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This article has no lead section. Please help by adding an introductory section to this article. For more information, see the layout guide, and Wikipedia's lead section guidelines, and join in a discussion of the issue on the talk page. (December 2010) Contents 1 History of involvement in theme parks 1.1 Big hopes for motion-controlled attraction 2 Hanna-Barbera Land park 3 As sections of larger parks 3.1 Canada's Wonderland 3.2 Carowinds 3.3 Great America 3.4 Kings Dominion 3.5 Kings Island 3.5.1 Shows with H-B characters 3.6 Wonderland Sydney 4 Attractions 4.1 Scooby's Gasping Ghoster Coaster 4.2 Scooby-Doo 4.3 Scooby-Doo Spooky Coaster 4.4 The Funtastic World of Hanna-Barbera 4.5 Scooby-Doo! And the Haunted Mansion 4.6 Baba Looey's Buggies 4.7 Jetson's Jet Orbiters 4.8 McScrappy's Slide 4.9 Flintstone's Boulder Bumpers 4.10 Attractions themed to Top Cat 4.11 Other attractions 5 As individual attractions 6 References 7 External links // History of involvement in theme parks Taft Broadcasting purchased Hanna-Barbera Productions, a television animation studio, in 1967. Two years later, it purchased Cincinnati's Coney Island amusement park, moving it and expanding it on a larger allotment of land, reopening it in 1972 as Kings Island. The company partnered with Top Value Enterprises to create Family Leisure Centers in 1973, opening Virginia's Kings Dominion in 1975; the company purchases Carowinds the same year. In 1979, Taft purchases 20% of the new Canada's Wonderland theme park in Toronto, Canada, which opens in 1981. The year prior, Family Entertainment Centers was dissolved, making Taft the sole owner of Kings Dominion. By 1984, a grouping of senior executives from Taft's Amusement Park Group and some park managers purchase Taft's theme park division. The group names the resulting company Kings Entertainment Company (KECO). Taft gives KECO a perpetual license to use Hanna-Barbera characters at all of their current parks. Australia's Wonderland, which opens in 1985, also licenses the characters, but 1989 KECO purchase Great America doesn't opt receive the license, or opt to separately license. In their first year of incorporation, KECO opened a short-lived Hanna-Barbera Land in Houston, Texas. The Kings Entertainment Company theme parks all had Hanna-Barbera sections, some having The Flintstones sections, and Smurf sections, after the popularity of the 1980s television series The Smurfs. Through the years, these parks have largely removed or rebranded the areas into other children's sections (under the Nickelodeon brand and the Paramount Parks-created name "KidZVille"). Any of the still operating parks are part of Cedar Fair Entertainment Company; Australia's Wonderland and the stand-alone Hanna-Barbera Land parks are both defunct. Big hopes for motion-controlled attraction In October 1989, animated film producer David Kirschner became Hanna-Barbera's president and CEO; Hanna-Barbera was part of the publicly-traded Great American Broadcasting Company. He set out to make the company an entertainment conglomerate to rival Disney, by utilizing its existing core characters.[1] Recognizing the Hanna-Barbera parks needed rejuvenation, he had the company create The Funtastic World of Hanna-Barbera, a motion simlation-ride. Created to be one of Universal Studios Florida's original attractions,[2] Funtastic World cost between $13 and $14 million, and opened June 7, 1990.[1] They also opened a concept store at the exit to the attraction, for a chain of Hanna-Barbera stores they hoped to open.