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Wipeout returns to Dreamworld theme park
After a lengthy maintenance period which saw Wipeout almost completely disassembled and rebuilt, Dreamworld have reopened the iconic attraction and breathed much-needed life into an ageing flatride.
Tuesday 24 April 4627 at 2:07 PM

Village Roadshow to continue building on success
The future looks bright for Gold Coast theme parks Sea World, Warner Bros. Movie World and Wet'n'Wild Water World as they commit to continued investment in new attractions off the back of their best year ever across the board.
Thursday 1 January 1970 at 12:00 AM

Village drops conditions in Sydney Attractions bid
As a final change to their takeover bid, Village Roadshow have dropped the conditions of their offer on Sydney Attractions Group shares, now agreeing to buy shares at $6.50 regardless of whether they reach their goal.
Thursday 1 January 1970 at 12:00 AM

WhiteWater World prepares for expansion
Dreamworld has submitted a development application to the Gold Coast City Council outlining plans for a major expansion of WhiteWater World for 2008 featuring five new attractions.
Thursday 1 January 1970 at 12:00 AM

Dreamworld profits up while attendance slips
Macquarie Leisure Trust Group's latest results show that Dreamworld is continuing to achieve strong financial results while attendance has taken a slight fall. WhiteWater World continues to perform ahead of expectations as it nears the one year mark.
Thursday 1 January 1970 at 12:00 AM

Whale watching to commence at Sea World
Village Roadshow, owners of Sea World, today announced a joint venture with New Zealand company Whale Watch Kaikoura that will see whale watching tours departing from the Gold Coast theme park commencing in mid-2008.
Thursday 1 January 1970 at 12:00 AM

Village bumps up Sydney Attractions offer
In a final bid to takeover Sydney Attractions Group, Village Roadshow have made one final offer to shareholders of $6.50 per share conditional of acquisition of at least 35% of the shares in the group.
Thursday 1 January 1970 at 12:00 AM

Warner Village launch two and three park annual passes
Following the lead of Dreamworld and WhiteWater World, buyers can now get multi-park annual passes to Sea World, Warner Bros. Movie World and Wet'n'Wild water World.
Thursday 1 January 1970 at 12:00 AM

Village and Sydney Attractions play dirty
Six weeks after Village Roadshow's takeover bid for Sydney Attractions Group, the tactics are from each party are getting dirty as they both vie for the future control of the Sydney-based tourism operator.
Thursday 1 January 1970 at 12:00 AM

Expansion plans for Warner Village Theme Parks
After spending $13.4 million across their parks this year, Sea World and Warner Bros. Movie World are to become home to a new animal exhibit and stunt show respectively by 2009.
Thursday 1 January 1970 at 12:00 AM

Mick Doohan Motocoaster launches at Dreamworld
Despite the new multimillion dollar roller coaster's namesake being busy with motocross commitments, the official launch of Mick Doohan's Motocoaster went ahead today, ahead of its Sunday opening. Roller-Coaster.com.au brings you extensive footage from the event.
Thursday 1 January 1970 at 12:00 AM

Warner Village parks deliver strong results ahead of new attractions
Gold Coast trio including Sea World, Warner Bros. Movie World and Wet'n'Wild Water World have all performed strongly over the past year with attendance and revenue up at all parks. New attractions are opening at all three in the near future, including Surfrider at Wet'n'Wild.
Thursday 1 January 1970 at 12:00 AM

A sneak preview of Dreamworld's Motocoaster
Ahead of its opening in September, we take you for a look around the construction site of the Mick Doohan Motocoaster construction, including a behind-the-scenes look at the inner workings of the roller coaster.
Thursday 1 January 1970 at 12:00 AM

Village Roadshow announces takeover offer for Sydney Attractions Group
Australian media company and owners of Gold Coast theme parks Sea World, Warner Bros. Movie World and Wet'n'Wild Water World, Village Roadshow, have announced an unsolicited takeover proposal for Sydney-based tourism operator.
Thursday 1 January 1970 at 12:00 AM

Motocoaster track completed
Track construction is now completed on Dreamworld's newest roller coaster, the Mick Doohan Motocoaster, with construction shifting to commissioning the coaster before its September opening.
Thursday 1 January 1970 at 12:00 AM

Mick Doohan Motocoaster to open at Dreamworld
Construction is underway on Dreamworld's latest coaster, officially named today ahead of its September 2007 opening.
Thursday 1 January 1970 at 12:00 AM

Wet'n'Wild breaks the one million mark
Gold Coast water park Wet'n'Wild Water World broke the mark for one million annual guests on Wednesday, catapulting the park to become the third most attended water park in the world.
Thursday 1 January 1970 at 12:00 AM

