New information about the resurrection of Australia's Wonderland has just been released... and in other news we can't even breathe.
This month marks the 12th anniversary of the park's closure. However, reports of it's return have been circulating since 2013, when US millionaire property developer Ammar Khan announced his plans to bring back the beloved park.
Remember the Bush Beastie? The Demon? THE SPACE PROBE? We have chills and they are definitely multiplying, because the former theme park is getting the Walt Disney treatment.
Highway Games has reported that the new and improved park will be overseen by David Bakas, the new General Manager of Western Sydney Theme Park Pty Ltd. Who is David Bakas, you say? He was the Operations Manager at Walt Disney World in Orlando. Just a casual guy responsible for running THE HAPPIEST PLACE ON EARTH!
Ammar Khan, who worked at the original park for nine years, and David Bakas met up in Orlando to talk all things Wonderland. "The best thing we want to bring in is Disney park ideas and what we call their imagineering," said Mr Khan, "David has connections with ride manufacturers and industry operators in the US, Asia and Europe."
Mr Bakas also spoke of the new development, saying "We are not trying to recreate a park that failed to stay in business. There will be elements that will remind you of the original park. But why is there a Demon (one of the rides)? Why is it here in Sydney? Everything has a purpose. There will be story-boarding, written scripts, it will have a beginning, a middle and an end."
"That is kind of different to the original Wonderland," he continued, "People come to escape the real world so it has to give a sense of place."
The parks location is yet to be confirmed, though Badgerys Creek is currently under consideration. The working title of the theme park is "Worlds of Wonder." Yeah, okay, but we're still calling it Wonderland.
No word yet on when we can expect to be riding a rollercoaster with glee, so in the meantime let's take a walk down memory lane...