Location: Hanna-Barbera Land (today known as Planet Snoopy); current home of Boo Blasters on Boo Hill
Manufacturer: Morgan Manufacturing; Sally Dark Rides
Model: Omnimover-style ride
Vehicles: 27 ride vehicles, seating three guests each
Description: Scooby-Doo and the Haunted Castle was an Omnimover-style dark ride with interactive laser guns in each car. Riders could shoot at targets to score points.
History: Scooby-Doo and the Haunted Castle replaced Phantom Theater, reusing the ride system and approximately half of the former ride’s vehicles. 27 of the 55 Omnimover-like vehicles were retained and heavily modified, now including interactive laser guns and LED score screens. The track layout also remained the same, although the direction that the cars pivoted was modified for many scenes.
Scooby-Doo and the Haunted Castle opened on April 12, 2003. Similar versions of the attraction had previously opened at Paramount Canada’s Wonderland and Paramount’s Carowinds, as well as comparable attractions at two Six Flags parks.
With the introduction of Nickelodeon Universe in 2006, Scooby-Doo and the Haunted Castle was annexed from the former Hanna-Barbera Land into International Street. Neither the physical location of the ride nor its entrance moved.
The closure of Scooby-Doo and the Haunted Castle was announced on September 3, 2009. On October 6, Kings Island tweeted that the 20 first callers to a park number would be awarded tickets for the last sets of rides on Scooby-Doo and the Haunted Castle on November 1. All spots were quickly claimed.
Scooby-Doo and the Haunted Castle was transformed into Boo Blasters on Boo Hill for the 2010 season. Unlike the transition from Phantom Theater into Scooby-Doo and the Haunted Castle, very little of the ride changed during this renovation. All references to Scooby-Doo and the other trademarked characters were removed, and the attraction was given a new, more generic story and characters.