|Slogan||"Hollywood on the Gold Coast"|
|Location||Oxenford, Queensland, Australia|
|Theme||Warner Bros. and related DC Comics properties|
|Owner||Village Roadshow Theme Parks|
|Opened||3 June 1991|
|Operating season||All year round|
|Area||415 acres (168 ha)|
Warner Bros. Movie World (more commonly referred to as Movie World) is a movie studio theme park on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. Its theme is based on the Warner Bros. film studio and related DC Comics properties.
It is owned and operated by Village Roadshow via Village Roadshow Theme Parks since the take over from AT&T and WarnerMedia. It is currently the only film-related park in Australia, and the oldest of three Warner Brothers movie theme parks worldwide. It was opened on June 3, 1991.
The park contains various movie-themed rides and attractions ranging from motion simulators to roller coasters and slow river rides. In addition, famous characters also patrol the park, allowing visitors the chance to take photos with them. These include Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Austin Powers, Marilyn Monroe, Scooby-Doo and Shaggy and various Looney Tunes characters. Minor street shows including skits and singing performances are also present. The All-Star Parade showcases characters alongside vehicles and movie-themed floats.
There are a number of active film studios within the Movie World complex. House of Wax, the first Scooby-Doo film, the 2003 Peter Pan film, Ghost Ship, The Condemned and Fortress are amongst the many films and television series produced at Warner Roadshow Studios, adjoining Warner Bros. Movie World.
In 1989, C.V. Wood was employed to design a 415-acre (168 ha) theme park adjacent to the existing Warner Roadshow Studio complex. His portfolio included the design of six theme parks including Six Flags Over Texas and Disneyland. The park was completed within 16 months, converting swampland into a theme park modelled after similar movie-based theme parks overseas such as Universal Studios Hollywood or Disney-MGM Studios Theme Park (now Disney's Hollywood Studios). The park's grand opening was held on 2 June 1991.Queensland Premier Wayne Goss marked the occasion by cutting novelty film reel at an opening ceremony which was attended by celebrities such as Clint Eastwood, Mel Gibson, Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell. The park was opened to the general public on 3 June 1991.
Initial attractions at the park focused on learning about and getting involved in movie related scenes and behind the scenes action. Opening day attractions included a Movie studio tour, Movie Magic Special Effects Show, Western Action Show, Police Academy Stunt Show, Warner Bros. Classics and The Great Gremlin Adventure, Young Einstein Gravity Homestead, Roxy Theatre and Looney Tunes Land which featured the Looney Tunes Musical Revue and Looney Tunes River Ride.
In 1992, Batman Adventure - The Ride opened to the left of the park's entrance. In 1995, the Western Action Show was removed and eventually replaced by The Maverick Grand Illusion Show. The park's first roller coaster, Lethal Weapon - The Ride, also opened.
In 1997, Looney Tunes Land was renamed Looney Tunes Village and a variety of Zamperla rides were installed including Marvin the Martian's Rocket Ride, Taz Hollywood Cars, Sylvester and Tweety Carousel and Yosemite Sam's Railroad. Additionally, Marvin the Martian in 3D opened in the Roxy Theatre, replacing Adventures in the Fourth Dimension.
In 1998, Warner Bros. Movie World opened the $18 million Wild West Falls Adventure Ride (then known as Wild Wild West). In 2000, the Looney Tunes Musical Revue was relocated and the Road Runner Roller Coaster opened in its place.Young Einstein Gravity Homestead was also closed.
In 2001, the park celebrated its 10th anniversary with 1000 invites being given out via radio station B105 in August 2001. Guests were treated to live performances by Human Nature, Invertigo, A Touch of Class and Joanne Accom. The park also closed The Maverick Show, Warner Bros. Classics and The Great Gremlin Adventure and Batman Adventure - The Ride. The latter was modified into Batman Adventure - The Ride 2 with a new film and simulator movements. The Looney Tunes Splash Zone was added to Looney Tunes Village. The Harry Potter Movie Magic Experience opened where Young Einstein Gravity Homestead once stood.
In 2002, the Harry Potter Movie Magic Experience was updated to feature props from the second Harry Potter film. Additionally, the Scooby-Doo Spooky Coaster opened where Warner Bros. Classics & Great Gremlins Adventure once stood. In 2003, Harry Potter Movie Magic Experience was replaced by The Official Matrix Exhibit.
