Scooby-Doo Spooky Coaster

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"Scooby-Doo (roller coaster)" redirects here. For the former roller coaster at Kings Island, see Scooby's Ghoster Coaster. For the Cedar Fair roller coasters formerly called Scooby-Doo's Ghoster Coaster, see Ghoster Coaster (disambiguation).
Scooby-Doo Spooky Coaster
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Scooby-Doo Spooky Coaster's entrance is a replica of the Spooky Island Castle as seen in the 2002 film.
Warner Bros. Movie World
Coordinates 27°54′28″S 153°18′39.8″E / 27.90778°S 153.311056°E / -27.90778; 153.311056Coordinates: 27°54′28″S 153°18′39.8″E / 27.90778°S 153.311056°E / -27.90778; 153.311056
Status Operating
Opening date 17 June 2002[1]
Cost A$13,000,000[1]
Replaced Warner Bros. Classics & Great Gremlins Adventure
General statistics
Type Steel – Wild Mouse – Enclosed
Manufacturer Mack Rides
Designer Mack Rides
Model Custom
Lift/launch system Vertical Elevator Lift
Height 17 m (56 ft)
Drop 7 m (23 ft)
Length 530 m (1,740 ft)
Speed 44.6 km/h (27.7 mph)
Inversions 0
Duration 4:13
Capacity 1000 riders per hour
G-force 2.4
Height restriction 110 cm (3 ft 7 in)
Trains 18 trains with a single car. Riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows for a total of 4 riders per train.
Fast Track available in selected peak seasons
Scooby-Doo Spooky Coaster at RCDB
Pictures of Scooby-Doo Spooky Coaster at RCDB

The Scooby-Doo Spooky Coaster is an enclosed steel wild mouse roller coaster located at Warner Bros. Movie World on the Gold Coast, Australia. It is based on the 2002 live action film, Scooby-Doo, which was filmed at the studio adjacent to the park at the same time the ride was being constructed.[2]

History[edit]

On 3 June 1991, Warner Bros. Movie World opened to the public with Warner Bros. Classics & Great Gremlins Adventure as one of its original attractions.[3] In late 2001, Warner Bros. Movie World announced that they would be closing the attraction to make way for a new attraction set to open in 2002.[4] On 17 June 2002, the Scooby-Doo Spooky Coaster opened in the location of Warner Bros. Classics & Great Gremlins Adventure.[1][5]

Characteristics[edit]

Overview[edit]

Scooby-Doo Spooky Coaster is a Wild Mouse roller coaster manufactured by Mack Rides.[6] Warner Bros. Movie World collaborated with Mack Rides to develop a Wild Mouse roller coaster that was unlike the previous models (such as The Fly, Technic Coaster and Mulholland Madness).[7][8][9] The ride is enclosed in a show building making it a dark ride.[6]

Statistics[edit]

Scooby-Doo Spooky Coaster features 530 metres (1,740 ft) of track. The highest point, 17 metres (56 ft), is reached through the use of an elevator lift. The largest drop is 7 metres (23 ft) and is performed in reverse. At this point, riders reach the top speed of 44.6 kilometres per hour (27.7 mph). One cycle of the ride takes approximately 4 minutes and 13 seconds. The ride caters for approximately 1000 guests per hour.[6]

Theme[edit]

The Scooby-Doo Spooky Coaster is themed around the 2002 live action film, Scooby-Doo. The main entrance facade is modelled after the Spooky Island Castle that is featured in the film. Additionally, the ride's eighteen vehicles are modelled on that used in the film. These vehicles seat four people, in two rows of two.[6]

Experience[edit]

The monster fountain located in the main queue area of the ride.

Queue[edit]

The entrance to the Scooby-Doo Spooky Coaster is a replica of the Spooky Island Castle seen in the 2002 film. This façade hides a large sound stage where the actual ride exists. On most days, guests must walk up a few steps enter the castle and the ride's queue line. On busier days, the ride's outdoor overflow queue is utilised. It is located on the right hand side of the entrance and leads into the side of the castle façade. Once inside the castle riders are treated to the sight of a monster fountain and a making of video of the 2002 film.[2] A series of queue switchbacks are located closer to the load station.

Ride[edit]

Once the ride begins, the first part is like a typical dark ride, embellished with effects including a swinging axe and various other spooky-themed audio-animatronics displays. Along the way, an animatronic Scooby-Doo will tell the rider which way the carriage will go next until it reaches a platform.

As the platform ascends vertically it tilts from side to side giving the illusion that you will fall out. As it rises you can hear a short audio conversation between Scooby and Daphne. Once the carriage has reached the top of the elevator, and the top of the show building, it drops backwards 7 metres (23 ft) towards to turntable which spins the carriage around before continuing along the roller coaster track. This is where the true wild mouse section of the roller coaster begins. This section features various smoke, lighting and laser effects[2] as well as a giant spider (previously used in the Harry Potter Movie Magic Experience and Halloween Family Fun Nights). It is also musically accompanied by U.S. punk band MXPX playing a cover of the Scooby Doo theme song. A final animatronic Scooby shows riders the way out of the wild mouse section. The ride concludes with one very small drop to get to the exit platform.

Exit[edit]

Riders exit through a gift shop to buy various articles of Scooby-Doo merchandise, as well as on-ride photos.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Scooby-Doo Spooky Coaster (Warner Bros. Movie World)". Parkz. Retrieved 28 April 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c "Scooby-Doo Spooky Coaster". MyFun. Retrieved 28 April 2010. 
  3. ^ Hong, Tan Bee (26 January 1992). "Australia's Hollywood". New Straits Times. Retrieved 22 March 2012. 
  4. ^ "Warner Bros. Classics and the Great Gremlins Adventure closes to make way for new attraction!". Warner Bros. Movie World. Archived from the original on 9 September 2001. Retrieved 22 March 2012. 
  5. ^ "The Great Gremlins Adventure (Warner Bros. Movie World)". Parkz. Retrieved 22 March 2012. 
  6. ^ a b c d Marden, Duane. "Scooby-Doo Spooky Coaster  (Warner Bros. Movie World)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved 18 August 2012. 
  7. ^ Marden, Duane. "Fly  (Canada's Wonderland)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved 18 August 2012. 
  8. ^ Marden, Duane. "Technic Coaster  (Legoland California)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved 18 August 2012. 
  9. ^ Marden, Duane. "Goofy's Sky School  (Disney California Adventure Park)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved 18 August 2012. 

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