PKI to add family interactive Scooby ride (updated)

Posted Wednesday, July 24, 2002 12:35 PM | Contributed by Jeff

[Here's the official press release:]

Paramount's Kings Island today unveiled plans to build the first interactive family ride in the park's history, "Scooby-Doo and the Haunted Castle." The new adventure ride is based on the timeless antics of the classic Hanna-Barbera™ character Scooby-Doo, who recently made his live action debut in the Warner Brothers release Scooby-Doo. Park guests join Scooby-Doo and the entire Mystery, Inc. gang of Fred, Daphne, Velma and Shaggy on the case to explain the mysterious activity of a green ghost haunting an ancient castle.

The animated adventure begins as guests board their very own Mystery Machine that travels through ghostly graveyards, creepy corridors, and down into dingy dungeons. While winding through the castle, riders are equipped with Fright Light ghost blasters to zap ghosts and collect points. Points are tallied at the end of the experience to see who has the best ghost-zapping ability.

"Scooby-Doo and the Haunted Castle" will change the look of the award-winning Hanna-Barbera Land forever. Guests will enter the attraction through the front gates of a huge castle," said Craig Ross, executive vice president and general manger. "Riders zapping targets trigger a variety of ghostly gags which makes each ride a different experience. This is an attraction kids, parents, and grandparents will enjoy riding over and over again."

"Scooby-Doo and the Haunted Castle" premieres in 2003 and replaces the Phantom Theater attraction that closed in mid July to make way for the new attraction construction

Scooby-Doo first aired on the CBS television network Saturday morning, September 13, 1969 and has earned the distinction of being the longest-running cartoon on television. The mystery-solving Great Dane has starred in more than 310 animated episodes and now stars in his first live action movie.

"Scooby-Doo and the Haunted Castle" will be the newest attraction in the Golden Ticket award-winning Hanna-Barbera land at Paramount's Kings Island. The Golden Ticket award results are determined by a pre-selected group of experienced theme park enthusiasts considered well-traveled park guests. The 400 judges ride, eat, observe and enjoy the best of the best that theme parks have to offer. The best kid's area in the world encompasses the Nickelodeon™ Central area as well as the classic antics of Hanna-Barbera™ Land. Judges noted that between these two areas, Paramount's Kings Island has the greatest variety of childrens' attractions including: four kids coasters, more than any park in the world crowning Paramount's Kings Island the kids coaster capitol of the world; a collection of more than 20 rides; and two stage shows with daily performances.

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Wednesday, July 24, 2002 5:02 AM

This sounds so cool! I think it's great that PKI and other parks are adding more "family" rides like this.

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Wednesday, July 24, 2002 5:18 AM
Any word on the other ride? Its like a wild animal chasing a mouse.

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Wednesday, July 24, 2002 5:22 AM
Good to see them get one of these, and it isn't the Haunted Mansion version either. These are a lot of fun for both kids and adults.

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Wednesday, July 24, 2002 5:23 AM
We played w/ one of these that they had set up at IAAPA last year and it was a lot of fun... and it was only a minute long. LOL. Sounds like a lot of fun... PKI is on a roll.
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Wednesday, July 24, 2002 5:30 AM
I thought something was going in at the old King Cobra site? Don't they have a sign up there about that? I would think that if they were putting two things in they would anounce them at the same time. I guess they scrapped whatever it was they were going to put there.
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Wednesday, July 24, 2002 5:38 AM
So does this mean that Paramount has the rights to Cartoon Network programs like Six Flags does?

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Wednesday, July 24, 2002 5:45 AM
I never would have guessed that PKI would add something like this :)

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Wednesday, July 24, 2002 5:52 AM
WIth this and Tomb Raider, it looks like PKI is trying to be a distinctive alternative to CP and SFWoA. It's great to see PKI travle down the themed attraction route. I hope this trend continues.
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Wednesday, July 24, 2002 6:35 AM

They have a picture and a logo for it...

http://www.pki.com/corpinfo_press_photos.jsp

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Wednesday, July 24, 2002 6:51 AM
I can't wait to ride Joe and Blue...wait, wheres Steve?lol

Is this ride like MIB at IOA?

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Wednesday, July 24, 2002 7:00 AM
Citown, King's Island has always had the right to Hanna Barbabra which has nothing to do with Cartoon Network other then Hanna Barbabra Cartoons are on Cartoon Network.

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Wednesday, July 24, 2002 7:11 AM
Bah, hopefully it's better done than the Six Flags Scooby Doo rides which are just cheap looking cardboard cut-outs. It'll probablybe more popular than Phantom Theater, but look a lot crappier if it's the same Sally dark ride stuff.
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Wednesday, July 24, 2002 7:21 AM
Sounds cool, I'm pretty excited to ride it, I've never ridden an interactive dark ride like this.

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Wednesday, July 24, 2002 7:23 AM
Didnt know that MagnumForce. I always thought Paramount was exclusive to Viacom (Nickelodeon) characters.

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Wednesday, July 24, 2002 8:03 AM

It seems such a shame that the unique Phantom Theater is going to be replaced by something which can be found at so many other parks.

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Wednesday, July 24, 2002 8:17 AM
This will be a great ride, I have been thinking for years that one of these would be good.
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Wednesday, July 24, 2002 8:18 AM

I doubt it's going to be like what is "found at so many other parks". Look at Tomb Raider, which is "just a giant top spin in a box".

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Wednesday, July 24, 2002 8:19 AM
RememberIdora, that's exactly what I was thinking it sounded like. The only difference would be that there aren't 2 vehicles that go at the same time.


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Wednesday, July 24, 2002 8:34 AM

Wait a min I thought only SF was allowed to build Scooby Doo rides now.

Oh foo I realized that SDC has a Scooby thing going on this year too.

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Wednesday, July 24, 2002 8:38 AM
Bmuskie, there will be some thing in the spot of the King Cobra still. The park will probably announce it in August. As for Scooby-doo ride, another good selection for the park. I have never done one of these rides so I'm actually looking forward to check it out.

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