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We Regret To Inform You That Americans Have Discovered The Existence Of Movie World

Remember the Scooby-Doo ride?

Movie World

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Movie World is an Australian institution, as engrained in our culture as fairy bread and systematic class warfare. So, it was only a matter of time until our greatest theme park made it to the world stage.

As it turns out, Movie World discourse was kicked off by a viral TikTok and a single Tweet, in which @MattsBestTweets shared a video of an Austin Powers impersonator at the park. “Just found out Australia has some theme park called ‘movie world’ and some guys [sic] job there is to do the Austin Powers dance,” wrote Matt.

“Probably multiple times a day.”

Pretty innocuous stuff, all things considered. But it was enough to kick off a titanic wave of conversation online, with Australians sharing their own Movie World stories and memories.

Oh, and memes. Lots and lots of memes.

Amidst the jokes came a raft of memories, many of them situated on Movie World’s famous — or should that be infamous? — Scooby Doo ride. The attraction, which is one of the very greatest in the world, was remembered for its terrifying nature — attendees sit in the dark while lasers go off around them, and at one point, the carriage goes backwards.

Aussies also flooded Twitter with memories of the truly bizarre line structure, in which potential riders had to stand in a darkened room while interviews with the cast of the Scooby-Doo live action film played on loop.

For the record, when I went to Movie World, my sister was so traumatised by the ride that all it took to cause her to have a full-scale breakdown was the simple humming of the Scooby-Doo theme song.

Also subject to Proustian floods of memories was Movie World’s impeccable Police Academy show, in which a “randomly selected member of the audience” (who would later turn out to be a stuntman) was blown up and tossed around.

Of course, times change, and it’s worth noting that Movie World is a very different place nowadays to the vista we all remember from our childhoods. For instance, that aforementioned Police Academy stunt show? Replaced by a similarly carnage-strewn Fast and Furious show.

Take us back to the Movie World we remember, is what I’m saying.