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Re: Photo TR: Chuck Goes Down Under with TPR

Postby cfc » Wed Apr 27, 2011 5:31 pm

Chapter 4--The Only Park I Know that Has a Sheep-Shearing Demonstration: Dreamworld

After getting soaked at Wet 'n' Wild, the soaking continued in the form of rain at our next park: Dreamworld. This attraction was the brainchild of John Longhurst, who had been inspired by Disneyland in California and started building the park in 1974. It opened in 1981.

The Disney influence is pretty obvious, thanks to the "Main Street" style entrance--there's even a sternwheeler paddle boat and a "homage" to Frontierland. But Dreamworld also has extensive, and well-done, animal exhibits, including not only the usual assortment of Aussie critters, but tigers, as well.

This is the best park we visited, and despite the rain, the staff made us feel welcome and ensured that we'd have a great day. Although the rain delayed the opening of some attractions, there was plenty to keep everyone occupied until they opened. The coaster lineup doesn't stand out, but there are at least two unique rides.

Tower of Terror 2--This backwards Intamin launched shuttle was Escape from Krypton before there was, well, Escape from Krypton. The launch isn't as fast as its cousin's in Valencia, and it doesn't climb as high up the spike; but it makes up for this with a great tunnel section with light effects.

Mick Doohan's Motocoaster--I liked this Intamin tire-propelled coaster with motorcycle trains (the course is fun); the restraints are a bit awkward and uncomfortable, though.

Cyclone--This is the old Arrow loopscrew that used to be at Luna Park Sydney. It's fairly rough (more so than Sea Viper at Sea World), but it's hardly the worst Arrow ride anywhere. The theming--some sort of experimental "cyclone generator"--is interesting, at least.

Runaway Reptar--A kiddle Vekoma SLC with OTSRs. 'Nuff said on that.

There's a fun laser tag arena (Alien v. Predator v. You), a good assortment of flats and kids rides, a surprisingly dry rapids ride (toned down for the rainy day, perhaps), and solid theming throughout (again, a good "Old West" section). We didn't hit the water park, but our guide described it as a "Pro Slide showroom."

And let's not forget The Big Drop--the tallest drop ride in the world! Oh, and the sheep-shearing demo, which we, unfortunately, missed.

All in all, another solid park that treated us very well.
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Hmm . . . this entrance looks vaguely familiar . . . can't quite place where I've seen this before, though.
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"I was hoping for a heartier breakfast."
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"Ah, that's more like it! Now bring me some coffee to wash this guy down."
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Our guide this morning was the head honcho of attractions maintenance, Bob Tan. Really nice guy, very informative. He has a slightly different take on who came up first with the idea to run their "Superman" ride backward. ;)
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Backstage at the water park, telling us about the park's water-recycling system.
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"Sarah Connor?"
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For a brief time, we were "authorised"--to do what, I'm not sure.
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Under the Tower of Terror 2's train. Now there's a tongue twister.
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This helps the ride "Vroom" out of the station. "Vroom" is a very important technical-type term, you know. Never confuse "zoom" for "vroom."
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One of these wheels could easily crush your foot, or be used by a crazed squirrel as a weapon. The little rodent just stuffs it in a nylon stocking and starts twirling it around.
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OK, this is the "back" of the train. But since the train goes backward, wouldn't it sort of be the "front"? Yet you have to go the the "front" to go back. God, these tours are confusing.
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I think this is where the crew makes cappucinos and lattes. Maybe a mocha, if you're nice to them.
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Although the restraints look like they were designed by Hannibal Lecter, they're not all that uncomfortable.
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I think the tunnel is what really makes this ride.
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"Vroom," not "zoom," up the tower.
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This was my first "Laser Tag" experience. TPR members are really quite bloodthirsty.
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Go Blue Team!
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"Who lives in a pineapple under the sea?"
"SPNONGEBOB FLYPANTS!"
"Yellow, rectangular, and perverted is he!"
"SPNONGEBOB FLYPANTS!"
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We learned many interesting things about tigers here.
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For example, tigers love Sno-Kones. Their favorite flavors are zebra, gazelle, and poacher blood.
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I'm not sure I'd let a tiger this close to my groin, but different strokes . . .
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Abandon hope, all ye who enter!
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"Hot potato, hot potato . . ." AGHH! GET OUT OF MY HEAD! I'LL TALK! I'LL TALK! I'LL TELL YOU EVERYTHING YOU WANT TO KNOW!
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Hey, I hope there are some hot-potato dishes at the buffet . . . AGHH! HAVE YOU NO PITY?
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I had to crawl through this shark's guts to get that song out of my head. It's an old Australian remedy.
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Next up, the ride formerly known as the Big Dipper at Luna Park Sydney.
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This was one of the weirdest queues I've ever been in. It was like walking up the side of an "ultra moderne" apartment house that was built in 1950s Hollywood.
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This is called "theming." It reminds me of Tennessee Tornado a bit.
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Looks like Robb's been here.
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Our intrepid band of cyclone chasers.
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Not the worst old Arrow ride I've ever been on.
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Sheesh! There's more theming in the exit queue than in the entrance. It's driving Jimmy and Bob mad!
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"Dropped your wallet, mate? Sure, it might be down here. Just take a look . . . a little lower now . . ." More to come from Dreamworld.
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Re: Photo TR: Chuck Goes Down Under with TPR

