Originally dreamed as a “Survivalist Guide”, instead is a sad goodbye to the Scooby Doo ride at Six Flags, St. Louis. Known as “Scooby Doo Ghostblasters: The Mystery of the Scary Swamp”, will close its doors on September 14, 2014 for renovation. Opening in 2002, it has given us 12 years of fun and cover from the hot Missouri sun with great enjoyment not seen since the days of “Injun Joe’s Cave”.
Located in DC Comics Plaza across the street from the ice cream factory home to the Mr. Freeze ride (formally known as MR. FREEZE: Reverse Blast), is a little mock mansion home to Scooby’s dark ride. Most of the queue line, a winding trail through vegetation, is tucked away at its side.After circling back to the front, you may be discouraged with the sign telling you have another 45 minutes. It’s closer to 15. Now please step in front of the gargoyle.
Earlier days, the gargoyle would shoot a stream a water out of its mouth to unsuspecting, but well deserved, meddling guests. To this day, I’m unsure if there were human hands behind the conspiracy, but on my last visit the gargoyle had nothing to share but its menacing presence.
As you step near the walls, you will be corralled into the mansion. It’s cool and dark in there. Mind your place in line. You will also experience the most chilling air conditioning unit that will blast you with arctic winds. Your visit inside the mansion will be a brief one.
As you walk back into the outdoors, you’ll see a little more motif before a trip up a small flight of stairs to the gondola bay. There will be two sides for passengers to embark. The gondolas seat four; two in front, two in back. Each with their personal “blaster”.
The floor plan is no different than the days of Injun Joe and the Time Tunnel. You’ll experience easy turns and an occasional drop. All the while you’ll be shooting at little lights just as you did at the arcade. The props are reminiscent of the original Scooby Doo, Where are You! seasons.
The ride takes advantage of as much space as it can. Unlike older rides, there is no part of the ride that is pitch black. It may have been my imagination, but my final visit had better music. It was lively and more loud. The Scooby ride is no Disney Pirates of the Caribbean, but its a fun distraction. As your ride comes to an end, place your blaster back in its comfortable position, note your score, and carefully disembark the gondola. Follow the path.
You’ll take a brief few steps through the mansion before heading back out into the park past the Mystery Machine. Over your right shoulder there will be a neat backdrop of a graveyard. Almost nobody notices. Fewer will bother to take a picture.
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