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Dreamworld
Location Template:City, Australia
Website http://www.dreamworld.com.au
Owner Macquarie Leisure Trust Group
Opened December 15, 1981
Operating season Year-round
Area 85 hectares (Template:Convert/LoffAonSoffNa)
Rides 45 total
  • 4 roller coasters
  • 2 water rides

Dreamworld is a large theme park situated on the Gold Coast in Queensland. It is currently Australia's largest theme park. It is well known for being the location of the Australian Big Brother House. In addition to Big Brother, Friday Night Games was also filmed at Dreamworld.

Dreamworld also features several restaurants and shopping outlets; a kids area Nick Central[1], Wiggles World [2] for toddlers and infants; as well as many themed areas such as Tiger Island, The Australian Wildlife Experience and Gold Rush Country. In December 2006, a new waterpark, WhiteWater World, operated by the same company as Dreamworld, opened next door to the park.

An event in which Dreamworld remains open after dark, Screamworld, is held at numerous times over the year where all thrill rides and a selection of children's rides are open outside park hours.[3]

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History

In 1974, John Longhurst put his dream of building a theme park into practice and purchased 85 hectares of land beside the Pacific Motorway in Coomera. The theme park was officially opened on November 15, 1981 by the Premier of Queensland of the time, Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen.[4]

Four months later, Dreamworld's first roller coaster, the Thunderbolt, was opened and remained the major attraction of the park for the next 15 years.

Many more thrill rides have been built since, with the world's (at the time) fastest roller coaster, Tower of Terror, opening in January 1997 followed a year later with the world's tallest freefall drop, the Giant Drop sharing the same 40-storey tower.

Since 2001, an alliance with Big Brother Australia, which is filmed at Dreamworld, has allowed the park to gain considerable media attention. Visitors to the park could visit the house from July to December of each year the series was filmed. The Big Brother house remains standing despite the 'axing' of the show by Network Ten in 2008. It is currently closed during park hours but is available for event hire.

The Cyclone roller coaster, originally based in Luna Park Sydney where it was known as "The Big Dipper", was relocated to Dreamworld due to noise complaints from nearby Sydney residents.[5]

An alliance with Nickelodeon saw Nick Central open on December 26, 2002. This themed area is based on a similar concept which Paramount Parks in the United States and Canada have used successfully at many of their parks.

In August 2004, The Thunderbolt was demolished and sold for scrap metal, with the park retaining a section of track and at least one train in the park's back-of-house areas.

The Claw, a powerful pendulum that swings 9 stories high, opened September 2004 and is still proving to be popular with visitors.

On September 10, 2005, Dreamworld's newest themed area, Wiggles World, opened based on The Wiggles and targeting infants and toddlers.

The Blue Lagoon water park area was closed in 2006 due to the construction of adjacent water park, WhiteWater World. The same year saw the opening of Australia's first FlowRider.

Mick Doohan's Motocoaster opened in late September 2007. Manufactured by Swiss company Intamin AG, it is Australia's first Motorbike Launch rollercoaster and is also the only of its kind to feature life-size replicas of 500cc motorbikes.

In 2008, the SpongeBob FlyPants ride opened in late June to add to the lineup of rides at Nick Central. On the 17 December the V8 Supercar Red Line driving simulation attraction opened.

Attractions

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Main Street

Main Street serves as the entrance and midway for the park, and mainly has shopping outlets scattered along the path. A few attractions can be found here.

  • Croc Pond - A pond with miniature crocodile boats drivable by park guests.
  • Dreamworld Railway - Another one of Dreamworld's original attractions which features a steam locomotive with several passenger trailers running on a loop around the park stopping at four stations; Main Street, Billabong, Australian Wildlife Experience and Rocky Hollow. Originally known as the Cannonball Express.
  • IMAX Theatre- An IMAX cinema currently displaying the Space Station IMAX film.
  • Remota Boats - A pond with miniature speedboats drivable by park guests. The pond was originally a fountain which hasn't operated since the introduction of local water restrictions.

Ocean Parade

Ocean Parade features three of the six major thrill rides at Dreamworld. The Claw, Wipeout and the Cyclone are within close proximity of each other. Ocean Parade has an Australian beach culture theme, and has beach-themed rides scattered around the area.

