Thursday, November 10, 2011

Dreamworld and DreamWorks Team Up in 2012

Australia's Dreamworld theme park, located on the Gold Coast, has announced that they will become the second theme park in the world to feature the full roster of DreamWorks Animation characters in 2012 with the addition of a new themed land.

"The most exciting and extensive development currently underway in any Australian theme park, Dreamworld’s new DreamWorks Animation-themed lands will welcome guests inside the very worlds of their favorite animated characters, inspired by the iconic DreamWorks Animation franchises. Well-loved characters including Shrek, Puss in Boots, Po from Kung Fu Panda, Alex the Lion from Madagascar, and many others will soon appear at Dreamworld all year round."

Part of a five year licensing deal, the DreamWorks gang will be added to the park in three different themed lands, making up one larger themed area in the center of Dreamword.  The characters will start to appear at the park this Christmas season, when the DreamWorks Holiday Shrektacular Show will debut.  For Easter 2012, the actual land will open, named the DreamWorks Experience, featuring rides and shows themed to the characters.

According to this news report, the rides will include a family coaster themed to Madagascar, along with a Shrek carousel.  The section of the park receiving the makeover was formerly themed to the Nickelodeon properties, until that contract expired at the start of 2011 and the area was generically known as Kid's World.  It is not known if any brand new attractions will be added, or if the area will consist of only rethemed rides.

In the Fall of 2012 the last section will open, themed to Kung Fu Panda, which will include dining and character photo locations.  Dreamworld recently added both a Zamperla Disk'O, as well as a Maurer Sohne SkyLoop coaster, named Buzzsaw.