Wiggles World

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Wiggles World
Wiggles World side entrance sign (Dreamworld).jpg
The entrance to Wiggles World from Tiger Island and the Tower of Terror.
Location Dreamworld
Coordinates 27°51′50″S 153°19′04″E / 27.863759°S 153.317792°E / -27.863759; 153.317792Coordinates: 27°51′50″S 153°19′04″E / 27.863759°S 153.317792°E / -27.863759; 153.317792
Opening date 17 September 2005
Replaced Gum Tree Gully
Rivertown
Theme The Wiggles
Attractions
Attractions 4 total
Other rides 3

Wiggles World is a themed land at the Dreamworld amusement park on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.[1] On 17 September 2005, the area opened replacing the previous Gum Tree Gully section.[2] Based on the musicians of the same name, the area was the first of several to be installed at theme parks around the world.[3]

History[edit]

During July 2005, Gum Tree Gully was closed to aid in the construction of Dreamworld's second children's area, Wiggles World. Only a narrow corridor remained for pedestrian access during the construction period.[4] On 17 September 2005 Wiggles World officially opened to the public with a performance by The Wiggles.[2][5] On the one-year anniversary of the opening of the area, Dreamworld added Dorothy's Rosy Tea Cup Ride.[6]

On 12 December 2006, American-based amusement park operator Six Flags released plans to partner up with The Wiggles to add Wiggles Worlds to some of their parks.[7] In 2007, Six Flags Great Adventure, Six Flags Great America, and Six Flags New England all opened a Wiggles World at their park.[8][9] This was followed by Great Escape in 2008 and Six Flags Fiesta Texas in 2009.[10][11] In late 2010, Six Flags terminated licenses with various brands including The Wiggles. This saw the areas changed to more generic themes such as KIDZOPOLIS and Safari Kids.[12][13]

In mid-2012, Dreamworld announced that they would be adding a new ride to Wiggles World. It was later revealed to be the Big Red Boat Ride.[14] The ride was officially opened on 14 December 2012 with 7 members of The Wiggles in attendance.[15]

By 2015, It has been incarnated into ABC Kids World which has additional children's Australian TV series such as Giggle and Hoot, Play School, and Bananas in Pyjamas

Attractions[edit]

The entrance to the Big Red Car Ride.

Big Red Car Ride[edit]

The Big Red Car Ride is a dark ride that takes 6 guests at a time on a 120-metre (390 ft) car journey through the Wiggles' house. The house features Wag's Kennel, Henry's Underwater Big Band, and Dorothy's rosy garden. The attraction opened with Wiggles World on 17 September 2005.[16][17]

The attraction was developed by two New Zealand-based firms who have previously worked for Walt Disney Imagineering prototyping autonomous vehicles.[18] Arvus Group oversaw the project and subcontracted the manufacturing of the trackless ride system to Simtech, a now-defunct manufacturer.[16][18][19] The trackless ride system relies upon a wire buried in the floor and allows the cars to rotate on the spot, something many track-based dark rides cannot do.[20] The five vehicles are recharged at the station through an inductive charging system.[18][21][22]

Dorothy's Rosy Tea Cup Ride[edit]

Exactly one year after Wiggles World opened, the area was expanded to include Dorothy's Rosy Tea Cup Ride. As the name suggests this ride is a tea cup ride. It features six separate cups for guests to board and spin as they wish.[6][23]

Big Red Boat Ride[edit]

In 2012 Big Red Boat Ride was added to Wiggles World. This is a Zamperla Rockin' Tug amusement ride.[14] The ride consists of a boat following a U-shaped track whilst slowly spinning. It is similar in concept to the Shockwave but provides a gentler ride experience.

