Bad Movies made into Great Rides

Monday, July 16, 2001 9:54 AM
Are there any bad movies that were turned into great rides?

I have one, and that would be Superman: Krypton Coaster. I hated the first one with Christopher Reeve, but loved the ride. Can you think of any?

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Monday, July 16, 2001 9:58 AM
How about rides that would be better if they weren't themed to cheezy movies.

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Monday, July 16, 2001 10:08 AM
I like the old fashioned names/themes. "Jackrabbit" and "Cyclone" for example.

The new names simply use too many syllables.

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Monday, July 16, 2001 10:23 AM
"X" has too many syllables? :)
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Monday, July 16, 2001 10:59 AM
I have always hated movie-themed rides, just because it got so out of hand. For the last 15 years, almost every new ride (at SF or a Paramount park) is themed after a movie.

When Paramount first bought Great America, they first put in Top Gun then a Motion Theater with 'Days Of Thunder'. When we were waiting in line for Days of Thunder (which was one of the worst motion movies of all time) my friend came up with the idea that all new Paramount rides were going to be made after Tom Cruise movies, since thats where they were going. He then thought the next ride was goind to be a 'Cocktail'-themed dark ride, which would be followed by a 'Risky Business' ride, and he thought that Vortex should have been called 'The Color Of Money'(the coaster was painted green at first) when it debuted. He also said one of the funniest thing I remember, that the Days of Thunder movie was going to be replaced by the 'Rain Man Simulator'.

-chris *** This post was edited by djansi on 7/16/2001. ***
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Monday, July 16, 2001 11:08 AM
Hopefully when TR:TR opens we can say it was a bad movie turned into a great ride!

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Monday, July 16, 2001 12:23 PM
Anything Ride themed after Batman or somthing to do with one of the movies. i mena it makes a nice theme for the ride but the movies sucked so bad maybe they dident to others but i just cant sit trou one of the batamn movies there just not me and there always dark. some rides that have been made from batman ar of coruse any BatMan The Ride,Batman and robin the Chiller,Mr freeze (some how) and im not sure if theres anything else out there (coaster wise) that has to do wih Batman or anything in one of the batman type movies.
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Monday, July 16, 2001 12:43 PM
Magnum Force wasn't a great movie but Cedar Point made it a great ride...... Oh wait nevermind :)

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Monday, July 16, 2001 1:03 PM

djansi said:
"I have always hated movie-themed rides, just because it got so out of hand. For the last 15 years, almost every new ride (at SF or a Paramount park) is themed after a movie.


Specifically looking at your "is themed after a movie" part and Paramount, PKI in particular have only had 2 rides that were specifically 'themed' after 'movies': Tomb Raider and Top Gun. And at the other parks, I can't recall any others besides Top Gun either. Correct me if I'm wrong.
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Danny
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Monday, July 16, 2001 1:13 PM
There's also Lethal Weapon: The Ride in Australia, Eraser in Europe, Wild Wild West... etc..

Thats a few, even though WWW is the only REALLY bad one. Eraser was ok, and LW was good.
and of course Top Gun, Tomb Raider...which both sucked.. However, I could pinch out a log of poo, mail it to hollywood, and it would STILL have a better script than Tomb Raider.. UGgg...

Bad movies i guess end up as coasters...

How about?
-American Beauty: Smoke off
-Braveheart: Kilt of Doom
-Forrest Gump: Headbanging makes you retarded.

I guess good movies would end up as bad rides eh?

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Monday, July 16, 2001 1:34 PM

Koaster King said:

Specifically looking at your "is themed after a movie" part and Paramount, PKI in particular have only had 2 rides that were specifically 'themed' after 'movies': Tomb Raider and Top Gun. And at the other parks, I can't recall any others besides Top Gun either. Correct me if I'm wrong.
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Hmm... at PGA we had a short burst of movie-themed rides right after they bought it, but they stopped after a couple of years. First was Top Gun, then Days of Thunder, and then Drop Zone (the Wesley Snipes movie) which they later renamed Drop Zone : Stunt Tower, possibly to play down any movie connection. Vortex opened up before Drop Zone, so I guess that really ended the movie streak. I think they also renamed some of the flat rides to movie themes, but I can't remember which ones (don't worry, the old Triple Wheel was not renamed "The Beverly Hills Cop 3 Wheel" or anything)

I haven't been to PKI since 1984 (after King Cobra opened, but I missed the Bat) so I am not sure. I went to PKD a few years ago and was shocked to see a Wayne's World themed coaster (The Hurler) and other Wayne's World themed stuff. There is another Hurler at Carowinds as well. Maybe Paramount realized their mistakes early while Six Flags still goes nuts with any copyright they manage to snag.

-djansi
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Monday, July 16, 2001 2:10 PM

Koaster King said:

Specifically looking at your "is themed after a movie" part and Paramount, PKI in particular have only had 2 rides that were specifically 'themed' after 'movies': Tomb Raider and Top Gun. And at the other parks, I can't recall any others besides Top Gun either. Correct me if I'm wrong.
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Don't forget about Drop Zone and Face/off. Both of those are at least named after movies. Congo falls is themed after the movie congo. Also, there is the park know as "The Paramount Story"
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Monday, July 16, 2001 2:27 PM

djansi said:
"For the last 15 years, almost every new ride (at SF or a Paramount park) is themed after a movie."


that's funny. I don't remember Robert Dinero being at the opening of Raging Bull at SFGAm. I've never heard of a movie called Viper or Giant Drop or Vertical Velocity, in fact the only ride that I can think of that is based on a movie at SFGAm (one of the largest SF parks) and that ride is Batman.

if a park can make the ride bring people into the world of the movie then I say great! I love rides that have big time theming and if that theming just happens to be based on a movie then so be it. as long as its done well I'm not going to complain.

