Posted Friday, July 13, 2007 10:01 AM | Contributed by wlfan
The voting is over and the new name of the water park next to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium will be (drum roll) — Zoombezi Bay. Zoo officials bought the financially troubled Wyandot Lake water park last year from Six Flags for $2 million. The public was invited to vote on the zoo's Web site for a new name.
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I'm really tired of the african-sounding puns (sorry Holiday World) and annoying alliterations.
Personally, I liked Wyandot Lake. It was familiar and it speaks to regional history. I bet people will continue to call it that for some time to come. Or else they'll just say "the water park at the zoo".
I guess O'shaughnessy Shores (the reservoir across the road) would have been too much of a mouthful!
I totally agree. In all the years that Paramount owned KI I can't think of anybody personally who called the park "Paramount's King's Island", it was always just "King's Island". My wife still can't remember the name Boomerang Bay for KI's waterpark and she goes down there 5-6 times a season with the kids. It's either King's Islands waterpark or Waterworks to her.
Even after five years of closure Americana, (in Southern Ohio) is still called Americana, not LeSourdsville Lake Amusement Park. And I don't know about people who are locals to Geauga Lake are concerned, but to us, it's always been "Geauga Lake". Not Six Flags Ohio or Six Flags Worlds Of Adventure.
I know there are other examples, but those immediately popped to mind.*** This post was edited by Floorless Fan 7/13/2007 11:34:03 AM ***
Interestingly, my parents have always referred to Americana as "Le Sourdsville," since it was called that before it became Americana.
How about Scioto Springs? Or Scioto Falls? Atleast that would keep it somewhat localized (a la Wyandot). If not that, then at least something generic (a la Splashin' Safari, Soak City, Typhoon Lagoon). I don't mind so much if they name the slides/attractions weird names. Besides, it's easier to make up your own references to those (Holiday World's new slide is The Toilet Bowl ;)).
*** This post was edited by Pagoda Gift Shop 7/13/2007 12:52:04 PM ***
Of course "Wyandot Lake" never had anything to do with anything because WL isn't near Wyandot County and it's sure not by a lake of any sort.
I posted the suggestion Scioto Rapids.
Of course that doesn't tie into their overly African focus on things either.
Have any of you looked at the overall design for their expansion? Like we really need another huge golf course around Columbus.
The zoo is getting way too commercial and less and less about the animals.
I think the O'Shaugnessy Reservoir counts as a lake. The zoo even ran a small paddlewheel excursion boat for a while. I think that boat is now the Kaylee Belle at Conneaut Lake.
The zoo is surrounded by golf courses. The only one the zoo has anything to do with is Safari Golf Club which has existed long before the current expansion.
And I agree they should have registered the name for a website before making the announcement. That was just a lack of knowledge on their part. This isn't the first time someone has bought and registered a name for a website with the hope of making some money off it later. It's done all the time.
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