Macquarie Leisure duo to launch new annual passes
Dreamworld and WhiteWater World will revolutionise the Gold Coast theme park industry by offering the first multi-park annual pass, with a range of different annual passes catering to a variety of different markets.
Thursday 1 January 1970 at 12:00 AM

Attendance down again for Dreamworld
In the latest results from Macquarie Leisure Trust, owners of the Gold Coast park, Dreamworld has seen another downturn in attendance.
Thursday 1 January 1970 at 12:00 AM

$90 million water park development underway for Sunshine Coast
Caloundra on the Sunshine Coast looks set to become home to one of the largest theme park developments in Australia as plans for the Adventura Water Park Resort move forward.
Thursday 1 January 1970 at 12:00 AM

New 3D show and animal attraction on the cards
Village Roadshow report that Sea World will improve its lineup with a new 3D film to replace Planet S.O.S. as well as new animal attraction.
Thursday 1 January 1970 at 12:00 AM

Surf Rider to debut at Wet'n'Wild Water World
Owners confirm that Wet'n'Wild, Australia's largest water park will diversify its offerings with their latest attraction, a roller coaster style thrill ride that blurs the line between traditional theme park and water park.
Thursday 1 January 1970 at 12:00 AM

Sea World Eye hopes for another year
After a successful summer period at Sea World driven by the introduction of the temporary Sea World Eye observation wheel, the Gold Coast theme park hopes to get permission to operate the 60m tall attraction for another year.
Thursday 1 January 1970 at 12:00 AM

New tiger cubs on display from tomorrow
Dreamworld's pair of new two week old Sumatran tiger cubs will be on display to the public from Tuesday in their purpose-built nursery.
Thursday 1 January 1970 at 12:00 AM

Dreamworld welcomes Sumatran tiger cubs
Tiger Island at Dreamworld is growing, with Soraya, one of the park's Sumatran tigers giving birth to a litter of tiger cubs on Saturday afternoon.
Thursday 1 January 1970 at 12:00 AM

Attendance up across the board
With a brand new theme park unveiled over the summer, Gold Coast theme parks have never looked better. Attendance at all but one theme park on the Gold Coast is up, with Wet'n'Wild Water World and Sea World showing the greatest growth.
Thursday 1 January 1970 at 12:00 AM

CEO says new thrill ride for 2007
Greg Shaw, Chief Executive Officer of Macquarie Leisure Trust Group, owners and operators of Dreamworld on the Gold Coast says that 2007 will see the company ready to invest in a new thrill ride for the popular theme park.
Thursday 1 January 1970 at 12:00 AM

Theme park performance drives Village profits
Village Roadshow's first year of complete ownership of Warner Village Theme Parks has given the company a profit boost with the latest results well ahead of last year's corresponding figures.
Thursday 1 January 1970 at 12:00 AM

Birds-eye view of Luna Park in Sydney
Google Maps celebrated Australia Day in their own unique way - by performing a flyover of some popular Sydney landmarks on the day, allowing visitors to get an unparalleled look at these icons at an amazing resolution.
Thursday 1 January 1970 at 12:00 AM

Dreamworld attendance down, profits up
Despite a slump in interstate attendance at the Gold Coast theme park for the recent half-year period, Dreamworld has seen an increased operating margin, increasing the Macquarie Leisure Trust-owned park's overall profits.
Thursday 1 January 1970 at 12:00 AM

WhiteWater World performs above expectations
Despite an unseasonably cold first half of January, Dreamworld's new water park addition WhiteWater World has performed with Queensland attendance ahead of expectations.
Thursday 1 January 1970 at 12:00 AM

Parts arrive for Wet'n'Wild's latest
Track has been spotted outside Wet'n'Wild Water World as the water park prepares for vertical construction on the first non-water-based attraction in the park's 22 year history - a half pipe roller coaster.
Thursday 1 January 1970 at 12:00 AM

Superman Escape ranks in worldwide coaster vote
Warner Bros. Movie World's newest roller coaster, Superman Escape which opened in December of 2005 has ranked in the top 20 steel roller coasters in the world in the 2006 results of the critically acclaimed and scientifically grounded "Best Roller Coaster Poll".
Thursday 1 January 1970 at 12:00 AM

Another Intamin coaster expected Downunder
Intamin's popular Accelerator style of roller coaster, such as Warner Bros. Movie World's Superman Escape (pictured) are taking the world by storm. Park World magazine in Europe reports that Intamin will be delivering a handful of new coasters in 2007 across the globe, including a second Accelerator for Australia.
Thursday 1 January 1970 at 12:00 AM

