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.
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.
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.
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***
If you think that is bad, there is a local gas station chain here called "Bobby and Steve's Auto World" Now, they sell franchises, and there is one called "Jeff's Bobby and Steve's Auto World"
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.
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.
If you can't stand the heights, get out of the line.