  • The Claw - A six million dollar Intamin Gyro Swing. Capable of swinging 120 degrees to a maximum height of nine stories, it offers views of Surfers Paradise, 20 kilometres away. Part of the Big 6 marketing campaign.[6]
  • Cyclone - An Arrow Dynamics Sitdown Looper is the tallest gravity roller-coaster in Australia. Originally named the Big Dipper and located at Luna Park Sydney, it was relocated to Dreamworld after controversies concerning the noise, which forced Luna Park to close for several years.[5] A minimum of 6 riders must be met before the ride can be operated. The ride itself lasts for approximately 45 seconds. Part of the Big 6 marketing campaign.
  • FlowRider - Born from the roots of surfing, skateboarding, snowboarding and bodyboarding, FlowRider is an artificial wave created on a flexible, trampoline-like base. This was Australia's first FlowRider installation. During park hours the ride operates in bodyboard mode where groups of 15 riders share a 30 minute session on the ride.[7] After park hours, stand-up boarding is made available for a 12 rider, hour long session.[8]
  • Game Site - A large indoor arcade with various attractions including bowling, video games and arcade machines.
  • Reef Diver - A SDC Enterprise which is painted bright yellow to stand out along with its Ocean Parade theming. Reaches speeds of up to 60km/h, and is suitable for guests 1 year of age and over (guests under 4 years of age must be accompanied by an adult).
  • Rock Climbing Wall - Situated next to the Wipeout, an ideal family attraction
  • Stingray A rotating ride featuring controlled lifting and tilting movements with a capacity for 36 riders.
  • Wipeout - A Vekoma Waikiki Wave Super Flip, costing AU$6 million opened in 1993 with the opening of the Ocean Parade precinct. It is capable of handling 40 riders at a time with ride cycles lasting 2.5 minutes. A minimum of 20 riders must be met before the ride can be operated. Part of the Big 6 marketing campaign.[9][10]
  • V8 Supercars Red Line is Australia's first full-motion virtual V8 Supercars experience. For a cost of $10, drivers can race against 3 other drivers (in other simulators) as well as 21 computer drivers.[11][12]
  • Alien vs. Predator vs. You or AVPX is a themed indoor laser skirmish attraction included in the admission price. Riders are split into two teams: Humans and Infected Humans. This attraction was built by Sudden Impact - the same company that built various other walk-through attractions for Dreamworld in the past.[13]

Nickelodeon Central

A section of the park designed specifically for children and teenagers, Nickelodeon Central features rides based on characters from the network. All but four of the attractions in Nick Central operated previous to the 2002 opening of the area.

  • Angry Beavers Spooty Spin - Rotating enclosed spinning ride themed to the Angry Beavers.
  • Blue's Skidoo - A rotating fixed arm plane ride themed to Blues Clues.
  • Dora the Explorer Sea Planes - A rotating fixed arm plane ride themed to Dora the Explorer.
  • Nick-o-Round - A general Nickelodeon themed Merry-go-round.
  • Rocket Power Bumper Beach- A Rocket Power themed Dodgem cars attraction. 'One way only' loop track.
  • Runaway Reptar Roller Coaster - The feature attraction of Nickelodeon Central which is themed from the fictional Rugrats monster Reptar. A 344 metre inverted sit-down roller coaster takes 20 riders up to a height of 15 metres through helixes, a camel hump and banked curves. It can travel up to 40 kilometres per hour.
  • Slime Bowl - An amphitheatre which features shows ranging from visitors getting "Slimed" to performances by SpongeBob SquarePants. See Nickelodeon Central - Live Shows
  • SpongeBob FlyPants - Newest attraction for Nick Central, opened June 2008. Rotating ride where riders are arranged in pairs in a lying down position.
  • Swinger Zinger - A Chair-O-Planes ride.
  • Wild Thornberry's Rainforest Rampage - A two level kids semi-indoor playground where kids are able to shoot soft foam balls from cannons along with many other activities.

Tiger Island and Rivertown

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Built around Dreamworld's central channel, Rivertown serves as the entrance to the Mick Doohan's Motocoaster and Tower of Terror rollercoasters. Tiger Island is a tiger exhibit located within close proximity of Rivertown.

