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Ocean Parade is a themed land at the Dreamworld amusement park on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. It features 2 of the Big 7 Thrill Rides at Dreamworld. The Claw and Hot Wheels SideWinder.[1] Are within close proximity of each other. Ocean Parade has an Australian beach culture theme, and has beach-themed rides scattered around the area. It currently provides a link between Main Street, DreamWorks Experience, and the adjacent water park WhiteWater World.[1]

Ocean Parade
Ocean Parade sign (Dreamworld).jpg
ThemeBeach
Attractions
Total6
Roller coasters1
Other rides5
Dreamworld
Coordinates27°51′52″S 153°18′58″E / 27.864475°S 153.316140°E / -27.864475; 153.316140Coordinates: 27°51′52″S 153°18′58″E / 27.864475°S 153.316140°E / -27.864475; 153.316140
Opened1993 (1993)
ReplacedCounty Fair

Contents

HistoryEdit

Ocean Parade opened in 1993,[2] replacing the Northern end of Country Fair.[3][4] The area has since been extended to cover all of the area once occupied by Country Fair.[1] Since its opening, the most major change to the land was when The Claw was added in September 2004.[5] This installation required the redesign of the pathway, dining and merchandise shops.[6][7] In 2006, Ocean Parade opened a "park-hop" entrance to WhiteWater World, which is also owned by Ardent Leisure (the owners of Dreamworld).[2] In June 2011, Dreamworld will open a Zamperla Disk'O called Shockwave.[8] In 2014, Dreamworld renovated Ocean Parade with the rebuild of Wipeout and the opening of Tail Spin. In 2015, The Cyclone was renovated and transformed into Hot Wheels SideWinder.In March 2019, The Wipeout was closed Permanently.

The area was previously home to AVPX, Reef Diver, Stingray, Wipeout and Thunderbolt

AttractionsEdit

 
The Claw

The ClawEdit

The Claw is an Intamin Gyro Swing which opened in September 2004. It is a one and a half minute ride in which riders are swung from side to side on an axis in a similar fashion to that of a pirate ship ride. However, the seating arrangement on The Claw is in a circular formation.[5][9] Part of the Big 7 marketing campaign.[10]

 
Cyclone

Hot Wheels SideWinderEdit

Hot Wheels SideWinder is one of the tallest high-speed gravity steel roller coasters in the Southern Hemisphere.[11] When it opened in 2001, it was the tallest.[12][13] Part of the Big 7 marketing campaign.[10] The ride underwent a refurbishment in October-December 2015, and became Hot Wheels Hot SideWinder as part of the Motorsport Experience, which opened December 26.

 
FlowRider

FlowRiderEdit

FlowRider is born from the roots of surfing, skateboarding, snowboarding and bodyboarding. It is set on an artificial wave created on a flexible, trampoline-like base. This was Australia's first FlowRider installation. During park hours the ride operates in bodyboard mode where groups of 15 riders share a 30-minute session on the ride.[14] After park hours, stand-up boarding is made available for a 12 rider, hour-long session.[15] The ride is a Wave Loch FlowRider.[16]

Game SiteEdit

Game Site is a large indoor arcade with various attractions including bowling, video games and arcade machines.[1] The Game Site originally was home to a set of remote controlled trucks which have since been moved to Nickelodeon Central, these trucks were since removed during the transition from Nickelodeon Central to the DreamWorks Experience.

ShockwaveEdit

Set to open in June 2011, Shockwave will be a Zamperla Disk'O. Construction began in April 2011 in a location between Ocean Parade and Nickelodeon Central for the family thrill ride announced just days prior. On 18 May 2011,[17] Dreamworld officially announced that the ride would be called Shockwave.[8]

Tail SpinEdit

"Tail Spin" is a Gerstlauer Sky Fly which opened in September 2014. The ride was the ninth thrill ride to be added to the park. Guests sit in a small aeroplane that they can swing. With enough swinging they can spin around and around in circles. The ride replaced Reef Diver. Tail Spin is the first of its kind in Australia.[18][19]

 
Wipeout

Shopping & DiningEdit

Ocean Parade features many beach themed merchandise and dining outlets. Merchandise can be purchased from Surf Central and Between the Flags, in addition to the ride stores for Cyclone, FlowRider and V8 Supercars Red Line. Food & beverage items can be purchased at the Snack Attack Food & Bar or Dive.[20]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d "Park Map" (PDF). Dreamworld. Archived from the original (PDF) on 26 March 2010. Retrieved 15 July 2010.
  2. ^ a b "Dreamworld History" (PDF). Dreamworld. Archived from the original (PDF) on 30 December 2010. Retrieved 15 July 2010.
  3. ^ "Dreamworld Map 1991". Historical Archive. Scottware. Retrieved 16 July 2010.
  4. ^ "Dreamworld Map 1994". Historical Archive. Scottware. Retrieved 16 July 2010.
  5. ^ a b "The Claw (Dreamworld)". Database Entry. Parkz. Retrieved 10 July 2010.
  6. ^ "Dreamworld Map 2000". Historical Archive. Scottware. Retrieved 16 July 2010.
  7. ^ "Dreamworld Map 2005". Historical Archive. Scottware. Retrieved 16 July 2010.
  8. ^ a b "Dreamworld's newest ride is on a mission to shock". Dreamworld. 18 May 2011. Archived from the original on 2 June 2011. Retrieved 19 May 2011.
  9. ^ TheStorm79 (3 September 2009). "Dreamworld Ride - The Claw". Video. YouTube. Retrieved 10 July 2010.
  10. ^ a b "Man Up Landing". Dreamworld. Retrieved 16 July 2010.
  11. ^ "Cyclone Rollercoaster Dreamworld". Your Gold Coast. Retrieved 16 July 2010.
  12. ^ Australian Associated Press (22 October 2001). "Fed: Big Dipper renamed as Cyclone at Dreamworld".
  13. ^ Macquarie Leisure Trust Newsletter July 2002
  14. ^ "FlowRider (Park Hours)". Dreamworld. Retrieved 15 January 2009.
  15. ^ "NightRider (After Hours)". Dreamworld. Retrieved 15 January 2009.
  16. ^ "FlowRider (Dreamworld)". Database Entry. Parkz. Retrieved 16 July 2010.
  17. ^ "Dreamworld's newest ride is on a mission to shock". Facebook. 18 May 2011. Retrieved 19 May 2011.
  18. ^ http://www.parkz.com.au/article/2014/09/16/345-First_look_at_Dreamworld_s_Tail_Spin.html
  19. ^ http://www.parkz.com.au/article/2014/07/27/338-Tail_Spin_coming_to_Dreamworld.html
  20. ^ Dreamworld and WhiteWater World Park Map (2009).