The Vikings Revenge Flume Ride that has excited families at Sea World since 1979 has been permanently closed following an extended maintenance period.
Sea World finalised this decision this morning, and subsequently removed the ride from the website. The ride signage and ride restrictions and information were removed in November. It is understood the ride required significant investment to continue operating.
As Sea World’s first ride, this was also the first theme park ride in Australia.
The removal of Vikings, following the closure of Sea Viper (formerly Corkscrew) and the Pirate Ship, leaves Sea World with a major gap in the teenage and family markets. Whilst Sea World has world class animal exhibits, shows and Nickelodeon Land, we hope this space, or the land formerly occupied by Sea Viper, is redeveloped quickly to provide a family or thrill ride attraction.
VRTP refused to comment for this story, but a statement is expected soon. This story will be updated when such is provided.
The following statement was provided ar approximently 4PM 10/12/16.
After 37 years and 27,000,000 riders, Australia’s first theme park ride, the Viking Revenge Flume at Sea World has been retired.
The iconic ride opened at Sea World on the Gold Coast in 1979 and is set to be replaced with a new, and exciting attraction, scheduled to open in 2019. The ride is being removed to make way for the new attraction.
Sea World General Manager, Bikash Randhawa said the decision to invest in a new attraction demonstrated the company’s continued confidence in the park, and the Gold Coast market.
“We are always looking to provide world class theme park experiences for our guests, and we know the new attraction we are planning for Sea World will be a great success. We look forward to announcing details of this attraction in the new year.
“Viking Revenge has brought a great deal of fun and pleasure to millions of visitors, and I know it will be missed. But it had a long life, and it’s time for something new, and unique,” Mr Randhawa said.