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Gold Reef City Theme Park

Postby rosscoe » Thu Jan 27, 2011 6:37 am

In Johannesburg with work, so spent the morning at Gold Reef City theme park. The park is around 8kms from downtown JoBurg.

The park was built in 1986 to celebrate JoBurgs 100th Anniversay, on the site of the old Gold Reef Mine, which was a working gold mine till 1977. The park still offers gold mine tours ( 225 metres underground ) as an add on to the entrance price! All up for both the park and gold mine tour was 230 rand ( around 32.00 aussie dollars )

The park is beautiful, up there with Dollywood in theming, sadly the same can not be said for the ride ops and staff. I understand that South Africa has a very laid back way of doing things ( I am aussie, I know laid back! ), But really, come on, the main coaster Anaconda failed to open for the day cause the ride staff went for lunch after the first test run in the morning and at 1.30 pm had still yet to come back!

The first ride of the day for me, after the gold mine tour was the drop coaster "Tower of Terror", where I waited over 20 minutes for two other people to arrive, cause the ride could not run with less than four people and rerides where not allowed, cause the park made you wait ten minutes after riding!

Sadly a lot of the coaster shots, are without trains - due to the parks policy of holding trains till more than four riders are on board

More to Come, I have a flight to Melbourne Australia to catch =)
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Wrist Band, Gold Mine Tour Tickets, Let's Go
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Part of the track for Tower Of Terror
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Re: Gold Reef City Theme Park

Postby Noxegon » Thu Jan 27, 2011 1:16 pm

The first ride of the day for me, after the gold mine tour was the drop coaster "Tower of Terror", where I waited over 20 minutes for two other people to arrive, cause the ride could not run with less than four people and rerides where not allowed, cause the park made you wait ten minutes after riding!


Unless there's been a drastic change to Tower of Terror since I was there, nobody in their right mind would want to ride more than once...

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Re: Gold Reef City Theme Park

Postby montezooma » Thu Jan 27, 2011 1:36 pm

Photos of Golden Loop PLEASE!!!!!
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Re: Gold Reef City Theme Park

Postby Noxegon » Thu Jan 27, 2011 1:42 pm

As requested. These are from 2008.
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Re: Gold Reef City Theme Park

Postby downunder » Thu Jan 27, 2011 3:19 pm

Nice, looking forward to seeing more.

Do we have a challenger to Fuji-Q in the operations department?

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Re: Gold Reef City Theme Park

Postby CCI » Thu Jan 27, 2011 4:03 pm

It's good to see that White lightnin' is being treated well in it's new home.
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Re: Gold Reef City Theme Park

Postby SeaWhippet » Thu Jan 27, 2011 4:44 pm

I'm glad Gold Reef City is preserving and operating Golden Loop aka White Lightnin'. Of course, I''d rather have this Schwarzkopf back at my home park where it belongs ... :|

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Re: Gold Reef City Theme Park

Postby Noxegon » Fri Jan 28, 2011 1:00 am

I was there in '05 and '08, so not at the same time as the original poster - but I can't say I noticed any problems with the operations on either visit.

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Re: Gold Reef City Theme Park

Postby rosscoe » Fri Jan 28, 2011 1:25 am

Just got back in from Jo Burg, left Thursday night at 8.00pm and arrived Melbourne Friday 5.30pm.

The park had a nice collection of coasters, the powered Runaway Mine Train with it's nearly 90 degree helix of death was unquie to say the least!

Sorry folks was hoping to post more, but bed is calling! More to come in the morning. =)
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10.00am Thursday Morning, when I left 4 hours later it still looked like this: Empty
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225 metres below this tower is the mine tour
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What I like about the ride was at the top you started straight, but less than say 5 feet into the drop, one side of the track tilted for the rest of the drop into the tunnel
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Re: Gold Reef City Theme Park

Postby ratdogg68 » Fri Jan 28, 2011 8:56 am

Looking forward to more pics.
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