shockwave Disk'O Coaster Ocean Parade Zamperla 2011 Q4U Virtual Queueing System available
Shrek's Ogre-Go-Round Carousel DreamWorks Experience Ferrari 1983
Skadoosh Dodgems DreamWorks Experience SBF Visa 2012
Thunder River Rapids Ride River rafting ride Town of Gold Rush Intamin 1986 Q4U Virtual Queueing System available
Tiger Island Animal exhibit Tiger Island Dreamworld 1995
Tower of Terror II Shuttle roller coaster Rivertown Intamin 1997 Q4U Virtual Queueing System available
V8 Supercars RedLine Racing simulator Ocean Parade Dreamworld 2008
Wipeout Waikiki Wave Super Flip Ocean Parade Vekoma 1993 Q4U Virtual Queueing System available
Zombie Evilution Laser tag Ocean Parade Sudden Impact 2013

Ticket prices[edit]

The Q4U Virtual Queuing System is available on 11 of Dreamworld's rides.

The ticket prices vary from one package to another and these can be found at Dreamworld's website.

Q4U[edit]

Q4U is a virtual queuing system that is offered by Dreamworld. Guests can book a Lo-Q Q-bot, a small hand-held device, for $15 plus $15 per user. For this price users can book their spot on eleven different rides around the park including BuzzSaw, The Claw, Cyclone, Escape from Madagascar, Mick Doohan's Motocoaster, Pandamonium, Rocky Hollow Log Ride, Shockwave, Thunder River Rapids Ride, Tower of Terror II and Wipeout.[46]

Incidents[edit]

On 10 June 2009, a helicopter operating joy flights on behalf of Dreamworld crash landed in the parking lot near the park's main entry. On board was the pilot and four Taiwanese visitors to the park, all whom suffered minor injuries in the crash. The helicopter was destroyed by the impact. The pilot was initially praised for avoiding crowded areas of the park,[47] but it was later revealed the crash was a result of mismanagement which led to the helicopter running out of fuel.[48] Dreamworld has not offered helicopter flights since the accident.

In 2011, two separate incidents were reported of handlers at Dreamworld's Tiger Island attraction being bitten by a nine year old Bengal Tiger named Kato and requiring hospitalisation. The park's life sciences manager said that both incidents would be investigated, and the park reviewed it's animal handling procedures.[49]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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