I know this isn't earth shattering news but I have been riding by Carowinds alot lately( I live 3 miles away) and the other day I noticed that they are painting the Sky Tower the same as the one at Knott's Berry Farm. It now has the red White and blue color scheme. They are using the cabin as a scaffold which must be scary as that thing will bounce as they walk around it. I guess it's still safer than a 300' tall scaffold though. Ride it up to the level you're working at and crawl thru the maintainance hatch.
The Southern Star/ Frenzoid was literally erected over night as it wasn't there one day and was the next. Unless it was just a primer coat the thing is going to be a greenish white.
Thunder Road has had alot of structural work done but I haven't noticed any re tracking. That doesn't mean there hasn't been though as I have seen maintainance crawling all over it .
The sign out front still refers to the park as Paramount's Carowinds as does signage on Carowinds Blvd.
I'm looking forward to our first full year under the Cedar Fair influence.
How many people are really going to get a park in Northern California confused with one near Chicago? I can see the rebranding to leverage the Knott's name in California, but "to avoid confusion" is by itself a lame excuse. *** Edited 3/13/2007 4:49:36 PM UTC by GregLeg***
Yup, not saying it's not happening, but "it avoids confusion" isn't much of an excuse. Most patrons in Chicago don't know, or care, that there's another park near San Francisco that happens to be named Great America.
I wouldn't call it an excuse. The park has now had three different owners in addition to sharing the name with the park in Chicago. Adding the "Knotts" name moves the park closer the an association with the much more recognizable southern California theme park, and away from the "Six Flags, "Marriott" AND "Paramount" name.
It's about branding and trademarks as well, not just GP recognition. *** Edited 3/13/2007 6:03:01 PM UTC by DWeaver***
GregLeg said: Yup, not saying it's not happening, but "it avoids confusion" isn't much of an excuse. Most patrons in Chicago don't know, or care, that there's another park near San Francisco that happens to be named Great America.
I agree. When you mention this fact to almost anyone, the answer is usually, 'Woah, really?"
It seems appropriate to divide parkes into three main categories: Theme parks, themed amusement parks, and traditional amusement parks. Admittedly some parks straddle the line between these categories.
Traditional amusement parks -- Little if any theming, emphasis on the traditional amusement park experience. Examples: Knoebels, Canobie Lake, Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Lakeside, Waldameer
Themed amusement parks -- Some theming involving attractions and sections of the park -- overall theming not an essential part of the parks appeal. Examples: Six Flags over Texas, Kings Dominion, Worlds of Fun, Hersheypark
Theme parks -- Theming of the overall park, park sections and attractions is an important part of the overall experience. Examples: WDW Magic Kingdom, Universal Studios Orlando, Busch Gardens Europe.
Some parks lie between these categories. Kennywood, Cedar Point, and Lake Compounce are examples of parks that share attributes of a traditional amusement park and a themed amusement park. Knotts Berry Farm, Holiday World, Six Flags Fiesta Texas, and Idlewild are examples of parks that share attributes of a themed amusement park and a theme park.