After two decades Dreamworld is still Australia’s favourite theme park. With so many worlds in one location, you can plan your own adventure. Below, you can find interview with Mr. Stephen Gregg, CEO of Dreamworld | WhiteWater World.
How does the story of Dreamworld start and what has changed since the time of its opening?
In 1974, John Longhurst bought 85 hectares of land on the Gold Coast, Australia to build his dream. With a few attractions and a lot of heart, Dreamworld opened to the public on December 15, 1981. 25 years on, Dreamworld is much more than a theme park. It’s an entertainment phenomenon, a thrill-seekers paradise, a multi-media production and broadcast centre, an educational wildlife sanctuary and zoo, one of the country’s largest interactive classrooms and Australia’s leading specialty events venue. So Many World’s in One’, Dreamworld is home to some of the tallest, fastest thrill rides in the world, Tiger Island, The Australian Wildlife Experience, Big Brother, Nick Central, Wiggles World and FlowRider, establishing itself as a hallmark destination in its own right.
How many people visit your park per year? Who are your typical guests?
Dreamworld welcomes over 1.4 million guests to the park every year. Dreamworld has something for everyone from Wiggles World, which caters specifically to children under five years old, to our spine-tingling thrill rides as well as rides and attractions like Tiger Island which are suited to the whole family. Dreamworld is a tourist draw card for national and international guests
What kind of promotions and special events and offers do you have for your visitors?
Last December Dreamworld opened the doors to WhiteWater World – a brand new $60 million water ride park. Guests can get the best of both worlds, conveniently located right next door, with the 2Day World Pass. The 2Day World Pass lets theme park goers hop between Dreamworld & WhiteWater World as often as they like, over two days. The second day pass is valid for up to 14 days.
What makes Dreamworld a unique theme park? Do you have entertainments and amusement rides which no other place in the world offers?
Tallest and Fastest Thrill Rides: Dreamworld is home to some of the tallest, fastest and wildest rides in the world including Cyclone rollercoaster, Wipeout, Tower of Terror, Giant Drop (officially the tallest vertical free-fall ride in the Guinness Book of World Records) and The Claw.
FlowRider: Australia’s first and only stationary wave where riders can cut back, ollie and grab air. Introducing the nation to the world’s latest board sport know as ‘Flowboarding.’ Operating in lie-down and stand-up mode, FlowRider is heated and accessible all year round, allowing everyone to feel the exhilaration of riding a wave.
Wiggles World: The world’s first and only Wiggles World, a mini-theme park designed for under fives. Children can ride in the Big Red Car through Wigglehouse, sail the seas on the S.S Feathersword, learn and play at The Fun Spot Activity Centre and get up close to barnyard babies at The Wiggles Farmyard Friends. It’s the only place to meet Dorothy the Dinosaur, Wags the Dog, Henry the Octopus and Captain Feathersword live every day of the year.
What amusement ride is the “heart” of Dreamworld (most popular among the visitors)?
Dreamworld’s most iconic thrill ride, The Giant Drop, is officially the ‘tallest, vertical free-fall ride in the world’ according to the Guiness Book of World Records. Standing 119metres high (39 storeys), The Giant Drop is now a legendary Australian landmark. The heart starter opened at Dreamworld in 1998 and has carried more than two million passengers to date. During the ride, passengers experience the excitement and exhilaration of falling 39 storeys – at the speed of gravity (up to 135 km per hour), – it’s the closest thing you’ll get to jumping out of a plane!
What issues are the most important regarding amusement rides (quality, safety, design)?
Guest safety is the number one priority at Dreamworld and all rides and attractions undergo rigorous testing and inspection every morning before the park opens to guests. In addition to this, rides and safety systems at Dreamworld undergo regular external audits by the internationally recognised JAK. Dreamworld has an extensive management program in place to ensure the park exceeds all safety standards set down by the relevant governing bodies.
What are your plans for the future?
Dreamworld is set to launch a brand new thrill ride this September and new additions are well under way for WhiteWater World. The opening of WhiteWater World transformed Dreamworld into an entertainment precinct where co-location is the key to separating the parks from competitors.