Knotts great america?

Friday, March 16, 2007 12:05 PM
rollergator's avatar Six Flags' Marriott's Great America Gurnee (SFM-GAG)

Cedar Fair's Marriott's Great America Santa Clara....no good acronym there though... ;)

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Friday, March 16, 2007 2:23 PM
Jeff's avatar

Rob Ascough said:
Talk to enough people and I guarantee someone will eventually confuse the two- it's not outside the realm of possibility.
In other words, it's still unlikely enough to not worry about it. Talk to enough people and you'll eventually find someone who eats bugs. It doesn't make people confuse them with chocolate.

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Friday, March 16, 2007 3:09 PM
Maybe not so unlikely, as dpxtreme pointed out. Anyone searching for Great America on the internet is the same distance from either. A Google search for great america turns up both as the first two hits. To Cedar Fair's credit, they manage to work San Francisco and Santa Clara into the results for their park. Given that half the world's population has an IQ below average though, "oopses" are bound to happen.
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Friday, March 16, 2007 4:10 PM
It was mentioned elsewhere but I don't think it was in this thread (if it was, I can't find it now).

Dorney spilled the beans on the name change. It was in their promotional text of the MAXX pass on their website. Dorney's Site has been changed back, but there's a screen shot available here of what was posted.


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Friday, March 16, 2007 4:13 PM

rollergator said:
How about just calling them Marriott's Great America East and Marriott's Great America West?

I like it then they can build two more parks north and south of it and calll them north and south.

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Friday, March 16, 2007 10:07 PM
Mamoosh's avatar Did Cedar Fair say the reason for the name change was to end confusion? Its my understanding that notion came from the "news" item on Screamscape...and its pure conjecture by the author not Cedar Fair.

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Saturday, March 17, 2007 1:58 PM
Jeff's avatar But if it's on the Internet, it's true.

If and when it happens, it'll be because of the strong brand image of the name, not because of confusion.


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Saturday, March 17, 2007 2:34 PM
I'm not saying confusion is the main reason, but it could factor into the decision.
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Saturday, March 17, 2007 3:55 PM

P18 said:

Charles Nungester said:
Well Knotts Belfonte Gardens would be better than Gilroy Gardens

That would be weird, since Bonfonte is the name of the founder, so it would be 2 names tagged on there, like that one steak house I live near called "Ruth's Chris Steakhouse". Lol, It never makes sense to me... *** Edited 3/14/2007 5:04:58 AM UTC by P18***


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Saturday, March 17, 2007 8:14 PM
RCDB is now calling it Knott's Great America. Since RCDB is always right, it doesn't matter what CF decides to do. :)
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Saturday, March 17, 2007 9:27 PM
They should just drop the Great America name and rename the park. Whats with the status of some of the ride names, are they changing them like they did with GL.

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Saturday, March 17, 2007 9:42 PM
All the rides name are staying the exact same as they have been from last season.
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Saturday, March 17, 2007 10:01 PM
Mamoosh's avatar Let's hope Cedar Fair has a good experience with the GCI @ Valleyfair, takes a page from the Hercules Handbook and eighty-sixes Grizzly, and we see a new woodie at the park soon.

IMHO this can only be good for the Santa Clara park.

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Saturday, March 17, 2007 10:25 PM
ApolloAndy's avatar ^^^but "Great America" already has some brand recognition in NoCal. Perhaps a little confusion, but a lot more brand recognition (though that didn't stop MW from becoming DK).

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Saturday, March 17, 2007 11:16 PM
^^ So we're calling that "hope"?
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Sunday, March 18, 2007 11:46 AM
If Cedar Fair expanded the branding to the other former Paramount properties, we could one day see KKI and KKD. Makes you hope they never acquire and rebrand that park in Louisville. ;)
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Monday, March 19, 2007 10:38 AM
crazy horse's avatar If they are dropping the paramount name, don't they have to change the names of the rides with a movie name?

what you've just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard.
Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it.
I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

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Monday, March 19, 2007 11:05 AM
I think the biggest problem is that people search online for "Great America" when trying to buy tickets and get a mixed batch of results from the two parks. I know a lot of folks in the media like to drop off the "Six Flags" or "Paramount" name when talking about a local park, and that can only lead to more problems. If you buy tickets from a third party vendor and just ask for tickets for "Great America", I could clearly see how you could get the wrong tickets.

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Monday, March 19, 2007 11:12 AM
^^^ Knott's Kentucky Kingdom... that's funny. Talk about shifting the target audience of that park!
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Tuesday, March 20, 2007 1:23 AM
crazy horse...

They're dropping the Paramount name from the parks (as in "King's Island" instead of "Paramount's King's Island") It doesn't affect the character licensing on the ride names, etc.

...yet :)

Whether CF decides to expand some of the licensing (like Nickelodeon) or generic-ify the park (More "Dominator"s and "Thunderhawk"s :) ) when THOSE licenses expire remains to be seen.


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