But maybe that's the nostalgia talking.
Anyway, I got a sensory blast from the past when I finally stumbled upon some video of the Smurfs 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 had me mesmerized as a kid. I would absolutely LOVE to ride this again. Since we can't, here's the next best thing.
"Look at all the smurfs, Ryan!"
The two guys at the end of the ride manning the furnace always reminded me of the positively traumatizing Scoleri brothers. Anyone remember this ride? And I know it's vastly off-topic, but check out this great behind-the-scenes video of a Scoleri brothers costume-fitting.