[1] The attraction operated for 13 years, until it was closed October 20, 2002 to make room for Jimmy Neutron's Nicktoon Blast. Hanna-Barbera Land park Main article: Hanna-Barbera Land (1984-1985) As sections of larger parks Canada's Wonderland Hanna-Barbera Land opened in 1981 with three sections. The first section was Yogi's Woods, based on The Yogi Bear Show, which featured the attractions Balloon Race, Yogi's Cave, Boo Boos Buggys, and the Woodland Theatre (now the Playhouse Theatre). Scoobyville was the central town site, where a carousel and other attractions were included. On the opposite end of Scoobyville from Yogi's Wood was Bedrock, based on The Flintstones. Saltwater Circus was also in the section. In 1984, Smurf Village replaced Yogi's Woods; the section featured the newly popular Hanna-Barbera cartoon The Smurfs. A walk-through attraction, Smurf Village closed at the end of the 1992 season. For the 1993 season, the Smurf Village section of the park became Kids Kingdom. In 1998, KidZVille replaced the Kids Kingdom and its two rides, the "Kid's Castle Playland" and the "Jumbo Bumps" were renamed to "The Candy Factory" and the "Twizzler Twist" (and renamed again the next year to "Sour Cherry Blaster Twist"). Along with five new rides for KidZVille, "The Busy Little Town" was launched, and it included the characters from Nickelodeon's Rugrats series.[3] The Playhouse Theatre still had a Hanna-Barbera themed show, Scooby Doo's Scary School Daze.[3] On slower days, the Scooby-Doo walkaround character may venture through this section of the park. The Bedrock section of the park met its end soon after, being replaced by Nickelodeon Central in 2003. Only the bumper cars were kept, turned into the Rugrats Toonpike. The restaurant was de-themed, and turned into a Pizza Pizza. Carowinds Happy Land of Hanna-Barbera (1975-?) In 1984, Carowinds added Smurf Island, which was a children’s play area located on the 1.3-acre (5,300 m2) island surrounded by the Carolina Sternwheeler. Access to Smurf Island was gained in one of two ways – across the Carolina Sternwheeler and a ramp built on the island side of the boat, or on diesel-powered “Smurf Boats” launched from the area beside Harmony Hall. Children could enjoy two ball crawls and a climbing area complete with ropes, cargo nets, wood platforms, a rope tunnel and a 60-foot (18 m) tubular slide. Smurf characters roamed the island and led guests to the hidden Smurf village with four Smurf houses that children could enter. Smurf Island was eventually closed, and later demolished to make space for the BORG Assimilator, a Star Trek themed flying roller coaster. The Borg has been running since the beginning of the 2004 season. Great America Opening in 1987, Smurf Woods featured a pint-sized steel coaster, The Blue Streak (now called Rugrats Runaway Reptar), as well as a Smurf village with mushroom houses. Smurf Woods was closed in the early 1990s and replaced with Nickelodeon Central. One Smurf house survived and can be seen in the Picnic Grove area. Kings Dominion The Happy Land of Hanna-Barbera (1975-1997) The earlier Land of the Dooz Mine Train attraction became Smurf Mountain. It was eventually closed to make room for the popular Volcano: The Blast Coaster in 1998. Kings Island When Kings Island opened in 1972, one of its original themed areas was The Happy Land of Hanna Barbera.[4] Original attractions included: Scooby Doo, a wooden roller coaster; it was renamed The Beastie in 1990, and Fairly Odd Coaster in 2006.[5] Enchanted Voyage Winnie Witch's Cauldrons (1972-1991) Gulliver's Rub-A-Dub (1972-1998) Scrappy's Slide (1972-1994) Boo-Boo's Buggies (1972-1985) Boo-Boo's Baggage Claim (1972-2005) Jetson's Jet Orbiters (1972-2005) Baba Louie's Buggies (1972-2005) Additionally, the parking lot featured a combination of a Hanna-Barbera character and a number, to help guests remember their location at the end of the day. Flintstone's Boulder Bumpers was added to the park in 1976.[6] The 1977 park season wrapped with The Peanut Olympics, between teams led by Billy Carter, United States President Carter's younger brother, and Yogi Bear. The two-day event was won by Carter.[5] For the park's 10th anniversary in 1982, it expanded Hanna-Barbera Land, spending $2.1 million on the new attractions.[7] Bill Hanna and Joe Barbera attended the media preview on Monday, April 9 at 10 am.