In 2005, the Movie Magic Special Effects Show was replaced by Superman Escape forcing the relocation of the Looney Tunes Musical Revue again. The Roxy Theatre was upgraded following the closure of Marvin the Martian in 3D which was replaced by Shrek 4D Adventure in September. In 2006, the now-annual Halloween events began. In December, the Batwing Spaceshot opened.
In 2007, The Official Matrix Exhibit was replaced by Intencity, County Fair Fun 'n' Games and Bumper cars. Looney Tunes Village was renamed to Kids' WB Fun Zone with the addition of two new rides. In 2008, Hollywood Stunt Driver replaced the Police Academy Stunt Show.Looney Tunes: What's Up Rock? opened replacing the Looney Tunes Musical Revue.
In June 2008, Movie World began construction of a roof over Main Street, similar to those at Universal Studios Japan and Tokyo Disneyland. The roof measures 4,000 square metres (43,000 sq ft) and provides an all weather venue, whether it be hot or rainy. The permanent structure will also make a substantial difference to after hours scheduled program of events including Fright Nights and White Christmas events. The all-weather venue/roof was officially opened in October 2008.
In 2010, Warner Bros. Movie World held a DC Comics 75th Anniversary Heroes vs. Villains Parade. It was run in the June / July school holidays.Shrek 4D Adventure closed on 29 August. It was replaced by Journey to the Center of the Earth 4-D Adventure later in the year. Also in 2010, the now-annual White Christmas events began.
Looney Tunes River Ride was closed on 1 February 2011. Showtime FMX's MotoMonster Xtreme show replaced Hollywood Stunt Driver from 26 June 2011 through to 18 July 2011 as alternative winter holiday entertainment. Halloween Fright Nights became Fright Nights. Green Lantern Coaster soft opened on 16 December before officially opening on 23 December as the park's fifth coaster.Batman Adventure - The Ride 2 closed to make way for a new 2012 attraction.
In 2012, Lethal Weapon - The Ride was rethemed to Arkham Asylum - Shock Therapy with the addition of a new train. In the Easter school holidays, Warner Bros. Movie World began a trial of Fast Track, a virtual queue system similar to Disney's Fastpass.Journey to the Center of the Earth 4-D Adventure was closed on 4 June to make way for Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs - The 4D Experience which began showing on 23 June.Batman Adventure - The Ride 2 was replaced on 22 September 2012 with Justice League: Alien Invasion 3D.
In 2013, Warner Bros. Movie World originally planned to open the Mini Cars Driving School. After a short delay, the ride opened on 12 September 2014 as Junior Driving School. The ride allows children to drive their own cars around a miniature version of the theme park. The ride is located in the Kids' WB Fun Zone where the Looney Tunes River Ride once stood. The plans to build the ride were reportedly put on hold due to Village Roadshow reallocating the investment towards an expansion of Sea World's Polar Bear Shores.
In 2014, Rio: The 4D Experience opened on 25 October at the Roxy Theatre replacing Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs - The 4-D Experience.
In 2016, a new themed area dedicated to DC villains opened where the old Boot Hill once stood. With this land came a new ride, The Doomsday Destroyer, which is a giant looping thrill ride. It also introduced an interactive experience with the figures around the area utilizing a RFID wristband.
Main Street serves as the main entrance path for the park. It features many attractions that are based around movies and filmmaking including the Scooby-Doo Spooky Coaster and Hollywood Stunt Driver 2. The area is also home to a vast array of shows including the All Star Parade, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs - The 4D Experience, Marilyn tribute, Scooby-Doo Disco Detectives and Batman - Shadows of Gotham.
Kids' WB Fun Zone is the park's children's area themed after the Looney Tunes cartoons featured on Kids' WB Australia. It is located in the northern portion of the park and can be accessed via Main Street. Kids' WB Fun Zone features a number of rides specifically designed for children including the Looney Tunes Carousel, Speedy Gonzales Tijuana Taxis and Yosemite Sam's Railroad. The area is also home to a Vekoma Junior Coaster named the Road Runner Roller Coaster.