  • Captain Sturt Riverboat - A paddle wheel boat which travels around a small river loop connecting Wiggles World with the Wiggles Farmyard Friends petting zoo on the opposite side of the loop.
  • Mick Doohan's Motocoaster - An Intamin AG Motorbike Launch Coaster which consists of a launch whereby riders sit on full-scale replica 500cc racing bikes arranged in eight rows of two with two sidecars attached to the right side of the last two motorbikes (The sidecars were initially designed to be in the middle of the trains). Two trains each with 16 riders are in operation. Placed second last in the worldwide Best Roller Coaster Poll 2007. Part of the Big 6 marketing campaign.
  • Tiger Island - One of only two exclusive tiger habitat exhibits in the world. It features Dreamworld tiger handlers putting on tiger shows daily with both Bengal and Sumatran tigers. The area has Indonesian style theming. Dreamworld is one of the leading contributors to tiger conservation with donations totalling nearly one million dollars to projects in India, Russia, and Sumatra.
  • Tower of Terror - An Intamin reverse freefall ride, based on the technology and design of Superman: The Escape at Six Flags Magic Mountain. When the ride first opened, it was the tallest and fastest ride in the world. It was the world's first roller coaster to break the 100mph speed barrier. It is now the world's fourth fastest rollercoaster (equally fast as Superman: The Escape). The ride's support structure, which it shares with the Giant Drop, is a major landmark on the Gold Coast reaching a height of 115 metres. The Tower of Terror cost Dreamworld AU$16 million to build.[14] Part of the Big 6 marketing campaign.

Wiggles' World

Based upon popular Australian children entertainers, The Wiggles, Wiggles' World is aimed at toddlers and young children and features gentle rides and attractions.

  • Big Red Car Ride - Riders sit in "Big Red Cars" which follow a track which takes riders through a tour of the Wiggles House.
  • Captain Feathersword's Ship - A facade pirate ship which is used as a children's playground.
  • Dorothy's Rosy Tea Cup Ride - The newest attraction to Wiggles World, the ride opened on September 15 2006 on the first anniversary of the opening of Wiggles World. This ride is based on the Teacups ride with Dorothy theming. Suitable for all ages, with children over 90cm tall permitted to ride without an adult.
  • Fun Spot Activity Centre - An indoor activity centre with educational and interactive games designed for a younger audience.
  • Wiggles Farmyard Friends - An attraction suitable for young children and families. The attraction is based around a farmyard building, which contains live farmyard animals that children can pet and feed.

Australian Wildlife Experience

The Australian Wildlife Experience is a registered zoo with 800 native and barnyard animals located within the Dreamworld grounds.[15]

  • AVIS Vintage Cars - A fixed track car ride with scaled-down Ford Model T cars fixed onto a concrete track with a single guide rail. The ride has been relocated to the very end of the park near the Australian Wildlife Experience due to the placement of Mick Doohan's Motocoaster ride in 2007.
  • Bilby House - An exhibit where guests can get up close with the bilby marsupial animal.[16]
  • Daintree Rainforest - An exhibit of animals which live in tropical climates.[17]
  • Kakadu Wetlands - An exhibit of reptiles which feaures a crocodile pool and a crocodile feeding show.[18]
  • Koala Country - An exhibit focusing on Dreamworld's collection of 58 Koalas, including the first blue-eyed koala known to be born in captivity. The "Cuddle a Koala" feature allows guests to have a photo professionally taken holding one of the park's koalas. This section also features kangaroos which guests can feed and pet.[19]
  • Oakey Creek Farm Show - An interactive show set against an outback station and providing visitors with a taste of life on an Australian farm.[20]
  • Outback Adventure - An exhibit for Australian animals native to outback habitat.[16]
  • Australian Animal Presentation - A new show which displays a selection of animals from the critically endangered Bilby to Crocodiles, Snakes and our iconic Aussie natives, which include the Cockatoo and Koala.[21]

Dreamworld Studios

Dreamworld Studios including the Big Brother House, Studios and Dreamroom are all currently closed awaiting redevelopment.

  • Big Brother Studios - Big Brother Australia had its last season in 2008, and is currently believed to be on hiatus. The Big Brother House still stands and until January 2009 was open for self guided tours, it is now only available for private event bookings. The Dreamworld Studios area is currently closed.[22]

Gold Rush Country & Rocky Hollow

A Western/mine-themed section of the park which contains the park's two water rides and serves as the entrance to the world's tallest amusement ride, the Giant Drop.

  • Giant Drop - The Giant Drop is currently the world's tallest and fastest freefall ride with a drop height of 119 metres (390 ft) and a maximum speed of 135 kilometres per hour (84 mph). It features a wait of 40 seconds at the top of the tower before the drop. The ride was designed and built by Intamin AG, and opened a year after the Tower of Terror (also designed by Intamin).[23] Part of the Big 6 marketing campaign.
  • Helicopter joy flights - Park visitors may take helicopter flights taking in views of Dreamworld and the Gold Coast. Visitors can choose from five different flight paths. Joy flights incur an additional expense.[24]
  • Rocky Hollow Log Ride- A log flume which features minor dips, turns and tunnels as well as a major drop at the end which ends with a splashdown at a speed of 50 kilometres per hour. Suitable for guests 1 year of age and over (guests under 4 years of age must be accompanied by an adult).
  • Thunder River Rapids - A river rapid ride which features floating rafts holding up to six people floating down a foamy, turbulent river reaching speeds of up to 45 kilometres per hour. At least one rider usually ends up quite wet due to waves splashing over the side of the raft, often all can come out quite wet, or there could be any number in between. The ride opened in 1986 in conjunction with the opening of Gold Rush Country.[25]