Batwing shoots towards completion
Batwing Spaceshot, Warner Bros. Movie World's newest thrill ride is days away from opening as work shifts from vertical construction to scenery and surroundings.
Thursday 1 January 1970 at 12:00 AM

Dreamworld takes out top award, Outback Spectacular honoured
The annual Queensland Tourism Awards took place on Friday night with Gold Coast theme park operators Macquarie Leisure Trust Group and Warner Village Theme Parks taking out some of the coveted state tourism industry awards, with special tribute paid to Steve Irwin.
Thursday 1 January 1970 at 12:00 AM

WhiteWater World on the final straight
As the first new park on the Gold Coast in 14 years, WhiteWater World brings with it numerous innovations as it prepares for an earlier-than-expected opening in early December.
Thursday 1 January 1970 at 12:00 AM

Sea World gives Gold Coast an eye
Sea World is busy underway in preparation for the opening of a 60m Giant Wheel that will give up to 250 riders at a time unparalleled views of the Gold Coast theme park and its surrounds.
Thursday 1 January 1970 at 12:00 AM

New water park brings slide innovation
Australia's newest theme park WhiteWater World has brought with it an amazing collection of slides and water attractions. Along with this comes many Australia firsts and even some world-firsts!
Thursday 1 January 1970 at 12:00 AM

WhiteWater World creates online buzz
It makes sense that the Gold Coast's first new theme park in over 15 years is also utilising online technology to create interest and respond to curiosity regarding the park's progress as it goes from dirt to a world-class water park.
Thursday 1 January 1970 at 12:00 AM

Summer theme park choices increase competition
Sources have revealed an early idea of pricing for Dreamworld and WhiteWater World's two day "World Pass" tickets. With the pricing for Warner Village Theme Parks' newest ticket options also recently revealed, WVTP will be leading the price wars for the upcoming summer with their more varied and economical ticketing options.
Thursday 1 January 1970 at 12:00 AM

Warner Village Theme Parks introduce new ticket options
Adding to their popular 3 Park Super Pass, Warner Village Theme Parks have introduced two new multi-park options to give tourists more flexibility in selecting a theme park package.
Thursday 1 January 1970 at 12:00 AM

Competition prepares for full gear as WhiteWater World shapes up
Competition at the Gold Coast theme parks is firing up and the Gold Coast's newest park, Dreamworld's separate WhiteWater World water park, is only fueling the fire as it prepares to go head-to-head with Wet'n'Wild Water World (pictured).
Thursday 1 January 1970 at 12:00 AM

Halloween hits Movie World
Warner Bros. Movie World have announced their Australian-first Halloween event that is set to take place after dark at the Gold Coast theme park, modelled after similar events that take place at theme parks found across the United States, such as Universal Studios Orlando (pictured).
Thursday 1 January 1970 at 12:00 AM

Village Roadshow buys Nara Resort
Village Roadshow, owners of the Sea World, Warner Bros. Movie World and Wet'n'Wild Water World theme parks on the Gold Coast have announced their plans to purchase the remaining 50% of the Sea World-based hotel.
Thursday 1 January 1970 at 12:00 AM

WhiteWater World website launches
Dreamworld have launched the website for their brand new water park, WhiteWater World with a splash page designed to create interest in the Gold Coast's newest theme park. Two-park pass to be named World Pass.
Thursday 1 January 1970 at 12:00 AM

Jamberoo unveils $20 million investment plan
The small family owned park on the NSW South Coast has recently announced its plans for the record-breaking rollout of $20 million in new attractions to include a number of Australia firsts.
Thursday 1 January 1970 at 12:00 AM

The Wiggles celebrate 15 years at Dreamworld
The hugely popular children's band have celebrated 15 years together with a show at Dreamworld, home of Wiggles World. The popular theme park attraction also celebrated its first birthday on Friday by opening its latest children's ride, Dorothy's Rosy Tea Cup Ride.
Wednesday 24 April 4385 at 11:58 AM

Wiggles World celebrates a year
As The Wiggles celebrate their Crystal Anniversary, the childrens' super group will stop in at Dreamworld to blow out the candles, marking also the one year anniversary of Wiggles World at Dreamworld with the opening of an all-new ride.
Thursday 1 January 1970 at 12:00 AM

Whitewater World's logo is revealed
A park's logo is its identity. It should stand for everything the park does. Whitewater World, Australia's newest theme park, is still months away from opening but Roller-Coaster.com.au gives you the first sneak peak at this park's identity.
Thursday 1 January 1970 at 12:00 AM

Tornado prepares to take riders by storm
Completing a year of new additions to Wet'n'Wild Water World, making up the all new area Extreme H20 Zone, Tornado will let for riders ride the storm in this Australian-first attraction.
Thursday 1 January 1970 at 12:00 AM

