Many of you who are often big fans of theme parks like me will know about parks such as Kings Island. Kings Island was heavily known in its early days for having rides themed to popular characters created by Hanna Barbera when the park opened in the 1970s.
In my opinion, the park was in better hands with Paramount. Paramount, owner of Nickelodeon, and having based several rides in the park off of their movies, such as Tomb Raider, Top Gun, and Face-Off, was nice enough to keep the HB cartoon characters in the park, even though they are owned by Warner Bros.
Scooby Doo and the Haunted Castle, an interactive ride focused on using blasters to defeat ghosts, was the only HB ride remaining when Paramount decided to retheme the HB area into a Nickelodeon area, which was equally just as entertaining.
But all of that changed when All of the parks formerly owned by Paramount were bought by Cedar Fair (owners of Cedar Point and Knott’s Berry Farm, among others). Things went downhill after that. Now Cedar Fair, for some reason, even though Kings Island and Cedar Point are in the same state of Ohio, thought it was genius to not take advantage of Scooby Doo and Nickelodeon and thought it would be great to just remove all of that and make everything Peanuts-related. As a result, a lot of rethemed rides to Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and others looks really sloppily done even to this day, several years after the revamp.
Worst of all, Scooby Doo was the only mascot who had still been a part of Kings Island since the park opened in 1972! That was over thirty five years, almost forty, of having our beloved Great Dane of Mystery Inc. and his pals in the park, and Cedar Fair ruined it.
Don’t get me wrong, Cedar Fair is excellent when it comes to thrill rides, but that’s all they ever focus on. The lack of theming for anything just disappoints me. I don’t just come to a theme park for thrills, I like to feel like I’m actually inside a fictional world that I’d enjoy to be in. Paramount had done a really good job of that and Cedar Fair is just putting all their hard work that was worth the time and money to waste. I don’t know why they were so quick to remove our favorite Nicktoons and Scooby Doo, icons that made the park such an enjoyable place, in favor of Snoopy and Charlie Brown instead of just renewing the licenses. It’s not that I don’t like the Peanuts comics, because I adore them, but I don’t think they match up to the Nicktoons and Scooby as much.
Now we just have a generic dark ride themed to us trying to be ghost exterminators, and the maintenance of the ride is awful. Several targets I try to shoot at and animatronics are almost always malfunctioning on my visits.
The things I would do to bring back Scooby Doo to Kings Island are unimaginable.