Queensland is the home of theme parks in Australia, and if you want to have the Hollywood experience during your visit to Queensland, why not spend a day at Movie World Gold Coast? Filled with thrill rides, an area just for the kids, tons of shopping and plenty of entertainment to keep all ages happy! Russell and I spent around four hours exploring Movie World Gold Coast, but if you’re visiting with a family or have never been before, make sure to set aside an entire day to take in the magic of Hollywood in Australia’s very own Queensland.
I’ve included a ton of awesome tips and advice in this post, including how to get to Movie World, where to buy tickets and how much they cost, as well as info on all of the rides and attractions! Grab a pen and paper, because if you’re planning a visit to Movie World Gold Coast, you’ll need these tips!
Table of Contents
- 1 Movie World Gold Coast: A Guide to Hollywood in Queensland, Australia
- 1.1 How to Get to Movie World Gold Coast
- 1.2 Opening Times
- 1.3 Ticket Prices for Movie World Gold Coast
- 1.4 What to Wear to Movie World Gold Coast
- 1.5 Food & Shopping at Movie World Gold Coast
- 1.6 Rides at Movie World Gold Coast
- 1.7 Family Rides & Fun at Movie World Gold Coast
- 1.8 Other Information & Things You Should Know
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Movie World Gold Coast: A Guide to Hollywood in Queensland, Australia
How to Get to Movie World Gold Coast
If you’ve read my previously published article about WetnWild Gold Coast, you can use those same directions to get to Movie World, as they’re right next to each other! However, here’s the information if you missed that post:
Getting to Movie World by Car from Surfers Paradise – Head down Gold Coast Highway, then turn onto Smith Street and follow the signs. You’ll need to leave the Highway at Exit 60, then continue following the signs to Movie World. The best way to ensure you’re heading in the right direction, is by using Google Maps.
Getting to Movie World by Car from Brisbane – If you’re driving to Movie World from Brisbane, follow the signs to the Pacific Motorway and the Gold Coast. Take Exit 60 and once you get closer to Movie World, there will be signs directing you. Again, use Google Maps to ensure you’re heading in the right direction!
Getting to Movie World by Bus from Surfers Paradise – If you’re staying in Surfers Paradise, you’ll see buses driving around that say ‘Movie World’ across the front. From what I could tell (we drove ourselves from Surfers Paradise, meaning we didn’t need to take a bus) they tend to make quite frequent stops in multiple places around Surfers Paradise. Your best bet is heading to Cavill Mall and asking at one of the Information booths, where the best stop to wait at is. There may be a small fee, so just ask the bus driver before boarding if you’re unsure. Catching a bus is the easiest way of getting to Movie World if you don’t have access to a car.
Throughout the year, Movie World Gold Coast is open from 9:30am until 5pm. The gates to the theme park open at 9:30, but the rides don’t open until 10am. This gives visitors a chance to find a park, purchase a locker if needed and line up for one of the awesome, unmissable rides. We arrived at around 9:45am, headed straight for the Superman Escape ride, and was able to go on twice in a row! It definitely pays to arrive early and line up straight away.
Ticket Prices for Movie World Gold Coast
There are a few different ticket options available when it comes to purchasing tickets for Movie World Gold Coast. As I mentioned earlier, all of Australia’s major theme parks are located on the Gold Coast. If you plan to visit all of Queensland’s theme parks during your stay, purchasing a multi-day ticket is the best option.
Along with Movie World, there are three other theme parks and attractions under the Village Roadshow brand: WetnWild, Sea World and Paradise Country. You can purchase tickets that include entry into all four theme parks, or choose to only visit the parks you’re interested in. We opted for the 2 Day Multi-Park Pass and spent a day each at Movie World and WetnWild.
1 Day Ticket to Movie World – Adult: $79.99 | Child: $69.99
This ticket will get you into Movie World for one day only
2 Day Multi-Park Pass – Adult: $89.99 | Child: $79.99
This pass will get you into Movie World and one other park of your choice over two consecutive days
3 Day Super Pass – Adult & Child: $99.99
This pass will get you into any three parks over three consecutive days
14 Day Mega Pass – Adult & Child: $109.99
This pass will get you into all four parks over fourteen consecutive days
6 Month Super Pass – Adult & Child: $104.99
This pass will get you into any three parks over a six month period
12 Month Super Pass – Adult & Child: $109.99
This pass will get you into any three parks over a twelve month period
If you’re staying on the Gold Coast for a short period of time, we recommend choosing the pass or ticket that suits the amount of time you’ll be visiting for. If you’re staying for an extended period of time or relocating to Queensland, it’s much better value purchasing one of six or twelve month Super Passes, as you’ll be able to come back and won’t have to keep paying for a new ticket!
What to Wear to Movie World Gold Coast
Before deciding what to wear to Movie World, remember that the weather in Queensland can be brutal, especially during summer. We visited on a 23 degree celsius day, the sun was scorching and it wasn’t even summer yet. Queensland is called the Sunshine State for a reason! I originally arrived at Movie World in a tank top, but after about an hour, changed into the t-shirt I had brought with me – yay for planning ahead!
I suggest wearing a t-shirt and bringing a hat to wear while walking around the park. You’ll obviously need to take the hat off before going on rides, but I promise you’ll be glad you have it! Don’t forget sunscreen, either. Oh yeah, and wear comfortable shoes! I suggest enclosed shoes, otherwise you’ll need to take them off while on rides. You’ll be doing a lot of walking too, so comfortable shoes are the best option!
