It’s 1.2km long, tops 100km/h and sends you through two corkscrews and a barrel roll
Get ready thrillseekers: The biggest rollercoaster in Dreamworld’s history has a launch date.
The long-awaited opening of the park’s $32m Steel Taipan is set for December 15, just in time for the school holidays and the reopening of Queensland’s borders.
Dreamworld hopes the ride will draw a line under a tumultuous chapter in the park’s history after snap lockdowns and travel restrictions melted its revenue and delayed the launch of the new attraction by more than a year.
Incidentally, December 15 is also Dreamworld’s 40th birthday.
“We couldn’t think of a better gift for our 40th birthday than the opening of the biggest new attraction in Dreamworld’s history,” chief executive Greg Yong said.
The ride is Dreamworld’s biggest-ever investment in a single attraction. It also created more than 200 Queensland jobs throughout its construction.
It is billed as the southern hemisphere’s first triple launch system – with 3.8 G-force – and the world’s first ride to feature spinning rear seats.
Dreamworld’s parent company Ardent Leisure – like many hospitality and tourism-focused businesses – was dragged over the coals during the pandemic.
The spread of the coronavirus also came at a time when the company was in the middle of a reputational rebuild following a deadly accident in October 2016.
The Steel Taipan is located on the site of the old Thunder River Rapids ride, the attraction that claimed the lives of four guests five years ago.
This article originally appeared on news.com.au and has been republished here with permission.