Welcome to the September edition of the "Australian Theme Park Roundup", provided exclusively to Theme Park Tourist readers by AusParks.com.au.
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Adventure World preparing to unleash mega thrills
Adventure World in Perth (Western Australia) has announced that they are undertaking construction on a $12 million (AUD) Gerstlauer Eurofighter roller coaster.
While the name of the roller coaster hasn’t yet been revealed, the ride is rumoured to carry some sort of horror-based theme.
Currently codenamed “Mi1", the ride will become Australia’s first Eurofighter roller coaster when it opens in November.
Funfields building world’s longest CannonBOWL
Funfields (near Melbourne, Victoria) is currently building the world’s longest ProSlide CannonBOWL water ride, dubbed the “Typhoon”.
The Typhoon water slide will begin with a heart-stopping 136-metre-long flume section that propels riders down an 18-metre drop into the centre — or “bowl” — of the Typhoon.
The Typhoon is expected to open by the end of the year.
Dreamworld to open horror-themed attraction
Dreamworld (Gold Coast, Queensland) has announced Zombie Evilution, a horror-themed walkthrough attraction set to debut next month.
Renowned entertainment company “Sudden Impact!” is working with Dreamworld to design and develop the attraction, which will replace the AVPX laser tag arena.
Zombie Evilution is scheduled to open on Friday, 13 September.
Wet’n'Wild Sydney starts selling “Gold” season passes
Wet’n'Wild Sydney (New South Wales) has started selling premium season passes online, ahead of the water park’s official opening later this year.
The “Gold” season passes — which cost $124.99 (AUD) per person — include unlimited entry until the end of the season (which finishes on 27 April 2014), free car parking and early entry into the park.
(Interesting fact: Wet'n'Wild Sydney will be the first theme/water park in Australia to charge for parking)
Movie World seeks haunt workers
As Halloween fast approaches, Warner Bros. Movie World (Gold Coast, Queensland) has begun the search for maze presenters to take part in this year’s Halloween “Fright Nights” event.
The after-hours event is scheduled to take place each Friday and Saturday night in October, as well as on the night of Halloween (31 October).
Dreamworld to replace steam locomotives
Dreamworld (Gold Coast, Queensland) is reportedly in the process of replacing their two steam locomotives with a newer, more energy-efficient diesel locomotive.
The two steam locomotives up for replacement — “Perry” and “Baldwin” — currently run on Australia’s longest privately owned railway, called the Dreamworld Railway.
The new diesel locomotive is expected to be fully operational by the end of October.
Ashley lives in Brisbane, Australia, and is the editor-in-chief for AusParks.com.au.
His favourite theme park is Universal Studios Florida, and his favourite roller coaster is Manta at Sea World Orlando.