Hm, could be if they kept alot of the liscenses and stuff, or maybe they added it and will keep it until the end of the season. Would they add it in to keep with familiarity too? I guess we'll find out. Interesting though.
I guess this confirms CF won't be renewing the Bonfante Gardens management contract, nothing at all mentioned in the press release (it had been previously stated this was also to be included in the aquisition).
Contract is up next year anyways, would be nice to have Michael Bonfante move back for another go at running his awesome little park again, especially after living in Branson for the last 5 yrs. Or finally let HFEC manage and run it, would be the absolute most perfect fit IMO.
The "Paramount" name was added onto the map because the parks are still being operated as Paramount Parks. This is helping to ease confusion among park guests - and honor season passes and tickets as well. Not to mention the time it takes to put out their new logos (even if they reuse the old ones), brochures, names, and such. They have the license, so why change right now? I bet all they're doing now is evaluating the parks and making some minor operational changes. BUT I do hope they decide to drop the Paramount name, even if they keep the licensed ride names. IMO, the "Paramount" name is a bit of a misnomer, since the parks are no longer really Paramount's, Viacom's or CBS's.
Then again, "Knott's Berry Farm" is a bit of a misnomer, because Cedar Fair owns it, and the area surrounding the park has been suburbanized.
Also, when they acquired Worlds of Adventure from Six Flags in 2004, they had only a month to change almost everything: park name, ride names, rip out theming, etc. Cedar Fair had no choice with Geauga Lake. At least now they have more "wiggle room" with their five newest parks.
*** Edited 7/13/2006 5:35:24 AM UTC by CoastersNSich***
CoastersNSich said:The "Paramount" name was added onto the map because the parks are still being operated as Paramount Parks. This is helping to ease confusion among park guests - and honor season passes and tickets as well. Not to mention the time it takes to put out their new logos (even if they reuse the old ones), brochures, names, and such.
PRECISELY! For the remainder of this operating season, there's no need to confuse everyone. In addition, contracts with lots of vendors and all that probably read "effective '06 operating season", etc.
I doubt you'll see the Paramount in front of the names come '07, and the parks will return to their former names: King's Island, Kings Dominion, Carowinds, Canada's Wonderland, and (Not so) Great America... ;)
Moosh, I was TYPING, you.... LOL! :)
edit #2: Makes up for the SOB thread I guess....hehe. *** Edited 7/13/2006 5:48:59 AM UTC by rollergator***
Hopefully this is just for the season. I'm an old-school fanboy, I guess, but I'm still trying desperately to pretend that whole Paramount thing never happened. Bring back the old logos, and by all means (speaking mostly for KD here, since that was my "home park" as a kid) hopefully they can restore some former glory... *** Edited 7/13/2006 2:17:44 PM UTC by brunus76***
It is possible, as a rumor, though, they may keep the Paramount names on the five parks in 2007. CF claims that it would cause confusion in the long term.
How would dropping a name that most parkgoers don't use cause confusion? Do random surveys, among parkgoers, and ask them what they refer to the park north of Cincinnati as. I'm sure most don't outright say the full "Paramount's Kings Island" or even "PKI."
I made my point in them keeping the Paramount name for 2006, but I think it would actually hurt to keep it long term. Also, as many have argued, the quality of the parks has actually declined under the Paramount name - theming, attention to detail, live entertainment, food, capacity of rides, etc.
I don't expect them to really restore Kings Island and other parks to their pre-Paramount ways completely. But please, CF, make the change - even if you DO keep Paramount themes in the park. *** Edited 7/14/2006 3:16:39 AM UTC by CoastersNSich***