Steve Irwin killed while filming
Known throughout the globe as the Crocodile Hunter, Steve Irwin, the larger-than-life television and film star, conservationist and owner of the Australia Zoo wildlife park on the Sunshine Coast, has been tragically killed whilst filming on the Great Barrier Reef.
Monday 24 April 9916 at 11:57 AM

Wet'n'Wild Water World: historical feats
Wet'n'Wild has established itself as Australia's premier water park for over 20 years. With Dreamworld's own water park set to open before 2006 is out, Roller-Coaster.com.au takes you on a walk through Wet'n'Wild's history, with a look at some of the park's many record breaking achievements.
Thursday 1 January 1970 at 12:00 AM

Macquarie Leisure bowls into US market

The owners of Dreamworld have today announced a AUD$56 million agreement to purchase a Texas-based family entertainment centre business.

Main Event is one of the largest operators of indoor family entertainment centres in North America’s southwest with six established sites in Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin and Houston Texas plus two new sites, which are due to open in 2007.


Thursday 1 January 1970 at 12:00 AM

Big Brother settles in for three more years
Five years ago Dreamworld entered a contract with the Southern Star Group, the production company behind Australia's version of the popular reality TV show that is seen around the world, to have the show filmed on location on land adjacent to the theme park. Today Macquarie Leisure Trust, owners of Dreamworld, announced that a new three year contract to have the show remain at the theme park.
Thursday 1 January 1970 at 12:00 AM

Chief Executive named for Village Roadshow's international expansion 
Mr John Harnden, the man behind this year's Commonwealth Games in Melbourne and former the Chief Executive of Australian Grand Prix Corporation has been named in the newly created position of Chief Executive Offiicer, International Theme Parks. Plans to develop parks internationally now include Athens, Greece, as well as Asia.
Thursday 1 January 1970 at 12:00 AM

Construction moves forward on Whitewater World
More and more pieces are being put into place on what is a giant jigsaw puzzle for theme park fans around Australia. With several of the slides being revealed, the latest gallery at Roller-Coaster.com.au shows you the very latest from the site with nearly 40 high-quality photographs.
Thursday 1 January 1970 at 12:00 AM

Dreamworld's water park gets a name
In an exclusive for Roller-Coaster.com.au, Dreamworld's forthcoming water park will be named Whitewater World when it opens in December of 2006.
Sunday 24 April 5853 at 11:52 AM

Dreamworld gets a boost in value
Part of being a publicly listed company is annual valuations of all properties, as this affects the share price. Dreamworld has seen a $51 million jump in its value at its most recent valuation, undertaken by an independent company, seeing its value skyrocket from $175 to $226 million.
Thursday 1 January 1970 at 12:00 AM

FlowRider makes a splash at Dreamworld
What better way to launch a boardriding attraction than by inviting some of Australia's brightest young pro surfers, bodyboarders, wakeboarders, snowboarders and skaters to give this unique fusion of all five sports a go for themselves?
Thursday 1 January 1970 at 12:00 AM

Village Roadshow buys out Warner Bros. stake
The $254 million deal will see Village Roadshow become the sole owners of Warner Bros. Movie World, Sea World and Wet'n'Wild Water World, and all related operations.
Thursday 1 January 1970 at 12:00 AM

Dreamworld Water Park prepares to take shape
Macquarie Leisure Trust, owners of the Dreamworld theme park have announced that after four months in construction, the project remains on schedule for its December 2006 opening. Around 60% of the project's trade contracts have been let and the project looks set to meet its $56 million budget.
Thursday 1 January 1970 at 12:00 AM

Australian Outback Spectacular opens to the public
In planning since the mid-1990s, the Australian Outback Spectacular is set to become a must-see attraction amongst the Gold Coast's many theme parks and other tourist attractions. Situated between Wet'n'Wild Water World and Warner Bros. Movie World on WVTP's Oxenford property, the show is a 1.5 hour all-inclusive extravaganza, culminating in the best in horse riding, story telling, song and dance and of course outback tucker.
Thursday 1 January 1970 at 12:00 AM

Blackhole now open at Wet'n'Wild
Blackhole, as the name suggests, features two enclosed slides that catapult riders into pitch black spirals of darkness. You don't know which way you're turning next, and you don't see a thing until you hit the final splashdown!
Thursday 1 January 1970 at 12:00 AM

Superman Escape settles in
Movie World has a growing history of providing us with experiences that blur the boundary between traditional thrill ride and themed rides. Three-and-a-half years since Scooby-Doo Spooky Coaster opened; the park welcomed the latest attraction, Intamin hydraulic coaster Superman Escape.
Thursday 1 January 1970 at 12:00 AM

