Location: Queensland, AU
Along the Gold Coast in Australia lies the largest theme park on the continent in Dream World. The park truly was a dream come true for John Longhurst who spared no expense in finding the right developers for his park idea. He wanted a family friendly park that everyone could sink their teeth into. He hired designers and developers who worked on building Disneyland and Disney World. The park officially opened in 1981 and included a railroad, classic cars, and a log flume.
Late in the 1980s, Dreamworld began adding themed areas and rides each and every year. The Thunderbolt coaster was opened as the longest steel looping coaster in the world in 1982. The mine ride was opened in the 1980s as well as the beginning of a Water Park expansion. By 1990, this park had it all and the guests were keeping the park at capacity day in and day out.
The 1990’s was full of record breaking for the park as it opened the tallest and fastest coaster in the world known as Tower of Terror and then they opened the tallest freestanding drop ride in the world called Giant Drop. The park continued its success in 2000 as it added Cyclone but in 2003 they had to close Thunderbolt and then tore it down 7 months later. In 2006, Ardent Leisure shifted its focus to improving its offerings of water attractions and the water park expanded. The same year the Mine Ride closed and is SBNO and a Motocoaster was also added to the list of rides. In September 2011, Dreamworld opened BuzzSaw a Maurer S๖hne SkyLoop roller coaster and an attraction that many fans had been waiting years for.
Today the park has many affiliations with entertainment industries like Dream Works and others that are allowing for even more expansions possible in the future. Dreamworld is great for the young and the old and every age in between. Next time you are down under, make sure you catch the fun and excitement at Dreamworld!
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