Previous attractions

  • Vortex - A park-model Gravitron.- Removed on the 2nd of February 2009[26] for the new Alien Vs Predator themed Laser Skirmish attraction named AVPX in 2009. The Vortex operated under that name until 2002, when it was renamed to fit the Ocean parade themeing. Was Suitable for guests 1 year of age and over (guests under 4 years of age must be accompanied by an adult).[27]It is unknown if the ride will eventually be re-located to another section of the park.
  • Big Brother House Tours - The Australian version of the Big Brother reality show was filmed at Dreamworld. Between seasons (August to January), self-guided tours were allowed of the contestants' house, camera runs, and eviction stage. During seasons, guests could view the eviction stage (access to the stage itself is limited), the 'control room' (video editing room) and plasma screens displaying live feed from the house. Discretion was advised when bringing younger ones as video content was not censored.
  • Blue Lagoon - Was Dreamworld's water park area with a large pool, a children's pool and various slides (listed below). It closed in the middle of 2006 due to the construction and opening of WhiteWater World, a large new water park built adjacent to Dreamworld. The area is now used for The Dream Room function centre.
    • Aqualoop Flume - This was a body slide, once part of the Blue Lagoon.
    • Krakatoa's Revenge - This was a tube slide, once part of the Blue Lagoon.
    • Toboggan - This was a toboggan, once part of the Blue Lagoon.
  • Creature Cruise - A gentle boat ride which flowed past hand crafted models of animals. Was opened in 1997 but closed in 2000.
  • Eureka Mountain Mine Ride - A wild mouse rollercoaster designed by HyFab. The Ride has not been operational since 2006 and has been decommissioned. [28]
  • Go Karts - A go-kart track which operated from 1982 to 1992. Reason for the removal of this ride is still unknown, possibly due to lack of popularity or comfort.
  • Gum Tree Gully Theatre - This housed musicals such as Outback Celebration and Country Jamboree before it was demolished to make way for Wiggles World which opened in 2005. The Big Red Car Ride now stands where the theatre once was.
  • Lara Croft Tomb Raider - Enter the Tomb - A walk-thru temporary attraction based on the second movie "The Cradle of Life". It featured fog filled narrow passageways, lighting effects and live actors. It opened on December 26, 2003 and closed four months later on April 18, 2004. Has since Reopened at Luna Park Melbourne.
  • Nightmares - A temporary scary experience walkthrough attraction featuring two different sections. The Freezer and Angoscia. It operated from December 26, 2006 through to July 7, 2007.
  • The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor Live - The third temporary scary walkthrough attraction for the park. This attraction was open for a limited season during December 2008 and January 2009. The set has now been relocated to Montreal, Canada.
  • Skylink Chairlift - A chairlift which linked Gold Rush Country with the Australian Wildlife Experience. It commenced operation on November 30, 1989 and closed on March 15, 2005.[29]
  • SpongeBob SquarePants Water Play - A themed water play area for children has been left dry since the start of local water restrictions in 2006.
  • Thunderbolt - Was Dreamworld's original roller coaster which opened in 1982 and was closed on August 8, 2003. It cost 4 million AUD to build and was capable of reaching speeds of up to 87 km/h. It was the first roller coaster in Australia to feature vertical loops. The land where Thunderbolt stood is partly occupied by the FlowRider. Future expansions of the WhiteWater World water park will utilise the rest of the Thunderbolt's former footprint. The station building is now used for the internal entry to WhiteWater World and the FlowRider shop.
  • Kennyland - featured one outdoor and three indoor rides which closed early in 2002 for the construction of Nick Central. Dreamcopters (the only outdoor ride of this section) has since been relocated, rethemed and renamed to Blues Skidoo. During the construction of Nick Central, these rides temporarily operated in the Rivertown / Gum Tree Gully section of the park.
  • Village Oval - a collection of rides which now all are part of Nick Central. The original rides were named: Bumper Bowl (Now Rocket Power Bumper Beach), Carousel (Now Nick-O-Round), Red Baron (Now Dora the Explorer Sea Planes) and Avalanche (Now Angry Beavers Spooty Spin).

