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Thunderbolt profile last updated on October 6 2007

Dreamworld (update/edit)

Status: Operated
Opened: 1982
Closed: August 8 2003

Cost: $4,000,000

Construction: Steel
Ride Type: Sitdown Looper
Manufacturer: Meisho
Height: 31m 101.68ft
Length: 1207m 3958.96ft
Speed: 87km/h 54.375mph
Capacity: 960 pph


Each train has 6 cars with 4 passengers per car, giving a total of 24 riders per train.
There are 2 trains.

General Overview
Featured back-to-back vertical loops after a very shallow (25) curving first drop. A series of turns and gentle dips followed. At no point along the course does the track's angle go beyond approx. 25, presumably a result of severly limited train bogies.

Park History
The first looping roller coaster in Australia.

Originally painted plain white, the "golden" loops were not added until circa-1990, during the ride's first - and only - complete repainting.

In 1995 $500,000 was spent on a new train in an attempt to make the right more comfortable for riders. The new train was said to feature shock absorbers and more comfortable seating, though little differed in terms of comfort between it and the original train.

In 2002 Dreamworld undertook an opportunity to redevelop this ride, which was a rusty, rough attraction with poor throughput.

Three roller coaster firms were approached regarding the project - Arrow Dynamics, Vekoma (partner company of original builder Meisho) and KumbacK Coasters (a spin-off company of Vekoma after its 2001 bankrupcy and associated restructuring). It was determined that it was not feasible to work on the coaster.

The ride was standing but not operating (SNBO) from August 2003 until early 2004, during which time it was offered for sale through various second-hand ride sales agencies.

The Thunderbolt was removed in March of 2004. The removal was done in such a way that it is clear the ride was scrapped and not sold. The park however does still have the trains and some sections of track, presumably for construction of a memorial of sorts to the Gold Coast icon.

Special Info
It was the longest steel roller coaster in Australia. A feat that has yet to be beaten even to this day.

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Thunderbolt in action
27 May 2007


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