Trip report: Warner Bros. Movie World
Let me start this off by saying that this is actually my first trip report even though I’ve been on over 300 coasters, so sorry if it isn’t that high quality.
Warner Bros Movie World is a Park that I’ve had on my bucket list ever since DC Rivals opened. Seriously, that ride looks awesome, and it just so happened I was going to Australia for spring break, so I made a stop to Warner Bros Movie World for a day to check out DC Rivals and the other stuff. (Overall report first, individual ride reviews at the end)
I started out the day on the first train of the day on DC Rivals and it was running really sloooooowwwww. It was a pretty big disappointment at first, so we decided to move onto Green Lantern, with a 5 minute line, which was about what I expected.
After those two rides, I moved on to Superman, with a 10 minute wait. The ride was pretty cool and felt complete unlike most Intamin accelerators. And then there was the mistake of riding Arkham Asylum with a 5 minute wait and oh god... I’m gonna have nightmares about this thing...
After we did all 4 coasters that you can access from the same general area I crossed to the other side of the park to get to Scooby Doo Spooky Coaster with a 5 minute wait. I was disappointed by the fact that they’re redoing the theming so there was none left and it was literally a wild mouse in a dark box.
After that, we did a flat that I never got the name of, but it’s similar to Arrow 360 at Kennywood. It was alright I guess. It had the normal hang time you’d expect. After this I are lunch at an all you can eat place that was really quite great, especially for the price. $20 Australian got you an all you can eat buffet with some actually really good pizza.
After the food I took another ride on Superman and then headed back over to DC Rivals to see if it got any better. It got 100% better. It had insane ejector, took everything at a very quick pace and just read the review lower down. That ride is my new #1.
I took one more ride on green lantern and then bought tickets for DC Rivals backwards. What a really strange sensation going backwards on a ride as intense and full of ejector as this thing is. Holy crap. It was pretty awesome.
After this I went to the Justice League dark ride they had which felt like a total knockoff version of the Six Flags ones, which I’ve actually never been on, so I’m just guessing. And then I saw some stunt driver show which was mostly just people trying to get a crowd active and then cars sometimes doing drifts and then they’re done. Not a very great show at all.
The rest of the day, I just rerode everything but Arkham asylum because that ride was awful. Worst SLC I’ve ever been on, overtaking Flight Deck at Canada’s Wonderland as the worst SLC. Still not sure if it’s worse than Mighty Canadian Minebuster or the Volair clone at Coney Island.
This thing is absolutely incredible. It starts off with an insane curved drop, which I think wouldn’t be as awesome if it was straight actually. It then launches you into an absolutely amazing sustained ejector airtime hill, into the non-inverting loop. The loop wasn’t as good as I was expecting. It provides some great snap, but the airtime wasn’t as great as it was hyped to be on it. It then sends you into a weird Fury style turnaround sequence with low to the ground turns and almost an inclined dive loop. This is the weakest part of the ride. After this turnaround thing, there are a couple of airtime hills packed with airtime into a really forceful and intense helix. Out of the helix, you go through some banked airtime hills and then into my favorite part of the ride, 4 airtime moments with absolutely brutal airtime to finish out the ride. This is the most brutally awesome airtime I’ve ever had on a coaster, and this is my new #1, overtaking Outlaw Run. Probably won’t be for long with Steel Vengeance coming soon, though.
This is just a standard S&S El Loco, just with 4 across seating. The drop is awesome and it has good Hangtime. Other than that, it’s basically a wild mouse on steroids. It’s fun but this type of ride can only be so good.
This ride was the surprise of the trip. I was expecting basically Xcelerator with a top hat and turns. What I got was a well themed ride with a decent, not amazing, launch and some surprisingly good airtime. You start off with a pretty speedy run through the metropolis subways before Superman comes to save you from a collapsing tunnel. This first part has some really cool theming, but obviously not Disney level. The ride really starts when you get launched into a top hat. Every time, this tophat was the most boring part of the ride. It just barely crawls over it every time. No airtime at all on it at all. But the rest of the ride makes up for it 100%. You immediacy enter an intense banked turn into an ejector airtime hill. Repeat this again but to the left, and giving a good near miss with the building you just launched from. Another really highly banked turn/dive thing and into the breaks. It feels like a much more complete ride than Dragster or even Xcelerator. It didn’t feel short at all. I was really pleasantly surprised by this ride.
Scooby Doo Spooky Coaster
So it’s a mouse in a box. The theming was being refurbished. The only thing that makes it unique is a random prelude drop section that probably makes more sense if the theming actually was there and an elevator lift with a backwards drop before the true mouse in a box experience begins.
Literally it’s an SLC with updated trains. You would think the new trains would make it better, but they did not at all. They turned into giant thigh and shoulder crush. The ride was still really freaking jerky and it gave me an awful headache. And to make it worse, it’s an extended SLC, so it had an extra helix of death at the end. I hate this thing in every way possible.
I think Superman is closer to an 8.8
Hey man, I thought it was better than an 8 but worse than a 9, but closer to 9, so 8.7 it is, haha
Haha, his TR, his rules, right?
I always find it funny, no matter what the scale of the rating system is, people always want to split the ratings to make it bigger. In a 4 star system, there's always half stars (3.5 stars,) which effectively makes it an 8 star scale. Go Intamin effectively turned his 10 pt scale into a 100 pt scale by using an 8.7. I swear, if someone used a 100 pt scale, they'd still fins a way to rank something 75.5%
But I digress.
I enjoyed the TR. Australia is a place I'd love to visit. I actually have friends in Sydney, but even then, Movie world is an over 9 hour drive. There's an Extremely small chance we may make it there in the next year for a wedding, but I'm not holding my breath. I'm just happy Green Lantern was an El Loco, and not one of those Intamin torture chambers. (A credit I elected not to take at SFMM)
In the same distance but complete opposite direction is Luna Park, which has the Scenic Railway, a 1912 coaster with a Brakeman. While it looks incredibly boring, it's something want to ride very badly.
Nice TR. Australia is definitely a place I'd like to visit, but the sheer distance (and expense) to get there and then the distance between things once there tends to be a turnoff. From the US east coast, I can get to Europe in 7 hours, versus like 27 hours and multiple connecting flights to get to Australia.
Also, WB Movie World's Justice League ride predates the Six Flags versions, so if anything, the Six Flags rides are the knockoffs (they really aren't though, and they're all from Sally Corp anyway).
I did not know that about the Justice league dark ride there, I thought it was all around the same time.
Tommytheduck, the drive from Sydney to Gold Coast is pretty bad, so instead, what we did is we flew to Gold Coast from Sydney. The flights actually aren’t super expensive and it’s only an hour.
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