Kids' WB Fun Zone

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Kids' WB Fun Zone
Kids WB Fun Zone logo.png
Location Warner Bros. Movie World, Gold Coast, Australia
Coordinates 27°54′23″S 153°18′40″E / 27.90639°S 153.31111°E / -27.90639; 153.31111Coordinates: 27°54′23″S 153°18′40″E / 27.90639°S 153.31111°E / -27.90639; 153.31111
Opening date September 2007 (2007-09)
Theme Kids' WB Australia
Looney Tunes
Attractions
Attractions 10 total
Roller coasters 1
Other rides 5
Shows 1

Kids' WB Fun Zone is a themed area of Warner Bros. Movie World in Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia based on the Looney Tunes cartoons. The area was originally named Looney Tunes Village and was renamed in late 2007 when two new rides were added.[1] At the same time, the Australian Kids' WB TV show began filming at the theme park.[2][3][4]

Visitors can also meet and greet Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and the other Looney Tunes characters.

History[edit]

The area currently known as Kids' WB Fun Zone opened with Warner Bros. Movie World as Looney Tunes Land. At the time, the only attractions were the Looney Tunes Studio Tour (later Looney Tunes River Ride), Speedy Gonzalez Tijuana Taxis, Looney Tunes Musical Revue and a playground.[5] In December 1997, Warner Bros. Movie World renamed the area Looney Tunes Village and added several new rides including Marvin the Martian's Rocket Ride, Taz Hollywood Cars, Tweety and Sylvester Carousel (later Tweety and Sylvester Cages) and Yosemite Sam's Railroad.[6] The addition of these rides, forced the removal of the playground.[7] On 26 December 2000, the Road Runner Rollercoaster opened on the former site of the Looney Tunes Musical Revue.[8] The Looney Tunes Musical Revue was relocated to a portion of land near the adjacent Village Roadshow studio complex where part of Superman Escape now stands.[9][10] In December 2001, Warner Bros. Movie World added the Looney Tunes Splash Zone.[6]

In late 2007, the area was renamed Kids' WB Fun Zone to tie in with the filming of the Australian Kids' WB TV show at the park.[1][2] At the same time, the Looney Tunes Carousel and Sylvester's Pounce 'n' Bounce opened. Also, Tweety and Sylvester Carousel was renamed Tweety and Sylvester Cages to avoid confusion between it and the newly added Looney Tunes Carousel.[1] The removal of Marvin the Martian's Rocket Ride in 2010 was followed by the Looney Tunes River Ride the following year.[11]

In 2013, Warner Bros. Movie World originally planned to open the Mini Cars Driving School. The ride would have allowed children to drive their own cars around a miniature version of the theme park.[12] The ride would have been located in the Kids' WB Fun Zone where the Looney Tunes River Ride once stood. The plans to build the ride were reportedly put on hold due to Village Roadshow reallocating the investment towards an expansion of Sea World's Polar Bear Shores.[13]

Timeline[edit]

Looney Tunes Land Looney Tunes Village Kids' WB Fun Zone
1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Looney Tunes Carousel
Looney Tunes River Ride
Looney Tunes Splash Zone
Marvin the Martian's Rocket Ride
MCDS
Road Runner Rollercoaster
Speedy Gonzalez Tijuana Taxis
Sylvester's Pounce 'n' Bounce
Taz Hollywood Cars
Tweety and Sylvester Carousel Tweety and Sylvester Cages
Yosemite Sam's Railroad
Unknown playground

Former attractions[edit]

  • Looney Tunes Musical Revue was a live show featuring Looney Tunes characters. The show began in 1991 and was relocated in 2000 to a location where Superman Escape currently stands. When Superman Escape was constructed in 2005 the show was relocated again before ending and being replaced with Looney Tunes - What's Up Rock?.
  • Looney Tunes River Ride was an indoor boat ride where guests would be taken on a journey to help find Bugs Bunny. The ride opened with the park in 1991 and closed in 2011 to make way for a new attraction.[11][14]
  • Marvin the Martian's Rocket Ride was a Zamperla Crazy Bus themed to a rocket ship.[15] Theming around the ride related to Duck Dodgers (Daffy Duck) as seen in one of the cartoons.[3] The ride was plagued with a variety of maintenance issues and was removed in 2010.
  • An unknown playground opened with the park in 1991 and closed when the area was renamed to Looney Tunes Village in 1997.