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Monday, July 16, 2001 3:23 PM

djansi said:
"Hmm... at PGA we had a short burst of movie-themed rides right after they bought it, but they stopped after a couple of years. First was Top Gun, then Days of Thunder, and then Drop Zone (the Wesley Snipes movie) which they later renamed Drop Zone : Stunt Tower, possibly to play down any movie connection. Vortex opened up before Drop Zone, so I guess that really ended the movie streak. I think they also renamed some of the flat rides to movie themes, but I can't remember which ones (don't worry, the old Triple Wheel was not renamed "The Beverly Hills Cop 3 Wheel" or anything)

I haven't been to PKI since 1984 (after King Cobra opened, but I missed the Bat) so I am not sure. I went to PKD a few years ago and was shocked to see a Wayne's World themed coaster (The Hurler) and other Wayne's World themed stuff. There is another Hurler at Carowinds as well.

-djansi"



(Although I did forget the motion theatre) I thought I worded it well enough before, but Face/Off, Drop Zone, and The Hurler(not anymore at least) are not 'themed' to the specific movies. Yes, their names are Paramount movies which they do put the posters next to, but they didn't theme the ride to that movie. That's all I was saying. I think the names fit the rides extremely well and I couldn't imagine them being called anything else. I don't think either of the two '99 rides at PKI would have had much luck being themed to overall not-that-popular films. I don't think the association was had hardly anything to do with marketing. "Wow, PKI is getting a new coaster themed to another really bad Travolta movie. We have to ride it!" At least we know we'll never have to see "Battlefield Earth:The Ride" at Paramount. Nope, that one would go to Six Flags and I think they're dumb enough to at least make a stunt show to it. ;)

They've had a long streak of rides not connected to movies: Hypersonic, Stealth, Flying Super Saturator, Psycho Mouse, Son of Beast,... The only big name movie, which goes through all 5 of the parks pretty much is Top Gun and some of the motion theatre movies. The rest they've done well with. I hope they get some more non-movie themed rides in the future. They are what really makes a ride and park. Specifically the theming of The Lost Continent at IOA, Southwest Territory at SFGAm, and Rivertown at PKI are very intriguing. Hopefully more parks will do theming like this which is an all-new mysterious and fun experience.

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Danny *** This post was edited by Koaster King on 7/16/2001. ***
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Monday, July 16, 2001 3:31 PM

coasterjedi said:

that's funny. I don't remember Robert Dinero being at the opening of Raging Bull at SFGAm. I've never heard of a movie called Viper or Giant Drop or Vertical Velocity, in fact the only ride that I can think of that is based on a movie at SFGAm (one of the largest SF parks) and that ride is Batman.




hmm... There are also Joker's Revenge at SFAW, Riddler's Revenge at SFMM, Mr. Freeze at SFOT, plenty of rides with the words Batman or Superman in them. Other SF tie-ins seem to be Warner Bros. characters(Taz's Texas Tornado). Okay, I won't count Predator (SFDL) as being a movie tie-in.

Obviously I was exaggerating a little. But I travel around a bit, so I end up going on lots of rides with the same themeing and music.(especially Batman) I just wish that the parks would try to become a little more individual and creative if they could, instead of trying to save money on merchandising. (even though that's obviously not a good business idea)

And about the merchandising, the Viper you are talking about (the woodie at SFGAm) was totally pushing it for Six Flags. I mean the first coaster I remember going on called 'Viper' was in 1983 at SFDL, then there was a Shuttle Loop called Viper at SFAW, but the one I associate most with the name is the one at SFMM. But if you get a t-shirt with the logo on it you could say you got it from almost anywhere! So I'm not disagreeing with any of you, but when I see a new movie-themed ride at a SF or Paramount park, I expect to see plenty more of them pop-up at their other parks fairly quickly, so they can cash in on their newly acquired copyright.

Naming coaster after other coasters is nothing new. How many Big Dippers, Giant Dippers, and Cyclones has been constructed and torn down over the years? *** This post was edited by djansi on 7/16/2001. ***
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Monday, July 16, 2001 3:47 PM

djansi said:
"...but when I see a new movie-themed ride at a SF or Paramount park, I expect to see plenty more of them pop-up at their other parks fairly quickly,..."


Hmmm. I think I would add Cedar Fair to the list too:Woodstock's Express, Power Tower, Camp Snoopy, Berenstein Bears, Boomerang, Morgan hypers,... Yeah, too bad they aren't a movie company or that list would be a lot longer. Isn't it the only chain park company that isn't owned by a movie company?(not counting Kennywood or SDC though)

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Danny
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Monday, July 16, 2001 7:23 PM
djansi: you're right. they push it too far. the origional idea is good, then they take it and put it everywhere. I was focusing on the origional ideas, but I do know about all the rides with the same names. its the same thing with the mind erasers. anyway, if the origional idea is a good one then I like it. but SF and other regional parks do tend to copy marketing which destroyes the genius of the origional.

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Monday, July 16, 2001 7:31 PM
Joker's Revenge is at SFFT not SFAW

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Tuesday, July 17, 2001 9:14 AM
MrMightyMouse: There's also Riddler's Revenge, MindBender, Two Face, Joker's Jinx, Joker's Revenge, Batwing, Batman:KF, and that Intamin stand up themed after Batman.

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Tuesday, July 17, 2001 10:17 AM
Yeah and there's also Villain, Nitro, Medusa, Goliath, Deja Vu, Acrophobia, Boss, Twisted Sisters, etc. If you have a good hook, use it! I dont see what all the fuss is about...

Anyway, I hear there is a Titanic ride somewhere near Orlando....
jeremy

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