^I think you're spot on. The local parks just don't get the attendance figures to justify investing in a nice big B&M. I read recently that WVTP's annual capital works budget is around $15m across all three of their Gold Coast parks, which means to add something like Banshee would be 2 years' worth of investment!
We haven't seen any new additions that have cost up around the $16 million since Superman, but what we have seen lately is the increase in frequency of new additions.
It was usually around 4 years a new attraction came along to the parks and you would generally find the additions spaced out. However, lately since towards the end of 2011 VRTP gave us Green lantern, Justice League, a re-theme of an old roller coaster from Lethal Weapon to Arkham Asylum, Aqualoops, a new waterpark about to open in Sydney, Seal Harbour, Spongebob Parade, Storm, Polar Bear extension, the new Wild Exhibit and in the year before in 2010 Penguin Encounter and Castaway Bay. We also know they're planning for a Looney Tunes River Ride replacement, which they did announce was some sort of driving car ride (however it has disappeared lately). While they're not spending the big outlays VRTP seem to have gotten very smart in how far they stretch their dollar in what they spend.
In Australia, theres an interesting reaction to this proposed ride, half seem to be against, while the other half are all for it. I'm all for it, however I don't if the theme is quiet right, especially if your trying to say there is a gentle cycle. I would have preferred to see something more like Lex Luther themed with the tower and base themed to The Daily Planet. Because to be honest I had no idea this guy was a comic character and I don't think the general public will either. Many people have always advocated for a ride in this section at MW because as it stands its just an empty parcel. However, I think some people are worried people will confuse it with the Giant Drop and say it isn't as good, and that it will dwarf Superman standing at 40 metres and Batwing standing at 60 metres.
I'd also like to see the rest of the area see some love, maybe a new flat ride in the old Lethal Weapon cinema currently not used, like a Vekoma Madhouse and a eatery in the old Lethal Weapon gift shop (currently unused) and do whatever they are planning to the currently closed off old China Town Alley to breath some new life into that section.
I think one reason people are completely for it is other parts of the park are needing some love currently, such as the Looney Tunes kids area and the Wild West area, with a new stage show in the currently unused stage show building since so much love has been given to the front of the park lately. However, the park faces challenges from neighbours living behind the park, hence the reason the reason they keep investing at the front IMO.
^You're right that the VRTP have been smart with their investments. The Arkham Asylum retheme is really impressive - the park has turned an awful SLC into a great ride, at what I assume would have been a fraction of the cost of adding something new. They've also replaced a terrible simulator with a decent dark ride and added a compact but awesome El Loco.
I think these changes have given the parks, particularly Movie World, a better 'base' to give people enough to fill a day. Granted, we're talking about a 10-5 day since their operating hours still appear to target the 'young family' demographic, but at least there are now enough non-headliners to spread out the crowds a little. Hopefully this is making the place more profitable, and will justify more (and larger) investments in the future.
Thought I might just do a small update for those interested in Movie World's Fright Night and haven't been keeping up with the Australian updates.
Movie World's Fright Night (Halloween Event) begins Saturday night. This year the main theme is based around the "Ringmaster" who commands the dead, the demons and the psychopaths. 4 mazes again this year, Walking Dead, Evil Dead, Hill Billy Slasher 2 and The Darkness. The ad for fright night is here: -- follows the whole thing they're pushing this year that the "Ringmaster will lock you in".
Two new shows, Space Cowboy and Carnevil, no details have really been released on these yet.
These events are pretty popular with this year being the most popular yet so it's going to be exciting to see how it goes (assuming all well).
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