|Area Fiesta Bay Boardwalk|
Opening date 2002 (2002)
Designer Sally Corporation
Area DC Comics Plaza
Opening date 2002 (2002)
Manufacturer Sally Corporation
|Similar Ghost Blasters, Boo Blasters on Boo Hill, Scooby‑Doo Spooky Coaster, Scooby's Ghoster Coaster, River King Mine Train|
Scooby-Doo's Haunted Mansion is a Scooby-Doo-themed interactive dark ride series created by Sally Corporation based on Hanna-Barbera's long running animated television series. The ride transports guests in a vehicle equipped with light guns that are used to shoot at various targets to collect points throughout the ride. At its peak, the ride model was located at seven amusement parks around the world including Canada's Wonderland, Carowinds, Kings Island, Kings Dominion and Six Flags St. Louis. Known under a variety of names, the ride's Scooby-Doo theme has been replaced by Boo Blasters on Boo Hill at some locations but remains at Parque Warner Madrid and Six Flags Fiesta Texas.
In the late 1990s, Paramount Parks-owned Canada's Wonderland teamed up with Sally Corporation to develop Scooby-Doo's Haunted Mansion. The ride opened on May 7, 2000. In November that year, the ride was recognized as the Best New Children's Ride. Paramount Parks then installed the ride at three other locations over the coming four years.
In 2002, Six Flags installed the ride at Six Flags Fiesta Texas and Six Flags St. Louis, with the latter using an existing water ride system. In 2005, Parque Warner Madrid installed the ride (at the time the ride was in the planning stages, the park was operated by Six Flags). ETF Ride Systems manufactured the trackless ride system used on the Parque Warner Madrid installation.
Following Cedar Fair's acquisition of Paramount Parks, the rides at those locations were re-themed prior to the 2010 season to remove the Scooby-Doo characters. The move is part of the company's broader move away from Hanna-Barbera characters. It became Boo Blasters on Boo Hill, a shooting dark ride themed to a large ghost.
During the 2014 summer season, Six Flags St. Louis had put up a sign in front of their attraction stating, "Scooby-Doo Ghostblasters: The Mystery of the Scary Swamp will close permanently, September 14, 2014 for future improvements". It was later announced that Scooby-Doo Ghostblasters: The Mystery of the Scary Swamp would be replaced by Justice League: Battle for Metropolis.
The ride is a dark ride experience for families which involves shooting laser guns at ghosts and ghouls. Riders in consecutive Mystery Machine-themed cars compete with each other to see who can shoot the most ghosts. The Scooby-Doo theme was licensed from Hanna-Barbera by the ride's creators, Sally Corporation.
The installation at Six Flags St. Louis differed from the rest as it relied upon a water ride system. It was therefore themed to a journey through a swamp. It featured different monsters from the Scooby-Doo series as well as the Mystery Inc. gang popping out of trees and shrubs.
The outsides of the show buildings are decorated with a fiberglass blue and purple castle with stylized turrets. Two circular windows resemble eyes while the entrance to the castle resembles a mouth. Guests entered the attraction by passing under a Gothic-style arch bearing the rides name, and that was adorned on either side by the letters "GM," standing for Ghastly Manor.