Adventure World announces new attraction
The slide is a first for Western Australia, in which riders race on mats down a series of dips towards the finish line. Similar attractions to this exist at Wet'n'Wild Water World on the Gold Coast and at Jamberoo Recreation Park, south of Sydney.
Thursday 1 January 1970 at 12:00 AM

Dreamworld announces world class water park
Announcing the development today, Macquarie Leisure Trust Group Chairman Neil Balnaves said 'Dreamworld Water Park' would be a world class stand-alone water park forming part of the broader Dreamworld leisure precinct on Queensland's Gold Coast.
Thursday 1 January 1970 at 12:00 AM

New Sumatran tiger for Dreamworld
Raja, a 23 month old Sumatran tiger is due to arrive at Dreamworld December 1 and spend his first 30 days in quarantine before joining Soraya in their purpose-built enclosure.
Thursday 1 January 1970 at 12:00 AM

What's that in the sky?
Warner Bros. Movie World recently released a website dedicated to creating hype and buzz about Superman Escape, Warner Bros. Movie World's newest coaster. The site features chances for visitors to win tickets to the park to ride the new coaster, some videos explaining the ride and a chance for fans of the ride to connect and chat about Superman Escape.
Saturday 24 April 2906 at 11:32 AM

Warner Bros. Movie World reveal Superman Escape
Superman Escape, a hydraulic launched coaster from attraction Giant Intamin AG has been announced at Warner Bros. Movie World.
Sunday 24 April 1166 at 11:32 AM

Buccaneer Bay at Wet'n'Wild
This new attraction brings Wet'n'Wild Water World's children offerings into the 21st Century, with a plethora of new attractions aimed at the under tens.
Thursday 1 January 1970 at 12:00 AM

Macquarie Leisure commits capital expenditure for Dreamworld
To develop and remain a success, theme parks need to grow and constantly update and change. With break-neck competition in the theme park industry, fuelled by a desire to outdo the competition in all aspects, capital expenditure (capex) is crucial.
Thursday 1 January 1970 at 12:00 AM

Superman Escape layout complete
With all elements now in place on Australia's newest thrill ride, the layout for the high-speed coaster section of the ride is now complete, revealing a tight layout featuring a variety of drops, turns and anything inbetween.
Thursday 1 January 1970 at 12:00 AM

Warner Bros. Movie World reveals expansion plans
John Menzies, Chief Executive Officer of WVTP officially announced the park's exciting expansion plans on Friday, including releasing much-awaited details of the park's newest and most exciting thrill ride to date - Superman Escape.
Thursday 1 January 1970 at 12:00 AM

Wiggles World opens at Dreamworld
Thursday saw the official launch of Wiggles World at Dreamworld, with The Wiggles in attendance to cut the ribbon, prior to the public launch of the all-new attraction on Saturday.
Thursday 1 January 1970 at 12:00 AM

Shrek makes a home at Warner Bros. Movie World
The exciting 3D adventure takes off where Shrek left us. Shrek (Mike Myers) and Fiona (Cameron Diaz) are married and embarking on a honeymoon and the couple do their best to ditch Donkey (Eddie Murphie) when the ghost of Lord Farquaad (John Lithgow) shows up for good measure. What follows is 15 minutes of green fun in the vein of Shrek's silver-screen adventures with jokes young and old can enjoy.
Thursday 1 January 1970 at 12:00 AM

New thrills in sight for Wet'n'Wild
As part of a $20 million expansion of Wet'n'Wild Water World is expanding its current offerings, with a collection of all-new world class attractions to add to the park's existing arsenal of thrills and spills. Not only will these new attractions offer new incentives for guests to visit the water park, but they will provide it with much needed capacity boosts to allow the park to handle swelling attendance figures.
Thursday 1 January 1970 at 12:00 AM

Superman Escape goes vertical!
Due to open in December of this year, construction is moving forward at a steady rate. In recent weeks the launch track has gone into place and there are now supports up and ready for the transition up to vertical for the top hat.
Thursday 1 January 1970 at 12:00 AM

Macquarie Leisure announces 'Citywalk on Coomera'
Set to be developed by 2008, 'Citywalk at Coomera' will be a major regional shopping centre destination, building on the success of Dreamworld and the growing population in Coomera, recognised as the Gold Coast's fastest growing regional area.
Thursday 1 January 1970 at 12:00 AM

Wiggles World attractions announced
Construction is well underway on Wiggles World, which will occupy the land where Gum Tree Gully once was, with the auditorium making way for The Big Red Car Ride.
Thursday 1 January 1970 at 12:00 AM

