Eureka Mountain Mine Ride

Eureka Mountain Mine Ride
Eureka Mountain Mine Ride - Dreamworld.jpg
The Eureka Mountain Mine Ride building.
Location Dreamworld
Park section Gold Rush Country
Coordinates 27°51′45.5″S 153°18′57″E / 27.862639°S 153.31583°E / -27.862639; 153.31583Coordinates: 27°51′45.5″S 153°18′57″E / 27.862639°S 153.31583°E / -27.862639; 153.31583
Status SBNO
Opened 11 December 1986 (1986-12-11)
Closed 7 November 2006 (2006-11-07)
Type Steel - Wild Mouse - Enclosed
Manufacturer HyFab
Lift/launch system Chain lift hill
Inversions 0
Duration 1:10
Restraints Seat belt
Eureka Mountain Mine Ride at RCDB
Pictures of Eureka Mountain Mine Ride at RCDB
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Eureka Mountain Mine Ride is a steel Wild Mouse roller coaster that is currently standing but not operating at Dreamworld on the Gold Coast, Australia.[1]

Contents

History

The Eureka Mountain Mine Ride opened on 11 December 1986 alongside the Thunder River Rapids Ride as part of Dreamworld new land, Gold Rush Country.[2]

On 7 November 2006, the Eureka Mountain Mine Ride closed for maintenance.[3] At the time Dreamworld stated that the ride would be closed temporarily to ensure the safety of all guests.[4] In 2010, Dreamworld stated that the closure of the ride "basically came down to new ride technology, upgraded safety regulations and responding to what the public wanted. Like the old Thunderbolt Rollercoaster, the mine ride served us well for 25 years and was “retired...” to make way for newer computerised attractions like The Claw, The Motorcoaster and AVPX. In Summary - rides have a life span - like a car - it comes to a time when you need to spend a lot of $$ to fix it up so when it is no longer a very popular attraction sometimes it is better to invest in something newer...... ".[5] The ride itself remains standing to this day[1] with the queue and entrance transformed to house a couple of carnival-style games.

Ride

Eureka Mountain Mine Ride was manufactured by Brisbane-based company, HyFab. The ride was a Wild Mouse roller coaster enclosed in Eureka Mountain.[1] The ride would begin with guests entering the Eureka Mountain Mine and boarding on of several 4-seater cars.[1][4][6] After being pulled up a chain lift hill, guests would be confronted by an animatronic miner who would light a stick of dynamite. After it explodes, the car would take guests through a variety of sharp, hairpin turns and fast, steep drops.[7]

Eureka Mountain Mine Ride originally featured dual stations which allowed two cars to load and unload at the same time. In 2002, the practice of using these two stations was discontinued.[7] In 2004, the ride system was upgraded.[7]

See also

  • Town of Gold Rush
  • Standing but not operating

References

External links


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