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 at Movie World will temporarily close at the end of the school holidays for an upgrade with the ride’s manufacturer.
The work will include a theming update, new ride operating system and new ride vehicles, which will include 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 designs of the ride will be updated.
More than 21.9 million patrons have ridden the Scooby-Doo Spooky Coaster in its 21 years of operations at the theme park.
The response to the closure has been mixed, with many praising the park for prioritising safety while others mourn the temporary loss of their favourite ride.
“My day is ruined,” wrote one thrillseeker.
“So disappointed it’s closing now,” said a mum who has scheduled a trip to Movie World in February.
She said her children were “devastated after a long two-year wait”.
“Closing down so many major rides at once is just asking people not to bother,” said an interstate visitor.
One commenter defended the park and said people were “missing the point that they have to redo and upgrade rides in order to keep you safe”.
“Yes it might be an inconvenience for your trip but in the long run it’s probably for people’s safety especially with what’s happened in Queensland’s theme parks in the past few years.
“Safety has to be key.”
In a Facebook post, Movie World said it was “continually evolving and enhancing our guests’ experience”.
“This announcement follows the recent Wild West Falls Adventure Ride, Road Runner Rollercoaster and Justice League 3D – The Ride upgrades.”
A new precinct is set to open at the park in 2024, based on The Wizard of Oz.