Fun Spot[edit]

The Fun Spot is an activity centre featuring various interactive elements designed for children. The indoor attraction also features play kitchens, a mini supermarket, playhouses and a dress-up chest.[24]

SS Feathersword[edit]

The SS Feathersword is an interactive attraction situated alongside the Murrissipi River in Dreamworld. The attraction is a façade pirate ship which is used as a children's playground.[25]

Shopping and dining[edit]

Wiggles World is also home to a merchandise shop and a dining outlet. Guests can purchase a variety of Wiggles merchandise items from The Wiggles Shop, while they can top up on food at the Yummy Yummy Food Outlet.[26]

Character appearances[edit]

Wiggles World gives guests the chance to meet the Wiggles' friends. Guests can have their photo taken with Dorothy the Dinosaur, Wags the Dog, Henry the Octopus and Captain Feathersword.[27] From time to time, The Wiggles make appearances and performances at the park to advertise the area.[28]

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Park Map" (PDF). Dreamworld. Retrieved 15 July 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "Wiggles World (Dreamworld)". Database Entry. Parkz. Retrieved 6 August 2010. 
  3. ^ "Dreamworld History" (PDF). Dreamworld. Retrieved 6 August 2010. 
  4. ^ Connie, Scott (22 July 2005). "Wiggles World construction". Photo. Parkz. Retrieved 6 August 2010. 
  5. ^ "Wiggles settle down at Dreamworld". New Zealand Herald. 29 May 2005. Retrieved 29 May 2005. 
  6. ^ a b "Dorothy's Rosy Tea Cup Ride (Dreamworld)". Database Entry. Parkz. Retrieved 6 August 2010. 
  7. ^ "Six Flags Provides Game Plan for 2007". Six Flags. 12 December 2006. Retrieved 1 September 2012. 
  8. ^ Mullen, Amy (31 May 2007). "The Wiggles Open Wiggles World at Six Flags, NJ". Yahoo (Associated Content). 
  9. ^ "Wiggles World at Six Flags Great America to Open Saturday". Ultimate Rollercoaster. 4 May 2007. Retrieved 1 September 2012. 
  10. ^ "The Great Escape & Splashwater Kingdom - Lake George New York Theme Park". We Go Places. Retrieved 1 September 2012. 
  11. ^ Bailey, Scott (15 September 2008). "Six Flags Fiesta Texas to add Wiggles World in 2009". Retrieved 1 September 2012. 
  12. ^ "Six Flags Great Adventure Kids Rides". Six Flags. Retrieved 1 September 2012. 
  13. ^ MacDonald, Brady (25 November 2010). "Six Flags amusement parks prepare for thematic makeovers". LA Times. Retrieved 1 September 2012. 
  14. ^ a b "Discover Dreamworld Happiness This Summer - New Lands, New Rides And New Attractions" (Press release). Dreamworld. 21 November 2012. Retrieved 21 November 2012. 
  15. ^ Westthorp, Tanya (14 December 2012). "The Wiggles launch new Dreamworld ride". Gold Coast Bulletin. Retrieved 16 December 2012. 
  16. ^ a b "Big Red Car (Dreamworld)". Parkz. Retrieved 2 September 2013. 
  17. ^ "Big Red Car Ride". Dreamworld. Retrieved 6 August 2010. 
  18. ^ a b c "History". Arvus Group. Retrieved 2 September 2013. 
  19. ^ "Kung Fu Panda: Land of Awesomeness". Park World Magazine. 23 January 2013. Retrieved 2 September 2013. 
  20. ^ Wilson, Richard (13 September 2005). "Big Red Car (Wiggles World)". Parkz. Retrieved 2 September 2013. The ride features an innovative trackless design, eliminating the need for visible tracks to better allow the ride to blend in. 
  21. ^ Wilson, Richard (13 September 2005). "Big Red Car (Wiggles World)". Parkz. Retrieved 2 September 2013. The cars are able to rotate, making for some very interesting ride movements. 
  22. ^ Wilson, Richard (13 September 2005). "Big Red Car (Wiggles World)". Parkz. Retrieved 2 September 2013. The cars charge themselves over the station area. 
  23. ^ "Dorothy's Rosy Tea Cup Ride". Dreamworld. Retrieved 6 August 2010. 
  24. ^ "The Fun Spot". Dreamworld. Retrieved 6 August 2010. 
  25. ^ "SS Feathersword". Dreamworld. Retrieved 6 August 2010. 
  26. ^ Dreamworld and WhiteWater World Park Map (2009).
  27. ^ "Who to See". Dreamworld. Retrieved 6 August 2010. 
  28. ^ "Playing to millions but playing dad better". Sydney Morning Herald. 4 September 2005. Retrieved 6 August 2010. 

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