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Old April 4th, 2005, 12:06 AM   #1
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hey everyone...!
we all know a few theme parks have closed in recent years, segaworld and wonderland, and fox studios backlot. why is this happening arent we the leading city of australia. also does anyone know if there are still rides inside that sega world building.
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Old April 4th, 2005, 04:16 AM   #2
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no rides in the sega building anymore. because of dreamworld and the others there is less of a demand and the prices were to high
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Old April 4th, 2005, 01:35 PM   #3
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i dont know cant belive that wounderland went under
guess we just dont have the people and intrest to support these places
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Old April 4th, 2005, 08:09 PM   #4
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Hmm, is it because they are all shit? Segaworld was overpriced - who's gonna pay all that money for half-baked "simulation" rides and to basically play in what's nothing more than a thinly-disguised "supersized" Timezone.

Australia's Wonderland was a joke. Half the rides were usually broken down or closed. Did anyone actually go to "The Beach" section, if you didn't mind lining up for three hours just to go down one shitty waterslide? The best rides were the Zodiac and the White River Rampage. Hannah Barbera Land was too sad for words. There was actually a large "jungle gym" there, complete with plastic tubes and nets... passed off as an "attraction". The food and beverages cost an arm and a leg, and the tickets to get into the place were blatant daylight robbery. Who knew one had to take out a bank loan just to entertain the family for a "day of fun" out in the western suburbs?

But it wasn't hard to see how (and why) Australia's Wonderland went under. The last time I was there back in 2000, there were probably about four or five people walking around.

It's no wonder Luna Park has been shut down and re-opened a gazillion times. Sydney just has no idea when it comes to "theme parks". Does anyone remember that joke-of-a place called "The Magic Kingdom"? LOL! Now that place was a hole if I ever saw one. Their biggest "attraction" was a freakin' plastic slide that you go down on doormats! Other "attractions" included trampolines and an inflatable magic jumping castle. No wonder the place went bankrupt.

If you ever want to have a day of fun on the cheap, I suggest heading out to Jamberoo Recreation Park. They have toboggan runs, chairlifts, waterslides, go carts, a mini golf course, and speed boats. It's a bit of a drive out there, but it's well worth it.

Back in the day, Manly used to have a bunch of waterslides called the Waterworks that shut down for reasons I never found out. Maybe safety issues? Too many a time you would come out the end of the waterslide and get slammed in the back by some big heffer in close pursuit. That was the BEST place to go in Summer after a day out in the waves.

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Old April 5th, 2005, 12:28 AM   #5
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The reason for Wonderland closing down was principally because a theme park wasn't the highest and best use of the land. With the construction of the M7 and the massive freeway interchange with the M4 right next door to the park, the land will be much more profitably used as an industrial park rather than a theme park, with the land owners recognising this.

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Old April 5th, 2005, 09:11 AM   #6
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basically Wonderland needed a large cash injection to substantially upgrade the place. This didn't cut it economically compared to just selling out for the reason finn stated.
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Old April 5th, 2005, 01:29 PM   #7
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finn IS actualy correct hornetfig
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Old April 5th, 2005, 01:33 PM   #8
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finn IS actualy correct hornetfig
Huh? They agreed with each other.
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Old April 5th, 2005, 02:32 PM   #9
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exactly. that's what I thought I said?!
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Old April 5th, 2005, 05:15 PM   #10
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Yeah. Sydney SHOULD be able to support a theme park, considering the number of tourists coming in and a resident population of 4.2 million. However nobody who's tried seems to be able to pull it off. That either means that Sydneysiders don't like to have fun with the family or none of them have been marketed correctly.

The current operators of Luna Park seem to actually understand that it's never going to be much more than a permanent carnival (albeit a carnival with one of the best locales in town) - and they've geared it for that, and as a backup have provided conference facilities on-site.

Jamberoo's simple, but it works. Why? Because they've taken advantage of the terrain. The attractions are simple and (relatively) cheap to maintain. And they haven't bothered with any hokey theming (except a touch of Australiana in the gift shop, but that's unavoidable), as they realise it's pointless for such a small park.

And this new park for Sydney, at just 30 hectares, will likely have to start out the same. BTW, where on earth are they putting it?
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Old July 28th, 2005, 12:09 PM   #11
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#Discussion | Sydney Tower

i think it deserves a thread.
The amazing outdoor SKYWALK is set to open in mid October.
should be cool walk, some 260m above street or 280m above Sydney harbour.
the price will be extra an top of ob deck fee but should be agreat experience
the steel platform which encircles the gold turret started a few weeks back.

this close up was taken with our new digicam at work today
you can see the new frame work being assembled on the turret.



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Old July 28th, 2005, 12:36 PM   #13
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Is that a glass floor out over the overhang?? Scary but awesome at the same time!!
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Old July 28th, 2005, 12:57 PM   #14
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Awesome!
New digicam too cul! Can't wait to see your new pics. The old cam didnt do the city justice.
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Old July 28th, 2005, 01:03 PM   #15
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Is that a glass floor out over the overhang?? Scary but awesome at the same time!!
yes the glass floor exends 1.5m over the edge. should be bloody amAzing looking straight down!!
damanjo- i wish it was mine. i had a loan. maybe one day ill grab it again.
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Why did they go down this road with all the harness rubbish? Why not just build a mesh or glass fence around the top area and operate it as a normal outdoor observation deck like many other buildings around the world have? You could still have a bit of a glass overhang if necessary.
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Old July 28th, 2005, 01:08 PM   #17
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guess if you go through the harness adn in open get much more of an experince
so any one planing to go up ?
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Old July 28th, 2005, 01:20 PM   #18
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How much?
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Old July 28th, 2005, 01:43 PM   #19
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Old July 28th, 2005, 01:48 PM   #20
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lol, woulnd't people be able to just jump over the pitiful wall. Or are you strapped ijn or something?
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