WORLDS of Wonder is destined to propel Western Sydney to the nation’s top theme park destination, knocking off the Gold Coast.
The new project to resurrect Wonderland Sydney has been earmarked for completion by 2021 with a new location in Western Sydney still to be finalised.
Florida-based manager David Bakas has researched some of the top theme parks across the world while developing the master plan that includes all the attractions, resort hotels, shopping precinct and water park.
“Ninety per cent of what I want (for the master plan) I already have,” Mr Bakas, operations manager of Orlando’s Walt Disney World, said.
“It is kind of like having a foot but you don’t know the exact shoe size.”
He said some of the rides will stem from the now defunct Wonderland Sydney, such as the Bush Beast, but will harness cutting edge technology as well as setting new boundaries.
“Technology has changed so drastically between decades,” he said. “Wonderland was designed in the late 1970s. What we have available now is on such a different level.”
Mr Bakas is closely monitoring a new $5.5 billion theme park in China called Shanghai Disney Resort which opened last month. It has a ‘‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Battle of the Sunken Treasure’’ attraction specifically based on the Hollywood blockbuster series which uses “trackless technology” allowing the ship to freely move.
“We are thinking ahead of time,” he said. “Taking the technology and making it move in a different direction.’’
Urban Estate Developments Pty Ltd owner Ammar Khan said a Badgerys Creek site would be the best location for Worlds of Wonderland. “Badgerys Creek is ideal but the sites are still under investigation,” he said.