These Pesky Humbugs are Ruining Scrooge’s Mood!
The Great Humbug Adventure is an interactive, family-friendly dark ride where guests are recruited by Ebenezer Scrooge to travel through his home and help with his humbug infestation.
The task at hand is to help Scrooge with the disgruntled humbugs that are wreaking havoc on his estate. The ride will feature a queue experience, that is hosted by Scrooge accompanied by one of the pesky humbugs. During the pre-show, Scrooge explains how to use the special Giggle Gadgets to “tickle” the humbugs. Once the humbugs are tickled, they stop wreaking havoc and their laughter spreads Christmas cheer throughout the land.
After the pre-show, riders embark on a ride experience that weaves throughout several areas of Scrooge’s old-English home, for a total of 14 intricately decorated scenes. Along the way, riders will encounter over 60 humbug targets. Once a target is hit, it changes color to provide additional scoring opportunities during the ride.
“It’s exciting to see the progress and all the unique features as they’re added, and we’re all looking forward to taking our turns at tickling the humbugs and sharing this ride with our guests,” says Jim Miller of Santa’s Village.
Redeveloping The Great Humbug Adventure
The Great Humbug Adventure at Santa’s Village in Jefferson, NH received a transformative makeover from Sally Dark Rides, just in time for the attractions 20th birthday. The refreshment includes new animated features and surprises, while maintaining some classic fan favorites.
The beloved story of The Great Humbug Adventure remains the same, taking riders throughout the homely mansion of Ebenezer Scrooge. The ride now features a new queue experience, providing an excellent time to entertain guests, set up the story that guests will soon experience, and explain the interactive Giggle Gadget.
All 14 scenes of the ride were completely re-designed by Sally's VP of Creative Design, Drew Hunter. The lavishly decorated scenes are filled with over 60 newly remodeled Humbugs . Notice, not all humbugs look or sound alike. We have added three different character profiles for visual variety, plus eight different giggle tracks. As a nod to the ride’s history, we kept one of the original giggles.
Many parks feature a vintage dark ride which several generations of guests have enjoyed over the decades. Many guests who rode the ride as children now ride it with their own children and grandchildren. But, being an older attraction, very often the attraction may need some overdue maintenance, or fresh paint, or perhaps new sound. Or it may need a total makeover both inside and out. - VP Creative Designer, Drew Hunter
One of the most notable changes made during the refurbishment is the overhaul of the targeting and scoring system, which creates a more accurate gaming experience. Each target changes color after being hit to provide additional scoring opportunities during the ride.
Additionally, the vehicle configuration has been updated for an improved throughput. The ride now boasts seven 4-passenger ride vehicles, increasing capacity to over 500 people per hour. This allows for more friends and families to experience the Christmas joy together.
Fans of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol and literature aficionados will appreciate the details and multiple references to the original work throughout the pre-show and ride. If you look closely, you may find excerpts from the text written on rolled up scrolls in various rooms of the house, as well as an appearance by Scrooge’s ghostly business partner, Jacob Marley.
With over 40 animated figures, state-of-the-art UV lighting and animated scene lighting, interactive targets, and much more, The Great Humbug Adventure is sure to put anyone in the Christmas spirit, even old Scrooge himself! Make sure to check out the new and improved dark ride during your next visit to Santa’s Village, and experience the joy of Christmas during any season.