Dreamworld & # 39; s $ 70 million makeover: the Australian theme park swears to return to its former glory after River Rapids ride disaster left it on the brink of collapse
- Dreamworld has announced a $ 70 million redevelopment, including new rides
- Theme Park became a ghost town after deadly River Rapid ride tragedy
- Planned redevelopment coincided with the launch of the new ride from Dreamworld
Dreamworld has announced a major refurbishment to restore the park to its former glory.
The Gold Coast tourist attraction is undergoing a $ 70 million redevelopment, including a new state-of-the-art roller coaster and six new slides.
The theme park is struggling to recover from the River Rapid ride tragedy in which Cindy Low, Kate Goodchild, Luke Dorsett and Roozi Araghi were killed in October 2016.
The ride was aborted later.
Dreamworld has announced a new roller coaster and water slides as part of the redevelopment
The $ 70 million redevelopment revealed for Dreamworld and the adjacent WhiteWater World on Friday coincides with the launch of the first new big ride in years from the theme park.
Lauded as the first flight theater in the southern hemisphere, the $ 20 million Sky Voyager was opened to visitors for the first time on Friday.
During the five-minute drive, guests enjoy the most spectacular scenery in Australia, complete with special sensory effects such as wind, noise, light, fog and smells.
The ride was originally due to the opening of last Christmas, but was delayed by final approvals from state supervisors.
The theme park is struggling to recover from the River Rapid ride tragedy in which Cindy Low, Kate Goodchild, Luke Dorsett and Roozi Araghi all lost their lives in October 2016 (photo: The River Rapid ride)
& # 39; Investing in new attractions, attractions and technologies to improve the customer experience is crucial for Dreamworld's future direction. Today's announcements, along with the opening of Sky Voyager, are a fantastic start to our transformation of the park, & said Dreamworld CEO John Osborne.
& # 39; This total $ 70 million investment, including Sky Voyager, heralds an important transition time for Dreamworld and offers us the opportunity to offer our guests new experiences that have never been seen before in Australia. & # 39;
The next big investment will be a 1.2 kilometer long, $ 30 million roller coaster with multiple inversions and speeds of 105 km / h.
Dreamworld has already praised the new adrenaline ride as a unique experience like no other in the world.
Sky Voyager, Dreamworld's newest ride, is open to the public for the first time on Friday
Dreamworld will spend $ 7 million on the adjacent sister theme park WhiteWater World
The new roller coaster is being built by Mack Rides, one of & # 39; the world's largest and most renowned roller coaster manufacturers.
The design is based on the immensely popular Blue Fire Launch roller coaster, which operates at 14 locations around the world, including Europa Park and Disney Hollywood Studios.
Adjacent sister theme park WhiteWater World will receive an injection of $ 7 million as part of the redevelopment.
It is being issued to a new water slide complex with six new slides and five unique "splash tacular" experiences, complete with multi-colored natural light effects.
Work on the water slides and WhiteWater World renovations has begun, while the provisional plans for the roller coaster have begun.
The new roller coaster from Dreamworld (photo) is being built by Mack Rides, one of & # 39; s world-renowned driving manufacturers. The preliminary planning for the ride has started
Work has already begun on the new water slide complex with six slides
No opening date has been announced for any of the attractions.
Other improvements include a million-dollar refurbishment from Dreamworld's ABC Kids World, improved food and beverage outlets, additional events and entertainment areas, and a better boarding experience.
Fans welcomed the redevelopment of the theme park on social media.
& # 39; Hopefully a significant portion of that amount will be spent on safety and ongoing maintenance and safety and training of the teams working there to ensure safety. If so, I think the plans will be great when they are complete & # 39 ;, a woman on Facebook said.
Another added: & # 39; New improvements desperately needed. With the old, with the new! Let it happen Dreamworld. We believe in you! & # 39;
Three years later, Dreamworld is still recovering from the tragedy that turned the theme park upside down
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