Vil­lage Scooby do do ...

The Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS - RYAN KEEN

THE Gold Coast’s big­gest theme park op­er­a­tor is car­ry­ing on from its $30 mil­lion Hyper­Coaster in­vest­ment with a cut­ting-edge up­grade to an­other pop­u­lar ride and a new Par­adise Coun­try at­trac­tion.

Vil­lage Road­show Theme Parks plans to Scooby-Doobydo-do-do plenty more by the end of the year.

The Bulletin can re­veal its plans in­clude a $1 mil­lion over­haul of its pop­u­lar ScoobyDoo Coaster.

The ride will be re­named the Scooby-Doo Spooky Coaster, Next Gen­er­a­tion and fea­ture the lat­est the­mat­ics, pro­jec­tion imag­ing and 3D graph­ics.

On top of that, the Par­adise Coun­try park will bring to life pop­u­lar kids TV show Shaun the Sheep, also sched­uled for later this year.

Vil­lage Road­show Theme Parks chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer Bikash Rand­hawa said what made the Scooby-Doo ride so pop­u­lar was its the­mat­ics and they were do­ing “a com­plete the­matic over­haul”.

“I don’t want to give away too much be­cause it’s a sur­prise but we have been work­ing very hard with Warner Bros in the US and this is go­ing to be next gen­er­a­tion stuff,’’ he said. “I don’t think any­one will be able to ex­pe­ri­ence what we are about to give to the mar­ket.”

Vil­lage Road­show will re­launch the Scooby-Doo ride near the end of this year with more de­tails.

The ad­di­tion of Shaun the Sheep to Par­adise Coun­try is to start in Septem­ber. Mr Rand­hawa said it was a mul­ti­mil­lion dollar in­vest­ment.

“Af­ter 12 years of some of the most suc­cess­ful shows in Aus­tralia we are rev­o­lu­tion­is­ing that fa­cil­ity,” he said.

The new in­vest­ment comes on the back of last night’s launch of the first Top­golf site in Aus­tralia next to Vil­lage Road­show’s Movie World park at Ox­en­ford.

“Vil­lage Road­show Theme Parks con­tin­ues to have an on­go­ing com­mit­ment to cap­i­tal in­vest­ment in at­trac­tions on the Gold Coast and we are al­ways look­ing at new ideas and op­por­tu­ni­ties to sup­port our theme parks but also pro­vide com­pli­men­tary ex­pe­ri­ences,’’ Mr Rand­hawa said.

“We want to en­sure the Gold Coast is a one-stop des­ti­na­tion for trav­ellers and by of­fer­ing more at­trac­tions and ex­pe­ri­ences, will only fur­ther en­hance the city’s rep­u­ta­tion.”

Asked if he shared fears of tourism bosses about M1 grid­lock de­ter­ring vis­its, Mr Rand­hawa said: “We agree traf­fic man­age­ment is an is­sue with ma­jor ar­te­rial roads be­com­ing heav­ily con­gested. We would love to see the Gov­ern­ment put their ef­forts and bud­gets to­wards cre­at­ing a long-term traf­fic man­age­ment and pub­lic trans­port in­fra­struc­tures to ease these prob­lems.’’

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