Let's talk theme parks in Australia: Perth's Adventure World announces new $12 million roller coaster, Abyss
Australian theme park Adventure World took advantage of Friday the 13th to announce details for its new underworld-themed roller coaster, Abyss. Here are the specs:
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?
That ride track looks suspiciously similar to Thorpe Park's SAW ride.
Love dreamworld and movie world on the Gold Coast :)
Just some background: Adventure World is a regional theme park in Perth, on the west coast of Australia. Perth is in a very remote location, it is on the west coast of the country, and the nearest city is an overnight drive away. For US readers, imagine San Francisco is the only city on the west coast, and then picture that the closest city to it is Houstan, and you've pretty much got how remote that part of the country is. Adventure World is Perth's only park, so as you can picture, this is a huge ride for them. Is it worth a trip for US park fans? Probably not.
As someone who lives in Perth I doubt that Adventure World can really be categoriesed as a 'theme park'. For me, it was the place where I was first introduced to the fun of adventure type parks and rides - but the main draw of the place is not so much what's there as going with your friends and making a day of it - This new rollercoaster won't change that much really - and i'm very surprised it managed to get a mention on this site (I've always kind of figured it was off the radar of any real theme park fans!)
Dear Chad.... It IS a clone of SAW, but the layout has been tweaked to fit the location. I think it'll have an extra inversion rumoured to be a Cobra roll, as unlike SAW it won't turn out of the show building, instead it'll go straight out of the building.
Due to Australia's small population (22 million), none of our theme parks can really be compared to those of the US. If you are a Disney and/or Universal regular, you're likely to be disappointed with our offerings.
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