This post is about Gold Reef City Where Everybody Behaves like a Child. Have you ever been to a place where everybody behaves like a child? If you haven’t been to one, Gold Reef City Theme Park will make you behave like one. If you do not love heights, then there is no need for you to embark on RUNAWAY TRAIN or the Storm Chaser. More about that later on, but there are many more activities at the Gold Reef City which will make you feel a REAL HUMAN BEING who is brave and daring.
WHAT IS GOLD REEF CITY
Gold Reef City is an amusement park fitted for one or an all family relaxation centre for various visitors of all ages. Situated 5 kilometres from Johannesburg and located at an old Gold Mine, the theme park is a hive of activities for people seeking all sorts of amusement. However, the distance by road from OR Tambo Airport to Gold Reef City is 28.8 kilometres.
The amusement park is home to the biggest and bloodcurdling roller coasters in Africa pitting it against the top holiday destinations in Africa.
THE OWNER OF GOLD REEF CITY
The owner of Gold Reef City is Kaiden Ballakistein who lives in Johannesburg, South Africa. His visionary venture has created a good tourist attraction in South Africa. The members of staff wear friendly faces and are very good and helpful guides who ensure that every new visitor received keeps on coming back for more joy and relaxation.
WHO SHOULD GO TO GOLD REEF CITY?
Who does not want to have fun and behave and shout like a 10-year-old child? You may be aged 30 and above or even 50 and above, Gold Reef City is the place for you to relax, have fun and enjoy yourself. That is why Gold Reef City Authorities charges everybody from 3 years old to whatever age because everyone enjoys himself/herself while inside the theme park.
SCARED OF ROLLER COASTERS?
Some people are afraid of heights and are scared of roller coasters. They do not even want to go beyond the gates of Gold reef City. My advice to them is that they should follow certain steps to overcome their fear. The first one is that they should look up at statistics showing deaths arising from roller coaster rides. They will find that such figures are almost non-existent. The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) has stressed that roller coaster deaths are extremely rare.
To overcome the fear of heights or roller coaster rides, begin practising in smaller or shorter rides. If you are in a queue for a coaster ride, distract yourself with different thoughts. Then familiarize yourself with the layout of the duration of the coaster ride and think positively.
DAYS OF OPERATION
The Gold Reef City is operational on Tuesdays to Sundays. Gates open from 09.30 hours to 17.00 hours. However, every day is operational during Gauteng School Holidays.
SPECIAL BIRTHDAY PRESENT
Upon production of a birth certificate, the authorities will give you a permit to ride roller coasters freely throughout the day. However, the theme park remains closed each Christmas Day.
Current entry prices are R210 for Thrill Rider, R175 for student and R120 for non-rider. You should ensure that you get on more than three rides in a day. These prices are for both adults and kids above 3 years old. However, to avoid long queues for buying entry tickets at Gold Reef City, one can buy Gold Reef City Theme Park tickets ahead of time at Computicket. To purchase tickets, visit www.computicket.com or call 083 915 8000.
WHAT CAN YOU TAKE INSIDE THE GOLD REEF CITY?
You shall not be allowed to take in pets, your own food, skateboards, rollerblades, radios or bicycles. Guests should remain fully dressed at all times.
SOME CHOICES AVAILABLE FOR ROLLER COASTERS
As soon as you are inside, you have to be patient for your turn to take a thrilling ride on roller coasters. Sometimes you have to wait for as long as an hour or two before your turn. That is why it is advisable to go to the amusement park as early as possible so that you can have a minimum of three rides on a particular day. Then you would remain with enough time to do other things apart from riding.
STERN SAFETY WARNING BEFORE AND DURING THE RIDES
You will be warned verbally and then notices are put along the way as you ride:
HOLD TIGHT ON THE HANDRAIL AND REMAIN SEATED AT ALL TIMES. Therefore, with the frightening speed of a roller coaster, it would be unwise not to hold to the rails tightly.
GOLD REEF CITY RIDES
Length 2,447.5 ft
Height 111.6 ft
Speed 55.9 mph
Arrangement: Single train with 10 cars. Two riders are arranged to across in a single row up to a total of 20 riders.
Capacity 600 riders per hour
Designer Ing.-Büro Stengel GmbH
RIDING THE TOWER OF TERROR
This ride is the scariest at Gold Reef City. If you dare to do this, you will be taken to the top of a mining shaft tower (fifty meters) in a cage and then plunged down at an angle of 90 degrees at a speed of 100 kilometres per hour into an open shaft. Many people come out of there with various stories including how brave they had been to undertake such a ride.
The Gold Reef City provides elderly people to join the young at heart and test-drive many more thrilling rides. There is actually a ride for everyone because you have to decide from a wide choice including family and friendly rides.
ADVANTAGES OF RIDING A ROLLER COASTER
The biggest advantage is that riding a rollercoaster could help to put you in a relaxed mood as laughter also is a health benefit on its own. Other studies reveal that stress is reduced greatly and the memory is enhanced.
OTHER ACTIVITIES AT GOLD REEF CITY
There are several activities one can do apart from embarking on taking the “scary” rides. One can visit the Gold Mine and witness how Gold used to be collected and processed. You can even touch gold itself. Apart from that one can watch movies at the Apartheid Museum and then view all casinos, hotels, restaurants and bars. Other activities include going to the theatre and “window shopping” in the stores.
If you are looking for an unforgettable experience in your lifetime, then look no further because Gold Reef City is equal to the task in Johannesburg, South Africa. However, you have to be on the lookout for your personal safety as Johannesburg is not known to be a friendly city.