Scooby-Doo is one of those rides that is meant for kids, but will excite the kid in every adult that rides it. This ride is a water ride and a shooting gallery packaged into a few minutes of fun.
When my wife and I decided that this would be the ride for her, we found the entrance in the DC Comics Plaza, right across the way from Mr. Freeze. We started off walking through the queue line, which probably had some of the best scenery in the park. The line was a recreation of the Scary Swamp that the ride is named after, with ghouls and ghosts around every corner. There is an old fake tree with the scary face carved into it, a gargoyle who’s eyes would light up and its head would turn as you pass by, and cut-outs of each of the scary monsters that make up the Scooby-Doo adventures. Right as you are about to enter the internal part of the queue line, there it is, The Mystery Van. No Scooby-Doo attraction would be complete without the signature van.
Once in the interior there is a little bit of line that you have to go through before you make it into your boat. Once you are seated, you pick up your Blaster that is sitting right in front of you. As you ride through this ride, you are right in the middle of a Scooby-Doo Adventure. As you ride along shooting the orange and red targets, the objects, shapes, and characters being to move just like in an old fashioned Shooting Gallery. Another great feature about this ride is that as you are shooting your Blaster at all of the different targets, there is a digital display keeping track of how many points that you have scored throughout the ride.
This really is one of those all time fun rides. If you are with someone who is scared of the roller coasters, but you would like them have some fun too, this is the ride that should be kept in mind. You are going to want to make note though that the ride does have a restriction of 36″ but besides these minor restrictions, there is a lot the Scooby-Doo Mystery of the Scary Swamp has to offer. Not only will the nostalgia of the Scooby-Doo adventures and the theme song get stuck in your head, but you will have a blast, literally, blasting away at all of the targets on this ride. Some rides are not just for kids; my wife and I are only in our twenties and we had the time of our lives on this one ride. I guess it was a good mix of a water ride, the old fashioned shooting gallery, and the nostalgia of the Scooby-Doo characters and cartoons. I guess the kid is us never really dies.