Adventure World (amusement park)

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This article is about the theme park in Australia. For the amusement park in the United States formerly under the same name, see Six Flags America.
Adventure World
Slogan Have an AWesome Day.
Location Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Coordinates 32°05′46″S 115°49′05″E / 32.096°S 115.818°E / -32.096; 115.818Coordinates: 32°05′46″S 115°49′05″E / 32.096°S 115.818°E / -32.096; 115.818
Opened 30 November 1982 (1982-11-30)
Previous names Edgley's Adventure World
Operating season September through to April
Rides
Total 36
Roller coasters 2
Water rides 16
Website adventureworld.net.au
Information from Parkz Database.[1]


At the time of launch this $3.5m colossus was the largest rain fortress in Australia

Adventure World is a theme park in Perth, Western Australia. It is located in Bibra Lake, 20 km from the CBD. The park opened on 11 November 1982 as "Edgley’s Adventure World"[2] and undergoes a winter closure each year.

Michael Edgley International created and ran the park from its inception to December 1990. 380,000 tonnes of sand were used to reshape the land contours of the industrial dump site into a suitable theme park location.[2] Since 1999, Omni Leisure Operations has been managing the park. In 1999 LeisureWide Property Trust (a 40% owner of Omni Leisure and owned by Macquarie Bank) did not act on their option to buy Adventure World[3] and since 2000 a West Australian, Steve Sicerich, has owned the park.[2]

The Theme Park includes world-class attractions such as the $12 million roller coaster “Abyss” launched in 2013, the $7 million dollar Kraken, the longest, tallest and steepest Funnel water slide on the planet, the enchanting “Dragon’s Kingdom” and popular Hawaiian resort themed “Kahuna Falls” (an aqua rain fortress) to name a few of the 25 attractions set in beautifully landscaped botanical gardens and lawns. Adventure World is a seasonal business open for 7 months a year to take advantage of Western Australia's summer climate.

The business’ ‘common purpose’ statement is “we create happiness and long lasting magical memories by providing the finest theme park entertainment for people of all ages all of the time” and this underpins every business decision.

Adventure World is committed to providing Guests with unique and memorable experiences, driven by excellent customer service and ‘pristine presentation standards’ that ensures each visit to the Theme Park exceeds expectations.During the Adventure World trading period 2014/15, Adventure World achieved the highest percentage of 4 and 5 star reviews of any theme park, amusement park or water park in Australia at a combined 82.5%.

History[edit]

Adventure World is Western Australia’s only hybrid Theme Park/Water Park. Adventure World is conveniently located adjacent to stunning Bibra Lake, which is 25 minutes’ drive from City of Perth and 10 minutes’ drive from the port City of Fremantle. It is well connected by public transport from these Western Australian arrival points’ and tourist hubs.

Adventure World was built on an old limestone quarry at Bibra Lake following the dream of entertainment entrepreneur Michael Edgely. It took 380,000 tonnes of sand to reshape the land contours to the initial landscape of the park before Michael Edgley International launched “Edgley’s Adventureworld at Bibra Lakes” on 11th November 1982 telling the world “We built it for you to have the adventures of a lifetime in a single day, just for fun”.

The aim of Adventure World was to provide entertainment that was “healthy, appealing to all ages and unique in this country”.

Adventure World opened with some of the iconic elements that are still present today such as:

Skull Rock – the largest aesthetic cave like structure channeling visitors from the pool to the wildlife area The Ole Swimming Hole (now The Lagoon) - which was the largest free-form swimming pool in the Southern Hemisphere at the time of construction being just over 1.5 Olympic Swimming pools and featuring anchored rafts and a waterfall Water Mountain with the longest waterslides in Western Australia and never before seen in Australia, the Rocky Mountain Rapids. The animal participation park (now Aussie Wildlife Experience) where visitors could hand feed baby animals and native fauna or visit the aviaries Plus Bumper Boats (now Buccaneer Battles) and the Grand Prix Race Track In 2000, Adventure World was bought out of receivership by a West Australian born and bred owner who lives only 15 minutes from Adventure World. The new owner saw value in some of the key attractions and the potential to develop Adventure World into a more diverse attraction that caters to the outdoor entertainment and escapist needs of the entire family in the growing technological world. The new owner set about investing in the park through renovation and redevelopment based on this premise and Adventure World saw rapid physical change in the next decade.

2013 saw the biggest investment in Adventure World’s 30-year history with the introduction of the world-class roller coaster ‘Abyss’ costing $12 million. Boasting the latest and most advanced ride technology in Australia, Abyss reaches -1 to 4.5 G-Forces – a thrust greater than that experienced during a space shuttle launch. The Roller Coaster has lived up to its hype being touted as ‘Australia’s Best Roller Coaster’ by Ed Dickinson, founder of the Australian Coaster Club.

In 2015, a $7 million fully themed, mega water slide called Kraken arrives at Adventure World. It is the longest, tallest and steepest Tornado 60 water slide of its kind on the planet.

