I recently found this video about a Hanna-Barbera Ride that was at Universal Studios back in 1991. It was called the Funtastic World of Hanna-Barbera. On this ride you get to meet some of my favorite Hanna-Barbera characters from the Jetsons, the Flintstones, and Scooby-Doo.
The ride starts out with a pre-ride show that shows Mr. Hanna and Mr. Barbera saying that Elroy will be the star of their next project. Wacky Racers villain driver Dick Dastardly and Muttley appear and are jealous of Elroy, so they capture him to prevent him from being the star of the next Hanna-Barbera project.
The ride begins with you, the audience, riding with Yogi and Boo Boo to try and rescue Elroy. Yogi and Boo Boo narrate the ride. They say the power source for the ride is optical rubber bands.
As a ride participant, you chase Dick Dastardly and Muttley through the stone quarry where Fred Flintstone works, and through the streets of the Stone Age town of Bedrock. You see Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble in Fred’s car, and Betty and Wilma.
Dick Dastardly enters a vortex then the scene changes to a haunted setting with Scooby-Doo and Shaggy, a graveyard and a haunted castle.
Then the scene changes to the futuristic world of the Jetsons. George and his family join in the chase to try and rescue Elroy.
After quite a chase, George Jetson and Rosey succeed in getting Elroy free and thank Yogi for helping.
Dick Dastardly and Muttley are captured by the futuristic police in the Jetsons and are thrown into a flying jail, and then the ride comes to an end.
Too bad that the ride is no longer around because I would love to have ridden it. I’m a big fan of the Flintstones and Scooby-Doo so I feature them regularly on my blog, Between the Pages. Check out these amazing Flintstone Cakes and Scooby-Doo Cakes.
(I was able to ride The Funtastic World of Hanna-Barbera at Universal Studios Orlando back in the ’90s – absolutely loved it. I still think they should have done a Wacky Races version! – Vic)
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