Bonfante Gardens renamed Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park

Posted Monday, February 26, 2007 4:17 PM | Contributed by Jeff

Bonfante Gardens, Inc., a non-profit organization and California's only horticultural theme park, today announced it will operate as Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park. The corporate name change will be transitioned throughout the park's seventh season opening March 31, 2007. Under recommendation by Cedar Fair Entertainment Company, the park's management company, as well as their advertising agency, the park's Board of Directors unanimously agreed to rename the property Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park. The repositioning is an opportunity to create more geographical awareness among our visitors and drive tourism to the City of Gilroy and surrounding municipalities.

Read the press release on PR Newswire.

Monday, February 26, 2007 4:32 PM
kpjb's avatar I think that they should rename Cedar Point "Sandusky Regional Amusement Park." That would create more geographical awareness for their visitors and drive tourism to the city of Sandusky and surrounding municipalities. :)
Monday, February 26, 2007 4:44 PM
I don't think it was a very good idea to issue this press release with links to a website that hasn't been created yet.
Monday, February 26, 2007 5:07 PM
I actually think this is a great idea. I went to Bonfante the first season it was open and it really is a family park (aka only one coaster). I think the name change will help remind people that it is a theme park not just a plant nursery.

Plus the website will be much easier to find, I could never spell bonfante right.

Now, if they could just make getting there easier. ;)

Monday, February 26, 2007 5:39 PM
Well, the official name of the park was already "Bonfante Gardens Family Theme Park" so the only word to change is the first. I'm sure it will be known simply as "Gilroy Gardens" in most circles and the whole Family Theme Park part will be dropped in informal discussions like it always has.

- Jeff

Monday, February 26, 2007 7:33 PM
CoastersNSich's avatar Is Kings Island now "Cincinnati Gardens Family Theme Park?" I doubt it, might create confusion with an old hockey arena of a simiar name...
Monday, February 26, 2007 7:54 PM
Typical CF. Take everything special out and mess it up.

Whats next? Cedarberry farm?

Monday, February 26, 2007 9:14 PM
rollergator's avatar Gilroy Gardens....

Wonder what their next coaster project will be.... :rollseyes:

Monday, February 26, 2007 10:01 PM
Mamoosh's avatar Wow...why so much negativity over a simple name change?
Monday, February 26, 2007 10:12 PM
Basically because the parks named for the man who built it.

Kinda like Joe Robbie stadium being renamed 3m park.

SUCKS the meaning right out of it.


Monday, February 26, 2007 11:12 PM
Mamoosh's avatar Apples and oranges. I doubt you'd find anyone outside of the Gilroy area who knows who Michael Bonfante is. Sorry Chuck but if the name change brings added recognition to the park and keeps it open and growing its OK by me.
Tuesday, February 27, 2007 12:05 AM
Bonfante sounded cooler to me. Oh well...yay for my t-shirt and other park junk increasing in value now. ;)

Edited to add...gets my vote for best smelling park ever!

*** This post was edited by thrillerman1 2/27/2007 12:09:15 AM ***

Tuesday, February 27, 2007 12:15 AM
The Mole's avatar Eh, I'm more worried about The Jake becoming Microsoft Vista Stadium or whoever bids the most.
Tuesday, February 27, 2007 6:22 AM
I love the cedarberry farm comment.
Tuesday, February 27, 2007 7:51 AM
Can't wait 'til all the Paramount and Nikelodeon licenses run out, I can only imagine the "cute" names they'll come up with.

Italian Job will become the Parking Lot Chase Coaster

Volcano will become the Magma XL 200

What else?

Tuesday, February 27, 2007 9:10 AM

Italian Job will become the Parking Lot Chase Coaster

:) Now that makes me laugh!

Tuesday, February 27, 2007 9:36 AM
Sure, who cares who Michael Bonfontaine was. How the park was made ect. Next they'll remove the trees, Add a Beemer and call it Gilroy Action center.
Tuesday, February 27, 2007 10:57 AM
I see where Chuck's coming from. Imagine hypothetically Walt Disney World being bought out and the new owner renaming it to Orlando World. Not cool.
Tuesday, February 27, 2007 11:08 AM
Yup, Rename Disneyland to Anaheimland (Or wherever it's located)
Tuesday, February 27, 2007 11:12 AM
Dare I say it- "It's a business decision. Get over it."

Ehh... it doesn't feel as good to say as I thought it would.

Ray P.

* Edit- needed to add a ;) to denote sarcasm

*** This post was edited by ProgRay 2/27/2007 11:13:20 AM ***


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