Indianapolis Zoo: Zoo Boo 2007 | Howlywood Studios Backlot Tour

Indianapolis Zoo: Zoo Boo 2007 | Howlywood Studios Backlot Tour

Project Details


Howlywood Studios Backlot Tour

Date Completed

October 2007




A child-friendly "haunted" train ride through the fictional Howlywood Pictures Studios

After the success of our 2006 “haunted” train ride themed as a tour through the fictional WBOO Television Studios, I decided to stick with a similar concept of touring the fictional low-budget film productions of Howlywood Pictures. I came up with the backstory that Howlywood Studios had recently acquired WBOO Television Studios in a landmark merger in the monster world. This allowed us to save time and money and re-use several props that we had produced for the 2006 ride. Still, we came up with some original movie concepts that guests on our “backlot tour” would get a chance to see in production.

Highlights of the 2007 ride included:

Much like we did for the 2006 tour of WBOO Television Studios, we created a 24-minute pre-show video that looped continuously with previews of movies currently “in production” at Howlywood Studios. We also used the opportunity to expand the backstory of Howlywood Studios to the other “haunted” rides at the zoo by incorporating them into the Howlywood Studios Theme Park. If you watch carefully in the pre-show video, you’ll even spot a commercial for the park! Additionally, in partnership with our partners at Simex-Iwerks, we were given permission to use footage from the ride film that was playing in our 3D ride at the time to directly promote that experience to guests in the train ride queue.

Check It Out: Click to view the entire pre-show video

Check It Out: Click to watch a POV of the ride with source audio


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