Warner Bros. Movie World[65] (more commonly referred to as Movie World) is a movie related entertainment theme park on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. It is owned and operated by Village Roadshow since the take over from Time Warner and is the only movie related park in Australia. It was opened on the 3rd of June 1991.[2]

The park contains various movie-themed rides and attractions ranging from motion simulators to roller coasters and slow river rides. In addition, famous characters also patrol the park, allowing visitors the chance to take photos with them. These include Batman, Austin Powers, Marilyn Monroe, Scooby-Doo and Shaggy and various Looney Tunes characters. Minor street shows including skits and singing performances are also present. The All-Star Parade showcases characters alongside vehicles and movie-themed floats.

There are a number of active film studios within the Movie World complex. House of Wax, the first Scooby-Doo film, the 2003 Peter Pan film, Ghost Ship, The Condemned and Fortress are amongst the many films and television series produced at Warner Roadshow Studios, adjoining Warner Bros. Movie World

History

Park set-up

In 1989, C.V. Wood was employed to design a 415-acre (168 ha) theme park adjacent to the existing Warner Roadshow Studio complex. His portfolio included the design of six theme parks including Six Flags Over Texas and Disneyland. The park was completed within 16 months, converting swampland into a theme park modelled after similar movie-based theme parks overseas such as Universal Studios Hollywood or Disney's Hollywood Studios. The park's official opening was held on 3 June 1991.[2] Queensland Premier Wayne Goss marked the occasion by cutting novelty film reel at an opening ceremony which was attended by celebrities such as Clint Eastwood, Mel Gibson, Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell.

Initial attractions at the park focused on learning about and getting involved in movie related scenes and behind the scenes action. Opening day attractions included a Movie studio tour, Movie Magic Special Effects Show, Western Action Show, Police Academy Stunt Show, Warner Bros. Classics & Great Gremlins Adventure, Young Einstein Gravity Homestead, Roxy Theatre and Looney Tunes Land which featured the Looney Tunes Musical Revue and Looney Tunes River Ride.[11]

The 1990s

In 1992, Batman Adventure – The Ride opened to the left of the park's entrance. In 1995, the Western Action Show was removed and eventually replaced by The Maverick Grand Illusion Show. The park's first roller coaster, Lethal Weapon – The Ride, also opened.[11]

In 1997, Looney Tunes Land was renamed Looney Tunes Village and a variety of Zamperla rides were installed including Marvin the Martian's Rocket Ride, Taz Hollywood Cars, Tweety and Sylvester Carousel and Yosemite Sam's Railroad. Additionally, Marvin the Martian in 3D opened in the Roxy Theatre, replacing Adventures in the Fourth Dimension.

 

In 1998, Warner Bros. Movie World opened the $18 million Wild West Falls Adventure Ride (then known as Wild Wild West). In 2000, the Looney Tunes Musical Revue was relocated and the Road Runner Rollercoaster opened in its place. Young Einstein Gravity Homestead was also closed.

1990s, 10th Anniversary, and the 2000s

In 2001, the park celebrated its 10th anniversary with 1000 invites being given out via radio station B105 in August 2001. Guests were treated to live performances by Human Nature, Invertigo, A Touch of Class and Joanne Accom. The park also closed The Maverick Show, Warner Bros. Classics & Great Gremlins Adventure and Batman Adventure – The Ride. The latter was modified into Batman Adventure – The Ride 2 with a new film and simulator movements. The Looney Tunes Splash Zone was added to Looney Tunes Village. The Harry Potter Movie Magic Experience opened where Young Einstein Gravity Homestead once stood.[11]

In 2002, the Harry Potter Movie Magic Experience was updated to feature props from the second Harry Potter film. Additionally, the Scooby-Doo Spooky Coaster opened where Warner Bros. Classics & Great Gremlins Adventure once stood.[11] In 2003, Harry Potter Movie Magic Experience was replaced by The Official Matrix Exhibit.[11]

In 2005, the Movie Magic Special Effects Show was replaced by Superman Escape forcing the relocation of the Looney Tunes Musical Revue again. The Roxy Theatre was upgraded following the closure of Marvin the Martian in 3D which was replaced by Shrek 4D Adventure in September.[11] In 2006, the now-annual Halloween events began. In December, the Batwing Spaceshot opened.

