List of incidents at Warner Bros. Movie World

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This is a list of notable incidents that have taken place at Warner Bros. Movie World in Gold Coast, Queensland Australia.

The term incident refers to major injury, injuries, deaths, and significant crimes. While these incidents are required to be reported to regulatory authorities for investigation, attraction-related incidents usually fall into one of these following categories:

  • Negligence on the part of the park, either by ride operator or maintenance.
  • Caused by negligence on the part of the guest. This can be refusal to follow specific ride safety instructions, or deliberate intent to break park rules.
  • The result of a guest's known, or unknown, health issues.
  • Act of God or a generic accident (e.g. slipping and falling) that is not a direct result of an action on anyone's part.

Arkham Asylum – Shock Therapy[edit]

  • On January 10, 2017, around noon the coasters lift chain malfunction leaving 19 women and one man stuck on top of the lift hill for 40 minutes. Firefighters used a cherry picker to rescue four of the patrons while the rest descended via a ladder.[1]

DC Rivals HyperCoaster[edit]

  • On July 29, 2019, a 10-year-old girl was struck in the face by a bird while riding the coaster. Fortunately, she did not suffer any serious injuries.[2]

Doomsday Destroyer[edit]

  • On January 31, 2018, the ride safety operating system automatically engaged trapping guests upside down for three minutes. No firefighters or paramedics were called. The ride was due for maintenance in August 2018.[3]

Guest Altercations[edit]

  • In December 2008, 14-year-old Corey Cross was on a field-trip to Movie World when he was knocked down in a crowd, resulting in a broken wrist. He took the park to court, suing them for lost wages, due to him being unable to work as a paperboy with a broken wrist. The park settled out of court in 2010.[4]

Green Lantern Coaster[edit]

  • On January 8, 2013, the coaster stopped on the tracks twice. Before noon, eight teenagers were stuck on the ride for 70 minutes due to a minor wiring issue. Later, eight more teenagers were stuck on the ride for half an hour while the problem was identified and fixed.[5]
  • On 15 March 2015, one car of a train became detached from rails when a wheel mechanism broke.[6] A Queensland Fire Service Inspector described it as "a fairly catastrophic failure of the carriage" that was the "first time we'd ever seen the actual failure of the machinery".[6] An investigation revealed that there was a design flaw in the wheel assembly dealing with a bolted joint, and that there was "really nothing that Movie World could have done to prevent it.[7] S&S Worldwide redesigned the flawed components, and tested the ride, before it reopened to the public on 16 December 2015.[8]
  • On November 19, 2016, the coaster stopped on the tracks for 30 minutes due to a "computer fault", leaving sixteen guests stuck on the ride.[9]

Police Academy Stunt Show[edit]

  • On February 5, 2003, three experienced pyrotechnic workers suffered serious burns to their faces, bodies and hands in a powerful explosion at the Warner Roadshow Studios on the Gold Coast.[10]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Movie World visitors freed after roller coaster malfunction". Australian Broadcast Corporation. 25 January 2017. Archived from the original on 20 March 2018.
  2. ^ Michael Hollan (29 July 2019). "Video shows young girl hit in the face by bird while riding roller coaster". Fox News. Retrieved 19 August 2019.
  3. ^ Robbemond, Amanda (1 February 2018). "Gold Coast's Movie World leaves passengers in tears after it stops upside down". Gold Coast Bulletin.
  4. ^ "Teenage paperboy sues Warner Bros Movie World for lost earnings over broken wrist". The Courier Mail. 22 April 2010.
  5. ^ "Coaster right to roll after passengers left hanging". Australian Broadcast Corporation. 9 January 2013. Archived from the original on 20 March 2018.
  6. ^ a b Huxley, Jessica (17 March 2015). "According to rescuers, Gold Coast Movie World's Green Lantern breakdown was a 'catastrophic failure'". Gold Coast Bulletin. News Corporation. Retrieved 30 December 2015.
  7. ^ Moore, Tony (30 October 2015). "Bolt joint failed on Movie World's Green Lantern ride: inspectors". Brisbane Times. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 30 December 2015.
  8. ^ Wilson, Richard (19 December 2015). "Green Lantern reopens after nine month downtime". Parkz. Retrieved 30 December 2015.
  9. ^ Felicity Caldwell, Toby Crockford (20 November 2016). "Movie World's Green Lantern breakdown at the Gold Coast blamed on 'computer fault'". Brisbane Times. Archived from the original on 20 March 2018.
  10. ^ "Movie World explosion injures three". The Age. 5 February 2003. Archived from the original on 21 March 2018.