The Disko is the latest ride to make its debut at the Gympie Show this year. Eager to enjoy the thrill is Jess Johnston.
The Disko is the latest ride to make its debut at the Gympie Show this year. Eager to enjoy the thrill is Jess Johnston. Matt Lee

Disko ride throws down a challenge

THE ride that rocked the Royal Sydney Easter Show is about to turn heads as it debuts at this year’s Gympie Show.

Dubbed The Disko, the state-of-the-art ride was built in Italy before coming to Australia.

Owner Doyle Gill and his workers applied the final touches to the ride’s assembly yesterday before the show’s official start later that evening.

“It’s a ride for everyone,” Doyle said.

“Children and adults alike can enjoy the thrill and that’s what makes it so much fun.”

The ride consists of a 30-metre half pipe and showgoers are strapped in tight as they experience a head-turning 14 revolutions a minute.

The Gympie Show is known for unveiling new rides each year, keeping thrill-seekers on their toes as they comb Showside Alley for excitement.

Doyle said the ride, less than a year old, was certain to be a crowd-pleaser.

“It was very successful at the Royal Sydney Easter Show so we are looking forward to seeing the response here,” he said.

Not only was the Disko successful at the Royal Sydney Easter Show, it was also voted one of the best rides.

Meanwhile, a day of sunshine was a welcome relief for Doyle and his workers after travelling north from a frozen Hawkesbury.

Early morning starts were made miserable by the bitter cold weather, making Gympie’s warm autumn days a real treat.

Aside from the The Disko, Showside Alley features plenty of favourites for all ages.

The ghost train, jumbo slide, dodgem cars and jumping castles are just a selection of what is on offer at the show this year.

Those with a keen eye and skill will also be rewarded with the many games to be played, including darts, basketball and shooting.