Let's talk theme parks in Australia: Perth's Adventure World announces new $12 million roller coaster, Abyss
Published: September 13, 2013 at 6:22 PM
Abyss is the single largest investment at Adventure World since it launched in 1982 and features a unique 10 storey high vertical lift, a more than vertical 100 feet drop, giant G-Force turns and head spinning twists.
The Gerstlauer custom built coaster also includes four inversions through daylight and a secret dark ride section as well as a zero-g-roll, rollover loop, cobra roll and inline loop. Offering a hair raising journey over 630 metres, riders will experience turns, drops and disorienting twist while they travel in the open air and in the dark.
Photo illustration by Adventure World
Adventure World also is offering fans the chance to be the first to ride at the coaster's VIP and media event, by playing an online game called The Chosen Ones, which also will introduce fans to the ride's backstory. Adventure World opens for the season on September 26 (remember, it's the Southern hemisphere!), and Abyss will open in November.
We haven't been in the habit here on Theme Park Insider of providing much coverage of Australian theme parks. None of Australia's theme parks cracked the 2012 TEA/AECOM Global Attractions Attendance Report's top 20 theme and amusement parks in Asia and the Pacific. The park in the last spot on that list drew 2.1 million visitors last year, so the Australian parks all come in with fewer visitors than that. For reference, the last park in the U.S. top 20, SeaWorld San Antonio, drew more than 2.6 million visitors last year.
However, Australia remains a strong tourism market, sending visitors to Universal Studios Singapore and other destinations throughout the region. We'd love to hear from Australian theme park fans in the Theme Park Insider community. What are your favorite parks, in Australia, and beyond? Is it worth the trip for visitors to Australia to include a theme park visit during their trip to the country? And what do you think of Abyss?