Debra, a stay-at-home mum of three, loves experiencing and sharing all that Brisbane has to offer; especially southside secrets.
Published June 7th 2012
Movie World is probably my least favourite theme park on the Gold Coast. Perhaps it was the relentless queues and heat, or maybe it was because whichever way you turned, there was an opportunity to spend money.
The kids, however, had an amazing day. Our eight year-old ranks Movie World as her favourite. She happily spent the day with her BFF (best friend forever) lining up for thrill rides: Scooby-Doo Spooky Coaster, Wild West Falls Adventure Ride, and Journey to the Centre of the Earth 4D Adventure.
Some of the more extreme rides include Batwing Spaceshot, Lethal Weapon, and Superman Escape (which my husband highly recommends). Sadly, he did not get to road test the Green Lantern Coaster, Movie World's newest ride, as the wait in line was over an hour long.
I spent most of the morning at the Kids' WB! Fun Zone with our two youngest children (ages 3 and 5). The kid zone has a number of amusement rides for pre-schoolers like the Road Runner Rollercoaster, Speedy Gonzales' Tijuana Taxis, and the Looney Tunes Carousel. There is also a water park, Splash Zone, located here for the little ones to cool down at.
For lunch, we parked ourselves on a patch of pretend-grass at the top of Main Street and remained there for a good part of the afternoon. From here, we were able to watch some of Movie World's live performances like Scooby Doo's Disco Detectives and the All Star Parade. The highlight of my day was during the parade, when favourite cartoon characters Bugs Bunny, Lola Bunny, Daffy Duck, Sylvester and Tweety Bird did a choreographed dance routine down Main Street to LMFAO's Party Rock Anthem.
Bugs Bunny and other famous characters like Marilyn Monroe, Austin Powers, and Catwoman rove around Main Street throughout the day, stopping to pose for pictures with their fans. My children were more than thrilled to have their photo taken with Bugs.
Main Street itself is lined with movie-themed retailers and restaurants happy to help you part with your hard-earned cash. There is Rick's Cafe Americain, Charlie & The Chocolate Factory Candy Store, Harry Potter Shop and DC Super Heroes Store.
Although Movie World is not my favourite theme park, I would go again. To see the joy on my five year-old's face when Lola Bunny shook her hand and tousled her hair; priceless. My suggestions? Do not miss the All Star Parade, pack your own lunch (lockers are available), and leave your wallet at home.