Sunday, 2 December 2001

Get wet and cool down thanks to the awesome interactive water fountain in Looney Tunes Village!

Join all of your favourite Looney Tunes characters as they splash into the Looney Tunes Splash Zone!

Home to the much loved Looney Tunes characters including Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Tweety, Sylvester, Wile E Coyote and Foghorn Leghorn, Looney Tunes Village also boasts the Looney Tunes Splash Zone, an awesome interactive water fountain!

Children can have the best fun getting wet and cooling down at Looney Tunes Splash Zone, a permanent attraction located in the ever-popular Looney Tunes Village at Warner Bros. Movie World.

This cool attraction complements the many rides now enjoyed by children and parents alike at Looney Tunes Village, including the Road Runner Rollercoaster – Australia’s first junior rollercoaster - and the Looney Tunes River Ride.

Looney Tunes Village also boasts the colourful cartoon themed rides including Yosemite Sams Railroad, the Tweety and Sylvester Carousel, Taz’s Hollywood Cars and Marvin the Martian’s Rocket Ride.

Looney Tunes Village caters for children under the age of 10 and already incorporates six colourful, Looney Tunes themed rides.

Visit Warner Bros. Movie World on Australia’s Gold Coast – where movie magic happens everyday!

Saturday, 1 December 2001

New Aussie Experience For Gold Coast Visitors

Visitors to Australia's Gold Coast can now have a hands-on 'true blue' Aussie experience all in one action packed location at one of the country's top theme parks, Dreamworld.

Showcasing the best of the outback, Dreamworld has recently launched its Australian Wildlife Experience (AWE) - an interactive sanctuary where Dreamworld guests get up close and personal with the wilder side of Aussie life.

Spanning almost four hectares, the attraction is home to many Australian icons including purebred dingoes, emus, cassowaries, saltwater crocodiles, Tasmanian Devils, kangaroos…and one of the largest koala colonies in the world.

The final stage of the exhibit is a 'fairdinkum' Aussie bush show – the 'Oaky Creek Station Australian Farm Story' – which lets Dreamworld guests experience Australian rural life first hand, complete with sheep shearing, sheep dogs and stock whips.

Dreamworld CEO Tony Braxton-Smith said the park's Australian Wildlife Experience was the most diverse, themed native animal attraction in the country.

"Whilst the range of animals you encounter here is extensive, our real focus has been on creating a depth of experience," Mr Braxton-Smith said.

"In AWE you can truly immerse yourself in the animal's environment and where appropriate, guests can interact with the animals, up close and one-on-one.

"We have also taken great care to balance our wildlife display with a conservation, research and education program, developed in close cooperation with government, industry and educational institutions.

"While most of the animals in AWE are native, we've also included a special 'true-blue' bush show to pay tribute to the other animals that have helped shape our nation, such as sheep and farm dogs.

"It all adds up to a fun experience showcasing several Australian habitats all in the one fantastic location. And along the way, there is a chance to learn a thing or two about our wildlife and about life on the land."

Dreamworld's General Manager of Life Sciences, Kevin Bradley, said the new facilities had paved the way for new breeding and conservation programs at Dreamworld.

"AWE is a unique sanctuary for many rare and endangered native animals including some well-loved Aussie icons such as the koala and the Yellow Footed Rock Wallaby," Mr Bradley said.
"The new attraction has enabled us to kick-off a number of conservation initiatives such as breeding programs for the endangered Cassowary, the Golden-shouldered Parrot and other threatened species.

"We're now working closely with Queensland Parks and Wildlife and the University of Queensland to expand these programs over the next couple of years."

Dreamworld is also renowned for a wildlife experience of a different kind… and is home to some of the fastest, tallest thrill rides in the world including 'The Tower of Terror' and 'The Giant Drop'. With all rides, shows and attractions included in the one entry price.

With so much to see and do, Dreamworld guests can now enjoy the park over a two-day experience by purchasing a heavily discounted Return Visitor's Pass.

Dreamworld is located on Australia's Gold Coast in South East Queensland and is open from 10am every day except Christmas Day.

Sunday, 21 October 2001

Warning: Cyclone Set to Hit Gold Coast

Dreamworld whipped up a storm today (21/10) announcing the name of its new high-tech rollercoaster as CYCLONE

A $5 million investment, currently under construction, the rollercoaster will join Dreamworld’s collection of the tallest, fastest, thrill rides in the world, when it officially opens opening this Boxing Day (26/12).

Reaching speeds of up to 85km/ph, Dreamworld’s CYCLONE will be the biggest high-speed gravity rollercoaster of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere.

Standing a terrifying 13-storeys (40 metres) high and weighing almost 1000 tonnes, the whirl wind CYCLONE is set to blow guests away with all the white-knuckle swoosh factors of a 360degree hair-raising loop and a screaming sidewinder.

“The ride will be a hugely powerful experience and we are confident guests will be blown away by it,” said Dreamworld Chief Executive Officer, Tony Braxton-Smith.

“The name ‘CYCLONE’ fits the ride perfectly, with lots of nail-biting twists and hair-raising turns to simulate being caught in a real cyclone.”

Mr Braxton-Smith said the name had been carefully selected following a thorough market research program.

“The initial ideas – including the CYCLONE concept - were formed in brainstorming sessions,” he said.

“Almost 100 names were generated. From this, we came down to a shortlist including ‘The Redback’, ‘The Torpedo’, ‘The Inferno’, ‘The Vortex’ and a variety of other thrill-seeking themes.

“Alternative theme concepts were then developed into a story board.

“These were put in front of numerous focus groups to test how the branding for the ride would fit with our traditional core market who love the big white-knuckle thrill rides.

“All the results showed ‘CYCLONE’ clearly stood out as the most suitable and alluring name for the rollercoaster.”

To make the fun last longer, Dreamworld is a two-day experience with Return Visitor Passes now only $10.

Mr Braxton-Smith said the rollercoaster was on schedule to be opened these Christmas holidays.

“The ground work is now complete and the massive jigsaw is being carefully put together to form the 800 metre long track.”

The CYCLONE will be positioned in front of Dreamworld’s existing Thunderbolt rollercoaster at the front right hand side of the park. The Thunderbolt will continue to operate.

CYCLONE is another addition to the park’s signature thrill ride experience, which includes the tallest and fastest rides in the world – The Giant Drop and the Tower of Terror.

Dreamworld is located just 25 minutes from Surfers Paradise and 40 minutes from Brisbane and is open between 10am and 5pm every day except Christmas Day.