Bugs Bunny at Star Parade in Main Street Movie World

How to navigate Movie World on the Gold Coast in a day

Found yourself with an army of kids to entertain? Don’t fret – one of the easiest ways to amuse a brood is with a visit to one of the bevy of theme parks that reside within the district’s borders. Warner Bros. Movie World is arguably the Gold Coast‘s most famed, and not only is it a particularly child-friendly way to spend the day, parents might just have some fun along the way too.

Below you’ll find our suggestions on how best to navigate your way around Movie World on the Gold Coast.

Before you arrive

Movie World Gold Coast kid jumping

The key to everything is good planning. Arm yourself with the latest park map printed directly from the website, as well as a key list of must-dos created by family members (so that you can prioritise rides). Seeking out the ride maintenance schedule ahead of time is also an easy way to discover what rides will be out of action on the day you choose to visit.

Those on a budget will be pleased to note that discounted tickets are also often available online – you’ll just need to book ahead. There are a series of multi-pass deals available on the Movie World homepage, courtesy of the likes of RACQ, The Village Roadshow, and Groupon. Those who really hate standing in line can also purchase a Fast Track Pass, offering a dedicated line and unlimited entry for select rides between 10.30am to 4.30pm.

In the morning

Darts side show | How to do Movie World in a day

Avoid the crowds by getting in early. 9.30am is the official opening time of Movie World, with rides commencing at 10am, giving you 30 minutes to get to the front of the queue at your favourite. As an added bonus, this is also an opportunity to enjoy the most popular rides before the crowds swarm a little later in the day.

Which rides exactly? Some of the most popular offerings for the small in stature include Road Runner Rollercoaster, Yosemite Sam Railroad and Justice League 3D – The Ride. Slightly older adrenaline junkies can instead head straight for the ever-popular DC Rivals Hypercoaster, the Southern Hemisphere’s tallest, longest, and fastest rollercoaster, which plummets 59 metres and reaches speeds of up to 115 kilometres per hour. The Arkham Asylum Coaster, and Wild West Falls Adventure Ride are also worth a mention.

Once lunchtime arrives

Ice-cream | How to do Movie World in a day

Establish a family meeting point before lunch time hits to avoid anyone getting lost. The entrance fountain, Main Street’s Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Parlour or the Looney Tunes Carousel are a trio of options. Once you’ve gathered your clan, enjoy a much-needed break refueling at one of the casual cafes that reside within the theme park.

Movie World is home to an array of different food and drink options; grab a morning latte at Village Bean Coffee House, tuck into a hearty burger at Gotham City Cafe’s Prime Burgers or a gourmet salad and sandwich at Main St. Deli. Movie World also offers pass-outs for those who prefer to make the most of the Gold Coast’s array of cafes and restaurants outside the gates.

During the afternoon

Looney Tunes | How to do Movie World in a day

Post-lunch, catch one of the many shows on offer, which cater to a range of different age groups. Juniors will enjoy the Looney Tunes Dance Party, while rev heads may prefer the theatrics of Hollywood Stunt Driver 2, taking you behind the scenes of an action film, showcasing burnouts, car aerial stunts, among others. And that’s not to mention the iconic Batman, who cruises the streets of Movie World in his Batmobile, posing for fans along the way.

Throughout the year Movie World makes the Gold Coast host to special seasonal events which are well worth a look in. This year in October, Fright Nights will return in the lead up to Halloween. There will also be the return of White Christmas in December 2020, for those who are particularly passionate about Yuletide celebrations.