New Leviathan Coaster on Gold Coast and Thailand's Disney Pop-Up
A New Atlantis Rises on the Gold Coast
Village Roadshow Theme Parks has launched Australia’s largest wooden roller coaster at Sea World on the Gold Coast. The 105-feet tall Leviathan, built with southern yellow pine from the United States, is the anchor of a new AU$50 million themed precinct named New Atlantis.
“The Leviathan is a spectacular experience,” says Village Roadshow CEO Clark Kirby. “It takes guests on a thundering quest with exhilarating turns, crossovers, drops, and dips.”
The 3,000-foot-long coaster was designed by the Cincinnati-based Gravity Group and built by Canada’s Martin & Vleminckx. The seats on the last vehicle of each train face backward, providing a completely different experience for riders.
The coaster is guarded by a towering warrior statue. The new themed area features two other new rides as well: the Trident, a 138-foot high SBF-Visa Swing Tower, and the Vortex, a Huss Top Spin.
Disney Pop-Up Attraction Opens in Thailand
The Walt Disney Company’s 100th anniversary party extends to Bangkok with the opening of a limited-time pop-up attraction.
The Disney100 Village at the Asiatique attraction includes several free activations along with exhibits that require a ticket. Indoor exhibits include Frozen characters and heroes and heroines from the Marvel Universe. Outdoor attractions include a Pixar-themed miniature golf course and a garden featuring golden statues of Disney princesses. Four ticketed zones are joined by eight free zones, many with interactive displays, slides, and photo locations designed for selfies.
The Disney100 Village at Asiatique attraction opens daily at 10 a.m. and closes each evening at 10 p.m., allowing folks to visit after the traditional workday ends.
In addition to the Disney100 Village event, the Asiatique entertainment district also includes Asiatique Sky, a Ferris wheel, a carousel, and haunted dark ride, along with shopping and dining.
The Disney 100 event opened March 24 and will conclude on July 31.