SFStL will debut new water ride (PR)

Wednesday, January 23, 2002 9:04 AM
Six Flags will debut new water ride featuring Scooby-Doo
By Diane Toroian
Of The Post-Dispatch
Scooby-Doo, the classic cartoon coward, will star in a new water ride at Six Flags St. Louis amusement park.
"Scooby-Doo! Ghostblasters - the Mystery of Scary Swamp" is aimed at families and will open in late spring.
"Scooby is really big right now," said Six Flags spokeswoman Elizabeth Gotway. "A lot of us grew up with him, and now there is a new generation who loves him."
Park visitors who line up for the new ride will board boats for a journey across a dark lake, where they will encounter a creepy castle and marshlands. Along the way, they will shoot crocodiles, ghosts and other villains with a laser beam. A computer console will track which passenger hit the most targets. The five-minute ride is entirely indoors and features no dips, fast speeds or waterfalls, though scary masks and spitting gargoyles deliver the occasional squirt.
Designers hope the ride's pace will appeal to families, while the lasers and special effects will attract teen-agers.
Scooby-Doo! will be the park's first new family ride since Hurricane Harbor debuted in 1999. No other new attractions will debut this year.
"You have to keep a balance. You have to have the thrill rides, but you also want to keep paying attention to the family segment," Gotway said.
Scooby-Doo, a wacky Great Dane who expresses his thoughts through broad facial gestures and the occasional half-spoken, half-barked word, is enjoying a second life on cable television's Cartoon Network. A live-action version of the TV show is set to premiere at movie theaters this summer. St. Louis native James Gunn wrote the script.
Six Flag St. Louis opens April 20. Admission remains $38.99. The price for guests shorter than 48 inches goes up to $23.99.

*** This post was edited by Swoosh on 1/23/2002. ***

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Wednesday, January 23, 2002 1:10 PM
I think Scooby was H-B, not sure...the ride sounds GREAT!  Read something on another site where the Sally folks said it was about 3x the size of their other projects...Jinkies, that's big!
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Wednesday, January 23, 2002 1:31 PM
Awsome.  Is this going to be in replacement of that old water powered dark ride over by Freeze?
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Wednesday, January 23, 2002 1:54 PM
sounds alot like men in black
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Wednesday, January 23, 2002 2:12 PM

FoF said:
I thought that Scooby-Doo was owned by paramount.
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Nope Scooby is owned by Six Flags, well not SF but the  company who owns Scooby is affiliated with SF.I know at SFGAm, there is a Camp Cartoon Network with Scooby Doo Mystery Machine ride.

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Wednesday, January 23, 2002 2:40 PM
This sounds pretty cool but I think there is more than what this article is telling us. This doesn't explain the flat ride that has appeared ( you can see pics at screamscape) nor does it explain the freefall ride that had been in the graveyard which was recently repainted. Also the official site says in the news section to check back later this week for an announcement about next years's attractions.
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Wednesday, January 23, 2002 2:55 PM
Scooby is owned by Hanna-Barbera, which is owned by AOL-Time Warner, which owns Six Flags... or something like that. I'm not 100% sure, but I think the reason why Paramount has Scooby too is because they had rights to Hanna Barbera cartoons before Time Warner bought them, but I might be wrong.
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Wednesday, January 23, 2002 3:08 PM
Maybe noone know who has the rights anymore so they are free for the taking ;)

j/k

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Wednesday, January 23, 2002 3:16 PM


Scooby-Doo! will be the park's first new family ride since Hurricane Harbor debuted in 1999. No other new attractions will debut this year.

As the article states, there will be NO other new attractions. I would assume they are gonna ship those flat rides to another park.
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Wednesday, January 23, 2002 4:49 PM
Heres the skinny

1. There will only be Scooby and lap bars for Freeze in 2002

2. Other additions.  There will be new buildings for Hoods goods and Tucks

3. there will also be a face lift doen too Brit.

4. There will be a fire works display durning the mid summer.

5. Also the pictures by Coaster Freak at ScreamScape of the flat ride. Well that Flat ride will not be installed this year.

6.Sorry abotu the confuseing lance must have mis under stood me abotu the free fall being recently painted.  THta thing has not been painted in yrs. And is at best in poor poor condition. I doubt that it will ever breath life again.

I shall return in a few weeks time to see what your ideas are for 2003 now that we know what 2002 bring.

 say at the end of whatever message, "and remember what the Coaster Freak says,

"Look to the shadows
Where the fallen reside
It will bring forth a light
To where you will rise"

*cough*Hint*Cough*

PS I hope you enjoy the news this is the third time i have typed this.

