An iconic Gold Coast theme park ride is scheduled to close this week ahead of a planned $4 million upgrade.
The Scooby-Doo Spooky Coaster in Movie World will be temporarily closed at the end of the school holidays for an upgrade at the ride manufacturer.
The work includes a themed update, a new ride control system and new ride vehicles, including a tester seat.
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The ride’s braking system will be upgraded to magnetic brakes, part of the ride’s track will be replaced, and the ride’s designs will be updated.
More than 21.9 million customers have ridden the Scooby-Doo Spooky Coaster in the theme park’s 21 years of operation.
Reactions to the closure have been mixed, with many praising the park for prioritizing safety, while others are mourning the temporary loss of their favorite attraction.
“My day is ruined,” one thrill seeker wrote.
“So disappointed it’s closing now,” said a mom who has planned a trip to Movie World in February.
She said her children were “devastated after a long two-year wait”.
“By closing so many major rides at once, you’re just asking people not to bother,” said one Interstate visitor.
A commenter defended the park, saying people “missed the point that they have to redo and upgrade rides to keep you safe”.
“Yes, it may be an inconvenience to your journey, but in the long run it is probably for people’s safety, especially with what has happened in Queensland’s theme parks in recent years.
“Safety must be paramount.”
In a Facebook post, Movie World said it is “constantly evolving and improving our guests’ experience.”
“This announcement follows the recent upgrades to Wild West Falls Adventure Ride, Road Runner Rollercoaster and Justice League 3D – The Ride.”
In 2024, a new district will open in the park, based on the Wizard of Oz.