Rains close Dreamworld
For the first time in a number of years Dreamworld, one of Australia's leading tourist attractions, did not open as scheduled as a result of severe rain over the past 24 hours, estimated to be upwards of 400mm in Gold Coast areas.
Thursday 1 January 1970 at 12:00 AM

Nickelodeon Central: from the ground up
This 41 image gallery shows the deconstruction of Kennyland and how it came together to form Nickelodeon Central, Australia's largest theme park children's area.
Thursday 1 January 1970 at 12:00 AM

Disney still searching
It has been reported that entertainment giant Disney have earmarked no less than two locations in south-east Queensland for potential development of future Disney theme parks. This comes off the backs of reports that they were in early stages of negotiation for Western Sydney land.
Thursday 1 January 1970 at 12:00 AM

New life breathed into Melbourne's Luna Park
The new owner hopes to rejuvinate the park, and incorporate it with the Palais Theatre on the adjacent block, bringing both these classic attractions back to their glory days.
Wednesday 24 April 5354 at 11:19 AM

Construction underway on Australian Outback Spectacular
The 2,000 seat arena will be home to a two hour extravaganza incorporating up to forty horses, stuntmen and other favourite Australian animals, as well as a typical Aussie BBQ dinner.
Thursday 1 January 1970 at 12:00 AM

"Superman Escape" construction updates commence
The construction gallery can be seen here, showing the early ground preparation and footer placement.
Sunday 24 April 9808 at 11:18 AM

Free Big Brother Eviction tickets
For more details on how to get free tickets to this Eviction show, read this thread in the .
Thursday 1 January 1970 at 12:00 AM

Record Performance for Adventure World
With revenues for the month of January up 15% and accounting for a total of 35% of the park's total revenue for their September-April Season, things are looking bright for this park which had a slow start to the season.
Thursday 1 January 1970 at 12:00 AM

Wiggles World coming to Dreamworld
The Wiggles and Dreamworld have entered into a licensing agreement making Dreamworld the official Australian home of The Wiggles theme park attraction - Wiggles World.
Thursday 1 January 1970 at 12:00 AM

All new Sea World content
These new galleries include many attractions where photographs have previously not been seen on Roller-Coaster.com.au, further adding to the already comprehensive gallery.
Thursday 1 January 1970 at 12:00 AM

Disney to head downunder?
Disney, the owners of some of the world's greatest theme parks including Disneyland in Anaheim, California, Walt Disney World in Florida and the soon-to-open Hong Kong Disneyland are reportedly looking at land in Western Sydney for their next theme park experience.
Saturday 24 April 0754 at 11:11 AM

Spongebob show for Dreamworld
Dreamworld have announced an all-new show to take place in the Nickelodeon Central theatre, formerly the home of the "Slime Bowl" and "Blues Clues" shows.
Thursday 1 January 1970 at 12:00 AM

14 days for 3 Park Super Pass
Since 2003 Warner Village have been periodically testing the 3 Park Super Pass as an unlimited entry pass and it has finally been made a permanent offer. In line with similar passes at different destinations around the world including Southern California and Orlando, Florida, the 3 Park Super Pass now allows unlimited entry to the three Warner Village parks on the Gold Coast for a period of 14 days.
Saturday 24 April 0252 at 11:09 AM

Superman prepares to fly in April
The latest reports from Village Roadshow Limited, part owners of Warner Bros. Movie World have recently released further information about the forthcoming Superman themed attraction.
Wednesday 24 April 2740 at 11:09 AM

New attraction for Dreamworld
Macquarie Leisure Trust Group, the owners and operators of Gold Coast theme park Dreamworld have today released information about new investment at the park which will see investment into a new attraction before the end of the 2006 fiscal year.
Thursday 1 January 1970 at 12:00 AM

Roller-Coaster.com.au International coming soon
Roller-Coaster.com.au International will comprise of a diverse park and ride database, the latest headlines from theme parks around the world and a comprehensive photograph gallery showcasing many rides and attractions around the world.
Thursday 1 January 1970 at 12:00 AM

Dreamworld shakes things up in 2005
Dreamworld are currently surveying park guests to find out what people want. The park is planning to host regular evening events where guests can brave the thrill rides in the dark, hear some great bands and soak up the evening atmosphere.
Thursday 1 January 1970 at 12:00 AM

Skyway soars at Scenic World
Scenic World's all new replacement to the 1958 Skyway attraction opened officially December 23.
Saturday 24 April 8832 at 11:04 AM

New Wet'n'Wild for Sunshine Coast
The new park, expected to cost around $50 million is currently in the planning stages, and expected to be built on freehold land somewhere between Caloundra and Noosa, somewhere between 1.5 and 2 hours north of Brisbane.
Thursday 1 January 1970 at 12:00 AM

