October 27, 2003
Doswell, VA — Paramount's Kings Dominion builds the first interactive family ride in the park's history, "Scooby-Doo! and the Haunted Mansion." The new adventure ride is based on the classic and beloved Hanna-Barbera character Scooby-Doo. Park guests join Scooby-Doo and the entire Mystery, Inc. gang of Shaggy, Fred, Daphne and Velma on the case to explain the mysterious activity of a green ghost haunting a Victorian Mansion. The new attraction will open in Spring 2004.
The animated adventure begins as guests board their very own replica Mini-Mystery Machine that travels through ghastly graveyards, creepy corridors, and down into dingy dungeons. While winding through the mansion, riders are equipped with Fright Light ghost blasters to zap ghosts and collect points. Points are tallied at the end of the experience to see who has the best ghost-zapping ability.
Scooby-Doo! and the Haunted Mansion will be located in the popular Kidzville section of the park. Guests enter the attraction through a creepy set of wrought iron gates. They follow a pathway that winds its way through a swamp filled with surprises and ultimately leads to the haunted mansion. Once inside the mansion, riders zapping targets trigger a variety of ghostly gags, which makes each ride a different experience.
"Scooby Doo! and the Haunted Mansion is an attraction kids, parents, and grandparents can all enjoy together," according to Richard Zimmerman, the park's executive vice president and general manager.
"Because the attraction is interactive, each ride is unique and our guests will enjoy experiencing it over and over," he added.
Scooby-Doo has earned the distinction of being the longest-running cartoon on television. The mystery-solving Great Dane also starred in more than 310 animated episodes and a live action movie.
For more information visit the park's web site at www.kingsdominion.com.
Scooby-Doo logo and artwork courtesy of Paramount's Kings Dominion. All rights reserved.