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Scooby-Doo's Haunted Mansion
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Six Flags Fiesta Texas
Area Fiesta Bay Boardwalk
Status Removed
Opening date 2002 (2002)[1]
Closing date January 7, 2018 (2018-01-07)
Replaced by Pirates of the Deep Sea[2]
Six Flags St. Louis
Area DC Comics Plaza
Status Removed
Opening date 2002 (2002)[3]
Closing date September 14, 2014 (2014-09-14)[4]
Replaced Castaway Kids
Replaced by Justice League: Battle for Metropolis
Parque Warner Madrid
Area Cartoon Village
Status Operating
Opening date 2005 (2005)[5]
Canada's Wonderland
Area Hanna Barbera Land
Status Removed
Opening date May 7, 2000 (2000-05-07)[6]
Closing date 2009 (2009)
Replaced Bedrock Dock
Replaced by Boo Blasters on Boo Hill
Carowinds
Area Carolina RFD
Status Removed
Opening date 2001 (2001)[7]
Closing date 2009 (2009)
Replaced Harmony Hall
Replaced by Boo Blasters on Boo Hill
Kings Island
Area International Street
Status Removed
Opening date 2003 (2003)[8]
Closing date 2009 (2009)
Replaced Phantom Theater
Replaced by Boo Blasters on Boo Hill
Kings Dominion
Area KidZville
Status Removed
Opening date 2004 (2004)[9]
Closing date 2009 (2009)
Replaced by Boo Blasters on Boo Hill
General statistics
Attraction type Interactive Dark Ride
Manufacturer Sally Corporation
Designer Sally Corporation
Theme Scooby-Doo
Length 377 ft (115 m)
Capacity 800 riders per hour
Scenes 17
Animatronics 80
Flash Pass available at both Six Flags parks

Scooby-Doo's Haunted Mansion is a Scooby-Doo-themed interactive dark ride series created by Sally Corporation based on Hanna-Barbera's long-running animated television series. The ride transports guests in a vehicle equipped with light guns that are used to shoot at various targets to collect points throughout the ride. At its peak, the ride model was located at seven amusement parks around the world including Canada's Wonderland, the location of the first installation that debuted in 2000. Initially known under a variety of names, the ride's Scooby-Doo theme has been replaced by Boo Blasters on Boo Hill at several locations and removed from others. The last remaining installation is La Aventura de Scooby-Doo at Parque Warner Madrid in Madrid, Spain.

History[edit]

In the late 1990s, Paramount Parks-owned Canada's Wonderland collaborated with Sally Corporation to develop Scooby-Doo's Haunted Mansion. The ride opened to the public on May 7, 2000.[6] In November that year, the ride was recognized as the Best New Children's Ride.[10] Similar versions of ride were added to three other Paramount Park locations over the next few years.[7][8][9]

In 2002, Six Flags bought into the ride concept installing it at two locations, Six Flags Fiesta Texas and Six Flags St. Louis, with the latter using an existing water ride system.[1][3] In 2005, Parque Warner Madrid (while it was operated by Six Flags) also added an installation as well featuring a trackless ride system manufactured by ETF Ride Systems.[5][11][12] The ride was opened by The ride was opened by José Corbacho and El Terrat.[13]

Following Cedar Fair's acquisition of Paramount Parks, the Scooby-Doo dark rides at its properties were re-themed prior to the 2010 season.[14] The move was part of the company's objective to remove the Hanna-Barbera brand from all of its parks.[15] Sally Corporation assisted with creating a new theme that became known as Boo Blasters on Boo Hill. The makeover left the interactive shooting aspect intact, while the Hanna-Barbera characters were replaced in favor of ghost-like creatures.[14]

During the 2014 season, Six Flags St. Louis put up a sign at the attraction that read, "Scooby-Doo Ghostblasters: The Mystery of the Scary Swamp will close permanently, September 14, 2014 for future improvements".[4] It was later announced that it would be replaced by Justice League: Battle for Metropolis.[16][17] In late 2017, Six Flags Fiesta Texas announced that their installation of the ride would close permanently on January 7, 2018.[18]

Locations[edit]

Name Park Location Opened Closed Status Ref
La Aventura de Scooby-Doo Parque Warner Madrid Spain San Martín de la Vega, Madrid, Spain 2005 Operating [13]
Scooby-Doo! and the Haunted Castle Kings Island United States Mason, Ohio, United States 2003 2009 Rethemed as Boo Blasters on Boo Hill [10][14]
Scooby-Doo! and the Haunted Mansion Kings Dominion United States Doswell, Virginia, United States 2004 2009 Rethemed as Boo Blasters on Boo Hill [10][14]
Scooby-Doo! Ghostblasters: The Mystery of the Haunted Mansion Six Flags Fiesta Texas United States San Antonio, Texas, United States 2002 2018 Closed; Replaced by Pirates of the Deep Sea [19][20]
Scooby-Doo's Haunted Mansion Canada's Wonderland Canada Vaughan, Ontario, Canada 2000 2009 Rethemed as Boo Blasters on Boo Hill [10][14]
Scooby-Doo's Haunted Mansion Carowinds United States Charlotte, North Carolina, United States 2001 2009 Rethemed as Boo Blasters on Boo Hill [10][14]
Scooby-Doo! Ghostblasters: The Mystery of the Scary Swamp Six Flags St. Louis United States Eureka, Missouri, United States 2002 2014 Closed; Replaced by Justice League: Battle for Metropolis [21]

