WARNER BROS. MOVIEWORLD Australia
& Wet ‘n Wild
Park News - (2/11/13) Parkz has posted an interesting update from Wet ‘n’ Wild Australia, where they show off a new “FastTrack” queue jumping program added to the park. They also report that the park has stopped the tradition of “Dive in Movies’ in the wave pool this summer.
(6/15/12) You knew it was going to happen sooner or later, but a 30 year old woman became stuck inside one of the new Aqua Loop slides at Wet ‘n’ Wild in Australia’s Gold Coast is now suing the park for $400,000. After dropping out of the drop-pod, she apparently failed to gather enough speed to make it around the loop and slide backwards back down to the lowest portion of the tube. Fearing another slider would come down and smash into her while stuck inside tube, she panicked until she eventually freed herself via a well placed escape hatch designed for just such an event.
However, she claims in her scramble to escape she suffered a partially-torn rotator cuff and now suffers from ongoing mental issues from the trauma of the event. Her lawyers say that the water park failed to inform guests that there was a chance they could become “stuck” on the Aqua Loop slides and that there was an escape hatch they could use in just such an occasion, as well as the proper way to escape from the slide via the hatch.
While normally this would sound like complete nonsense, I can see a little bit of truth behind this case. People can go into a panic mode very easy at a theme park when things don’t go quite the way they should. When people panic they often make made very irrational choices, especially if they have entered into a very animalistic style survival mode. Sliding backwards down a dimly lit enclosed tube to the bottom of a hill is sure to kick in feelings of clausterfobia and entrapment. Add in the fact that hundreds of gallons of water are plummeting down the tube into your location and who wouldn’t start to have thoughts of drowning? Unless you were informed about the existence of an escape hatch, wisely engineered into the slide for just such an occasion, I can see just about anyone going into a wild panic as they searched for a way to escape. The Aqua-Loops are unique waterslide experiences, as they almost defy logic and gravity, and as such, perhaps a few extra safety warnings do need to be put in place.
Late 2012 - Justice League: Alien Invasion 3D - (10/19/12) Sally Corp. has posted their own article on the new Sally website where they talk a bit more about the new Justice League: Alien Invasion 3D dark ride.
(10/15/12) Sally has posted a great new video showing off the Justice League: Alien Invasion 3D dark ride. The video shows off the outside of the attraction, impressive themed queue, some preshow video footage and the attraction itself. Check it out!
(10/5/12) Sally has sent in a few new photos showing off some of their work on the new Justice League dark ride at WB MovieWorld Australia.
(9/24/12) The new Justice League ride at MovieWorld opened over this past weekend, along with the new Constrictor slide at the nearby Wet ‘n’ Wild waterpark for the local school holidays. A review of the new dark ride can be found over at Parkz as well as a POV video posted to YouTube which I’ll embed below showing off a mix of animatrionic, static and video screens where you’ve been tasked to shoot at giant star-fish looking alien invader parasites. Unfortunately the audio of the video seems very muted and muffled, so it’s hard to get a sense of the atmosphere within the ride.
(6/26/12) According to a new press release from Sally Corp, the new Justice League: Alien Invasion 3D dark ride experience, opening in September, will feature Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Green Lantern, Supergirl and Cyborg. Guests will enter a building themed as the Hall of Jurice, where they view “live” newscasts within by Vicki Vale reporting on the alien attack.
“Passing through a high-tech scanning device into the pre-show area, guests discover the impressive animatronic Cyborg in his test lab, and Batman beaming in from the Justice League Watchtower Command Center, in orbit around the Earth. Once aboard their custom tactical assault vehicles, riders are teleported into the dark streets of Gotham City and join the Justice League in an epic battle. Scores are recorded on in-car consoles.”
“Our goal was to create a ride based on the Justice League heroes that could be a fun and exciting experience not only for hardcore fans of the franchise, but also those not so familiar with the characters," says Sally Corporation CEO John Wood. "There's a lot of action and interaction throughout the ride, and you're immersed in the experience. There are full-scale three-dimensional sets, scenery, animatronics and special effects throughout, and blended into the city streets and spaceship interiors are high-definition CGI animated sets and characters...allowing us to take the action to new heights.”
(6/11/12) Screamscape sources tell us that the new Justice League dark ride will be replacing the park’s Batman themed simulator ride attraction.
(6/6/12) A news clipping posted to Parkz.com confirms that a new 3D interactive dark ride is under construction for WB MovieWorld Australia and is expected to open as early as September. The new dark ride will be themed around DC superhero comics and called Justice League: Alien Invasion 3D.
The article mentions that Sally Corp was behind the ride’s design which will feature ride hardware from Italy, 200 meters of track, eight 3D screens, 16 animated character figures, laser effects and 20 themed ride cars. “Once on board, riders also receive their laster guns, which are used to kill the alien spores attempting to take over. People collect points for killing the aliens.” The total cost of the project is $9 million.
Late 2012 / Early 2013 - Constructor @ Wet ‘n’ Wild - (8/16/12) Wet ‘n’ Wild Water World will open the Constrictor, a new slide that is supposed to be very similar to the Constrictor built at Wet ‘n’ Wild Phoenix.
2013 - Mini Cars Driving School - (5/6/13) Warner Bros Movie World Australia will open a new attraction called Mini Cars Driving School that will open in September.
???? - Future Expansion - Planning - (9/1/10) I’ve been told that in addition to expanding the park a bit, the plan is to also add a sort of Dining / Shopping / Entertainment area like a Universal Citwalk to the section closest to the road.
(8/19/10) The local government is likely to turn down the current draft of a proposed expansion plan for WB MovieWorld. They would like more detail about what might be added to a section of land located between the highway and the park.