Dreamworld begins construction on its newest coaster

Posted Wednesday, September 5, 2001 4:40 AM | Contributed by Karl DeAngelo

Over the next few months, Twisted Rails is proud to be able to bring the construction of Dreamworld's newest coaster via guest photographer Wayne Currie. Relocated from the troubled Luna Park, the coaster will be one of the tallest and fastest gravity based coasters on the southern hemisphere.

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Wednesday, September 5, 2001 6:35 AM
Awesome! I was wondering if someone was going to document the Dipper's reconstruction, who better than Twisted Rails as they're one of the best construction sites.

I visited Luna Park every week to take photos of it's deconstruction. It took 6 weeks & over 100 photos. Unfortunately it will take some time to scan them in & post online as I haven't got a digital camera. It's on my wish-list. :) Maybe Karl will put them up on his site.

Wednesday, September 5, 2001 6:40 AM
I was wondering what happened to that ride (Big Dipper, featured on World's Greatest Roller Coaster Thrils). It has the same trains as on Drachen Fire.
Wednesday, September 5, 2001 2:54 PM
john peck's avatar This is going to be excellent re-construction!
I wonder how much of this classic Arrow they had to "cut down" as opposed to "unbolt". As we all know, Arrow are famous for "welding" parts of their rides.
I am also wondering if it will keep the origanal paint colors, or be painted differently.
Wednesday, September 5, 2001 4:04 PM
It's always great to see a coaster that has been not operating to come back and be rebuilt.

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Wednesday, September 5, 2001 10:17 PM
The ride looks like it will be blue in colour.  The track was unbolted but the surports were cut through.  The carriage was sitting on a piece of track to start with but it has now vanished from the construction yard.  the ride will be renamed, with the name to be released in October.  Enjoy the pics.
Saturday, September 8, 2001 6:27 PM
I guess we'll have to nickname wayne "the thunder from down under"...LOL
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Monday, September 10, 2001 3:32 AM
"Thunder" is an old rugby league nickname due to me being very heavy footed when I would run.  Only 115kg winger in the town.  Be sure to check out twistedrails as there is a new update from dreamworld as of the 9-9.

Till next time,

"Thunder from Down Under"
The Croc Man Rules!!!

Wednesday, October 24, 2001 5:41 AM
It's amazing how parks can hype up new rides. Dreamworld (http://www.dreamworld.com.au) have rebranded the old big dipper they have purchased from Luna Park, and called in the "Cyclone." They make it sound so innovative, but it's just the same old ride, rethemed! 

They also misled the public by saying it's biggest gravity rollercoaster in the Southern Hemisphere, as the "Bush Beast" at Wonderland Sydney (http://www.wonderland.com.au)  is definatley bigger and the last time I chaeck relied on gravity!

Heres what there media release has to say

CYCLONE WARNING!!!!! Dreamworld has whipped up a storm in recent days, announcing the name of its new high-tech rollercoaster as CYCLONE. Definitely not for the faint hearted, the new ride will simulate a real CYCLONE with lots of nail-biting twists, hair-raising turns, wild winds and water sprays. Standing an impressive 13-storeys (40 metres) high, Dreamworld's CYCLONE will be the biggest high-speed gravity rollercoaster of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere. Reaching speeds of up to 85km/ph and weighing almost 1000 tonnes, the whirl wind CYCLONE is set to blow guests away with all the white-knuckle swoosh factors of a hair-raising 360-degree loop and a screaming sidewinder.CYCLONE will join Dreamworld's collection of the tallest, fastest rides in the world when it officially opens this Christmas!! *** This post was edited by aussie op on 10/24/2001. ***

Friday, October 26, 2001 8:24 PM
Aussie opp,

Please re-read Dreamworlds press release and you will see that it states that it is the fassest OF ITS KIND.  Last time I looked at the Bush Beast, it was WOOD.  The Cyclone is STEEL,  so they are not of the same kind and would not be put in the same group/category.  Please read the info given to you carefully and you will notice this info is infact correct.

"Thunder from Down Under"
The Croc Man Rules!!!


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