Mascots

Kenny and Belinda

Kenny Koala and Belinda Brown are the Mascots for Dreamworld. They make an appearance every day for the JTB private cruise scheduled at the Captain Sturt Riverboat. Until 2002, Kenny and Belinda had their own stage show and themed area named 'Kennyland'.

Goldie the Clown

Goldie the clown is active mascot at Dreamworld. He owns a pint sized rainbow coloured mini minor called 'Happy Days'. He's best friends with Wizz. Goldie also likes to dress up as a Fireman, Bride and other things. Also watch out because Goldie likes to squirt people.

Wizz

Wizz is an old Wizard and is always welcome to help Goldie in causing mischief. The Wizz is a familiar sight atop 'Hot Stuff' - the breathing Dragster motorcycle. He is also best pals with Goldie.

Nick and Wiggles Characters

Regular characters include Dora the Explorer, Spongebob Squarepants, Patrick Starfish, Chuckie, Angelica, Tommy, Captain Feathersword, Dorothy the Dinosaur, and Wags the Dog. These characters make frequent rounds of the park aboard an attractions car and stop for photo opportunities with guests.jui90n

External links

References

  1. Nick Central - Dreamworld. (n.d.). Retrieved on 15 February, 2009, from the Official Website
  2. Wiggles World - Dreamworld. (n.d.). Retrieved on 15 February, 2009, from the Official Website
  3. Screamworld - Dreamworld. (n.d.). Retrieved on 15 February, 2009, from the Official Site
  4. Macquarie Leisure & Our History. (n.d.). Retrieved on 15 February, 2009, from Theme Parks Gold Coast
  5. 5.0 5.1 Cyclone (Dreamworld). (n.d.). Retrieved on 15 February, 2009, from the Roller Coaster Database.
  6. The Claw (Dreamworld). (n.d.). Retrieved on 15 January, 2009, from the Parkz Database.
  7. FlowRider (Park Hours). (n.d.). Retrieved on 15 January, 2009, from the FlowRider website.
  8. NightRider (After Hours). (n.d.). Retrieved on 15 January, 2009, from the FlowRider website.
  9. Dreamworld - Wipeout. Retrieved on 16 February, 2009, from [1].
  10. Wipeout (Dreamworld) - Parkz Database. Retrieved on 16 February, 2009, from [2].
  11. Dreamworld - V8 Supercars Red Line. Retrieved on 16 February, 2009, from [3].
  12. Dreamworld - V8 Supercars Red Line - Tickets. Retrieved on 16 February, 2009, from [4].
  13. Alien vs. Predator vs. You
  14. Tower of Terror (Dreamworld) - Parkz Database. Retrieved on 16 February, 2009, from [5].
  15. Dreamworld - Australian Wildlife Experience. Retrieved on 16 February, 2009, from [6].
  16. 16.0 16.1 Dreamworld - Outback Adventure. Retrieved on 16 February, 2009, from [7].
  17. Dreamworld - Daintree Rainforest. Retrieved on 16 February, 2009, from [8].
  18. Dreamworld - Kakadu Wetlands. Retrieved on 16 February, 2009, from [9].
  19. Dreamworld - Koala Country. Retrieved on 16 February, 2009, from [10].
  20. Dreamworld - Oakey Creek Farm Show. Retrieved on 16 February, 2009, from [11].
  21. Dreamworld - Australian Animal Presentation. Retrieved on 16 February, 2009, from [12].
  22. Dreamworld - Big Brother. Retrieved on 16 February, 2009, from [13].
  23. Giant Drop (Dreamworld) - Parkz Database. Retrieved on 16 February, 2009, from [14]
  24. Dreamworld - Helicopter Flights. Retrieved on 16 February, 2009, from [15].
  25. Thunder River Rapids (Dreamworld) - Parkz Database. Retrieved on 16 February, 2009, from [16].
  26. http://www.parkz.com.au/parks/AU/Gold_Coast/Dreamworld/rides/2-Vortex.html
  27. http://www.parkz.com.au/photo/AU/Gold_Coast/Dreamworld/2-Vortex/0,1,2944-Removal_of_the_Vortex.html
  28. RCDB - Eureka Mountain Mine Ride. (n.d.). Retrieved on 15 February, 2009, from [17].

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Coordinates: 27°51′50″S 153°18′57″E / 27.864°S 153.3158°E / -27.864; 153.3158


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Noun

Singular
dreamworld

Plural
dreamworlds

dreamworld (plural dreamworlds)

  1. An imaginary land, such as experienced while dreaming.

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