A wild west themed area is located in the southern portion of the park. Its main attraction is the Hopkins Rides water ride named Wild West Falls Adventure Ride. A large show stage houses the Looney Tunes - What's Up Rock? show while the Western Town Show Down show is performed outside.
In September 2016, a new area dedicated to the DC Comics super villains known as DC Comics Super-Villains Unleashed. This area's main attraction is Doomsday Destroyer, an Intamin 360 degree swinging thrill ride. Also included in this area is an interactive element, where guests can purchase an RFID wristband from the gift shop, and join the villains in destroying the area.
A DC Comics superhero hub is the final section of the park and is located towards the front of the park off Main Street. The area is home to four roller coasters (Arkham Asylum - Shock Therapy, DC Rivals HyperCoaster, Green Lantern Coaster and Superman Escape) as well as two other attractions (Batwing Spaceshot and Justice League: Alien Invasion 3D).
The following is a list of current attractions at Warner Bros. Movie World. Fast Track is a virtual queue system where guests are able to purchase their position at the front of the queue for Superman Escape, Green Lantern Coaster, Justice League: Alien Invasion 3D and Scooby-Doo Spooky Coaster. It is available during selected peak seasons. A similar system is in operation at Wet'n'Wild Gold Coast.
|Arkham Asylum - Shock Therapy||DC Comics superhero hub||Suspended Looping Coaster||Vekoma||26 December 1995
7 April 2012 as Arkham Asylum
|DC Rivals HyperCoaster||Lakeside Precinct||Hypercoaster||Mack Rides||22 September 2017|||
|Green Lantern Coaster||DC Comics superhero hub||El Loco||S&S Worldwide||23 December 2011|||
|Road Runner Roller Coaster||Kids' WB Fun Zone||Vekoma Junior Coaster||Vekoma||26 December 2000|||
|Scooby-Doo Spooky Coaster||Main Street||Indoor Wild Mouse||Mack Rides||17 June 2002|||
|Superman Escape||DC Comics superhero hub||Accelerator Coaster||Intamin||26 December 2005|||
|Aquaman - The Exhibition||WB Studio Showcase||Aquaman film exhibition||N/A||13 December 2018|||
|Batwing Spaceshot||DC Comics superhero hub||Space Shot||S&S Power||20 December 2006|
|Doomsday Destroyer||DC Comics Super-Villains Unleashed||Suspended Twin Hammer||Intamin||24 September 2016|||
|Hollywood Stunt Driver 2||Main Street||Stunt show||N/A||26 December 2008|||
|Intencity Dodgems||Main Street||Bumper cars||Preston & Barbieri||September 2007|||
|Justice League: Alien Invasion 3D||DC Comics superhero hub||Interactive dark ride||Sally Corporation||22 September 2012|||
|Junior Driving School||Kids' WB Fun Zone||Mini-cars||Formula K International||12 September 2014|
|Looney Tunes Carousel||Kids' WB Fun Zone||Carousel||Australian Carousel Company||September 2007|
|Looney Tunes Dance Party||Main Street||Street show||N/A||N/A|||
|Looney Tunes Splash Zone||Kids' WB Fun Zone||Water play area||Unknown||December 2001|
|Roxy Theatre||Main Street||4D film theatre||fx Illusions||3 June 1991|
|Speedy Gonzales Tijuana Taxis||Kids' WB Fun Zone||Children's car ride||Zamperla||3 June 1991|||
|Streets Star Parade||Main Street||Street show||N/A||N/A|||
|Sylvester's Pounce 'n' Bounce||Kids' WB Fun Zone||Frog Hopper||SBF Visa Group||September 2007|
|Sylvester and Tweety Cages||Kids' WB Fun Zone||Aerial carousel||Zamperla||December 1997|||
|Taz Hollywood Cars||Kids' WB Fun Zone||Bumper cars||Zamperla||December 1997|||
|Wild West Falls Adventure Ride||Wild West||Log flume||Hopkins Rides||26 December 1998|||
|Yosemite Sam's Railroad||Kids' WB Fun Zone||Miniature railway||Zamperla||December 1997|||
A number of events have been held at Warner Bros. Movie World over the years. The park currently holds two annual events: Fright Nights during the Halloween season, and also White Christmas during the Christmas season where people can meet Frosty and Santa.