It’s time for “Carnivale!”

If I had to summarise Carnivale in a few short thoughts, the feeling I took away from the night was one of deep gratification and amazement. The last time I was this tickled pink by a park’s performance was back in 2012 at Tokyo DisneySea, and I fealt Carnivale delivered in almost every way.

New for 2014, Carnivale is the latest addition to Movie World’s line-up of annual events aimed to add value to Village Roadshow’s season passes. It’s inspired by the kind of bead-throwing, food-overload all night long parties you’d find in New Orleans each year.

From the minute you walk in, you get the immediate sensation that Movie World has set the bar really, really high. The signage was vast, the lighting was immense, and the sound was enveloping. Never have I seen so many street performers in a park in such a small space. Even for someone who doesn’t particularly stop to watch performances or shows, you had to pause and admire what Movie World had done during the course of the night – it wasn’t just the sheer number of performers out there delighting guests, you really felt that everyone, from the food team to the ride operators to the actual performers really, really gave a shit about making the night a success, and enjoyed being there.

They've really gone out to make this look unique for the event.
They’ve really gone out to make this look unique for the event.
Carnivale Window Dressings
Carnivale Window Dressings
Lighting & Atmosphere in full swing.
Lighting & Atmosphere in full swing.
The park was jam packed with people and food.
The park was jam packed with people and food.
Scooby Doo @ Night
Scooby Doo @ Night
Did I mention there was alot of food?
Did I mention there was alot of food?
So many food options...
So many food options…
Main Street, Carnivale
Main Street, Carnivale
More Main Street love.
More Main Street love.
Seafood galore!
Seafood galore!
One of more the expensive options, but the crazy awesome range more then made up for the price.
One of more the expensive options, but the crazy awesome range more then made up for the price.
The Seafood & Pumpkin Chowder went down amazingly with a beer.
The Seafood & Pumpkin Chowder went down amazingly with a beer.
Tijuana Taxis @ Night
Tijuana Taxis @ Night
I genuinely fealt sorry for whoever had to take these down at the end of the event.
I genuinely fealt sorry for whoever had to take these down at the end of the event.
The whole park was sporting some amazing lighting.
The whole park was sporting some amazing lighting.
Carnivale!
Carnivale!
Main Street was awash with big sound & lighting.
Main Street was awash with big sound & lighting.
Checkout the video on OurWorlds, the buildings had some really neat effects projected onto them.
Checkout the video on OurWorlds, the buildings had some really neat effects projected onto them.
Main Street Fountain, Carnivale
Main Street Fountain, Carnivale
Masked girl - Carnivale Float
Masked girl – Carnivale Float
Was this a subtle up yours to Dreamworld's recent retired ride?
Was this a subtle up yours to Dreamworld’s recent retired ride?
MC Skull Pimp - Carnivale Float
MC Skull Pimp – Carnivale Float
Jester - Carnivale Float
Jester – Carnivale Float
This guy was pretty damn cool.
This guy was pretty damn cool.
Not so much a float, but boy oh boy were they throwing out a lot of beads into the audience.
Not so much a float, but boy oh boy were they throwing out a lot of beads into the audience.

I walked away from the evening feeling incredibly fulfilled – I thought Fright Nights were great but this was on another level. It was electric – there was this perfect combination of entertainment, food and staple attractions that made the night incredibly memorable. Carnivale has finished now for 2014 but has been confirmed for 2015. In saying that, if Carnivale is any indicator, this year’s Fright Nights and White Christmas events (all of which is included the park’s premium passes) will be events you can’t miss.

 

Ben Roache

Editor in Chief

Photographer, film-maker & thrillseeker, sometimes all three at the same time. Lover of great design, captivating stories & amazing people.

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