[7] The new attractions were:[7] Yogi's Picnic, a live show the Woodland Theatre, with a puppet show Gumball Alley a Character Carousel a Hanna-Barbera Character Fountain climbing structures Shaggy's Silly Sticks and McScrappy's Farm Fool House Rawhide Railroad Jelly Bean Bowl[6] The Enchanted Voyage ride was closed in 1983, to be retrofitted to the upcoming Smurfs television series. "The Smurfs' Enchanted Village" debuted in 1984, while the television series was popular. People would ride in a boat around the world of the Smurfs celebrating the seasons of Winter, Fall, Summer, and Spring. The Flying Carpet slide was moved to Hanna-Barbera Land in 1986, becoming Scrappy's Slide.[6] Five rides were added to Hanna-Barbera Land in 1990.[8] In 1994, Sunshine Turnpike was closed, to give more room for Hanna-Barbera Land.[9] The Hanna-Barbera attraction received competition in 1995, from a "Nickelodeon Splat City" section.[10] The park was purchased by Paramount Parks in 1992, and a $750,000 upgrade was made to the section; new attractions were The Enchanted Theatre, Scooby Zoom, Pixie and Dixie's Swingset, and Dick Dastardly's Biplanes. Additionally, the Smurf's Enchanted Voyage was retrofitted for $3.5 million, into the Phantom Theatre.[6] In 1998, Scooby's Ghoster Coaster (their second Scooby-themed coaster), Yogi's Skytours,[10] and Atom Ant's Airways were added to the park;[6] Scooby Zoom was renamed Top Cat's Taxi Jam, and Flintstone Flybots turned into Jetson's Jet Orbiters.[6] Nickelodeon Central was added to the park in 2001, taking over parts of Parts of Rivertown and Hanna-Barbera Land.[6] For seven years in a row, 2001-2008, the collective kids area at the park has received Amusement Today magazine's "Golden Ticket for Best Kids’ Area in the World in 2007".[11] The area was removed at the end of the 2005 season, to make way for Nickelodeon Universe, featuring 18 "new" rides. Scooby-Doo and the Haunted Castle was the only ride to remain as-is,[4] having been created in 2003 as a complete overhaul of the existing Phantom Theater ride.[12] The attraction was the park's first interactive ride.[10] The replacement section has SpongeBob SquarePants and Dora the Explorer-themed neighbourhoods and 18 attractions.[11] Atom Ant's Airways is now Timmy's Airtours Yogi's Sky Tours is now Lazytown Sportacopters Top Cat's Taxi Jam is now Little Bill's Giggle Coaster Pixie and Dixie's Swingset is now Backyardigans Swing-Along Dick Dastardly's Biplanes is now Blue's Skidoo Hanna Barbera Carousel is now Nick-O-Round Quick Draw's Railway is now La Adventura de Azul Flintstone's Boulder Bumpers is now Jimmy Neutron's Atom Smasher Fender Bender 500 is now Nick Jr. Drivers Scooby Doo/Beastie is now Fairly Odd Coaster Huck's Hotrods is now Go Diego Go Alley Cat 500 is now Swiper's Sweepers Shows with H-B characters 1984: The Smurfs Are Here (International Showplace) 1985: smell of the Smurfs (International Showplace) 1986: The Curse of Gargamel (International Showplace) 1987: Yogi's Funtastic Machine (International Showplace) Wonderland Sydney Hanna-Barbera Land (1985-2002) at Australia's Wonderland (later named Wonderland Sydney) was largely based on the layout of the Canada's Wonderland park's section. Attractions Scooby's Gasping Ghoster Coaster It was a prototype Caripo Batflyer suspended roller coaster (billed as the first suspended coaster for kids). The ride had poor capacity and roughness complaints. It was removed in 2005 as a part of the Hanna-Barbera Land retheming at Kings Island For Nickelodeon Universe. However, the attraction using the same name in the city of Doswell, Virginia and in Vaughan, Ontario, Canada was kept its name until 2010 when the Canadian version was renamed into simply Ghoster Coaster. In Doswell, Virginia, althogh the name was also simplified, the usual Scooby-Doo theme was kept. Scooby-Doo Main article: Scooby-Doo (roller coaster) Themed to Scooby-Doo, it was opened together with Kings Island in 1972. Three years later, it was also opened in Carowinds. Paying homage to The Beast after its successful launch in 1979, a tunnel was added to the bottom of the first drop for the 1980 season, and the Kings Island version was renamed "The Beastie". When those two parks was under the ownership of Viacom, they started to add areas themed to the Nickelodeon television