Scooby Doo's Ghoster Coaster Name?

Sunday, October 28, 2001 7:24 AM

My mom says that when Scooby Doo opened at Carowinds it had a different name, anyone know what it was?
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Sunday, October 28, 2001 8:19 AM
To the best of my knowledge, it was just called the Scooby Doo.  Why they altered the name, I don't know.
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I rode "X" and never went upside down.
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Sunday, October 28, 2001 11:47 AM
Yes, it was just called "Scooby Doo". My guess is that when Paramount bought it, it changed to "Scooby Doo: Ghoster Coaster". The track was also yellow back then too.
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Shut up the both ya!
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Sunday, October 28, 2001 11:59 AM
What company owns the right to cartoon network because six flags is using the same characters in its theme parks.
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Sunday, October 28, 2001 12:12 PM
Scooby is Hana-Barbara, SF has the rights to Warner Bros.  Now Universal and Paramount both have Hana-Barbara
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Sunday, October 28, 2001 12:14 PM
Cartoon Network owns the rights to Cartoon Network. They show both Hanna-Barbera and WB cartoons, if that is what you're asking.
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Shut up the both ya!
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Monday, October 29, 2001 4:51 AM
It's a complicated story...

In 1968, the Taft broadcasting company (Citicasters last time I checked...) bought Coney Island. In 1971 Coney Island was closed, in 1972, Kings Island opened. At the time, Taft had the Hanna-Barbera cartoon studio, and thus the Hanna-Barbera characters took up residence at Kings Island, and later at the other parks operated by Kings Entertainment...which was itself a spin-off from Taft if I remember correctly. Through a variety of back-room manipulations over the years, eventually Kings Entertainment (KECO) owned Kings Dominion, Carowinds, and Great America, along with a large percentage of Canada's Wonderland. KECO also had management contracts for Canada's Wonderland, and for Kings Island which, along with Hanna-Barbera, was owned by the North American Financial Co., which is to say, Carl Lindner.

I guess Carl needed cash or something. Paramount came along and decided to get into the amusement park business, buying Kings Entertainment, buying the outstanding shares of Canada's Wonderland, and buying Kings Island. The Hanna-Barbera characters came along with the parks. At about the same time, North American sold the Hanna-Barbera interest to Turner Entertainment, which led to the creation of Cartoon Network.

Then more craziness happened. Viacom was purchased by Blockbuster Entertainment, while at the same time purchasing Paramount. So Paramount is owned by Viacom which is owned by Blockbuster. Viacom also owns several CATV properties including Nickelodeon...hence Nickelodeon Central at Paramount parks.

On the other side of the amusement world, Time-Warner owned Six Flags Theme Parks, and thus had the license agreement in place for the Warner Bros. cartoon characters. Then, in the largest media merger of all time (until AOL bought Time-Warner), Time-Warner bought Turner Entertainment, including WTBS, TNT, CNN, TCM, and of course, Cartoon Network and the Hanna-Barbera library. Which means the H-B characters joined the Warner corporate family, and Scooby Doo showed up in every major corporate amusement park in the country.

Of course, Paramount doesn't own the H-B characters, and Premier Parks (Six Flags, Inc.) doesn't own any characters, so there's no telling how long the present situation will last.....!

--Dave Althoff, Jr.

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Monday, October 29, 2001 4:54 AM
Dave,

Is there no end to your wealth of knowledge?  ;)

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I rode "X" and never went upside down.

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Monday, October 29, 2001 11:38 AM
Homey G., there is NO end to the depth/breadth of Dave's knowledge, but I don't really believe there's any WEALTH involved...LOL!
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rollergator - intent on improving the "guest experience" - coming soon to a park near you
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Monday, October 29, 2001 1:21 PM
If I remember correctly, I read somewhere that Paramount Parks have the rights to Hanna Barbera character through the year 2009.
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www.geocities.com/coastersrz I`ve ridden Son of Beast 62 times!
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Tuesday, October 30, 2001 4:35 AM
rollergator is half right. There really isn't any wealth involved, unfortunately. And the depth and breadth is hardly limitless, either. It's just that people around here tend to ask the right questions. :)

--Dave Althoff, Jr.

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Tuesday, October 30, 2001 4:46 AM
Dave:
Funny how much it sounds like "Who's On First" isn't it?  Kind of shows us how little separates vaudeville and corporate America.

*** This post was edited by Jim Fisher on 10/30/2001. ***

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