Food & Shopping at Movie World Gold Coast
There are plenty of restaurants, cafes and quick snack carts to purchase food throughout your day at Movie World Gold Coast. From a Ben & Jerry’s store with a ton of flavours to choose from to Ricks Cafe, an all-you-can-eat pizza, pasta and salad buffet. For the over 18’s reading this, you can even purchase alcohol at Movie World – with a valid Passport or ID, of course! You’ll also find well-known and delicious theme park snacks like churros, ice cream, popcorn and more!
As for shopping, there are a ton of retail outlets to buy all sorts of souvenirs. From Superman Escape, Warner Bros, Harry Potter, Scooby Doo and all things DC, there’s something for everyone! Souvenirs and Warner Bros merchandise are quite pricey though, so if you’re hoping to go home with some awesome Movie World Gold Coast souvenirs, bring plenty of money!
Rides at Movie World Gold Coast
DC Rivals Hypercoaster – Movie World’s brand new rollercoaster, and the only Hypercoaster in the Southern Hemisphere, DC Rivals has been highly anticipated. We were lucky enough to ride this while at Movie World, and it definitely is quite an adrenaline rush! Reaching speeds of up to 115km/h, you’ll experience a ton of twists and turns along the 1.4km track – which is almost double the length of any other ride on the Gold Coast! Riders must be at least 7 years of age and a minimum of 130cm tall. Learn more about the DC Rivals Hypercoaster, here!
Arkham Asylum – The world’s first Arkham Asylum themed rollercoaster. Reaching speeds of up to 85km/h, you’ll be faced with five inversions on this updated Movie World coaster. For an extra $5, visitors can purchase Virtual Reality, for an entirely different Arkham Asylum experience! Riders must be between 140cm and 200cm tall.
Superman Escape – The absolute best ride at Movie World Gold Coast, without a doubt. Superman Escape will take you from zero to 100km per hour in just two seconds. Your nerves and adrenaline will be pumping while you wait for Superman to blast you outside and up into the sky! Riders must be between 140cm and 196cm tall. This is Russell’s favourite rollercoaster of all time, and coming in as second for me (behind Space Mountain), it’s definitely a must!
Note: There are no storage cubes at this ride, as you disembark in a different place than where you got on the ride. Therefore, unless you have a member of your group who does not wish to ride Superman Escape, you’ll need to place your belongings in one of the $2 lockers located outside the ride.
Batwing Spaceshot – Wait anxiously as you’re shot 60 metres into the sky at terrifying speeds, with an epic view of Movie World. Personally, this type of ride isn’t my thing. Even looking at photos of it makes me queasy. But if you don’t get physically ill at the thought of a 60 metre free-fall, give it a go! Riders must be at least 123cm tall.
Scooby Doo Spooky Coaster – Speed around sharp turns and plenty of Scooby Doo spookiness on the Spooky Coaster. You’ll be in darkness, not knowing when the next drop or backwards ride is going to happen! This is definitely one of the best rides at Movie World Gold Coast, so make sure you don’t miss out! Riders must be at least 110cm tall.
Wild West Falls – Flying through the Wild West on a wooden wagon train, you’ll soar past tons of ghost towns on your journey. This ride was closed for maintenance when we visited, but it’s one of Russell’s favourite Movie World rollercoasters. Riders must be at least 95cm tall.
Note: Wild West Falls is a part water coaster, so be prepared to get wet!
Green Lantern Coaster – Take on the steepest inverted drop in the Southern Hemisphere, on the Green Lantern Coaster at Movie World Gold Coast! Reaching top speeds of 66km per hour, you’re bound to have a blast. Riders must be at least 140cm tall.
Doomsday Destroyer – Another ‘nope, no thanks’ rides for myself and Russell, but if you enjoy the idea of looping around in a huge circle, high up into the air, then swing by the Doomsday Destroyer ride! See what I did there? Riders must be totally insane to ride (I’m kidding. Sort of) and of a somewhat mature height. I was unable to find the actual height requirements for this one, so I improvised.
Family Rides & Fun at Movie World Gold Coast
Kids WB Fun Zone – Hang out with all the Looney Tunes TV show characters: Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Tweety, Sylvester and more! There are also a variety of rides, rollercoasters and water zones just for the kids. If you’re not a child or do not have children, maybe avoid this area. Tons of screaming and definitely a place where headaches are born!
Justice League 3D – Don’t miss the Justice League Interactive 3D ride! Tons of fun for all members of the family, and absolutely all ages! Riders between 90cm and 110cm tall must be accompanied by an adult.
Road Runner Rollercoaster – Embark on a chase through the Arizona Desert, on the family fun Road Runner Rollercoaster. This one is perfect for the kids, reaching top speeds of 40km per hour. Riders must be at least 110cm tall.
Other Information & Things You Should Know
- Lockers are available for a cost of between $10 and $20 per day. They’re located next to the Movie World Photo Centre.
- You are not allowed to bring any packed lunch or beverages other than water into Movie World Gold Coast. Only fruit and bottled water are allowed. Visitors with allergies or food for babies and small children are the only exceptions to this rule!
- Don’t forget to bring your camera! There are tons of photo opportunities throughout the park, plus the occasional Superhero or Looney Tunes character walking around during the day.
- Arrive early to get on all the best rides before anyone else! As I mentioned earlier, the park opens at 9:30am, but the rides don’t open until 10am. This gives you half an hour to wait in line for your favourite ride, and get on once or twice before the queues start to grow.
- Reminder: Don’t forget to bring sunscreen and a hat!
Movie World Gold Coast is a ton of fun for people of all ages. There’s something for everyone, and if you’re a fan of thrill rides, you’ll be in for an exciting day! Click here to head to the Movie World website for more information and sneak peak videos of most of the rides.
Have you visited Movie World Gold Coast? What was your favourite ride? Tell me in the comments below!