Silly Dreamworld (Australia) observation

Tuesday, February 19, 2002 11:11 AM
This falls into the "who cares?" category, but has anyone else noticed that Australia's Dreamworld has two steel roller coasters (Cyclone and Thunderbolt) that bear the names of legendary Coney Island coasters?

Also, the Cyclone came from a park named Luna Park, which was one of Coney's greatest parks!

Just thought that someone would find that interesting...

Tuesday, February 19, 2002 3:30 PM
Dreamworld is also pretty close to Coney's Dreamland.
Off with the trims!
My fellow Americans; Let's Roll!
Tuesday, February 19, 2002 3:40 PM
Wow. And did you ever notice that the exact same thing can be said for SFNE - that's crazy!! 
Tuesday, February 19, 2002 3:45 PM
But the REALLY funny thing is that people complain about Batman and Superman being "over used" as names, yet noone says spit about Cyclone, Thunderbolt, JackRabbit, etc...
--who is all for legit beefs, justs hates inconsistancy...
Tuesday, February 19, 2002 4:08 PM
Thats because JackRabbit Cyclone and Thunderbolt were frequently used names back then

they were like the Batmans and the Corkscrews of today

When a park doesnt know what to name rides they look at other parks and BOOM they get a "new" name for their newest attraction. Dig?

Out of the coasters i've ridden here is wat i rank them overall:(ive been to canobie lake and SFNE)
1. S:RoS 2. Yankee Cannonball 3. Riverside Cyclone 4. Canobie Corkscrew 5. Thunderbolt 6. Galaxy 7. Mind Eraser 8. Dragon coaster 9. poison ivy's tangled

Tuesday, February 19, 2002 6:09 PM
Wow, I didn't even think of SFNE!

Jeremy's right... Batman, Superman, Boomerang and Mind Eraser are no worse than Jack Rabbit, Wildcat, and Cyclone when you stop to think about it.  I guess you can say that lack of originality when it comes to naming coasters is nothing new in the industry, although I doubt that people in 1930 cared (or even knew) that there were dozens of Jack Rabbits in the country.

Tuesday, February 19, 2002 6:22 PM
Plus I don't think they had the Internet then to look up coasters with the same name. ;)

Yup, here I am thinking how our coasters have 'old' names. They're sure original!

Another silly observation is both coasters have 2 inversions. Gee, is that amazing or what? This may change according to a new rumour on Screamscape. I don't believe a word of that.

Tuesday, February 19, 2002 11:30 PM
Taipan, there is actually quite a lot of truth to what is said at Screamscape, only naturally, you should divide most things said by about 15, and you should have the real answer.

Tony Braxton-Smith, CEO of Dreamworld told me, first hand on the telephone that the park is looking to see what their options were with Thunderbolt. At the time of the phone call, their  head engineer Bob Tan, was in Europe talking to Vekoma and Kumbak about the ride. All I'll say is another year or two and we'll see the fate of Thunderbolt.

Don't know about the slice and dice, leave the loops and the drop. To me, these were the roughest part of the ride! The first drop, which sounded like a shopping trolley rolling down a gravel hill (and felt like you were in it). The loops make people black out on a regular basis.

He did say that it is still likely that the companies they talk to say "Nope, nothing we can do there, sorry."

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

Wednesday, February 20, 2002 12:51 AM
G'day Rick. I said that because like you said, the drop & loops are the roughest part of the ride & thus didn't make sense. As for extra inversions such as corkscrews, forget it. IMO, DW is better off demolishing the whole thing & building a new ride. Otherwise will they rename it 'Thunderbolt's Revenge?' :)
Wednesday, February 20, 2002 2:13 AM
lol, yeah, and that'll fix the tacky name problem. 
Still, I think its good that Dreamworld is using second hand names.  Would you like to see the people who re-named the enterprise 'Reef Diver" let loose into the rest of the park?
Most of the new ride names at Dreamworld are stolen as well, (Tower of Terror, Giant Drop, Tiger Island, Wipeout), just thank god that they don't have the rights to the Warner Bros. Characters!

*** This post was edited by Joz on 2/20/2002. ***


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