Updated: Jul 2, 2018
I have never been particularly enthusiastic about amusement parks. They're full of dangerous rides, over-priced sugar and, according to Scooby Doo, costumed maniacs trying to scare away all the customers anyway.
But whilst spending some time on Scoobypedia (which is a real thing) I came across a few theme parks the cowardly Great Dane and his nosy friends visited which raise the stakes as well as a few eyebrows...
1 - Wonderworld
First appearance - Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo (1st series): The Night Ghoul of Wonderworld
Wonderworld is a theme park where "all fantasies become reality," and includes the following locations;
Yes, "Outlawworld." Where robot cowboys perform for the amusement of paying customers. But don't worry, because all robots used in the park are specially programmed never to injure any visitors. Nothing could go wrong with that premise at all. These violent delights have violent ends...
2 - KISS World
First appearance - Scooby-Doo! and KISS: Rock and Roll Mystery
KISS World is an amusement park themed around the rock band, KISS, where presumably long-tongued frontman Gene Simmons spends time singing to families with young children about his "Love Gun." We know what that means Gene, and it's not big or clever. Although it probably is big come to think of it.
3 - Raging Sewer
First appearance - Scooby-Doo (Archie Comics): The Phantom Rides Again!
Raging Sewer is an underground amusement park in the sewers of Paris. It's like Disneyworld Paris, except it's underground. Look how happy those kids are watching Velma as she's about to drown. Who are the real monsters? Is it the monsters? No, it is us.
4 - Funland
First appearance - Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! Season one: Foul Play in Funland
Don't let the name fool you; Funland is your classic Scooby Doo amusement park. Learning nothing from Wonderworld, the Scooby Gang investigate the case of a robot "going wild and plaguing the park," and it's nothing like the "going wild" videos Shaggy was thinking about.
5 - Robot Ranch
First appearance - Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo (2nd series): Robot Ranch
Robot Ranch is a western-style theme park somewhere in the American west, which has robots playing the roles of people and animals and... HANG ON A SECOND! They didn't even leave an entire season in between Wonderworld and Robot Ranch! Worse than that, Shaggy and Scooby look surprised that the cowboy in front of them is actually a robot. in Scooby Doo's world, psychotic robots seem to make up about 20% of the population.
Written by Martyn