Dreamworld will reopen for the school holidays, six weeks after the tragedy on the Thunder River Rapids ride that claimed four lives.
Kate Goodchild, Luke Dorsett, Roozi Araghi and Cindy Low were killed when the Thunder River Rapids ride malfunctioned on 25 October.
AAP reports that Dreamworld’s parent company, Ardent Leisure, said Dreamworld and neighbouring theme park Whitewater World will reopen to guests on Saturday 10 December in a statement to the Australian Stock Exchange this morning.
The reopening of Dreamworld’s rides will be a gradual process.
“All of Whitewater World’s slides, pools and cabanas will be open as will several of Dreamworld’s rides and attractions,” the statement said.
“Dreamworld’s other rides will progressively open as they are signed off as part of the safety review process.”
Ardent’s theme parks division has reportedly incurred about $4 million in operating expenses without making any “significant revenue” following the accident.
The park has undergone a series of safety checks since the tragedy in October. No guest safety issues have been found with the park’s rides, but Ardent has already announced that the Thunder River Rapids ride will be demolished.
In a bid to boost tourist numbers over the holidays, the Gold Coast City Council is expected to spend $200,000 on a public campaign to attract visitors back to Dreamworld.
The families of Goodchild, Dorsett, Araghi and Low have reportedly been kept informed of the opening.
UPDATE: Dreamworld’s doors will re-open with an Open Hearts – Open Doors charity weekend on 10-11 December, raising funds for those affected. Over the charity weekend, Dreamworld will donate $25 for every guest and passholder through the door to the Australian Red Cross. These funds will be distributed to the families and those most affected by the tragedy through the GIVIT Appeal Independent Distribution Committee.