Australia’s biggest theme park Dreamworld has announced it will be home to the Southern Hemisphere’s first flying theatre, in a partnership between parent company Ardent Leisure and leading simulation company Brogent Technologies Inc.
The Gold Coast theme park is set to launch an Australian-themed i-Ride flying theatre in late 2018. It will be housed in Dreamworld’s former I-MAX Theatre located just inside the entrance to the park.
The i-Ride flying theatre will be a 40-seat ride simulator, suspending riders in 10-seat gondolas over a hemispherical screen while they heave, sway, surge and roll as they are taken on an immersive journey of the Australian landscape. The riders will experience special effects such as wind, sound, light, mist and scents as they are soaring through the air.
Dreamworld CEO, Craig Davidson said, “We are delighted to be introducing this technology to Australia and know it will be a big hit with our core family market. The i-Ride Australia experience will be a state-of-the-art attraction by a leader in ride simulation, Brogent Technologies, and will be a very welcome addition to the park, forming part of our new attractions roll-out plan in 2018. We are confident this new attraction will generate significant interest from locals, as well as visitors to the Gold Coast looking for a unique, world-class experience for all ages.”
Dreamworld’s new flying theatre will be similar to FlyOver Canada in Vancouver and Voletarium in Europa Park, Germany.