Australia Needs a B&M

Thursday, January 3, 2002 4:45 AM
Does anyone think this will happen in the near future?

The only park I can see building one would be Dreamworld. Movie World havn't built anything decent aimed at thrill seekers since Lethal Weapon (I hear that is getting a bit rough these days, Vekoma btw)

SW are definetly not interested in thrill rides and Wonderland hasn't done anything since SP7.

Personally I would like to see one at DW, there are rumors of a new ride in the mix (after all cyclone isn't
really a new ride) and they certianly have the room for it and the tourist $$.

I am really annoyed that they are promoting cyclone as the tallest fastet in the southern hemisphere. How many tmajor theme parks are there in the southern hemishere? Cyclone is nothing but a not so new (its not that old either) Arrow double looper, Even if it is smooth now, with the work out it will get at DW, I can't see it staying that way.

Anyway, just a nonsense ramble.

I know there are a few aussies on this board, what kind of ride would you like to see added to an Aussie theme park?

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Thursday, January 3, 2002 5:26 AM
I'm not an aussie, but I think Australia has a LOT of potential that big themers (SF, Paramount, CF) are not looking hard enough at. What kind of B&M should be there, because most are being duplicated by other companies? I am wondering what Wnderland is doing. They seem to be getting a little skimpy on the improvements. You really have to wonder is they are saving up.
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Thursday, January 3, 2002 5:37 AM
Well, I don't know about wonderland. The goldcoast gets alot of tourists both domestically and internationalyy (especially from Japan). I went to wonderland a few years ago, and just the general atmosphere was terrible compared to the gold coast parks.

Dreamworld already has some awesome ride, and Giant Drop is the tallest drop in the world (it uses the all of the 390ft tower, and drops to only a few meters from the bottom) but they don't have any great coasters.

I don't know if SF, Paramount or CF would buld a new park, but I would love to see them take over or invest in an existing one (preferably DW).

With regards to what kind of B&M they should build, I don't think it would matter, as long as it was original . No coaster we have here would even come close to it in smoothness and thrills. apart from the vekoma inverted coaster at MW, the most inversions we have on a coaster is 3 (a corkscrew) the rest only have 2 to my knowledge.

A flooless or a standup would be great, it wouldn't take much to be the highest steel coaster here (I don't count TOT as a coaster)

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Thursday, January 3, 2002 5:43 AM
If anyone were to build a new park, it would probably be Disney or Universal. Six Flags and Cedar Fair haven't shown any interest in expansion by new construction, and I don't think it fits into their strategy.

With Disney and Universal in Europe and Asia, that only leaves one place to go, and that's south.

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Thursday, January 3, 2002 5:46 AM
There are only 18 million people in AUS, I don't know if that would be enough to support a Disney Theme park.
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Thursday, January 3, 2002 10:16 AM

zztopless said:
There are only 18 million people in AUS, I don't know if that would be enough to support a Disney Theme park.

Plus, the Australian dollar is really in the toilet right now .. A ride which costs $14 million in the US, would be at least $28 Australian ... And that's just a direct exchange .. I'm willing to bet that labor would cost more there too.

Besides, with all the sun, surf, beer and women we have in Australia, who the heck wants to ride a coaster?! ;)

Cam.
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Thursday, January 3, 2002 1:59 PM
Don't forget Steve Irwin ;)

I love that show

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Thursday, January 3, 2002 2:05 PM
For anyone not aware of this yet, I have news of a new park being built in Melbounre Australia, It is to be a Paramount Park called Paramount's Studio Adventure, and was due to open late 2001, but I hear the park has run into finacial difficulties so the opening will be delayed it seems. The park will be themed around Paramount's film and TV properties and the plans shows several coasters(About 6 Coasters), inlcuding a wooden coaster which is part of the Park's Future plans, No word on whether the coasters that will open with the park will/could be a B&M, but I dought it somehow??

As to some more info, I have found out from a source of mine in Australia, that it's going to be in the docklands area which is pretty close to the city centre. It was formerly the docks and they've built a footie ground and residential bits and pieces there.

I am trying to find out more from my source about this park, but I havent been able to speak to him for a few days, but hope to speak to him next week, Hopefully he will have more info for me then????Will try and keep you all posted??

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Friday, January 4, 2002 7:49 AM

PaulD said:
For anyone not aware of this yet, I have news of a new park being built in Melbounre Australia, It is to be a Paramount Park called Paramount's Studio Adventure, and was due to open late 2001, but I hear the park has run into finacial difficulties so the opening will be delayed it seems.

I grew-up in Melbourne, and still visit every few years .. I have heard about this Paramount park, too .. But last I heard was that it's been cancelled entirly.

I don't recall (so I can't quote) a source for this info, so it may not be true.

I will see if I can find out more.

On a more positive note, Luna Park re-opened in September 2001 after a 6+ month rehab .. Supposedly it's completely fabulous now, and I can't wait to get back there next year.

Cam.

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Saturday, January 5, 2002 3:54 PM
For a sec there I thought you meant LP Sydney! :) Yep, the Paramount park was to be built opposite the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Actually it was to have 3 coasters, most likely a Volcano & Top Gun coasters. What a bummer that it was scrapped.

I can see DW building a Beemer. Wish I could say the same for WLS :(. Not an Invert as people will say it's the same as LW (yeah right.) A Floorless will have them saying it's a coaster with no floor. Therefore a Stand-Up is most likely as it's the most unique one. Unless it's a Flyer. I personally like the Sit-Downs (haven't been on a Floorless.) Not a Hyper as I'm a loopy fan :). Then again a Hyper might appeal to the GP more - fine by me. Or a Hyperlooper - see below.

However the 4D looks freaking awesome. Imagine DW with one. That would be sheer heaven. I think I would rather this than a Beemer (can't believe I'm saying this.) Plus Arrow designed the Corkscrew & Big Dipper/Cyclone & have a relationship with Aussie. B&M doesn't.

BTW, it's true the Cyclone is the tallest/fastest in the SH. Or are you referring to the lack of parks? If so, yeah it's a cop-out. Why not in the world? :) Well, T.o.T was the first to hit 100mph (S:TE first designed to do so) & hit 107mph in tests and the GD is the tallest FF in the world at 390ft.

Can you imagine DW building a 412+ft tall coaster to beat the Heide Park Tera? ;)

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