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Dreamworld and White Water World reopen after COVID-19 closure

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The gates to two of Australia’s biggest theme parks swung open yesterday for the first time in six months after forced to close under COVID-19 restrictions.

The gates to two of Australia's biggest theme parks swung open yesterday for the first time in six months after they were forced to close under COVID-19 restrictions.

In exciting news for Queenslanders, Dreamworld and its sister park White Water World are now operating every day from 10am until 5pm and annual passes for Gold Coast families are at a reduced rate.

Closed since March, the coronavirus pandemic has not left the theme parks unscathed.

"Some areas and attractions within our Dreamworld Corroboree precinct are temporarily closed, due to restricted international tourism and therefore visitation," Dreamworld said in a statement.

"As a result, the Dreamworld Express will also be temporarily closed as a part of Dreamworld's staged re-opening.

"The Big Red Car and Flowrider have been permanently retired as a result of our attraction review."

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White Water World will no longer be open all year round, now a seasonal park due to low demand in cooler months.

"White Water World will operate from early September until late January annually and across some peak weekends on either side of these dates where demand and warmer weather allows us to swing open the gates," Dreamworld said.

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Despite limitations on the reopening, Dreamworld confirmed all affected employees will be redeployed to other areas of the business.

The parks will be operating under a COVID-19 plan to ensure visits to Dreamworld and White Water world are safe and enjoyable for everyone.

Under the plan, park capacity is reduced, hand-held maps have been removed, entry and exit points reconfigured to prevent congestion, hand sanitiser is available throughout the park and high-touch surfaces are regularly cleaned and disinfected.

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"The health and wellbeing of our guests and team members is incredibly important to us," the statement read.

"Our comprehensive COVID Safe plan has been reviewed and approved by Queensland Health and we look forward to welcoming you to our Parks."

Seven attractions and activities will be temporarily closed to adhere to COVID-19 requirements including Mad Jungle Jam, Play School Art Room iPads, Corroboree Face Painting Experience, Corroboree Virtual Reality Experience, Animal Experiences and the LEGO Interactive Building Area and Mini Figure Station.

Source: 9News

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