channel. In 2005, during the process of re-branding of the roller coaster as the Fairly Odd Coaster, the wooden superstructure was painted indigo, and the cars repainted to mimic the characters, Cosmo and Wanda, from The Fairly OddParents; one train pink and the other green, with the fairies' faces on the front of the cars. To depict these characters as roller coaster trains is accurate to the television show because on screen, the fairies can change their shape at will, though their faces always remain visible on whatever they become. The same thing was did to the Kings Island version a year later. Ironically, Cedar Fair purchased both of those parks as well as the three other parks that was owned by Viacom. Cedar Fair was then decided to remove all remaining Hanna-Barbera and Nickelodeon themes from the kids area in time for the start of the 2010 season. Scooby-Doo Spooky Coaster Main article: Scooby-Doo Spooky Coaster Unusually, this attraction is a wild mouse roller coaster. It doesn't located at any of the former Paramount Parks altogether. It was built in 2002, and located in Warner Bros. Movie World in Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. The Funtastic World of Hanna-Barbera Main article: The Funtastic World of Hanna-Barbera Scooby-Doo! And the Haunted Mansion Main article: Scooby-Doo! And the Haunted Mansion This attraction, that found in Carowinds, Kings Dominion and Kings Island, take on the traditional dark ride. On this ride, the scenes feature ghosts and monsters that riders shoot at using laser-outfitted guns. Riders in consecutive cars compete with each other to see who can shoot the most ghosts. In the United Kingdom, it was called Scooby-Doo and the Haunted Castle. It was possibly themed to the TV show What's New, Scooby-Doo?. The ride was re-themed on November 27, 2009 to remove the Scooby-Doo characters. The move is part of the park's broader move away from Hanna-Barbera characters. It became Boo Blasters on Boo Hill, a shooting dark ride themed to a large ghost. Baba Looey's Buggies It is located in the South Pie section of Hanna-Barbera Land, these were simple handcars on a track. The Kings Island version was removed to make way for the Nickelodeon Universe expansion (the UK version was also removed to do the same for British Nickelodeon Universe expansion, now known as Warner Bros. Movie World UK.) Jetson's Jet Orbiters It can be found currently in Warner Bros. Movie World UK, Movie Park Germany, Warner Bros. Movie World China, Warner Bros. Movie World Japan, several areas owned by Six Flags, and also in Warner Bros. Movie World Australia. It was never seen in Kings Island due to its shutdown 2005. It was known as a legal successor to the Flintstone Flybots and themed to The Jetsons. McScrappy's Slide This was a Giant Slide originally called Flying Carpet Slide which was moved from Coney Island to the spot where Zephyr is today. It was later relocated to Hanna-Barbera Land for the 1986 season (about where Flying Ace Aerial Chase is today) and renamed to McScrappy's Slide. The attraction was removed indefinitely in 1995 to make way for the addition of Nickelodeon Splat City. Flintstone's Boulder Bumpers Themed to The Flintstones, it was a boom-boom car attraction. It is located currently in Warner Bros. Movie World UK, and possibly, Six Flags Dubailand sometime in future. Attractions themed to Top Cat Two attractions that themed to TV show Top Cat, named Top Cat's Taxi Jam and Alley Cat 500, is located in Kings Island, Kings Dominion, and possibly, Parque Warner Madrid. Rumors said that the Alley Cat 500 was the predecessor to the Swiper's Sweepers, which sadly removed permanently 2010 when Cedar Fair decided to remove all remaining Hanna-Barbera and Nickelodeon themes in time for the start of the 2010 season. Top Cat's Taxi Jam was the successor of Scooby Zoom. From 2006-2010, it was known as the Little Bill's Giggle Coaster. It was succeeded by The Great Pumpkin Coaster, which was introduced on September 8, 2009. Other attractions No attractions themed to Tom and Jerry appeared in all of the former Paramount