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‘Excitement’ as Movie World reopens its gates for first time in months

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For the first time in nearly four months there are plenty of worn out but nonetheless very happy children spilling out the gates of Movie World.

For the first time in nearly four months there are plenty of worn out but nonetheless very happy children spilling out the gates of Movie World.

The Gold Coast theme park reopened it gates for the first time in 115 days - albeit with strict COVID-19 ground rules.

Capacity has been cut by 50 per cent to 6,000 people and rides are wiped down and sanitised between each use.

Guests are also required to download Virtual Queue, the theme park's phone app to keep track of who is inside.

Close selfies with park characters are also off limits.

"It feels fantastic ... honestly, this place is designed to have people in it," said Clark Kirby, Village Theme Parks CEO.

Among those at the park was six-year-old Gene Leacy who celebrated his birthday today.

"We're going to Movie World ... and I'm going to go on the Justice League Ride," he said.

"It's very exciting especially when there's all this (opening celebrations) happening. First day back!" said mum Sally Leacy.

Movie World team member Luke Fritz said it was "exciting to get back to work".

Discover Gold Coast CEO Annaliese Battiste said today was a symbolic occasion for the city.

"It's such an important economic driver for the coast," she said.

Nearby Wet'n'Wild also opened today but its success is being measured by the number of smiles not gate takings as the state is in the grips of a cold snap.

Dreamworld and sister park WhiteWater World are yet to announce reopening dates, though their SkyPoint attraction at the Q1 tower in Surfers Paradise recommenced trading last Friday.

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Australia Zoo on the Sunshine Coast also reopened last month.

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Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/movie-world-wet-n-wild-welcome-visitors-again-for-first-time-in-months-amid-pandemic-qld-news/575dade9-7ea4-4af4-a4d4-bac2fc835f2c

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