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Dreamworld

Thursday, November 27, 2008
Dreamworld has been providing fun for families for 25 years and is Australia's favourite theme park. It is home to 13 "worlds" and has the tallest and fastest thrill rides, live interactive shows and animal attractions. It's where you will find Tiger Island, Nick Central, The Australian Wildlife Experience, Wiggles World, the Big Brother house, FlowRider and the Big 6 Thrill Rides.

New things are always happening at Dreamworld, and there are two attractions to enjoy. The SpongeBob FlyPants ride is a real hit with small children, and The Mummy Walk is perfect for teenagers who don't mind something scary.

Nickelodeon's number-one character, SpongeBob SquarePants is aimed at five- to 12-year-olds. It has 12 two-seater carriages and riders lie face-down while flying around Jellyfish Fields. Rated as "moderate thrill", riders plunge into an imaginary deep sea world where they soar and spin with SpongeBob and his friendly invertebrates.

Jellyfish Fields is described as 80km south of Bikini Bottom, deep in the Pacific Ocean and is home to millions of invertebrates whose "majestic command of the sky" captivated SpongeBob in the episode, "The Sponge Who Could Fly". Fans will be amazed at how it all comes to life and recognise banana lounges motored by helium balloons, each of which proved to be a monumental flop.

SpongeBob SquarePants can be seen wandering around the park and that's the time to have the camera ready!

The Mummy: Tomb of a Dragon Emperor is a terrifying new attraction. After 2000 years, a mystery lost in time has been unearthed. The mummy is awake again, but only until January 2009.

The attraction is an eight-minute walk through a dark maze where monsters and characters from the movie jump out when least expected. Being longer than most attractions, the adrenalin rush is extended.

The walk cleverly replicates The Mummy movie, and along the way you meet the bad guys and the good guys.

The third of the movies in The Mummy series stars Brendan Fraser and it had its world premiere on the Gold Coast! Set in 1940s China, the Dreamworld attraction includes an authentic-looking Shanghai Street scene, a tomb of the Xi'an Terracotta Warriors and a huge reclining Buddha. Antiques worth $60,000 were imported from China — from rickshaws to pitchforks, most of what you see is the real thing.

This one really appeals to the 12- to 25-year-olds, and you don't need to be a fan of The Mummy movies to have some fun with it.

Location

Dreamworld, 40 minutes from Queensland's Gold Coast Airport.

Cost

Dreamworld 2 Day World Pass is $102 for adults and $68 for children. It covers entry to Dreamworld and WhiteWater World as many times as you like over two days. The 2 Day Family & Friends World Pass for two adults and two kids is $306.

Europcar has car hire starting at $33 a day.

Prices correct at November 27, 2008.

For further information

Dreamworld
Dreamworld Parkway
Coomera 4209
Ph: (07) 5588 1111
www.dreamworld.com.au
www.worldsinone.com.au

Europcar
Ph: 1300 131 390
Europcar.com.au

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