List of former Dreamworld attractions

The following is a list of attractions that previously existed at the Dreamworld amusement park on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.

Themed areas


Blue Lagoon

Blue Lagoon was Dreamworld's water park until it closed in April 2006. It opened in 1983 with a large pool, a children's pool and 3 water slides. The Aqualoop Flume was a body slide which featured several helices before a splashdown in the main pool.[1] Krakatoa's Revenge was the second slide to launch directly off the mountain. This tube slide was terrain based and weaved its way down the mountain before a splashdown in the main pool.[2] The third slide was the Toboggan. It was launched from a separate tower attached to the mountain. Riders would sit on a hard plastic toboggan and would plunge down a steep drop and stop in a specially designed pool.[3] Blue Lagoon's closure was just months before WhiteWater World opened as a separate ticketed complex adjacent to Dreamworld. The area has since been used for various temporary scare attractions in addition to The Dream Room function centre.

Country Fair

Country Fair was a themed area located where Ocean Parade now stands. Country Fair opened one year after Dreamworld in 1982. It originally featured very few rides but more were added in 1983. In 1993, when the Wipeout opened, the northern end of Country Fair was converted into Ocean Parade. By 2002 the remaining rides in Country Fair were renamed and rethemed to fit the Ocean Parade theme. Ocean Parade currently covers all of the land previously occupied by Country Fair.

Gum Tree Gully

Gum Tree Gully was located in a portion of Rivertown where Wiggles World is currently located. The Gum Tree Gully Theatre housed musicals such as Outback Celebration and Country Jamboree. The area was also used for the Kids' Carnival, a temporary children's area during the construction of Nickelodeon Central in 2002. In 2003 and 2004 the theatre was used for the Lara Croft Tomb Raider - Enter the Tomb temporary scare attraction. Gum Tree Gully was converted into Wiggles World which opened in 2005. The Big Red Car Ride now operates inside the building where the theatre once was.

Kennyland

Main article: Kennyland

Kennyland was constructed in the northern portion of the Village Oval and was themed after Dreamworld's main mascot Kenny Koala. Three rides and a meet and greet area were located undercover while a fourth ride was located outside. Wild Wheels was a track ride which featured a variety of different cars connected in one train. Riders would board one of several cars and would be taken twice around an oval shaped circuit which featured a hill and several s-bends. Kenny Karts was a series of children sized electric bumper cars located in a small oval shaped roadway. Adventure Trails was a jumping castle which was split into two distinct sections each themed after Kenny and Belinda respectively. Dreamcopter was the only outdoor ride of the section and featured small helicopters mounted to a central rotating pole. Riders were able to control the height of their helicopter through a joystick. Kennyland opened in 2000 and closed early in 2002 for the construction of Nickelodeon Central. The only ride still operating at the park was Dreamcopter which is was known as Blues Skidoo up until its removal in 2011. The meet and greet area was also used for the Kenny & Friends Party in the Park Show.

Kids' Carnival

Kids' Carnival was a temporary themed children's area which briefly existed in 2002. Three of the four rides of Kennyland were moved to Gum Tree Gully in early 2002 to aid in the construction of Nickelodeon Central. The Dreamcopter was located to outside the Gum Tree Gully Theatre. Adventure Trails was located beside the Murrissipi River near the Gum Tree Gully Theatre. Finally, Kenny Karts was located inside a building alongside the Murrissipi River. It was closed in late 2002 just before Nickelodeon Central opened. Dreamcopter was relocated and later rethemed to Blues Skidoo in Nickelodeon Central.

Koala Country

Koala Country was Dreamworld's original animal area. It began simply showcasing koalas but quickly grew to feature several Australian animals including kangaroos and crocodiles. Dreamworld invested millions of dollars in the redevelopment of Koala Country into the Australian Wildlife Experience.

Nickelodeon Central

Main article: Nickelodeon Central

Nickelodeon Central replaced Village Oval and Kennyland in 2002. In 2011, Dreamworld's contract with Nickelodeon was terminated resulting in the area's retheme to Kid's World.

Village Oval

Village Oval was a collection of rides which are all now a part of Kid's World. The area was originally named Village Green when it opened in 1983. The name was changed to Village Oval in 1998. When the Tower of Terror opened in 1997, its entrance was originally located in Village Oval. In early 2002, during the construction of Nickelodeon Central, the entrance was moved to the other side of the ride near Tiger Island. Rides included Bumper Bowl (now Bumper Beach), Carousel (now Mighty-Go-Round), Red Baron (most recently Dora the Explorer Sea Planes before its removal) and Avalanche.

Roller coasters

Eureka Mountain Mine Ride

Eureka Mountain Mine Ride was a wild mouse roller coaster designed by HyFab. The Ride has not been operational since 2006 and has been decommissioned due to safety concerns.[4]

Thunderbolt

Main article: Thunderbolt

Thunderbolt was Dreamworld's original roller coaster which opened in 1982 and was closed on 8 August 2003.[5]

