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 (with Gizmo inside one of them).[13]

There is a slight difference between the two different rides that existed; during the ride at Warner Bros. Movie World, the character Beetlejuice appears periodically during the tour of the film archives and studio, where as in the Movie Park Germany version of the ride the character ALF appears not only on the tour, but on film after the initial clips outtakes, getting harassed by the Gremlins.

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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