Need something to keep the kids busy during the school holidays? Well do not despair because Gold Reef City Theme Park is hosting an exhilarating brand new show packed with gun-slinging, horse-riding, whip-cracking action for the Easter school holidays. Wild Wild West is an exhilarating 40-minute journey back into the golden days of the west, featuring cowboys, dancers, magic, card tricks, and high noon shootouts.
The star of the show is Patrick Gruss – a cowboy who is coming all the way from Disneyland Paris to bring his act to South Africa for the very first time. He is descended from the famous French Bouglione and Gruss circus families and a showman who can rival Buffalo Bill himself.
Patrick’s skills have been on display in music halls in Europe and casinos in Las Vegas. He was a winner of the 1999 world championship in gun spinning (Wild West Arts club) in Las Vegas. If he challenges you to a high noon shootout, you’d better refuse. Join him at Gold Reef City Theme Park’s Hippodrome as he plays Thunder Brown, a bad boy cowboy. He’ll dazzle audiences with his amazing pistol-spinning and trick-roping abilities.
Other members of the cast include Gareth Lush as Crazy, a magician and ventriloquist with sharp card tricks and a talking puppet sidekick called Tonto. Henry Jones is the Geezer, a guitar pickin’ old codger with an ear for the best old tunes. They’re supported by three cowboys, who are all professional stuntmen, as well as six cowboy and cowgirl dancers.
Catch this rootin’, tootin’ barrel of fun at 12:00pm and 2:30pm daily from 27 March to 11 April 2010. Admission to all shows at the Hippodrome is included in the entrance price, which includes all rides and shows, but excludes ‘Jozi’s Story of Gold.’
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A visit to Gold Reef City Theme Park
Philippa, the Joburg.co.za General Manager, recently went to Gold Reef City Theme Park with her family. This is what she had to say:
It was with mixed reaction that my family and I attended the media performance of the Wild Wild West show at Gold Reef City Theme Park– my 8 year old was excited; my 14 year old was reluctant (and truculent) and my husband actually wished he was sprawled on the couch watching Super14 rugby. The show forms part of the broader Theme Park offering; currently being performed in the Hippodrome venue, the show is a mixture of lassoing, dancing, Wild West gun-slinging and a magician named Crazy. This 40 minute show will keep the kids entertained while Mom and Dad put their feet up for a while.
I haven’t been to the Theme Park for a number of years and was once again impressed by the sheer size of the space and the variety of entertainment available. What I did enjoy was revisiting some of my favourite spots, as well as seeing some new features. The tour through the old mine houses has now got a video-based tour guide, where you can choose from a variety of languages (nice for tourists). The M&B in Town Square is a fabulous spot to grab a bite to eat and listen to the live act on stage. You can hear when you are approaching the rollercoasters and rides – the screams of sheer terror are enough to strike fear in your own heart – but then that’s the point. We grabbed a train ride around the perimeter of the park and it was great fun viewing the park from this angle. Little people have some great entertainment choices – from gem collecting to the animal farm and their own special play area.
I particularly enjoyed the incorporation of the history of gold and the science behind it – gold pouring; the mine shaft and the science exhibit are great features, as is the architecture you can find in the Old Town section of the park. My husband commented that the Park would make a fabulous venue for corporates, be it a year end party or sales conference. With the well appointed Protea Hotel in the vicinity, one can imagine the kind of street party you could have – Carnival style!
Gold Reef City Theme Park has become part of the Joburg landscape and I think it is sometimes forgotten by locals who are in search of something new. I believe it has enough to offer the whole family, and then some. I would suggest you re-visit this landmark for a fabulous day out – it might just bring out the kid in you.