Attractions[edit]

Looney Tunes Carousel[edit]

This ride, along with the Sylvester's Pounce 'n' Bounce, opened in 2007 when the zone changed its name to the Kids' WB Fun Zone. Prior to the ride being built, a merchandise shop was located here. This ride is a carousel with several Looney Tunes characters which guests can ride on.[3]

Looney Tunes Splash Zone[edit]

"Children can have the best fun getting wet and cooling down at Looney Tunes Splash Zone, a permanent attraction located in the ever-popular Looney Tunes Village at Warner Bros. Movie World." This attraction opened in 2001.[16]

Road Runner Rollercoaster[edit]

The Road Runner Rollercoaster is a Vekoma Sitdown Junior Coaster which opened on 26 December 2000.[8][17] The 335m ride features an incline of 11 metres and reaches a top speed of 40 kilometres (25 mi) / hour. The coaster's two trains are both made up of eight cars.[17] The ride has a minimum height requirement of 100 cm.

Speedy Gonzales Tijuana Taxis[edit]

One of the parks original rides, The Speedy Gonzales Tijuana Taxis are a fun one for little ones. It has a track just wide enough to let one car at a time through, forcing them in the one direction. They are small slower 'Go Karts' for the little kids!

Sylvester's Pounce 'n' Bounce[edit]

This ride, along with the Looney Tunes Carousel, opened in 2007 when the zone changed its name to the Kids' WB Fun Zone. Prior to the ride being built, several giant carrots were located here. This ride is a SBF Visa Happy Tower in a shape of a tree. A Sylvester character is mounted on the carriage and is trying to catch Tweety who is at the top of the tree.[1][3][18]

Taz Hollywood Cars[edit]

Taz Hollywood Cars is a set of Zamperla Mini Bumper Cars.[19] These are something fun for the younger children, They are smaller and slower ensuring the safety and enjoyment of our youngest generation.

Tweety and Sylvester Cages[edit]

Originally called Tweety and Sylvester Carousel, this ride is a flat ride where riders are rotated and periodically raised and lowered. The ride changed its name in 2007 when the Kids' WB Fun Zone had an actual carousel built.[3][4]

Yosemite Sam's Railroad[edit]

The current layout of Yosemite Sam's Railroad.

Yosemite Sam's Railroad is a Zamperla Kiddie Train.[20] Riders board the train and complete two circuits of the track. Originally the ride featured a set of crossroads to enable the train to do a figure of 8. This was removed and replaced with a series of corners.

Looney Tunes - What's Up Rock?[edit]

Looney Tunes - What’s Up Rock? is a live show featuring Looney Tunes characters including Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Lola Bunny, Tweety, Sylvester, Wile E. Coyote and Taz. It is run in The Movie World Show Stage.[21]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Kids' WB Fun Zone Opens. Retrieved from Warner Village Theme Parks' Media Centre on 12.09.09: [1]
  2. ^ a b Kids WB TV Show. Retrieved from official website on 12.09.09
  3. ^ a b c d e WB Kids (Warner Bros. Movie World). Retrieved from Parkz Database on 12.09.09: [2].
  4. ^ a b Kids WB! Fun Zone | Warner Bros. Movie World. Retrieved from official website on 12.09.09: [3]
  5. ^ "Park Map". Warner Bros. Movie World. 1991. 
  6. ^ a b Warner Bros. Movie World (2 December 2001). "Get wet and cool down thanks to the awesome interactive water fountain in Looney Tunes Village!". Press Release. Theme Park Press Releases. Retrieved 1 April 2012. 
  7. ^ "Park Map". Warner Bros. Movie World. 1998. 
  8. ^ a b Road Runner Rollercoaster (Warner Bros. Movie World). Retrieved from Rollercoaster Database on 12.09.09: [4]
  9. ^ "Park Map". Warner Bros. Movie World. 2001. 
  10. ^ "Park Map". Warner Bros. Movie World. 2005. 
  11. ^ a b Warner Bros. Movie World. "Attractions Maintenance". MyFun. Archived from the original on 14 August 2011. Retrieved 1 April 2012. 
  12. ^ "Mini Cars Driving School". Warner Bros. Movie World. Retrieved 3 May 2013. 
  13. ^ "Mini Cars Driving School (Warner Bros. Movie World)". Parkz. Retrieved 14 August 2013. 
  14. ^ "Looney Tunes River Ride (Warner Bros. Movie World)". Parkz. Retrieved 1 April 2012. 
  15. ^ Zamperla Crazy Bus. Retrieved from Zamperla website on 12.09.09
  16. ^ This Summer- Get Wet & Cool Down Thanks To The Awesome Interactive Water Fountain In Looney Tunes Village! Retrieved from Warner Village Theme Parks' Media Centre on 12.09.09: [5]
  17. ^ a b Road Runner Rollercoaster (Warner Bros. Movie World). Retrieved from Parkz Database on 12.09.09: [6]
  18. ^ SBF Happy Tower. Retrieved from SBF Visa website on 19.01.12
  19. ^ Zamperla Mini Bumper Cars. Retrieved from Zamperla website on 12.09.09
  20. ^ Zamperla Kiddie Train. Retrieved from Zamperla website on 12.09.09
  21. ^ What's Up Rock?! | Warner Bros. Movie World. Retrieved from official website on 12.09.09: [7]

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