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What It Is: A night in Airbnb's Mystery Machine for the Scooby-Doo movie's 20th anniversary
Who Tried It: Glenn Garner, PEOPLE Writer/Reporter
Every kid who's grown up in the United States since 1969 has contemplated whether they're a Fred, Daphne, Velma or Shaggy. Since I've long known I am the last, I jumped at the chance to preview the experience and spend a night in the Mystery Machine.
Celebrating the live-action Scooby-Doo movie adaptation's 20th anniversary, Airbnb and Warner Bros. are offering three lucky fans a one-night stay in the van, situated in the picturesque mountains of Malibu. With Shaggy actor Matthew Lillard serving as host, fans only need to pay $20 for a once-in-a-lifetime slumber party and a temporary gig with Mystery Inc.
"I've been channeling Shaggy since the live-action adaptation in 2002, and he's been a part of me ever since," Lillard, 52, says. "I can't wait to welcome guests into the world of the Mystery Inc. gang as their Airbnb Host and give them a summer vacation they'll never forget… monsters not included!"
After a relaxing Uber ride up the Pacific Coast Highway, I found myself in a serene mountain oasis with the Mystery Machine all prepped for a night of glamping, complete with a heavenly ocean view.
In addition to the gorgeously set picnic table and a basket full of treats (including Scooby Snacks), there's a makeshift outdoor lounge with a guitar, board games and an early aughts-appropriate CD player, as well as a Sugar Ray CD as a nod to the band's musical cameo in the movie.
There are also plenty of likes to be had with all the fixings for an Insta-worthy photo opp, including a tricked-out surfboard, a life-sized plush Scooby and a rack of costumes to help channel your inner Fred, Daphne, Velma or Shaggy. There's even a Scooby collar.
Although it's a snug fit for two, the van provides a cozy refuge at the end of the night, decorated with more props, including a lava lamp, a Motorola Razr and some top secret Mystery Inc. files.
The experience comes complete with an early 2000s TV and built-in DVD player, as well as the 2002 movie, so fans can celebrate the anniversary with a mini viewing party.
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During my overnight attempt at van life, I found myself making the most of my sweet escape in the hammock, peering out at the ocean and vibing out.
Airbnb and Warner Bros' Mystery Machine is the perfect zen glamping getaway for any die-hard Scooby-Doo fan who has a particular nostalgia for the early aughts. Celebrate the movie's milestone anniversary and enjoy a virtual greeting from Shaggy himself, while living out every millennial's childhood dream.
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Three one-night stays in the Mystery Machine will be available from June 24-26 for only $20 a night, a nod to 20 years since the movie premiered. Fans can begin booking their stay Thursday, June 16 at 1 p.m. ET on Airbnb.