Ride experience[edit]

The ride is a dark ride experience for families which involves shooting laser guns at ghosts and ghouls infesting Ghastley Manor (known as Ghastly Manor on the ride's entrance).[22] Riders in consecutive Mystery Machine-themed cars compete with each other to see who can shoot the most ghosts. Riders also shoot at Scooby Snacks, triggering appearances from Scooby-Doo. Also infesting Ghastley Manor is the Phantom Shadow, who at the end of the ride is caught by Scooby and Shaggy Rogers (who covers eyes in fear) and revealed to be a counterfeiter named Dr. D.M. Ghastley, the owner of Ghastley Manor, who was illegally printing money in the dungeon of Ghastley Manor, and dressed up as the Phantom Shadow to scare away any trespassers. The riders then enter the garage, where Ghastly isn't sent to jail as a skeleton is driving the police van with the cop trapped in a box.[23] The Scooby-Doo theme was licensed from Hanna-Barbera by the ride's creators, Sally Corporation.

The installation at Six Flags St. Louis differed from the rest as it relied upon a water ride system. It was therefore themed to a journey through a swamp. It featured different monsters from the Scooby-Doo series as well as the Mystery Inc. gang popping out of trees and shrubs.[24]

The outsides of the show buildings are decorated with a fiberglass blue and purple castle with stylized turrets. Two circular windows resemble eyes while the entrance to the castle resembles a mouth. Guests entered the attraction by passing under a Gothic-style arch bearing the rides name, and that was adorned on either side by the letters "GM," standing for Ghastley Manor.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Six Flags Fiesta Texas Announces New Dark Ride". Ultimate Rollercoaster. 10 December 2001. Retrieved 19 November 2012. 
  2. ^ https://www.sfftsource.com/pirates-deep-sea/
  3. ^ a b "Sally Corp. Dark Ride Coming To Six Flags St. Louis". Ultimate Rollercoaster. 14 February 2002. Retrieved 19 November 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Coaster Park Klub (July 22, 2014). "Sad news from Six Flags St Louis. Their Scooby-Doo dark ride will be closing permanently in September". Facebook. Retrieved 22 July 2014. 
  5. ^ a b "Sally Corporation: l'intervista". Parks Mania (in French). 26 February 2007. Retrieved 19 November 2012. 
  6. ^ a b "New Spine-Tingling Attractions at Canada's Wonderland". Ultimate Rollercoaster. 15 April 2000. Retrieved 19 November 2012. 
  7. ^ a b Dean, Suellen E. (9 May 2002). "Carowinds ricochets into new season". The Dispatch. Retrieved 19 November 2012. 
  8. ^ a b "Scooby-Doo Interactive Family Ride Coming to Kings Island". Ultimate Rollercoaster. 24 July 2002. Retrieved 19 November 2012. 
  9. ^ a b "Interactive Dark Ride Coming To Kings Dominion In 2004". Ultimate Rollercoaster. 27 October 2003. Retrieved 19 November 2012. 
  10. ^ a b c d e f "Scooby Doo's Haunted Mansion". Sally Corporation. Retrieved 19 November 2012. 
  11. ^ "Mystic Mover" (PDF). ETF RIde Systems. Retrieved 11 May 2013. 
  12. ^ "Scooby-Doo Adventure Best New Family Ride" (Press release). ETF Ride Systems. 4 February 2008. Retrieved 9 May 2013. 
  13. ^ a b "La Aventura de Scooby-Doo". Parque Warner Madrid. Retrieved 19 November 2012. 
  14. ^ a b c d e f "Life Without Scooby". Sally Corporation. 6 July 2012. Retrieved 19 November 2012. 
  15. ^ "SpongeBob out, Snoopy in at Cedar Fair theme parks". Malaysia Star. 4 September 2009. Archived from the original on February 21, 2013. Retrieved 19 November 2012. 
  16. ^ MacDonald, Brady (August 28, 2014). "Six Flags unveils new attractions for every park in 2015". Los Angeles Times. Tribune Publishing. Retrieved August 29, 2014. 
  17. ^ "Construction". Six Flags St. Louis. Retrieved August 29, 2014. 
  18. ^ Martinez, Sarah (December 28, 2017). "Say Goodbye to the Scooby-Doo Ride at Six Flags Fiesta Texas". San Antonio Current. Retrieved March 20, 2018. 
  19. ^ "Family Rides". Six Flags Fiesta Texas. Retrieved 19 November 2012. 
  20. ^ http://www.coastinusa.com/news/six-flags-fiesta-texas-construction-updates
  21. ^ "Six Flags St. Louis closing Scooby Doo Ride in September". Behind the Thrills. Retrieved 24 July 2014. 
  22. ^ "Ghastley Manor". Scoobypedia. Retrieved 6 June 2018. 
  23. ^ "Dr. Ghastley". Scoobypedia. Retrieved 6 June 2018. 
  24. ^ "Six Flags St. Louis Daredevil Daze 2014 - Page Thirteen". Negative-G. Retrieved 6 June 2018. 
  25. ^ SallyCorp (23 Apr 2009). "Sally Corporation Scooby Doo's Haunted Mansion Dark Ride". YouTube. Retrieved 6 June 2018. 

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