DREAMWORLD will NOT re-open its doors on Friday.

DREAMWORLD has cancelled plans for a memorial day on Friday.

The theme park called off the reopening after talks with police.

“Dreamworld has been advised by Queensland Police Services (QPS) that we are unable to proceed with tomorrow’s memorial service as planned,” the firm said in a statement.

“Obviously the integrity of the Coronial Investigation is of paramount importance and postponing the service will give QPS the time it needs to conduct this investigation.

“We will provide an update to the media on Monday with regard to the memorial service and re-opening of the Park.”

Police, who are still carrying out an investigation at the crime scene, cast doubt over the plans to reopen to workers and the public tomorrow.


The theme park issued a statement this afternoon declaring the re-opening of the park as a “Memorial Day”.

Opening just three days after four people were killed by the Thunder River Rapids ride. The park has said, “We hope this will be considered the start of the healing process for all concerned,” the statement reads.

“The park will open at 11am and entry proceeds from the day will go to the Australian Red Cross to support their continued community focused activities.

“From the Memorial Day, activities will be limited to smaller rides, animal attractions, and the water park.”

The Gold Coast park’s operators Ardent Leisure say Red Cross Volunteers and local religious leaders will attend what they hope is the start of the healing process.

“In support of the guests and staff present at the time, we have established a program of grief counselling with Queensland Health and the Australian Red Cross,” Ardent Leisure said in a statement on Wednesday.

“Red Cross are working directly with the affected families as well as providing counselling and support for grieving guests paying their respects at the park entry.

“Professional counsellors are also on site supporting staff and they will remain in the park for the foreseeable future.”

Related story: Two children escaped Dreamworld tragedy but sadly lost their mum

A Gofundme page has also been setup to help support those families involved, and trying to assist with the circumstance at hand. 100% of all these proceeds will go directly to the families involved.

We hope many people will attend the day to help raise money for the support service.

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  • I don’t think there’d ever be. Good time, but three days seems too short.


  • I too am glad all proceeds go to Red Cross. 3 days does seem short – I’m not sure many people would be turning up there?


  • I’m very happy that proceeds are going to Red Cross. It’s a very fitting way to remember those lost.


  • A few people opposing this re opening, they think it’s too soon, the police are still there investigating. I like how all proceeds from the day go to the Red Cross tho, a really lovely thought. I hope they get lots through the gates just for this fundraiser


  • Great idea to support the Red Cross on opening day. It will surely be an emotional day for a lot of people.


  • The Memorial Opening that will raise funds is a wonderful day. I’m glad they are going to have counsellors available. I feel the faulty ride should be scrapped. I am sure I have heard about problems with that one before.


  • Such a tragedy. My thoughts and prayers to the victim’s families and the staff at Dreamworld.


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