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Wednesday, January 23, 2002 6:41 PM
TrBiggar...wahoo!  I knew all the tutoring in these complicated affiliations would pay off eventually, LOL.  But lap bars instead of OTSR's...may not be an "attraction", but it certainly is attractive...and while I hate to see the Sally folks getting business because of a fire, this news is ALL good...

call me cynical...(YOU'RE cynical...thanks)...but my expectations for S-D with live actors...pretty low.

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Wednesday, January 23, 2002 7:11 PM
*cough*cough* VIPER *cough* graveyard *cough* soon *cough*cough*cough*

 

Dang allergies! :)

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Wednesday, January 23, 2002 7:12 PM
While I'm excited for what the park is getting this year, I am really anticipating what may lie in store for SFSTL in '03.  I think that a Intamin hyper would really stand out in the lineup that the park has.  I'm a long time patron of the park and I firmly believe that while they may not have the most coasters, or biggest "whatevers", this park is among one of the most beautiful in the country.  (Can you tell I have a soft spot in my heart for SFSTL?) 
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Wednesday, January 23, 2002 9:21 PM
Well, we were happy to see that we were going to get SOMETHING new this year and have high hopes for S-D! Saw about a 5 second video clip on channel 5 news showing some S-D themed boats with laser guns. About time castaway kids finnaly got a makeover.(aka Time tunnel, Injun Joes cave etc....)I always looked forward to that ride on a hot day because it was air conditioned in the earlier years. To settle the debates 1)S-D was/is an H-B cartoon. @ I do believe they were bought by Time Warner. 2) Time-Warner/AOL did at one time a few years ago own SF.To the best of my knowledge they now only have a sponsorsip agreement. 3) There are S-D themed rides in both Paramount parks(S-D ghoster coaster etc.) and SF parks. If the speculation about Mr. Freeze is correct Angela and I will both be in heaven as this would make the ride almost as good as a new coaster and would definitly move this ride up our list of favs. And Swoosh, why do you mention Viper? SFSTL has no ride in its history called viper! Do you mean Ninja. And if so why do you hate it? I love it. The only coaster that you can ride on an average day without an hour or more wait. Just our 2 cents worth!  
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Thursday, January 24, 2002 3:44 AM
Another point, Paramount Parks doesn't equal Paramount Pictures. They are different companys stemming from one mother company. While yes, generally the parks will get rights to movies made by their parent company, ie  Disney will get Disney themed rides, Warner will get Warner themed. However, it is perfectly possible for parks to buy rights to pretty other companies movies, not affiliated with their parent company.

Hey, if a briefcase full of money was opened on the desk in front of you, and to get it, all you had to say was "Yes, you can use the Scooby Doo theme, and related stuff for the next 20 years." would you do it? What have these production companies got to loose, sure, it might mean it is hard for them to us that theme on their own rides, but if they have any intention of using it, they wouldn't sell it to another company.

Scooby Doo is owned by Hanna-Babera, which is in turn owned by Cartoon Network, Turner owns this, which has been bought out some time by what is now AOL-Time-Warner. Paramount used to own or distribute Turner, and so that explains why many Paramount parks have the HB theme - Paramount Parks got rights to the HB material. I think that contract is 50 years with all or most Paramount parks, which is why they didn't take it all down when HB no longer had anything to do with Paramount - or when Paramount sold some of their parks.

I think Six Flags got rights to the Cartoon Network material in USA, I think you'll find everywhere else in the world, Warner Bros. parks or part owned/managed parks have the rights to it. Another thing, most of these rides are themed to the new movie rather than the old cartoon series' - possibly Paramount parks have rights to the Scooby Doo, Where Are You? and so forth up to the Scooby Doo Kids of the 1980s, whereas Six Flags/Warner have the "New Doo".

You will find that all new Scooby Doo rides have the new Scooby feel to them, look at the artwork - it is of the Late 1990's, early 00's - get the 1980's Scooby Doo artwork, change the clothes to something more 90's and voila, a new age version of the Scooby Gang. Anyway expect the new Scooby rides to have a destinct modern feel to it.

Sorry if any of this is wrong, I love Scooby Doo, have always and always will - just not been in touch with it since there was a rumor back in 1997 that a live version of the movie was on the drawing boards. (Shock horror, there can be rumours outside of the amusement industry!)

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