Wild West Falls Adventure Ride

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Wild West Falls Adventure Ride
Wild West Falls Adventure Ride logo.png
Movie World Wild Wild West z.JPG
The final splashdown and station of Wild West Falls
Warner Bros. Movie World
Coordinates 27°54′32.44″S 153°18′35.45″E / 27.9090111°S 153.3098472°E / -27.9090111; 153.3098472Coordinates: 27°54′32.44″S 153°18′35.45″E / 27.9090111°S 153.3098472°E / -27.9090111; 153.3098472
Status Operating
Cost A$18,000,000
Opening date 26 December 1998 (1998-12-26)[1]
General Statistics
Type Log flume
Manufacturer Hopkins Rides
Designer Warner Bros. Movie World
Model Super Flume
Course Custom
Lift system 2 conveyor belt lift hills
Height 35 m (115 ft)
Drop 20 m (66 ft)
Speed 70 km/h (43 mph)
Capacity 1440 riders per hour
Duration 6 minutes[1]
Height restriction 95 cm (3 ft 1 in)
Must transfer from wheelchair

Wild West Falls Adventure Ride (formerly Wild Wild West) is an 8-seater flume ride at Warner Bros. Movie World on the Gold Coast, Australia. The ride features geysers, mine shafts, a ghost town and an inevitable drop as the climax of the ride. The drop is the largest of its kind in Australia.[2] The ride has since been replicated at Parque Warner Madrid as the Rio Bravo, which opened in 2002.[3]

History[edit]

Wild West Falls Adventure Ride was originally scheduled to be named Rio Bravo and themed after the film of the same name.[4] The ride's name was then changed to Wild Wild West after the film of the same name starring Will Smith and Kevin Kline.[5] The mountain peak was destroyed before being placed in position in an accident prior to opening.[5]

The ride officially opened to the public on 26 December 1998.[1]

Wild Wild West had its name changed to Wild West Falls Adventure Ride in 2001 due to a licensing dispute.[citation needed] Despite this, a video shown in the queue for the ride despicting scenes from various classic Warner Bros. westerns as well as Wild Wild West's trailer and music video, remains in use.

The ride was closed in December 2003 when an after hours fire caused significant damage to the top of the ride.[6] After repairs and modifications, it was reopened a few weeks later.[7]

In 2002, a similar ride called the Rio Bravo (named after the film) opened at Parque Warner Madrid. It was manufactured by Intamin.

Summary[edit]

The long path towards Wild West Falls is marked by an entrance sign.
The final drop of the Wild West Falls Adventure Ride.

Queue[edit]

Riders enter a queue next to the Rio Bravo merchandise shop. The indoor queue weaves around a series of wild-west-themed items. During peak periods, an undercover queue can be opened which is located south of the normal queue. With or without the extended queue, riders then pass through an unused pre-show room before arriving at the ride station.

Station[edit]

Throughout the load and unload station riders must mount and dismount the boat while it is moving at a slow speed along a conveyor belt. The conveyor belt can be stopped for those who need assistance in boarding. Guests are loaded into one of several 8-person boats which seat pairs of riders across 4 rows.

Ride[edit]

The first section of the ride is slow water channel the weaves its way towards the first lift hill. At the top of the lift hill riders are slowly rotated on a turntable. The 2 bandits shoot the machine until A surprise backwards drop takes riders into a faster section of whitewater rapids. This heavily themed section includes an Indian settlement, a wild-west ghost town and a graveyard, before taking guests into the Rio Bravo mine.[8][9] The boat ascends the second lift hill to the top of the mine. A distressed miner warns the riders to escape before the mine explodes. A second turntable rotates riders to face the final drop. As the doors open the raft is slowly pushed out of the mine and down the drop.[8] Riders can reach speeds of up to 70 kilometres per hour (43 mph) as they descend the 20-metre (66 ft) drop.[1] An on-ride photo is taken of the riders near the top of the final drop.[8] A turn to the left takes the riders into the unloading station. Riders exit via the Rio Bravo shop where ride photos are displayed.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Herde, Chris (1999-01-02). "Action themes aplenty". Advertiser, The (Adelaide, Australia) (2 - Metro ed.). pp. A34. 
  2. ^ "Wild West Falls (Warner Bros. Movie World)". Parkz. Retrieved 4 June 2011. 
  3. ^ Coaster Kingdom. "Rio Bravo, Movie World Madrid". Coaster Kingdom. Retrieved 30 April 2012. 
  4. ^ O'Brien, Tim (21 September 1998). "Rio Bravo Ride To Open At WB Movie World Australia". Amusement Business 110 (38): 14, 16. 
  5. ^ a b B, Dorries (1998-11-10). "Fire destroys Wild West flume ride". The Courier Mail (6 - Logan ed.). p. 007. 
  6. ^ Cain, Christine (6 December 2003). "Wild West erupts like Krakatoa". Gold Coast Bulletin. p. 2. 
  7. ^ Rogers, Jenny (25 December 2003). "Ride back on track Movie World wild with delight at re-opening". Gold Coast Bulletin. p. 7. 
  8. ^ a b c McClelland, Tim (30 August 2009). "Wild West Falls HD POV (Movie World, Australia)". Video. YouTube. Retrieved 4 June 2011. 
  9. ^ Warner Bros. Movie World. "Wild West Falls Adventure Ride". MyFun. Retrieved 4 June 2011. 

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