In 2007, The Official Matrix Exhibit was replaced by Intencity, County Fair Fun 'n' Games and Bumper cars. Looney Tunes Village was renamed to Kids' WB Fun Zone with the addition of two new rides.[5] In 2008, Hollywood Stunt Driver replaced the Police Academy Stunt Show. Looney Tunes: What's Up Rock? opened replacing the Looney Tunes Musical Revue.

In June 2008, Movie World began construction of a roof over Main Street, similar to those at Universal Studios Japan and Tokyo Disneyland. The roof measures 4,000 square metres (43,000 sq ft) and provides an all weather venue, whether it be hot or rainy. The permanent structure will also make a substantial difference to after hours scheduled program of events including Fright Nights and White Christmas events. The all-weather venue/roof was officially opened in October 2008.

 

The 2010s

In 2010, Warner Bros. Movie World held a DC Comics 75th Anniversary Heroes vs. Villains Parade. It was run in the June / July school holidays. Shrek 4D Adventure closed on 29 August. It was replaced by Journey to the Center of the Earth 4-D Adventure later in the year. Also in 2010, the now-annual White Christmas events began.[6]

Looney Tunes River Ride was closed on 1 February 2011. Showtime FMX's MotoMonster Xtreme show replaced Hollywood Stunt Driver from 26 June 2011 through to 18 July 2011 as alternative winter holiday entertainment.[12] Halloween Fright Nights became Fright Nights. Green Lantern Coaster soft opened on 16 December before officially opening on 23 December as the park's fifth coaster.[53] Batman Adventure - The Ride 2 closed to make way for a new 2012 attraction.

In 2012, Lethal Weapon – The Ride was rethemed to Arkham Asylum – Shock Therapy with the addition of a new train. In the Easter school holidays, Warner Bros. Movie World began a trial of Fast Track, a virtual queue system similar to Disney's Fastpass.[56] Journey to the Center of the Earth 4-D Adventure was closed on 4 June to make way for Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs – The 4D Experience which began showing on 23 June. Batman Adventure - The Ride 2 was replaced on 22 September 2012 with Justice League: Alien Invasion 3D.[54]

In 2013, Warner Bros. Movie World originally planned to open the Mini Cars Driving School. After a short delay, the ride opened in June 2014. The ride allows children to drive their own cars around a miniature version of the theme park.[10] The ride is located in the Kids' WB Fun Zone where the Looney Tunes River Ride once stood. The plans to build the ride were reportedly put on hold due to Village Roadshow reallocating the investment towards an expansion of Sea World's Polar Bear Shores.[95]

In February 2014, the Hollywood Stunt Driver stunt show was closed and replaced by the revamped 'Hollywood Stunt Driver 2'.[62]

In 2014, Rio: The 4D Experience opened on October 25 at the Roxy Theatre replacing Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs - The 4-D Experience.[15]

In September 2015, Looney Tunes 4D opened at the Roxy Theatre replacing Rio: The 4D Experience.[64]

In 2016, a new themed area dedicated to DC villains will open where the old Boot Hill once stood. With this land will come a new ride, The Doomsday Destroyer, which is a giant looping thrill ride.

Park layout

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The Official Matrix Exhibit existed at the park from 2003 until 2007.
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The roof over Main Street being used for Warner Bros. Movie World's White Christmas event.
 

Warner Bros. Movie World can be divided into four broad sections: Main Street, Kids' WB Fun Zone, a wild west area and a DC Comics superhero hub.[9][23]

Main Street serves as the main entrance path for the park.[9] It features many attractions that are based around movies and filmmaking including the Scooby-Doo Spooky Coaster and Hollywood Stunt Driver 2.[96][97] The area is also home to a vast array of shows including the All Star Parade, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs – The 4D Experience, Marilyn tribute, Scooby-Doo Disco Discovery and Batman – Shadows of Gotham.[69][98]

Kids' WB Fun Zone is the park's children's area themed after the Looney Tunes cartoons featured on Kids' WB Australia.[71] It is located in the northern portion of the park and can be accessed via Main Street.[9] Kids' WB Fun Zone features a number of rides specifically designed for children including the Looney Tunes Carousel, Speedy Gonzales Tijuana Taxis and Yosemite Sam's Railroad.[99] The area is also home to a Vekoma Junior Coaster named the Road Runner Rollercoaster.[100]

A wild west themed area is located in the southern portion of the park.[9] Its main attraction is the Hopkins Rides water ride named Wild West Falls Adventure Ride.[101] A large show stage houses the Looney Tunes – What's Up Rock? show while the Western Town Show Down show is performed outside.[69]

In 2016, a brand-new themed area named DC Comics Super-Villains Unleashed opened.

