Gumbuya World is a water, wildlife & theme park in Victoria, Australia. TNT was one of two roller coasters to open at Gumbuya World in 2022. A suspended family coaster, the ride features swooping drops and turns, suitable for kids as small as 105cm, whilst still providing enough energy for thrill seekers. The challenge was to integrate the ride well into the park, and develop a theme with broad appeal, in a package that was greater than the sum of its parts.
Pico Play developed a lighthearted theme based around a pair of brothers who own a demolition business, with an affinity for TNT! This naturally lent itself to a fast paced, chaotic experience with plenty of near misses with theming and humorous gags. Pico Play undertook detailed 3D analysis of the track design and the site topography to make the most of the inherent qualities of each. The goal was to avoid a ride merely ‘slapped down’ on a plot. Pico Play also developed branding and marketing ideas to suit.
The ride is equally spectacular for riders and by standers, ducking over and under pathways, with a tunnel diving under a plaza, and a spectacular ‘punch’ through the top level of the station building. The ride was an immediate success in driving attendance and has cemented the position of Gumbuya World as Victoria’s leading theme park.