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Lethal Weapon - The Ride

Warner Bros. Movie World on Australia's Gold Coast has announced the closure of Lethal Weapon - The Ride, with the roller coaster set to reopen with a new theme by Easter 2012.

The park revealed the plan via its official Facebook page, promising that the updated version will offer "an experience straight from your darkest nightmares". The ride's entrance was moved in September 2011 to a new location next to Superman Escape, fueling rumours that it will receive a new backstory based around a super villain.

The Vekoma Suspended Looping Coaster is currently based on Mel Gibson's Lethal Weapon movie franchise, and was the first inverted coaster to open at an Australian theme park when it debuted in 1995. Standing at 109-feet-tall, it hits a top speed of 55 miles per hour during its 2,510-feet circuit.

Lethal Weapon - The Ride's queue was re-routed last year and currently bypasses much of the original scene-setting theming. The ride will receive new trains from manufacturer Kumbak as part of its refurbishment.

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