Scooby-Doo Spooky Coaster

Friday, June 14, 2002 11:02 PM

Warner Bros. Movie World on the Gold Coast, Australia had their soft-opening for their new indoor coaster, Scooby-Doo Spooky Coaster.

Spec-wise, it isn't the most daunting ride, at just 55ft tall, it is quite modest in size. However, as everyone knows, size doesn't always matter.

The ride is a Mack Wild Mouse with several twists - firstly, it utilises an elevator lift hill. Second, it uses this elevator lift to make the biggest drop on the ride backwards (strange thing is, now two of the three major rides at Movie World have backwards drops). And lastly, it starts out as a Haunted House, to capture the theme and emphasise the movie that has just been released over there, and is debuting at the same time as this ride here.

Now, the theming is stunning. Every inch of the place from when you enter the building is themed. Truely stunning light and sound effects really get you into the spirit.

The elevator system is great, it is designed to take two "pods" at a time, that each have two cars in them. To cater for this, they actually widen the track that they pass through for both to pass safely, so you're tilting this way and that as you speed up the lift.

You're then tossed out into the main rollercoaster part. To call it just a regular Wild Mouse in here would be a huge understatement. The entire building is lightly filled with fog, and it is rather dark. $2 million worth of lasers in this room alone are shining everywhere, and thanks to the fog, it makes the experience infinitely better.

From here, you could say it has the same layout as a regular Wild Mouse, with the tight turns, and plenty of short sharp air.

The trains are amazing as well, consisting of four seats a pop, with indevidual lapbars, it is really quite exposed. There are no sides at all on the cars, and the front is very low.

As you can see, I'm stoked about this ride. I know many of you won't ever ride it, but it is truely amazing, they are marketing it as a family coaster, but that doesn't mean that it can't be at the top of my lists.

I've tried to describe it, but words cannot describe this ride. It is an experience that nothing but actually experiencing it will do it any justice.

So what if the best coaster in Australia is a second hand Arrow?

Saturday, June 15, 2002 7:47 AM
Sounds like one sweet mouse. Sort of reminds me of LoCoSuMo at Indiana Beach, except with a Scooby Doo theme, and that one isn't a mouse. If I ever goto Australia, I know which park I'll goto, just for the mouse.

Deja Vu in the front seat makes V2 feel like a kiddie ride!


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