Attractions[edit]

52m shot and drop ride
At Adventure World, Perth
At Adventure World, Perth

The following is a list of the rides and attractions at Adventure World.[1]

  • Dragon's Kingdom - An enchanting medieval land of Yarli the Lovable Dragon, his little sister Yarlotte, grandfather Yarold and their friend Flossy the Fairy. The land contains:
  • Tidal Wave - a mat water slide where guests race head first to the finish[9]
  • Rail Rider - a single rail pedal attraction[10]
  • Grand Prix Raceway - a set of go karts[11]
  • Buccaneer Battle - a set of bumper boats[12]
  • Kahuna Falls - The largest water playground of its kind in Australia.
  • Rocky Rapids - a tube slide[13]
  • Mat Slides - a series of water slides where guests ride on mats[14]
  • Sky Lift - a chairlift[15]
  • Sea Serpents - a pair of dueling raft waterslides made by Australian Waterslides and Leisure[16]
  • Tunnel of Terror - a tandem tube slide[17]
  • Wahoo Speed Slides - a body slide[18]
  • The Lagoon - a large swimming pool[19]
  • Inferno - a spaceshot ride built on the old Turbo Mountain site[20]
  • The Black Widow - a Zamperla Power Surge marketed as a "machine to make people puke"[21][22]
  • The Rampage - a Moser Maverick 32 [23]
  • Abyss - a $12 million Gerstlauer Euro-Fighter roller coaster which is the single largest investment in the park's history.[24][25]
  • The Kraken - a $7 million Proslide Tornado 60 Waterslide

Previous[edit]

Future[edit]

Every two years, Adventure World announces a new major attraction, nicknamed MI (Major Impact) followed by a number (in sequential order). In 2016, MI3 was announced, opening in September 2017. The ride is estimated to cost at least $7.5 million and be the largest of its type in Australia.

Park Map

Food and beverage outlets[edit]

Adventure World has many food outlets. These are:

  • Dragon's Bites
  • Frozone & Fairy Floss
  • The Surf Shack
  • Kahuna Cafe
  • Kahuna Kiosk
  • Domino's 2 Go
  • Kahuna Espresso
  • Below Zero

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Parkz. "Adventure World". Database Entry. Parkz. Retrieved 4 July 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c Adventureworld.net.au Background information. Accessed 21 February 2005.
  3. ^ "Trust Takes Option on Adventure World" by Fran Spencer, The West Australian, 28 January 1999
  4. ^ Adventure World. "Dragon's Kingdom". Adventure World. Retrieved 21 May 2013. 
  5. ^ Parkz. "The Little Leaper (Adventure World)". Database Entry. Parkz. Retrieved 7 July 2010. 
  6. ^ Parkz. "The Barnacle (Adventure World)". Database Entry. Parkz. Retrieved 7 July 2010. 
  7. ^ Parkz. "Dragon Express (Adventure World)". Database Entry. Parkz. Retrieved 7 July 2010. 
  8. ^ Parkz. "Dragon Flyer (Adventure World)". Database Entry. Parkz. Retrieved 7 July 2010. 
  9. ^ Parkz. "Aqua Super 6 Racer (Adventure World)". Database Entry. Parkz. Retrieved 7 July 2010. 
  10. ^ Parkz. "Rail Rider (Adventure World)". Database Entry. Parkz. Retrieved 7 July 2010. 
  11. ^ Parkz. "Grand Prix Raceway (Adventure World)". Database Entry. Parkz. Retrieved 7 July 2010. 
  12. ^ Parkz. "Bumper Boats (Adventure World)". Database Entry. Parkz. Retrieved 7 July 2010. 
  13. ^ Parkz. "Rocky Rapids (Adventure World)". Database Entry. Parkz. Retrieved 7 July 2010. 
  14. ^ Parkz. "Mat Slides (Adventure World)". Database Entry. Parkz. Retrieved 7 July 2010. 
  15. ^ Parkz. "Sky Lift (Adventure World)". Database Entry. Parkz. Retrieved 7 July 2010. 
  16. ^ Parkz. "The Shotgun (Adventure World)". Database Entry. Parkz. Retrieved 7 July 2010. 
  17. ^ Parkz. "Tunnel of Terror (Adventure World)". Database Entry. Parkz. Retrieved 7 July 2010. 
  18. ^ Parkz. "Speed Slide (Adventure World)". Database Entry. Parkz. Retrieved 7 July 2010. 
  19. ^ Parkz. "The Lagoon (Adventure World)". Database Entry. Parkz. Retrieved 7 July 2010. 
  20. ^ Parkz. "Free Fall (Adventure World)". Database Entry. Parkz. Retrieved 7 July 2010. 
  21. ^ Adventure World. "Rides and Attractions - Power Surge". Adventure World. Retrieved 7 July 2010. [dead link]
  22. ^ Parkz. "The Power Surge (Adventure World)". Database Entry. Parkz. Retrieved 7 July 2010. 
  23. ^ Parkz. "The Rampage (Adventure World)". Database Entry. Parkz. Retrieved 7 July 2010. 
  24. ^ Adventure World. "The Secret". Adventure World. Retrieved 2 May 2013. 
  25. ^ Wilson, Richard (12 September 2013). "Adventure World coaster named Abyss". Parkz. Retrieved 12 September 2013. 
  26. ^ Parkz. "Bounty's Revenge (Adventure World)". Database Entry. Parkz. Retrieved 7 July 2010. 
  27. ^ Parkz. "Paddle Boats (Adventure World)". Database Entry. Parkz. Retrieved 7 July 2010. 
  28. ^ Parkz. "Whistle Stop Train (Adventure World)". Database Entry. Parkz. Retrieved 7 July 2010. 
  29. ^ Parkz. "Turbo Mountain (Adventure World)". Database Entry. Parkz. Retrieved 7 July 2010. 
  30. ^ Roller Coaster Database. "Turbo Mountain (Adventure World)". Database Entry. Roller Coaster Database. Retrieved 7 July 2010. 
  31. ^ Anon. "Facebook - Adventure World - Official Page's photos". Adventure World. Retrieved 23 July 2015. 

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