Boo Blasters on Boo Hill

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Boo Blasters on Boo Hill
Kings Island Boo Blasters on Boo Hill.jpg
Boo Blasters on Boo Hill at Kings Island
Canada's Wonderland
Area Planet Snoopy
Status Operating
Opening date May 2, 2010
Replaced Scooby-Doo's Haunted Mansion
Carowinds
Area Carolina RFD
Status Operating
Opening date March 27, 2010
Replaced Scooby-Doo's Haunted Mansion
Kings Dominion
Area Planet Snoopy
Status Operating
Opening date April 2, 2010
Replaced Scooby-Doo! and the Haunted Mansion
Kings Island
Area International Street
Status Operating
Opening date April 17, 2010
Replaced Scooby-Doo! and the Haunted Castle
General statistics
Attraction type Dark ride
Manufacturer Sally Corporation
Designer Rich Hill, Senior Designer for Sally Corporation
Model Ghost Blasters
Theme Haunted attraction
Vehicles 27
Riders per vehicle 3
Fast Lane available at Carowinds and Kings Island
Must transfer from wheelchair

Boo Blasters on Boo Hill is an interactive family dark ride designed and manufactured by Sally Corporation. The ride is located at four Cedar Fair amusement parks — Canada's Wonderland, Carowinds, Kings Dominion, and Kings Island. Originally themed to Hanna-Barbera's Scooby-Doo, Cedar Fair rebranded the rides shortly after purchasing the parks from Paramount.[1] Each ride's new theme debuted in 2010 at all four parks.

History[edit]

In 2006, Cedar Fair purchased Paramount Parks from CBS.[2] Several of the parks attained in the purchase – Canada's Wonderland, Carowinds, Kings Dominion, and Kings Island – had a dark ride from Sally Corporation themed to the company's Scooby-Doo's Haunted Mansion attraction model.[3] During the 2009-2010 off-season, Cedar Fair began the process of removing Nickelodeon and Hanna-Barbera themes from their recently acquired amusement parks.[4] For the Haunted Mansion rides, Sally Corporation was contracted to remove the Scooby-Doo theme and replace it with a new one.[3] The new theme was called Boo Blasters on Boo Hill, which debuted at all four parks for the 2010 season.[5]

Ride experience[edit]

Boo Blasters on Boo Hill is a dark ride where riders are transported in an Omnimover-style vehicle. Guests use mounted laser guns to fire at lighted targets throughout the ride. Hitting a target enables additional animation, sounds, and special effects, as well as earns each rider points that are tallied and displayed inside the vehicle.[3] The ride layout and special effects varies at each park location. Initially, each park sold disposable ChromaDepth 3-D glasses at the ride's entrance to enhance the blacklight paint effects throughout the ride.[6]

Kings Island[edit]

Guests enter the attraction through the front gates of an old Gothic castle. The queue takes guests through the foyer into the first room, which features large chandeliers, cob webs, and a haunting music track playing in the background. Before boarding the ride, guests walk through a corridor with boarded-up windows on both sides. Once in the vehicle, riders travel through a haunted cemetery and mansion, filled with skeletons and ghosts. The final encounter is with Boocifer, the primary antagonist. The ride ends with a display that shows riders how well their score ranks before exiting the vehicle.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Scooby Who? Cedar Fair Rethemes Dark Rides". Park World Magazine (Datateam Publishing LTD): 12. May 2010. ISSN 1462-4796. Retrieved July 16, 2012. 
  2. ^ Picchi, Aimee (22 May 2006). "Cedar Fair to Buy CBS's Paramount Parks for $1.24 Bln (Update5)". Bloomberg. Retrieved 16 November 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c "Life Without Scooby". Sally Corporation. 6 July 2012. Retrieved 16 November 2012. 
  4. ^ "SpongeBob out, Snoopy in at Cedar Fair theme parks". Malaysia Star. 4 September 2009. Retrieved 16 November 2012. 
  5. ^ "Boo Blasters on Boo Hill". Kings Island. Retrieved 16 November 2012. 
  6. ^ Lovitt, Rob (25 June 2010). "Ghosts, gorillas and boy wizards, oh my". NBC News. Retrieved 16 November 2012. 

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