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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