I'm all for it being just Kings Island again (I never liked the Paramount add-on), but it will look really odd to have Top Gun, Italian Job, Scooby Doo, Tomb Raider and Spongebob attractions without some mention of Paramount. Personally, I'd like to see them get rid of all the studio tie-ins and just rename the rides.
Paramount Parks did a survey and the options were CBS's Carowinds (et al) or just dropping the 'surname' of Paramount all together, and just doing Kings Island, Carowinds, etc. Another option was just Keeping Paramount. This is just the same thing as when Microsoft split, though they'll be different companies, it isn't like CBS is splititng away from Viacom. And Paramount properties will still be going under CBS, IIRC, and still be called Paramount. Wasn't UPN (United Paramount Network) going under CBS?
This is just a company split, but the company will still be joined in some ways. It would be a lateral move for the Parks to go to CBS. I believe all of the same personel are 'moving' with it.
You could rename all of those to a new non-tie-in theme that would probably be a lot fresher and more suitable than Italian Job and Tomb Raider. I think the expectations from the names already overshadows the rides, so in this case, I think a different name *would* make the rides better to newbies. ;)
Theming? Did someone say "theming" at PKI? Naming a ride after a movie and putting in one special effect doesn't constitute theming. I always laugh when I get those park surveys talking about new "themed" rides. What a joke. If PKI (mind you, my old home park that I've always held near and dear) ever ONCE had a "themed" ride on par with, say, Universal Studios, I would faint.
My vote goes for the old classic and please just call it Kings Island again. But in the same vein, I'd like them not to rename rides as poorly as Geauga Lake did. I still call them the Batman and Superman rides.
Paramount had wanted to get out of the Amusement biz in the first place. Perhaps this move will give them an "excuse" to take out the Paramount names and likenesses, thus making the properties easier and cheaper for another company(ies) to purchase. Cedar Fair wouldn't have to worry about renaming everything and getting rid of everything trademarked like with Geauga Lake... Six Flags, or even Great American Family Parks (are they still around?) wouldn't have to worry about the cost of possible licenses, or cost of renovations.
Either way, it'd be a win-win situation for the parks.
Edit: grammar *** Edited 10/6/2005 4:24:51 AM UTC by dannerman***