Wipeout (Dreamworld)

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Wipeout
Wipeout Dreamworld logo.jpg
Dreamworld Wipeout.jpg
Dreamworld
Area Ocean Parade
Coordinates 27°51′52.16″S 153°18′57.69″E / 27.8644889°S 153.3160250°E / -27.8644889; 153.3160250Coordinates: 27°51′52.16″S 153°18′57.69″E / 27.8644889°S 153.3160250°E / -27.8644889; 153.3160250
Status Operating
Cost A$6,000,000
Opening date 26 December 1993 (1993-12-26)
General statistics
Attraction type Waikiki Wave Super Flip
Manufacturer Vekoma
Height 15 m (49 ft)
G-force 4
Capacity 480 riders per hour
Vehicles 1
Riders per vehicle 40
Rows 2
Riders per row 20
Duration 2:30
Height restriction 120 cm (3 ft 11 in)
Maximum Height 200 cm (6 ft 7 in)
References [1][2]
Q4U available

The Wipeout is a Vekoma Waikiki Wave Super Flip at Dreamworld on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.[1][3] The opening of this ride in 1993 caused part of Country Fair to be rethemed to Ocean Parade.[4][5]

History[edit]

On 26 December 1993, Dreamworld opened its tenth themed area, Ocean Parade.[1][6][7] The area took over the northern portion of the existing Country Fair themed area.[8] Ocean Parade's flagship attraction was the $6 million Wipeout.[6] The ride was the world's first Vekoma Wakiki Wave Super Flip – a ride similar to a traditional Top Spin.[2][9] At the same time, the Roulette was rethemed to become the Stingray and relocated to a new location.[8][10][11]

As of 2013, Wipeout is one of only two Wakiki Wave Super Flips in the world; the other being Huracan at Six Flags Mexico.

The ride experience has been modified several times throughout its lifetime. The most major modifications occurred in the latter half of 2007. Due to water restrictions and the deterioration of the ride, the original lagoon was drained. Previously the lagoon featured water jets and a robotic shark, named Fluffy, that would circle underneath. Between of 3 February 2014 and the 28th of July 2014, the Wipeout was closed for a major refurbishment including a repainting and return of the water jets and other effects.[1]

Ride[edit]

By first looks, the ride is an ordinary top spin, though the ride is based on the top spin style of ride but features a main difference. One of the arms can bend to allow for diagonal twists and turns rather than only horizontal. The bending arm allows for one side of the ride to travel in a clockwise direction, with the other in a counter-clockwise direction. The ride first starts off by going straight up and down, then swings at the top three times then goes back down straight and up again. Then it locks into position and the two arms start to move and go in the opposite direction to each other and the gondola goes upside down and back up another two times, on the third time it does it, and it flips all the way round twice once or sometimes not at all. Then the ride goes in every way possible swinging passengers around (but not upside down) and keeps going and then it slows down at the front of the ride and the left arm stops while the right arm goes around and then the other starts to go again and goes around once and stops at the wave and locks. After 10 seconds the gondola locks and both arms go very slowly in the same direction all the way to the way to the top very slowly locked upside down and then releases and does another back-flip, and swings back and forth till it gets to the top. Once at the top on good days it will lock upside down and on other days it does two big swings and then both arms go in the same direction all the way and the brakes are applied and goes back and docks.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Wipeout (Dreamworld)". Database Entry. Parkz. Retrieved 12 July 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "Vekoma Wakiki Wave Super Flip". The Flat Joint. Retrieved 12 July 2010. 
  3. ^ "Wipeout". Dreamworld. Retrieved 12 July 2010. 
  4. ^ "Dreamworld Map 1991". Historical Archive. Scottware. Retrieved 12 July 2010. 
  5. ^ "Dreamworld Map 1994". Historical Archive. Scottware. Retrieved 12 July 2010. 
  6. ^ a b "Dreamworld History" (PDF). Dreamworld. Retrieved 17 December 2011. 
  7. ^ TheBigClaw (10 March 2011). "Dreamworld Archives Episode Two - Ocean Parade Opening Day". YouTube. Retrieved 13 February 2012.  Check date values in: |year= / |date= mismatch (help)
  8. ^ a b "Park Map". Dreamworld Dreamsite. 1994. Retrieved 13 February 2012. 
  9. ^ "Vekoma Waikiki Wave Super Flip". The Flat Joint. 2005. Retrieved 13 February 2012. 
  10. ^ "Stingray (Dreamworld)". Parkz. Retrieved 29 January 2012. 
  11. ^ "Park Map". Dreamworld Dreamsite. 1991. Retrieved 13 February 2012. 
  12. ^ WtfSimpleplan. "Wipeout Dreamworld, Gold Coast Australia". Video. YouTube. Retrieved 12 July 2010. 

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