Parks and the now-defunct Wonderland Sydney, although a promotion advertisement with Tom Cat holding a sign was shown in Canada's Wonderland prior to 2009. In addition, several attractions themed to The Flintstones also appear in a small theme parks in Mexico, Argentina, Malaysia, Singapore, South Africa, and New Zealand. Attractions associated with DC Comics, although can be found in every parks themed to Warner Bros., and had the show Super Friends (and also The Dukes) that made also by Hanna-Barbera, never appear altogether in any of the Hanna-Barbera parks - it were always under WB control. Attractions to the shows such as The Powerpuff Girls, Dexter's Laboratory, and any other shows that co-produced with Cartoon Network Studios were unavailable in any of the Hanna-Barbera attractions. Also attractions themed to Snorks, Pac-Man and Richie Rich were also not allowed. Majority, attractions themed to The Jetsons is usually the dominant attraction in every H-B parks. As individual attractions Universal Studios Florida: In Production Central, characters appearing are Scooby-Doo, Shaggy, The Flintstones and The Jetsons. In Woody Woodpecker's KidZone, Scooby and Shaggy appear. Universal Studios Hollywood: Character photo-ops currently include Scooby-Doo and Shaggy; Fred Flintstone, Barney Rubble, Wilma Flintstone, and Betty Rubble previously appeared. References ^ a b c Lev, Michael (1990-01-09). "Hanna-Barbera Follows Disney Map". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-05-04.  ^ Schmalz, Jeffrey (1989-08-13). "Nastiness Is Not a Fantasy In Movie Theme Park War". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-05-04.  ^ a b "Canada's Wonderland - KIDZVILLE". Canada's Wonderland. Maple, Ontario: Paramount Parks. 1998. Archived from the original on 2 May 1998. Retrieved 2008-12-16.  ^ a b "Hanna-Barbera Land Is Leaving Kings Island". (Mason, Ohio: The E.W. Scripps Co.). 2005-09-22. Retrieved 2008-12-16. [dead link] ^ a b Kings Island/Cedar Fair (2008). "Trivia About Kings Island" (PDF). Press release. Retrieved 2008-12-16.  ^ a b c d e f g ^ a b c "Kings Island expands Hanna-Barbera Land" (Scan). The Bryan Times. UPI (Bryan, Ohio: The Bryan Times): p. 7. 1982-04-02.,213725&dq=hanna+barbera+land. Retrieved 2008-12-15. [dead link] ^ Fox, Larry (1990-04-27). "What's New at Amusement Parks" (Subscription only). The Washington Post (Washington, DC: Washington Post Company). Retrieved 2008-12-16.  ^ ^ a b c Kings Island/Cedar Fair (2008). "Kings Island Fact Sheet" (PDF). Press release. Retrieved 2008-12-16.  ^ a b Kings Island (2008). "Kings Island Features Best Kids’ Area In The World!" (PDF). Press release. Retrieved 2008-12-16.  ^ Yeager, Connie (2003-02-06). "BEHIND-THE-SCENES AT KINGS ISLAND\ AMUSEMENT PARK GEARS UP FOR 2003." (Subscription required). The Cincinnati Post (Cincinnati, OH: The E. W. Scripps Company): p. Living section. Retrieved 2008-12-16.  External links Theme Park Timelines: Taft v • d • e Canada's Wonderland Roller Coasters Backlot Stunt Coaster · The Bat · Behemoth · Dragon Fire · Flight Deck · The Fly · Mighty Canadian Minebuster · Peanuts Ghoster Coaster · Silver Streak · SkyRider · Taxi Jam · Thunder Run · Time Warp · Vortex · Wild Beast Flat Rides Action Theatre · White Water Canyon · Drop Tower · WindSeeker (2011) Other Splash Works · Nickelodeon Central · Hanna-Barbera Land  · Kingswood Music Theatre · Former and renamed attractions · Halloween Haunt · Wonderland Terminal v • d • e Kings Island Roller coasters: Adventure Express · Backlot Stunt Coaster · The Beast · Diamondback · Woodstock Express · Firehawk · Flight Deck · Flight of Fear · Invertigo · The Great Pumpkin Coaster · The Racer · Flying Ace Aerial Chase · Son of Beast · Vortex Other rides: Action Theater · Snoopy Surf Dog · Drop Tower · The Crypt · Boo Blasters on Boo Hill  · Thunder Alley · WindSeeker (2011) Water Rides: White Water Canyon Defunct: The Bat · Bavarian Beetle · Screamin' Demon · Enchanted Voyage · King Cobra · Lion Country Safari Monorail · Phantom Theater · Rotor · Halley's Comet · Scooby's Ghoster Coaster · Skylab · Tumble Bug