Warner Bros. Classics & Great Gremlins Adventure

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Warner Bros. Classics & Great Gremlins Adventure
Warner Bros. Classics & Great Gremlins Adventure logo.png
Warner Bros. Movie World
Area Main Street
Coordinates 27°54′28″S 153°18′40″E / 27.907782°S 153.311059°E / -27.907782; 153.311059
Status Closed
Opening date 3 June 1991 (1991-06-03)
Closing date Late 2001 (2001)[1]
Replaced by Scooby-Doo Spooky Coaster
Movie Park Germany
Area Main Street
Coordinates 51°37′20″N 6°58′32″E / 51.62209°N 6.975468°E / 51.62209; 6.975468
Status Closed
Opening date June 1996 (1996-06)
Closing date 2004 (2004)[2]
Replaced by Van Helsing's Factory
General statistics
Attraction type Dark ride
Manufacturer Warner Bros. Movie World
Theme Warner Bros. films, Gremlins
Riders per vehicle 20
Rows 5
Riders per row 4
Other names The Great Gremlins Adventure, Gremlins Invasion, Warner Bros. Hollywood Classics

Warner Bros. Classics & Great Gremlins Adventure was a dark ride located at Warner Bros. Movie World on the Gold Coast, Australia, and Movie Park Germany in Bottrop, Germany. The ride has been replaced with the Scooby-Doo Spooky Coaster and Van Helsing's Factory in the two parks respectively.

History[edit]

On 3 June 1991, Warner Bros. Movie World opened to the public.[3] One of its original attractions was the Warner Bros. Classics & Great Gremlins Adventure.[3] A duplicate of the Australian attraction opened with Warner Bros. Movie World Germany (later renamed Movie Park Germany) in June 1996.[4] It was named Gremlins Invasion.[5]

In late 2001, Warner Bros. Movie World in Australia announced that they would be closing the attraction to make way for a new attraction set to open in 2002.[1] On 17 June 2002, the Scooby-Doo Spooky Coaster opened in the location of Warner Bros. Classics & Great Gremlins Adventure.[6][7] In Germany, the Gremlins Invasion remained open until the closure of Warner Bros. Movie World Germany in 2004.[4] The park reopened the following year as Movie Park Germany,[4] however, the ride remained standing but not operating. In mid-2011, the ride was replaced with Van Helsing's Factory, a Gerstlauer Bobsled roller coaster.[2][8]

At Warner Bros. Movie World in Australia, many elements of the ride still exist to this day. The original facade for the attraction exists behind Scooby-Doo Spooky Coaster's Spooky Island castle facade.[9][10] Two of the theatres that were used in the pre-show exist adjacent to the replacement ride's queue. Finally, the unload station still exists (albeit with theming removed) and is used as an evacuation path from the Scooby-Doo Spooky Coaster.[11]

Ride[edit]

Riders would queue for the Warner Bros. Classics & Great Gremlins Adventure on the outside of the show building.[12] Groups of riders would be admitted into the building labelled Warner Bros. Studios.[12] Inside guests would be ushered into one of several movie theatres.[12] Here, the riders would watch some outtakes from various Warner Bros. films such as Batman Returns before the screening was interrupted as the Gremlins had taken over.[7] After exiting the theatre up to 20 riders board a single vehicle which navigates its way throughout the film archive in order to escape the Gremlins.[12] They are taken for a slow trip throughout various sets before exiting the building and being unloaded.[7] Riders would exit past two crashed police cars, similar to those used in the Police Academy Stunt Show.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "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. 
  2. ^ a b "Van Helsing's Factory". Park World Online. 7 July 2011. Retrieved 22 March 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Hong, Tan Bee (26 January 1992). "Australia's Hollywood". New Straits Times. Retrieved 22 March 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c Marden, Duane. "Movie Park Germany". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved 22 March 2012. 
  5. ^ Fiekers, Patrick. "Movie Park Germany eröffnet neue Indoor-Attraktion im Juni 2011" (in German). Digitalvd. Retrieved 22 March 2012. 
  6. ^ "Scooby-Doo Spooky Coaster (Warner Bros. Movie World)". Parkz. Retrieved 22 March 2012. 
  7. ^ a b c "The Great Gremlins Adventure (Warner Bros. Movie World)". Parkz. Retrieved 22 March 2012. 
  8. ^ Marden, Duane. "Van Helsing's Factory  (Movie Park Germany)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved 22 March 2012. 
  9. ^ Wilson, Richard (3 January 2005). "Scooby-Doo Spooky Coaster Construction". Photo. Parkz. Retrieved 23 March 2012. 
  10. ^ Wilson, Richard (3 January 2005). "Scooby-Doo Spooky Coaster Construction". Photo. Parkz. Retrieved 23 March 2012. 
  11. ^ AlienBabe44 (20 December 2009). "Broken Down ScoobyDoo Spooky Coaster Adventures". YouTube. Retrieved 23 March 2012. 
  12. ^ a b c d "The Ride". Gremlins Online. Retrieved 23 March 2012. 
  13. ^ Wilson, Richard (20 July 2004). "Warner Bros. Classics & The Great Gremlins Adventure Gallery.". Photo. Parkz. Retrieved 23 March 2012. 

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