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Australia's Biggest Ride to Open at Warner Bros. Movie World December 14 1998

Warner Bros. Movie World - Wild West Falls

Australia's biggest theme park ride is set to make a huge splash at Warner Bros. Movie World when it opens on December 26 1998.

The $18 million dollar Wild Wild West adventure ride spans a massive 2.8 hectares at Warner Bros. Movie World's themed Western Town area, increasing the size of the park by 20%.

Wild Wild West will take riders on an action-packed six minute adventure into the wild west with more than a few surprises and thrills along the way!

Definitely a ride for cowboys not cowards, Wild Wild West will use state-of-the-art lifts, drops and a never before seen reversing element to create a thrilling experience the whole family can enjoy.

Over a million litres of water will propel riders past ghost towns, geysers, wagon trains and an 'exploding' bridge to put you right in the middle of a western movie set.

The journey leads into a massive man-made mountain, 35 metres high and 420 metres around the base.

Wild Wild West saves the biggest surprise for last - a 70 km per hour, no brakes, 20 metre heart-stopping drop to the final splashdown!

Warner Bros. Movie World General Manager Peter Burrows says creating Wild Wild West is a massive undertaking, involving more than 300 people in the construction project over a period of six months.

"This is the biggest, single investment in a theme park ride Australia has seen to date and a multi-million dollar boost to the tourism industry on the Gold Coast," Mr Burrows said.

"We're very conscious of the need to give visitors new reasons to holiday on the Gold Coast and we're confident that Wild Wild West will draw tourists from throughout Australia and overseas to the region," he said.

Wild Wild West will be the second major attraction constructed at Warner Bros. Movie World in as many years following the launch of Looney Tunes Village in December 1997.

Mr Burrows says the strategy to create new family-based attractions has been a successful one for the theme park.

"Looney Tunes Village continues to deliver new visitors to the park due to the universal allure of the Looney Tunes characters and the broad appeal of the rides and shows in the village," Mr Burrows said.

"We've had nothing but glowing reports about the attraction from our guests, particularly from those with young children.

"At the same time, we also launched the 3D adventure, Marvin the Martian in the 3rd Dimension, which has proved an enormous draw card for guests of all ages as well," he said.