Cedar Point changes haunt attraction names associated with mental illness

Posted Thursday, August 18, 2011 12:34 PM | Contributed by Jeff

The National Alliance on Mental Illness, or NAMI, said Cedar Point promoted false stereotypes last Halloween by calling a haunted house "Dr. D. Menteds Asylum for the Criminally Insane" and a musical show "The Edge of Madness: Still Crazy."

Read more from AP via WKYC/Cleveland.

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Thursday, August 18, 2011 10:39 PM
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Am I being too cynical by thinking this is more about the free publicity? CP was able to make a minority demographic group happy. At the same time they were able to get their Halloweekends event mentioned in USA Today and other news outlets. The attractions don't really suffer from the name changes so no harm. Yay CP. Boo whiny PC advocacy groups.


- R.A

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Thursday, August 18, 2011 11:19 PM
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LostKause said:

I could give about a hundred more examples. Scary stuff is edgy.

Yes, my dear Krause, scary stuff rocks and is edgy. But we are talking about a place that decided to NOT use a rockin' name like "Banshee" and replaced it with a very large (purple, yellow and red) bug.


Billy
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Friday, August 19, 2011 12:06 AM

Im going to wear a shirt to the park that says "Haunt attractions are criminally insane"

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Friday, August 19, 2011 12:20 AM
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Rihard said:
Am I being too cynical by thinking this is more about the free publicity?

I thought that was a given. lol

Billy said:

Yes, my dear Krause...

HAHAHA! :D


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Friday, August 19, 2011 12:21 AM
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Well said, Richie! I agree! There is always someone getting offended over something at an amusement park. It's crazy but the parks seem to benefit from that free publicity.

I guess they could always name them "Halloween attraction #1" or "Halloween attraction #2" and so on. ;)

Billy, I always loved the name "Banshee" and never understood why it was such a big fuss. I guess all the whailing female ghosts got together and protested. ;)

We definitely live in the land of the easily offended. It's ridiculous.

-Tina

Last edited by coasterqueenTRN, Friday, August 19, 2011 12:36 AM
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Friday, August 19, 2011 8:57 AM

I find infirmaries and cancer patients offensive. This attraction promotes false stereotypes of hospitals and people who are in them. I also find clowns, pirates, five-foot tall beagles, and roller coasters offensive. I demand the park eliminate them all.

*sarcasm, in case you couldn't tell*


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No one told you when to run, you missed the starting gun

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Friday, August 19, 2011 9:41 AM
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I have a friend who went through the haunted house at Fuji-Q, and said people came out crying - THIS is what I want in a haunted house.

http://henricklim.blogspot.com/2008/08/ghost-house-in-japan.html

edit: better link

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Friday, August 19, 2011 6:18 PM
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^Very cool and scary! I dunno if I could do it. I have to have a person in front and behind me, I get really scared. There was a haunted house in St. Louis years ago - next to the highway (is it still there?) Scared the crap outta me; I usually leave sweaty and gasping, but I enjoy it in a weird kinda way.

I'd look forward to try the Cedar Point and/or Kings Island haunt experiences. I've heard pretty good things about them. I'm used to Six Flags Fright Fest. The way it's run, you either get open rides or haunts. Can't have both; they gotta spread out the 'help'.


Billy
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Monday, August 22, 2011 12:24 AM

You can take the words "Force" "Hawk" and "Deck" and arrange them into six different combinations. If those names don't cover all the attractions, throw in "Camp."

I think someone should create a t-shirt that says "Halloween Haunts Are So Crazy."

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Monday, August 22, 2011 8:05 AM
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I though you were going to say, "Halloween Haunts are so gay." lol


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Monday, August 22, 2011 9:53 AM
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^ Then they'd have to change the name from "Edge of Madness" to "Edge of Seventeen."

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Tuesday, August 23, 2011 12:41 AM

LostKause said:
I though you were going to say, "Halloween Haunts are so gay." lol

"This is how you make a gay Halloween Haunt."

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Tuesday, August 23, 2011 2:11 AM
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RatherGoodBear said:


"This is how you make a gay Halloween Haunt."

The scare actors pop out around the corner with jazz hands?


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Tuesday, August 23, 2011 2:15 AM
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Raven-Phile said:
...jazz...

Wrong vowel.


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Tuesday, August 23, 2011 7:25 AM
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Wow.


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Tuesday, August 23, 2011 9:11 AM
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Wrong profile pic for where this thread went Gonch...


Just another Mike..

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Tuesday, August 23, 2011 9:58 AM
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Wow. Good morning to you, too!


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Tuesday, August 23, 2011 2:15 PM
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Dude, that's so wrong.


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Tuesday, August 23, 2011 3:41 PM
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Bravo.


Hi

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Tuesday, August 23, 2011 3:48 PM
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Lord Gonchar - the top name in lowering the bar.


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