I was just wondering? What impact do names for coasters have to do with how many people will want to attend a park or how much money people are willing to spend on park admission or park forr (the real way parks get their money).
Well I think the public does care. And I think that having a name that brings up some sort of vivid picture in the mind's eye, helps with marketing and merchandising (sp?). For example, a park opens a corkscrew called "Turn of the Century" in 1976. Well at that point in time, not many people had been safely upside down on a coaster, so to them, it was "the turn of the century". More modern, hanging coasters called "The Bat" and "Batman: The ride", since bats hang, it fits in with the ride. Plus, in the case of B:TR, the character is already pretty popular. And the most recent one I think is Millennium Force. While the ride would still be pretty amazing my another name, with the y2k thing already buzzing, this gave CP a much better marketing foothold than calling the coaster "Gus" or something like that. jeremy
I think names have a pretty big impact on a ride, especially over time. Names like: Texas Giant, Revolution, Cyclone, Giant Dipper and Ghostrider give a historical value to a ride. The *cloned* names like Batman, and Superman are done for instant recognition reasons.
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you have to realize that the general public doesn't use chat rooms like this. and therefore they don't know anything about the ride usually until they are actually on it. therefore a good name will attract people to ride it.
people think I am the biggest dork because I usually know every twist and turn on a ride before I even ride it.
I agree that it does make an impact. I think 2Hostyl summed it up pretty well. While the GP doesn't go in chat rooms and talk about coasters, it is a heck of a lot easier for them to ask if you've ever been on Wild Thing vs Coaster
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Well what really agroates me is when smoebody calls SFA "six flags," or Six Flags Great denture "Six Flags New Jersey" or "Great Adenture" I mean come on you idiots its "Six Flags America" there are about 20 Six Flags Parks. Also at PKD i noticed people called the rides James Bond, Volcano, Outer Limits, I mean Paromunt takes time to think of the extra part of the name you might as well say it!!!!
GOLIATH-The name says it all. People already knew that the ride would be huge before they even saw it because of the name. That's one of the reasons why SFMM had a 10% increase in attendance this year.
Banshee would have been a great name for a coaster. What scares you moren a apparition forlorning death or a little bug. Oh and by the way if you stop by Mantis today tell thme the rides just a bug that Raptor could eat. :)
Does anyone agree that names like Superman, Batman, Cyclone are being a bit overused on coasters lately? I think it's time for some fresh names and time to drop the usage of the same names over and over. Let's get creative folks.
There should ba more creativity and fun in naming coasters. I would love a duelling coaster to be called "Sigfried and Roy". Also anything relating to "death" seems to be a taboo for obvious reasons. There is a coaster called "lethal weapon" but it is in germany and noone understands it anyway (and its a bad coaster) I loved that episode of "Rockos modern life" where they visited the local funfair which was located on the waste disposal. Their coaster was called "The Nosebleed" (it featurred a vertical drop, but the track was, you guessed it, still under construction.) Would names like "Knuckle Duster" or "impaler" prevent people from riding? I think it would just be an issue if an accident would occur.
The Simpsons had an episode woth a coaster called "The Tooth Chipper." It would go downhill and come to a sudden stop, throwing the rider's faces against the front of the car, usually teeth first! "Weeeeee... *chunk*.... OUCH.... Wheee..."
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What makes Cylclone such a special name? It is overused to the point where I am as tired of that name as Batman. Sure, I think it really fits the Coney Island ride. But I think even that ride was like the 5th or 6th such named ride. Now you have loopers by that name (Carolina Cyclone) and even flat rides (SFA's 'scrambler' is called cyclone). I dont see any difference (it just older). BTW: same goes for wildcat and jack rabbit jcsn