Incredible ‘Indiana Jones’ style theme park will open in Australia – complete with a ‘world first’ roller coaster and wild ‘flyer’ ride

  • Ardent Leisure revealed $60million upgrade of Dreamworld on Gold Coast 
  • Included is a $35million Jungle Rush rollercoaster which will feature ‘world-first’
  • Wave Swinger ride to be built, Rivertown area created, plus several kids’ rides

Dreamworld is set for a $60million facelift that will include a daring rollercoaster in a brand new ‘Indiana Jones’ style section of the park called ‘Rivertown’.

The Jungle Rush ride, built by Dutch roller coaster specialist Vekoma, will feature a ‘world-first inclined turntable’, which can be used to rotate the individual cars in the ride.

At $35 million, Jungle Rush will be the most the Gold Coast fun park has spent on a ride and has been compared to Disney’s much-praised Indiana Jones adventure.

Dreamworld is set for a $60million facelift which will include a daring new rollercoaster with a ‘world-first’ feature as it leaves behind its tragic past

The Jungle Rush ride, built by roller coaster specialist Vekoma, will feature a 'world-first inclined turntable', which can be used to rotate the individual cars in the ride

The Jungle Rush ride, built by roller coaster specialist Vekoma, will feature a ‘world-first inclined turntable’, which can be used to rotate the individual cars in the ride

Dreamworld's upgrade will also include several other rides for both adults and children and a major change to 'Tiger Island'

Dreamworld’s upgrade will also include several other rides for both adults and children and a major change to ‘Tiger Island’

Jungle Rush will have 12 ‘airtime elements’ and can run backwards and forwards when it opens in 2024.

The new rollercoaster will be part of the lush jungle-themed Rivertown precinct, which will also a section where park guests can take vintage car rides.

Dreamworld’s upgrade will also include several other rides for both adults and children and a major change to ‘Tiger Island’, the Gold Coast Bulletin reported.

While guests can still view the park’s tigers, within 18 months direct contact between tigers and handlers will be phased out because of ‘changing public sentiment around performing animals’.

A new children's area will be the home of Play School, Bananas in Pyjamas and The Wiggles brands

A new children’s area will be the home of Play School, Bananas in Pyjamas and The Wiggles brands

As part of the redevelopment, guests can tackle the a new 'wave swinger' ride called the Dreamworld Flyer near the entrance

As part of the redevelopment, guests can tackle the a new ‘wave swinger’ ride called the Dreamworld Flyer near the entrance

As part of the redevelopment, guests can tackle the a new ‘wave swinger’ ride called the ‘Dreamworld Flyer’ near the entrance, ‘sending guests tilting and spinning into the sky’.

That ride is due for completion by mid-2023, while the Jungle Rush is planned for Christmas 2024.

Under the new plans, a new children’s area will be the home of Play School, Bananas in Pyjamas and The Wiggles brands, along with Dreamworld’s Kenny and Belinda the Koala mascots.

The existing Ocean Parade precinct will include new bumper cars and a Pandamonium thrill ride, with the addition of a themed splash zone for children.

Dreamworld will end its association with Dreamworks meaning the names Madagascar, Shrek and Kung Fu Panda will be removed from rides.

The new rides, which begin opening in mid-2023, come as Dreamworld announced it had wiped its debts and posted its best results in five years. 

Dreamworld is set for a $60million revamp due to be complete by Christmas 2024

Dreamworld is set for a $60million revamp due to be complete by Christmas 2024

The new rollercoaster will be part of the lush jungle-themed Rivertown precinct, which will also feature Murrissippi Motors where park guests can take vintage car rides

The new rollercoaster will be part of the lush jungle-themed Rivertown precinct, which will also feature Murrissippi Motors where park guests can take vintage car rides

Dreamworld was fined $3.6million after four people were killed in horrific accident on a malfunctioning Thunder Rapids ride in October, 2016.

In July this year it was announced Dreamworld will likely cover the private school fees of two children after they lost their biological dad, Roozbeh Araghi, when he was killed in the accident.

Luke Dorsett, Kate Goodchild and Cindy Low also died on the scene.

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