Paramount destroying Marriott charm. WHY????????

Wednesday, June 21, 2000 10:59 PM
Somebody please explain to me why Paramount destroyed PGA? I have heard about the themeing takin out along with alot of the buildings and structure. What really floored me was when they took out the train that goes around the park. WHY???? I was really looking forward to visiting this park and the fact that I would feel like I was at SFGAm. Marriot created a great theme park and Paramount destroyed it. At least Six Flags realized this and kept the old world charm about what Marriot created and SFGAm is restored to its old glory. If anyone has a logical reason behind Paramounts thinking, please let me know.
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Thursday, June 22, 2000 1:00 AM
Pure and simple, MONEY. It takes money to maintain a park, and PGA is the ignored step-child of the Paramount chain.
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Thursday, June 22, 2000 1:29 AM
Is this the only reason behind this? Is this Paramounts worst money making park? Are you trying to tell me that they couldnt create new rides and still keep the original themeing? I dont buy into that.
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Thursday, June 22, 2000 10:38 AM
Apparently, Paramount destroys the charm of all the parks they take over. I never went to King's Island before it became PKI, but when looking at some of these post where people reminisce about the good old days of Six Flags King's Island, I am beginning to wonder if Paramount does it on purpose!

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Thursday, June 22, 2000 12:09 PM
Chi-Town, in Paramount's defense (since they have no representation here I'll play "devil's advocate), why should they keep the old themeing? I mean really, how does a "County Fair" setting meld with the Paramount brand name? Maybe if Paramount had a "Hollywood" section (it's in america aint it?) they would have maintained it, but those sections dont really fit into their master plan. That plan seems to be to theme everything towards the Paramount company. Six Flags, on the other hand, kept the original themeing because it fit with their master plan. Remember, at SFoT, SFStL, and SFoG the original plan was to have the regions mimic some real life areas, like Mexico, Texas, etc. The "America" themeing was very parallel to that idea, hence they kept it.
(removing devilish horns)
Now i personally dont like the idea of a "Movie" themed park (I really dont like the whole "DC Comics" movement either, though the rides are cool!). But since first and foremost they are a movie company, they have to use what they know/have. They are simply trying to put their own personality into the park. I can understand *why* they are doing it. But someone there needs to recognize that this is simply not working in their best interest!
(several rantings later, I finally end, thanks 4 reading) the hostyl one
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Thursday, June 22, 2000 12:22 PM
I just want to say that Paramount does not re-theme areas in all of their parks. Paramount's Kings Island for example remains for the most part, the same as it was before Paramount bought it. The Coney Mall, Rivertown, and Oktoberfest sections are all basically the same. I have not been to any other Paramount parks and don't really know what they have done to those parks, but they really didn't do a lot to the theming of PKI. I am not saying they didn't do stupid things at other parks, just that they didn't do it at PKI.
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Thursday, June 22, 2000 12:36 PM
Oh yeah one more thing about PGA: Didn't it go to hell before Paramount took over? Maybe the place was in such dis-repair that they thought it better to put their name on it rather than restore it. This would seem to make sense since, as stated above KI is still about the same. And KI was in good shape when paramount came in. Just a thought...
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Thursday, June 22, 2000 2:31 PM
You got it! PGA was never a great park to begin with. What made the park better was the classic attractions. They are all gone now, and the park has suffered because of it. Yes, PGA makes the least money for Paramount, and only recentley(Because of SFMW)have they put any money into it at all.
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Thursday, June 22, 2000 2:51 PM
I've never been to PGA, but if PKI and PKD are any indication, Paramount can't execute a good theme to save its life. I fear that these parks have some outright vile "theme" areas. PKI's "adventure zone" is a huge concrete wasteland as is the insanely stupid Wayne's World area of PKD. How do you theme an amusement park area after Wayne's World?

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Jeff
Webmaster/Admin - CoasterBuzz.com
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Thursday, June 22, 2000 10:48 PM
2Hostyl, if thats the case then why didnt Paramount completely overhaul the park when it first purchased it? Also, if thats Paramounts way of thinking then they should have never bought Great America in the first place and just went ahead and built a park to there pleasing from scratch. Heck, while they are at it, as long as they are tearing down original structures than just go ahead and get rid of the Columbia Carousel at the entrance. I am sorry, but it still doesnt make any sense to me.
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Thursday, June 22, 2000 10:50 PM
Kennywoodfan, you stated that Kings Island was owned by Six Flags? Is this true because I thought it was privately owned before Paramount purchased it.
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Friday, June 23, 2000 4:05 AM
Chi-Town: I agree, they should have razed the park and started from scratch. However, there was probably some PR issues with that. The honest answer is that none of us know exactly what they were/are thinking. Wait a minute, I have a great reason why they did mimimal with the park: THEY DIDN'T NEED TO. Before SFMW, I dont think they had much competition. Funny though, Carowinds is pretty isolated to, but that park seems to still look okay. Before we put all this on Paramount, let's think about the state the park was in when they took over. Was the old charm there then? I have no idea personally cause I have never been there. Can somebody tell me what happened when the city owned the park? And when did Paramount take over. I really dont thik that a city could do a good job with a theme park. Imagine if the city of Chicago had taken over the Illinois park, what do you think would happen? (can you say the "NEW" Comisky (sp?) Park?)
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Friday, June 23, 2000 6:54 AM
PKI was never owned by or branded as a Six Flags.

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Jeff
Webmaster/Admin - CoasterBuzz.com
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Friday, June 23, 2000 9:15 AM
Ooops

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Nothing beats the 'bolt
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Monday, July 3, 2000 2:57 PM
PGA's putting their train back in.

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