Australia: Luna Park reopens with nine new rides

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Luna Park in Sydney will reopen with eight new rides for little kids up to extreme thrillseekers. © PR HANDOUT IMAGE PHOTO Luna Park in Sydney will reopen with eight new rides for little kids up to extreme thrillseekers.

Thrillseekers will find eight new permanent rides when Australia's iconic Luna Park reopens its pearly whites just in time for the school holidays. 

The Sydney amusement park will be open to the public on June 26 after its $30 million face lift. 

The eight new rides include a full 360° rotating, swinging and spinning Sledgehammer ride that takes those on board 30 metres into the air, a soaring submarine called the Silly Sub and two family-friendly roller coasters, the Boomerang and the Little Nipper. There are two new mini rides for mini people - a smaller Ferris wheel, The Bug and a spinning green machine called Freaky Frogs. 

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The Big Dipper is also returning but not until December and not as it was before it was demolished in 1981. The new big-kid-only ride will be the world's first single-line rail coaster and Australia's tallest and fastest multi-launch coaster. 

Luna Park Sydney Managing Director, Peter Hearne, said it was an exciting new chapter in the park's 86-year-history. 

"Our new rides combined with our existing classics has transformed our beloved fun park into a globally-recognised and highly sought-after destination for thrill seekers of all ages," Mr Hearne said. 

The new rides have been built alongside existing favourites like the 38-metre sky-high Hair Raiser, the nauseating Rotor, and the fleeting wooden Wild Mouse.

Theme park goers will need to book online to secure their tickets for a date and time. The park's opening hours will now be split into two daily sessions. There will be a new Luna Parks Loyalty program and a new online experience Luna Play where guests can plan their day and buy photos launching in July. 

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