Kings Island installs new sign, ride name changes on the way

Posted Tuesday, January 15, 2008 9:34 AM | Contributed by Jason Hammond

Kings Island's old sign with the Paramount name and logo was removed last November. The new sign was installed at the beginning of January. Other signs are changing at the park, too. The Paramount-themed attractions such as Tomb Raider: The Ride, Top Gun, Face/Off, and Italian Job: Stunt Track will have new names and signs this season. The new names will be announced when all of the names have been finalized.

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Tuesday, January 15, 2008 6:26 PM
Just change the ride name from "Top Gun" to "TOPGUN" and they'd be in the clear.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008 6:34 PM
Swoops: The Ride comes immediately to mind for Top Gun. A few people may even know why... :)

(Cedar Fair doesn't have an exclusive on dumb names. Not by a long shot. They just happen to be very good at coming up with dumb names.)

--Dave Althoff, Jr.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008 7:03 PM
At least with the Top Gun, they have a huge billboard of a flight deck with planes taking off in the queue on the way to the ride.
Tuesday, January 15, 2008 8:43 PM
I say call it Banshee! Way cooler than Mantis IMHO.


Tuesday, January 15, 2008 9:03 PM
speaking of dumb names, how about "Top Thrill Swingster" ?
Wednesday, January 16, 2008 12:04 PM
Cedar Fair could change the name from Face/Off to the fabulous name of Back To Back...
Wednesday, January 16, 2008 5:22 PM
How is this going to work with changing Tomb Raider? Not only do they have to change the name, but don't they have to change alot of the theming on the ride?

Is CF going to come up with their own character and try to portray a story while riding?

Wednesday, January 16, 2008 6:33 PM
How about "Exciting swinging suspended coaster". Would be just as creative as Back Lot Stunt Coaster. How about "Thunder Road " seeing how that was to be the orginal name before Paramount purchased the park?

Face off could be renamed "Looping, reversing suspended coaster".

*** This post was edited by timberguy 1/16/2008 6:38:52 PM ***

Wednesday, January 16, 2008 6:55 PM
LostKause's avatar Paint it black and red and call it "The Bat"!

Or just call it "The Patriot"!

I like those, but almost anything would be better.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008 7:19 PM
Son of Bat
Wednesday, January 16, 2008 11:47 PM
Good one.

Seriously, Flight Deck is not horrible, although it does have a stationary sounding quality to it. There are a lot of other names that could have conveyed that dynamic: how about Alpha Squadron? Navy Angels? (I'm guessing 'Blue Angels' is protected, but something along those kinds of lines ought to be okay.) Or how about Fighter Wing?

I know...U.S.S. Kinzel.

Thursday, January 17, 2008 6:01 AM
How about finding them or having S&S make some tubs like Bats, Put a full moon on that billboard, Spook up the station a bit and just call it The Bat?? Hell, it was cool then, It would be cool now.

Fight Deck? Might as well be J2

Thursday, January 17, 2008 7:39 AM
jkpark's avatar The sign is looking good, clean and simple.
Tuesday, February 19, 2008 4:59 PM
At least they aren't wasting any time changing things. Believe it or not, there are still road signs here in Nashville for Opryland! (The park closed in 1997!)

Just wondering if the interstate signs said just "Kings Island" or "Paramount's Kings Island"? I think that is why the signs for Opryland are still around... the DOT gets in a hurry for no one!

Sunday, January 15, 2017 6:50 PM

I'm amazed how accurate some of these comments were. Correctly predicting flight deck and then the bat. Got Invertigo right and even predicted Banshee 6 years in advance. Nicely done.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 10:22 PM
john peck's avatar

Hard to believe, but Cedar Fair has owned the Paramount parks for over 10 years now. July 2006 is when the deal was finalized, and a week later the Son of Beast accident occurred.

Thursday, January 19, 2017 1:34 AM
Tommytheduck's avatar

There's a joke about "buying Son Of Beast just to close it" in there somewhere.

(Come on... I mean, it's a 10 year old thread, who really cares at this point?)


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