Thrillseeker (roller coaster)

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Thrillseeker
Previously known as Wild Wave Rollercoaster
Sea World
Location Sea World
Coordinates 27°57′24.3″S153°25′29.9″E / 27.956750°S 153.424972°E / -27.956750; 153.424972 Coordinates: 27°57′24.3″S153°25′29.9″E / 27.956750°S 153.424972°E / -27.956750; 153.424972
StatusRemoved
Opening date1982 (1982)
Closing dateMay 2002 (2002-05)
General statistics
Type Steel
Manufacturer S.D.C.
Model Galaxi
Track layoutZyklon
Lift/launch system Chain Lift Hill
Height14 m (46 ft)
Length1,000 m (3,300 ft)
Speed65 km/h (40 mph)
Inversions 0
Duration2:00
Trains3 trains with 2 cars. Riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows for a total of 8 riders per train.
Thrillseeker at RCDB
Pictures of Thrillseeker at RCDB

The Thrillseeker was a steel roller coaster located at Sea World on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. Designed by S.D.C., the Galaxi model opened to the public in 1982. The ride is now a traveling roller coaster owned by Shorts Amusements of Victoria known as Taipan. [1]

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History

In 1982, Sea World opened the park's first roller coaster, the Wild Wave Rollercoaster, along with the Pirate Ship and Carousel . [2] The Wild Wave Rollercoaster was later renamed to the Thrillseeker. [3] In May 2002, the Thrillseeker was closed and removed from Sea World. [1] [3] It now operates as a traveling roller coaster owned by Shorts Amusements of Victoria, known as Taipan. [1]

Following the ride's removal, proposals were made for the area it once occupied. These included a seal exhibit named Seal Rocks [4] and a hippopotamus attraction was proposed for the site. [5] From 2006 to 2008 the site was home to the temporary Sea World Eye. [6] [7] In September 2008, work began on the site for a yet-to-be-named ray exhibit. [8] By October, the name of the exhibit was announced to be Ray Reef. [9] It was originally scheduled that the exhibit would open on Boxing Day 2008 (26 December 2008), however, a number of delays forced it to open on 14 January 2009. [10] [11]

Ride

The Thrillseeker had a track length of 1,000 m (3,300 ft), with a ride time of two minutes and a maximum speed of 65 km/h (40 mph). The track is steel, and the trains consist of two four-seat cars per train, for a train capacity of 8 passengers. [3]

The ride began with the right turn out of the station. After ascending the 14 metres (46 ft) chain lift hill riders were sent in a course of quick dips and spiralling helixes. [1]

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