The new Paramount survey, I did it for PCar, talkes about the parks no longer having the Paramount part of the name.
Paramount Parks is going under CBS's side of the split (for those unaware of what I'm talking about, Viacom is splitting into Viacom & CBS, basically the same, but 2 different branches of the company), and they're asking things like if you want the name to be just Carowinds, or MTV's Carowinds, or Carowinds, a CBS company.
Kind of weird, I voted to keep it the same, even if Paramount is going to the Viacom side.
If you're going to brand the parks, do it with something that has some level of prestige and history to it. Everyone knows Paramount, but I'm not prepared to say yet that MTV isn't a fad, even after a couple of decades. God knows they don't even play music anymore.
Yes they do, Jeff. During episodes of Real World, Road Rules, Real World/Road Rules Challenge, the 70's house, Laugna Beach, Punk'd, Viva La Bam, and all of their other quality telivision (rolls eyes).
I think 'Paramount's Whatever' sounds good. Paramount is a strong word. Paramount Studios is what they theme it after. Plus, it costs money to re-brand a park and their rides. Money that could go to coasters and flat rides and dark rides and waterpark expansions.
The CBS company will still have some Paramount branded business units. Namely, Paramount Television Productions. So, it doesn't seem like the Paramount brand name will be completely purged from the CBS spin off.
There were also rumors back when Viacom bought Paramount from Gulf+Western (Paramount Communications) that the parks would be renamed "Viacom's [Park Name]" or even "Blockbuster's [Park Name]" (since the parks were operated under the "Retail & Recreation Group" as part of Blockbuster immediately after Viacom acquired them...)
Who knows...they may rename the parks. Personally, I care much less about what the park is called, versus what they do with them as far as development. Personally, I'm not sure a return to the "classic" King's Island name would be such a bad thing...
I also think the survey seemed positioned to discourage the "CBS's Kings Island" naming convention. Maybe the marketing guys are just being proactive--having some data to support keeping the Paramount brand in case there's pressure within the new CBS to change it.
coasterguts said: ...and the amount of nudity (for lack of a better word) that 's in videos this day and age.
There is nothing wrong with that! LoL, must be the younger generation that dosn't give a damn about what we see on Tv. But aywho, I thnk that the MTV shouldnt be added to any of the names. They should just take off the Paramount part if they are going to. MTV's Kings Dominion just dosn't sound cool.
Count me in the bandwagon who would LOVE to see paramount parks lose the 'Paramount' prefix. I don't mind parks like Universal Studios or the Disney parks being named after their respective owners, because they go in 100% to theme their parks. Since Paramount didn't own these parks from the start, they presently tend to be an akward mix of movie/tv themed rides and traditional 'unthemed' rides. Even if Viacom continues to brand stuff in the park after their intellectual properties, at least changinig the names back is a start. I've often wondered if folks attending PKI or PKD have looked at the Eiffel Tower and thought 'What does the Eiffel Tower have to do with Paramount?'. At least PCW has a mountain. :)
If the parks lose the "Paramount" and found themselves having to re-name the rides, I wonder what you'd call IJ:ST. I mean if they took away the theming and the name, what choices do you have left? Cars on Crack, perhaps?;)
I think in all likelihood that even if Paramount is dropped, rides and attractions will remain the same. Too much hassle. You've got your spongebob's, top guns, nick zones...
MTV doesn't have the good rep it used to have. Nowadays, when someone mentions MTV, a lot of people will just roll their eyes. It used to be fun wondering what the next video was, when it was run like a radio station with pictures. Now it's just full of mindless half hour "reality" TV shows. (Reality show?...Whatever. How anyone can call such contrived pieces of made up crap "reality" shows is way beond my understanding.)
Umm..yea-the topic. I agree that "Paramount" is a strong title. I agree that if it aint broke, don't fix it. Either they should keep "Paramount's" or they should drop it, but I hope that they don't replace it with "CBS's" or "MTV's". Those titles do not demand the same kind of respect.
I wouldn't mind if they just called it "Spongebob Squarepanths' Kings Island", lol.
Headbanger Ball The Ride. That's funny Coasterphantom2. Ricky Rackman could do the autospeil and Rob Zombie could design the logo.