'Le Temple du Soleil
' (Temple of the Sun) was a dark ride based on 'Prisoners of the Sun'. It opened in 1975 and took visitors through a fluorescent forest that led to the Temple of the Sun. Due to technical difficulties and capacity problems, it had to be closed only a few years after its opening. It is the only Tintin-based attraction I haven't visited since it was torn down the year of my very first birthday! It got replaced by a parachute tower called 'Big Yoyo', which stood there until the end of the nineties. Now the place houses several small children's attractions.
'Le Secret de la Licorne
' (Secret of the Unicorn) opened in 1980 elsewhere in the park to replace 'Le Temple du Soleil'. It was a clone of the Disneyland dark ride 'Pirates of the Caribbean'. Set in a massive replica of a castle, it featured multiple pirate ships and eighty-five animatronics including Haddock, Tintin, Snowy and Red Rackham (voiced by Bob De Moor). Sadly, it was closed in 1995 due the loss of rights.
In the following years, the castle building was re-opened only in the Halloween period as a walk-through haunted castle. The Tintin characters had been removed as well as the entire system for the visitor boats. The only thing that was left were the immobile pirate animatronics (and other non-Tintin animatronics from other closed-down attractions), disrespectfully splattered with fake blood, dismembered or decapitated by the current Walibi, uh hum, "imagineers" as a cheap Halloween horror show. I couldn't believe my eyes when I walked through it. Truly sad.
Then, in 2003, the old castle building was refurbished and re-decorated to house a new dark ride called 'Challenge of Tutankhamun'. Still, even with its state-of-the-art wagon system with light guns (to shoot the animatronics) and score counter, the attraction isn't nearly as breathtaking as its predecessor built some twenty years before.