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Fri Aug 03, 2007 11:37 am

Big Shot on the Stratosphere is scary. It makes a horrible clunk as you reach the top, very unnerving!

Although the scariest of the three rides on top of the stratosphere is the see saw one. You hang quite well off the edge of the tower, and about the third time, you feel like you're actually dropping after it's stopped, because it goes further down on that time. I screamed quite a bit. :P

The other one's a bit crap, TBH - the thrill's over before the ride starts to spin.
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Dreamworld Incident

Tue Oct 25, 2016 7:32 am

Horrible reports of 4 deaths today on the rapids at Dreamworld in Queensland. Thoughts with those affected :(
 
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Tue Oct 25, 2016 8:49 am

You would have thought river rapid rides were one of the safer rides at a theme park.

Could this accident have happened at Alton towers on the river rapids? River Rapids does seem to have a less steep conveyer belt though.
 
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Tue Oct 25, 2016 8:54 am

Current reporting suggests 2 men and 2 women between the ages of 32-40 are dead. Dreamworld and their CEO have offered their condolences to those affected.

My heart goes out to those affected, never good when this happens :(
 
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Tue Oct 25, 2016 1:59 pm

as ever the news articles provide very little facts about what happened, but its surprising for such a normal ride, that is in nearly every theme park world wide
 
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Tue Oct 25, 2016 2:28 pm

A couple of AAP photos have been posted on the Coasterforce forums that show the tipped over boat http://www.coasterforce.com/forums/viewtopic.php?p=975978#p975978. There's also reference to a practice of queuing boats in embarkation area.

My own speculation is that, for whatever reason, the boat on the conveyor belt ran into the next boat in the embarkation area and rode up it. That tipped the boat enough that the rubber air-chamber got caught in the large gaps in the belt and levered over. That would explain how two of guests were ejected from the boat as it would have been flipped over very quickly.
 
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Tue Oct 25, 2016 10:32 pm

I've been following this all day; however, my thoughts are with the family!
Such a tragedy! :(
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Wed Oct 26, 2016 3:51 pm

BBC News are reporting that Dreamworld will reopen on Friday. They still managed to end the article by talking about The Smiler ](*,)

Such a terrible occurance, thoughts with the family.
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Wed Nov 09, 2016 8:29 am

Following last months tragic accident on the Thunder River Rapids ride at Dreamworld, the parks owners have announced that the ride is to be demolished "out of respect for the memories of the victims and their families"
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Re: Dreamworld Australia

Wed Nov 09, 2016 12:08 pm

whilst I do hope the hundred other version of this ride are looked at, to prevent a similar accident happening, I hope it does not end up in any of them closing. What has to happen with this one, is different because people died, but the rest should go on.
 
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Fri Nov 11, 2016 8:47 pm

wamdue wrote:
whilst I do hope the hundred other version of this ride are looked at, to prevent a similar accident happening, I hope it does not end up in any of them closing. What has to happen with this one, is different because people died, but the rest should go on.

This particular rapids ride appears to have manufactured in-house, unlike almost all other rapids at major parks (which are mostly manufactured by Intamin). As such, there are noticeable differences between this and installations of similar rides across the world, making it doubtful that anything major will have to happen to any others.
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Mon Jan 16, 2017 7:09 pm

It has been confirmed by Ardent Leisure, the operators of the park, that Thunder River Rapids will be dismantled after the devastating incident last year. I think this is the correct move by the park and although it is sad to see a water ride go from the world, it needed to go.
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Re: Dreamworld Australia

Sun Mar 04, 2018 11:11 am

SBS News in Australia are reporting that work has commenced on demolishing Thunder River Rapids, after the fatal accident in October 2016.

In what may be seen as good news for the park, a year-long Queensland Police investigation recommended no one face criminal charges over the accident, with a coronial inquest still expected to be held later this year.
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Sun Mar 04, 2018 11:25 am

I think this is a wise move as the ride will always be associated with the tragedy. Although it is very sad that it happened, I think the memorial is a nice touch. Hopefully they'll add a garden or something on the site of the actual fatality.
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