Expo 88 Brisbane Suspended

Friday, April 12, 2002 11:44 AM

Hey

I know all about the Centrifuge at Expo 1988 but uhhhh... (ok this sounds dumb) but could you give me some info on it? i remember a while ago someone posted links to a page about expo88. Im just intrested to see the rides in their old state since ive seen all 3 coasters in their new homes.

thanx in advance

Dace

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Friday, April 12, 2002 3:42 PM

The old site of Expo 88 is around 10 minutes drive from my home. I had a half season pass to the place (it only ran for 6 months), but the rides were pay-per-ride.

Centrifuge, the Suspended, was white with blue supports. I can't remember the trains clearly, and have no photos of them. But I think they were similar to the other Vekoma suspened trains - with plane theming.

This ride was situated nearly entirely over water, an artificial pond. Some of the helices came very close to the water.

The Boomerang was called Titan, it was white with bluey-grey supports. The train was red with yellow trim.

The third, is one I know least about, is the Supernova. It was a fully indoor coaster, which I remember nothing of. I think it was a family sort of ride, not too fast, with special effects like stars etc on the roof and lights and stuff.

The whole park was themed to Space, hence it being called Space Park. It really wasn't much more than your average amusement park, only with the best of crazy 80's architecture.

If you want to know anything more, let me know.

I have plenty of photos around of the park, if you'd like I have plenty.

*** This post was edited by auscoasterman on 4/12/2002. ***

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Saturday, April 13, 2002 2:53 AM

Howdy

Im very intrested in pictures. Im looking for pics i could use but any pictures would be great to look out. are these the origional trains? http://ft.coasterwire.com/vekoma/hangin22.jpg thats the ride in its current form.

Titian is now demon which is pretty easy to find and Supernova is now Space Mountain at Dream World. Don't have any pics of that yet but im working on it

cheers

Dave

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Sunday, April 14, 2002 12:48 AM

Yep - those are the trains. With a more refreshing lick of paint too .

Here are 4 pictures of some things in the park:

http://www.totalthrills.com/~richard/images/centrifuge2.jpg
http://www.totalthrills.com/~richard/images/overview.jpg - the whole park, Titan on the left, Centrifuge on the right and in that big building at the back, Supernova.
http://www.totalthrills.com/~richard/images/titan1.jpg
http://www.totalthrills.com/~richard/images/titan4.jpg

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*** This post was edited by auscoasterman on 4/14/2002. ***

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Sunday, April 14, 2002 1:16 AM

roomraider said:

Supernova is now Space Mountain at Dream World.



Wanna answer that one Rick?

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Sunday, April 14, 2002 3:46 AM

Thats Dream World in Thailand, not our Dreamworld.

I always did wonder why Dreamworld didn't pick up these rides after Expo - I know John Longhurst (sole owner of Dreamworld until about 1994) had a lot to do with this park, and a man by the name of Ken Lord designed both Space Park and Dreamworld.

Which reminds, me... I've got to find out where he lives and give him a good puch in the nose, for firstly incorporating Thunderbolt into the design, and then for designing the park the way it was. It has take Dreamworld 20 years to rectify the state that the park was in - most noticalby, all those bridgeways around Giant Drop.

Still, beats Movie World's design, which is appauling for an amateur, let alone the late Mr. CV Wood. The mastermind behind much of Disneyland, as well as pretty much all of the Six Flags built Six Flags parks. The park consists of four dead ends. All of which have the major rides, so you'd imagine that crowds are mysteriously drawn to these places.

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So what if the best coaster in Australia is a second hand Arrow?
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*** This post was edited by auscoasterman on 4/14/2002. ***

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Sunday, April 14, 2002 6:13 PM

auscoasterman said:

Thats Dream World in Thailand, not our Dreamworld.

I always did wonder why Dreamworld didn't pick up these rides after Expo

Apparently the Boomerang was very close to going to Luna Park in Melbourne .. It was on the Luna Park website at one point.

Cam


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Sunday, April 14, 2002 6:47 PM
What? I didn't know LPM had a website in 1988. ;)
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Sunday, April 14, 2002 11:07 PM

Yeah, I remember that deal. I think it was financial reasons that lead to them not getting Titan. Look at both Luna Parks - both have had very shady owners in the past 20 years, and have been owned by literally dozens of people. Sydney would have been fine if it weren't for the Big Dipper noise issues. That park really could have been great. At the same time, Luna Park Melbourne has I think found some very good owners. They are taking care of the rides and investing into the park. I know the General Manager there, and from what I've heard, expect some interesting things to go in there in future years.

You know the land that Luna Park Melbourne is on is worth over $150 million! It has come very close to destruction a number of times, it all bubbles down to Scenic Railway. If that thing wasn't there anymore, Luna Park Melbourne would be long gone.

Now if only I could find a reason to get down to Melbourne. Then I'd be able to ride that thing. I was in Melbourne in 1992, but I was only there for a day as I had to take a boat to Tasmania. I was there again in 1995 I think, but the park was closed as I remember.

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