Once again PKI has updated it site with new pics of Scooby Doo and the Haunted Castle.
Phantom Theater 1992-2002
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From some of the pics, it looks like there will be figures running around stationary objects and such, but thats all I really see. Knowing PKI, tho, there will be plenty of surprises in store for this ride!
SOB crew in 2002
TRTR crew in 2003
.....Yeah, I think that smoke is supposed to be there.....
From what I recall in my walk through a few weeks ago, there are actual figures of Mummies, Werewolves, Buzzards, Scooby, Shaggy, skeletons, Dracula, etc etc etc. That may not be precisely correct, but you get the idea. There are also physical things like beds, tables and tablewhere etc etc etc that all reside along the way as well.
If you are expecting animatronics like Phantom Theatre, then you will be dissapointed. Scooby is a completely different take on the dark ride experience. There is a lot more to look at and the scenes are very well tied together. The rooms or vignettes seems to flow much better than PT. Probably because there is a better and more thought out storyline.
Although I loved PT very much and will miss it, it always seemed to be just a series of vignettes to me and really didn't tell you a story. It was simply a scene, followed by a turn of your car, then another scene etc etc etc. They minimal storyline really was just as simple as here's the Maestro who is really creepy, here's Hilda Bovine who hits high notes, here's Houdilini who is a magician, oh and now here they all are together!
Since Scooby is a very well known cartoon and who's popularity has lasted for decades (IMO due to it's intriguing storylines) the park and ride manufacturers had to pay careful attention to the plot and idea behind the ride. Otherwise those that know Scooby Doo well, (and most do), would be dissapointed or upset at the lack of a "mystery."
For instance there are now transitions taking you from outside the castle into the interior hallways and then into the Great Hall etc etc etc. Several walls and arches were lowered for SDATHC for such transitional effects.
It is really cool to see, and even the Que will have some unique "surprise" elements.
Obviously you are introduced to different characters throughout your journey, and true to the cartoon, the actual Villain is revealed by mask removal "And I would have gotten away with it if it hadn't been for you meddling kids!"
If you are expecting a real heart pounding, thrilling adventure, then you may be dissapointed. However if you are looking forward to a wonderful life-sized depiction of a terrific cartoon, with a fun plot and lots of activity, then you will love it. This one is more or less for the kiddies, and the kids at heart.
I was bowled over, even knowing what to expect. None of the effects were operational while I was there (they were still installing) however I was so busy just taking all the colors and scenes in that I could not imgaine all the activity that will exist once the ride is in motion, the effects are going, the music is turned on AND you are busy shooting at targets.
This ride will require MANY re-rides before you catch everything. And that will keep it very popular for a long time, guests will see something new each time they ride.
The best part is, kids will not be terrified of it like they were PT. Although it is (in my opinion) much darker and spookier, the fact that it is Scooby and has the cartoon flair will enable families to ride without youngsters kicking and screaming.
*** This post was edited by Shaggy 1/30/2003 2:28:54 PM ***
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