Throwback Thursday: Ghostbusters Spooktacular Gala Attraction
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Charge the proton packs and prepare to battle any Gozerians.
It’s time to once again relive our childhood with an attraction that once mystified our innocent brains.
This time out we take a brief look at Universal Studios Florida’s Ghostbusters Spooktacular, which was a raucous show no matter the iteration.
For those who weren’t able to enjoy the attraction when it lived at the theme park from 1990 to 1996, here is a brief press video that offers some highlights for the original show, featuring the now iconic scene of the Ghostbusters taking on a deity:
Here is a longer version that begins with a host, "Michelle," giving audience members a brief breakdown on the recreated set from the movie “Ghostbusters.”
That’s when all heck breaks loose.
Eventually someone with more names than Daenerys Targaryen shows up on the scene. That’s right; “Gozer the Gozerian, Gozer the Destructor, Volguus Zildrohar, Gozer the Traveler and Lord of the Sebouillia” shows up on the scene to wreak havoc.
Now this was just one iteration of the now-removed attraction.
MovieMassacre.com explains that Universal eventually altered the show. The website explains the new performance: “The storyline involved you, as an audience member, attending a free business seminar on starting up your own ghost busting company.”
Thanks to YouTube we get a retro glimpse of that show:
As you can see, a more familiar character in Louis Tully replaces the initial host. Thanks to some shenanigans that play out, the same beats end the presentation with a diabolical ghost-filled denouement.
While the Spooktacular has gone the way of Gozer, fans of the franchise can enjoy a new reboot in 2016 with a re-imagined “Ghostbusters” film.
So perhaps, if we are fortunate, there may one day be a theme park attraction reintroduced to the masses who just can’t get enough ghost fighting fun.
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