If you love theme park, Gold Coast Australia is the place to go as it is called the capital of theme parks which means it has a lot of theme parks that caters to all ages. Here are the top 5 theme parks that you should visit in Gold Coast
Warner Bros. Movie World
This theme park is usually referred to just Movie World. Opened in 1991 and it is the oldest theme park owned by Warner Brothers. Located in Queensland. In this theme park, you could meet your favorite movie characters such as Batman, Superman, Marilyn Monroe and even Scooby Doo and his sidekick, Shaggy so do not forget to take pictures with them for memories! Other than meeting and taking pictures with your favorite characters, go on the movie themed thrilling rides of roller coaster such as the Green Lantern.
Dreamworld was opened in 1981 and it is the largest theme park in Australia. Owned by the Ardent Leisure, and just like Sunway Lagoon which have Extreme Park, Nickelodeon lost lagoon, scream park etc. Dreamworld also have several themed zones namely Ocean Parade, DreamWorks Experience, Wiggles World, Town of Gold Rush, Rocky Hollow, Tiger Island and the Dreamworld Corroboree in total consists of over 40 attractions which includes animal exhibition, food stalls, merchandise shops and 5 roller coaster rides.
Sea World is a three in one theme park. You can enjoy your day at the Oceanarium and Mammal Marine Park where you can visit animals like Penguins, Sharks and also watch Seals or Dolphins performing some stunts. This theme park was opened in 1971, 10 years before Dreamworld. There are a lot of activities available at this Seaworld that you could enjoy with your families like, feeding the penguins, meet your favorite cartoon characters, play with the dolphins, thrilling roller coaster rides and so much more. A day would not be enough and you would definitely want to come back again soon for more fun!
Wet N Wild Water World
Wet n Wild is a water park located in Oxenford and has one of the largest water slide and also a few of the thrilling ones in Australia. I was opened in 1984 and owned by the Village Roadshow. This would be a perfect day out with your kids during their summer vacation. Do not forget to ride their exciting slides like the Tornado which is a 40 meters long tunnel or Super 8 Aqua where you can race with your families or friends or maybe a random stranger. A more relaxing activities would be at the Whirlpool Springs, Giant Wave Pool and a lot more.
White Water World
White Water World is another water park located in Gold Coast, compare to the other theme parks or water parks, White Water is still considered new as it was opened in 2006. It is located next to the largest theme park in Australia, Dreamworld and also owned by the same company. Featuring a few fun slides which are Super Tubes Hydrocoaster, The Little Rippers, The Wedgie and so much more. Parents can rent out their own private cabanas and just relax while their kids play their hearts out riding the fun and thrilling slides.
Sounds exciting? Of course, going to theme parks can be a lot of fun but there are a few information and tips people should know before going for maximum fun. First of all, buy entrance ticket in advance whether it is online or at a travel agent or tourist information center, just buy them at least a day in advance because the queue to buy entrance ticket are usually long if you decide to buy on the day itself and when buying in advance you should also check out for promotions as some time it is cheaper buying in a package for example, there are promotions that offers three days pass to three different theme parks that are Movie World, Wet n Wild and also Sea World at a discounted rate than buying it separately.
Another thing you should consider is checking out their bring your food rules as some are very strict when it comes to outside foods. Out of all 5 theme parks listed above, only Wet N Wild and Whitewater World allow you to bring your own food so you could do picnic activities but the rest, other than water they do not allow any outside food at all except for people who has special diet requirement.
Most theme parks open between 9.30 AM to 10 am and closes at 5 PM which is not a lot of time if you go on a weekend or peak season that is the holiday season so most of the time, the queue to the rides are extremely long, so if you do want to cut the queue, consider buying a VIP Pass or Express pass where you can skip the long line which is extremely worth it as it is fast, you can ride it as much as you want and it is possible to ride all attractions before the park closes. They are available online and also available in a few merchandise stores in the park itself. Lastly, if you go in a group, do make sure you set a meeting point to meet at the end of the day just in case you get separated while having fun.
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