4/4/09

The Smurf Ride at Paramount's King's Island (King's Dominion)

This was one of my all-time favorite rides as a kid and quite frankly, it's one of my earliest memories. That and a trip to the circus, a road trip to Florida and being at the Cincinatti Zoo. (Didn't I have fun parents? Can you see why I'm obsessed with tourism as an adult?)

Anyway, I decided to google the Smurf Ride today because I'm writing a review of the ride that now stands where the Smurf Ride used to be, which is Scooby Doo and the Haunted Castle. In my opinion, the current ride is by far and away the weakest of any of the incarnations of that dark ride, because there was also the amazing, "Phantom Manor". But maybe that's just my sense of nostalgia talking.

Anyway, I got a sensory blast from the past when I finally stumbled upon some pictures of the ride. It's a theme park geek's dream, and it's probably at the root of why I'm so obsessed with dark rides today. This and the Haunted Mansion just had me mesmerized as a kid. I would absolutely LOVE to ride this again. But since I can't, this is the next best thing.



I couldn't find any quality footage of the Phantom Theater, but I did find some good audio...I don't remember him sounding so much like the Mad Hatter or the guy who sings, "Wipeout".