Australia March-April 2016 Trip Report, Part 6 - Warner Bros. Movie World

Hello everyone,

In this sixth part of my ongoing trip report for our visit Down Under I am going to tell you about our day at Warner Brothers Movie World on the Gold Coast.

In the previous part of this report I had mentioned that we had pre-bought our tickets online, which as part of a special offer, included Sea World, too. We had visited Sea World the day before due to other plans, and therefore we had already collected our passes. When we arrived at Movie World we were able to go straight to the turnstiles and enter the park.

Driving to Movie World was interesting because they really don't make a big deal out of the fact that one of Australia's biggest attractions is right there on the Gold Coast. I suppose I am used to the over the top advertising used for US tourist destinations.

Entering the park we found ourselves in a courtyard area surrounded by several attractions and a main street, which was literally called Main Street, that led off to the left. Main Street was under cover, similar to World Bazaar at Tokyo Disneyland.

At the end of the street you can either go left or right. To the right is a Looney Tunes area, aimed at small children, and to the left a Gotham City area that leads to a Wild West section. Over all the park is pretty small, and can be walked from end to end in a matter of minutes.

Anyone who knows or follows us regularly, knows that we love characters, and that was our primary focus for the day. We managed to meet Marilyn Monroe, Austin Powers, Scooby Doo and Shaggy, Catwoman, Batman, The Joker and Harley Quinn, The Flash, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, Super Girl, Tweety Pie, Daffy Duck, Bugs Bunny, Lola Bunny, Willy Wonka, Dorothy, Sylvester and Foghorn Leghorn.

Throughout the day the park had a good amount of varied entertainment on Main Street. We managed to see two different Batman shows, a Catwoman show, an Austin Powers show, and a performance by Marilyn Monroe.

The park also had a daily parade, which was in Mardi Gras mode for the Mardi Gras season that had apparently taken over the park (when we met Bugs and Lola together earlier in the day, they were in Mardi Gras outfits, as you can see in one of the photos above).

We also had time for two attractions while at the park. We rode Justice League the Ride and Scooby Doo Spooky Coaster. Without wanting to sound unnecessarily critical, I didn't have high expectations. I really like the park, but it certainly isn't on par with Disney or Universal in the US, but it is much nicer than most other regular amusement parks, such as the likes of Six Flags. So, with my expectation being somewhere above Six Flags, but below Universal, I actually came out of both of these attractions pleasantly surprised, and I am glad that I did them. The Scooby Doo attraction had a brief few moments where it was like a dark ride attraction, then became an indoor roller coaster in the dark. It was pretty fun, if a little hair raising. The Justice League attraction was a 3D dark ride which was like a cross between Universal's Spider-Man and Men in Black attractions, but not as intense or as detailed.

Over all we really loved our day here. We met a lot of characters, saw a lot of entertainment, and even had time for two of the park's most popular attractions. If I ever come back to the east coast of Australia I wouldn't hesitate to spend another day here and do some of the other attractions that we missed.

Have a great day everyone,