Postby cfc » Wed Apr 27, 2011 5:58 pm

Prepare yourselves for adorable animal pictures. Remember--you have been warned!
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We're waiting for the Motocoaster to open.
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This is why we're waiting. Daredevil stunt riders will take curves at high speeds and leap over 30 buses and through hoops of fire, but they can't abide rain.
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"Born to be Wild!"
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The ride is fun, but the restraints aren't.
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This is the best restroom sign next to those at Mitsui Greenland. Maybe we should devote part of the TPR Park Index to particularly good toilet signage.
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OK, how many parks in the U.S. would let a guy ride around in the back of an open truck bed through the middle of park full of people with a tiger?
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Darn! Missed it.
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But at least we didn't miss these cute lil wallabies. There is no "wallaby-shearing" demo, by the way.
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Anyone who doubts that birds evolved from dinosaurs needs to see a cassowary.
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"Welcome to Jurassic Park!"
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"Oops! Is my little joey showing? I'm so dreadfully embarrassed!"
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The roos are lining up for Cassie's alfalfa pellets--they're magic!
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Is that a joey's tail in your pouch, or are you just happy to see someone?
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The ever-so-imperious-looking koala. Really, he has that "who just farted?" look on his face.
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Fleeing from the New South Wales tyranny, I exercise my God-given right to hold a koala.
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"I am King Koala! Kangaroos bow to my will! Fetch me a churro with gum-leaf jelly, knave!"
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"Yo, King Koala! why don't you come down here and try to lord over us!"
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So, this is where the croc-feeding show is held.
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Bilby porn!
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Something you can't do at Busch Gardens Williamsburg.
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Greg is a big boy now! He can drive his own car!
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Lizard powers activate!
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These dingos aren't as lazy as the ones at Featherdale Wildlife Park.
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More of the Old American West--Aussie style.
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Hmm--I don't recall John Wayne or Clint Eastwood doing a lot of "fossikin."
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What was once a ride is now theming. This was a "wild mouse in a box" that was shutdown due to safety concerns years ago.
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Yup--I'm one bad hombre. Once shot a man just for snorin'.
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Did I mention that Dreamworld has the tallest drop tower in the world?
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Yeah, I probably did.
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I'm sure these folks know it by now.
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You know, if you order this is certain states, you could be arrested.
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Congratulations on your 30th anniversary, Dreamworld! And thanks for a great day!
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Re: Photo TR: Chuck Goes Down Under with TPR

Postby SharkTums » Wed Apr 27, 2011 6:07 pm

I really think I enjoyed the Dreamworld Animal area as much as the Australia Zoo. Plus that freakin 11 month old Koala is just possibly the cutest thing on Earth. Even though it's claws already look like they could rip your flesh off pretty good.

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Re: Photo TR: Chuck Goes Down Under with TPR

Postby jray21 » Wed Apr 27, 2011 9:43 pm

What an awesome report! Amy doesn't talk too much (I know, huge surprise ;) ) so it's nice to actually see everything! Incredible captions as well. So how was the world's tallest drop?
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Re: Photo TR: Chuck Goes Down Under with TPR

Postby roberthaase » Thu Apr 28, 2011 12:31 am

Hey Chuck, great pics of Dreamworld. It looks as you all had fun.
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Re: Photo TR: Chuck Goes Down Under with TPR

Postby original » Thu Apr 28, 2011 12:45 am

That guy who spoke to you in the beginning of those photos is Bob Tan and he's also in charge of new rides coming to the park! Also the exit of the Cyclone use to be the entrance and what is now the entrance use to be the exit been like that for a couple of years now.
On another photo I saw another talking to your group and he was one of the guy out of the Dreamworld Insiders that upload videos onto the parks Facebook page about whats going on and coming to the park.
I gotta agree Motocoaster's restraints, do get uncomfortable especially when you put them really tight, but I also find the ride get's rather slow towards the end, rumours were it was going to have a second launch like JetRescue but it never happened.
I want to know what you guys thought of The Claw and Wipeout compared to other version especially bigger versions of The Claw in the US.
I agree I like DW but I do feel it had a better feeling to it some years ago, what I mean is main street had more subtle Aussie colours, rather than the bright colours now and where Motocoaster is the Avis Cars used to be there with proper themed station and paddle steamer next to wasn't painted the bright colours and you would travel around it to watch the Bushranger Show which was a great experience. Along with the Goldrush area really buzzing with the mine ride going, however rumours are the next thrill ride will be placed in Gold Rush which should see some life over towards that area of the park.

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Re: Photo TR: Chuck Goes Down Under with TPR

Postby amyzoo » Thu Apr 28, 2011 1:26 am

I really liked Dreamworld. The little baby koala is so cute! I'm sad I missed seeing the tiger drive by in the back of the truck.

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Re: Photo TR: Chuck Goes Down Under with TPR

Postby djrappa » Thu Apr 28, 2011 4:47 am

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Re: Photo TR: Chuck Goes Down Under with TPR

Postby cfc » Thu Apr 28, 2011 5:45 am

jray21 wrote:What an awesome report! Amy doesn't talk too much (I know, huge surprise ;) ) so it's nice to actually see everything! Incredible captions as well. So how was the world's tallest drop?


I liked it a lot; others preferred Blue Fall at Sea Paradise in Japan (another excellent drop ride). I think the only drop ride I dislike is SFA's (go figure). Big Drop was my favorite ride at Dreamworld.

Original, thanks for the heads up about the Bob Tan's name. I'm good with faces, but terrible with names. ;) I'm not a flat-ride person, but I did ride the Claw in the rain. A good, long cycle as I recall (definitely more than enough for me). I didn't ride Wipeout.
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Re: Photo TR: Chuck Goes Down Under with TPR

Postby disneymoc » Thu Apr 28, 2011 6:08 am

Great trip report!!!

Thanks for getting Hot Potato stuck in my head! I don't hear it enough at home. :Pr

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