A DC Comics superhero hub[23] is the final section of the park and is located towards the front of the park off Main Street.[9] The area is home to three roller coasters (Arkham Asylum – Shock Therapy, Green Lantern Coaster and Superman Escape) as well as two other attractions (Batwing Spaceshot and Justice League: Alien Invasion 3D).[23]

Attractions

The following is a list of current attractions at Warner Bros. Movie World. Fast Track is a virtual queue system where guests are able to purchase their position at the front of the queue for Superman Escape, Green Lantern Coaster, Justice League: Alien Invasion 3D and Scooby-Doo Spooky Coaster. It is available during selected peak seasons. A similar system is in operation at Wet'n'Wild Gold Coast.

NameSectionTypeManufacturerOpened 
DC Rivals HyperCoasterLakeside PrecinctRoller coasterMack Rides22 September 2017[102][103]
Doomsday DestroyerDC Comics Super-Villains UnleashedThrill RideIntamin24 September 2016 
Arkham Asylum – Shock TherapyDC Comics superhero hubSuspended Looping CoasterVekoma26 December 1995
7 April 2012 as Arkham Asylum
[104]
Batwing SpaceshotDC Comics superhero hubSpace ShotS&S Power20 December 2006 
Bumper CarsIntencityBumper carsPreston & BarbieriSeptember 2007[105]
Great Gatsby ShowMain streetStreet showN/A2014 
Green Lantern CoasterDC Comics superhero hubSteel roller coasterS&S Worldwide23 December 2011[33]
Hollywood Stunt Driver 2Main StreetStunt showN/A26 December 2008[97]
Justice League: Alien Invasion 3DDC Comics superhero hubInteractive Dark RideSally Corporation22 September 2012[54][80]
Junior Driving SchoolKids' WB Fun ZoneMini-carsUnknown2014 
Looney Tunes CarouselKids' WB Fun ZoneCarouselUnknownSeptember 2007 
Looney Tunes Splash ZoneKids' WB Fun ZoneWater play areaUnknownDecember 2001 
Marilyn tributeMain StreetStreet showN/AUnknown[69]
Looney Tunes 4DMain Street4D filmSimEx-Iwerks25 October 2014[81]
Road Runner RollercoasterKids' WB Fun ZoneJunior roller coasterVekoma26 December 2000[100]
Roxy TheatreMain StreetMovie theatreN/A3 June 1991 
Scooby-Doo Spooky CoasterMain StreetWild Mouse roller coasterMack Rides17 June 2002[96]
Speedy Gonzales Tijuana TaxisKids' WB Fun ZoneChildren's car rideZamperla3 June 1991[99]
Superman EscapeDC Comics superhero hubAccelerator CoasterIntamin26 December 2005[18]
Sylvester's Pounce 'n' BounceKids' WB Fun ZoneFrog HopperSBF Visa GroupSeptember 2007 
Tweety and Sylvester CagesKids' WB Fun ZoneAerial carouselZamperlaDecember 1997[99]
Wild West Falls Adventure RideWild WestFlume rideHopkins Rides26 December 1998[101]
Yosemite Sam's RailroadKids' WB Fun ZoneMiniature railwayZamperlaDecember 1997[99]

Former attraction

NameSectionTypeManufacturerOpened 
Be a Hi-5 Star StudioKids Like Us and [[Nine Films and TelevisionMain StreetN/AJuly 2005

Events

A number of events have been held at Warner Bros. Movie World over the years. The park currently holds three annual events: Fright Nights during the Halloween season, the Carnivale festivities during April and May and also White Christmas during the Christmas season where you can even meet Frosty and Santa.[6]

See also