New name for voodoo at dorney park.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009 8:22 PM

The new name for voodoo is possessed.

Sounds kind of lame to me...thoughts?

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Tuesday, January 20, 2009 8:59 PM

Confirmation of this anywhere?

Don't like the name at all, if true.

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Tuesday, January 20, 2009 9:06 PM

It was announced at no coaster con.

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Wednesday, January 21, 2009 7:24 AM

Sounds like a totally LAME CP rename. Heck, a better name with be the Excorcist.

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Wednesday, January 21, 2009 7:27 AM

why?

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Wednesday, January 21, 2009 8:08 AM

What was the reasoning behind the name change?

-Tambo

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Wednesday, January 21, 2009 9:10 AM

I read elsewhere there was a conflict at SFDK of the same name. Grain of salt.

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Wednesday, January 21, 2009 12:03 PM

For what it's worth, the US Patent & Trademark Office says the name "Voodoo", as it applies to amusement parks, was registered to Six Flags in September 2009.

http://tarr.uspto.gov/servlet/tarr?regser=serial&entry=77388856

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Wednesday, January 21, 2009 12:12 PM

So, CF named the ride at Dorney, but failed to get a trademark on the name....so SF jumps like a cybersquatter, and now CF is changing the name of their (pre-existing) ride. Sounds like someone at CF didn't exactly do all their paperwork...have to wonder who got chewed out for that relatively-serious blunder.

Edit: Might it be that SF was already in the TM-ing process, and CF was unaware when they named the Dorney ride? I'd think that you could simply ask the USPTO for information related to your trademark request, and if any conflicting names/TMs were already in the process?

Last edited by rollergator, Wednesday, January 21, 2009 12:14 PM
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Wednesday, January 21, 2009 12:23 PM

The enthusiast community will certainly frown upon this new name...it's not a noun. When a ride name is anything other than a noun, coaster dorks seem to say, "yuk!"

I kinda like the arty-fartiness of using an adjective. :)

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Wednesday, January 21, 2009 12:59 PM

^Don't forget the name of the new ride at HW is a complete sentence....albeit a short one! ;)

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Wednesday, January 21, 2009 1:18 PM

Yeah, but is it a declarative sentence or a command? You know: Pilgrims plunge, when their toilets get backed up; or Pilgrims, plunge!

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Wednesday, January 21, 2009 1:39 PM

When did Dorney originally announce the ride? If it was prior to the TM filing by Six Flags, it would seem to me that Cedar Fair can claim the use first and block the registration. Remember, you don't need to file a trademark to enforce it, you only need to prove that it was "used in commerce."

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Wednesday, January 21, 2009 2:12 PM

This isn't official, but the first mention of the new name was in this thread: http://coasterbuzz.com/Forums/Thread/54205.aspx?page=1

Compare that with the date they announced the ride's approval (sometime in June 2007). They wouldn't have TM'd the name then?

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Wednesday, January 21, 2009 3:16 PM

Jeff said:
When did Dorney originally announce the ride? If it was prior to the TM filing by Six Flags, it would seem to me that Cedar Fair can claim the use first and block the registration. Remember, you don't need to file a trademark to enforce it, you only need to prove that it was "used in commerce."

VooDoo (Top Spin) opened at Marine World long before Dorney's, though. Perhaps they've just registered it now to block CF's attempt to register.

- Jeff

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Wednesday, January 21, 2009 4:21 PM

"When you went to Dorney, did you ride Possessed?" Doesn't exactly trip off the tongue. And those that throw "the" in front of every ride name will be in misery! The Voodoo? ok. The Possessed? no.

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Wednesday, January 21, 2009 4:30 PM

To me, "The Voodoo" make no grammatical sense whatsoever - it hurts my head.

However, with the addition of 'the' at the beginning, Possessed becomes a noun and makes much more sense grammatically to me.

I find that interesting.

Last edited by Lord Gonchar, Wednesday, January 21, 2009 4:31 PM
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Wednesday, January 21, 2009 6:33 PM

^ I thought of that too, like a scary movie - "The Possessed". Don't let Universal know, they might try to claim rights to the name, or something.

But try this - (put on your best Ohio accent)

Let's all go on the Voodoo!

Let's all go on the Possessed!

See? They both make my head hurt!

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Wednesday, January 21, 2009 6:46 PM

All of the headaches are probably the result of voodoo. (the religion, not the ride :) )

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Wednesday, January 21, 2009 6:52 PM

So...name quality = ride quality? Does that mean if Holiday World were to rename The Voyage to Voodoo the ride would somehow suck and we'd see it fall from the top of Mitch's poll?

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