Other attractions

  • Avalanche was a matterhorn ride manufactured by Bertazzon Rides. The ride originally opened as Avalanche in 1983 with Village Green.[6] It was repainted and renamed to Angry Beavers Spooty Spin in 2002 to suit the new Nickelodeon theme.[7] In 2011, the ride returned to its original name and theme.[8][9] On 15 July 2012,[10] the ride was closed to make way for Pandamonium, a thrill ride which is part of Kung Fu Panda: Land of Awesomeness.
  • AVPX was a themed indoor laser skirmish attraction based on the Alien vs. Predator films. It was the biggest indoor laser skirmish attraction in Australia and was included in Dreamworld's admission price. It opened in April 2009 and closed in March 2013.[11][12] It will be replaced by a new attraction in 2013.[13]
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  • Captain Sturt Paddle Wheeler - a slow boat ride around the Murrissippi River. It originally featured a live show part way through its journey. The boat is currently standing but not operating.
  • Creature Cruise - A gentle boat ride which flowed past hand crafted models of animals. It was opened in 1997 but closed in 2000 to make way for part of Kennyland.[14]
  • Dora the Explorer Sea Planes was a fixed arm, rotating plane ride themed to Nickelodeon's Dora the Explorer.[15] The ride originally opened as Red Baron in 1982, a year after Dreamworld opened.[16] Due to the ride's portability, the ride has been moved several times throughout its lifetime. It originally operated as part of the Country Fair until it was moved to Village Green in the early 1990s.[17] During its time in Village Green and Village Oval, the ride was moved to three different locations. Since the opening of Nickelodeon Central in 2002, the ride was not moved.[18][19] On 27 April 2010, the ride closed for maintenance and has not operated since.[20] The ride was removed in late 2010 from its position in the park in addition to it being removed from the attraction listing and park map.[21][22][23]
  • Grand Prix - A go-kart track which operated from 1982 to 1992. The exact reason for the removal of this ride is still unknown, however it was possibly due to lack of popularity or comfort.[24]
  • Helicopter Joy Flights - Park visitors were able to take helicopter flights taking in views of Dreamworld and the Gold Coast. Visitors could choose from five different flight paths. Joy flights incurred an additional expense.[25] The helicopter tours have not resumed since June 2009 when a helicopter crashed in the carpark of Dreamworld causing only minor injuries.[26]
  • Skylink Chairlift - A chairlift which linked Gold Rush Country with the Australian Wildlife Experience. It commenced operation on 30 November 1989 and closed on 15 March 2005.[27]
  • Stingray was a rotating ride featuring controlled lifting and tilting movements with a capacity for 36 riders per dispatch. The ride is a Trabant manufactured by Chance Rides. It was originally known as the Roulette when it opened in 1983. It remained under that name until 1993 when Ocean Parade opened and it was rethemed to suit the beach theme.[28] It closed in May 2012.
  • Vortex - A park-model Gravitron. It was removed on 2 February 2009[29] to make way for the new Alien vs. Predator themed Laser Skirmish attraction named AVPX. The Vortex operated under the name Gravitron until 2002, when it was renamed to fit the Ocean parade theming. It was suitable for guests 1 year of age and over (guests under 4 years of age must be accompanied by an adult).[30] It is unknown if the ride will eventually be re-located to another section of the park.

Temporary attractions

Moscow Circus

From 26 December 1998 to 24 January 1999 Dreamworld played host to Michael Edgley's all new Moscow Circus. The circus show was shown four times a day and was located off Village Oval in a back-of-house area. A cast of 16 circus performers included clowns, jugglers, trapeze artists, high-wire artists and motorcyclists.[31]

Xtremeworld

Since the 1990s, Dreamworld has held Xtremeworld three times. Xtremeworld is a collection of stunts performed on skateboards, roller blades, BMX bikes and motocross. The first event was held inside the Thunderbolt roller coaster footprint with the queue and access within the former Go Kart station. The second event was held between the track of the Tower of Terror and the Dreamworld Railway. Both of these events were held outdoors several times throughout a day and featured a half pipe and a couple of motocross jumps. The third event was held inside a circus tent off Village Oval in a back-of-house area. It was held between 26 December 2005 and late January 2006 and combined many elements in a normal circus show with the stunts featured in previous Xtremeworlds.[32]

Pirates of the Pacific

Pirates of the Pacific was a one-off circus style show themed to Pirates. It was held from 26 December 2007 through to late January 2008. The 30 minute show was set on a pirate ship which sat at the centre of a rectangular circus tent. The pirate ship concealed the poles to support the roof. The audience were seating in one of three grandstands which surrounded the pirate ship. The show featured stunts, lighting and pyrotechnics. It was located on the former location of the Thunderbolt roller coaster with an entrance beside the Vortex (now AVPX).[33]

MTV Plugs Into Dreamworld

MTV Plugs Into Dreamworld (sometimes shortened to MTV Plugs In) was a temporary live show held in the Dreamworld Studios amphitheatre for the 2009-2010 summer school holidays. The show was run from 26 December 2009 to 22 January 2010. The 30 minute performance was shown 3 times a day and included a variety of music, dancing and stunts in a game show-like format.[34][35]

Scare attractions

The following are temporary holiday attractions that operated at Dreamworld and were developed by Lynton V. Harris of Sudden Impact Entertainment.

  • The Mummy Returns was the first of many temporary walk through scare attractions. Operated from 23 June 2001 (2001-06-23) to 8 July 2001 (2001-07-08).[36][37]
  • Lara Croft Tomb Raider - Enter the Tomb was a walkthrough temporary attraction based on the second movie "The Cradle of Life". It featured fog filled narrow passageways, lighting effects and live actors. It opened on 26 December 2003 and closed four months later on 18 April 2004. It was located in the Gum Tree Gully Theatre.[38]
  • Nightmares was a temporary scary experience walkthrough attraction featuring two different sections: The Freezer and Angoscia. It operated from 26 December 2006 through to 7 July 2007.[39]
  • The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor Live was the fourth temporary scary walkthrough attraction for the park. This attraction was open for a limited season between September 2008 and January 2009.[40]

Kids World

"Kids World" was a temporary replacement of Nickelodeon Central when the contract with Nickelodeon expired, the area has since been replaced by Dreamworks Experience

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