Tourism

Dreamworld’s ‘Tower of Terror’ ride to close

Huntley Mitchell

Huntley Mitchell

Gold Coast theme park Dreamworld has announced it will retire the Tower of Terror II ride next month.

Guests have until 3 November 2019 to ride the Tower of Terror II, which is being retired “on order to continue focusing our investment on the future and delivering new, world-class attractions”, according to Dreamworld.

“The Giant Drop will continue to operate as normal, with the Tower of Terror II track being removed from the iconic Dreamworld Tower structure over time.”

The Tower of Terror II is set to be replaced by Fully6 water slides this summer and a multi-launch roller coaster.

Launched in February 1997 as the Tower of Terror, the ride claimed a then world-first speed record for rollercoasters, from zero to 161 kilometres per hour in just seconds.

The ride was revamped and relaunched in September 2010 as the Tower of Terror II. It carries 14 people per ride, soaring 100 metres into the air for “several seconds of stomach-churning weightlessness at its peak before coming back to Earth face-first”.

The ‘L’-shaped track stretches 330 metres horizontally, with a tunnel running for 206 metres of the track.

Dreamworld’s announcement of the Tower of Terror II’s retirement was made on the eve of the anniversary of the Thunder River Rapids tragedy in 2016, which claimed the lives of four people and led to the ride being demolished by the theme park’s owner, Ardent Leisure.

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