The Gold Coast Bulletin


Movie World to mark three decades with giant parade plans


THE Gold Coast’s biggest theme park operator is splashing out on a suite of new attraction­s including Australia’s tallest water slide.

Village Roadshow Theme Parks is pumping capital into a new complex of thrill slides at its Coomera-based Wet ‘n’ Wild site, the Bulletin can reveal.

Village will officially announce today the showpiece will be Kaboom, a raft slide starting 23 metres above ground, with water jet propulsion plunging users down a 10m drop into corkscrews.

Other slides in the new complex are described as “not for the faintheart­ed”. A huge event is being planned for sister park Movie World’s 30th birthday whilst a meerkat display is permanentl­y coming to Paradise Country.

Village chief operating officer Bikash Randhawa said: “This is a huge investment and we are confident this is the right step for driving tourism.”

THEME park giant Village Roadshow will build Australia’s tallest water slide on the Gold Coast in a multimilli­ondollar revamp of its facilities.

The 130m-long slide, already under constructi­on at Wet’n’Wild, is one of three attraction­s being unveiled on Friday to launch celebratio­ns for sister park Warner Bros Movie World’s 30th birthday.

In a major boost to the city’s struggling tourism industry, the new mega slide structure is being targeted for a pre-Christmas opening in time for the school holidays.

New Village attraction­s include:

• A new water slide complex with several standouts led by the Kaboom raft ride starting from 23m up, making it Australia’s tallest. It boasts a “master blaster” start – with water jet propulsion – sending riders down a 10m drop and into a tailspin featuring multiple corkscrews.

• A Super Ripper which is two new body slides dubbed “not for the faint-hearted” from 12m up, and what’s described as a “heart pounding” Double Barrel option.

• H2Oasis, an 872sq m familyfrie­ndly water park as part of the slide complex.

• A meerkat family to go on permanent display at Paradise Country in June for the winter school holidays.

• A celebratio­n of Movie World’s 30th, dubbed Hooray for Hollywood, with displays of props from classic films plus the theme park’s largesteve­r parade each afternoon of the June-July school holidays.

While reluctant to disclose the exact value of the investment, Village Roadshow Theme Parks chief operating officer Bikash Randhawa said new attraction­s were critical to the city’s success, short and long-term: “The sector was heavily impacted by COVID-19 so what we are trying to do is drive visitation back to the Gold Coast.

“This is a huge investment and we are confident this is the right step for driving tourism and bringing people back here to support the economy.

“New rides and attraction­s incentivis­e the local market but we are also investing in products which will bring more tourists and there is a flow-on impact because it fills up hotels and gets people into restaurant­s and other small businesses.”

Village’s new attraction­s are part of a dramatic recent uptick in theme park activity to lure visitors back to the city.

In December 2020, it launched the first stage of the $50m New Atlantis precinct

at Sea World with the Vortex, a Wipeout-like ride. The Leviathan wooden roller coaster and Trident ride which spins people around 42m off the ground are still under constructi­on and expected to open in late 2021.

Village Roadshow has also lodged trademark documents for a hotel it plans to build at Movie World on land occupied by its northern car park.

Ardent Leisure is ramping up its own new attraction­s, unveiling plans for a $75m hotel at Dreamworld. Dreamworld Resort will include a four-star, 250-room resortstyl­e hotel, 40 bungalows and a five-star tourist park.

Constructi­on continues on its new Steel Taipan inverted loop rollercoas­ter.

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Village Roadshow Theme Parks is building Australia’s tallest water slide at Wet‘n’Wild on the Gold Coast; (below) Bikash Randhawa.

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