by Robert Lashmore, Australian Correspondent "I-RIDE", International
Produced and designed by Bret Malone and Rhett Fox at "Tunnel Studios"
The world's bravest Great Dane super hero has arrived at Warner Bros. Movie
World, on the Gold Coast in Queensland with the launch of the scariest,
spookiest spine-tingling Roller coaster/Dark ride ever created!
Scooby-Doo Spooky Coaster is a $13 million indoor combination Dark ride /
Roller coaster inspired by the feature film shot at Warner Road show Movie World
Studios on the Gold Coast, starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, Freddie Prinze Jr.,
Matthew Lillard, Linda Cardellini and Rowan Atkinson.
The animatronics are similar to the ones seen in the film, and include a creepy Grim Reaper that pivots 360 degrees to keep an eye on your vehicle, as well as others that threaten you from all sides, even popping down from above !
Just when you think the dark ride is over, your carriage is levitated upwards
into the castle ceiling. This is a very clever dual lift. Halfway through your
ascent, the platform tilts first one way, and then the other. This is designed
so that the descending lift can pass your rising lift - and adds a few thrills
along the way.
Warner Village Theme Park Chief Executive John Menzies describes the Scooby-Doo Spooky Coaster as a world-first and is a unique combination of two different types of entertainment experiences.
“Scooby-Doo Spooky Coaster is completely innovative, no other ride in the world can be compared to this combination of experiences - the classic haunted castle Dark Ride utilizing the latest technological advances and lighting and sound effects and the adrenalin pumping thrills of an indoor roller coaster,” said Chief Executive, John Menzies.
The multi-million dollar blockbuster, Scooby-Doo, was filmed at Warner Road show Movie World Studios on the Gold Coast in 2000/2001 and is the highest budget production ever filmed in Queensland to date.
Scooby-Doo Spooky Coaster, and Scooby-Doo the movie opened simultaneously in
Australia in time for the June 2002 school holidays, with a Premiere launch
event at Warner Bros. Movie World.
Heinrich Mack & Co GmbH supplied the roller coaster itself including track
sections, cars, vertical lift etc. The animatronics throughout the ride were
supplied by a number of different companies sourced by the Project Manager, Ken
Spiller. Where possible characters from the movie sets were sourced and made to
"come alive" in-house (Ken Spiller and Technical Services at WBMW) and the
knights and skeletons throughout the ride were supplied and installed by a
company in Sydney called Ideation Australia.
This article C 2003 by Robert Lashmore and used with permission by the "International Dark ride Association" or "I-RIDE". Entire article C2003, "I-Ride". You may contact the author through the website.