Dreamworld shuts down one of its most popular rides as it prepares for a $50MILLION overhaul – exactly three years after four people died at the theme park
- Dreamworld’s Tower of Terror ride on the Gold Coast will close November
- Theme park is undergoing a $50million revamp to pull in customers
- The theme park has struggled to recover since four people died in 2016
- They died on Thunder River Rapids Ride, which has now been demolished
Australia’s biggest theme park will next month shut down one of its most popular stomach-churning rides, three years after four people died on a separate attraction.
Dreamworld’s high-speed Tower of Terror on the Gold Coast will cease operations after November 3.
The decision, which is expected to be confirmed on Thursday, comes a day before the anniversary of the October 2016 incident which saw four people killed on the park’s Thunder River Rapids Ride, which permanently closed in November that year.
Dreamworld’s high-speed Tower of Terror (pictured) on the Gold Coast will cease operations after November 3
The decision, which is expected to be confirmed on Thursday, comes a day before the anniversary of the October 2016 incident which saw four people killed on the park’s Thunder River Rapids Ride, which permanently closed in November that year
The theme park has struggled to recover from the tragedy in which Cindy Low, Kate Goodchild, Luke Dorsett and Roozi Araghi were killed.
The ride was later demolished.
Theme park bosses stressed the high-speed thrill ride, , which boasts ‘several seconds of stomach-churning weightlessness’, was not closing due to safety issues.
The latest closure of the roller coaster is part of a plan by Dreamworld for new attractions at the site, Dreamworld chief operating officer Greg Young told the Courier-Mail.
‘Some of our old favourites have been retired to make way for these new experiences.’
The $50million redevelopment plan for Dreamworld and adjoining WhiteWater World was unveiled in August to coincide with the launch of the theme park’s first new major ride in years.
Hailed as the southern hemisphere’s first flying theatre, the $20million Sky Voyager opened to visitors on Wednesday and was one of the first rides to open at the park in years.
Dreamworld will spend $7million on adjoining sister theme park WhiteWater World
Work has already started on the new waterslide complex which includes six body slides
Guests enjoyed a five minute flight of Australia’s most spectacular scenery on the ride, complete with special sensory effects such as wind, sound, light, mist and scents.
The ride was originally due to open last Christmas but was delayed by final approvals from the state government’s Workplace Health and Safety regulators.
Other improvements will include a multimillion-dollar revamp of Dreamworld’s ABC Kids World, upgraded food and beverage facilities, additional events and entertainment areas and a better entry experience.
A 31-day inquest into the Dreamworld 2016 tragedy held last year has been completed but its findings are still to be released.
Dreamworld is owned by Ardent Leisure.
Daily Mail Australia has contacted Dreamworld for comment.
Four guests died on Dreamworld’s Thunder River Rapids ride (pictured) in October 2016
The theme park has struggled to recover from the River Rapid ride tragedy in which Cindy Low, Kate Goodchild, Luke Dorsett and Roozi Araghi all lost their lives in October 2016 (pictured: The River Rapid ride)