Dazzeland

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Dazzeland
Slogan Australia's Premier Indoor Theme Park[1]
Location Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Coordinates 34°55′20″S 138°36′2″E / 34.92222°S 138.60056°E / -34.92222; 138.60056Coordinates: 34°55′20″S 138°36′2″E / 34.92222°S 138.60056°E / -34.92222; 138.60056
Opened 1991[2][3]
Closed 31 January 1998 (1998-01-31)[4]
Rides
Roller coasters 1[5]

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.[6] 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.[1][7]

With the park's closure on 31 January 1998,[4] 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.

In late 2015 it was announced that Dazzeland will return in 2016 as a venue for the Adelaide Festival of Arts.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Advertising:Here's Your Ticket to Ride at Dazzeland". The Times (Victor Harbour). 91, (4,423). South Australia. 16 August 1996. p. 9 (TIMES). Retrieved 28 February 2017 – via National Library of Australia. 
  2. ^ Remembering the razzle of Dazzeland at the Myer Centre, Tim Williams, City Messenger, October 25, 2012, Adelaide Now, ...Dazzeland when the fun park opened at the top of the Myer Centre in 1991...
  3. ^ Myer Centre and Dazzeland, 1991, retrieved 28 February 2017 
  4. ^ a b "Chance to buy a fun park". The Advertiser. Adelaide, Australia. 28 February 1998. p. 96. 
  5. ^ Rollercoaster track at top of the Myer Centre, 1991, retrieved 28 February 2017 
  6. ^ Publications > Other reports > SBSA 1993 > Chapter 14:CASE STUDY IN CREDIT MANAGEMENT: THE REMM GROUP, Auditor General's Department South Australia, ...14.7 APPENDICES > A REMM Group Ltd companies involved in the Myer Centre - Top of the Mall - Adelaide Development...
  7. ^ Dazzeland — Adelaide, March 5, 2016, Urban Exploring

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