Dreamworld reopens with “Open Hearts – Open Doors” Charity Weekend

Dreamworld has reopened it’s doors with an ‘Open Hearts – Open Doors’ Charity Weekend on 10-11 December, 2016 to help raise funds for those affected by the tragic incident that took place in October.

Over this charity weekend, Dreamworld will donate $25 for every guest and passholder through the door to the Australian Red Cross. These funds will be distributed to the families and those most affected by the tragedy through the GIVIT Appeal Independent Distribution Committee.

This is in addition to the financial and other support pledged by Dreamworld and its parent company Ardent Leisure (soon to be know as Main Event Entertainment) to assist the families as needed both immediately after the incident and into the future.

STAGED APPROACH
Dreamworld have advised every ride, slide and attraction open at Dreamworld and WhiteWater World will have passed an unprecedented and methodical multi-tiered safety review. This includes rigorous and thorough inspections and audits by

  • Workplace Health and Safety Queensland
  • Dreamworld’s internal engineering review team,
  • ride engineering experts Pitt & Sherry and
  • leading international theme park safety specialists, LTC

Additionally, Royal Lifesaving Queensland has completed an audit of the waterpark’s lifesaving procedures and safety signage.

The Dreamworld attractions available at re-opening include all WhiteWater World slides and pools along with the park’s wildlife areas, entertainment and family attractions in DreamWorks Experience, Wiggles World, ABC KIDS WORLD and the Motorsports Experience.

Other rides will progressively open at Dreamworld as they are signed off by the 4 tier safety review process.

Dreamworld.com.au will continue to provide regular updates for guests to outline when attractions are open to the public.

If you require additional tickets beyond your current pass, a special reopening summer price will be in place for Dreamworld which now includes entry into WhiteWater World. This summer price reflects the staged return to full operations. View ticket options.

Photos from Saturday are currently available on our Facebook page.

Sea World’s Vikings Revenge Flume Ride Permanently Closed

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.

UPDATE

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.

White Christmas commences at Hollywood on the Gold Coast

For the seventh successive year, Warner Bros. Movie World has joined forces with the Gold Coast Community Fund and the Gold Coast SUNS to start the White Christmas Event season and raise some much needed money for struggling Gold Coast families.

The White Christmas Charity Event is an annual event held at Warner Bros. Movie World where 4,500 disadvantaged Gold Coasters are invited to experience a magical evening of Christmas entertainment.

Warner Bros. Movie World General Manager, Greg Yong said  “Warner Bros. Movie World has a long history of supporting the Gold Coast community and the vital work done by the Gold Coast Community Fund. The White Christmas Charity Event is a great opportunity for us to provide families with a wonderful night out,” .

“The White Christmas Charity Night also kick-start Movie World’s White Christmas events which see the park transformed into a winter wonderland as the iconic Main Street glistens with white snow while being illuminated by the largest and most spectacular light display in the country on selected nights in December.

The White Christmas Charity event was held on Thursday 8 December and was a huge success spreading joy and christmas cheer to those that need it most.

The White Christmas Charity Event and White Christmas Stocking Fund are a joint partnership between Warner Bros. Movie World, the Gold Coast Community Fund and the Gold Coasngoarit SUNS. To donate and help make a difference to Gold Coast families visit https://whitechristmas.com.au/gold-coast-community-fund.aspx