Dreamworld Clearing Land?

Wednesday, February 13, 2002 4:14 AM
I was at dreamworld today and when riding the giant drop I noticed a big area of land had been cleared (and was been worked on) out behind the Tiger Island area (well around that side anyway, i was ****ting myself at 390ft, but its out the back there). Earlier I saw a dump truck heading out the back when I was lining up for thunderbolt. Does anyone (*looks at Wayne*) know anythign about this, or if thats even Dreamworld's land?
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Wednesday, February 13, 2002 1:46 PM
didnt they just get that arrow junior looper?
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Wednesday, February 13, 2002 3:23 PM
Yup. Why can't they get a new ride the following year? *Thinks of certain US parks.* :)

That land has been known for some time & rumours have floated around it for some time. Someone said they saw surveying stakes/flags on the land & that it could be for a woodie. Also that DW was talking to Kirmes Revenue (sp) an European wooden coaster company about it. I haven't heard of them before.

Who knows?

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Wednesday, February 13, 2002 5:25 PM
Well if they get a wooden coaster, I hope they make sure its a good layout, as Dreamworld have no experience with wood. Well, that land is definetly cleared and been heavily worked on, so something must be ni the works...ill take a digital camera down there when I go next (probab;y next week) and try and get some photos of the clearing from the giant drop, or anywhere else with a good view of it.
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Thursday, February 14, 2002 1:26 AM
I was talking to Tony Braxton-Smith, CEO of the park a while back. Firstly, NO new projects are finalised yet, they have four or so projects they are looking into, most prominantly, the revamping of Thunderbolt. None of the other projects he was able to comment on.

Their next attraction, Thunderbolt, is set for mid-2003, and their next new attraction is looking at 2004. If they are clearing land, its either not the parks land (their land finishes just beyond Thunderbolt) or for landscaping of some sort.

Another thing, Dreamworld has commented a number of times to my best knowledge, that Wood is not an area they will be looking into in the near future.

And another thing - expect to see a lot happening around the park this time of year. It is maintenance time, after a busy summer. The Tubes on Thunder River Rapids are due for replacement this year, TOT is said to be going down for major rehab, and Giant Drop will be getting a lot of work with the Western Tower currently, basically stuffed. It is their current Priority to get Giant Drop working again.

A few sticks in the ground doesn't mean a coaster (especially not here).

Dreamworld's land I think ends past Tunderbolt and Cyclone, around where there is sort of a patch of Trees between it and the next porperty. Thunderbolt and Cyclone reach their proximity pretty much.

Richard

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Thursday, February 14, 2002 1:44 PM
Hey auscoasterman, i have a couple of questions for you, as you seem to know whats happening.

You said that the next attraction coming in 2003 is Thunderbolt. Now is that just a clean up of the present coaster or a new ride all together?? What are they going to do to improve the coaster. Add themeing or make it smoother. Please make it smoother!!!

Also how was the parks summer, is attendance up on last year (which would be a great result, with the lack of tourists around).

I am glad that they are fixing the big drop, it so needs both sides working. When are they getting the second train for Cyclone??

Finally, what is the ride coming in 2004, do you have any info!! Questions questions.

Cheers

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Thursday, February 14, 2002 8:40 PM
Ok, where to start... With Thunderbolt, they are talking to Arrow Dynamics, Vekoma (which is partners with Meisho, the makers of Thunderbolt) and KumbaK coasters, the newly formed company made of ex-Vekoma guys.

They are talking about redoing the ride - fixing the track, eliminating roughness, and replacing the trains. He said to me that this doesn't mean that the ride will be getting this done. If the situation is bad with the ride, the companies might well say, sorry,  we can't do much with that.

Attendance is up, better than the past few years over summer, they say the main crowd-bringer was Kato and Kaasha, the new cubs. You are probably surprised it isn't Cyclone that was the crowd bringer. I don't know if you've talked to many "normal" people, but most of their views on Cyclone is its just a recycled ride that wasn't good enough for Luna Park, and isn't terribly great.

As for new trains on Cyclone, and I quote, from what Tony said to me "Let me assure you, if Cyclone is as popular in two years time as it was on day one, we'll definately see a second train then." They seem reluctant to invest in a train and modified track (the computer system and the braking system has to be totally redone) this could almost cost as much as the ride cost them (they paid $3mil for the actual ride).

They can't tell me what the rides they are looking at are at the moment, other than TB and Cyclone, because they aren't actually looking at anything in particular, and as he said, if he told me anything, it wouldn't be definate at this stage.

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So what if the best coaster in Australia is a second hand Arrow?

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Friday, February 15, 2002 3:34 PM
thanks for the info. I am not surprised that the tiger cubs are more popular than Cyclone, but hey i am glad they kept the coaster in Aus, rather than scrapping it.

Just have to hope that all the rumours about Wonderland are true and we get to enjoy a new ride sometime soon.

Do you know when the new dark ride is opening at Movie world. It's a new generation mack mouse isn't it. With turntables??

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Friday, February 15, 2002 10:42 PM
July this year. Construction is looking great, the track is black, I saw it today. Looks very Wild Mouse to me, most definately Mack.
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So what if the best coaster in Australia is a second hand Arrow?
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