Warner Bros. Movie World (Gold Coast – Australia) has closed the Scooby-Doo Spooky Coaster for a major refurbishment. The fan favorite semi-dark ride rollercoaster closed last weekend and is set to undergo a $4 Million upgrade and will reopen in 2024.
In a press-release, the park stated that they will upgrade several parts of the attraction, most on the technical aspect: track parts will be replaced, magnetic brakes will be installed and several components of the vertical lift-installation will be replaced, control systems will be upgraded and vehicles of the attraction will be replaced with new vehicles with a new restraint-system. The press-release also states the theming will be improved, though nothing is stated on what we can expect of that. The ride is expected to reopen some time in 2024.
Scooby Doo Spooky Coaster opened in 2002, replacing Warner Bros. Classics and The Great Gremlins Invasion-dark ride (1991-2001). It was based on the Scooby-Doo-live action movie from the same year, that coincidently was partly shot in the Village Roadshow studios at Warner Bros. Movie World. The attraction is a Wild Mouse rollercoaster by Mack Rides. It largely consists of the classic Wild Mouse lay-out, but with a different beginning and ending that contain dark ride scenes.
When it went through a previous refurbishment in 2018, the attraction got a new subtitle: Scooby-Doo Spooky Coaster: Next Generation. Although some scenes were altered, the refurbishement did not qualify for a new entry in the database.