Warner Village spends big bucks
Warner Village Theme Parks, the owners of Sea World, Warner Bros. Movie World and Wet'n'Wild water World theme parks on the Gold Coast are set to rock the Australian theme park industry with a whole host of new attractions and developments in coming years, totalling $106 million.
Thursday 1 January 1970 at 12:00 AM

The Australian Outback Spectacular goes ahead
The show has had a turbulent history. Originally to be constructed on land at Sea World, this plan was made unfeasable due to native title claims that existed in this area. After unused land adjacent to Warner Bros. Movie World was selected, the Outback Spectacular was expected to be open in time for this summer period.
Thursday 1 January 1970 at 12:00 AM

Dugong Discovery opens this Christmas
When Shark Bay was completed, it made the existing Reef Discovery attraction somewhat redundant. Most of the marine life from Reef Discovery was relocated to the lagoons of Shark Bay, which provided much better facilities, both for the animals and the guests.
Wednesday 24 April 6497 at 11:00 AM

Movie Mania: battle of the movie parks
The movie park could be considered, in Hollywood terms, a spin-off from the classic theme park. All those existing have several things in common; a main street themed to Hollywood in the “Golden Age” of film, classic art deco architecture throughout and of course rides and attractions based on screen – both silver and small – concepts. Naturally, Disney, the creators of the theme park were the first to create one, with the Disney-MGM Studios opening in 1989 as part of Walt Disney World in Florida. Universal Studios Florida opened in 1990. Universal Studios Hollywood, the other park used, has been operating studio tours since the 1930s, but didn’t become a proper movie park until the 1990s. The 1991 opening of our Warner Bros. Movie World was to follow.
Tuesday 24 April 9308 at 11:00 AM

Dreamworld attendance up for September quarter
Attendance over the past 12 months at Dreamworld was up an amazing 12.9%, leaving the park's attendance just over 1.23 million guests. It doesn't stop there though. On Monday, Macquarie Leisure Trust Group, the owners of Dreamworld, announced more pleasing results for the first quarter, ending September.
Thursday 1 January 1970 at 12:00 AM

Polar Bear Shores to receive new cub
Sea World was selected by a Polar bear committee to be the new home for this less than nine month old cub, found in the wild in Northern Quebec. He will be viewable in the attraction from December of this year.
Thursday 1 January 1970 at 12:00 AM

Dreamworld welcomes The Claw
Dreamworld has a long history over the past ten years of bringing Australia the biggest and best thrill rides available on the market. In 1993 it was Wipeout, a twisted contraption from Vekoma. 1997 and 1998 brought us Tower of Terror and Giant Drop respectively, two world record-breaking thrill rides from Swiss manufacturer Intamin. 2001 saw Cyclone, an Arrow coaster which was given a new permanent home at Dreamworld.
Thursday 1 January 1970 at 12:00 AM

Sea World to build new attraction
Village Roadshow Limited, the part-owners of Sea World announced recently to shareholders the next attraction to be added to Sea World. The attraction, another animal exhibit to add to Sea World's growing collection of environmentally conscious marine enclosures, is set to open in time for the June holiday period in 2005.
Thursday 1 January 1970 at 12:00 AM

The Claw begins testing
Yet another piece of eyecandy goes into motion in the Ocean Parade area of Dreamworld with periodic testing underway with The Claw.
Thursday 1 January 1970 at 12:00 AM

Construction nears completion on The Claw
A lot has happened in recent days with The Claw with its construction going vertical and the official announcement. Roller-Coaster.com.au brings further construction photographs.
Thursday 1 January 1970 at 12:00 AM

Dreamworld's new attraction is made official
A $6 million ride from Ride Trade, Swiss amusement engineering firm Intamin AG's tower attraction division, has been made official. Many enthusiasts knew the general details of the ride, but until now, Dreamworld officials have remained silent on the subject. The Gyro Swing, best described as a spinning Swinging Ship ride will open in September.
Thursday 1 January 1970 at 12:00 AM

Roller-Coaster.com.au launches Press Release Database
Already home to Australia's most comprehensive theme park database, over 300 photographs of Australian parks and rides, and the largest and most active Australian theme park discussion boards, Roller-Coaster.com.au brings yet another service that should prove a useful information reference source.
Thursday 1 January 1970 at 12:00 AM

New coaster for the Gold Coast
Dracula's Cabaret Restaurant prepares to enter the thrill ride market with the construction of an indoor roller coaster.
Thursday 1 January 1970 at 12:00 AM

Construction continues at Scenic World
The park, a family owned and operated business sure is turning into a force to be reckoned with. A mere four years after a hefty $20 million refurbishment, Scenic World shows no signs of weakening with a further $17 million to expand the park's offerings and bring it into the 21st Century.
Thursday 1 January 1970 at 12:00 AM

Kanook put to rest
Kanook, an older female bear, arrived at Sea World on 20 November 2000 from Tucson Arizona USA to live at Polar Bear Shores, the world’s best and most enriching Polar bear exhibit.
Thursday 1 January 1970 at 12:00 AM

Wonderland Sydney and Royal Easter Show video
Featuring all the major rides of the since defunct Wonderland Sydney, and the Royal Easter Show in Sydney, Liam Schembri has put together this music video for your enjoyment. Requires Windows Media Player.

