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Kung Fu Panda


Dreamworld’s new land is Awesome!


Kung Fu Panda: Land of Awesomeness is the latest themed area to be realised at Dreamworld in Australia as part of an ongoing partnership with DreamWorks Animation


Experience. Taking over the area formerly known as Nickelodeon Universe, as well as some additional attractions, the new- look land features characters made famous in the Shrek and Madagascar films – and now it’s the turn of Kung Fu Panda to put the ‘kick’ into guests’ day out. Opened in time for the summer (Christmas) season, Kung Fu Panda: Land of Awesomeness features the first Kung Fu Panda licensed attractions in any theme park worldwide. This ancient Chinese village themed environment is headlined by a custom-themed Zamperla Air Race called Pandamonium (geddit?) This swinging rickshaw ride features two queue lines so that passengers can choose the intensity of their ride experience – ‘seriously crazy’ or ‘not so crazy’.


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The latter spins riders round and round, as their cars swing calmly from side to side. Seriously crazy, on the other hand, turns thrill seekers upside down at up to 3.8Gs, soaring 8m high into the sky. According to the park’s publicity material, “Only martial arts masters will be able to outlast these 150 seconds of kung-furious pandemonium!” Complementing


Pandamonium by Zamperla 28


Pandamonium is the new Skadoosh dragon-themed bumper car ride and the Kung Fu Academy assault course designed for junior masters in training. A focal point for families to meet up is the Furious Five Fountain, where photo opportunities with Kung Fu Panda, Po and his friends are available. “The Kung Fu Panda films appeals to a broad range of people and this new land needed to reflect that,” notes Bob S Tan, Dreamworld’s general manager of engineering and special projects. “We searched for rides that included a combination of family fun and extreme thrill, and Pandamonium provides just the right level of excitement.”


FEBRUARY 2013


ast March, the Gold Coast park launched the 8,400 square-metre DreamWorks


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