I think that Six Flags Worlds Of Adventure should be called Six Flags Geuga Lake. The new name ruins over 100 years of history. The name Six Flags Ohio at least gave identity to the area, but SFWoA is terrible. This destroys history and the parks identity with Northeast Ohio. Without an area specific name, the park has no identity and it loses all value as a classic park. Maybe if we write letters to Six Flags we can make them change the name. Who else feels this way?
Just continue to call it Geauga Lake. I'm willing to bet that most of the locals in the area will call it that anyway.
A while back SFGAdv used to have a logo that had GREAT ADVENTURE in big letters with Six Flags in small letters. Now, it is reversed. Most people in NJ say "Great Adventure" and make no reference to Six Flags at all. Six Flags has tried really hard to downplay the regional identity of the parks but it is hard to erase local habits.
"Not I says the hostyl one..." Partly due to the fact that I have never in the past, no have any desire in the future to live in NE Ohio (I did *almost* move to Warren..) I could not care less about the GL history. If the park had never become SFO, I would have never even heard of it.
Anyway, as long as we are on the subject. I do not like the SF names that only refer to the location (New Jersey, Darrien Lake). I find it especially troubling that there is a sign @ SFMM that reads Six Flags California...especially since there is another SF park IN California (SFMW). Anyway Worlds of Adventure give the park an Identity apart from just Six Flags. lata, jeremy
BTW millrace: NO ONE I know in Chicago calls SFGAm "Six Flags" anything. The park will always simply be GREAT AMERICA
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I would have preferred Six Flags Geauga Lake as well, and I could care less about all of the nonsense people spew about not being able to pronounce it. People in Western PA and Ohio know what it is, and let's be honest, they make up 98% of the people going there anyway, and that isn't likely to change.
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I agree that history is important. I believe GL was one of the country's ten oldest parks. However, everyone I know still says "Geauga Lake." In fact, everyone still says "Kings Island" too. My dad still calls Americana "LeSourdsville," even though it hasn't been that since the 70s.
The park Increased its attendance by 42 percent the largest in the usa with BGT coming in second. The name change did not stop people from coming. Granted 4 coasters had something to do with it, but that's what you put coaster's in for to attract people to your park.
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The Worlds of Adventure name also steals from Islands of Adventure. It's very corny, and also it's a lot tougher for us CoasterBuzzers to type "SFWoA" than "SFO" or "SFGL." ;)
On a side note, when SFNE was just a rumor, it was first said that the park would be re-named Six Flags Riverside which would have given the park's name a much better feeling of the park and its setting. We would also still have the "Riverside Cyclone" which sounds better than just Cyclone which can be confused with the several other Cyclones out there. For all of you Geauga Lake fans, I can definitely sympathize with you.
Jeff said: "I would have preferred Six Flags Geauga Lake as well, and I could care less about all of the nonsense people spew about not being able to pronounce it. People in Western PA and Ohio know what it is, and let's be honest, they make up 98% of the people going there anyway, and that isn't likely to change.
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Jeff, a substantial part of my family used to live in Chardon - the heart of Geauga county - from 1968 until 1986. An uncle still lives in Chardon even now. I have always always heard it pronounced "Jee-ogga". But apparently there are some who simply pronounce it "Jogga". I wonder how others have pronounced it, who weren't familiar with the area.
The WoA name is a good thing, thinks me. I look at it this way. Image is everything in our consumer demanding culture. Rather than a park name that sounds local, it has a name that sounds global. It sounds like there is a lot more to this place than another local amusement park.
Beyond that, if SF is successful in marketing this place, it could be huge. It seems I remember that there is a lot of real estate and potential for Geuaga Lake and Sea World joined. If managed properly, I think this will be a huge family amusement park in the North East.
I understand the nostalgia in the prior names of this park. Bob-lo carries a little of that for me. But I think the marketing is going to be far more important here to make this park a household name for the next generation.
Just my thoughts.
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I thought the Six Flags America name was bad at first, but then I looked at area it's in and it made sense. It's too close to DC to be Six Flags Maryland, but Six Flags DC wouldn't sound right either. So, as much as DC represents all the states in the union so does the name Six Flags America. In the end they can call it anything they want just as long as they keep adding great new attractions like they have been.
Interesting idea, and it would have been nice to preserve the history of the park. But then again, they have so revamped the park, they want to create a totally new image - Worlds of Adventure does sound more impressive than Geauga Lake, you have to admit. I think it's just about advertising and marketing, myself.
Just my opinion, but people will call parks what they have called them for years. I am from the Milwaukee/Chicago area, and have gone to Great America nearly every year since it opened, and believe it or not, I still have heard MANY people call it Mariott's. As for calling it just Six Flags, I think it's better to call it Six Flags Great America or SF Magic Mountain, etc. Kind of keeps the local "flavor", if you will.
As for Worlds of Adventure, Six Flags didn't use too much in their brains for this. Obviously, Worlds came from "Worlds of Fun", and "of Adventure" ala Islands of Adventure. Six Flags, while a theme park powerhouse, gets a C minus for creativity. I mean, how many of their parks are TRULY themed (well)?
Why does everyone seem to think of IOA when thinking of the SFWoA park? Personally, I tend to think of Worlds of Fun. Like Islands of Adventure was anywhere near an original name! Or has no one besides me heard of the waterpark adjacent to BGT called Adventure Island.... jeremy
SilverWinds said: Jeff, a substantial part of my family used to live in Chardon - the heart of Geauga county - from 1968 until 1986. An uncle still lives in Chardon even now. I have always always heard it pronounced "Jee-ogga". But apparently there are some who simply pronounce it "Jogga". I wonder how others have pronounced it, who weren't familiar with the area."
Actually I say Jee-ogga but when I say Geauga Lake it always came out as Jogga Lake. I don't know why, thats just how it is(maybe too many syllables?) Anyway, I refer to it as SFGL and will never call it "worlds of adventure". People still call it Geauga Lake around here, they didnt get used to that whole "Ohio" thing. For locals it will now be called Geauga Lake, Six Flags, or Sea World.
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