This video can be seen here.
Thursday 1 January 1970 at 12:00 AM

New Ride for Dreamworld
Blue's Skidoos, replacing Dreamcopters will be the first major change to Nick Central since the area opened December 26 2002. The ride will be Dreamcopters' core with brand new themed carriages made in Italy.
Thursday 1 January 1970 at 12:00 AM

Dreamworld, the inefficient park?
Dreamworld is often the source for a lot of discussion regarding its efficiency. So how does it really compare? It's all very well to say it's an inefficient park, but without evidence, it's hardly a fact. I have set out to find the truth, with supporting evidence.
Thursday 1 January 1970 at 12:00 AM

Rocky Hollow Log Ride gets a new drop
This year's annual maintenance period for Rocky Hollow Log Ride is a bit longer than usual. Where most rides go down for a week or so, the Log Ride is currently in the middle of a three-and-a-half week maintenance period. The reason? The ride's first drop is being entirely replaced.
Thursday 1 January 1970 at 12:00 AM

Melbourne's Southern Star rolls near
ING Development and Lewis Land, the joint-developers behind the revamping of this section of Melbourne's Docklands, estimated to have an end value of $1 billion are getting closer to the unveiling of the second tallest Ferris wheel in the world, the Southern Star, which is due open in early 2006.
Thursday 1 January 1970 at 12:00 AM

Shark Bay opens
Shark Bay is now open to the public, giving guests the unique opportunity to see an amazingly diverse range of sharks, rays and fish from a variety of different vantage points.
Thursday 1 January 1970 at 12:00 AM

Wonderland Sydney officially closed
After nearly 19 years of entertaining guests from around Australia and the world, Wonderland Sydney closed its gates for the last time this evening. A turbulent history and a lack of true corporate backing could be held responsible for the closure of this Sydney icon, even if the park's management says otherwise.
Thursday 1 January 1970 at 12:00 AM

New Dreamworld photographs all around
First and foremost is the latest construction update, which features construction of a new thrill ride at the edge of Ocean Parade, as well as updates from Tiger Island, Tomb Raider, Farmyard Friends and Gold Rush Country.

This gallery can be seen here.
Thursday 1 January 1970 at 12:00 AM

Kanook faces death
The twenty year-old female bear has been suffering from kidney failure and has been on medication for the past year as a result of the condition.
Thursday 1 January 1970 at 12:00 AM

Stephen Gregg to take the reins
With the resignation in March of current Chief Executive Officer Tony Braxton-Smith (ceasing employment April 30), Macquarie Leisure Trust have brought in Stephen Gregg, an industry professional with more than 30 years experience to take on both the position as CEO of Dreamworld and as the newly formed position as Development Director of Macquarie Leisure Operations, the operators of the Gold Coast theme park.
Thursday 1 January 1970 at 12:00 AM

Mr Moon Opens Wide
It's not the same as it used to be, but it's still very much Luna Park. With every detail of the park given the attention it deserves, and new emphasis put on cultural and non-ride entertainment, this time, with a bit of luck it should be for good.
Thursday 1 January 1970 at 12:00 AM

Roller-Coaster.com.au Online Store
As Roller-Coaster.com.au continues to come together to become an all-inclusive source for Australian roller coaster and theme park enthusiasts, yet more avenues are being created.
Thursday 1 January 1970 at 12:00 AM

Fright Night at Dreamworld
Dreamworld, seemingly taking a page out of the closing Wonderland Sydney's book, are holding a night event of their own, entitled Fright Night.
Thursday 1 January 1970 at 12:00 AM

Farmyard Friends set to open
Dreamworld's newest attraction Farmyard Friends, an interactive baby animal nursery is set to open April 9, the same day as Sea World launches its Shark Bay.
Thursday 1 January 1970 at 12:00 AM

Welcome to Roller-Coaster.com.au Beta!
Roller-Coaster.com.au has launched as the beta version, bringing with it the most comprehensive Australian theme park database, a reliable avenue for amusement news and outstanding park galleries and videos and more.
Thursday 1 January 1970 at 12:00 AM