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Dreamworld and WhiteWater World reopen for first time in six months


Dreamworld and its sister park WhiteWater World have reopened in Australia’s Gold Coast for the first time in six months after closing in response to COVID-19.

Dreamworld is implementing health and safety measures, and is making WhiteWater World a seasonal water park, operating annually from early September to late January.

Some areas and attractions within Dreamworld Corroboree are temporarily closed due to the effect of restricted international tourism on visitation.

The Dreamworld Express will also be temporarily closed, and The Big Red Car and Flowrider have been permanently retired as a result of Dreamworld’s attraction review.

Dreamworld and WhiteWater World are now operating under an approved ‘COVID Safe Plan’, and say that “the health and wellbeing of our guests and team members is incredibly important to us”.

As part of the COVID Safe Plan, the following attractions and activities will be temporarily unavailable:

  • Mad Jungle Jam
  • Play School Art Room iPads
  • Corroboree Face Painting Experience
  • Corroboree Virtual Reality Experience
  • Animal Experiences
  • LEGO Interactive Building Area
  • LEGO Mini Figure Station

Dreamworld implements ‘COVID Safe Plan’

To help reduce contact, Dreamworld recommends that visitors purchase entry tickets online. In addition, park capacity has been reduced in consultation with Queensland Health.

To assist with contact tracing, visitors must provide a name, address and mobile number. Visitors must also remain 1.5m from others and follow floor indicators.

Hand washing facilities and hand sanitiser are available throughout the park, and high-touch surfaces are regularly cleaned and disinfected.

Guests are welcome to wear face coverings, and some seats on rides will be left vacant to separate rider groups. Character appearances will be contact free.

Last month, Gold Coast theme park operators Ardent Leisure and Village Roadshow each announced an injection of $70 million, giving the companies some security amid the pandemic.

Ardent Leisure operates Dreamworld and WhiteWater World, while Village Roadshow (VRL) operates Warner Bros Movie World, Sea World, Wet’n’Wild Gold Coast and Paradise Country.

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Bea Mitchell

Bea is a journalist specialising in entertainment, attractions and tech with 10 years' experience. She has written and edited for publications including CNET, BuzzFeed, Digital Spy, Evening Standard and BBC. Bea graduated from King's College London and has an MA in journalism.

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