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Kings Island has revealed that its Scooby Doo and the Haunted Castle dark ride will be rethemed as Boo Blasters on Boo Hill for the 2010 season.

The revised attraction will see guest using "Boo Blaster" laser guns to shoot at "Boocifer" and his army of ghosts. Riders can opt to enhance the experience by wearing 3-D glasses, which are likely to be a paid-for extra. The rethemed ride will be very similar to the previous Scooby Doo incarnation, although the plotline and theming elements have been updated to remove licensed characters.

Retaining the essential features of the Haunted Castle ride, Boo Blasters will see guests carried through dark corridors, dungeons and graveyards. As with many similar laser tag rides across the world, the goal is to collect points along the way by shooting targets. Kings Island claims that special effects used in the attraction will vary, enabling guests to have a different experience each time they ride.

Although billed as a "new" attraction by the park, the omnimover system used by Boo Blasters has been in place at Kings Island since 1992 when the attraction was known as the Phantom Theater. It was updated to the Scooby Doo theme in 2003, with half of the ride cars being removed and the laser game being installed by the Sally Corporation.

The Boo Blasters theme will also be seen at a number of other Cedar Fair parks for the 2010 season, as the Scooby Doo characters (licensed from Hanna Barbera) are dropped by the chain. Also being dumped are Nickelodeon characters, with former Nick Central areas being replaced by Planet Snoopy zones at parks including Kings Island, Kings Dominion, Carowinds, Canada's Wonderland and California's Great America.

Boo Blasters on Boo Hill will open with the rest of Kings Island for the start of the 2010 season on Saturday, April 17. The park is closed on Sunday, April 18 but is then open on weekends through to the start of daily operations on Friday, May 21.

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I feel that Nickelodeon and Hanna Barbera lands should be brought back. Plus Phantom Theater needs to come back!

Well, my kids will probably hate this (considering that it was Scooby Doo previously). From the pics I have seen, it looks like they took out all signs of the Scooby gang and put in generic "boo" people.

Here's an idea - why not theme it like It the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown? That is one of the all time great Halloween specials.

Instead as pointed out by another commenter - they went generic. Good grief!

In reply to by Andy (not verified)

Agreed, it's surprising that they haven't looked to extend the Peanuts theming a bit further beyond Planet Snoopy. It sounds like it's probably just down to the level of effort (and expense) involved - probably easier to strip out Scooby and add in some generic characters than go for a full retheme to something like the Great Pumpkin.

Ah, another of Cedar Fair's world-famous ride names! First Top Gun was renamed "Flight Deck." Then, "Drop Zone" was renamed "The Drop Tower." Italian Job: Stunt Track is now "Backlot Stunt Coaster" or something awfully generic. Tomb Raider: The Ride was redone as 'The Crypt" and now, Scooby Doo & The Haunted Castle is being renamed "Boo Blasters on Boo Hill"!

Who comes up with these names? If "Boo Blasters on Boo Hill" is the best they can come up with, that's fine - just admit that it sucks, and instead have a fan-submitted naming contest through the official site. Even "Boo Blasters" isn't that bad. Why tack on "on Boo Hill?" Is that supposed to be "clever?" Haha! The ride, though, looks very very nice. It's just the names that irk me.

In reply to by Visitor (not verified)

Agreed, it's not a good name. I think the issue is the fact that "Boo" rhymes with "Scooby Doo", which makes it sound like a cheap knock-off (like when you see $20 "Nowkia" or "Motowola" smartphones). As you say, though, the ride itself is essentially the same so it shouldn't harm the experience too much.

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